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Willie Nelson sings the songs of Cindy Walker

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Release date: March 14, 2006

Bubbles in My Beer Not That I Care Take Me In Your Arms and Hold Me Don’t be Ashamed of your Age You Don’t Know Me Sugar Moon I Don’t Care Cherokee Maiden The Warm Red Wine Miss Molly Dusty Skies It’s All Your Fault I Was Just Walkin’ Out The Door

Ms. Walker pronounces Mr. Nelson’s latest CD “wonderful.” While she was not directly involved, the disc does feature a number of her peers. The fiddler Johnny Gimble, credited as session leader, played with Wills’s band for many years, in addition to frequent stints with Mr. Nelson. Fred Foster is a close friend of Ms. Walker’s who produced Roy Orbison’s hit version of her “Dream Baby,” as well as her sole LP, the 1964 “Words and Music.” His arrangements on “Songs of Cindy Walker,” which include backing vocals by the Jordanaires, are retro but clean-lined, with a modern use of space.

Cindy Walker

www.NYTimes.com
by Will Hermes
March 13, 2006

At this point, Willie Nelson is a national monument. One of country music’s most fertile songwriters, tireless performers and distinctive vocal interpreters, he is also a longtime ambassador between red and blue states of mind; he has been pals with presidents, allegedly smoked marijuana on the White House roof (and just about everywhere else), founded Farm Aid to assist family farms and recently launched his own biodiesel fuel company.

And Mr. Nelson has made dozens of records and this year he’s on a roll. In addition to campaigning for hurricane relief and the usual endless touring, he has released ” in light of the media attention surrounding the hit film “Brokeback Mountain” a touching version of Ned Sublette’s gay cowboy homage “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly (Fond of Each Other)” as an exclusive single on iTunes. And this month, Mr. Nelson, 72, will release a record of pop and country classics titled “Songs of Cindy Walker.”

So much for the lethargy of pot smokers.

In addition to being a tremendously likable, laid-back set of classics with jaunty, western swing-flavored arrangements by the veteran Nashville producer Fred Foster, “Songs of Cindy Walker” spotlights another monument of American music, one who might have been forgotten had she ever been properly known in the first place. Ms. Walker, who lives and works in the small East Texas town of Mexia, is a prolific songwriter whose works have been covered by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Ernest Tubb, Roy Orbison and many others. Her tunes ” including “You Don’t Know Me,” “Dream Baby,” “In the Misty Moonlight,” “I Don’t Care” made regular appearances on the top 10 charts beginning in the 1940’s and are still covered today.

With hundreds of recorded songs to her credit, she is known as the dean of Texas songwriting and is generally considered the foremost female composer in country music history; in fact, the late Harlan Howard called her “the greatest living songwriter of country music” and he had some claim to that title himself.

“Her work as a writer, spanning so many decades, and still getting things cut, is unparalleled,” said Eddie Stubbs, country music historian and announcer for the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts on WSM-AM in Nashville. “A lot of the songs she wrote have become standards, although people may not know Cindy Walker wrote them.”

A good example of her direct, finely chiseled art is “You Don’t Know Me.” A hit for Eddy Arnold in 1956, Ray Charles in 1962 and Mickey Gilley in 1981, it was re-recorded by Mr. Charles with Norah Jones for 2004’s best-selling “Genius Loves Company,” and is the lead single for Mr. Nelson’s record. It telegraphs the silent longing of a man for a female friend:

You give your hand to me and then you say hello
And I can hardly speak my heart is beating so
And anyone could tell you think you know me well
But you don’t know me.

Some of Ms. Walker’s best-known songs — “Miss Molly,” “Cherokee Maiden,” “Sugar Moon” â” were written for Bob Wills, a fellow East Texan and master of the country-jazz hybrid known as western swing. In fact, she wrote more than 50 songs for Mr. Wills, the Texas Playboys bandleader.

