Singer-songwriter Edie Brickell and country music legend Willie Nelson have teamed up on a charitable new duet.
Penned by Brickell, “Sing to Me, Willie” celebrates Nelson, his legacy, their relationship, and his home state of Texas. Edie released the song in honor of Willie’s 87th birthday on Wednesday. Proceeds will benefit MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund. Recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin, Tex., the tune also features John Bush on drums, Kenny Withrow and Kyle Crusham on guitar, and Matt Hubbard on keyboards.
Take a listen (above).
“On Christmas Day, 2018, Willie asked me to write a song for us to sing together,” Brickell said in a statement. “What a gift! My father and Texas are my biggest connections to Willie. I never hear his voice without loving memories of people and places back home. If only my dad could have heard this song.”
Earlier this month, Willie teamed up with Dave Matthews, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp to headline a quarantine-friendly version of their annual charity concert Farm Aid. The iconic musician has of course stopped by the Stern Show multiple times over the years. In 2014, he sat down with Howard and opened up about everything from his love for marijuana to how he wrote hits like “Crazy” and “On the Road Again.”
Brickell, meanwhile, was a major topic of conversation in 2016 when Steve Martin stopped by to talk “Bright Star,” the Tony-nominated, bluegrass-infused musical which he and Edie co-created. Listen to a clip from Steve's conversation with Howard (below).