Ol’ Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain? Willie Nelson’s next album salutes Sinatra

Willie Nelson pays tribute to Frank Sinatra on “My Way,” due out in September. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman

We gave a heads-up about it in our Fourth of July Picnic coverage, but now more details are available about “My Way,” Willie Nelson’s next album, due Sept. 14 on Legacy Recordings.

As the title suggests, this one’s an homage to Frank Sinatra, featuring songs the legendary 20th-century crooner made famous. “My Way” was co-produced by Buddy Cannon, who’s worked on most of Nelson’s albums this decade, and longtime Lyle Lovett Large Band pianist Matt Rollings, who teamed with Cannon on Nelson’s Grammy-winning Gershwin tribute “Summertime” a couple of years ago.

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Like “Summertime,” the new record “features lush string and horn arrangements,” according to a press statement announcing the album. “Willie and Frank were close friends, musical colleagues and mutual admirers of each other’s work throughout Sinatra’s lifetime,” the statement continued.

In a recent interview with AARP magazine, Nelson said that he “learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank. He didn’t worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever — he could sing it either way, and that’s the feel you have to have.”

Here’s the full track list for the album:

  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

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