photo: Andrew Shapter
Thank you, Janis from Texas, for this sweet photo of Amy and Suzy Nelson, singing with their dad onstage at Floores Country Store.
TEN-TIME GRAMMY WINNER BOB DYLAN TO BE HONORED AS 2015 MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR AT 25TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE
Bob Dylan will be honored as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Bill Silva, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week two nights prior to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide essential support for MusiCares.
Performers at the tribute concert include GRAMMY winners Beck; the Black Keys; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Norah Jones; Tom Jones; Los Lobos; John Mellencamp; Willie Nelson; Bonnie Raitt; Eddie Vedder; Jack White; and Neil Young; as well as singer/songwriter John Doe. Three-time GRAMMY-winning producer and recent Emmy winner Don Was will be the evening’s musical director. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
The 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a tribute concert by renowned musicians. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week.
For information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, please contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares, 310.392.3777.
The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week. The celebration culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie’s December Day, the first installment of the Willie‘s Stash archival recordings series, on Tuesday, December 2.
An eclectic album collaboration from outlaw country legend Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Nelson, December Day debuts intimate new recordings of the siblings performing 18 songs they love.
As brother and sister growing up in Abbott, Texas, Willie and Bobbie Nelson learned to read music and play instruments as pre-teens under the tutelage of their grandparents, who raised them. They played together in Texas bands early in their careers and Bobbie has been an essential member of Willie’s Family Band since its official formation in 1973. Willie and Bobbie’s deeply intuitive musical bond, formed and developed through of decades of practice and spontaneity, can be felt throughout December Day.
With songs personally selected by Willie and Bobbie, December Day includes new versions of gems from Willie’s extensive songwriting catalog (“Permanently Lonely,” “My Old Peculiar Way”) alongside some surprising cover tunes (Al Jolson’s “The Anniversary Song,” Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “What’ll I Do” and “Always”).
The album’s sound is augmented by contributions from other Family Band members, including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee Spears on bass on “What’ll I Do,” recorded during his poignant last session with Willie.
In his first-hand observer liner notes for December Day, Family Band member Mickey Raphael provides fascinating details of the album’s performances and insights into the artists’ creative process.
“As long as I can remember, Willie and Bobbie, who ride together on Willie’s bus, spend some of their traveling time jamming on their favorite songs,” Raphael writes. “Bobbie has a travel size keyboard on the bus and Willie’s guitar, Trigger is always by his side. This is where the idea for December Day was born. ‘Why not record our favorite songs like we play them for ourselves?,’ Bobbie asked….
“….When it comes to a brother-sister collaboration with the longevity of Willie and Bobbie, there is beauty in keeping things simple. ‘Less is more’ is the underlying theme. We’ve heard these songs before but not like this. The spontaneity born out of familiarity is what this record, December Day, is all about.
“It’s not rocket science, it’s alchemy.”
The Willie‘s Stash series will present a variety of releases, personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, a singular career that’s established Willie Nelson as an American musical icon.
December Day is Willie’s fifth release since signing to Legacy Recordings in 2012. His last Legacy release, Band Of Brothers, was released in June 2014 and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. is produced by Buddy Cannon and recorded by Steve Chadie at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas. Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (Trigger) and Bobbie Nelson (piano, B-3 organ) with Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin Smith (bass), Bee Spears (bass), Billy English (drums, percussion) and David Zettner (acoustic guitar).
Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie
(Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1)
1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)
2. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson)
3. What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin)
4. Summer of Roses / December Day (Willie Nelson)
5. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
6. Mona Lisa (Ray Evans & Jay Livingston)
7. I Don’t Know Where I Am Today (Willie Nelson)
8. Amnesia (Willie Nelson)
9. Who’ll Buy My Memories (Willie Nelson)
10. The Anniversary Song (Al Jolson & Saul Chaplin)
11. Laws of Nature (Willie Nelson)
12. Walkin’ (Willie Nelson)
13. Always (Irving Berlin)
14. I Let My Mind Wander (Willie Nelson)
15. Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson)
16. My Own Peculiar Way (Willie Nelson)
17. Sad Songs and Waltzes (Willie Nelson)
18. Ou-es tu, mon amour (Emile Stern & Henri LeMarchand) / I Never Cared for You (Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson fan Karen Adamski and her husband, from Canada, got the opportunity to meet with Willie Nelson on his bus, in Helotes, Texas last weekend.
I don’t know who took this great photo. Thanks to Stewart Patton, for sharing it. Makes you smile just to look at it, doesn’t it?
Check out the new shirts at www.WillieNelson.com.
And check out all their cool Willie Nelson stuff while you are there.
New Willie Nelson collection on sale October 27th, part of a Classic Country Heroes series. The cd includes an eight-page biography.
Purchase it at www.cduniverse.com
Willie Nelson and Family have announced a show at the historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas, on November 16th. Tickets go on sale today at 1 pm, at www.gruenehall.com.
The venue only has 800 seats, an intimate setting to see this amazing band. Jump on those tickets, they won’t last long. Willie and the band played there last in 2013.
Thank you to Chris Nelson for sharing more art from his collection. This is a chainsaw carving of Willie Nelson by Nate Vandenbos, of Kalamazoo, Mi.
Oct 21, 1971 Willie Nelson records a solo version of “Good Hearted Woman” in an afternoon session at Nashville’s RCA Studio B. A duet version of the song with Waylon Jennings becomes a standard four years later
We had so much fun at the Willie Nelson and Family shows last weekend. What a blast, really. Everyone had so much fun. Seeing that band at Floores was like being in somebody’s big back yard with the band playing on the porch.
The stage is so low at Floores, Willie spent all night pointing and waving and throwing kisses, tossing bandanas and hats. I don’t know how he does it, but he makes everyone of us feel like he recognizes us and he probably does know lots of those folks from who come to see him at Floores.
I don’t know how he played his guitar, for all the waving he was doing.
And there were so many long guitar solos. There were goose-bump, Grateful Dead moments, like Willie has done in the past — he takes off and you don’t know how he’s going to get back, but he always lands with us safely. It was moving, such beautiful music. He is an amazing guitar player.
He rules that place.
The whole band worked so hard. Sister Bobbie, on piano, and Mickey Raphael on harmonicas, both took lots of solos, too. Paul English played a long time, and shared percussion work with his brother Billy English. Kevin Smith, on stand up bass and electric bass, and Bobbie, impossible for me to photograph from where I sat, though.