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Willie Nelson Prepares to Turn 80, Releases New Music

Posted By Sarah Wyland On April 15, 2013 @ 2:47 PM In Country Music News | Comments Disabled

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Willie Nelson photo by David McClister, courtesy of Lost Highway Records.

Willie Nelson [2] will turn 80 years old on April 30, but that hasn’t slowed him down. After a show in Austin last week to raise funds for the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease, Willie sat down with the Austin Chronicle [3] to talk about hitting the milestone as well as his new album, Let’s Face the Music and Dance, which hits stores Tuesday.

“We’re still playin’ pretty good, and the crowds are good,” he told the paper. “Really no need to quit while we’re still having fun.”  Still enjoying what he does, Willie doesn’t see the birthday as a milestone. “No more than 50, or 70, or 21,” he said. “I thought when I made 21 it was a big deal! I thought I was lucky, after 21. Anything over that, as they say, was gravy. Eighty? It’s just another number, I guess.”

Many of Willie’s close friends didn’t live to see 80. He admitted that he thinks about that from time to time but counts his blessings all the same. “I’ve been so lucky/fortunate/blessed, all those words,” he said. “I know a lot of people didn’t reach 80, and I haven’t got there yet. I’ve been lucky/fortunate/blessed to be able to still be doing what I’m doing and what I think I came here to do.”

“It’s wonderful how we have spent our lives,” Bobbie Nelson, Willie’s sister and the pianist in his band, agreed. “I think we should never stop doing things, learning to do new things, and playing. I don’t need to quit. I’d rather do some more, too. The band has got a new album, and Willie used the band for the next album. It’s really nice.”

The new album features dance hall standards, including a cover of Carl Perkins’ rockabilly classic “Matchbox.” According to Willie, he just cut the songs he liked by artists he respected. “All them guys out of Memphis that came through [Sun Records] and kicked up a lot of dust for awhile? Yeah, I was paying attention,” he said. “Carl Perkins – I liked “Matchbox”! He and I recorded down in my studio one time. He was a good artist.”

In addition to releasing his own new music, Willie will appear on Kenny Chesney’s [4] new album, Life On A Rock, set for an April 30 release.

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Willie Nelson Prepares to Turn 80, Releases New Music

Posted By Sarah Wyland On April 15, 2013 @ 2:47 PM In Country Music News | No Comments

Willie Nelson [1]

Willie Nelson photo by David McClister, courtesy of Lost Highway Records.

Willie Nelson [2] will turn 80 years old on April 30, but that hasn’t slowed him down. After a show in Austin last week to raise funds for the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease, Willie sat down with the Austin Chronicle [3] to talk about hitting the milestone as well as his new album, Let’s Face the Music and Dance, which hits stores Tuesday.

“We’re still playin’ pretty good, and the crowds are good,” he told the paper. “Really no need to quit while we’re still having fun.”  Still enjoying what he does, Willie doesn’t see the birthday as a milestone. “No more than 50, or 70, or 21,” he said. “I thought when I made 21 it was a big deal! I thought I was lucky, after 21. Anything over that, as they say, was gravy. Eighty? It’s just another number, I guess.”

Many of Willie’s close friends didn’t live to see 80. He admitted that he thinks about that from time to time but counts his blessings all the same. “I’ve been so lucky/fortunate/blessed, all those words,” he said. “I know a lot of people didn’t reach 80, and I haven’t got there yet. I’ve been lucky/fortunate/blessed to be able to still be doing what I’m doing and what I think I came here to do.”

“It’s wonderful how we have spent our lives,” Bobbie Nelson, Willie’s sister and the pianist in his band, agreed. “I think we should never stop doing things, learning to do new things, and playing. I don’t need to quit. I’d rather do some more, too. The band has got a new album, and Willie used the band for the next album. It’s really nice.”

The new album features dance hall standards, including a cover of Carl Perkins’ rockabilly classic “Matchbox.” According to Willie, he just cut the songs he liked by artists he respected. “All them guys out of Memphis that came through [Sun Records] and kicked up a lot of dust for awhile? Yeah, I was paying attention,” he said. “Carl Perkins – I liked “Matchbox”! He and I recorded down in my studio one time. He was a good artist.”

In addition to releasing his own new music, Willie will appear on Kenny Chesney’s [4] new album, Life On A Rock, set for an April 30 release.

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