Willie Nelson is releasing his second album of 2018: My Way, a collection of Frank Sinatra cover songs that is due out Sept. 14 on Legacy Recordings. The 11-track album, produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings, includes Nelson's duet with Norah Jones on "What Is This Thing Called Love." Other Sinatra classics on Nelson's My Way album include the title track, "Fly Me to the Moon," "Young at Heart" and "It Was a Very Good Year." Nelson has released videos for "Summer Wind" and "I'll Be Around." In April, Nelson released his 67th studio album, Last Man Standing, an album of new material.
Sinatra and Nelson were good friends and musical colleagues. In the 1980s, Sinatra opened for Nelson at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and the two singers appeared together in a public service announcement for NASA's Space Foundation.
In an interview published in AARP's June/July 2018 issue, Nelson said, "I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank. He didn't worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever—he could sing it either way, and that's the feel you have to have."
Nelson is having a very busy 2018. In addition to releasing two new albums, he's been touring as a solo act, as well as doing a Willie Nelson & Family tour. His tour as a solo act includes Nov. 12 at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida, and Nov. 14 at Marina Civic Center in Panama City, Florida.
As previously reported, Nelson will make a guest appearance on USA Network's "Real Country," a music talent competition that premieres on Nov. 13. Before the premiere of "Real Country," Nelson's fans can catch him on AXS TV's exclusive, live Farm Aid 2018 telecast on Sept. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.
Here is the complete tracklist for Nelson's My Way album:
Fly Me to the Moon
One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
A Foggy Day
It Was a Very Good Year
I'll Be Around
Night and Day
What Is This Thing Called Love (with Norah Jones)
Young at Heart