Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

Paula Nelson, “Angel from Montgomery” (on ‘Lucky 13’ album)

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Billy Bob’s Saloon le 11.3.11 avec une chanson de John Prine qui figure sur le 3eme CD “Lucky 13”

Fire Below
Standing Tall
Day to Day Love
Every Now and Then
Baby You’re Mean
Angel From Montgomery
Bein’ Alone
Find Your Way
Easy Money
Only You

Paula Nelson: Vocals, Landis Armstrong: Guitar/ Vocals, George Devore: Acoustic Guitar/ Vocals, Matthew Hubbard: Keyboards/ Harmonica/ Vocals, Chris Johnson: Bass, Kevin Remme: Drums/ Vocals

Paula Nelson’s ‘Lucky 13’ album is such great listening.  If you don’t have it, you should.  You can get it on amazon, cdbaby, iTunes.  Here’s the Texas Monthly’s original review of the album:

She may have a famous name and famous father but Paula Nelson’s music and voice stands tall on its own. If anyone had any doubt, her new project Lucky 13 will soothe the most hardened of music critics. Let’s face it, sometimes talent is in the genes, and Paula has obviously gotten a good amount of whom and what her father is musically. However, she is not Willie light or really even Willie-ish. She has her own style and is different. In some of the guitar parts of Lucky 13 it is obvious that Willie’s fingers are on the frets but other than that this record is pure Paula.

Paula ranges from Blues to Beatles on Lucky 13 and the result is a fun musical ride with a little yodel mixed with jazz, blues, country, and kick butt rock and roll. Paula penned ten of the thirteen tracks and two of the covers are duets with vocal and musical star George Devore. The two collaborate on John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” and the June Carter and John Cash made famous Billy Wheeler and Jerry Leiber written “Jackson.” In both duets Devore and Paula’s voice match up perfectly. Those two tracks alone are worth the price of the CD and more. Devore can also be heard in many of the arrangements with his silky acoustic guitar work.

The absolute greatest joy of Lucky 13 is Paula’s keyboard work. She is a player of rare talent. The Keys are an instrument not used enough in Texas music but Paula’s uses them with masterful elegance. Keyboards are almost the backbone of Lucky 13. They are what make the record so different and unique. Use of the various keys allow Paula to move effortlessly through the genres while the listener is graced with audible nuggets and treats that keep them listening for more.

In addition to the duets with Devore the most notable tracks on the CD are “Fire Below,” “Baby You’re Mean,” “Find Your Way,” “Standing Tall,” and “Day to Day Love.” In all Paula Nelson delivers her own individual treat of a record in Lucky 13. At times it is more like Delbert (McClinton) than Willie but nevertheless it is a kick butt fun record and stands all on its own with or without a famous name. A must have.

Willie Nelson, “Always on My Mind”

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

In 1982, Willie Nelson’s album, “Always on My Mind”, and recording of title song, were #1 on Billboard Country Music Charts.

Willie Nelson, “Lost Highway”

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Maria (shut up and kiss me)

  1. Maria (shut up and kiss me)
  2. Mendocino County Line
  3. Back to Earth
  4. The Harder They Come
  5. Over You Again
  6. You Don’t Know Me
  7. Lost Highway
  8. Beer for My Horses
  9. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  10. Overtime
  11. I’m Still Not Over You
  12. Superman
  13. Bubbles in My Beer
  14. Crazy
  15. Both Sides of Goodbye
  16. Cowboys are Secretly, Frequently Fond of Each Other
  17. Ain’t Goin’ Down on Broke Back Mountain


Dallas Wayne at the Grand Ole Opry last night

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016


“Thank you to the Grand Ole Opry for making me feel so welcome last night! Everyone in the ?#?Opry? family was very kind, and the talented pickers and singers in the Opry staff band are simply amazing. They say your Grand Ole Opry debut is a memorable experience, and trust me, they’re right! Grateful, humbled and honored. Thank You.” — Dallas Wayne?

