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Willie Nelson Will Release Two Albums: ‘Band of Brothers’ and ‘December Day’

by Kyle Dowling   Jun 12, 2014 13:03 PM EDT

Willie Nelson (Photo : David Buchan)

Looks as if Willie Nelson is in a writing mood...

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Nelson has a new album coming out on June 17 titled Band of Brothers. He now claims that he'll have another original-heavy record ready to be released this fall titled December Day.

To find his inspiration for getting back to writing original tunes, turns out the musician had to look no further than Band of Brothers producer Buddy Cannon.

Nelson recently told Billboard, "He produced the album, but he's also a great writer and we're good together." The two, Nelson and Cannon, worked closely on nine out of the 14 tracks that appear on Band of Brothers.

The June 17 release will be the first issue in many years for Willie Nelson, who hasn't dropped an album of original material in quite some time.


In terms of getting back to writing, Nelson says, "We had a sort of formula that worked. I'd come up with an idea I'd send him, just me and the guitar, just one take on it, and he would take that into the studio and hire musicians and cut the whole track from that, then I'd go back and put my vocal on it. So it was an easy album to cut, really."

He continued, "With writing, some days you feel like doing it, some days you don't. A lot of times you get an idea and you have to write about it, or at least I do. The ones you have to write are usually the ones that become the best songs."

Nelson admits to having burnt himself out – by overworking, of course, and nothing else – saying, "Like they say I hit the wall."

But he's since knocked down that wall to begin work on another 2014 album. The country legend hopes to release December Day this coming fall. The album is said to have "about eight or nine originals" including "Back To Earth" and "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen."


"These are songs we've been playing for a long time," Nelson says. "I really like working with the guys we had for Band of Brothers and anyone else I record with, but I really wanted to do something with my band, too."

Two Willie Nelson albums in 2014? Sounds like a win to us!

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