WILLIE NELSON AND SISTER BOBBIE TEAM UP ON ‘DECEMBER DAY: WILLIE’S STASH VOL. 1’
A NEW COLLECTION OF STUDIO RECORDINGS
SET FOR RELEASE FRIDAY DECEMBER 5TH, 2014
FIRST RELEASE IN ‘WILLIE’S STASH’ ARCHIVAL SERIES SHOWCASES 18 UNRELEASED SELECTIONS FROM THE
WILLIE NELSON FAMILY SONGBOOK
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Sony Music Entertainment Australia is proud to announce Willie Nelson and his sister Bobbie’s DECEMBER DAY, the first installment of the WILLIE’S STASH archival recordings series, is set for release on Friday December 5th, 2014.
An eclectic album collaboration from outlaw country legend Willie Nelson and his sister Bobbie Nelson, DECEMBER DAY debuts intimate new recordings of the siblings performing 18 songs they love.
As brother and sister growing up in Abbott, Texas, Willie and Bobbie Nelson learned to read music and play instruments as pre-teens under the tutelage of their grandparents, who raised them. They played together in Texas bands early in their careers and Bobbie has been an essential member of Willie’s Family Band since its official formation in 1973. Willie and Bobbie’s deeply intuitive musical bond, formed and developed through of decades of practice and spontaneity, can be felt throughout DECEMBER DAY.
With songs personally selected by Willie and Bobbie, DECEMBER DAY includes new versions of gems from Willie’s extensive songwriting catalogue such as ‘Permanently Lonely’ and ‘My Old Peculiar Way’, alongside some surprising cover tunes including Al Jolson’s ‘The Anniversary Song’ and Irving Berlin’s ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’, ‘What’ll I Do’ and ‘Always’.
The album’s sound is augmented by contributions from other Family Band members, including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee Spears on bass on ‘What’ll I Do’, recorded during his poignant last session with Willie.
In his first-hand observer liner notes for DECEMBER DAY, Family Band member Mickey Raphael provides fascinating details of the album’s performances and insights into the artists’ creative process.
“As long as I can remember, Willie and Bobbie, who ride together on Willie’s bus, spend some of their travelling time jamming on their favourite songs,” Raphael writes. “Bobbie has a travel size keyboard on the bus and Willie’s guitar, ‘Trigger’ is always by his side. This is where the idea for DECEMBER DAY was born. ‘Why not record our favourite songs like we play them for ourselves?’ Bobbie asked”.
Mickey went on to note “When it comes to a brother-sister collaboration with the longevity of Willie and Bobbie, there is beauty in keeping things simple. Less is more is the underlying theme. We’ve heard these songs before but not like this. The spontaneity born out of familiarity is what this record, DECEMBER DAY, is all about. It’s not rocket science, it’s alchemy.”
The Willie’s Stash series will present a variety of releases, personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, a singular career that’s established Willie Nelson as an American musical icon.
DECEMBER DAY is Willie’s fifth release since signing to Sony Music/Legacy Recordings in 2012. His last Legacy release, BAND OF BROTHERS, was released in June 2014 and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.
DECEMBER DAY is produced by Buddy Cannon and recorded by Steve Chadie at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas. Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (Trigger) and Bobbie Nelson (piano, B-3 organ) with Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin Smith (bass), Bee Spears (bass), Billy English (drums, percussion) and David Zettner (acoustic guitar).
WILLIE NELSON AND SISTER BOBBIE ‘DECEMBER DAY: WILLIE’S STASH, VOL. 1’ track listing:
1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)
2. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson)
3. What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin)
4. Summer of Roses / December Day (Willie Nelson)
5. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
6. Mona Lisa (Ray Evans & Jay Livingston)
7. I Don’t Know Where I Am Today (Willie Nelson)
8. Amnesia (Willie Nelson)
9. Who’ll Buy My Memories (Willie Nelson)
10. The Anniversary Song (Al Jolson & Saul Chaplin)
11. Laws of Nature (Willie Nelson)
12. Walkin’ (Willie Nelson)
13. Always (Irving Berlin)
14. I Let My Mind Wander (Willie Nelson)
15. Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson)
16. My Own Peculiar Way (Willie Nelson)
17. Sad Songs and Waltzes (Willie Nelson)
18. Ou-es tu, mon amour (Emile Stern & Henri LeMarchand) / I Never Cared for You (Willie Nelson)
About Willie Nelson
With a six-decade career and a catalog of more than 200 albums to his credit, the iconic Texas singer-songwriter Willie Nelson has earned a permanent position in pop music’s pantheon with songs combining the sophistication of Tin Pan Alley with the rough-and-tumble grit and emotional honesty of country music. He brought pop and country together on the radio in the early 1960s with unforgettable songs like “Crazy” (Patsy Cline), “Hello Walls” (Faron Young), “Funny How Time Slips Away” (Billy Walker), “Night Life” (Ray Price) and others and, by the mid-1970s, had become a superstar in his own right as a prime mover of a revolutionary and thriving outlaw country music scene. THE RED HEADED STRANGER, Willie’s first album for Columbia Records in 1975, catapulted the artist to the front ranks of popularity, making his a name familiar in country and city households across America and around-the-world.
A seven-time Grammy Award winner, Willie Nelson has received numerous accolades including American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and others. He is a co-founder of Farm Aid, an annual series of fundraising events which began as an all-star benefit concert in 1985 to raise money for American family farmers. He continues to lobby against horse slaughter and produces his own blend of biodiesel fuel. An old-school road-dog troubadour with new school wheels, Willie plays concerts year-round, tirelessly touring on Honeysuckle Rose III (he rode his first two buses into the ground), taking his music and fans to places that are always worth the ride.
The very first musician to perform on the premiere episode of Austin City Limits in 1974, Willie Nelson was inducted into the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame by fellow Texan Mathew McConaughey on Saturday, April 26, 2014. “There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson,” McConaughey told the audience assembled at the University of Texas at Austin, the original home of what is now America’s longest-running televised music program.
Willie Nelson, who turned 81 on April 29, is an American original, a sublime singer, master tunesmith and outlaw country’s most enduring archetype.