Willie Nelson returns with his second album of Sinatra standards
Willie Nelson learned how to write songs from listening to Hank Williams, Bob Wills, and more. But one person, above all, writes Rolling Stone, taught him how to sing: Frank Sinatra. And, on February 26, 2021 Nelson will release That's Life, a new collection of Sinatra covers.
Honoring the enduring inspiration of Frank Sinatra, That's Life is Willie Nelson's second album of classics made famous by The Chairman Of The Board. Willie's first ode to Frank, 2018's My Way, earned Willie the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Solo Album, and That's Life finds Nelson (who has penned a few standards himself) inhabiting 11 more of the most treasured songs in the Great American Songbook including the title track, "Luck Be A Lady," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "You Make Me Feel So Young," and "I Won't Dance" (a duet featuring Diana Krall).
"I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank," Nelson said in 2018. "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."
Produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings, That's Life was recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood — where Frank Sinatra, created a string of album masterpieces — with additional recording at Pedernales Studios in Austin, Texas. Willie delivers 11 new studio performances, coming alive in a musical landscape animated by lush string and vibrant horn arrangements on an album mixed by recording industry legend Al Schmitt (who's recorded and mixed more than 150 gold and platinum albums and won more Grammy Awards than any other engineer or mixer). The album cover features a brand new painting of Willie and his iconic guitar, Trigger, standing in the glow of a twilight streetlamp, evoking classic Sinatra album covers of yore.
|1. Nice Work If You Can Get It|
|2. Just In Time|
|3. A Cottage For Sale|
|4. I've Got You Under My Skin|
|5. You Make Me Feel So Young|
|6. I Won't Dance (Featuring Diana Krall)|
|7. That's Life|
|8. Luck Be A Lady|
|9. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning|
|10. Learnin' The Blues|
|11. Lonesome Road|