Sad Songs And Waltzes
WILLIE NELSON’S “SONGBIRD”
TO BE RELEASED BY LOST HIGHWAY ON OCTOBER 31, 2006
FEATURING RYAN ADAMS AND THE CARDINALS
PRODUCED BY ADAMS ALBUM INCLUDES ORIGINALS AND SONGS BY LEONARD COHEN, GRAM PARSONS, THE GRATEFUL DEAD AND MORE
Nashville, TN – On October 31, 2006, Lost Highway released Songbird, an album from the legendary Willie Nelson. Songbird was produced by Ryan Adams and recorded with Adams and The Cardinals on all 11 tracks, along with Nelson’s longtime harmonica master Mickey Raphael.
Songbird included a diverse range of covers, including Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, Gram Parsons’ “$1000 Wedding”, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter’s “Stella Blue” and the gorgeous title track written by Christine McVie, which originally appeared on Fleetwood Mac’s landmark album Rumours.
Nelson and Adams each penned a new song specifically for Songbird. Nelson’s acoustic “Back To Earth” could have easily appeared on one of his timeless albums, while Adams’ country blues gem “Blue Hotel”, written for Nelson, features The Red Headed Stranger’s signature stylings. New renditions of some Nelson classics also appear on Songbird including “Sad Songs and Waltzes” (from Shotgun Willie) and “We Don’t Run” (from Spirit).
Songbird was recorded at Loho Studios in New York, NY and mixed by Jamie Candiloro. Along with production duties, Adams plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass. The Cardinals are Neal Casal (piano, guitar), Jon Graboff (pedal steel), Brad Pemberton (drums) and Catherine Popper (bass).
Willie Nelson -Songbird Track Listing
“Rainy Day Blues” Willie Nelson
“Songbird” Christine McVie
“Blue Hotel” Ryan Adams
“Back To Earth” Willie Nelson
“Stella Blue” Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter
“Hallelujah” Leonard Cohen
“$1000 Wedding” Gram Parsons
“We Don’t Run” Willie Nelson
“Yours Love” Harlan Howard
“Sad Songs And Waltzes” Willie Nelson
“Amazing Grace” Traditional Arr. by Ryan Adams