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Willie Nelson Announces New LP 'First Rose Of Spring', Shares Title Track

Friday, 21 February 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Willie Nelson will release his 70th album this year.

’First Rose of Spring’ is due out on April 24 via Legacy Recordings. The follow-up to 2019's ’Ride Me Back Home’ was produced by Buddy Cannon, who also co-penned two tracks with Nelson — Blue Star and Love Just Laughed. 

Alongside the news, the country legend has also shared the cover art, created by his son Micah, as well as the record’s mournful title track, which sits alongside interpretations of tracks written by Toby Keith, Chris Stapleton, and friend and contemporary Billy Joe Shaver. Take a look and listen below.

Nelson will perform with Chris Stapleton on his All-American Road Show on March 14 in Texas and on April 25 in Kentucky.

’First Rose of Spring’ tracklist:

1. First Rose of Spring (Randy Houser, Allen Shamblin and Mark Beeson)
2. Blue Star (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
3. I’ll Break Out Again Tonight (Sanger “Whitey” Shafer and Doodle Owens)
4. Don’t Let the Old Man In (Toby Keith)
5. Just Bummin’ Around (Pete Graves)
6. Our Song (Chris Stapleton)
7. We Are the Cowboys (Billy Joe Shaver)
8. Stealing Home (Marla Cannon-Goodman, Casey Beathard and Don Sampson)
9. I’m the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised (Wayne Kemp, Bobby Borchers and Mack Vickery)
10. Love Just Laughed (Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon)
11. Yesterday When I Was Young (Hier Encore) (Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer)

Willie Nelson Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri February 21 2020 - ORLANDO Florida - Walt Disney Theater at Dr Phillips Center (USA)
Fri March 13 2020 - NORMAN Oklahoma - Riverwind Casino Showplace Theatre (USA)
Sun March 15 2020 - TULSA Oklahoma - Paradise Cove At River Spirit (USA)
Fri April 17 2020 - NEW BRAUNFELS Texas - Whitewater Amphitheater (USA)
Sat April 18 2020 - NEW BRAUNFELS Texas - Whitewater Amphitheater (USA)
Mon April 20 2020 - MEMPHIS Tennessee - Orpheum Theatre Memphis (USA)
Wed April 22 2020 - BIRMINGHAM AL Alabama - BJCC Concert Hall (USA)
Sun April 26 2020 - NEW BUFFALO Michigan - Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds New Buffalo (USA)
Tue April 28 2020 - NASHVILLE Indiana - Brown County Music Center (USA)
Wed April 29 2020 - MILWAUKEE Wisconsin - Riverside Theatre (USA)
Wed August 05 2020 - BETHLEHEM Pennsylvania - Musikfest Cafe (USA)

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