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Willie Nelson

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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by Christopher Nelson
Sept. 16, 2011
Seattle

Everyone looks good in a Willie Nelson Shirt

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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This day in Willie Nelson History: ‘Good Hearted Woman’ #1 (2/21/1976)

Monday, February 21st, 2011

 

On February 21, 1976, ‘Good Hearted Women’ by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings goes #1 on Billboard country chart.

Willie Nelson at Freedom Fest

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

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Jan/Railroad Lady took these daytime photos.

In August 2007 Willie Nelson headlined a fundraiser for NORML, at the BackYard, outside of Austin, Texas.

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This picture: Laura Skelding

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price, ‘Last of the Breed’

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

 
photo:  Texas Music (2008)

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by:  Chet Flippo
March 22, 2007 

After the first few times you play Last of the Breed, treasure these two CDs and take good care of them, because I have a feeling nothing like this is ever going to come along again. At least not in country music.

There will probably never again be three country artists of this towering magnitude and talent around to record together. Artists won’t be able to spend a lifetime developing their songwriting skills and their recording expertise and finesse at performing. These are truly the last of a breed. Not too much longer now and the sorts of bars and honky-tonks and dancehalls that shaped and nurtured these men and their music will no longer exist. I doubt we’ll ever see an American Idol: Last of the Breed, although in some ways, that’s an alluring idea.

In case you don’t know, Last of the Breed is a double-CD package by Ray Price, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. They’ve never sounded better. Well, technically, Haggard’s and Nelson’s voices have, but in terms of soulfulness, they have not. Ray Price has always been just about perfect and still is almost so at age 81. Combined age of these three: 205 years. Total number of songs written, recordings made and concerts played: a staggering if unimaginable total.

These are not swaggering 25-year-olds out to show off their stuff. These three old warriors don’t have to prove anything to anybody. They have just about done it all, seen it all and sung it all.

That’s part of the beauty of these seemingly effortless performances. By singing without ego, without any pride, without any sense of self getting in the way, all that is left and all that matters is the song.

Part of the beauty of these recordings is the complete absence of any of these artists’ hits: no greatest hits by Willie, Merle or Ray here (an exception being Ray’s hit “Heartaches by the Number,” although Harlan Howard wrote it). Just songs they admire by other songwriters, along with Haggard’s new “If I Ever Get Lucky” and Nelson’s new “Back to Earth.”

There’s some pretty amazing other talents on here, too. These 22 songs were produced by Fred Foster, who was instrumental in the early careers of Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson and produced all of Roy Orbison’s huge hits. Foster’s productions always produce a warm sound, which I love, like last year’s Foster-produced You Don’t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker by Nelson. Kristofferson himself is here, joining in on his song, “Why Me.” Vince Gill drops by to harmonize on “Heartaches by the Number.” Stellar steel guitarist Buddy Emmons and pre-eminent Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble lead the band. The Jordanaires throw in background vocals. Foster, Emmons, Gimble and the Jordanaires are themselves the last of a breed. Stubborn mavericks, who are united by a love of freewheeling, honest music. That was not an ideal world they lived in during the ’50s and ’60s. I know that, but it produced some music that remains timeless.

So are many of the songwriters represented here wrote for the sake of the song and not to curry favor with mainstream country radio. Oh, they had to do some of that. I’m not naïve enough to think that any era of country music was pure, but they also spun pure gold now and then. And most of the time, when they pitched songs, they kept those pieces of gold in the back of the drawer and saved them for the artists they deemed worthy of them.

Such songwriters as Harlan Howard, Cindy Walker, Floyd Tillman, Jesse Ashlock and Lefty Frizzell left a dazzling string of musical gems they offered to the likes of Willie, Merle and Ray. What a marvelous legacy.

Thanks so much to Marie, for sharing this great photo she took at the Last of the Breed Concert on 8/28/07 at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ.  I am so grateful for these fans who have great cameras and know how to use them!

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TRACK LIST 

  1. Miles and Miles of Texas (w/Asleep at the Wheel
  2. Make the World Go Away (Ray Price)
  3. For the Good Times (Ray Price)
  4. Take Me Back to Tulsa (Merle Haggard)
  5. Silver Wings (Merle Haggard)
  6. That’s the Way Love Goes (Merle Haggard)
  7. Okie From Miskogee (Merle Haggard)
  8. Pancho and Lefty (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard)
  9. Always on My Mind (Willie Nelson)
  10. Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
  11. Ramblin’ Fever (Merle Haggard)
  12. I Gotta Have My Baby Back (Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard)
  13. Night Life (Ray Price)
  14. Sing Me Back Home (Merle Haggard)
  15. Crazy (Willie Nelson, Ray Price
  16. On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)

