Willie Nelson to Release ‘Heroes’ on May 15
Willie Nelson just announced that he’ll be dropping his highly anticipated ‘Heroes’ album May 15 with Legacy Recordings. The record will feature a variety of talents from within and beyond the country genre — names like Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Billy Joe Shaver, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson.
Showcasing a mix of new tunes as well as classics with a fresh Nelson spin, ‘Heroes’ will be Nelson’s first release with Legacy.
With Buddy Cannon at the producing helm, Nelson and gang recorded most of the upcoming project at the Austin, Texas Pedernales Recording Studio and some at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Recording Studios. Nelson just left his longtime label Columbia Record in February to join up with Legacy, which is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment.
“I’m really happy to be back home with Sony Music,” the 78-year-old, seven-time Grammy-winner said in a press release. “We have been partners for many years; all the way back to Pamper Music and Tree Music. We share a great history, and I’m looking forward to many more years together.”
On the new record, the opening track features Nelson and Haggard offering up a new take of Wayne Carson’s ‘A Horse Called Music,’ which was also the title track to Nelson’s 1989 album of the same name. On the recording of the track ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,’ a new Nelson original co-written with Rich Alves, John Colgin, Buddy Cannon and Mike McQuerry where Snoop Dogg, Kristofferson and Johnson make their joint guest appearance. Sounds like a party, doesn’t it?
The other new songs slated for spaces on the record include ‘Hero,’ featuring Johnson and Shaver, and ‘Come On Back Jesus,’ featuring Lukas and Micah Nelson. The last song on the record is Nelson’s unconventional cover of the Coldplay song ‘The Scientist,’ which was featured in a short Chipotle film reiterating the company’s commitment to sustainable foods. See the full track list below.
Complete Track List of Willie Nelson’s ‘Heroes’
‘A Horse Called Music’
‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die’
‘That’s All There Is to This Song’
‘No Place to Fly’
‘Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her’ ‘Come On Up to the House’
‘My Window Faces the South’
‘The Sound of Your Memory’
‘Cold War With You’
‘My Home in San Antone’
‘Come on Back Jesus’