Willie Nelson Announces New Album "God’s Problem Child"
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:38:31
For the first time in almost three years, Willie Nelson has announced an album featuring entirely new material. The name of this collection is God's Problem Child, and it's slated for a release date of April 28th, which also happens to be the eve of the day the Country Music Hall of Famer turns 84 years old.
The album includes seven songs co-penned by Nelson and his longtime collaborator and producer, Buddy Cannon. The final track off the album is a Gary Nicholson song, "He Won't Ever Be Gone," written as a tribute to the country legend's longtime friend and frequent singing partner, Merle Haggard.
The LP's title track was co-written by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, and it includes vocals by both writers as well as Leon Russell, marking one of the musician's final recordings before his death last November.
Nelson shared the lyrics of another of the album's tracks last month - the politically motivated "Delete and Fast Forward". Speaking with Rolling Stone he shared a fragment of the song's chorus: "Delete and fast-forward, my friend/ The elections are over and nobody wins/ But don't worry too much, you'll go crazy again/ Delete and fast forward, my friend."
And in the typical style of grace and wit the singer also joked that the idea for a tune called "Still Not Dead" came from the fact that he is still not dead. "I got up two or three times in the last couple of years and read the paper where I'd passed away… So I just wanted to let 'em know that's a lot of horses***."vThe release of God's Problem Child, which will be available on CD, 12" vinyl LP and digitally, will be accompanied by the opportunity of packages that will include music, t-shirts and more, available via www.pledgemusic.com/willienelson.
2017 looks set to be a busy year for Nelson, the 11-time Grammy winner is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin. The Grammys air live February 12th on CBS.
PledgeMusic bundles of the album include vinyl copies, autographed test pressings, shirts, slipmats, and more. Find the artwork and tracklist below.
God's Problem Child:
01 Little House on the Hill
02 Old Timer
03 True Love
04 Delete and Fast Forward
05 A Woman's Love
06 Your Memory Has a Mind Of Its Own
08 Still Not Dead
09 God's Problem Child
10 It Gets Easier
11 Lady Luck
12 I Made a Mistake
13 He Won't Ever Be Gone
—The ARTISTdirect Staff