Willie Nelson has announced a new tribute album to Frank Sinatra that will serve as a companion to his 2018 release My Way. The first single, “Cottage for Sale,” is out now.
Titled That’s Life, the upcoming record is another selection of standards and classics made famous by the iconic vocalist. Much of it was recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where Sinatra—the first artist to record at the facility—worked on a string of records during an eight-month period in 1961.
Sinatra released his version of “Cottage for Sale”—originally penned by Willard Robison and Larry Conley—in 1959 on No One Cares. Nelson channels the crooner’s dulcet tone on his version of “Cottage for Sale,” sounding at home amongst the classic strings and twinkling piano progression.
It’s a far cry from the earthy twang of his 70th studio album First Rose of Spring, though Nelson has named Sinatra as one of the biggest influences on his singing. “I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank,” the singer recounted in an interview with AARP. “He didn’t worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever—he could sing it either way, and that’s the feel you have to have.”
Sinatra and Nelson were close friends prior to the former’s passing, having shared a Las Vegas stage during the ’80s and recorded a PSA for NASA’s Space Foundation.
That’s Life will arrive on February 26 via Legacy Recordings. Listen to “Cottage for Sale” here: