“Me and Paul” and Paula

June 24th, 2017

Paula Nelson:

“So I’ve been talking about this story on SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse with Dallas Wayne…… and every time “Me and Paul” is played on Wednesday’s show.  In case you missed it… The story goes like this.  I was named after my dad’s drummer Paul English and his wife Carlene. A long time ago when I was to be married, I asked Dad and Paul to walk me down the aisle. As we stood in front of the preacher, the preacher asked “Who gives this bride away?”

My dad replied “Me and Paul”.

June 24th, 2017

June 24th, 2017

Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie, Folk Uke

June 24th, 2017

Daughters of famed music icons form singing duo

Amy Nelson, Cathy Guthrie make music ‘their own way’

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by:  Paul Venema

SAN ANTONIO – Midway through their latest tour, a duo called “Folk Uke,” played to a sellout crowd at the Paper Tiger Club along the revitalized St. Mary’s Strip.

The duo, Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie are the daughters of county music icon Willie Nelson and folk music legend Arlo Guthrie.

Nelson plays guitar, Guthrie the ukulele, thus the name “Folk Uke.”

“It’s hard to tell what type of music we play,” Nelson said. “I think we just end up writing songs to make ourselves laugh about something.”
Their songs are sometimes edgy. Their sense of humor and wit, on and off stage, is dry.

“People expect stupid from us. So we just try to deliver the best that we can,” Nelson said, unable to hold back from laughing.

“We just try to lower the expectations immediately and have a good time,” Guthrie added.

Though they come from strong music roots, performing their famous father’s music is not a part of their act.

“When you cover a song you need to bring something else to it and make sure that you do it justice in some way, and I don’t think that I’m singing my dad’s songs very well right now,” Nelson said.

Both women are quick to add that their fathers are a constant source of encouragement.

“He’s very supportive of us and I think he’s proud,” Nelson said.

That support, coupled with their father’s names, continue to follow them to the ticket office.

“It helps us sell tickets and get first-time goers,” she said. “But it doesn’t help anybody want to come back.”
That is up to them.

Judging from the crowds they continue to draw, they’re doing a good job of that.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Red Headed Stranger” inducted to Library of Congress National Recording Registry (6/23/2010)

June 23rd, 2017


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by Ann Donahue

Recordings by Tupac Shakur, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of “Gypsy” are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced today (June 23) to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

Under the terms of 2000’s National Recording Preservation Act, the criteria for preservation by the Library of Congress are that the work be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and be at least 10 years old. Nominations were gathered from online submissions from the public and from members of the National Recording Preservation Board.

In its citation for Shakur’s “Dear Mama,” the NRPB calls the song a “moving and eloquent homage to both his own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.” Nelson’s album “Red Headed Stranger” is cited for its “uncommon elegance,” while R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe” is lauded for setting “the pattern for later indie rock releases by breaking through on college radio in the face of mainstream radio’s general indifference.”

According to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. will preserve and maintain these recordings and henceforward make them available to the American public. There are now 300 recordings in the National Recording Registry.

Inductees for the 2009 National Recording Registry are:

1. Fon der Choope (From the Wedding) – Abe Elenkrig’s Yidishe Orchestra (April 4, 1913)
2. “Canal Street Blues,” King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (April 5, 1923)
3. “Tristan und Isolde,” Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior, NBC Broadcast (March 9, 1935)
4. “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Cliff Edwards (recorded 1938; released 1940)
5. “America’s Town Meeting of the Air: Should Our Ships Convoy Materials to England?” (May 8, 1941)
6. The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam (July 20 – August 11, 1944)
7. “Evangeline Special” and “Love Bridge Waltz,” Iry LeJeune (1948)
8. “The Little Engine That Could,” narrated by Paul Wing (1949)
9. Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of Western Washington State (1950-1954)
10. “Tutti Frutti,” Little Richard (1955)
11. “Smokestack Lightning,” Howlin’ Wolf (1956)
12. “Gypsy,” original cast recording (1959)
13. The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, Bill Evans Trio (June 25, 1961)
14. “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two),” Max Mathews (1961)
15. “I Started Out As a Child,” Bill Cosby (1964)
16. “Azucar Pa Ti,” Eddie Palmieri (1965)
17. “Today!,” “Mississippi” John Hurt (1966)
18. “Silver Apples of the Moon,” Morton Subotnick (1967)
19. “Soul Folk in Action,” The Staple Singers (1968)
20. “The Band,” The Band (1969)
21. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn (1970)
22. “Red Headed Stranger,” Willie Nelson (1975)
23. “Horses,” Patti Smith (1975)
24. “Radio Free Europe,” R.E.M. (1981)
25. “Dear Mama,” Tupac Shakur (1995)

