In Celebration Of His 80th Birthday, Willie Nelson Honored As Legacy Recordings’ Artist Of The Month For April 2013

LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE, NEWLY RECORDED STUDIO ALBUM BY WILLIE NELSON AND THE FAMILY, AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE APRIL 16, 2013

As America prepares to commemorate the 80th birthday of Willie Nelson on April 29th, the country music icon will be celebrated as Artist of the Month for April, 2013 by Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.  The celebration carries on all month, and includes the April 16th release of a new album, Let’s Face The Music And Dance, on Legacy Recordings.

Let’s Face The Music And Dance is comprised of 20th century pop, rock, jazz and country music classics and standards.  It was recorded by Willie and The Family, the band that Willie started with his sister Bobbie Nelson in 1973, and that has been his touring and recording group for forty years.  On April 28th, Willie and The Family will play a special “birthday” concert at the Back Yard in Austin, Texas.

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

Legacy’s Artist of the Month program was launched at the start of this year, commem­or­ating Janis Joplin in January, Nina Simone in February, and Sly and the Family Stone in March.

In every case, the Artist of the Month program provides fresh perspectives on musical legends whose sounds continue to affect people’s lives and enables new fans and deep aficionados the opportunity to focus on an essential figure in pop music history, whose principal catalog is a cornerstone of the Sony Music archives.

For the truly multi-dimensional Willie Nelson – singer, songwriter, Gypsy jazz guitarist, producer, bandleader, family man, perennial touring musician, television and movie actor, entrepreneur, activist, philanthropist, founder of FarmAid, rancher, golfer, proud Texan, and godfather of music’s Outlaw Country movement – it has really been One Hell Of A Ride, as suggested by the title of his 4-CD Legacy box set of 2008, the year of his 75th birthday. Continue reading