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Willie Nelson, “Invitation to the Blues”

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Willie Nelson’s beautiful tribute to his friend Ray Price, “For the Good Times” is available now, in record stores and online retailers.   Willie was a former member of Price’s Cherokee Cowboy and close life-long friend. He recorded the twelve-track album at Ocean Way Studios, where Price also recorded. Engineered by Fred Foster and Bergen White, the album features Vince Gill on six tracks.


Track list:

1. “Heartaches by the Number (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
3. “Faded Love”
4. “It Always Will Be”
5. “City Lights (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me(featuring the Time Jumpers)”
7. “Make the World Go Away”
8. “I’m Still Not Over You”
9. “Night Life”
10. “Crazy Arms (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
11. “Invitation to the Blues (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
12. “For The Good Times”

Willie Nelson, “The Complete Atlantic Sessions” (2006)

Sunday, October 16th, 2016


The Complete Atlantic Sessions contains remastered versions of Nelson’s two groundbreaking Atlantic releases-Shotgun Willie, his 1973 debut and “possibly his finest album ever” (All Music Guide), and Phases And Stages, his 1974 follow-up and “one of the great concept albums overall” (All Music Guide)-expanded with studio outtakes, alternate versions, and unreleased music. The third disc, Live at The Texas Opry House, features rare and unreleased performances recorded in Austin in 1974.

Recorded in New York, Shotgun Willie marked Nelson’s break with Nashville and the city’s monolithic sound. Touching on everything from redneck rock and Texas swing to “Sad Songs And Waltzes,” the album’s freewheeling spirit helped spark the outlaw country movement with songs like the horn-punctuated title track, a cover Bob Wills’ “Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)” as well as “Whiskey River,” Nelson’s customary show opener for more than 30 years. The expanded version of Shotgun Willie features 12 bonus tracks, half of which are previously unreleased including alternate takes of “Whiskey River” and “A Song For You” along with outtakes of “Save Your Tears” and “I Drank All Of Our Precious Love Away.”

Nelson’s follow-up, Phases And Stages, was one of country’s earliest concept records and remains one of its best. Telling the story of a failing marriage, the first side of the album is dedicated to songs from his perspective while the other is devoted to songs from her point of view. Recorded in Muscle Shoals by legendary producer, Jerry Wexler the album featured some of Nelson’s most poignant writing including “Pretend I Never Happened,” “I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone,” and “It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way.” The expanded version of Phases And Stages features ten bonus tracks including eight previously unreleased songs such as an alternate versions of “Bloody Mary Morning,” “No Love Around,” and “Heaven And Hell.”

The final disc, Live at The Texas Opry House, contains 16 live performances by Nelson and his band€¹steel guitarist Jimmy Day; fiddler Johnny Gimble; pianist Bobbie Nelson; bassist, Bea Spears; drummer Paul English; and Mickey Raphael on harmonica. Recorded by Wexler June 29 and 30, 1974 at The Texas Opry House in Austin, the album captures the band blazing through “Whiskey River,” “Me And Paul,” and “Good Hearted Woman.” While many of the performances featured here debuted on Rhino’s out-of-print 1993 album, The Classic, Unreleased Collection, five performances are previously unreleased including “Shotgun Willie,” “You Look Like The Devil,” an electric version of “Bloody Mary Morning” as well as a medley of Nelson’s early hits, “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Crazy,” and “Night Life.”


Track Listing

Disc 1

1. “Shotgun Willie”
2. “Whiskey River”
3. “Sad Songs And Waltzes”
4. “Local Memory”
5. “Slow Down Old World”
6. “Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)”
7. “Devil In A Sleeping Bag”
8. “She’s Not For You”
9. “Bubbles In My Beer”
10. “You Look Like The Devil”
11. “So Much To Do”
12. “A Song For You”

Bonus Tracks

13. “I Gotta Have Something I Ain’t Got” – Outtake
14. “I’m So Ashamed” – Outtake
15. “My Cricket & Me” – Solo Outtake
16. “Both Ends Of the Candle” – Outtake
17. “Slowdown Old World” – Alternate Version
18. “Under The Double Eagle” – Outtake
19. “So Much To Do” – Alternate Version
20. “My Cricket & Me – Band Outtake*
21. “Save Your Tears – Outtake*
22. “A Song For You” – Alternate Version*
23. “Whiskey River” – Alternate Version*
24. “I Drank All Of Our Precious Love Away” – Outtake*