“Wills was a big hero of mine,” Mr. Nelson said by telephone from his tour bus before a show near Fresno, Calif. “And Cindy is from Mexia, Tex., which is only a few miles from Abbott, where I was born and grew up. I didn’t know her personally in those days, but I was well familiar with her writing. I told her years ago I wanted to do an album of her songs; she’d probably given up on me.”

She hadn’t, but she was hardly holding her breath ” she was too busy writing. Ms. Walker began writing songs when she was around 12, and until a recent stretch of ill health, she never stopped. Each morning, she woke up before dawn, poured herself some black coffee, headed upstairs to her little studio, sat down at her pink-trimmed Royal typewriter (which graces the cover of Mr. Nelson’s CD) and set to work.

“Songwriting is all I ever did, love,” Ms. Walker said in an interview last month from her home. “I still can’t cook, to this day!”

She has been in the music game for a while. As a young woman visiting Los Angeles in 1940 with her father, Aubrey (a cotton buyer), and mother, Oree, she talked her way into what was the Crosby building on Sunset Strip in an attempt to show her suitcase of songs to Bing. When she got an on-the-spot audition with his brother, Larry Crosby, she ran to get Oree, her lifelong piano accompanist.

“Mama said: ‘Are you crazy, girl? Don’t you know I’m not goin’ anywhere with my hair not fixed? It’s up in rollers!’ And I said, ‘I don’t care what it’s in ” You c’mon with me!’ ” With Oree at the piano, she sang a song called “Lone Star Trail,” which Crosby recorded later that year. It was her first sale.

Others quickly followed, and Ms. Walker was so successful that she remained in Los Angeles with Oree when her father’s business in town was done. As a handsome blonde with singing and dancing talent (she had performed for years in Texas), she soon had her own recording contract and was a pioneer in the proto-music videos called “soundies.” She shows a husky, jazzy and rather elegant voice on her sole hit as a singer, “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again” (not her composition, surprisingly). But songwriting was her calling, and she soon abandoned performing, returning to Texas in the mid-1950’s to be near family.

And there she stayed, except for regular trips to Nashville, New York and Los Angeles to sell her songs. Like a honky-tonk Marianne Moore, she lived most of her life with her mother, who died in 1991, and has led a very private life, the details of which remain sketchy, which seems to suit her fine. While most biographers note she has never married, Ms. Walker claims she did marry once. “But it was a short-lived marriage,” she said. “A very short-lived marriage.” She closes discussion on the topic with a long, hearty chuckle.

In the end, songs seem to be her preferred mode of expression. She quotes her own lyrics often during a conversation. After finding out about a death in a reporter’s family, she insists he hear Arnold’s recording of her poignant cowboy eulogy “Jim, I Wore a Tie Today,” even offering Arnold’s home phone number to request a copy.

The CD recalls “Stardust,” Mr. Nelson’s 1978 Tin Pan Alley set, also a career high point. But while the singer’s voice may be a tad less steady here, the material lies closer to his roots, the mix of Texas country, blues and jazz, of ballads and uptempo romps, a mirror of his impish, hybrid-minded character. It may in fact be the quintessential Willie Nelson album.

This disc aside and not counting the hard-to-find “Words and Music” and a recent tribute set by the former Wills vocalist Leon Rausch there are no proper documents of the breadth of Ms. Walker’s achievement. Fans might trawl eBay for a gray-market transcription of a seven-hour Cindy Walker radio special, broadcast in 1997 on the California freeform radio station KFJC. Or they might try assembling an MP3 playlist from tracks available on digital music services like iTunes or eMusic.

But they’ll have to play catch-up with a writer whose catalog is said to number over 500 songs and counting. And does Ms. Walker intend to return to writing when her health permits? “I sure do hope so, love,” she said. “I sure do hope so.”

Willie Nelson and Jackie King, “The Gypsy”

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

 
The Gypsy
Released:  May 8, 2001

1. The Gypsy
2. The Nearness Of You
3. Heart Of A Clown
4. Once In Awhile
5. Jealous Heart
6. Back Home In Indiana
7. My Window Faces The South
8. Cherokee
9. San Antonio Rose
10. Lover Come Back To Me

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Always on My Mind” #1 (May 8, 1982)

Friday, May 8th, 2020

On May 8, 1982, Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” reached #1 on the Billboard country chart.

