Thursday, May 30, 2024

Country Comfort: Willie Nelson Releases New Single Ahead of Album of All New Material– He Turns 85 in April!


Quincy Jones isn’t alone celebrating his 85th birthday these days. Willie Nelson turns 85 on April 29th. To celebrate he’s releasing a whole album of new songs– not covers, new songs– on April 27th. The first single is out today called “Last Man Standing.” Frankly, outside of Tony Bennett, Willie IS the last man standing. (Next in line would be “Soul Man” Sam Moore, I guess, who’s 82.)

Willie Nelson is an eternal legend with an immortal voice. “Last Man Standing” is pretty damn good, too. Very catchy. Willie’s voice sounds just the same. He’s cancelled recent tour appearances, but why not? Why is he touring at all?

The new album is being issued on Sony Legacy, which means still no album with the Columbia Records label will grace the top 50. They have no albums up there although Sony Music is represented by Epic and RCA. Columbia was the gem of the company at one time. Maybe new leader Ron Perry will start releasing some hit records soon. Can’t wait!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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