Rest in Peace, Bobby Boyd

June 23rd, 2017

Bobby Boyd and Poodie Locke, Pedernales Country Club  (Thanks, Douglas Milford)

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“Two of a Kind” Songwriter Bobby Boyd Has Died

bobby-boydSongwriter and performer Bobby Boyd, who was known for writing numerous hits, including the Garth Brooks #1 “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” Aaron Tippin’s “Working Man’s PHD,” as well as songs for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Earl Thomas Conley, Billy Dean, Martina McBride, Vern Gosdin, Patty Loveless, and many more, has passed away.

Bobby Boyd was a staff writer for Jimmy Bowen at Elektra Asylum Publishing, starting his professional songwriting career in Nashville in 1980. A native of Dunlap, Tennessee, Boyd began playing in his first band in Tennessee at the age of 12 called The Boyd Brothers. Bobby cut his teeth in the late 60’s and early 70’s performing residencies at a club called The Castaways in Chattanooga, TN, sometimes playing five hours each night, six hours a week, and learning his way in the music business.

Later in his career, Bobby Boyd relocated to Spicewood, Texas, just outside of Austin and near Willie Nelson’s Luck ranch, and was well-known throughout the Austin music scene. Though he’s mostly known for his country music contributions, Bobby Boyd also had a deep influences with the blues and R&B. Early in his career, he played shows opening for Little Richard, The Coasters, and The Platters. After moving to the Austin area, he worked with artists such as Stephen Bruton and W. C. Clark, as well as the local country music talent.

Bobby Boyd was a regular performer at Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse in Spicewood, and other local clubs and honky tonks. Over his career he shared the stage with folks such as Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Toby Keith, Cory Morrow, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Dub Miller, Roger Creager, and others.

Though interest in Bobby Boyd’s music has faded away in recent years, his influence never did. His song “In Pictures”—originally a Top 5 hit for Alabama, was the song Craig Wayne Boyd chose to sing on the finale of The Voice in 2014.

Happy Shoeshine Friday

June 23rd, 2017

June 23rd, 2017

The Road to Farm Aid 2017

June 23rd, 2017
Dear Linda,
Tickets to Farm Aid 2017 tickets on sale now.
This year’s Farm Aid festival will be in Burgettstown, PA, on September 16th, featuring Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Insects vs Robots.
Farm Aid 2017 is not just a concert, it’s a full day of incredible music, HOMEGROWN Concessions® featuring family farm food, hands-on activities in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village and, of course, family farmers.
Farmer Hero, Tara Rockacy, of Churchview Farm
We’re connecting with some remarkable family farmers in this year’s concert region. Just last week we spoke with Tara Rockacy of Churchview Farm.

This farmer says she is “bonkers” about heirlooms, as demonstrated by the 142 varieties of heirloom tomatoes she grows on the farm she took over from her grandparents. One of her goals is to connect people —- particularly urban people —- to their food. And it’s obvious that Pittsburghers have taken notice: she supplies fifteen local restaurants and she keeps a waitlist for others clamoring to become her customers. But one of the things that makes her farm particularly special is that individuals, often urbanites, join Churchview Farm’s workshare, becoming part of the farm crew in exchange for produce. Tara thinks they are drawn out of the city because “people want to be part of their food system. They don’t want to be divorced from it like so many Americans are.”

Please make a gift today to support Farm Aid! With your help, family farmers can fight to stay on their land, to grow good food for all of us, and to raise a new generation of farmers to take care of our soil and water.
In honor of your gift of $75 or more, Farm Aid will send you the official 2017 poster.

Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack, “Mendocino County Line”

June 23rd, 2017

Thank you, Willie Nelson

June 23rd, 2017

This is one of the hundreds of cards and posters presented to Willie Nelson in 2008 in Peru, Illinois, by the students of Peru Catholic School.  The kids wanted to thank Willie for performing a concert to raise money to help the school build a playground.  Thanks to Budrock for sharing this photo.

