2023 Is A Banner Year for Willie Nelson!
New Studio Album, I Don’t Know A Thing About Love, Coming Friday, March 3 Track From Album, “Tiger By The Tail” Released Today
Willie Nelson Wins Two Grammy Awards for Best Country Album (A Beautiful Time) and Best Country Solo Performance (“Live Forever”) from Live Forever: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver
Nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2023 Induction
Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 Birthday Two-Day Hollywood Bowl Concert Announced
2023 is banner year for Willie Nelson, who turns 90 years old on April 29. Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release I Don’t Know A Thing About Love, the new studio album from Willie Nelson, on Friday, March 3. He recently added two Grammys to his career total of 12 wins and is a nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2023. “Wille Nelson & Family,” a new five-part film documentary series directed by Thom Zimny and Oren Moverman, premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2023.
Last Sunday, Willie won two Grammy Awards from two separate projects: Best Country Album (A Beautiful Time) and Best Country Solo Performance (“Live Forever”) (from Live Forever: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver).
Additionally, Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90, a star-studded concert presented by Blackbird Presents celebrating Willie’s 90th birthday was recently announced. The two-night event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30 at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. For complete show details, including information on travel packages, go to http://willienelson90.com.
With the release of I Don’t Know A Thing About Love, Willie Nelson brings his own perspective to the abiding musical legacy of Harlan Howard with sublime studio performances of 10 Howard compositions including “Tiger By The Tail,” available on all DSPs today. Cowritten by Buck Owens and Harlan Howard, the song was first released as “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail,” a smash single by Buck Owens & the Buckaroos, in December 1964. Hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1965, the track became Buck’s highest charting pop record, his only Top 40 entry, and a signature song in his live performances. Willie Nelson puts his own unique spin on his new version of “Tiger By The Tail.”
Listen to “Tiger By The Tail” HERE and read more about it via Garden & Gun HERE
For his new album, Willie Nelson and band recorded fresh interpretations of 10 classic compositions penned by the legendary American songwriter Harlan Howard, an early musical contemporary of Willie’s who famously defined a great country song as “three chords and the truth.”
In a career spanning six decades, Howard wrote many popular songs and enduring standards for a variety of artists. In 1961 alone, he had 15 compositions on the country charts, which earned him 10 BMI awards. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and, in 1997, was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Harlan Howard died in Nashville in 2002, at age 74, and was buried in Nashville City Cemetery.
Featuring cover art by Micah Nelson (Willie’s son), I Don’t Know A Thing About Love was produced by longtime musical collaborator Buddy Cannon and debuts 10 studio performances. The band on the album includes Willie Nelson (Trigger, lead vocals), Larry Paxton (bass, tic tac bass), Lonnie Wilson (drums), Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), James Mitchell (electric guitar), Mike Johnson (steel guitar), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Jim “Moose” Brown (piano, synthesizer, B3 organ, Wurlitzer), Wyatt Beard (background vocals), and Melonie Cannon (background vocals).
Digital and CD configurations of Willie Nelson’s I Don’t Know A Thing About Love may be pre-ordered HERE
Vinyl Me, Please (VMP) will be offering an exclusive 12″ vinyl edition of I Don’t Know A Thing About Love later this year.
Willie Nelson – I Don’t Know A Thing About Love
1. Tiger By The Tail
2. The Chokin’ Kind
3. Excuse Me (I Think I’ve Got A Heartache)
4. Life Turned Her That Way
5. I Don’t Know A Thing About Love
6. Streets Of Baltimore
8. She Called Me Baby
9. Too Many Rivers
10. Beautiful Annabel Lee
Willie Nelson & Legacy Recordings
In February 2012, Willie Nelson entered into an historic new record deal with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, marking a label homecoming for Nelson, who, from 1975-1993, had cut a phenomenal string of top-selling singles and albums for Columbia Records, beginning with 1975’s seminal smash Red Headed Stranger. New titles by the artist under the Legacy imprint include newly recorded songs and performances as well as archival releases, personally curated by the artist, drawn from all phases of his career including his recordings for RCA Records and others. Since signing with Legacy, Willie Nelson has sold more than 1 million albums for the label.
Nelson’s album releases for Legacy Recordings have included:
Willie Nelson Live At Budokan 1984 (2022)
A Beautiful Time (2022) (Grammy: Best Country Album & Grammy nomination: Best Country Song: “I’ll Love You Till The Day I Die”)
The Willie Nelson Family (2021) (Grammy nomination: Best Roots Gospel Album)
That’s Life (2021) (Grammy nomination: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album)
Last Rose of Spring (2020)
Ride Me Back Home (2019) (Grammy: Best Country Solo Performance, “Ride Me Back Home”)
My Way (2018) (Grammy: Best Traditional Pop Solo Album)
Last Man Standing (2018)
Willie Nelson and the Boys: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2 (2017)
God’s Problem Child (2017)
For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (2016)
Summertime:Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (2016) (Grammy: Best Traditional Pop Solo Album)
Django and Jimmie (2015)
December Day: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1 (2014)
Band of Brothers (2014)
To All The Girls… (2013)
Let’s Face The Music And Dance (2013)
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