 

Willie Nelson sings ‘Superman’ with Snoop Dogg, on ‘Doggumentary’ (3/29/2011)

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

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Thanks to Lane, who sent me these pictures he took in Amsterdam in 4/08.  Snoop Dogg joined Willie Nelson on stage at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, and the next night Willie returned the favor and went on stage at Snoop’s show at the same venue

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by:  Gail Mitchell

I’m just trying to keep this Snoop thing popping,” declared Snoop Dogg while previewing his 11th studio album, “Doggumentary” (Priority/Capitol, March 29), at Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood. The rapper played 21 tracks, featuring guest turns by Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, R. Kelly, John Legend, E-40, Young Jeezy and music legends Willie Nelson and Bootsy Collins. On the production side, Snoop Dogg has enlisted a lineup that includes West, Battlecat, Lex Luger, David Banner and Scoop Deville.

Piggybacking on the start of NBA All-Star weekend (Feb. 18) in Los Angeles, the preview was more a party than a listening session — complete with Colt 45 girls, the beer itself plus cans of Blast and soda, as well as a catering truck serving up beef, pork and vegetarian barbecue sandwiches. The man himself — wearing a purple sweat suit with orange stripes and a purple Lakers shirt — sat front and center on a podium, alternately dancing, rapping, smoking and sharing insights behind the album as each track was introduced.

While recording the album, Snoop Dogg explained, the process took on a documentary feel inspired by the music and videos he’s churned out thus far in his ongoing career. “I thought, let’s put the two G’s there and make it more,” he added,” versus recreating a ‘Doggystyle, Part 2.’ It’s just me doing me.”

The album’s most left-of-center track is the playful “Superman.” Accompanied by guitar and harmonica, Snoop and Willie Nelson trade riffs on living life with the hands they’ve been dealt and realizing, “I’m not Superman.” The idea to work together took shape when the two artists found themselves in Amsterdam doing shows there. “We got some studio time and wrote this song,” said Snoop. “It’s some cold, classic shit.”

Read the entire article HERE.

Willie Nelson’s Smile

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

I love this picture.  One of you sweet fans out there handed it to me at a show.  Anne?  Janis?  Bunny?   Cherie?  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I think it’ s my new favorite.  Willie is looking at some fan so lovingly.

On this day in Willie Nelson history: World Premiere for ‘Red Headed Stranger’ movie (2/19/1987)

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

On February 19, 1987, Willie Nelson’s movie “Red Headed Stranger” premieres in Austin. Those attending included Morgan Fairchild, Floyd Tillman and football coach Darrell Royal.

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Willie Nelson was asked about the violence in the movie, and about his character killing two women: 

“If you like the song, the violence is there,” he says. “You can’t take out violence anymore than you can take evil out of books. It’s all part of life.” Adds Nelson, “This movie covers a lot of territory — from spiritualism to lust — and takes a man all the way to the bottom and back to the top. It does it to a preacher — which is a little bit unusual.”

Willie Nelson, Taco Bell Commercial (1991)

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

 

Thanks to Alice from Georgia for finding this commercial.

God Bless Willie Nelson

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

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Thanks to Kathy from New York for sending this picture. 


I took this one of my friend’s car here in Colorado

This one’s my Nebraska plate framed

Willie Nelson, Billy Bob Thornton in New Brunswick, NJ (4/18/2011)

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

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Willie, Billy Bob and a whole lot of twanging guitars are coming to the State Theatre in New Brunswick.  The Jersey Shore-based AM Productions have announced that Willie Nelson along with Billy Bob Thorton and the Boxmasters will perform at the State on Saturday, April 18, 2011.

Tickets, $38 to $128, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, through the State Theatre’s box office, 732-246-7469 and www.statetheatrenj.org.

Nelson has released more than 200 albums and has recorded hits like “Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “Red Headed Stranger,” and “Stardust.”

 

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Thornton is best known as an actor and his Boxmasters play a jumpy brand of country rock.

The State Theatre is at 15 Livingston Ave.

Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, on David Letterman (2/18/2011)

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Willie Nelson & Family, Austin City Limits Moody Theater

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

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Thanks to Angela Boardman for sharing photos she took at the Willie Nelson & Family Show in Austin at Austin City Limits.  Angela went to the show from Michigan, along with her father and nephew.

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Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real on David Letterman right now!

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Got home just in time to see Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real on David Letterman tonight.  They are on next.  If you live in my time zone, or California, stay tuned!

Willie Nelson Guitar Art

Friday, February 18th, 2011

                                                                                 www.willienelson.com has this new poster for sale for $9.99