Fans are treated to rare studio and interview footage of Willie Nelson discussing and recording the songs on his forthcoming ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’ album in a new video exclusively on Taste of Country. Nelson talks casually about several of the classic covers he chose for the project — available April 16 — while producer Buddy Cannon fills in the details.
“I believe in doing what I wanna do and what I feel like doing,” Nelson says to begin the clip. Much of the video focuses on the legend’s relationship with his sister Bobbie, who’s been the pianist for the Family Band for decades.
“Willie could just call a title and start playing it and Bobbie was right with him,” Cannon says between shots of the less famous (but still important) Nelson. “Or Bobbie could call a title and they just instinctively knew it. I guess after 70 years of playing ‘em, that’s just the way it is.” Bobbie was not interviewed for this video, but her presence is felt.
Nelson is seen dressed casually in an olive sweater, holding a coffee cup in his hand while a trucker cap keeps his long hair down. He speaks with enthusiasm for songs like the Floyd Tillman classic ‘I’ll Keep On Loving You’ and the slower ‘Is the Better Part Over.’ Nelson says he re-recorded that one because he just likes playing it.
‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’ is the follow-up to Nelson’s critically-acclaimed ‘Heroes’ album. It’s in stores on April 15. This June, the legend will headline the Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain, N.Y. Lady Antebellum,Hunter Hayes and Trace Adkins will join him on the star-studded bill.