Willie Nelson and family cover Hank Williams and George Harrison on new album

Country icon and his members bandon his tracks with voice of Lennon & McCartney, as well as Robert Plant’s backing band Willie Nelson and family cover Hank Williams and George Harrison on new album…

Willie Nelson and family cover Hank Williams and George Harrison on new album

Country icon and his members bandon his tracks with voice of Lennon & McCartney, as well as Robert Plant’s backing band

Willie Nelson and family cover Hank Williams and George Harrison on new album

Willie Nelson is joined by his sons and their band, Promise of the Real, for a collection of covers on his new album, The Stranger, out on Friday.

The album is filled with Nelson classics – and has rung up comparisons to Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind and Neil Young’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.

Nelson originally recorded the album at a Nashville studio in April with Promise of the Real, with whom he’s worked on an album and several live shows. Nelson’s son Lukas joined his dad on vocals on Highway 61 Revisited, while Micah Nelson, Lukas’s twin brother, was on electric guitar for Blow Up the Promised Land and Strange Fruit, and Lukas was on keys on Cash Box Kings.

The group also tackles tunes by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Band, John Lennon and George Harrison, among others.

Nelson told Rolling Stone, “We like to think of [The Stranger] as a tribute to the great classic American country repertoire … In addition to the spirit of outlawing, the acoustic folk-rock of Dylan or the shimmering romanticism of Neil Young, we like to say that it will carry the USA to the promised land.”

Nelson said the album took him back to his early days, when he was a star in the 60s. He played Hard Rain, Prison Song, and New Orleans following the banjo-toting appearance on This Land Is Your Land, written by Ringo Starr and arranged by Paul McCartney, which Nelson performed in 1991.

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