In 1983, Willie Nelson wins Best Country Vocal Performance for ‘Always On My Mind. The song won three times during the 25th annual Grammy awards including awards for songwriters Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James earn Song of the Year.

Track listing

  1. “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”
  2. “Always on My Mind”
  3. “A Whiter Shade of Pale”
  4. “Let It Be Me”
  5. “Staring Each Other Down”
  6. “Bridge over Troubled Water”
  7. “Old Fords and a Natural Stone”
  8. “Permanently Lonely”
  9. “Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning”
  10. “The Party’s Over”

2003 re-release bonus tracks

  1. “The Man Who Owes Everyone”
  2. “I’m a Memory”

“First Rose of Spring” available July 3, 2020

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Red Headed Stranger on Vinyl available from Barnes & Noble

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Willie Nelson’s albums, ranked

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

www.TexasMonthly.com

By: David Courtney, Michael Hall, Rich Kienzle, Max Marshall, Joe Nick Patoski, John Spong, Christian Wallace

Willie Nelson may be the most important figure in country music history; if he’s not, only Hank Williams matters more. Willie’s also one of the most important musical artists in American history, a first-name-only giant like Elvis and Ella. The contours of the career that brought him to those heights are familiar. There was the huge, early-sixties success writing songs like “Crazy” and “Hello Walls” for big country stars, then the failed attempt to become one himself over the rest of the decade, his talents an ill fit for a stiff Nashville mold. There was his earthy rebirth in Austin in the seventies, when he started playing by his own rules and helped invent the outlaw subgenre that made country cool for a younger, rock-bred audience.

He grew that appeal worldwide with the pop mega-stardom that came in the eighties, and then, in the three decades that have followed—right up to today—he’s done pretty much whatever he’s wanted, as often as he’s wanted, which has been extremely often. He’s recorded hard-core country, western swing, gospel, flamenco, full-on orchestra, small-combo jazz, and solo acoustic music. He’s collaborated with everyone from Waylon Jennings to Bob Dylan to Carlos Santana to Mavis Staples to Steven Tyler to Snoop, which is a laughably small sampling of his many duet partners. And through it all, he has made his way by staying true to himself.

It’s a remarkable story, a meaningful inspiration for millions of fans, a great thing to think about when you listen to Red Headed Stranger. But like a bad biopic, the story is oversimplified. For one thing, it creates blind spots. Many fans tend to think that Willie’s early Nashville-sound records aren’t worth a listen because he hadn’t grown his hair out yet. Some people assume that his collaborations with lesser-known artists must be of lesser quality; that his pro-weed songs of the 2010s—“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and “It’s All Going to Pot”—must be novelties, that his 2005 reggae album, Countryman, must be a bad idea from beginning to end. So they don’t give those records a chance. Then there’s the matter of the sheer amount of music he’s released. He cut his first tracks in 1954; his latest album, First Rose of Spring, is due in July, and he seldom slowed down in the 66 years in between. A fan might feel justified in thinking that the ten Willie albums they already own are all the Willie they need.

Late last summer, Texas Monthly set out to right the record. Our plan was to listen to, rank, and review every Willie album. The first step alone was a monster; just identifying every album was a massive undertaking. We excluded bootlegs and collections made up exclusively of previously released material—no greatest hits records—and still the number we arrived at was staggering: 143 distinct, proper albums. We also formed the Committee, a group of fourteen knowledgeable fans—including Willie biographer Joe Nick Patoski, noted country historian Rich Kienzle, and songwriters Robert Earl Keen, Jack Ingram, and Bruce and Charlie Robison—who contributed ranked lists of their favorite records. A byzantine scoring system was devised, and then a smaller group—the writers with bylines below—started assigning points to records. Finally, after months of phone calls, email threads, and one long, often heated summit meeting in January, we arrived at this list.

