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The Essential Willie Nelson

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016


Billy Joe Shaver says it best when it comes to Willie Nelson: “Willie Nelson is everybody’s brother.” And in the country music world he is. He’s performed with virtually every artist in the genre and the new artists in every genre flock to be able to say they shared the stage with Willie. Like many artists his age, 70 year-old Willie Nelson has recorded albums for a lot of labels. He’s seen numerous greatest hits packages and best of collections but never before has there been a collection of the best songs from his entire career; until now.

To kick off his 70th year on the planet, Columbia/Legacy has secured agreements with each of the labels Willie has recorded with in the past to create a vital collection simply titled The Essential Willie Nelson.Containing 41 songs over the course of 2 CDs, the collection is truly one of the best albums to be released in a long time.

To many, Willie Nelson is the Red-Headed Stranger with the funny guitar with a hole in it. To others he’s the wild outlaw from Texas. To yet another set of people, Willie is virtually the ambassador for all of music. Quite simply, Willie Nelson is all of those men rolled into one unique gifted poet who overtime has become a stylist.

Starting out in 1961 on a tiny label called “Bellaire Records” with the song “Night Life”(later a hit for Don Ho and others) Willie showed off both a solid voice and writing ability.

Those who hear the next couple tracks, “Hello Walls” and “Crazy”will not realize that, while Willie recorded these songs after they were hits for other people, he is the writer of them. The average fan who knows these standards will identify them with their singers Faron Young and Patsy Cline. Along with these stellar renditions of timeless classics (these tracks are from the early 1960’s for Liberty Records).

After a minor chart hit for Monument Records with the Tex-Mex styling of “I Never Cared For You,” Willie went on to have some more minor success with Chet Atkins’ RCA Records. “Party’s Over” features a countrypolitan style from Willie that really didn’t seem to fit him. His follow up single, “Good Times” went on to be a bigger hit in 1981 (from a greatest hits collection released during a red hot time for Willie). From there Willie recorded and released a few singles for Atlantic Records (as their first country artist). Produced by the famed producer Arif Mardin, the song “Shotgun Willie” would be the first song to showcase Willie’s own style and begin the process of creative control that would go on to change the way that Nashville does business. Also recorded during this time Willie’s “Bloody Mary Morning”became his first Top 15 hit in 1974.

In 1975 Willie released his first song from the Red-Headed Stranger album “Blue Eyes Cryin’ On The Rain”and Fred Rose’s 1945 composition became a smash hit and Willie’s first No. 1 hit song. The song literally changed 1970’s Nashville from pop oriented songs to a more organic sound that was prevalent on albums by Willie and friends for the majority of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Always a man who liked to record songs with his friends, Willie got that ball rolling with his songs with his “partner in crime” Waylon Jennings. “Good Hearted Woman” went on to become a smash hit and the version from the first platinum album Wanted: The Outlawsis a wonderful achievement of both song and friendship.

Another standout duet by Waylon and Willie is the classic “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” It’s one of those western steel guitar drenched songs that has been covered by numerous people since the original from the Waylon and Williealbum.

The pundits all said that a concept album like Red-Headed Stranger wouldn’t work, and it did. They said that again when Willie released the album Stardust. All that record did was become the longest charting country music album of all time (and second all time to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon). Produced by Booker T. Jones, the album had covers of standards like “Georgia On My Mind,” “Blue Skies” and “All Of Me.”

Another of the “Outlaws” from the 1970’s was Kris Kristofferson. Willie saw fit to record a slew of this poet’s songs on one record with the best track represented on this record. That track is the beautiful love ballad, “Help Me Make It Through The Night.”

Perhaps one of his better known hits, “On The Road Again” was a song that ushered in the 1980’s with the film Honeysuckle Rose. It’s a wonderful recording with a classic style that Willie has become known for, making music with his friends.

Another of the songs from the Honeysuckle Rose soundtrack is the beautiful track “Angel Flying To Close To The Ground.” It’s a bluesy ballad about a woman who had fallen to the ground only to be caught by a man who fixes her up and falls in love with her.

