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Willie Nelson To Release New Album

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Last November, legendary singer Willie Nelson became the first country singer to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. 

During his acceptance speech, Nelson announced that he was working on a secret project. 

“It is a great honor,” Nelson said. "I have been a fan of Ira and George Gershwin’s music since I was a little guy. In appreciation for the award, I’ve just recorded a complete Gershwin album."

The album, titled Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, will be released on February 26 and includes eleven "of the greatest songs ever", according to Nelson.

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The Gershwin brothers have composed countless Broadway tunes and are best-known for their work on Rhapsody in Blue, An American In Paris, and Porgy and Bess

The album features classic songs from "Somebody To Watch Over Me" to "I Got Rhythm" to "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off". He also includes duets with Cyndi Lauper and Sheryl Crow that are sure to send you down memory lane.

Nelson has recognized the history of these amazing songs.

"The Gershwin songs have been here for many, many years," he said. "When I was just a small guy, I remember hearing all these great Gershwin songs and they'll be around forever because great music like that just does not go away."

We can admit that we will be counting down the days until this album is released, how about you?!

Listen to "Summertime", one of the songs on Nelson's Gershwin tribute album below. 

Lyrics Below

Summertime,
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Oh, Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry


One of these mornings
You're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll take to the sky


But until that morning
There's a'nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by


Summertime,
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry

 

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