Willie Nelson Dabbling In Reggae On New Release

Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson’s “Countryman” will see release this summer by Lost Highway. The album finds the outlaw country icon covering Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come” and dueting with Toots Hibbert on the Johnny Cash/June Carter Cash composition “I’m a Worried Man.”

The project was originally conceived with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell when Nelson joined the label’s roster in 1995. Basic tracks were recorded with producer Don Was over the next few years, but Blackwell’s exit from the label and a series of sales and mergers involving its parent companies put the album in limbo.

“Here is the “Countryman” track list:

“Something To Think About”

“How Long Is Forever”

“I’m a Worried Man” with Toots Hibbert

“The Harder They Come”

“I’ll Still Be Thinking of You”

“Sitting in Limbo”

“Darkness on the Face of the Earth”

“One in a Row”

“I’ve Just Destroyed the World”

“You Left a Long, Long Time Ago”

“I Guess I’ve Come To Live Here”

“Undo the Right”

Source billboard.com.

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