The folks who attended the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville had a treat last night — Dallas Wayne performed! Thanks to wife Jo Albers for sharing this photo.

Dallas Wayne has a new album just out this month:


You can order the album here.

Songs The Jukebox Taught Me CD … $12.00
Heart of Texas Records (2016)
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.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Denver (May 16, 2016)

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016


Lukas Nelson on guitar and vocals, Tato Melgar on percussion, Anthony Logerfo on drums, Corey McCormick, on bass.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real played at the Bluebird in Denver last night.  What a fantastic show!  The guys just get better and better and better and better, and they are so good already, that’s hard to believe.

The crowd was full of fans, lots of fans from Colorado, and also other Realers from California, Texas, Oklahoma, and beyond.  Their fan base grows and grows and grows.  It was fun to stand in the audience and listen to fans sing along with the hits.


Karlee Escobar, from Colorado, took these great photos, of Lukas and his new guitar he bought that day, and Corey on bass.


I took this one of Lukas.


The band has a new album out, and covered some of them last night.  They sound great!



  1. Surprise
  2. Something Real
  3. Set Me Down On A Cloud
  4. Don’t Want To Fly
  5. Ugly Color
  6. I’ll Make Love To You Any Ol’ Time
  7. Georgia
  8. Everything Is Fake
  9. San Francisco

They are in the middle of their POTR tour now.  And bonus — on a few of the shows, Chicago and Nashville at least, his niece Raelyn Nelson and her band will be openeing for POTR.   Next month, the will join up again with Neil Young for some dates on Europe.   Check out their tour dates, and go see them if you can!

Tour Dates

Keep in touch with their website, or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat, too.

I took this one.  Lukas does an acoustic set before he invites the band out to rock with him.  Take a look at this set list:


Eric Church’s nod to Willie Nelson in “Record Year”

Sunday, May 15th, 2016


Eric Church’s new video for “Record Year” features “Red Headed Stranger” album.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” with Julio Iglesius certified gold (May 14, 1984)

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

On May 14, 1984, the single of duet by Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesius certified gold.

New Album from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, “Something Real”

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have a new album out. They gave us a preview at Farm Aid last year.

The band is on tour in the US, and then will join Neil Young for some European dates.

Kris Kristofferson to release 16- CD music collections to celebrate his 80th

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson
photo:  Rick Diamond
by: Stephen L. Betts

The 80th birthday of songwriter, actor and country-music icon Kris Kristofferson will be celebrated next month with the release of The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection, a 16-CD deluxe box set from Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings. Due June 10th, the collection will consist of 11 of Kristofferson’s studio albums spanning the entire decade of the Seventies. At the same time he was recording his own material, Kristofferson’s massive song catalog was mined for hits by artists ranging from Janis Joplin (“Me and Bobby McGee”) to Ray Price (“For the Good Times”) and beyond.

All of the albums in the collection, released from 1970 through 1981, will be individually packaged in facsimile sleeves reproducing the original album artwork. Five additional albums in the set will spotlight rare and unreleased live and studio recordings encompassing Kristofferson’s years recording for the Monument and Columbia labels, with three concert recordings (two of them previously unreleased) from 1970-1972 and two full discs of rarities – non-LP singles, studio outtakes, previously unavailable demos – and more.

The package will also include a deluxe booklet featuring essays and liner notes penned especially for the project, including an introduction to Kristofferson contributed by his fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Fred Foster, the founder of Monument Records who signed the Texas native and former Army pilot to a songwriting contract at Combine Music and a recording pact with the Monument label. Producer/musician Don Was contributes an aesthetic appreciation titled “Kris Kristofferson True American Hero,” and the set also features an insightful essay on Kristofferson’s artistry penned by longtime Rolling Stone contributor Mikal Gilmore.

One week after the boxed set is issued, the Grammy-winning legend will release a double album, The Cedar Creek Sessions, 25 songs recorded over a three-day period in the summer of 2014. The set includes stripped-down versions of some of Kristofferson’s most revered tunes, including “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” a dark, meditative tune he penned while living in a tenement and going through a divorce. Johnny Cash would go on to record it in 1970, winning Kristofferson CMA Song of the Year honors for it.

