God’s Problem Child Enters the Billboard Country Chart at #1
Album Hits Top 10 on Billboard 200
God’s Problem Child, Willie Nelson’s new studio album (and 9th for Sony/Legacy Recordings) has entered the Billboard Country chart at #1, making it the artist’s second US country chart-topper in less than two years. Nelson’s 6th Legacy release, Django and Jimmie, an unforgettable musical collaboration with Merle Haggard, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country chart in June 2015.
God’s Problem Child is Willie’s first album to debut all-new songs since Band of Brothers (his 4th Legacy release) reached #1 on the Billboard Country chart (and #5 on the Billboard 200) in June 2014. Willie’s new album has also entered the Billboard 200 at #10 and is his third Legacy release to break into the Top 10 pop charts.
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, Willie’s 7th Legacy album, took home the Grammy for 2016’s Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. That album debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart following its release in February 2016.
God’s Problem Child is being lauded in both the mainstream and underground press as an essential addition to the Willie Nelson catalog with The Wall Street Journal naming it one of “This Spring’s Best Country Albums.”
Rolling Stone called God’s Problem Child “…a tightly-woven, poignant collection of ruminations on aging and fading faculties that amounts to Nelson’s most moving album in decades.”
The Los Angeles Times concurred praising “…the most bountiful batch of Nelson songs since 2014’s ‘Band of Brothers.'”
“….one of pop culture’s few reigning icons who remain creatively engaged,” noted Paste who wrote that God’s Problem Child “…feels like Nelson’s personal state of the union….as vital as anything he’s done.”
“The key,” opined the Austin American-Statesman, “is a near perfect balance between Willie as songwriter and as interpreter.“
Wide Open Country summed up, saying, “God’s Problem Child is a peek into the next chapter in the book of Willie, a promise that he’s not even close to being done and another helpful guide on how to live. It’s been a wild ride and it sure as hell ain’t over yet. Thank God.”
Nelson continues making music every day. When he’s not in the studio, Willie’s on the road and performed more than 100 live shows in the past year. Coming up on his calendar are a number of tour dates in June and July including the Outlaw Music Festival and Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Austin. For details on Willie’s upcoming performances.