Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

Happy Birthday, Lefty Frizell (March 31, 1928)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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

Willie Nelson’s new album, First Rose of Spring (new release date 7/3/2020)

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Watch Willie Nelson & Friends, “Outlaws and Angels”

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Outlaws and Angels

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Outlaws And Angels is a very special celebration of the music of Willie Nelson. The concert recorded at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles in early 2007. It follows on from the Stars And Guitars and Live And Kickin concerts of 2002 and 2003 but is the first to be released on film.

Hosted by actor James Caan, it features inspired performances of many of his best known tracks, such as Shotgun Willie, Midnight Rider, Pancho And Lefty and On The Road Again, with a truly extraordinary line up of guest artists including Joe Walsh, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Shelby Lynne, Carole King, Rickie Lee Jones, Keith Richards and Jerry Lee Lewis among many others.

1. “Georgia on a Fast Train/Ramblin’ Fever” with Toby Keith, Joe Walsh, & Merle Haggard
2. “You Win Again” with Bob Dylan
3. “Shotgun Willie/Shotgun Boy” with Kid Rock
4. “Funny How Time Slips Away” with Al Green
5. “Rainin’ in My Heart” with Al Green
6. “On with the Sun” with Shelby Lynne
7. ‘Stormy Weather” with Shelby Lynne
8. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” with Carole King
9. “Still is Still Moving to Me” with Toots Hibbert
10. “Midnight Rider” with Ben Harper
11. “Pressure Drop” with Toots Hibbert & Ben Harper
12. “I’ll Never be Free” with Lee Ann Womack
13. “Opportunity to Cry” with The Holmes Brothers
14. “Cisco Kid” with Los Lonely Boys
15. “Pancho and Lefty” with Toby Keith & Merle Haggard
16. “Overtime” with Lucinda Williams
17. “Mama Tried” with Merle Haggard
18. “Comes Love” with Rickie Lee Jones
19. “We Had It All” with Keith Richards
20. “Trouble in Mind” with Keith Richards, Merle Haggard, & Jerry Lee Lewis
21. “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On” with Kid Rock & Jerry Lee Lewis
22. “I’ll Fly Away/On the Road Again” ensemble

Micah Nelson, “Particle Kid” has new album available March 27, 2020

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Particle Kid – the ingenious musical identity of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, musician, and visual artist Micah Nelson – has announced the release of an immersive all-new concert recording.

LIVE! UNDERGROUND arrives via Overseas Artists Recordings (OAR) at all DSPs and streaming services on Friday, March 27th.

Photo: Jason Reidmiller

LIVE! UNDERGROUND was recorded last December by musician/engineer Bernie Larsen at his Ojai Underground Exchange in Ojai CA, mixed by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Warren Zevon) at his Ventura, CA studio and then “fucked up” by Nelson on his own 4-track cassette machine, before finally being mastered by Bob Rice.

The album sees Particle Kid – that is, Nelson backed by longtime friends Tony Peluso (drums, SPDX, Juno 6) and Aroyn Davis (bass) – putting an expansive, remarkably spontaneous, new spin on songs originally found on what Rolling Stone has hailed as “a series of excellent, deeply adventurous albums,” including such fan favorites as “Radio Flyer,” “Still Going,” and “Everything Is Bullshit.” The striking cover and album art was created by Nelson.

Particle Kid debuted a limited number of physical CD copies of LIVE! UNDERGROUND on his west coast Cosmic Yarn Tour late last month. The band has spent much of the past two years on the road, including an epic 2019 tour alongside The Flaming Lips and The Claypool Lennon Delirium, as well as U.S. and European headline dates, performances at the Outlaw Music Festival, and shows with Willie Nelson, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Micah Nelson recently took part in the much-sought-after line-up for Luck Reunion’s streaming marathon music variety show, Til Further Notice. The six-hour virtual concert featured Neil Young, Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, Margo Price, and many more, as well as Micah in a set with his dad, Willie Nelson, and brother, Lukas Nelson. Rolling Stone called their family-set “the highlight” for Luck Reunion’s “most emotional year yet – with no-crowd.” The Austin American-Statesman agreed naming their closing performance, which included two Particle Kid songs – “Everything is Bullshit” and “Wheels” – the “Best Musical Moment.”

PARTICLE KIDLIVE! UNDERGROUND(OAR)

Tracklisting:

  1. Radio Flyer 
  2. Backwards
  3. Little Fish (Deep Pond) 
  4. Myssus Crow 
  5. Hollyweird
  6. Still Going 
  7. Magic Mirror 
  8. Remaerd
  9. Everything is Bullshit 
  10. Sdrawkcab

New Willie Nelson album, “First Rose of Spring,” out July 3, 2020

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

New York, NY – Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, reschedules the release of Willie Nelson’s upcoming 70th solo studio album First Rose Of Spring from April 24 to Friday, July 3.    Fans may pre-order First Rose Of Spring (available on CD, vinyl and digital formats as well as part of exclusive merch bundles on Willie’s web store) and listen to the “Our Song” and “First Rose Of Spring” singles now at: https://willienelson.lnk.to/OurSong   Fans that have already pre-ordered the album will have their orders honored at the later date.  

1. First Rose Of Spring (Randy Houser, Allen Shamblin & Mark Beeson)

2. Blue Star (Willie Nelson & Buddy Cannon)
3. I’ll Break Out Again Tonight (Sanger “Whitey” Shafer & Doodle Owens)
4. Don’t Let The Old Man In (Toby Keith)
5. Just Bummin’ Around (Pete Graves)
6. Our Song (Chris Stapleton)
7. We Are The Cowboys (Billy Joe Shaver)
8. Stealing Home (Marla Cannon-Goodman, Casey Beathard & Don Sampson)
9. I’m The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised (Wayne Kemp, Bobby Borchers & Mack Vickery)
10. Love Just Laughed (Willie Nelson & Buddy Cannon)
11. Yesterday When I Was Young (Hier Encore) (Charles Aznavour & Herbert Kretzmer)

Produced by Buddy Cannon
Willie Nelson & Legacy Recordings In February 2012, Willie Nelson entered into an historic new record deal with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, marking a label homecoming for Nelson, who, from 1975-1993, had cut a phenomenal string of top-selling singles and albums for Columbia Records, beginning with 1975’s seminal smash Red Headed Stranger.

New titles by the artist under the Legacy imprint include newly recorded songs and performances as well as archival releases, personally curated by the artist, drawn from all phases of his career including his recordings for RCA Records and others.

Since signing with Legacy, Willie Nelson has sold more than 1 million albums for the label.   Nelson’s album releases for Legacy Recordings have included:   

Ride Me Back Home (2019) (Grammy: Best Country Solo Performance, “Ride Me Back Home”)
My Way (2018) (Grammy: Best Traditional Pop Solo Album)
Last Man Standing (2018) Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2) (2017) God’s Problem Child (2017)
For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (2016)
Summertime:Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (2016) (Grammy: Best Traditional Pop Solo Album)
Django and Jimmie (2015)
December Day: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1 (2014)
Band of Brothers (2014)
To All The Girls… (2013)
Let’s Face The Music And Dance (2013) Heroes (2012)

Willie Nelson sings Chris Stapleton on new album, “Our Song”

Friday, March 13th, 2020

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by: Jonathan Bernstein

Gorgeous recording appears on Nelson’s upcoming album ‘First Rose of Spring’

Willie Nelson has released “Our Song,”  a gorgeous new ballad from First Rose of Spring, his upcoming studio album out April 24th.

“Our Song” was written by Chris Stapleton, a frequent tourmate of Nelson over the past few years. “I can easily say Willie Nelson is one of my biggest musical influences,” Stapleton said. “It just doesn’t get any better than hearing him sing a song I wrote.”

Nelson’s latest, the second track he’s released from his forthcoming album, is a reflective ballad that finds the 86-year-old singer-songwriter drawing strength from love and lifelong companionship as he looks back on his long live. “In this time that I’ve been given/To fill my life with living,” Nelson sings in the song’s opening line. “I hope I’ve done the best that I can do.”

“Our Song” is not the first time Stapleton and Nelson’s music have crossed paths on record. Stapleton covered Nelson’s 1982 gem “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning” on his 2017 album From A Room: Volume 1.

Stapleton and Nelson had been scheduled to perform together at the first-ever event at the Texas Rangers’ new baseball stadium in Arlington later this month. That concert, slated to feature Yola and Jamey Johnson, has been postponed until later this year due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” number one (3/8/1980)

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Willie Nelson: Summertime released February 26, 2016

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
summertime

Willie Nelson’s tribute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, “Summertime” was released February 26, 2016.

