Willie Nelson readies his 152nd overall album, “The Border”

Willie Nelson, holding Trigger, smiles for the camera

Willie Nelson
Photo: Pamela Springsteen

As we noted near the top of the year, Willie Nelson, 91 years young, is entering 2024 as prolific as ever.

Nelson just announced what is, incredibly, his 152nd  album: The Border, produced by Buddy Cannon, and due out May 31.

The 10-song collection features four new Nelson/Cannon tracks (“Once Upon a Yesterday,” “What If I’m Out of My Mind,” “Kiss Me When You’re Through” and “How Much Does It Cost”), alongside covers of works by other singer-songwriters, including Larry Cordle, Erin Enderlin, Rodney Crowell, Will Jennings, Shawn Camp, Monty Holmes and Mike Reid.

The first single from Nelson’s next studio LP is its title track, co-written by Crowell and Allen Shamblin, and you can hear it below.

Nelson is joined on the record by long-time collaborator Mickey Raphael, as well as guitarists Bobby Terry and James Mitchell, as well as pianist Jim “Moose” Brown, drummer Fred Eltringham and bassist Barry Bales.

The Red-Headed Stranger is making his annual appearance at this year’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin, hosting his “Luck Reunion” event.

Following that, he’ll hit the road for the 2024 edition of his Outlaw Music Festival, which will feature a line-up this year including Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Billy Strings and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, among others. The festival, as of now, has no Texas dates scheduled.

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