The lush and beautiful “Always On My Mind”is one of my all-time favorite songs and it shows a different side to Willie. It’s one of those songs that say stuff that men cannot normally say to their loved ones.

The fun songs “Pancho And Lefty” and “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before”paired Willie with one of his close friends, and a man whom most wouldn’t connect with Willie. Merle Haggard and Willie dueted on Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho” while Willie teamed with pop star Julio Iglesias on the lush “Girls.” Both again show that Willie loves to sing duets as much as he does his own songs.

When Willie recorded Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind” it gave Ray the idea for Willie to sing a song with him on his own record. The fruit of their labor was the song “Seven Spanish Angels”which became a smash hit in 1984. Of all the duet partners other than Waylon Jennings, Ray Charles sounds the best with Willie.

With its lush production, “The Highwaymen”served as the first single and title track for both the super group of Waylon, Willie, Kristofferson and Cash and their first of three CD’s. The song is a nice slice of country music history.

In 1986, Willie recorded David Lynn Jones’ “Living In The Promiseland”and took it to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. It is a song that shows the uniqueness that is America, and how America is the “promised land” for many people. The whole song is an exquisite piece of 1980’s country music.

After a few more hits for Columbia Records, Willie went on to record when he felt like it in the 1990’s returning to the charts with the Grammy winning duet “Mendocino County Line” in 2002 with Lee Ann Womack. Also featured on this CD are a couple of rare duets with the rock band’s Aerosmith and U2. While not really “Essential” tracks, they show that Willie is willing to work with everyone.

With 41 tracks, The Essential Willie Nelsonis the CD to own if you don’t own any of Willie Nelson’s stuff and will only make you wanna dig deeper into his large collection of songs and albums.

Song List:

Disc 1:

Night Life
Hello Walls
Funny How Time Slips Away
I Never Cared For You
The Party’s Over
Good Times
Me And Paul
Shotgun Willie
Bloody Mary Morning
Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain
Good Hearted Woman(with Waylon Jennings)
If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got The Time
Uncloudy Day
Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys (with Waylon Jennings)
Georgia On My Mind
Blue Skies
All Of Me
Heartbreak Hotel(with Leon Russell)
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Whiskey River(Live)
Stay A Little Longer (Live)
Disc 2:

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
Faded Love(with Ray Price)
On The Road Again
Angel Flying To Close To The Ground
Always On My Mind
Last Thing I Need First Thing In The Morning
Pancho And Lefty(with Merle Haggard)
To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before(with Julio Iglesias)
City Of New Orleans
Seven Spanish Angels(with Ray Charles)
Forgiving You Was Easy
Highwaymen(with Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash)
Living In The Promiseland
Nothing I Can Do About It Now
Everywhere I Go(with Emmylou Harris)
Slow Dancing(with U2 and Mickey Raphael on Harmonica)
Mendocino County Line(with Lee Ann Womack)
One Too Many Times (with Aerosmith)

Bobbie Nelson

Monday, November 28th, 2016

By Todd Money

Getting a job working for your sibling isn’t always the easiest or most advisable career move.

Bobbie Nelson, the sister of musical legend Willie Nelson, made the most of it.

Never a stranger to music herself, Bobbie had played the Texas honky-tonks with younger brother Willie when they were in their teens, in a band with Bobbie’s husband and Ira Nelson, their guitar-playing father. But when her husband died in a car accident, she was left to raise three sons on her own. That brought her to business school in Fort Worth, Texas, where she aimed to learn secretarial skills.

It was music, though, that led to her first job out of college, with the Hammond Organ Co., where she was hired for her office skills – and her ability to demonstrate the company’s organs. Before long, she was working as a piano entertainer in restaurants, eventually making her living as a pianist in Austin, Texas, and Nashville, Tenn.

