Willie Nelson teams with T Bone Burnett

Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:39pm EST
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By David J. Prince

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Willie Nelson has teamed with prolific producer T Bone Burnett for "Country Music."

Set for an April 13 release, the album marks the first release of the country legend's recently inked deal with Rounder Records.

Nelson, who spends more than 200 days a year on the road, will include songs from the album in his sets throughout 2010.

Among the musicians featured on "Country Music" are banjo player Riley Baugus, double bassist Dennis Crouch and Burnett himself, all veterans of the sessions for the Grammy-winning "Raising Sand" album by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

The Nelson album is just one of the special releases Rounder has planned for 2010 as the label marks its 40th anniversary.

On March 2, the Boston-based indie will release "Rounder Records' 40th Anniversary Concert," an event that was recorded in October 2009 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. Performers on the set include such Rounder favorites as Alison Krauss & Union Station, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bela Fleck and Irma Thomas. The concert also will be broadcast nationally as a PBS television special throughout March.