Legacy Recordings has announced the release of “Willie Nelson and the Boys”, the second instalment in the Willie’s Stash archival recordings series, which lands in the UK on Friday, October 20. Following in the musical footsteps of 2014’s “December Day”, the first volume in the series (featuring Willie’s Sister Bobbie), “Willie Nelson and the Boys” is another family collaboration, this time showcasing him and his sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, performing a selection of American country music standards and classics, including seven penned by Hank Williams Sr.
Consisting mainly of studio recordings laid down during the 2011 sessions for “Heroes”, Willie’s Legacy debut, the new album is produced by Nelson’s longtime collaborator Grammy-winning Buddy Cannon and recorded by Steve Chadie at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas.
Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (vocals, Trigger), Lukas Nelson (vocals, electric guitar, resonator guitar), Micah Nelson (vocals), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin “Swine” Grantt (bass), Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Jim “Moose” Brown (piano, B-3 organ, Wurlitzer), Mike Johnson (steel guitar), Tony Creasman (drums), Barry Bales (upright bass on “My Tears Fall”) and Lonnie Wilson (drums on “My Tears Fall”). “Move It On Over” features background vocals by the Spur Of The Moment Singers: Buddy Cannon, Mickey Raphael, Kevin “Swine” Grantt, Bobby Terry, Jim “Moose” Brown, Mike Johnson, Tony Creasman, Melonie Cannon, and Shannon Finnegan.
According to Nelson, the album is “….kinda like the country version of ‘Stardust.’ Where you have all these great songs and standards that the young people have never heard, then all of a sudden you have a whole new audience out there.”
Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash Vol. 2) Track List
1. Move It On Over (Hank Williams Sr.)
2. Mind Your Own Business (Hank Williams Sr.)
3. Healing Hands Of Time (Willie Nelson)
4. Can I Sleep In Your Arms (Hank Cochran)
5. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (Hank Locklin)
6. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams Sr.)
7. I’m Movin’ On (Hank Snow)
8. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams Sr.)
9. My Tears Fall (Alyssa Miller)
10. Cold, Cold Heart (Hank Williams Sr.)
11. Mansion On The Hill (Hank Williams Sr. and Fred Rose)
12. Why Don’t You Love Me (Hank Williams Sr.)