Not that anyone is surprised, but Django and Jimmie, the new album collaboration from legendary American artists Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, is emerging a crossover sensation, entering the Billboard Country Albums chart at #1 while going Top 10 (#7) on the Billboard 200 Bestselling Albums chart.
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.
“Me and Merle got a new album called Django and Jimmie and the title track is about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers,” said Willie Nelson prior to the record release on June 2. “Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers.”
Merle Haggard added that there’s “new songs, a couple of classics and Willie sang like he was a teenager.”
Willie summed up the duo’s new collaboration simply saying, “It’s good music, I got a good feeling about it.”
Willie Nelson’s last #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.”