Longtime friends and collaborators Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have something new to smile about. Their latest album, Django and Jimmie, made its debut on the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart.
Django and Jimmie also captured the number seven slot on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart on its first week of release. The album, produced by Buddy Cannon, features 14 brand new tracks from the famous pair. The release features a lyrical mixture of cultural commentary, reflective ballads and tongue-in-cheek humor. Their first single from the album, “It’s All Going to Pot,” is a cleverly-written exploration of the duo’s well-known fondness for marijuana. In comparison, their second cut from the release, entitled “Unfair Weather Friend,” is a heartfelt ballad that tells of the love felt between Nelson and Haggard’s through their decades-old friendship.
The two legends had their first collaborative number one with their classic album Pancho and Lefty, which was released in 1983.
Although both artists are currently touring separately, they have teased the idea of a co-headlining tour in a few recent interviews.
“In fact, I was talking to some folks today — I was gonna see what they thought of making us do a tour of it when (the album) comes out,” Nelson told Rolling Stone Country. “We ought to do whatever we can get — as many days as we need to, because I know it’s a good record. I think it might sell a couple.”
Fans will have to wait and see if the album’s success will push the two stars to hit the road together. Until then, you can find their individual tour dates at listed at both Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson‘s official websites.