Willie Nelson’s “Country Music” is his new album, but he reported is working hard for his next projects.
Nelson has been in the studio with producer James Stroud, working on songs that he says “take up where the ‘Country Music’ album” — an acoustic set produced by T Bone Burnett — “left off, and then it went into the different sounds of drums and arrangements and more blending rock and country together. I think it’s a natural evolution.”
Nelson expects the album to come out in late summer or fall.
That’s not the only new music Nelson is working on. He reports that he’s been in the studio with his sister Bobbie Nelson on piano, harmonica player Mickey Raphael and other members of his band “putting together another ‘Stardust’-type album” of standards, possibly based on Irving Berlin’s 1923 song “What’ll I Do.”
“It’ll maybe be another group of songs from that era — ‘I’ll Be Loving You Always,’ stuff like that,” says Nelson, who’s also working on original material. “There’s so many great songs out there, you never really run out of them. As long as you’re enjoying it and people are accepting it, what else could you ask for?”