At 85, Willie Nelson is busier than most artists decades younger than him. Having just released a powerful new record titled Last Man Standing in time for his birthday in April, he already has another new one in the works.
This one is titled My Way, and it’s a tribute by Nelson to one of his heroes and friends, Frank Sinatra. If this concept sounds familiar, it could be because Bob Dylan has recorded several Sinatra covers and an album of standards, as he, too, holds Sinatra in high esteem.
Nelson’s My Way will be released on September 14 on Sony Music Entertainment, and was previewed with his take on the classic “Summer Wind”:
More than just colleagues, Nelson and Sinatra were actually quite close. From the press release:
Willie and Frank were close friends, musical colleagues and mutual admirers of each other’s work throughout Sinatra’s lifetime. In the 1980s, Sinatra opened for Willie at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and the two of them appeared together in a public service announcement for NASA’s Space Foundation.
“I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank,” Willie said recently in an interview for AARP magazine (June/July 2018). “He didn’t worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever-he could sing it either way, and that’s the feel you have to have.”
Pre-orders for My Way are up on Nelson’s official site.
The track listing: