June 21st, 2018

Willie Nelson, “Summertime”

June 21st, 2018

Preorder new music from Raelyn Nelson Band

June 21st, 2018

The Mystic Willie

June 20th, 2018

country music

June 20th, 2018


Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss in Spokane (August 3, 2018) SOLD OUT

June 20th, 2018

100 North Hayford Road
Airway Heights, WA 99001

An American icon and legend of country music, Willie Nelson is one of the most recognized performers in music history. With songs like “On the Road Again”, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”, “Pancho and Lefty”, along with “Funny How Time Slips Away”, and “Crazy”. His outlaw country style marks his unique ability to hold a sound and presence unlike any other musician, which shows from his unprecedented 60-plus years of writing, singing and performing. Among his multitude of accolades and recognition, Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.

Joining Nelson is acclaimed bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss. With 27 Grammy Awards she holds the title of the most awarded female artist in Grammy history. Starting her career as a solo artist and releasing her first album in 1987, she later joined what is her current band, Alison Krauss and Union Station. The band released its first album in 1989 and over the last 30 years, has continued to bring popularity to bluegrass with records that showcases Krauss’ angelic voice. Krauss is well-known for her soundtrack contribution to the film O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000), with songs “I’ll Fly Away”, “Down to the River to Pray”, and “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow”.

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Willie Nelson and his fans

June 20th, 2018

Kinky Friedman’s Song to Willie “Autographs in the Rain”

June 20th, 2018

by:  Bobby Moore

Secondly, we offer a brief excerpt from a in-person chat with Friedman, during which he opened up about how Willie Nelson and Andy Griffith played a direct role in the creation of Circus of Life and how an earlier album reached the ears of Mandela.

Wide Open Country:   The story’s out there that Willie Nelson called you up and encouraged you to write new songs. Is that sort of his method—calling up songwriters he knows and respects and lighting a fire under them?

Friedman: Well, from a man of Willie’s age, it kind of makes you angry when you get older. I’m already there at 73, though I read at the 75-year-old level. I find it irritating to see young people run around and do everything they’re doing. With that as a backdrop, Willie shouldn’t really care about anybody and inspiring younger people. But he’s been my shrink, kind of, over the years. He’s never told me no—only one time. He’s done a million things, and I can’t think of one I’ve done for him, really, so I did this song “Autographs in the Rain.”

Anyway, so Willie calls at 3 o’ clock in the morning, and I’m watching Matlock. This is all true stuff. He’s in Hawaii. He asks me what I’m doing, and I say, ‘I’m watching Matlock.’” Willie says, ‘That’s a sure sign of depression. Turn Matlock off, Kinky, and start writing.’ I hadn’t written (songs) in 35 years or 40 years. So, I got inspired, I kind of started writing songs again. I wrote a dozen in about a month. That’s called the Matlock Collection. Those are the ones that are on the record Circus of Life.

You can argue about it, but when you hear these and you have a chance to think about them, they are country but they’re country Leonard Cohen with a little Kris Kristofferson thrown in, back when he was the most talented janitor in Nashville.

Read entire article here:

Premiere: Kinky Friedman Talks Willie Nelson and Nelson Mandela, Unveils ‘Spitfire’

Another Willie Nelson Cover: Dallas Wayne, “Blame It On The Times”

June 20th, 2018

by:  Stirling Whitaker

Dallas Wayne is releasing a follow-up to his collection of classic country covers, and he’s sharing his thoughts on one of the tracks exclusively with Taste of Country readers.

Wayne is a singer-songwriter and the host of SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse and Outlaw Country. In the clip above, hear Wayne’s interpretation of “Blame It on the Times,” a song Willie Nelson wrote in 1961 and released in 1978 on his Face of a Fighter album. Wayne puts an even more traditional country slant on his interpretation of Nelson’s song, which appears on Songs the Jukebox Taught Me, Volume 2.

Wayne released the first volume of his covers collection in 2016. “I couldn’t do Volume 2 without putting another Willie Nelson song on the album,” he says in the clip above. “We tried to find something that hadn’t been done to death before, [and] we came across ‘Blame It on the Times.’ I remembered the song when it was originally recorded as kind of a calypso-type beat. We straightened it back out into a country shuffle, and I think it works pretty well.”

