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Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard to record album

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard plan to reward faithful fans with album collaboration
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard plan to reward faithful fans with album collaboration
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Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard have accomplished quite a bit in their lifetimes, and now they’re making dreams come true. According to a January 27 Billboard report, the trio is working on an album together. For fans who are truly country-to-their-roots, this is a long-awaited project.

While there have been collaborations through the years, never have all three musicians recorded together. And yet, they are three of the most talked about artists in terms of longevity. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, along with Waylon Jennings, who passed away just over a decade ago, are such legends that they’ve even been mentioned in other artists’ lyrics.

In 1975, Pure Prairie League recorded "I'll Change Your Flat Tire, Merle.” “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” recorded in 1975 by David Allan Coe mentions both Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. Coe also recorded “Willie, Waylon and Me” the following year. Even Gary Allan gave a nod to Willie Nelson in his song “What Would Willie Do?”, released in 2001.

According to Billboard, the country legends don’t have a release date set for the album yet but Willie Nelson assures fans they will release it “As soon as we get it together.”

It remains to be seen whether the album will feature new music, or if Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard will be recording classic hits such as those they performed on the GRAMMYs on Sunday, January 26. Either way, fans of classic country will surely be eagerly awaiting this album.

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