Happy Shoeshine Friday!

October 13th, 2017

Willie Nelson with Lukas and Micah Nelson, “Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On”

October 12th, 2017

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At 84 years old, Willie Nelson is still making music at the impressively prolific clip he’s sustained throughout his six-decade career—and now he’s once again showing the world just how talented his sons are.

For his newest album, Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2), out October 20, the Red-Headed Stranger enlisted Lukas and Micah Nelson, both late in their twenties, to perform a collection of early country classics—the stuff you rarely hear about anymore at a time when mainstream country barely resembles its forebears.

“It’s the country version of Stardust,” Willie said of the new LP, referencing his beloved 1978 album that sought to bring American pop standards to an outlaw-country audience. “You have all these great [classic country] songs and standards that young people have never heard of. And all of a sudden, you have a new audience out there.

Seven of the 12 tracks—all recorded in 2011 during a previous album’s sessions—are originally by Hank Williams Sr., the undisputed King of Country Music; one is from Willie’s own songbook; and four others come from legends like Hank Snow.

In anticipation Stash, Vol. 2, Nelson and the boys—fresh off backing up Neil Young on a series of tours and albums—sat down for a filmed series of live, acoustic performances at Willie’s own Pedernales Studio.

Willie Nelson Induction into Country Music Hall of Fame (1993)

October 12th, 2017

Willie Nelson’s 1993 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Presented by Johnny Cash (Hall of Fame 1980), Rip Torn & Kris Kristofferson (elected to the Hall in 2004).

This is the first year the CMA did not surprise the artist, as in year’s past. From 1993 to 2006 the CMA Awards did a Hall of Fame Video presentation. From 2007 to 2009, the Hall of Fame segments were reduced to melodies. Since 2010, the Hall of Fame ceremony has taken place in a Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Another Willie Nelson Fan

October 12th, 2017

by:  Wade Tatangelo

Meeting one of my country music heroes following a mind-blowing performance

I was in the middle of an intense classic country music phase, a senior in college and my new favorite professor at University of South Florida, Willie Reader, was teaching a poetry class that includes fascinating analysis of lyrics by the likes of Willie Nelson.

My friend, we’ll call him Charlie, drove us from Tampa to Gainesville to see Willie Nelson perform in a parking lot outside a venue called Brick City Music Hall, which I think had recently been gutted by a blaze. It was a Thursday, March 16, 2000.

We arrived early and found Red Headed Stranger, the Nelson band tour bus, and, well, loitered. Paul English, Nelson’s longtime drummer and partner in crime immortalized in Nelson’s song “Me and Paul” came out and greeted us. I think he got a kick out of hearing a 22-year-old clutching a can of beer (me) raving about their music.

By the time the concert started, a fun crowd ranging from twentysomething neo-hippies to God-fearing grandmas filled the fenced-off parking lot area. My professor, Willie Reader, was there, too, and we bonded over a couple longneck Budweisers.

Nelson and his outstanding band played for about two hours and it went by in a blur of Americana brilliance. Nelson mixed his classic originals (“Funny How Times Slips Away,” “Crazy,” “Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground”) with songs by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell and the greatest hillbilly poet of ’em all, Hank Williams. Nelson did all his big hits, too, (“Always on My Mind,” etc.) and really impressed me with his acoustic guitar playing, some of the finest I had ever witnessed.

The show ended and I about sprinted to Nelson’s bus and soon found myself at the front of a long line of fans waiting to meet the legend. He came out through a cloud of, yep, marijuana smoke. I shook the hand of the man I addressed as “Mr. Nelson” and then started talking to Paul English again, who was standing nearby.

Everyone had their autographs and Nelson turned to me and said, “You got something you want me to sign?” I was happy with a handshake, but, hell, it’s Willie Nelson and he’s asking. I handed him my ticket stub and he scribbled his name with a black Sharpie. Mr. Nelson also handed me a guitar pick. Of course, I still have the signed ticket stub, the guitar pick, and a very special memory.

Willie Nelson & Friends will be at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota for a sold-out show Oct. 17.

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October 12th, 2017

October 12th, 2017

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Always on My Mind” CMA Single of the Year (10/11/1982)

October 11th, 2017

Oct. 11, 1982: Springfield songwriter Wayne Carson shared the award for Song of the Year from the Country Music Association in Nashville. Carson wrote, “Always on My Mind” with Johnny Christopher and Mark James.

It also won the award for Single of the Year, which was accepted by popular star Willie Nelson, who made the song famous.

