WILLIE NELSON MY WAY

Willie Nelson and Frank Sinatra are both defining avatars of American popular music. Hearing Willie’s freewheeling roadhouse rave-ups and Frank’s smoky, cosmopolitan songs, one may assume they sat on different sides of the fence—but they had an enduring friendship and great respect for each other’s craft. My Way explores his admiration and connection to Sinatra’s art and artistry across 11 fresh, intoxicating takes on songs made famous by the Chairman of the Board. Recorded in the tradition of 1978’s legendary Stardust and 2016’s Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, My Way is a warm and personal nod from one icon to another. Like Sinatra, Willie is a vocalist who imbues every song with a myriad of impressionistic sonic signatures. “I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank,” Willie said recently. “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.”

Such is the spirit of My Way’s smooth approach to timeless tunes like ‘Summer Wind,’ ‘It Was A Very Good Year,’ ‘I’ll Be Around,’ ‘Fly Me To The Moon,’ ‘What Is This Thing Called Love’ (w Norah Jones)