Disc 2

1. Phases And Stages (Theme) “Washing The Dishes”Â
2. Phases And Stages (Theme) “Walkin'”
3. “Pretend I Never Happened”
4. “Sister’s Coming Home”
“Down At The Corner Beer Joint”
5. “(How Will I Know) I’m Falling In Love Again”
6. “Bloody Mary Morning”
7. Phases And Stages (Theme)
“No Love Around”
8. “I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone”
9. “It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way”
10. “Heaven And Hell”
11. Phases And Stages (Theme)
“Pick Up The Tempo”
Phases And Stages (Theme)

Bonus Tracks

12. Phases And Stages (Theme) – Alternate Version*
“Washing The Dishes” – Alternate Version*
13. “Sister’s Coming Home” – Alternate Version*
“Down At The Corner Beer Joint” – Alternate Version*
14. Phases And Stages (Theme) – Alternate Version*
“(How Will I Know) I’m Falling In Love Again” – Alternate Version*
15. “Bloody Mary Morning” – Alternate Version*
16. “No Love Around” – Alternate Version*
17. “I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone” – Alternate Version*
18. “It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way” – Alternate Version*
19. “Heaven And Hell” – Alternate Version/Duet Vocal*
20. Phases And Stages (Theme) “Pick Up The Tempo”
21. Phases And Stages (Theme) – Alternate Version*

Disc 3

1. “Whiskey River”
2. “Me And Paul”
3. Medley:
“Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Crazy”, “Night Life”
4. “Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)”
5. “Walkin'”
6. “Bloody Mary Morning/Take Me Back To Tulsa”
7. “The Party’s Over”
8. “Truck Drivin’ Man”
9. “She Thinks I Still Care”
10. “Good Hearted Woman”
11. “Sister’s Comin’ Home”

Bonus Tracks

12. “Shotgun Willie”*
13. “You Look Like The Devil”*
14. “Bloody Mary Morning” – Electric Guitar Version*
15. Medley:* “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Crazy”, “Night Life”
16. “Willie’s After Hours” – Studio Track*

*Previously Unreleased

Willie Nelson, “Six Hours at Pedernales” with Curtis Potter

Sunday, October 16th, 2016


  1.  Nothing’s Changed; Nothing’s New
  2.  Chase the Moon
  3.  Are you Sure?
  4. The Party’s Over
  5. We’re Not Talking Any More
  6. Turn Me Loose and Let Me Swing
  7. Once You’re Past the Blues
  8. It Won’t Be Easy
  9. Stray Cats, Cowboys and Girls of the Night
  10. The Best Worst Thing
  11. It Should Be Easier Now
  12. My Own Peculiar Way

Released in December 1994.

Willie Nelson’s new album in tribute to Ray Price, “For the Good Times”

Friday, October 14th, 2016

by:  Dan Ferguson

Into his 80s, Willie Nelson continues to crank out the albums in rather prolific fashion. His latest is a tribute his friend and long-ago bandleader, Ray Price. It was Price who in 1960 would give the young songwriter Nelson a job playing bass in his Cherokee Cowboys band replacing Donny Young, later known as Johnny Paycheck, of all people. Whereas the stint was short-lived, their friendship would endure and it would be Nelson who would pen one of Price’s biggest hits, “Night Life.” .


