Music icon Willie Nelson’s new album will be a tribute to two music icons who came before him, the Gershwin brothers.
In November, Willie Nelson became the first country artist to receive the distinguished Gershwin Prize. During the ceremony, held in Washington D.C., Nelson announced his next project would be a full-length tribute to the award’s namesake.
“I have been a fan of Ira and George Gershwin’s music since I was a little guy,” said Nelson.
The album, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, is set for release on Feb. 26., and will feature 11 of Nelson’s favorite Gershwin classics, which he calls “some of the greatest songs ever.” Selections include “I Got Rhythm”, “Porgy and Bess”,”Summertime” and “Love Is Here to Stay”.
Look for a couple notable duets featured on the album. Sheryl Crowe will lend her talents, as will Cyndi Lauper, who recently recruited Nelson for her debut country album, expected later this year.
The Gershwin tribute is just one of Nelson’s many recent projects. In 2015, he released Django and Jimmie, a duets album with Merle Haggard. Prior to its release, he also announced his plans to launch a marijuana brand, which will debut in Colorado. And at 89, Nelson is still on tour.
We look forward to hearing the new album and seeing what 2016 has in store for the country legend.