It was in the early 1970s when brother Willie, who had just signed a recording deal with Atlantic Records, asked Bobbie to join his band. Her playing mixed well with the rest of the band’s free-wheeling style on hits such as “Whiskey River” and “If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time,” and more than 35 years and countless albums and concerts later, brother and sister are still playing together.

Recently, the lesser-known Bobbie has garnered a little spotlight of her own. In 2007, at the age of 76, she released “Audiobiography,” a debut album that shows off her understated and romantic playing style on some of her favorite tunes.


Track List:

  1. Back To Earth (With Willie Nelson)
  2. Boogie Woogie
  3. Crazy
  4. Death Ray Boogie
  5. Stardust
  6. The House Of Blue Lights
  7. Deep Purple
  8. 12th Street Rag
  9. Sabor A Mi
  10. Down Yonder
  11. Laura
  12. Until Tomorrow (With Willie Nelson)

Bobbie Nelson, sister of legendary singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, talks about her career, her brother and life on the road.  Recently, Bobbie talked about where they’ve been.

Question: How’s it going on the tour?

Bobbie Nelson:  This is a great tour. We’ve just done Farm Aid up in Massachusetts, and I’m in New Jersey tonight, and we do Connecticut tomorrow night, and then we do (New York’s) Radio City Music Hall the next night, so we’ll be out a couple more weeks. Everything’s going very well. I’m very grateful.

Q:  You guys still share a tour bus, from what I understand, and you’ve been playing for 35 years or so. How do you kill time on the bus?

BN:  Willie is very busy, and he has all of his office there on the bus – his computers and phones and everything – so he actually does his office thing right there on the bus, and then we have our instruments. He’s got his guitar, and I have an electric keyboard … I can pull this little keyboard out, and we can practice and play music.

Q:  Musically speaking, it seems like Willie’s always had a thing for these really super-complex chords and neat chord changes and stuff. How much of that is your doing?

BN:  You know, we listened to the radio as we were growing up and listened to all kinds of music. That was, of course, during the big-band era, as well as all the border stations and all the country music that we listened to. He actually likes all the different kinds of music, the Latin rhythms and all the different, beautiful chords. He loves a lot of the jazz things.

Q: You can tell, just in the songs he’s covered over the years, how diverse his interests are.

BN:  Yes! I love chords, too, and as you study piano, you get into all of that. … And the music we grew up with in the church – those hymns have a lot of beautiful harmony.

Q:  Are you surprised that so many of these songs over the years have become classics? Do you think Willie knows a song is a classic when he comes up with it?

BN:  No, I don’t think so. … When he writes, he just writes, and I don’t think he’s really ever thought, “I’m gonna write a song that’s gonna be a classic or a hit.” He’s just composing. He’s just letting go of some of his feelings and his thoughts that he’s got.

Q: You came out with an album last year. How did you pick the songs that went on that?

BN:  Willie had scheduled studio time, because he had written a couple of new songs. So we were off the road during our holiday season … We were waiting for (guitar player) Jody (Payne) to get back, to get to Austin. So Willie just said, “Sister Bobbie, why don’t you just go up there and warm up that old piano?”

“So I went in the studio and just started playing this beautiful piano. I just was playing some of these songs I used to play when I played by myself, and also some of the boogies and things that we played when we were kids. And they recorded it. I didn’t know they were recording me. ”

(Justice Records owner) Randall Jamail, we were having lunch one day, and we were talking about it, and I said, “I’ve had people ask me why I don’t write my autobiography. And I always feel that I can do it better with music, because my life and Willie’s life have just been music.” And he said, “Well, that’s what we’ll call your album – ‘Audiobiography.’ ”

Q: Do you have any plans to put out any more music?

BN:  They’re asking me if I will record some more … maybe if we’re off during the holiday season again this year, maybe I’ll have a little time to put into that.

Q:  Obviously, growing up with Willie, you’ve got a lot of interesting stories. Is there anything that people would be surprised to find out about Willie?

BN:  I don’t know, we’ve both done a lot of interviews … Willie has always been a wonderful person. He was a fun-loving kid, and he’s a fun-loving man. We have a lot of fun, and we both have the same feelings about wanting to make Earth a better place and making a better place for our children, and just to help humanity in general.