In March, the Nashville tribute concert, “The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson,” featured performances by Willie Nelson, Reba, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris and more.

The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection:

Kristofferson (Monument, 1970)

The Silver Tongued Devil and I (Monument, 1971)

Border Lord (Monument, 1972)

Jesus Was a Capricorn (Monument, 1972)

Spooky Lady’s Sideshow (Monument, 1974)

Breakaway—Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge (Monument, 1974)

Who’s to Bless…and Who’s to Blame (Monument, 1975)

Surreal Thing (Monument, 1976)

Easter Island (Monument/Columbia, 1978)

Shake Hands With the Devil (Monument/Columbia, 1979)

To the Bone (Monument/Columbia, 1981)

Bonus Discs:

Live at The Big Sur Folk Festival (recorded 1970, previously unreleased)

The WPLJ-FM Broadcast (recorded 1972, previously unreleased)

Live at the Philharmonic (recorded 1972/released 1992)

Extras (previously released non-LP singles, outtakes and appearances)

Demos (previously unreleased)




Willie Nelson: Summertime (The perfect gift for mom)

Friday, May 6th, 2016


The gift that keeps on giving.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10:  Recording artists Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard perform during the opening night of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for The Smith Center)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 10: Recording artists Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard perform during the opening night of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for The Smith Center)


New Neil Young and Promise of the Real album, “Earth”

Monday, May 2nd, 2016


hearing this record, its hard not to realize that music is actually all around us all the time; one only needs to stop and listen

Young described his latest project on social media:

We made a live record and every creature on the planet seemed to show up. Suddenly all the living things of Earth were in the audience going crazy. Then they took over the stage, letting their wild sounds mingle with the Vanilla Singers perfect corporate harmony. Earth’s creatures let loose, there were Bee breakdowns, Bird breakdowns and yes, even Wall Street breakdowns, jamming with me and Promise of the Real! The show was non stop bliss for 98 minutes, no breaks. EARTH does not fit on iTunes. It breaks all their rules (and couldn’t all really be heard that way anyway) No one who was there will ever forget the love, wonder and beautiful madness of EARTH. I know I won’t. Neil

EARTH consists of recordings from Young’s tour last year with the band Promise Of The Real for his preceding album, The Monsanto Years. AlterNet described Young’s 36th studio album, as a “concept-based criticism” of Monsanto, the world’s biggest seed company, and also a condemnation of other multinational agriculture giants like Syngenta, Dow, Dupont and Bayer that have also, like Monsanto, “garnered control of global seed production.”

Promise Of The Real guitarist Lukas Nelson lauded the new LP. “I just listened to our new record EARTH with Neil Young … One of the single greatest audio experiences I’ve ever had,” he wrote on Instagram.

The world premiere of EARTH will be hosted by the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on May 6. And, according to anannouncement about the event, it’s sure to be spectacular:

Against the backdrop of the Museum’s blossoming outdoor Nature Gardens, musician and icon Neil Young will present the first public playback of his upcoming release, EARTH, in its entirety in Pono high definition fidelity audio, before its June 17 release. The album features “After the Gold Rush,” “Vampire Blues,” and an explosive 29-minute version of “Love & Only Love,” and includes some unexpected accompaniment—the sounds of many different kinds of wildlife.

The Grammy Award-winning artist and environmental crusader said in a press release that EARTH “flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together. Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times.”

Young also told Rolling Stone last year that EARTH is “like nothing that I’ve done. It’s more like a giant radio show.”

“It has no stops,” he continued. “The songs are too long for iTunes, thank God, so they won’t be on iTunes. I’m making it available in the formats that can handle it … Imagine it’s a live show where the audience is full of every living thing on Earth. And also they overtake the music once in a while and play the instruments. It’s not conventional, but it is based on live performance.”