Track List 1. “But Not for Me” by Willie Nelson
2. “Somebody Loves Me” by Willie Nelson
3. “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Willie Nelson
4. “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” by Willie Nelson feat. Cyndi Lauper
5. “It Ain’t Necessarily So” by Willie Nelson
6. “I Got Rhythm” by Willie Nelson
7. “Love is Here to Stay” by Willie Nelson
8. “They All Laughed” by Willie Nelson
9. “Embraceable You” by Willie Nelson feat. Sheryl Crow
10. “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” by Willie Nelson
11. “Summertime” by Willie Nelson

New Willie Nelson Album, “First Rose of Spring”

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Yay, great news! Willie Nelson has a new album coming out on April 24th. Willie’s birthday is in April, but we fans are the woens getting a give, a new studio album with some original songs, including two he wrote with his buddy Buddy Cannon, Buddy Cannon and debuts two new songs co-written by the pair: “Blue Star” and “Love Just Laughed.” Also, some really great covers of some really great songs of some other great artists. Micah did the beautiful album art.

Willie Nelson – First Rose Of Spring

1. First Rose Of Spring (Randy Houser, Allen Shamblin & Mark Beeson)       
2. Blue Star (Willie Nelson & Buddy Cannon)
3. I’ll Break Out Again Tonight (Sanger “Whitey” Shafer & Doodle Owens)
4. Don’t Let The Old Man In (Toby Keith)
5. Just Bummin’ Around (Pete Graves)
6. Our Song (Chris Stapleton)
7. We Are The Cowboys (Billy Joe Shaver) 8. Stealing Home (Marla Cannon-Goodman, Casey Beathard & Don Sampson)
9. I’m The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised (Wayne Kemp, Bobby Borchers & Mack Vickery)
10. Love Just Laughed (Willie Nelson & Buddy Cannon)
11. Yesterday When I Was Young (Hier Encore) (Charles Aznavour & Herbert Kretzmer)

Willie Nelson & Legacy Recordings

In February 2012, Willie Nelson entered into an historic new record deal with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, marking a label homecoming for Nelson, who, from 1975-1993, had cut a phenomenal string of top-selling singles and albums for Columbia Records, beginning with 1975’s seminal smash Red Headed Stranger.

Willie Nelson has sold more than 1 million albums for the label.  

Ride Me Back Home (2019) (Grammy: Best Country Solo Performance, “Ride Me Back Home”)
My Way (2018) (Grammy: Best Traditional Pop Solo Album)
Last Man Standing (2018)
Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2) (2017)
God’s Problem Child (2017)
For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (2016) Summertime:Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (2016)
(Grammy: Best Traditional Pop Solo Album)
Django and Jimmie (2015)
December Day: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1 (2014)
Band of Brothers (2014)
To All The Girls… (2013)
Let’s Face The Music And Dan

This day in Willie Nelson History: Always on My Mind Released (2/11/82)

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
On February 11, 1982 Willie Nelson’s album, ‘Always on My Mind’ released on Columbia Records.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Highwaymen” goes gold (February 10, 1986)

Monday, February 10th, 2020
On February 10, 1986, “The HighwayMan” album, is certified gold for Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
1. Highwayman 2. The Last Cowboy Song 3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today 4. Big River 5. Committed To Parkview 6. Desperados Waiting For A Train 7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) 8. Welfare Line 9. Against The Wind 10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over

Pickin’ on Willie Nelson

Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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A bluegrass tribute to Willie Nelson.
April 29, 2003

1.Hello Walls
2. On The Road Again
3. Red Headed Stranger
4. Good Hearted Woman
5. Crazy
6. Uncloudy Day
7. Always On My Mind
8. Me And Paul
9. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
10. Funny How Time Slips Away
11. Smokin’ Willie – (original composition)

Personnel: Dennis Caplinger (acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, percussion); Cody Bryant (guitar, banjo); Tommy Lee Sauber (mandolin, fiddle); Ricky Keen (dobro); Sharon Soldi (accordion).
Producers: Dennis Caplinger, Cody Bryant, Bullet.
Recorded at Caplinger Productions, Vista, California and Windsor Studios, Burbank, California.

Live Willie – Jacksonville, FL (Feb. 8, 2012)

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

You can purchase  ‘Live Willie’, recordings of Willie Nelson & Family’s performance on February 8, 2012 Jacksonville, FL.  Cost:  $9.99.  To purchase your copy GO HERE.

Track List

Whiskey River > Still is Still Moving
-Beer For My Horses
-Aint It Funny > Crazy > Nightlife
-Down Yonder
-Me and Paul
-Help Me Make It Through
-Me and Bobby McGee
-Nuages
-On the Bayou > Hey Hey > Move It On Over
-Blue Eyes Cryin in the Rain
-Good Hearted Woman
-Angel Flyin Too Close
-On the Road Again
-Always On MY Mind
-Mama Dont Let Your Babies
-I Never Cared For You (instrumental)
-I Guess Ive Come Here to Live
-Georgia On My Mind
-City of New Orleans
-Shoeshine Man
-Superman
-You Dont Think Im Funny Anymore
-You Asked Me To
-Will the Circle Be Unbroken
-Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
-I Saw the Light

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Willie Nelson Art

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Willie Nelson settles with the IRS (February 2, 1993)

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

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On Feb. 2, 1993, Willie Nelson reached an agreement on how to settle his outstanding debt with the IRS. The deal involved both cunning negotiations and clever repayment methods, and was a long time in the making.

