Album: Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie's Stash, Vol. 2)
Label: Legacy Recordings
Release date: Oct. 20, 2017
Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and the Boys, the eagerly-awaited second installment in the acclaimed Willie's Stash archival recordings series, on Friday, October 20.
Following in the musical footsteps of 2014's December Day, the first volume in the Willie's Stash series (featuring Willie's Sister Bobbie), Willie Nelson and the Boys is another family collaboration, this time showcasing Willie and sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, performing a selection of well-loved American country music standards and classics, including seven penned by the immortal Hank Williams Sr.
The Willie's Stash series will present a variety of archival releases, each personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, providing unique perspectives on one of America's most vital musical forces.
Consisting mainly of studio recordings laid down during the extraordinary 2011 sessions for Heroes, Willie's Legacy debut, Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie's Stash, Vol. 2) is produced by Willie's longtime friend and 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" featured 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 Willie, 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."
"I really love the live element of this record," said producer Buddy Cannon. "There was a fire in the studio during those sessions, especially on these particular tracks. It was as though the band was in a Nashville honky tonk and Willie and Lukas strolled in and jammed with the band for an hour. That's what this record is. It's honest excitement. I've never cut a record before that has this element.... It's a great joy to see Willie, Luke and Micah all equally part of a record that I love so much."
1. "Move It On Over" (Hank Williams)
2. "Mind Your Own Business" (Hank Williams)
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)
9. "My Tears Fall" (Alyssa Miller)
10. "Cold, Cold Heart" (Hank Williams)
11. "Mansion on the Hill" (Hank Williams and Fred Rose)
12. "Why Don't You Love Me" (Hank Williams)