On Tuesday, Young kicked off his 2016 world tour with Promise Of The Real in New Braunfels, Texas with guest star and legendary rocker Willie Nelson.

The tour then stopped by Nashville, Texas’s Ascend Amphitheater yesterday. The concert received rave reviews from local publication, The Tennesseean:

At 70 years old, the rock icon hasn’t lost a step. His voice is still in fine form, and the audience sang along reverently to every word of classics like “Heart of Gold” and “Long May You Run.” After an opening set from singer-songwriter Steve Earle (whose debut album “Guitar Town” turned 30 this year) and half a dozen of his own solo songs, Young brought out his backing band Promise of the Real: Five rootsy rockers including Willie Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson—and played another 90 minutes.

Willie Nelson, “On the Street Where You Live”

Sunday, May 1st, 2016


On October 25, 2009, Willie Nelson released, “American Classic” album, on Blue Note Records.

Track List:

  • The Nearness of You
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Come Rain or Come Shine
  • If I Had You (with Diana Krall)
  • Ain’t Misbehaving
  • I Miss You So
  • Because of You
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside (with Norah Jones)
  • Angel Eyes
  • On the Street Where You Live
  • Since I Fell For You
  • You Were Always on My Mind



WIllie Nelson sings on new Dallas Wayne Album: “Songs the Jukebox Taught Me” – and Live in Concert tonight with Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie of Folk Uke at Continental Club

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016


You can order the album here.

Dallas Wayne is more than just a sexy voice on the radio – (Sirius/XM radio:  Wille’s Road House, Outlaw Country) — he’s also a sexy voice on a record album!  He has a new album out, too, with a long, familiar track list of songs we know and love.  Dallas invited several of his country music friends to sing the hits with him on the album,  just take a look below.  This will be one of those albums you just keep listening to over and over.  Thanks, Dallas!

Songs The Jukebox Taught Me CD … $12.00
Heart of Texas Records (2016)

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.


“The official release date of my new album Songs The Jukebox Taught Me is May 20, but early-bird copies are now available exclusively from my website and from Heart of Texas Records. After more than ten albums of mostly original material, I’ve chosen to pay tribute to the heroes and teachers who taught me this music. I’m honored to have some of my personal heroes and friends as very special guests on the album, and I hope you enjoy the new record as much as we enjoyed making it.

To mark the May 20th release date, I’ll be in Nashville that week, performing as well as broadcasting my radio show from the SiriusXM Nashville studios. On Saturday May 21, I’ll perform on the Grand Ole Opry and be the musical host of the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree. And on May 23-24, I’m proud to take part in a TV taping of RFD TV’s Country’s Family Reunion for a special Tribute to Merle Haggard.”

To read the press release, visit:


Dallas and his band perform regularly at the Continental Club in Austin.  TONIGHT he will be playing at the Club with Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie of Folk Uke.  What a great show!

Dallas’ album, “I’ll take the Fifth” is also great.  You can purchase it at the website, too.

Ill Take the Fifth CD cover

I’ll Take the Fifth CD …. $12.00
Smith Entertainment (2009)

Track List:
All Dressed Up/ Crawlin’ Is Easy
I’m Gonna Break Some Promises Tonight
Not A Dry Eye In The House
Fixin’ To Fall
I’ll Take The Fifth
If These Walls Could Cry/
Invisible Man
Straighten Up (And Lie Right) with Sunny Sweeney
In No Time At All
God Only Knows
I Never Did Like Planes/ Something Inside.

Willie Nelson: Countryman

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016


1.  Do you Mind Too Much If I don’t Understand
2.  How Long is Forever?
3.  I’m a Worried Man” (featuring Toots Hibbert)

4. The Harder They Come
5. Something to Think About
6. Sitting in Limbo
7. Darkness on the Face of the Earth
8. One in a Row
9. I’ve Just Destroyed the World I’m Living In
10.  You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago
11.  I Guess I’ve Come to Live Here
12.  Undo the Right