Country music legend Willie Nelson opens his vault with the launch of a brand-new archival series titled Willie's Stash. The first release of the series is titled December Day Willie's Stash Vol. 1.
Central to December Day is the collaboration of Willie and Sister Bobbie. From Willie's earliest years in his native Abbott, Texas, Bobbie, two years his senior, was a part of his musical upbringing; the duo learned to read music and play instruments at an early age under the tutelage of their grandparents. Playing together in bands early on in their careers, Bobbie has been a key highlighted member of Willie's Family band since its inception, and their bond as siblings and musicians - a bond that reflects years of both practice and spontaneity - is palpable throughout December Day.
December Day features new versions of gems from Willie's extensive songwriting catalog "Permanently Lonely," "My Old Peculiar Way" and some eclectic covers Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "What'll I Do" with some sprinkled contributions from other Family Band members, including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee Spears on bass.
The Willie's Stash series offers curated vault releases taken from decades of recording and touring - a career that's long established Willie Nelson as an all-time American icon.
"I've been waiting to put one out with me and the band for a long time," Nelson says. "These are songs we've been playing for a long time. I really like working with the guys we had for ('Band of Brothers') and anyone else I record with, but I really wanted to do something with my band, too."
Includes 18 unreleased tracks
LP 1 - Side A:
1. Alexander's Ragtime Band
2. Permanently Lonely
3. What'll I Do
4. Summer of Roses / December Day
LP 1 - Side B:
1. Mona Lisa
2. I Don't Know Where I Am Today
4. Who'll Buy My Memories
5. The Anniversary Song
LP 2 - Side C:
1. Laws of Nature
4. I Let My Mind Wander
LP 2 - Side D:
1. Is the Better Part Over
2. My Own Peculiar Way
3. Sad Songs and Waltzes
4. Ou Es-Tu Mon Amour / I Never Cared For You