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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, “Turn Off the News”

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

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by: Abby Johnston

Lukas Nelson’s first release since A Star Is Born vaulted him into the national consciousness delivers for both the newly initiated and the faithful. Fifty-minute follow-up to his self-titled 2017 breakout, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) genre hops with ease, but the first quarter hews close to his roots-rock background.

The bright guitar progressions of “Bad Case” jangle pure Tom Petty, and the soaring balladry of “Where Does Love Go” sounds like Willie Nelson’s second youngest is auditioning to be a Wilbury. “Lotta Fun” marks the start of a brief country turn, sealed by a sweet duet with Nelson family favorite Margo Price.

“Mystery,” one of the album’s few acoustic cuts, features dear ol’ dad picking Trigger. The scion sounds most at ease on the album’s back half, which burns with guitar solos. After a full-band maelstrom closes “Out in LA,” Nelson concludes, “That was some magic. There’s some magic there.”

This day in Willie Nelson history: Stardust breaks records; stays on Billboard Chart 520 weeks (Aug. 13, 1988)

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

On August 13, 1988 Willie Nelson becomes the first artist ever to have an album spend 10 years on the Billboard country chart as “Stardust” logs its 520th week.

1. Stardust
2. Georgia on My Mind
3. Blue Skies
4. All of Me
5. Unchained Melody
6. September Song
7. On the Sunny Side of the Street
8. Moonlight in Vermont
9. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
10. Someone to Watch over Me
11. Scarlett Ribbons
12. I Can See Clearly Now

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson sing with Brantley Gilbert on new album, “Fire and Brimstone”

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

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by: Kirsten Spruch

Brantley Gilbert has announced that his forthcoming album, Fire & Brimstone, will be released Oct. 4 via The Valory Music Co.

This marks the Georgia native’s first album in almost three years, following 2017’s The Devil Don’t Sleep. The LP will feature Lindsay Ell, Colt Ford, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss and Lukas and Willie Nelson. “Bad Boy” is the latest single, while “What Happens In a Small Town,” “Man That Hung the Moon,” “Not Like Us” and “Welcome to Hazeville” are all also out now.

All 15 tracks on the album were written and co-written by the country singer-songwriter and focus in on being a father and a husband.

“I know it sounds crazy, but never did I once bring a lyric sheet into the studio with me,” Gilbert said of the recording process in a statement. “I feel like I am at this stage in my career where I am confident enough to let the music take me where it’s meant to go, no matter how down and dirty that might be. There is no doubt that this is the album that allowed me to grow up musically.”

Track List:

1. “Fire’t Up” 
2. “Not Like Us”
3. “Welcome To Hazeville” (featuring Colt Ford, Lukas Nelson and Willie Nelson)
4. “What Happens In A Small Town” (featuring Lindsay Ell) 
5. “She Ain’t Home”
6. “Lost Soul’s Prayer”
7. “Tough Town” 
8. “Fire & Brimstone” (featuring Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss)
9. “Laid Back Ride” 
10. “Bad Boy”
11. “New Money” 
12. “Breaks Down”
13. “Man Of Steel”
14. “Never Gonna Be Alone” 
15. “Man That Hung The Moon” 

Willie Nelson, “Teatro”

Sunday, July 21st, 2019
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Location is everything. When Willie Nelson and album producer Daniel Lanois set out to create a cinematic-sounding album, Teatro, they took over a disused movie theatre in Oxnard, California, and pictured its dusty glory on the LP sleeve.

Recorded as-live in situ amid the red velvet seats, Teatro sees Nelson working extensively with his frequent collaborator Emmylou Harris, who joins him for duets and on backing vocals on 11 of the 14 tracks. The other major player is U2 and Paul McCartney collaborator Daniel Lanois (producer of Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind, Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball), who produces the album, plays guitar and bass, took the cover photo and wrote one of the album’s songs, “The Maker”, a stunning performance with glacier-thick vibe.

Reinvention is key on Teatro, with Nelson revisiting a number of songs he first wrote in the 1960s, including 1968’s “I Just Can’t Let You Say Goodbye” and 1962’s “I’ve Just Destroyed the World” and “Three Days”. Though the songs are familiar, the sounds aren’t: Teatro found Nelson experimenting with rhythms and flavors as never before, from the Spanish-influenced “Darkness On The Face Of The Earth” to the double-drum-kit percussive groove of “My Own Peculiar Way”.

Accompanied by a nine-piece band that included Nelson’s sister, Bobbie Nelson, on piano, the group conjure up an atmosphere informed by the howling harmonicas and distant mariachi bands of spaghetti western soundtracks, the end result being a Willie Nelson album quite unlike any other in his career, and one that reveals it widescreen vision through arresting sonic imagery.

Originally released by Island Record in 1998, Teatro is issued here as a special Record Store Day release. LA and Seattle-based Light In The Attic present the album as it’s never been seen before – on vinyl. Pressed on gold vinyl with a deluxe, gatefold, ‘tip-on’ uncoated jacket, this is a chance to own this unique album in its most beautifully presented form

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1. Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour
2. I never cared for you
3. Everywhere I Go
4. Darkness on the Face of the Earth
5. My Own Peculiar Way
6. These Lonely Nights
7. Home Motel
8. The Maker
9. I Just Can’t Let You Say Goodbye
10. I’ve Just Destroyed the World
11. Somebody Pick Up My Pieces
12. Three Days
13. I’ve Loved You All Over the World
14. Annie

Willie Nelson, EmmyLou Harris, Daniel Lanois, ‘The Maker’

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by Matt

Throughout his 40-plus year career, Willie Nelson has always pushed the envelope of country music. He’s done straight country and honky tonk, explored his interests in pop standards and blues, and taken side trips into jazz and string-heavy big band. As a matter of fact, a reggae album is supposedly in the works. With that in mind, Willie’s newest release, Teatro , makes perfect sense, as the Red Headed Stranger matches his fantastic songs with some heavy almost mariachi rhythms.

Anyone familiar with Willie’s music knows he draws heavily on sounds from south of the Texas border, especially in his distinctive, Mexican-flavored guitar playing. It is thanks to those roots in Tex-Mex that Teatro , for the most part, works. Reprising her role as World’s Greatest Backup Singer, the fabulous Emmylou Harris appears on a number of tracks to add her distinctive backing vocals to Willie’s ragged voice, shining particularly on “These Lonely Nights.” Hooking up with producer Daniel Lanois, who’s worked with U2 and most recently Bob Dylan, Willie digs out some hoary old chestnuts of songs, adding a little Mexican spice.Except for three new tracks, all the songs on the album are at least 30 years old. Like his big-band jazz effort “Healing Hands of Time,” Willie reworks some classics.

The most engaging track is producer Lanois’s excellent “The Maker.” Nelson’s time-ravaged voice is still in excellent shape and is perfect for the sin-and-redemption theme of the tune. The mariachi-like rhythms work perfectly with the sprightly “Darkness on the Face of the Earth,” giving the old honky-tonk rocker an almost Bo Diddley feel. “Three Days” and “I’ve Just Destroyed the World” are by themselves fantastic tunes and the new reworkings breathe new life in the forgotten classics.

Willie also reprises one of his most beautiful songs, “Home Motel,” one of the few tracks without rhythmic update.The only tune Lanois’s production falls flat on is “I Never Cared For You.” The heavy drums and in-your-face rhythms distract from the overall beauty of this wonderful tune. Beyond that, however, Teatro is a nifty little album with an interesting bent on Willie’s music. Teatro proves above all else the man can still surprise, so who knows what he has up his sleeve next.

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Willie Nelson, Band of Brothers

Friday, July 19th, 2019

 Track Listing:

1. ‘Bring It On’
2. ‘Guitar in the Corner’
3. ‘The Wall’
4. ‘Whenever You Come Around’
5. ‘Wives and Girlfriends’
6. ‘I Thought I Left You’
7. ‘Send Me a Picture’
8. ‘Used to Her’
9. ‘The Git Go’
10. ‘Band of Brothers’
11. ‘Hard to Be an Outlaw’
12. ‘Crazy Like Me’
13. ‘The Songwriters’
14. ‘I’ve Got a Lot of Traveling to Do’

This day in Willie Nelson history: Countryman released (July 12, 2005)

Friday, July 12th, 2019
On July 12, 2005, Lost Highway Records released ‘Countryman’. 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

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

While taking shelter from the storm in Lawton, Mom had to rearrange the albums at Cracker Barrel. Someone did not put the correct ones in front. ?” — Jenny Thompson

Willie Nelson, “Picture in a Picture”

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Official video of “Picture in a Picture” from Willie Nelson’s new album, “Ride Me Back Home”

Mickey Raphael with Deborah Silver and Ray Benson on new album

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Willie Nelson sings with Sheryl Crow on her new album, “Threads”

Monday, June 24th, 2019
Sheryl Crow’s New Album of Collaborations Features an All-Star Cast of Country Stars

by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  June 14, 2019

Sheryl Crow released the art and track listing for her upcoming album of collaborations, Threads, which is set to drop on Aug. 30.

photo by Dove Shore

The 17-song album features collaborations with a number of country artists, including Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill.

Sheryl signed a new record deal with Big Machine Label Group for the collaborative project.

Threads Track List & Songwriters

  1. “Prove You Wrong” ft. Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Al Anderson, Leslie Satcher
  2. “Live Wire” ft. Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott
  3. “Tell Me When It’s Ove”r ft. Chris Stapleton | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton
  4. “Story Of Everything” ft. Chuck D, Andra Day & Gary Clark Jr. | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Steve Jordan, Carlton Ridenhour
  5. “Beware Of Darkness” ft. Eric Clapton, Sting & Brandi Carlile | Writer: George Harrison
  6. “Redemption Day” ft. Johnny Cash | Writer: Sheryl Crow
  7. “Cross Creek Road” ft. Lukas Nelson (digital/physical) / ft. Margo Price (vinyl) | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott
  8. “Everything Is Broken” ft. Jason Isbell | Writer: Bob Dylan
  9. “The Worst” ft. Keith Richards | Writers: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  10. “Lonely Alone” ft. Willie Nelson | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Shane McAnally
  11. “Border Lord” ft. Kris Kristofferson | Writers: Kris Kristofferson, Donnie Fritts, Stephen Bruton, Terry Paul
  12. “Still The Good Old Days” ft. Joe Walsh | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh
  13. “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You” ft. St. Vincent* | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott
  14. “Don’t” ft. Lucius | Writer: Sheryl Crow
  15. “Nobody’s Perfect” ft. Emmylou Harris** | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott
  16. “Flying Blind” ft. James Taylor | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton
  17. “For The Sake Of Love” ft. Vince Gill | Writer: Sheryl Crow

Happy Summer, happy listening: New Willie Nelson Album

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Red Headed Stranger” inducted to Library of Congress National Recording Registry (6/23/2010)

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

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by Ann Donahue

Recordings by Tupac Shakur, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of “Gypsy” are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced today (June 23) to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

Under the terms of 2000’s National Recording Preservation Act, the criteria for preservation by the Library of Congress are that the work be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and be at least 10 years old. Nominations were gathered from online submissions from the public and from members of the National Recording Preservation Board.

In its citation for Shakur’s “Dear Mama,” the NRPB calls the song a “moving and eloquent homage to both his own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.” Nelson’s album “Red Headed Stranger” is cited for its “uncommon elegance,” while R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe” is lauded for setting “the pattern for later indie rock releases by breaking through on college radio in the face of mainstream radio’s general indifference.”

According to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. will preserve and maintain these recordings and henceforward make them available to the American public. There are now 300 recordings in the National Recording Registry.

Inductees for the 2009 National Recording Registry are:

1. Fon der Choope (From the Wedding) – Abe Elenkrig’s Yidishe Orchestra (April 4, 1913)
2. “Canal Street Blues,” King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (April 5, 1923)
3. “Tristan und Isolde,” Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior, NBC Broadcast (March 9, 1935)
4. “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Cliff Edwards (recorded 1938; released 1940)
5. “America’s Town Meeting of the Air: Should Our Ships Convoy Materials to England?” (May 8, 1941)
6. The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam (July 20 – August 11, 1944)
7. “Evangeline Special” and “Love Bridge Waltz,” Iry LeJeune (1948)
8. “The Little Engine That Could,” narrated by Paul Wing (1949)
9. Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of Western Washington State (1950-1954)
10. “Tutti Frutti,” Little Richard (1955)
11. “Smokestack Lightning,” Howlin’ Wolf (1956)
12. “Gypsy,” original cast recording (1959)
13. The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, Bill Evans Trio (June 25, 1961)
14. “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two),” Max Mathews (1961)
15. “I Started Out As a Child,” Bill Cosby (1964)
16. “Azucar Pa Ti,” Eddie Palmieri (1965)
17. “Today!,” “Mississippi” John Hurt (1966)
18. “Silver Apples of the Moon,” Morton Subotnick (1967)
19. “Soul Folk in Action,” The Staple Singers (1968)
20. “The Band,” The Band (1969)
21. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn (1970)
22. “Red Headed Stranger,” Willie Nelson (1975)
23. “Horses,” Patti Smith (1975)
24. “Radio Free Europe,” R.E.M. (1981)
25. “Dear Mama,” Tupac Shakur (1995)

New Music From Willie Nelson, “Ride Me Back Home”

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

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Willie Nelson completes a “mortality trilogy” that started with God’s Problem Child in 2017 and continued with Last Man Standing in 2018 with the release of Ride Me Back Home.

The 11-track Legacy Recordings LP once again finds the legendary musician tapping Buddy Cannon to produce and co-write some of the songs. Nelson also recorded a handful of covers including Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are” and Guy Clark’s “My Favorite Picture Of You.”

Willie’s sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson back their dad on Mac Davis’ “It’s Hard To Be Humble.” Additionally, Willie gave his old gem “Stay Away From Lonely Places” an updated take.

“I’m the biggest Willie Nelson fan there is, and I thought I knew every song that he ever did. But I had never heard that song. It sounded totally new to me,” said Buddy Cannon of the tune from 1972’s The Words Don’t Fit The Picture. “He’s a born troubadour. It’s the greatness: That early genius that was him and his songs is still there.”


“I love him and this song made me cry” — Jimmy Fallon

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Willie Nelson on NPR

Friday, June 21st, 2019

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by: John Myers, Talia Schlanger

It’s been about a year since World Cafe caught up with Willie Nelson, and he’s been busy! Willie just released his latest album called Ride Me Back Home, made with his producer-collaborator Buddy Cannon. In February, Willie won a Grammy Award for his Frank Sinatra tribute album My Way. And he’s recently expanded his health-and-wellness brand Willie’s Remedy to include new CBD-infused coffee.

In this session, Willie told stories about some new songs and some classics, including “Crazy.” He reminisced about hanging in Amsterdam with Snoop Dogg, visiting The White House with President Carter and meeting his wife, Annie, on the set of a movie he was shooting with his fellow Highwaymen. We also got to meet some of Willie’s crew backstage before the show, including “Tunin'” Tom Hawkins who takes care of Willie’s famous guitar, Trigger, on the road.

Episode Playlist

World Cafe: 6/21/19

Bandera” – Red Headed Stranger

“Whiskey River” (live) – The Essential Willie Nelson

“Ride Me Back Home” – Ride Me Back Home

“It’s Hard to Be Humble” – Ride Me Back Home

“Family Bible” – The Essential Willie Nelson

“Crazy” By Patsy Cline – Showcase

“Crazy” – And Then I Wrote

“Stay Away From Lonely Places” – Words Don’t Fit The Picture

“Roll Me Up” ft Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson – Heroes

“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” – 16 Biggest Hits

“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” – 16 Biggest Hits

“My Favorite Picture of You” – Ride Me Back Home