In 1978, Texas country legend Willie Nelson defied convention and broke away from his outlaw country roots with the release of pop standards classic Stardust. Released by Columbia, it became certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and renowned by both fans and critics.
Stardust record helped Nelson become the most profitable concert act in all of America. Just last year, it made the Grammy Hall of Fame.
While his 2015 collaboration with Merle Haggard, Django and Jimmie was generally well received, fans are sure to be happy to hear the outlaw singer is working on yet another project.
Building on success from his recent Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Saint Willie has made the popular decision to give us a full covers album of George and Ira Gershwin songs.
And if this new video of his recording of “Summertime” is any indicator, the 82-year-old is bound to dazzle fans with his trademark voice and one-of-a-kind guitar pickin’, giving it his own country twist.