"Summertime" - Willie Nelson (Gershwin Cover) [YouTube Official Video]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published January 13, 2016

It's been 38 years since Willie Nelson released Stardust, an album consisting of classic pop standards by the likes of Irving Berlin. Now, the country troubadour is back at it again. Willie's next album, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, will consist entirely of songs by songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin. This comes less than a year after Willie won the esteemed Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Above, you can watch Nelson in the studio performing "Summertime." Backed by gentle harmonica, piano, and upright bass, Nelson lays down his signature guitar playing and vocals for this stripped-down arrangement. Even at 82 years old, he's still got it.

The song was originally written in 1934 for the Broadway opera Porgy and Bess. Since then, "Summertime" has become a touchstone for artists across a wide range of genres, from jazz and soul to rock & roll. Famous versions of the song have been recorded by Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke, Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Al Martino, The Marcels, Rick Nelson, The Zombies, Billy Stewart, and Janis Joplin's Big Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin is due out on February 26. Pick it up on Amazon.

For the latest music, news, and tour dates from Willie Nelson, check out his Zumic artist page.

Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin album cover art

Source: Willie Nelson VEVO YouTube

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