Oh, I love that Budrock (Willie Nelson’s lighting director) takes the time to send me pictures of posters and billboards on the road. Thank you, Buddy.
Archive for March, 2014
On March 31, 1928, Lefty Frizzell was born in Corsicana, Texas.
1. Mom and Dad’s Waltz
2. Look What Thoughts Will Do
3. I Love You in a Thousand Ways
4. Always Late (With Your Kisses)
5. I Want to Be With You Always
6. She’s Gone, Gone, Gone
7. A Little Unfair
8. I Never Go Around Mirrors
9. That’s the Way Love Goes
10. Railroad Girl
11. If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time
Hailing from a state known for trailblazing country, Lefy Frizzell and Willie Nelson are Texas’ most distinctive sons in the singing and songwriting departments. After penning and crooning some of honkytonk’s finest songs — and inspiring Nelson to play music back when his nickname was still Booger Red — Frizzell died a broken man in 1975. Two years later, Nelson released a batch of his favorite Frizzell numbers. This expanded reissue includes one bonus track: an alternate take of Nelson’s 1976 chart-topping rendition of Frizzell’s plaintive voice soared up and down octaves like a trick pilot, Nelson, backed primarily by his acoustic guitar, harmonica and piano, leans into the songs with a blusey feel, giving emotional drama to weepers such as “Always Late (with your kisses)” and “I Never Go Around Mirrors.” If Nelson’s original intent was to remind listeners of his forebear’s breathtaking artistry, he accomplished his goal.
— Holly George-Warren
Back in Austin, Willie was testing Columbia Records’ definition of artistic control. Lefty Frizzell’s death in 1975 had inspired Willie to do an album of nothing but Lefty songs dedicated to his favorite honky tonk singer. The suits at Columbia were less than thrilled when they first heard about the idea, especially since the label had dropped Lefty three years earlier. But two years later, after Willie’s version of “If You’ve Got the Money” from the album The Song in Your Mind shot straight to number 1 on the country singles chart in the summer of 1976, Columbia brass came aound and released the Lefty tribute. Even then, label personnel tried to get him to title the album Songs For a Friend, figuring record buyers didn’t know Lefty Frizzell from Johnny Wright. But Willie held his ground and To Lefty from Willie was released in 1977, featuring 10 of his favorite Lefty songs, including, I Love You a Thousand ways,” which reached number 9 on the country singles chart that summer, “Always Late (with Your Kisses),” “Mom and Dad Waltz,” and “Railroad Lady,” Lefty’s last single before he died, written by Jerry Jeff Walker and Jimmy Buffett. The album charted as high as number 91 on Billboard’s album chart, a testament to Willie’s star power more than Lefty’s legacy.
from Willie Nelson: An Epic Life
by Joe Nick Patoski
A seven time Grammy Award winner, Willie Nelson has received numerous accolades, including American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and others. He is a co-founder of Farm Aid, an annual series of fundraising events which began as an all-star benefit concert in 1985 to raise money for American family farmers. He continues to lobby against horse slaughter and produces his own blend of biodiesel fuel. An old-school road dog troubadour with new school wheels, Willie plays concerts eyar round, tireless touring on th Honeysuckle Rose III (he rode the first two buses into the ground), taking his music and fans to places that are always worth the ride.
Willie Nelson has been an American Music Icon for decades. Nelson has over 2,500 songs and 300 albums under his belt. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and in 1933 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In addition ot his outstanding music career Nelson has had 38 television and movie appearances including The Electric Horseman, filmed right here in Southern Utah.
— Thank you Budrock, Willie Nelson’s lighting director, for sending this photo of the program from the Willie Nelson & Family Show in Ivins, UT.
Grammy-winning band Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas is expected to embark on a co-headlining tour with country veteran star Willie Nelson.
Alison Krauss and Union Station is comprised of such talented musicians and multi-instrumentalists as Dan Tyminsky, Ron Block, Barry Bales and Jerry Douglas.
Their 35-city tour will commence on May 1 in Murray, Kentucky at the CFSB Center at Murray State University. One of their tour stops will be at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2014.
This marks the first time that Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson will be touring with the hit country and bluegrass group, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Special guests on this tour will include folk trio The Devil Makes Tree, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, as well as rising country songstress Kacey Musgraves, who recently took home two Grammy awards for “Best Country Song” and “Best Country Album” for Same Trailer Different Park.
Singer Willie Nelson has thrown his support behind an initiative to fight a coal mining practice, which involves blowing up mountaintops, by recording a rendition of America The Beautiful for a public service announcement.
The On The Road Again hitmaker has released avideo, via the Natural Resources Defense Council, in which he sings the patriotic song as pictures of destruction caused by mountaintop removal are flashed onscreen.
A message written at the end of the video reads: “The Appalachian Mountains (in the U.S.) are a national treasure, but mountaintop removal coal mining is destroying them forever. Obliterating forests, polluting the air and water and flooding the valleys. It won’t stop unless we do something.”
Replaying Sunday 3/30, 10 am ET
Monday, 3/31 2 am & 2 pm ET
Wednesday, 4/2 12 am & 10 pm ET
We’ve got your invitation to hang with Willie at his ranch: This weekend, fans nationwide will have a chance to attend the 3rd annual Heartbreaker Banquet, and all you have to do is listen to Outlaw Country.
Airing on Saturday, 3/29, the Heartbreaker’s Banquet broadcasts from Willie Nelson’s private ranch in Luck, TX, and features performances and interviews with Willie Nelson & Family (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects Vs. Robots with Micah Nelson, and Folk Uke with Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie), Shovels & Rope, John Fullbright, The Wild Feathers, Sons of Fathers, Nikki Lane, Willie Watson, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and more.
Full episode covering the album “Wanted the Outlaws” by Willie & Waylon. The Genesis of the Country Music Outlaw Movement.