Q:  If there’s one thing that’s been the secret to you guys’ success over the years, what would it be?

BN:  Our grandmother took us to church every Sunday, and we were at prayer meeting every Wednesday night, and choir practice once or twice a week, and Bible school. The teachings that we were taught when we were growing up – our grandmother being one of these teachers … She had a love for music, as did my grandfather – so our lives have been about music. Learning music and performing it, and always trying to improve ourselves with our talents. I think that’s what has meant more to us than anything else, is the love we feel for others and the love we feel for music and performing it.

Willie Nelson, “Across the Borderline”

Sunday, November 27th, 2016


On March 23, 1993, Willie Nelson’s ‘Across the Borderline’, his 35th album for Columbia Records, was released.

American Tune
Getting Over You (with Bonnie Raitt)
Most Original Sin
Don’t Give Up
Across the Borderline
Farther Down the Line
What Was it You Wanted?
I Love the Life I Live
If I Were the Man that You Wanted
She’s Not for You
Still is Still Moving to Me

Record producer Don Was has enjoyed a dazzlingly diverse career since emerging from Oak Park in the early ’80s. Here he recounts some of his professional highlights, from his elemental rap record with Detroit’s Felix & Jarvis to his Grammy-winning work with Bonnie Raitt.

Willie Nelson, “Across the Borderline” (1993):    “This is one of my favorites. The title song was recorded in Dublin, live in the studio in one take! After we finished tracking the song, we asked the engineer to mix it for us right away.  A mix can take a while and Willie had no desire to sit around the studio all day.  So he rolled a spliff and informed the engineer that the mix would be considered finished when the joint was smoked three-fourths of the way down.  Sure enough, we had a completed record 20 minutes later.  It’s the best track on the album!”

Willie Nelson, “Funny, How Time Slips Away”

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

For today’s listening enjoyment: Willie Nelson, “American Classic”

Monday, November 21st, 2016


Having a nice morning listening to Willie Nelson albums.  #classifytheseasegoodtimes

Willie Nelson, “Phases and Stages”

Monday, November 21st, 2016


by: Egil Mosbron

..this is not just one of Willie Nelson’s best records, but one of the great concept albums overall.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (


Bloody Mary Morning:

It’s a Bloody Mary morning,
Baby left me without warning
Sometime in the night
So I’m flyin’ down to Houston
Forgetting her’s the nature of my flight

STUDIO Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Atlantic Records
PRODUCER Jerry Wexler

Phases and Stages is a 1974 album by Willie Nelson, which followed the moderate success of his first Atlantic Records release, Shotgun Willie. Nelson met producer Jerry Wexler at a party where Nelson sang songs from an unreleased album he had recorded in 1972. The single “Phases and Stages” was originally recorded the same year. Nelson re-recorded the album at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in two days and Wexler produced it.

The album narrates the story of a divorce. Side one tells the woman’s story and side two the man’s. Released on March 1974, the album peaked at number 34 on Billboard?’s Top Country Albums and the single “Bloody Mary Morning” reached number 17 on Billboard?’s Country singles. Despite the chart positions attained by the album, and its singles, Atlantic Records closed their Country music division in September 1974.


Although the musical concept-theme that pops up here and there is unnecessarily explicit, the songs more than justify it. On the woman’s side of the breakup, try “Washing the Dishes” (soap gets in your eyes) or “Sister’s Coming Home”/”Down at the Corner Beer Joint” (going home to mother as non-joke); on the man’s, “It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way” (but it is) and “Pick Up the Tempo” (on the rebound). What’s more, Nelson’s combination of soft-spoken off-key and battered honky-tonk matches the bare, responsive country music Jerry Wexler has gotten out of the Muscle Shoals regulars. Payoff: the two Mike Lewis string arrangements are actually climactic. A-
~Robert Christgau (

Phases and Stages (Theme) / No Love Around:

