Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Team Up on December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1

 —  November 13, 2014 — 7 Comments

WillieNelson_DecemberDay_cover_5x5Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Team Up on December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1, a New First Release in Willie’s Stash Archival Series Showcases 18 Unreleased Selections from the Collection of Studio Recordings, Coming December 2 Willie Nelson Family Songbook

Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie’s December Day, the first installment of the Willie’s Stash archival recordings series, on Tuesday, December 2.

An eclectic album collaboration from outlaw country legend Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Nelson, December Day debuts intimate new recordings of the siblings performing 18 songs they love.As brother and sister growing up in Abbott, Texas, Willie and Bobbie Nelson learned to read music and play instruments as pre-teens under the tutelage of their grandparents, who raised them. They played together in Texas bands early in their careers and Bobbie has been an essential member of Willie’s Family Band since its official formation in 1973. Willie and Bobbie’s deeply intuitive musical bond, formed and developed through of decades of practice and spontaneity, can be felt throughout December Day.

With songs personally selected by Willie and Bobbie, December Day includes new versions of gems from Willie’s extensive songwriting catalog (“Permanently Lonely,” “My Old Peculiar Way”) alongside some surprising cover tunes (Al Jolson’s “The Anniversary Song,” Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “What’ll I Do” and “Always”).

The album’s sound is augmented by contributions from other Family Band members, including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee Spears on bass on “What’ll I Do,” recorded during his poignant last session with Willie. In his first-hand observer liner notes for December Day, Family Band member Mickey Raphael provides fascinating details of the album’s performances and insights into the artists’ creative process.

“As long as I can remember, Willie and Bobbie, who ride together on Willie’s bus, spend some of their traveling time jamming on their favorite songs,” Raphael writes. “Bobbie has a travel size keyboard on the bus and Willie’s guitar, Trigger is always by his side. This is where the idea for December Day was born. ‘Why not record our favorite songs like we play them for ourselves?,’ Bobbie asked….

“….When it comes to a brother-sister collaboration with the longevity of Willie and Bobbie, there is beauty in keeping things simple. ‘Less is more’ is the underlying theme. We’ve heard these songs before but not like this. The spontaneity born out of familiarity is what this record, December Day, is all about.

“It’s not rocket science, it’s alchemy.”

The Willie’s Stash series will present a variety of releases, personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, a singular career that’s established Willie Nelson as an American musical icon.

December Day is Willie’s fifth release since signing to Legacy Recordings in 2012. His last Legacy release, Band Of Brothers, was released in June 2014 and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.

December Day is produced by Buddy Cannon and recorded by Steve Chadie at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas.

Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (Trigger) and Bobbie Nelson (piano, B-3 organ) with Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin Smith (bass), Bee Spears (bass), Billy English (drums, percussion) and David Zettner (acoustic guitar).

Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie / December Day (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1)

  1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)
  2. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson)
  3. What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin)
  4. Summer of Roses / December Day (Willie Nelson)
  5. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
  6. Mona Lisa (Ray Evans & Jay Livingston)
  7. I Don’t Know Where I Am Today (Willie Nelson)
  8. Amnesia (Willie Nelson)
  9. Who’ll Buy My Memories (Willie Nelson)
  10. The Anniversary Song (Al Jolson & Saul Chaplin)
  11. Laws of Nature (Willie Nelson)
  12. Walkin’ (Willie Nelson)
  13. Always (Irving Berlin)
  14. I Let My Mind Wander (Willie Nelson)
  15. Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson)
  16. My Own Peculiar Way (Willie Nelson)
  17. Sad Songs and Waltzes (Willie Nelson)
  18. Ou-es tu, mon amour (Emile Stern & Henri LeMarchand) / I Never Cared for You (Willie Nelson)

7 responses to Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Team Up on December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1

  1. Willie and family, I enjoyed the concert at winstar last Saturday I have been a fan since your
    And my younger days. Thanks for all the years of good entertainment.

  2. Can’t wait to get this album. I have seen you both is soooo many great shows, going back to the 70’s. Love the band and will always love this band. My daughter born in 77, had a Willie shirt she wore out!!! Still have the shirt and it will be going on a T shirt quilt I will be making for her. We all love Willie and Sister Bobbie!!!

  3. i’m listening to this, now, at the New Times “Press Play” column. lovely, clear, and calming.

    thanks for this.

  4. A complete travesty and a total dis-service to two of my long-time favorites. You need to preview this BEFORE you buy this album.

  5. Willie, I’m an old man with bad health and the only pleasure I get in life is your music. I don’t know why but recently I have become addicted to your music and the greatest pleasure I get is sitting in my garage drinking a Bud and listening to your music. I know I don’t have a long time left but I will die listening to your music. Thank you!!!!!!

  6. well I’ll be all over that just to hear new renditions of “Walkin” and “is the Better Part Over”. I am currently making my band learn “Walkin” for me to sing- won’t let the guys do it because they all try to sound like Willie…and NOBODY I don’t give a damn how good they are…NOBODY can sound like Willie. I do what Willie has always done with music- I love it, I nurture it, and I do it my way no matter who it belongs to. By the end of it, it’s mine, One of my MANY life’s lessons from ol Willie. Love ya man!

  7. I will buy this cd, snd definetly his ” life”stort oyt 5/5. What s great msn!

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