There were many debates throughout the process, but one bears retelling. When I asked Austin songwriter Monte Warden to participate, I used the phrase “worst-to-first” to describe the project. He shot back fast. “Excuse me,” he said, “we don’t use the word ‘worst’ when we talk about Willie.” The line was funny, but it proved true. Think about it: The Beatles built their legacy on a mere thirteen albums, not all of which are beloved. But the Willie album that comes in fourteenth on this list is a lot of people’s favorite. The album that comes in fifty-first is one of mine. Even the hundredth album is pretty darn good. And that’s the list’s big revelation: almost every Willie album has something to recommend it, a song or two, or a story about how it was made, that gives distinct insight into Willie and his art. After all, the only way to really know Willie is to listen to his music. And there’s plenty of it that you haven’t heard yet. –J.S.

Read the list here, on TexasMonthly.com.

Listen to deep cuts of Willie Nelson’s albums today

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

www.texasstandard.org

An hourlong broadcast Saturday explores the Red Headed Stranger, from his short hair and turtlenecks to braids and bandanas.

Texas Monthly writer John Spong has been working with Willie Nelson biographer Joe Nick Patoski to cohost the upcoming show, “For the Love of Willie,” airing Saturday on Austin radio station KUTX and online, in celebration of Nelson’s 87th birthday. The show will featuring Nelson’s songs and the stories behind them.

For The Love Of Willie

When: Saturday, April 25, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. CST

Where: Tune into KUTX 98.9 in Austin/Central Texas, or stream online

More: Listen later on the My KUTX archive

“[Texas Monthly has] been working for about seven months creating a discography of all of Willie’s records, and reviewing all of Willie’s records and then ranking them,” Spong told Texas Standard host David Brown on Friday.

Spong said that’s 143 records in total.

“And one of the great revelations of that, which hardcore fans know, is that even though people like to think that he starts being Willie Nelson in the ’70s in Austin, and that’s where you need to start listening, the fact of the matter is there are some great records in the ’60s,” Spong said.

Spong said Nelson’s music is more than just country.

“Oh wow: ‘Across The Borderline’ from 1993 – man, that’s a breathtaking album,” Spong said. “That ain’t country, but it’s Willie.”

Willie Nelson, “First Rose of Spring”

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Willie’s new album is set to be released in early July. It’s release was delayed because of this damn virus. The new album will feature his covers of songs by Toby Keith, Chris Stapleton, Billy Joe Shaver, and original tunes as well.

The track list is as follows:

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)

New Willie Nelson Album out April 13, 2013, “Face the Music and Dance”

Monday, April 13th, 2020
Nelson Let's Face the Music

www.vintagevinylnews.com

Artist: Willie Nelson and Family
Title: Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Label: Legacy
Format(s): CD, DD

Willie Nelson’s second album in his new contract with Legacy is a new trip back to the world of pop classics with Let’s Face the Music and Dance. The album, recorded with his group of over forty years, Family, will be released on April 16.

Following in the steps of his classic pop-country albums like Stardust, Let’s Face the Music and Dance was recorded at Pedernales Recording Studio in Austin, Texas, produced by Buddy Cannon and mixed by Butch Carr at Budro Music Repair Shop in Nashville, Tennessee.

Compiling the repertoire for Let’s Face The Music And Dance, Willie chose a range of pop, rock, jazz and country classics drawn from the 1930s (Let’s Face the Music and Dance, Walking My Baby Back Home), 1940s (You’ll Never Know, I Wish I Didn’t Love You So, Shame On You) and 1950s (Matchbox) covering evergreen songwriters Irving Berlin , Mack Gordon , Carl Perkins , Frank Loesser , Django Reinhardt and Spade Cooley, among others. Willie turns in a beautiful new version of his composition Is The Better Part Over, a song he introduced on 1989’s A Horse Called Music.