I come home last Saturday morning I come home and found you gone
Well there was a note tacked on my door said your baby don’t love you anymore
Well I got dressed up and I went downtown I got dressed up and I went downtown
Well I walked up and I walked down
Well there weren’t no love there weren’t no love around

The single “Phases and Stages” was first released in 1972. Nelson had previously recorded the album Phases and Stages in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1973, Nelson re-recorded the songs in two days at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio for Atlantic Records with musicians David Hood, Barry Beckett, Jimmy Johnson, Pete Carr and Roger Hawkins. Atlantic Records’ executives criticized Wexler’s decision to record in Muscle Shoals instead of Nashville, Tennessee.

They said Muscle Shoals was too R&B for Willie. I said Willie was too R&B for Nashville.
~Jerry Wexler



Phases and Stages / Walkin’:

After carefully considerin’ the whole situation
I stand with my back to the wall
Walkin’ is better than runnin’ away
And crawlin’ ain’t no good at all

And if guilty’s the question
Truth is the answer
I’ve been lyin’ to me all alone
There ain’t nothin’ worth savin’
Except one another
And before you’ll wake up
I’ll be gone
Cause after carefully considerin’ the whole situation
I stand with my back to the wall
Walkin’ is better than runnin’ away
And crawlin’ ain’t no good at all


side one
1. “Phases and Stages (Theme)” / “Washing the Dishes” 0:42
2. “Phases and Stages (Theme)”/ “Walkin’” 4:06
3. “Pretend I Never Happened” 3:00
4. “Sister’s Coming Home” / “Down at the Corner Beer Joint” 3:46
5. “(How Will I Know) I’m Falling in Love Again” 3:27

Side two
No. Title Length
1. “Bloody Mary Morning” 2:48
2. “Phases and Stages (Theme)” / “No Love Around” 2:24
3. “I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone” 4:15
4. “It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way” 3:27
5. “Heaven and Hell” 1:52
6. “Phases and Stages (Theme)” / “Pick Up the Tempo” / “Phases and Stages (Theme)”–


  • Willie Nelson – acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Fred Carter, Jr. – acoustic, 12-string, & electric guitars, dobro
  • Pete Carr – acoustic & electric guitars, dobro, background vocals on “Pick Up the Tempo”
  • John Hughey – pedal steel guitar
  • Johnny Gimble – fiddle, mandolin
  • Barry Beckett – keyboards
  • David Hood – bass
  • Roger Hawkins – drums
  • Eric Weissberg – banjo on “Down at the Corner Beer Joint”
  • Al Lester – fiddle on “Bloody Mary Morning”
  • Jeannie Greene – background vocals on “Pick Up the Tempo”
  • George Soulé – background vocals on “Pick Up the Tempo”
  • Mike Lewis – string arrangements on “I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone” and “It’s Not Supposed to Be that Way”
  • Jerry Wexler – producer

Sister’s Coming Home:

Willie Nelson sings with Dallas Wayne on newest album, “Songs the Jukebox Taught Me”

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Singer, songwriter, Sirius Satellite Radio on-air personality Dallas Wayne invited nine friends to sing with him on his  14 country classics on his newest album, Songs the Jukebox Taught Me on Heart of Texas Records. Wayne sings classic tunes with friends Willie Nelson,  Amber Digby, Bobby Flores, Randy Lindley, Darrell and Mona McCall, Paula Nelson,, Jeannie Seely and Kevin Smith.

This song is included on Dallas Wayne’s new album, “Songs The Jukebox Taught Me

You can order the album here.

Track List:

Your Time’s Comin’ with Willie Nelson
Who’ll Turn Out The Lights In Your World Tonight
A Dime At A Time
Yesterday’s Gone with Paula Nelson
Sea Of Heartbreak
Devil In The Bottle
Three Days
No Relief In Sight
It Just Doesn’t Seem To Matter with Jeannie Seely
Skip A Rope
Eleven Roses with Darrell & Mona McCall
Sun Comin’ Up
She Always Got What She Wanted
Stop The World And Let Me Off.

