Heroes is the sixtieth studio album by American country music singer Willie Nelson, released by Legacy Recordings on May 15, 2012. Produced by Buddy Cannon, the album contains classic country songs, new songs written by Nelson and his son Lukas, and the classic song from Nelson's repertoire, "A Horse Called Music". Guest appearances include Lukas Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Sheryl Crow.
Band Name Willie Nelson. Other productions from Willie Nelson.
That's All There Is To This Song. Written-By – Buddy Cannon. 4. –Willie Nelson With Lukas Nelson. No Place To Fly. Written-By – Lukas Nelson. Willie Nelson With Sheryl Crow & Lukas Nelson. Come On Up To The House. Written-By – Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits. 7. –Willie Nelson With Jamey Johnson & Billy Joe Shaver. Written-By – Willie Nelson.
Other brand-new Willie Nelson compositions making their debut on Heroes are Hero, featuring guest appearances by Jamey Johnson and Billy Joe Shaver, and Come On Back Jesus (co- written with Buddy Cannon and Micah Nelson) featuring Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson. The collection includes producer Buddy Cannon’s new composition, That’s All There Is To This Song and three tunes penned by Lukas Nelson– No Place To Fly, Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her, and The Sound of Your Memory (cowritten with Elizabeth Rainey). The album’s focus track is Willie’s sublime interpretation of Pearl Jam’s Just Breathe, performed with Lukas. Heroes marks the first release in a historic new record deal between Willie Nelson and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announced in early February.
Album · 2012 · 13 Songs. Nearing 80 years old, Willie Nelson is at an interesting juncture in his career. He's earned the right to make country music the way he remembers it-with a lilting Texas swing in its step-and he does. Nelson was also the great country artist who never let genres stop him. His Stardust collection made the crossover from country to pop standards feel as natural as breathing.
On his millionth album, give or take, Willie Nelson is his usual self: loping through a set of well-chosen originals and unlikely covers (Coldplay’s The Scientist !?) with casual virtuosity. This time, Nelson has packed his recording studio with friends and family, including his son Lukas, who sings on nine songs. The results are mixed: In Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, featuring guest vocals by Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson and, yep, Snoop Dogg, the stoner’s bonhomie is audible
Willie Nelson delivers his first new album, Heroes, as part of his homecoming to Legacy Recordings. No themes or gimmicks to this album, just 13 brand new recordings produced by Buddy Cannon (Academy of Country Music' producer of the year 2006). Scheduled for release on May 15th, just in time for Willie's 79th birthday, the songs take on a reflective, emotional tone and move from heartfelt (a stunning rendition of Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe") to humor (on "Roll Me Up" with guest vocalist Snoop Dogg).
For Heroes, Willie Nelson both delves into the past, with songs from country music's Forties prehistory, and the present day, with covers of material by Tom Waits, Pearl Jam and Coldplay. As usual, guests crowd the album: Sheryl Crow duets on Waits' Come on Up to the House, and Snoop Dogg and Kris Kristofferson chip in on the jokey Western swing of Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die ; but the best thing here is opener A Horse Called Music, where wistful accordion and lachrymose pedal steel accompany Willie's duet with. Merle Haggard, another Mount Rushmore voice.