Track List:

  • Let’s Face the Music and Dance (Irving Berlin)
  • Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson)
  • You’ll Never Know (Mack Gordon)
  • Vous Et Moi (Claude Francois & Jean Bourtayre)
  • Walking My Baby Back Home (Fred Ahlert & Roy Turk)
  • Matchbox (Carl Perkins)
  • Twilight Time (Al Nevins & Morty Nevins)
  • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh)
  • I’ll Keep On Loving You (Richard Coburn & Vincent Rose)
  • I Wish I Didn’t Love You So (Frank Loesser)
  • South Of The Border (Jimmy Kennedy & Michael Carr)
  • Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
  • Marie (The Dawn Is Breaking) (Irving Berlin)
  • Shame On You (Spade Cooley)

Micah Nelson the “Particle Kid” begins streaming tour

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Austin, TX) – Just because we are all practicing social distancing and not gathering together in public spaces, it doesn’t stop musician and artist Micah Nelson from bringing live performances to the masses.

Since sheltering-in-place at his home in Austin, TX, Nelson has embarked on a tour of his immediate surrounding areas in an effort to share music through social media.

So far, songs posted on his Instagram and YouTube channel include performances of John Prine’s “Boundless Love,” Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why” (LIVE! from The Bed),  a variation on Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine,” a Syd Barret/Neil Young medley of “Golden Hair” and “When You Dance,” as well as The Carter Family’s “Keep On The Sunny Side,” and an instrumental tribute to Bert Jansch on “Black Mountainside” (the last two both LIVE! from The Bench and featuring his wife, Alex).


He also joined his brother, Lukas, for a duet with keyboard and guitar of The Beatles song “The Inner Light,” as part of The Inner Light Challenge. The challenge, which will help raise more funds, was launched by The Material World Foundation (created by George Harrison) after they donated $500,000 to help those impacted by Covid-19.

On April 11, Nelson will host Farm Aid’s special broadcast,  At Home With Farm Aid. Micah, Lukas, and their father and Farm Aid founding board member Willie Nelson, will host the hour-long event to raise funds and awareness for farmers impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tune in the simulcast on AXS TV and at www.farmaid.org, as well as across the Network’s various social media platforms on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Micah recently took part in 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 Willie and Lukas. 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.”

More streaming performances from Micah’s LIVE! from. . . virtual tour will be posted on his socials in the coming weeks, with more events on various platforms in the works.

Particle Kid – the ingenious musical identity of singer-songwriter, musician, and visual artist Micah Nelson – just released an immersive all-new concert recording. LIVE! UNDERGROUND out via Overseas Artists Recordings (OAR).

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.

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

LIVE! UNDERGROUND follows Particle Kid’s acclaimed third album, WINDOW ROCK, available now for streaming and download HERE. Described by Nelson as “a journey of minimalism and simplexity,” WINDOW ROCK arrived last summer to critical applause from the likes of Rolling Stone, which praised the album for its “contagious pop hooks with deeply dissonant psychedelia.” WINDOW ROCK “finds Nelson turning his future folk microscope onto the existential crises plaguing our world,” noted Consequence of Sound.

“The results are as intimate in their psychedelic vastness as they are warm in their bedroom tones.” “The music of Particle Kid has tended to champion grit and overdrive,” wrote GLIDE, “and WINDOW ROCK is no different. More expansive and grittier… It’s the sound of a full band projecting outward, dealing with modern pressures and injustices through their instruments; and when they capture this with the purity of the moment, it really works.” Nelson “is an artist that rolls up his sleeves, opens his ribs, and almost entirely drops old and familiar habits in hopes of finding a new northern star,” raved Pop Bollocks.

“Across these nine tracks Particle Kid addresses moral ambiguities, ethical corrosion, and the concerns of cultural life. Tracks like ‘Magic Mirror’ and ‘Stroboscopic Light‘ are explicit descriptions of our limited perception, or heightened awareness of how things appear at certain times in life when trying to reach out and forge connection.” “From the get-go, electronic beats and various bleeps and bloops bleed into unfiltered grunge badassery,” wrote Stomp and Stammer. “In all seriousness, this one resides somewhere in between fun, electronic dance music and caustic noise rock.”

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)