Does Willie Nelson ever fail to pull off a great cover? His ability to interpret popular music is likely unmatched by anyone this side of Phish, and a YouTube search for "Willie Nelson covers" yields a treasure trove of unexpected choices to anyone willing to sift through endless bedroom recordings of musicians taking on Willie's own iconic catalog.
Those who enjoy Nelson's covers as much as I do will be pleased to know that the Red Headed Stranger is gearing up to release a tribute album devoted to the standards of his late friend, erstwhile bandmate, fellow Texan, and country music legend Ray Price.
Nelson has collaborated for the most part with Nashville swing ensemble The Time Jumpers to deliver twelve covers of Price's material in his inimitable voice. Listen above to a wonderful rendition of "Heartaches by the Number," which Price released as a single in 1959 and Nelson first covered in 1966 on his LP Country Favorites - Willie Nelson Style.
For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price is scheduled for release on September 19, 2016. Pick up a copy on Amazon.
Below, you can watch a video of Willie and The Time Jumpers working on the record in Nashville.
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