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First Listen: Willie Nelson and the Boys

The legendary outlaw is joined by sons Lukas and Micah Nelson for “I’m Movin’ On,” a standout track from his forthcoming album of country classics

Photo: Janis Tillerson

From left: Willie, Micah, and Lukas Nelson.

There’s no stopping Willie Nelson. On October 20, the indefatigable icon will release his second album of 2017 (the outstanding God’s Problem Child came out in April), this time with the help of his sons Lukas and Micah.

Willie Nelson and the Boys is a collection of songs that resulted from an impromptu jam session in 2011 at Nelson’s Pedernales studio outside of Austin. The album—the second installment of the Willie’s Stash archival series—contains classic country tracks, seven penned by Hank Williams, including his biggies “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Move It On Over.” There’s also a rollicking version of Hank Snow’s “I’m Movin’ On,” which features each of the Nelsons trading vocal parts—Micah has the sweeter voice, while Lukas’ is a dead ringer for pop’s—as Willie’s band ably keeps the pace.

Photo: Gregg Giannukos

Micah, Lukas, and Willie Nelson in the studio.

Willie will be touring throughout the South for the rest of 2017, a stint that culminates with three holiday shows in Austin (December 29-31), where he will joined by Lukas and his band, Promise of the Real. But as an early gift from Willie, enjoy “I’m Movin’ On,” exclusively premiered by Garden & Gun