Willie Nelson releases title track of new album, ‘First Rose of Spring’

The record will be the country legend’s 70th.

Country icon Willie Nelson has announced his 70th studio album with the release of its title track, “First Rose of Spring.”

The sublime song, which features a soulful vocal performance from Nelson, was co-written by contemporary country singer Randy Houser with Allen Shamblin and Marc Beeson. “Auburn hair like a sunrise / Sweetest smile he’d ever seen / Butterflies, they danced around her / Like the first rose of spring,” Nelson croons.

First Rose of Spring arrives April 24, just five days before Nelson’s 87th birthday on April 29. The 11-track record, produced by longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, also features covers of songs by Toby Keith, Billy Joe Shaver, Jimmy Dean and more.

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