photo of Brickell by Todd Crusham; photo of Nelson by Steven Rood
In celebration of Willie Nelson’s 87th Birthday (Apr. 29, 2020), Edie Brickell has released a new track “Sing To Me, Willie”, which features Nelson himself. All of the proceeds from the song will benefit MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund.
“On Christmas Day, 2018, Willie asked me to write a song for us to sing together,” explains Brickell on how the song came about (Via press release.) “What a gift! My father and Texas are my biggest connections to Willie. I never hear his voice without loving memories of people and places back home. If only my dad could have heard this song.”
The song features Nelson and Brickell trading verses in the vivid style for which they are each uniquely known. The track was recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas, and it features members of Brickell’s band the New Bohemians: John Bush (percussion), Brad Houser (bass), Brandon Aly (drums) and Kenny Withrow (electric guitar). It also sees guest musicians Kyle Crusham (acoustic guitar) and Matt Hubbard (keyboards) contribute.
Listen to the song here or below!