Always on My Mind is the thirtieth studio album by country singer Willie Nelson. It was the Billboard number one country album of the year for 1982, and stayed 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, peaking at number one for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the Billboard 200 for all albums, peaking at number two for 3 weeks.

During the recording sessions for Nelson’s collaboration album with Merle Haggard, Pancho & Lefty, the producer Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons suggested that they record Johnny Christopher’s “Always on My Mind“.[2] Haggard had no interest in recording a version of the song for the album, so instead Nelson recorded his own version—the first for the album entitled Always on My Mind. In his autobiography, Nelson stated: “We’ll never know what would have happened if Merle had really heard the song right. ‘Always on My Mind’ bowled me over the moment I first heard it, which is one way I pick songs to record”.[3]

The rest of the album was constituted by adult-contemporary and pop standards, such as “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and Paul Simon‘s “Bridge Over Troubled Water“,[4] as well as re-recordings of his own songs including “Permanently Lonely” (originally recorded for 1969’s Good Times LP) and “The Party’s Over” (originally recorded for The Party’s Over released in 1967).

A 2003 re-release of the album included two bonus tracks: “The Man Who Owes Everyone” and “I’m a Memory” (another re-recording of an earlier release).

Track listing[edit]

  1. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (Chips Moman, Dan Penn) – 2:58
  2. Always on My Mind” (Johnny Christopher, Mark James, Wayne Carson Thompson) – 3:34
  3. A Whiter Shade of Pale” (Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher) – 4:01
  4. Let It Be Me” (Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë, Gilbert Bécaud) – 3:33
  5. “Staring Each Other Down” (Chips Moman, Bobby Emmons) – 2:16
  6. Bridge over Troubled Water” (Paul Simon) – 4:39
  7. “Old Fords and a Natural Stone” (Bobby Emmons, Chips Moman) – 2:33
  8. “Permanently Lonely” (Willie Nelson) – 2:41
  9. Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning” (Gary P. Nunn, Donna Sioux Farar) – 4:22
  10. The Party’s Over” (Willie Nelson) – 2:52

Willie Nelson: American Icon

October 11th, 2017
Willie Nelson:  American Icon
by:  Andrew Vaughn

A comprehensive exploration of one of the most iconic singer-songwriters in all of American music, Willie Nelson: American Icon (Sterling Publishing) by music journalist Andrew Vaughn, features more than 100 full-color photos and celebrates Nelson’s multi-faceted life and career as a troubadour, actor, author and social activist.

 Celebrate an American icon with the first full-color book that comprehensively explores the work and life of country superstar Willie Nelson.

Throughout his career, Willie Nelson—singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist—has won countless accolades as well as the hearts of listeners. To name just a few of his awards: He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as the National Agricultural Hall of Fame (for his charitable work with FarmAid), and received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Gershwin Prize, and a Library of Congress Lifetime Award. In the US alone, Nelson has sold more than 40 million albums. This lavish volume, written by well-known music journalist Andrew Vaughan, features more than 100 photographs and illustrations. It’s a must-have for every one of Nelson’s millions of dedicated fans.


Another Willie Nelson cover: Kenny Neal, “Ain’t it Funny, How Time Slips Away”

October 10th, 2017

October 10th, 2017

John T. Floore Country Store

October 10th, 2017

Kevin Smith shared this really cool photo of Floores at night, in black and white.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “She Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” Barbara Mandrell tribute (10/10/06)

October 10th, 2017

On October 10, 2006 BNA releases “She Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool: A Tribute To Barbara Mandrell.” Contributors include Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Shelby Lynne, Terri Clark, Lorrie Morgan, Randy Owen, Dierks Bentley and Sara Evans.

Willie Nelson & Family at the MSU Riley Center (Merididan, Miss.) TONIGHT – SOLD OUT

October 10th, 2017

By Andrew Samet |

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – The MSU Riley Center is gearing up for a big concert Tuesday night. Willie Nelson and Family is coming to Meridian and the show has sold out faster than any other in the history of the Riley Center.

“This is probably by far the biggest concert that we’ve had at the Riley Center in a long time. A few years ago B.B. King sold out extremely fast, but Willie Nelson has taken the record,” says Derron Radcliff, box office manager.

With an updated ticket and software system in place, staff at the center are more than prepared for the sell-out crowd.

“We’ll start scanning tickets, so we’re moving to electronic format and able to check people in through that way. So the preparations are about the same but slightly different. We’ve kind of upgraded just a little bit here at the Riley Center,” says Radcliff.

The concert begins at 7:30 Tuesday night.


Willie Nelson, on guitar

October 9th, 2017

Willie Nelson & Family, “Nuages” (John T. Floore Country Store)

October 9th, 2017