Willie Nelson Inhabits The Songs Of Others On 'First Rose Of Spring' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN In this session, Nelson reflects on First Rose of Spring, his 70th studio album released July 3.
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Willie Nelson Inhabits The Songs Of Others On 'First Rose Of Spring'

Willie Nelson Inhabits The Songs Of Others On 'First Rose Of Spring'

Willie Nelson On World Cafe

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Playlist

  • "First Rose of Spring"
  • "Don't Let the Old Man In"
  • "Down Yonder"
  • "We Are the Cowboys"
  • "Love Just Laughed"
  • "I'm the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised"

There's something about Willie Nelson's voice where you just believe what he's saying, even when he's singing a song he didn't write himself. And he does a lot of that on his recently released, 70th studio album, First Rose of Spring.

First Rose of Spring was released July 3, and I spoke to him just a couple of days before it came out. In this session, we discuss how Nelson is able to inhabit songs other people write and why he chose some of the songs on his new album. He also talks about working on a memoir with his sister Bobbie and the kind of advice he gives his sons, Lukas and Micah, who are also musicians. Before you hear our conversation, let's start with a bit of the title track from the album. Listen in the audio player above.

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