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Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

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Willie tackled Gershwin as early as 1978’s Stardust, but here he dedicates an entire album to Ira and George’s gems. Bluesier tunes like the slinky “It Ain’t Necessarily So” lend themselves naturally to Nelson’s spare, earthy treatment, but he’s just as adept at interpreting romantic ballads such as “Embraceable You,” where he’s joined by Sheryl Crow. The key is Nelson’s knack for distinctly jazzy, behind-the-beat phrasing; he has employed it throughout his career, but on standards like these it’s an especially effective element of his style.

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Classic and Timeless

Gerswin would be proud. Willie's tribute is is fitting for the recent Gershin Award winner. Like his favorate singer, Sinatra, he continues to produce great music - in the September of his years! Congratulations Willie and look forward to what you do next.

True art

The album is what true artistry is about. Raw, emotional, beautiful. Thank you, Willie.

Great duet with Cyndi Lauper

Mr. Nelson does us all a favor and does a sparkling duet with none other than the wonderfully diverse Cyndi Lauper. Can’t wait to hear him on her upcoming country album…..Just pure FUN!


Born: April 29, 1933 in Abbott, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As a songwriter and a performer, Willie Nelson played a vital role in post-rock & roll country music. Although he didn't become a star until the mid-'70s, Nelson spent the '60s writing songs that became hits for stars like Ray Price ("Night Life"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Faron Young ("Hello Walls"), and Billy Walker ("Funny How Time Slips Away") as well as releasing a series of records on Liberty and RCA that earned him a small but devoted cult following. During the early '70s, Willie aligned himself...
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