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, “Two Men With the Blues”

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis’ collaboration, “Two Men With The Blues”, filmed at two concerts the artists did in January, 2008,in New York City. 

“Well, the first thing about Willie, is his integrity.  He’s been travelling up and down the road for so many years on his bus.  He’s of that last group of a certain breed of musicians.”

— Wynton Marsalis

Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson, “A Willie Nice Christmas”

Friday, November 18th, 2016
by: Joseph Hudak

“I’ve always loved a theme,” admits Kacey Musgraves, by way of explaining her first-ever holiday album, A Very Kacey Christmas, released today. “If there is a theme, I love to set the scene, create a world and get inspired by that world.”

Musgraves, who scored her fourth straight Female Vocalist nomination at this year’s CMAs, has spent the past few months in her own, very unique world – the one she created onstage for her glitzy Country & Western Rhinestone Review. With that tour wrapped up, the quirky Texas singer-songwriter is preparing for her new album’s accompanying Christmas trek, kicking off November 26th and hitting cities from Nashville to New York. (On Monday night, she’ll perform on the CMA Country Christmas special, airing on ABC.)
“It’ll be magical wonderland of Christmas songs: classics, old and new, and some of the ones I wrote for the album, and some of my own songs,” she tells Rolling Stone Country of the production. “I’m touring with a bigger band than I ever have. It’ll be more of a musical experience than my normal show, but very classic and festive.”
A Very Kacey Christmas mirrors that aesthetic, a mix of chestnuts like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Let It Snow,” and more culturally diverse fare like “Feliz Navidad” and “Mele Kalikimaka.” A decidedly Latin and Hawaiian sound runs throughout the album. “It’s very me. There are Spanish moments, Hawaiian moments, very Bing Crosby moments,” says Musgraves, “but at the end of the day, you think, ‘That was very her.'”
The highlight of the project, however, is an original song: “A Willie Nice Christmas,” which features Musgraves’ spirit guide Willie Nelson. Written by Musgraves with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the track is an irreverent look at an, ahem, green Christmas, with Nelson on vocals and guitar. (Listen to the song below.)
“He’s such a good sport,” she says of working with the country-music icon. “I was driving around one day churning with Christmas ideas, and I thought, ‘Have a Willie nice Christmas’ would be a great song and I bet I could get Willie to play on it.’ It’s got a fun, reggae, country, Hawaiian vibe and it’s perfect because Willie lives in Hawaii.”
As the Red Headed Stranger might say, “Mele Kalikimaka, y’all.”

Bobbie Nelson plays on new Lukas Nelson song, “Just Outside of Austin”

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

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Lukas Autry Nelson at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Cut N Putt.
“My aunt Bobbie is the most amazing piano player I know.. at 85 she’s been playing with dad for over 75 years now .. it was one of the greatest honors of my life to have her play on my new track “Just Outside of Austin” ..”

Can’t wait for folks to hear it #familymusic

Keep in touch with Lukas Nelson on Facebook, or at his website.

Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson, “A Willie Nice Christmas”

Friday, November 11th, 2016


This year, Kacey Musgraves released her very first Christmas album featuring her spin on eight classic holiday hits and created four of her very own. Among the four original tracks is one featuring the legendary Willie Nelson, called “A Willie Nice Christmas.” The idea for the song came as Musgraves made her way to a writing session with a couple of her familiar co-writers.

“I started writing for this Christmas album in May, which is something I’ve never experienced before, but I do love a theme and I can easily jump into one when I get inspired by something,” Musgraves explained to Sounds LIke Nashville and other reporters backstage at the CMA Country Christmas taping. “One day, just the idea of telling somebody ‘Have a Willie Nice Christmas’ hit me and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to work with Willie before and I really look up to him as a musician and songwriter, so I thought that he would think it was funny and light-hearted. I was writing with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne that day and I brought the idea. We actually started working on another Christmas idea, ‘Make the Yuletide Gay,’ and then halfway through that song, I said ‘Well I also have this other idea called Have a Willie Nice Christmas,’ and they loved it.”