Willie Nelson sings with Steve Earle on new album, “So You Wannabe An Outlaw”

June 23rd, 2017

 

TRACK LIST:

  1. “So You Wannabe an Outlaw” (feat. Willie Nelson)
  2. “Lookin’ for a Woman”
  3. “The Firebreak Line”
  4. “News From Colorado”
  5. “If Mama Coulda Seen Me”
  6. “Fixin’ to Die”
  7. “This Is How It Ends” (feat. Miranda Lambert)
  8. “The Girl on the Mountain”
  9. “You Broke My Heart”
  10. “Walkin’ in LA” (feat. Johnny Bush)
  11. “Sunset Highway”
  12. “Goodbye Michelangelo”

Deluxe Edition bonus tracks:

  • “Ain’t No God in Mexico” (Billy Joe Shaver)
  • “Sister’s Coming Home”/”Down at the Corner Beer Joint” (Willie Nelson)
  • “The Local Memory” (Willie Nelson)
  • “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” (Waylon Jennings)

Famous Guitars

June 23rd, 2017

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by:  Ron Denny

Like Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat or Jerry Garcia’s custom–built Wolf, there are some vintage guitars that are so closely identified with their legendary owner’s sound and personality that they’ve reached a sort of celebrity status.

Most of the guitars in this league could easily fetch five to six figures at auction, or enjoy a quiet retirement behind a display case in a museum.

But there are some iconic guitars that remain in the hands of the musicians that made them famous. So we wanted to take an opportunity to look at some such instruments that are still going strong, still at home in the studio, and never afraid of the rigors of the road.


Willie Nelson’s “Trigger”

Nelson’s battered and heavily scarred ’69 Martin N–20 is one of the most recognizable guitars on the planet.

Willie Nelson with “Trigger”

Nelson purchased it in 1969 after a drunk guy stumbled into his Guild acoustic guitar onstage and destroyed it. The then–struggling singer/songwriter fell in love with the nylon–stringed N–20’s Django Reinhardt–like gypsy tone. It was the new sound Nelson was looking for to jumpstart his career.

Named after Roy Rogers’s horse and closest companion, Trigger, Nelson’s Martin N–20 has become a symbol of his storied career. That’s the euphemistic way of saying that it has a lot of wear to show for all of those years of hard work.

The famous hole on Trigger between its bridge and sound hole is the result of over 40 years of hard strumming and guitar pick damage. Like all nylon–stringed guitars, the N–20 didn’t come with a pickguard, since it’s meant to be fingerpicked. Trigger is also covered with countless autographs from fellow musicians and friends.

Trigger and Willie Nelson are inseparable. And after nearly 50 years together, Nelson has said that if Trigger ever goes, he’ll probably hang it up, too.


Neil Young’s “Old Black” and “Hank”

If Willie Nelson’s Trigger is the world’s most recognized guitar, Neil Young’s “Old Black” ’53 Les Paul probably ranks second. It was traded to Young by Buffalo Springfield bandmate Jim Messina in 1968 for a Gretsch 6120. By the time Young got it, the goldtop Gibson had already been painted black, modified, and plenty dinged up.

Neil Young with “Old Black”

For Neil Young, it was love at first sight.

He first used Old Black on his 1969 breakout album, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. With its crunchy and ragged signature tone, Neil has played that beat–up Les Paul on virtually every album and at every concert for nearly 50 years.

There have been numerous modifications made to Old Black over the years: a Bigsby was added, it’s on its fourth bridge pickup (currently an early ’70s Gibson Firebird mini humbucker), the P90 neck pickup had a metal cover added, and the original plastic pickguard was replaced with a metal one that enhances Young’s legendary feedback.

But Old Black isn’t the only guitar that Neil is known for. He’s also famous for being the current caretaker of Hank Williams Sr.’s 1941 Martin D–41. There are a host of rumors about how it got from Hank to Neil, but it has been one of Young’s main studio and road acoustic guitars for over 30 years.

This is the acoustic Young plays in the Neil Young: Heart of Gold documentary, directed by the late Jonathan Demme.

Neil Young performs “Heart of Gold” with “Hank”

Williams’s old Martin even inspired Young to write “This Old Guitar,” a song on his Prairie Wind album featuring the loving tribute, “The more I play it, the better it sounds / It cries when I leave it alone.”

Read about all the guitars:
https://reverb.com/news/5-famous-vintage-guitars-still-earning-their-keep-on-the-road

Happy Birthday, Dallas Wayne

June 23rd, 2017

Happy birthday to dear Dallas Wayne, singer, song-writer, musician, on air talent from Sirius/XM Radio.

June 22nd, 2017