Nelson had originally been slapped with an eye-popping $32 million back taxes bill in 1990. The legend managed to get that amount reduced to $16.7 million, a number Rolling Stone notes included $10.2 million in interest and penalties.

Unfortunately, that bit of good news was only a reprieve. Because Nelson was unable to pay up, the government placed liens on his property and then, in November of 1990, seized his assets — including gold records, a piano and his Texas ranch. (His beloved guitar, Trigger, was saved after Nelson’s daughter smartly sent it to Hawaii before the property seizures.)

Although his studio was also locked up, Nelson had a plan on how to generate money: a new album. Enter 1991’s The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories, a stripped-down acoustic record.

“It’s no overproduced album with millions of dollars of studio costs,” Nelson told the New York Times that same year. “But I think it’s the best stuff I got. I’ve always wanted to put out an album with me and my guitar doing my original songs. And my fans like it because it sounds like it’s just me in my living room singing.”

In an interesting twist, Nelson sold The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories via a heartstrings-tugging TV commercial. Fans could purchase the 24-song effort for just $19.95 (plus $4 shipping and handling). Readers can watch that ad above.

“Willie Nelson: He’s been there for those who’ve needed him,” says a voiceover in the spot. “And he’s helped thousands of people across this land. Now, Willie needs your help — and he’s reaching out the best way he can: through his music.”

Of the $6 Nelson received from the sale of each album, half went to the IRS, and $1 went into a fund to pay for a lawsuit Nelson filed against his ex-accountants — the people who allegedly got him in this financial mess in the first place, because they put his money in shady tax shelters. (According to the New York Times, that firm, Price Waterhouse, issued a statement that read, “Mr. Nelson and his advisers made all of the decisions regarding tax shelters in which Mr. Nelson invested. Those decisions and the economic consequences that resulted from those decisions were Mr. Nelson’s responsibility and not that of Price Waterhouse.”)

“We try to work with taxpayers, not just Mr. Nelson,” IRS spokeswoman Valerie Thornton told the New York Times about the intriguing deal with Nelson. “And if we have to come up with some creative payment plan, that’s what we’re going to do, because it’s in everyone’s best interest.”

Sales of The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories helped chip away at the amount Nelson owed, and his debt also decreased after the IRS auctioned off his assets and property. In another fortuitous move, the Washington Post reported in 1993 that “Nelson’s friends organized and bought up much of the booty with low-ball bids, and held it for him so he’ll eventually get it back.” That included his Texas ranch, which a fan bought as a way of thanking him for Farm Aid.

Finally, after years of this wrangling, Nelson and the government reached a payment agreement in 1993. He would pay $2.4 million, spread out over three years, and then tack on a final lump sum payment of $3 million. The Chicago Tribune reports that Nelson coughed up this last payment in 1995. The total Nelson eventually paid? A cool $9 million.

It would be understandable if this turmoil caused Nelson issues. But as he told Rolling Stone in 1995, he wasn’t affected that much by his financial headaches.

“By the time everybody else heard about it, I was already on to other things,” he said. “Mentally, it was a breeze. They didn’t bother me, they didn’t come out and confiscate anything other than that first day, and they didn’t show up at every gig and demand money. I appreciated that. And we teamed up and put out a record.”

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Disc 1

  1. “Who’ll Buy My Memories?”
  2. “Jimmy’s Road”
  3. “It Should Be Easier Now”
  4. “Will You Remember Mine”
  5. “I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone”
  6. “Yesterday’s Wine”
  7. “It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way”
  8. “Country Willie”
  9. “Sound in Your Mind”
  10. “Permanently Lonely”
  11. “So Much to Do”
  12. “Lonely Little Mansion”

Disc 2

  1. “Summer of Roses/December Day”
  2. “Pretend I Never Happened”
  3. “Slow Down Old World”
  4. ‘Opportunity to Cry”
  5. “I’m Falling in Love Again”
  6. “If You Could Only See”
  7. “I’d Rather You Didn’t Love Me”
  8. “What Can You Do to Me Now”
  9. “Buddy”
  10. “Remember the Good Times”
  11. “Wake Me When It’s Over”
  12. “Home Motel”