Willie Nelson to release Gershwin Brothers Tribute Album

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FILE - This May 3, 2013 file photo shows Willie Nelson performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. A missing toy armadillo with a connection to Nelson has sparked a search in the New York suburbs. The Capitol Theater's general manager says a stuffed armadillo beloved by a member of Nelson's crew was stolen from the stage after a Nelson concert last Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, file)

Willie Nelson was last year’s recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song – the first country singer to received this award.The country legend has now decided to celebrate the brothers George and Ira with a new album this year. Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings George Gershwin is due for release on February 26 and saw the country singer-songwriter recording classic songs such as It Ain’t Necessarily So, Somebody Loves Me, I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me and the title track, Summertime. Nelson has already established himself as a interpreter of classic standards with his 1978 album, Stardust, a hit with country fans and also including Gershwin songs. Summertime will also feature two duets, with Sheryl Crow, who joins Nelson on Embraceable You, and Cyndi Lauper on Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off.

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