Willie Nelson is a rugged force of high-fidelity soul swagger who orchestrates a patchwork of uniquely branded American music. With six decades of emotionally weathered roadmaps and countless classics that perfectly define the Country Western genre, he also has ventured into reggae, rhythm and blues and soul music. Simply put, the man knows no genre — just good music.
His latest release, That’s Life, is the second edition in his homage collection to friend, collaborator and crooner extraordinaire, Frank Sinatra. And it is more than a tribute. Off the heels of the 2018 release of My Way, it consists of 11 Sinatra staples that craft the perfect tribute to a career that explores love won and lost and all the roads that cross and wind.
With old familiars like “Luck Be a Lady” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” Nelson preserves the familiar with a twangy glaze of charm and authentic boot-clopping.
For ultimate authenticity, he recorded That’s Life in Sinatra’s favorite Capital Studios in Los Angeles, with album artwork reminiscent of the 1955 In the Wee Small Hours. This is the perfect audible opportunity to cross over genres and enjoy the best of both worlds while basking in the genius of legends.
– Chris Rucker