PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Django and Jimmie (Legacy Recordings), the new album collaboration from legendary American artists Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, is emerging a crossover sensation, recently entering the Billboard Country Albums chart at No. 1 while going Top 10 (No. 7) on the Billboard 200 Bestselling Albums chart.
Additionally, the country legends are teaming up for a string of co-headlining shows this fall, including at stop at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center In Pikeville on Friday, October 23rd.
Willie and Merle, two of the original architects of American outlaw country music, last shared a #1 Country album together with the release of their classic Pancho & Lefty in January 1983.
Willie Nelson’s last No. 1 Country album was 2014’s Band of Brothers, his fourth release for Legacy. Django and Jimmie is Willie’s fourth Legacy release to go Top 5 Country and third to break into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.
“The chart-topping success of Django and Jimmie is another milestone in the remarkable journeys of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’,” said Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings. “Their latest achievement is a testimony to the ongoing vitality of their careers, the timeless quality of their music, and, most importantly, the enduring bond of their friendship.”
Helmed by Nelson’s longtime producer Buddy Cannon, Django and Jimmie finds Willie joining forces with friend and collaborator Merle Haggard for 14 brand-new studio recordings including “Django and Jimmie,” a dual tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash,” an homage to country music’s original Man in Black featuring guest vocals from Bobby Bare; the future outlaw country classic “Unfair Weather Friend,” written by rising song-smiths Marla Cannon-Goodman (Buddy Cannon’s daughter) and Ward Davis, and “It’s All Going to Pot” (a rollicking anthem for the emerging 21st century cannabis culture).
The release of Django and Jimmie on Legacy Recordings coincides with the recent publication of “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the definitive autobiography of Willie Nelson. Coauthored with David Ritz, “It’s A Long Story” is “the unvarnished, complete story of Willie Nelson’s life, told in his distinct voice and leaving no moment or experience unturned, from Texas and Nashville to Hawaii and his legendary bus.”
The book is the second autobiography written by Nelson, following his 1988 publication “Willie: An Autobiography.” In October 2013, Little, Brown and Company announced he new book for 2015.