Willie Nelson has added another number one album to his list of musical achievements with his latest release, a Gershwin Tribute album aptly titled Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin. Nelson’s latest record topped the jazz charts after its release on Feb. 26.
Being honored with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Nov. 2015 inspired Nelson to create an album of Gershwin hit songs. Since announcing the album’s upcoming release in Jan., Nelson has expressed his great admiration for Ira and George Gershwin.
When receiving the award, Nelson said, “To get a Gershwin award for anything is great, but to get one for songwriting is especially great because Ira and George Gershwin were just fantastic writers.” He continued to express his adoration of their timeless creations by saying, “… they’ll be around forever because great music like that just does not go away.”
We have a feeling that people will say the same thing about Nelson’s music for a long time to come.
The album features a couple of Nelson’s friends lending their voices. Cyndi Lauper is featured on “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and Sheryl Crow joins him on “Embraceable You.” You’ll find other classics on the record like “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Summertime” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”