Sony Music’s catalog division Legacy Recordings has entered into a new record deal with County Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson. It is a reunion of sorts, as Nelson’s nearly 20 year tenure on Columbia Records from 1975-1993 resulted in some of his best known and loved work beginning with the essential 1975 album Red Headed Stranger.
Under the agreement, the label plans to release five brand new Willie Nelson albums with the first due out in Spring 2012. Additionally, Nelson will be working with label archivists to personally curate tracks both released and unreleased for compilations and bonus material on reissues of his existing albums.
“I’m really happy to be back home with Sony Music. We have been partners for many years; all the way back to Pamper Music and Tree Music. We share a great history, and I’m looking forward to many more years together,” said Nelson.