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|1||Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die
Featuring [Feat.] – Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Snoop Dogg
Featuring [Feat.] – Lukas Nelson
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
- Copyright (c) – Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
- Distributed By – Sony Music Entertainment
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Rights Society: BIEM/GEMA
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|A1||–Willie Nelson With Merle Haggard||A Horse Called Music
Written-By – Wayne Carson*
|A2||–Willie Nelson With Snoop Dogg, Jamey Johnson & Kris Kristofferson||Roll Me Up
Written-By – Buddy Cannon, John Colgin, Mike McQuerry, Rich Alves, Willie Nelson
|A3||–Willie Nelson||That's All There Is To This Song
Written-By – Buddy Cannon
|A4||–Willie Nelson With Lukas Nelson||No Place To Fly
Written-By – Lukas Nelson
|B1||–Willie Nelson With Lukas Nelson||Every Time He Drinks He Thinks Of Her
Written-By – Lukas Nelson
|B2||–Willie Nelson With Sheryl Crow & Lukas Nelson||Come On Up To The House
Written-By – Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits
|B3||–Willie Nelson With Jamey Johnson & Billy Joe Shaver||Hero
Written-By – Willie Nelson
|B4||–Willie Nelson With Lukas Nelson||My Window Faces The South
Written-By – Abner Silver, Jerry Livingston, Mitchell Paris*
|C1||–Willie Nelson With Lukas Nelson||The Sound Of Your Memory
Written-By – Elizabeth Rainey, Lukas Nelson
|C2||–Willie Nelson With Ray Price & Lukas Nelson||Cold War With You
Written-By – Floyd Tillman
|C3||–Willie Nelson With Lukas Nelson||Just Breathe
Written-By – Eddie Vedder
|D1||–Willie Nelson With Lukas Nelson||Home In San Antone
Written-By – Fred Rose
|D2||–Willie Nelson With Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson||Come On Back Jesus
Written-By – Buddy Cannon, Micah Nelson, Willie Nelson
|D3||–Willie Nelson||The Scientist
Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Willie NelsonDrums, Keyboards – Justin StanleyEngineer, Mixed By – Justin StanleyGuitar, Bass – Doyle Bramhall IIPedal Steel Guitar – Greg LeiszProducer – Doyle Bramhall II, Justin StanleyWritten-By – Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland*, Will Champion
- Recorded At – Pedernales Studio
- Recorded At – Cannon Productions
- Recorded At – Sound Emporium
- Mixed At – Cannon Productions
- Mixed At – Sound Emporium
- Mastered At – Georgetown Masters
- Pressed By – Record Industry
- Acoustic Guitar – Bobby Terry , Buddy Cannon
- Backing Vocals – Buddy Cannon, Kris Kristofferson, Lance Miller, Melonie Cannon
- Bass – Buddy Cannon, Kevin "Swine" Grantt*
- Coordinator [Production] – Shannon Finnegan
- Drums – Steve Brewster, Tony Creasman
- Electric Guitar – Bobby Terry , Lukas Nelson
- Engineer [Additional] – Eric Fritsch, Jeremy Brown , John "Ace" Otten, T.W. Cargile, Travis "Shaggy" Marshall
- Engineer [Assistant] – Brendan Bond, Gordon Hammond, Hunter Van Houten, Jared Dodd, Ryan Staples
- Harmonica – Mickey Raphael
- Mastered By – Andrew Mendelson
- Mastered By [Assistant] – Daniel Bacigalupi, Natthaphol Abhigantaphand, Shelley Anderson
- Mixed By [Assistant] – Paul Bowman
- Organ [Hammond B3] – Jim "Moose" Brown, Paul Schaffer*
- Performer [Trigger] – Willie Nelson
- Piano, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer] – Jim "Moose" Brown
- Producer – Buddy Cannon
- Recorded By – Steve Chadie
- Recorded By, Mixed By – Butch Carr (tracks: A2, B3, D2)
- Steel Guitar – Mike Johnson
- Synthesizer – Butch Carr
NotesRecorded at Pedernales Recording Studios; Austin, TX.
"Hero", "Roll Me Up" and "Come On Back Jesus" recorded at Cannon Productions and Sound Emporium Recording Studios; Nashville, TN.
Additional recording at Sound Emporium Recording Studios, Vibe 56 Studio, Eastwood Studios, Big Gassed Studios, The Moose Lodge, Hicksville Studio, Brewbeat Studio; Nashville, TN - Ocean Way Hollywood, DSR; Hollywood, CA - Merle Haggard's Talley aStudio; Palo Cedro, CA.
Mixed at Cannon Productions and Sound Emporium Recordings Studios; Nashville, TN.
Mastered at Georgetown Masters, Nashville, TN.
"The Scientist" recorded at Henson Studios; Hollywood, CA and Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN.
© 2012 Sony Music Entertainment. ℗ 2012 Sony Music Entertainment, 2011 Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Used under license from Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Manufactured and distributed by Music On Vinyl B.V. for Sony Music Entertainment. Made in the EU.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 8 718469 530854
- Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA
|88691960482||Willie Nelson||Heroes (CD, Album)||Legacy||88691960482||US||2012|
|88725458231, YEP-2294||Willie Nelson||Heroes (2xLP, Album)||Legacy, Yep Roc Records||88725458231, YEP-2294||US||2012|
|SICP 3514||Willie Nelson||Heroes (CD, Album)||Sony||SICP 3514||Japan||2012|
|88691960482||Willie Nelson||Heroes (CD, Album)||Legacy||88691960482||Canada||2012|
|88691960482||Willie Nelson||Heroes (CD, Album)||Legacy||88691960482||Europe||2012|