'Always' In The Studio: Willie Keeps Busy
Toby Keith, Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams lend a hand to outlaw country icon Willie Nelson on his forthcoming studio album, "It Always Will Be."Toby Keith, Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams lend a hand to outlaw country icon Willie Nelson on his forthcoming studio album, "It Always Will Be." Due Oct. 26 via Lost Highway, the 14-track set will be led by the single "Midnight Rider" featuring Keith.
A cover of the Allman Brothers' classic, "Midnight Rider" will also serve as the theme song to CMT's "Outlaws," set to debut in the fall.
Nelson and Jones duet on the cut "Dreams Come True," while Williams chimes in on "Overtime." The artist's daughter, Paula Nelson, also joins her dad for a duet on "Be That As It May."
"It Will Always Be" is the follow-up to 2002's "The Great Divide," which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 43 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 389,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Nelson recently wrapped a tour of minor league baseball stadiums with Bob Dylan. The tireless artist is now on the road again, stopping in Berkeley, Calif., tonight (Sept. 22) and has dates scheduled through mid-December.
In other news, Nelson is among the guests appearing on "Selected Shorts," a new album from Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, also due Oct. 26. The Surfdog Records release also boasts appearances by Jimmy Buffett, Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks and Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes.