Willie Nelson Has Released New Studio Album 'The Willie Nelson Family'
As its title indicates, The Willie Nelson Family includes several of Nelson’s kin, including his sister Bobbi, his sons Lukas and Micah, and his daughters Amy and Paula. The album also features contributions from Paul English, Nelson’s longtime drummer and confidant, who died early last year at 87.
The record includes versions of George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me,” in addition to the Carter Family favourite “Keep On the Sunnyside.” The Willie Nelson Family is Nelson’s second album of the year, following February’s That’s Life, his second volume of Frank Sinatra covers.
Country singer and songwriter Willie Nelson rose to prominence at the end of the 1960s and contributed to the "outlaw country" sub-genre, which challenged the music industry conservatism of Nashville at the time. During his lengthy, award-winning career, he has written some of the most popular and memorable country songs of all time, many of which have been covered by a wide range of artists over the last half-century. Now in his 80s, Nelson continues to record, tour and devote time to charitable and political causes.