Willie Nelson Plays The Blues On New Album

B.B. King, Jonny Lang, Jimmie Vaughn among guest performers on upcoming album.

NASHVILLE — He grew up on country-blues in Texas. Now, Willie Nelson has cut a full album of the blues.

The Island Records release, Milk Cow Blues, is due the first week in June and has a variety of guest stars on it, in addition to Nelson and his regular harmonica player, Mickey Raphael.

"We cut the tracks several years ago," Nelson said, "and have been going around getting other people on there. B.B. [King]'s on there and Susan Tedeschi and Jonny Lang, Dr. John, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmie Vaughn. It's blues, all blues."

Nelson said he also recut his classics "Crazy," "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "Night Life" (RealAudio excerpt). "I cut them as blues," he said. "Susan Tedeschi just sang the heck out of 'Crazy.' "