Willie Nelson- The Willie Nelson Family

Willie Nelson- The Willie Nelson Family

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Label: Sony / Legacy

Released 11/19/2021

The Willie Nelson Family finds Willie joined in his Pedernales Studios by a host of his family members and extended family of long-time band members, performing songs that they have performed for much of their lives. Sister Bobbie, sons Lukas and Micah, and daughters Amy and Paula all contribute plus band members Mickey Raphael, Kevin Smith and Billy and Paul English. Produced by Willie and Steve Chadie and shaped around a setlist of 12 favorite spirit-driven songs from the Nelson Family repertoire, the album draws on deep Americana (including A.P. Carter's "Keep It On The Sunnyside" and the traditional hymn "In The Garden") while celebrating classic songwriting from Hank Williams ("I Saw The Light") and Kris Kristofferson ("Why Me") to George Harrison ("All Things Must Pass") and Willie Nelson (who penned half of the album's compositions). Willie's son Lukas (who fronts his own band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) sings lead vocals on two of the album's tracks--"All Things Must Pass" and "Keep It On The Sunnyside"--while sharing lead vocals with Willie on "I Saw the Light," "I Thought About You, Lord" and "Why Me." These songs represent the final recordings Willie made with his longtime drummer and pal Paul English who was Willie’s drummer for over 50 years before he passed away in February 2020.

Track listing:

  1. Heaven And Hell 
  2. Kneel At The Feet Of Jesus 
  3. Laying My Burdens Down 
  4. Family Bible 
  5. In The Garden 
  6. All Things Must Pass 
  7. I Saw The Light 
  8. In God's Eyes 
  9. Keep It On The Sunnyside 
  10. I Thought About You, Lord 
  11. Too Sick To Pray 
  12. Why Me