Country legend Willie Nelson is honoring the late Frank Sinatra with a brand new cover album. The project, named My Way, will be released on Sept. 19 and features reimagined and newly-arranged versions of Sinatra’s most popular songs.
Although Nelson and Sinatra may not seem like the most conventional duet partners, the two shared a long-lasting friendship. (You can see their rapport in this public service announcement for NASA’s Space Foundation.) The Red Headed Stranger also famously opened for Sinatra during his 1987 show at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. A digitally-engineered duet version of “My Way” featuring Nelson and Sinatra was also included as a bonus track on the 2013 Duets: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition box set. Nelson also famously recorded Sinatra’s hit song “Stardust” as the title track of his iconic 1978 cover album of pop, country and jazz standards.
In a recent interview with AARP Magazine, Nelson noted that he learned from Sinatra’s vocal phrasing, and noted that he always “sang it like he felt it.”
The project follows up Nelson’s 2018 release Last Man Standing, which was produced by Buddy Cannon. The country music icon has released multiple cover albums through his long career. In 2016 alone, he released Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin and For The Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price.
My Way will be released via Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Fans can currently pre-order the new album in CD, vinyl and digital formats via Nelson’s official website.
Willie Nelson’s My Way Track Listing:
1. “Fly Me to the Moon”
2. “Summer Wind”
3. “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)”
4. “A Foggy Day”
5. “It Was A Very Good Year”
6. “Blue Moon”
7. “I’ll Be Around”
8. “Night And Day”
9. “What Is This Thing Called Love (with Norah Jones)”
10. “Young at Heart”
11. “My Way”