Thanks Janis from Texas for photos from Luck!
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are pairing up once again. This was the one nugget of important information squeezed between jokes when Willie Nelson made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday evening (3-21) as part of South by Southwest (SXSW) festivities in Austin, TX. It won’t be the first time the two country music legends have released an album together, and it may not be the last.
Willie and Merle most famously paired up when they released the album Pancho & Lefty in 1983. The title track written by Townes Van Zandt became a #1 hit, and so did the album. The duo released another album together in 1987 called Seashores of Old Mexico, and were joined by Ray Price for the 2007 album Last of the Breed.
Though there’s no word yet on what direction the new album might take, the title Django & Jimmie likely refers to Willie Nelson’s Belgium-born and French-residing guitar playing muse Django Reinhardt, and Merle Haggard’s hero of Jimmie Rodgers. Willie says the tone of his famous guitar Trigger was inspired by Django, and Willie has recorded Django’s “Nuages” many times throughout his career, including on his last album December Day. Haggard famously released a Jimmie Rodgers tribute Same Train, A Different Time in 1969.
Merle also talked about the album recently, saying, “The most interesting thing, probably, is that me and Willie just finished our third album together. Not counting the thing we did with Ray Price. It’s really good; I think it’s the best one we’ve done. I think the title of the album is probably going to be Django & Jimmie, about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers. We didn’t really do any swing, per se, we just did straight-ahead songs that we felt good about.”
Since 2011 and before, an album has been rumored to be in the works involving Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Kris Kristofferson in a project called The Musketeers. Merle first made reference to it in early 2011, and then all three of the men acknowledged the project before the Grammy Awards in 2014 where they performed together with Blake Shelton. It was also revealed around the time that Kris Kristofferson was beginning to experience memory issues.
Willie & Merle are also getting set to play a series of three sold out shows at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX on March 26th, 27th, and 28th.
No release date has been announced yet for Django & Jimmie.
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by: Joseph Hudak
Jimmy Kimmel wrapped up his week of South by Southwest shows in Austin last night with a love song to the Texas capital: “To Austin, I Can’t Love You More.” But shortly into the performance, Kimmel, dressed in a cowboy hat and bolo tie, dramatically stopped and asked for a little help. Enter Willie Nelson, who walked onstage to a standing ovation.
Set to the tune of Nelson and Julio Iglesias’ Number One duet “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” the lyrics found the talk-show host paying homage to the city that is “beautiful and weird,” along with its breakfast tacos, ubiquitous pedicabs and Matthew McConaughey’s “alright, alright, alright.” Texas’s favorite son Nelson, meanwhile, saluted all the Congress Avenue bats he ate — “got high and put them on my plate” — and lamented being too stoned to feel his legs. In the end, Kimmel dedicated the song not only to Austin, but to “Willie Nelson’s bong,” as a Texas flag unfurled behind them. (Watch the performance, complete with lyric subtitles, above.)
Prior to the showstopping performance, Nelson joined Kimmel for an interview, in which he announced his new album: a record of duets with longtime friend and collaborator Merle Haggard. Titled Django & Jimmie, the album will be released later this spring, with first single “It’s All Going to Pot” out April 20th — the very pot-friendly date of 4/20. Django & Jimmie also includes the pair’s musical tribute to Johnny Cash.
Nelson sang a few lines of “It’s All Gone to Pot” during his couch time: “It’s all going to pot, whether we like it or not/as far as I can tell, the world’s gone to hell and we’re sure going to miss it a lot.” Kimmel also asked the famously longhaired singer about his braids, which sold at auction for $37,000 earlier last year. Quipped Nelson, “Plant them and they’ll grow.” (Watch the exchange below.)
Earlier this week, Nelson appeared in the show’s “Pot Quiz,” in which a reporter asked SXSW festivalgoers questions about history, geology and weed. Only Nelson answered all of them correctly.
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photos and story by: J. James Joiner
Okay, so you’ve spent almost a solid week beating the streets at SXSW. You’re on taco overload, the thought of another high-five-heavy bro-down makes even free booze sound bad, and to top it all off the mounds of complimentary brisket are starting to weigh on your gall bladder. What’s to be done? How about a shindig at OG Austin musical luminary / straight up legend Willie Nelson’s private ghost town?
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On March 23, 1985, “Seven Spanish Angels” by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles appears at #1 on the Billboard country chart.
Heads up, Colorado music lovers and people who like to laugh and have fun! The folk duo Folk Uke is bringing their act on the road for a rare Colorado appearance in Denver! Two nights in April:
April 3, 4, 2015
2009 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado 80205
2009 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado 80205
Willie Nelson’s new book will be released in May, and you can pre-order a copy now at Amazon. However, Red Music is having a contest, and you can enter to win a copy here:
Thanks so much to Jenny Begley Bransford for this great photo of beautiful music fans at the Heartbreaker Banquet. (With Patricia Lopez Wiggs, Terry Thompson, Janis Tillerson, Rhonda Quillin, Douglas Milford and Jenny Thompson)
Don’t know who took this photo, but I love it!