Willie Nelson is releasing a new album later this month, but he already has a whole new project in the can.
During a special interview for SiriusXM in support of his upcoming record God’s Problem Child, Nelson revealed he’s recorded an album with his sons Lukas and Mikah. There’s currently no other details on the project, but it once again shows that Nelson has no plans of slowing down.
Earlier this year, fans were worried about the country legend after he cancelled multiple dates due to unknown health problems. During his April 4 interview alongside producer Buddy Cannon in Nashville, he was clearly in good spirits.
A group of lucky SiriusXM subscribers had the opportunity to hear Nelson chat along with a sampling of new songs from God’s Problem Child, due out April 28. He spent time reminiscing on his early days in Nashville, throwing back beers in Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
He explained that the beloved bar was the place Patsy Cline’s husband, Charlie Dick, first heard a demo of “Crazy” playing in their jukebox. A short time later, Dick drove a somewhat intoxicated Nelson over to their house. Although Willie refused to come inside, Dick played the demo for Cline, who immediately fell in love with it.
Stories like these, along with his description of a night where he decided to lay in the middle of Broadway just for laughs, showed off Nelson’s eternal sense of humor. And although there were plenty of lighthearted moments, Nelson became more serious when discussing the passing of his close friend and collaborator, Merle Haggard. He kept his comments brief, but noted his immediate connection with “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” a track that penned in honor of Haggard on the day he passed.
Nelson is in town to honor Haggard with a performance at a star-studded tribute concert to be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena tomorrow, April 6. The event will mark the one year anniversary of Haggard’s passing.
Look out for Nelson’s interview to air on his SiriusXM channel Willie’s Roadhouse later this month. We here at Wide Open Country will also keep you posted on details of his new project as they happen.