The idea for the track came quickly afterwards and eventually, Musgraves sent it off to Nelson to hear his thoughts.

“We finished it and I sent it to Willie and I said, ‘look, I don’t know what you think about this, but I think it could be really fun if you sang this with me,’ and he got a kick out of it and came and sang and played on the track,” she added.

The “fun, reggae Christmas jam” eventually made its way to A Very Kacey Christmas, which is available for purchase now.



Willie Nelson on Jimmy Kimmel Live, “Heartaches by the Number”

Friday, November 11th, 2016
by:  Stephen Betts

Willie Nelson, whose early Nashville music career included playing bass in Ray Price’s band, paid tribute to his friend and former employer on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night with a sprightly version of Price’s Number Two country hit “Heartaches by the Number.” Delivered with his typically unorthodox phrasing, Nelson’s jazz-influenced vocals veer off from the original but the band nevertheless holds true to the shuffling beat.

A 1959 Number One pop hit for Guy Mitchell, “Heartaches” is among the 12 tracks on Nelson’s new album For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price, which also features “I’ll Be Here (If You Ever Want Me),” “Crazy Arms” and “Night Life,” a Price hit penned by Nelson. Recorded at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios, where Price crafted his final album, Beauty Is…, the LP was engineered by recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Fred Foster, the legendary producer who signed Nelson to Monument Records in 1964. The Time Jumpers, the Western swing outfit featuring Vince Gill, are featured on half of the album’s cuts.

“Ray was as a close a friend as you could have,” says Nelson of the performer, who passed away in 2013 at age 87. “We traveled together, lived together, played music together, partied together … and had a lot of good times.”

Willie Nelson and Roy Rogers: “Rodeo Road” (1991)

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

1. Hold on Partner (with Clint Black)
2. Here’s Hopin’ (with Randy Travis)
3. Final Frontier (with Kathy Mattea)
4. Rodeo Road (with Willie Nelson)
5. Little Joe the Wrangler (with
6. That’s How the West Was Won (with Kentucky Headhunters)
7. Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds (with KT Oslin and Restless Heart)
8. When Payday Rolls Around (with Ricky Van Shelton)
9. Don’t Fence Me In (with Lorrie Morgan and the Oak Ridge Boys)
10. Alive and Kickin’ (Roy Rogers)
11. King of the Cowboys (with Dusty Rogers)
12. Happy Trails (Roy, Dale, Dusty Rogers and friends)

Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley, Mickey Raphael, “This Train”

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016


Willie Nelson and Mickey Raphael contributed to Ziggy Marley’s latest album, “Family Time.”   They play on the song, “This Train.” 

Mickey Raphael, Don Was, Ziggy Marley, Willie Nelson

Track Listings

1. Family Time with Judah Marley
2. I Love You Too with Rita Marley & Cedella Marley
3. Cry, Cry, Cry with Jack Johnson & Paula Fuga
4. Take Me To Jamaica with Toots Hibbert
5. Ziggy Says
6. This Train with Willie Nelson
7. Wings Of An Eagle with Elizabeth Mitchell
8. ABC
9. Hold him Joe
10. Walk Tall with Paul Simon
11. Future Man, Future Lady with Laurie Berkner
12. My Helping Hands written by Ziggy Marley & narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis
13. Is There Really A Human Race written by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell & narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis

Willie Nelson, “American Classic”

Friday, November 4th, 2016


Photograph by Ian Gittler / Used With Permission


  1. The Nearness of You
  2. Fly Me to the Moon
  3. Come Rain or Come Shine
  4. If I Had You (with Diana Krall)
  5. Ain’t Misbehaving
  6. I Miss You So
  7. Because of You
  8. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (with Norah Jones)
  9. Angel Eyes
  10. On the Street Where You Live
  11. Since I Fell For You
  12. You Were Always on My Mind