Willie Nelson Readies Frank Sinatra Covers Album For February Release

Willie Nelson will soon honor his friend and fellow music legend Frank Sinatra with his new studio album, That’s Life….

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Lauren Jo Black

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January 7, 2021

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Willie Nelson will soon honor his friend and fellow music legend Frank Sinatra with his new studio album, That’s Life.

Out Friday, February 26, the project includes covers of standards and classics made famous by Frank Sinatra.

That’s Life follows Nelson’s first Sinatra covers album, My Way, which was released in 2018 and earned Nelson a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Pop Solo Album.

The album was produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings and recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood (where Sinatra recorded albums from March 1956 to November 1961). 

Nelson and Sinatra were close friends and musical colleagues. In the 19080s, Sinatra opened for Nelson in Las Vegas and the pair appeared together in a PSA for NASA’s Space Foundation.

“I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank,” Nelson previously shared in an interview with AARP magazine. “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.”

That’s Life will be available on CD, 12″ vinyl LP and digital formats. The album is available for pre-order now

Willie Nelson, That's Life

Willie Nelson – That’s Life Track Listing 
(songwriters; Frank Sinatra version, date)
01. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Ira Gershwin & George Gershwin; Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First, 1962)
02. Just In Time (Adolph Green, Jule Styne & Betty Comden; Come Dance With Me!, 1959)
03. A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley & Willard Robison; No One Cares, 1959)
04. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter; Songs For Swingin’ Lovers!, 1956)
05. You Make Me Feel So Young (Josef Myrow & Mack Gordon; Songs For Swingin’ Lovers!, 1956)
06. I Won’t Dance – featuring Diana Krall (Jerome Kerr, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields; A Swingin’ Affair!, 1957)
07. That’s Life (Dean Kay & Kelly Gordon, That’s Life, 1966)
08. Luck Be A Lady (Frank Loesser; My Kind Of Broadway, 1965)
09. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (David Mann & Bob Hilliard; In The Wee Small Hours, 1955)
10. Learnin’ The Blues (Dolores Vicki Silvers; Session with Sinatra EP, single, 1955)
11. Lonesome Road (Nathaniel Shilkret & Gene Austin; A Swingin’ Affair!, 1957)

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.