Nelson himself has praised Wayne’s new cover of his old song, saying, “Thanks for bringing this one back! Also, I love the Vern Gosdin cover, ‘Is It Raining at Your House.’ Remember our motto: If It Ain’t Broke, Break It.”

Wayne undertook the covers projects as a labor of love. He says the second volume “represents a continuing journey back to the songs that made me fall in love with classic country music. Together with the previous Songs the Jukebox Taught Me project, this collection of 25 songs is a tribute to the songwriters who crafted them, and the artists who sang them — the heroes and teachers who taught me this music.”

Songs the Jukebox Taught Me, Volume 2 is set for release on June 22. It is currently available for pre-order.

For more information about Dallas Wayne’s projects and up upcoming tour dates, please visit his official website.

Willie Nelson featured on “King of the Road” album tribute to Roger Miller, “King of the Road”

June 20th, 2018

photo:  Rick Musacchio


Late Country Music Hall-of-Famer Roger Miller is the focus of an all-star, multi-genre, two-disc tribute coming August 31.

In addition to country stars like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, and Alison Krauss, Beatles legend Ringo Starr and alternative rock bands Toad the Wet Sprocket and Cake also contribute songs to the project.

Brad Paisley covers one of Miller’s signature tunes, “Dang Me,” while his fellow Hall-of-FamersWillie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard team up to do “Old Friends.” Eric Church tackles “Oo De Lally,” a song Roger wrote for Walt Disney’s Robin Hood.

Actor John Goodman, who scored one of his big career breaks in Miller’s Broadway musical Big River, contributes the show’s “Guv’ment.”

King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller was produced by Roger’s son, Dean Miller.

“Roger Miller didn’t have to say much,” he says of his dad in the liner notes. “You were simply drawn to him. He had a magnetic smile, and electric wit and a passion for life and music that transcended generations.”

The elder Miller died of cancer in 1992, at the age of 56. During his career, he landed more than 30 top-40 hits on the country chart, including ten tracks that crossed over to the pop world.

A TV tribute is also in the works.

“King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller”

Asleep at the Wheel featuring Huey Lewis, “Chug-a-Lug”
Brad Paisley, “Dang Me”
The Stellas/Lennon and Maisy, “Leavin’s Not the Only Way to Go”
Kacey Musgraves, “Kansas City Star”
Rodney Crowell, “World So Full of Love”
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard, “Old Friends”
Mandy Barnett, “Lock, Stock and Teardrops”
Alison Krauss featuring the Cox Family, “You Oughta Be Here with Me”
Ronnie Dunn/The Blind Boys of Alabama, “The Crossing”
The Earls of Leicester featuring Shawn Camp, “In the Summertime”
Lyle Lovett, “England Swings”
Various Artists, “You Can’t Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd”
Loretta Lynn, “Half a Mind”
Shooter Jennings and Jessi Colter, “Invitation to the Blues”
Dwight Yoakam, “It Only Hurts When I Cry” (live)
Ringo Starr, “Hey, Would You Hold It Down?”
Emerson Hart featuring Jon Randall, “Engine, Engine #9”
Flatt Lonesome, “When Two Worlds Collide”
Eric Church, “Oo-De-Lally”
Cake, “Reincarnation”
Dean Miller featuring the McCrary Sisters, “You Can’t Do Me This Way (And Get By With It)”
Toad the Wet Sprocket, “Nothing Can Stop My Love”
Jamey Johnson featuring Emmylou Harris, “Husbands and Wives”
Lily Meola, “I’ll Pick Up My Heart and Go Home”
Daphne and the Mystery Machines, “I Believe in the Sunshine”
John Goodman, “Guv’ment”
Dolly Parton featuring Alison Krauss, “The Last Word in Lonesome is Me”
Radney Foster featuring Tawnya Reynolds, “I’d Come Back to Me”
The Dead South, “One Dying and a Burying”
Robert Earl Keen Jr., “Do Wacka Do”
Various Artists, “King of the Road”

June 19th, 2018

New Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Merchandise Site

June 19th, 2018

Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real have launched a new merchandise store.

Check it out here.  

Ticket to Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

June 19th, 2018

Janis from Texas has got her pit pass for the Picnic!

June 19th, 2018

Willie Nelson to Donald Trump on Twitter

June 19th, 2018