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Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers, Sturgill And More Cover Willie Nelson Classics

Happy Birthday Willie.

Willie is 87 years young today, and in honor of the country music legend, I decided to dig into some great covers from some of the artists that would call him a hero. But let’s be honest, if you’re playing real country music, you better be calling Willie a hero.

There can be no Mount Rushmore of country music without Willie Nelson’s face on it. He’s a legend, an icon, arguably the GOAT depending on who you talk to, and he still continues to write and record music.

His upcoming album, First Rose Of Spring, was originally set to be released this month, but has since been pushed back to July in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

And when looking at the legacy of an artist, the evidence for their impact will always be on display by the other artists that choose to cover their work. And some of the absolute best in the business have recorded and/or covered Willie Nelson hits.

Here’s just a few good ones.

Chris Stapleton – “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning”

Sturgill Simpson – “I’d Have To Be Crazy”

Alison Krauss – “I Never Cared For You”

Patsy Cline – “Crazy”

Tyler Childers – “Time Of A Preacher”

Colter Wall – “Red Headed Stranger”

Sheryl Crow – “Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain”

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