On his new tribute album to the late country music hall of famer Ray Price, Willie Nelson proves in part that you can go home again. Home, in this case, is one of the early stops in Nelson’s lengthy career as a member of Price’s Cherokee Cowboys band playing bass. That was 1960 and whereas the stay was brief, the two remained close friends right up until Price’s passing in 2013. With For the Good Times, Nelson pays homage to his one-time boss covering a dozen Price classics including two written by Nelson himself (“Night Life” and “I’m Still Not Over You”). Few country music artists can say they were the “architect” of a sound. Price is one of the very few thanks to the creation of that “Ray Price beat,” a 4/4 shuffle that filled many a dance floor and has endured to this day. That sound is in fine hands in both the voice of Nelson and his stellar backing from a collection of Nashville studio aces, not to mention all-star band The Time Jumpers. All together, they deliver the goods on C&W nuggets like “Heartaches by the Numbers” and “Crazy Arms.” On the flips side, there was Price the balladeer and Nelson covers that side of the equation in equally fine fashion on such classics as “Make the World Go Away” and Kris Kristofferson’s “For the Good Times.” In all, For the Good Times is a worthy tribute to a most worthwhile artist. Visit

Micah Nelson and Insects Vs Robots New Album, “Theyllkillya”

Friday, October 14th, 2016


Willie Nelson and Ray Price

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Nashville was the Roughest

Thursday, October 6th, 2016


From “Nashville Was the Roughest”
Boxed Set by Bear Family
by Rich Kienzle

Amid the dozens of country singers with distinct vocal styles whose rhythms hit precisely on the beat, Willie stood out. Some, on first hearing him, felt he sang ‘funny’, and weren’t being complimentary. By Nashville standards of the time, his style was unorthodox. His penchant for different lyrics and syllables at different lengths, singing around the beat, was no big deal in pop music. This creative technique was the basis of Frank Sinatra’s style. Given Nelson’s lifelong admiration of Sinatra, his use of it wasn’t surprising. Nor was it unusual among Texas honytonkers, Floyd Tillman and Lefty Frizzell sang similarly (Lefty influenced by Tillman, Willie by both of them). Another vocalist followed a very similar path: Western swing vocalist-fiddler Wade Ray. He, too, would phrase by holding a specific syllable or a word, occasionally ending a note as he sang for emphasis. It made good lyrics even more expressive in the hands of the right vocalist. Ray, admittedly influenced by Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and other Jazz singers, explained Willie’s singing in 1963 saying, “I’ve heard musicians say Willie sang out of meter. He did not sing out of meter. He phrased. He sang in front of the beat, behind the beat and just came out at the end.”

That was pop music, and Texas music.  Nashville didn’t see things that liberally, and right of the bat, Willie’s unorthodox vocal phrasing caused problems.  Frizzell was a star, albeit one no longer on top of the heap – (his hit single Saginaw Michigan would restore his luster in 1964).  1961 Nashville wasn’t ready for radically different singing styles. The ‘Nashville Sound’ was meant for singers who sang on the beat.

Hank Cochran, whose own career was taking off (he wrote Patsy’s I Fall to Pieces), played Liberty Records producer Joe Allison a tape of Willie’s demo recordings. Impressed, Allison signed Nelson to Liberty in the fall of 1961 and began recording him that September. The problem of phrasing materialized at that first session, when even the most versatile Nashville studio musicians found it hard to follow him. Accustomed to listening closely to the singers they accompanied, they had to tune out his voice and focus only on their playing.  At that session, he and Shirley Collie, wife of Country disc jockey Biff Collie, sang a duet on Willingly that flew into ‘Billboard’s’ country Top Ten.    As relations between Willie and wife Martha, always touchy, deteriorated in a flurry of violent fights, drinking sprees and mutual infidelity, he took up with Shirley, a veteran performer who toured with Willie and played bass in his band.

Late in 1961, Billy Walker took Willie’s song Funny How Time Slips Away into the Top Thirty, Jimmy Elledge’s late 1961 pop version of the song demonstrated the appeal Willie’s songs had beyond country.  His own first solo hit, Touch Me, came in the spring of ’62, peaking at #7 on Billboard’s country charts.  Liberty released his second solo hit, Touch Me, came in the spring of ’62, peaking at #7 on Billboard’s country charts.  Liberty also issued his debut LP ‘…And Then I Wrote’, that year.  He recorded half in Nashville, half in Los Angeles.  A year later, in 1963, Liberty released his second and final LP for the label, ‘Here’s Willie Nelson’ with liner notes by Willie’s idol Bob Wills.  That year, Ray Price’s chilling version of Night Life reached the top Twenty.

Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, “December Day” (with liner notes by Mickey Raphael)

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie
“December Day”

Liner Notes by Mickey Raphael:

Peering through the control room glass into the studio, a cloud of smoke rises from Sister Bobbie Nelson’s Bosendorfer grand piano. After four hours of non-stop recording with baby brother Willie, perhaps she has ignited the keys during this marathon session???

Listening back to “I Never Cared for You,” the interplay between Bobbie and Will on the instrumental intro “Ou-es tu, mon amour” sets the mood perfectly for the darkness the song portrays.

“Nuages,” a song written by French Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, showcases Willie’s dexterity and guitar genius.  Whenever we are just sitting around the bus, Willie will pick up a guitar and start playing.  Like the horse heading to the barn, he always gets around to “Nuages.”  It’s good mendicine for him.  And on this take, Bobbie’s piano provides the support that makes their performances seem effortless.

In the beautiful hill country near Austin, Texas you’ll find Willie’s Pedernales studio.  Willie and Bobbie are set up in the main room which is L-shaped and doesn’t allow direct eye contact during recording.  Without much discussion of an arrangement, Bobbie started playing and Willie began singing “Mona Lisa.”  That was the beginning of another magical session.

Recording engineer Steve Chadie and Willie’s friend and producer, Buddy Cannon were at the controls as it all happened. It’s kind of like photographing a ghost; you don’t really see it till the picture is fully developed.  Throughout these sessions Bobbie and Willie played continuously and seemed to never run out of song ideas — which is a producer’s dream (or nightmare).  Eventually songs had to be picked for the final selections.  With so many outstanding performances to choose from.  I’m glad I wasn’t a part of that process.

As long as I can remember.  Willie and Bobbie, who ride together on Willie’s bus, spend some of their traveling time jamming on their favorite songs.  Bobbie has a travels size keyboard on the bus and Willie’s guitar, Trigger, is always by his side.  This is where the idea for DECEMBER DAY was born.  “Why not record our favorite songs like we play them for ourselves?”  Bobbie asked.

In 2010 after ending a tour in Austin, Texas, the band, made up of Paul and Billy English, Bee Spears and myself, went in the studio to record with Bobbie and Willie.  The song “What’ll I do” is especially bittersweet because of the passing of Bee Speers.  Bee was Willie’s bass player for more than four decades and this was the last recording session he played with us.  He is missed by us all.

In 2012 while recording songs for the record LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE, we would stray from the song list every once in a while.  Willie might call out a song title or Bobbie might have a suggestion and this was the fun part of recording with these guys.  You didn’t know where the music was going next.  “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” was born from such a diversion.  We are all fans of the Irving Berlin songbook and of the Ray Charles version, so this was a perfect tribute to both.

In 2004, another impromptu visit to the studio resulted in three songs penned by Willie.  “Walkin'” is truly a classic.  Originally heard in the concept album PHASES AND STAGES, this version goes right to the heart.  Willie’s guitar solo hits you like a gunshot at the O.K. Corral.  If through is the question, then Bobbie is the answer as nothing rings more true than her piano.

“Laws of Nature” is an “a-ha” moment.  Willie writes like he’s talking to you face-to-face.  Bobbie provides the soundtrack for that conversation.  It’s easy to make records with these guys.  You just have to listen… and then  react from the heart.  It’s pretty primal.

The song “Amnesia” rounded out those sessions but honestly, I can’t remember anything about it.

Raised by their grandparents in Abbott, a small farming community north of Waco, Texas, Willie and Bobbie began a musical odyssey that has continued for over 70 years.  Daddy Nelson taught Willie how to play guitar when he was seven, and momma Nelson taught sister Bobbie the piano when she was nine.  Sundays were spent playing at the Abbott Methodist church and gave Bobbie and Willie the spiritual foundation that still can be found in their music.

When it comes to a brother-sister collaboration with the longevity of Willie and Bobbie, there is beauty in keeping things simple, “Less is more” is the underlying theme.  We’ve heard these songs before but not like this.  The spontaneity born out of familiarity is what this record, DECEMBER DAY is all about.

It’s not rocket science.  It’s alchemy.

Mickey Raphael
Nashville, TN


Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie
December Day
(Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1)

1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)
2. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson)
3. What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin)
4. Summer of Roses / December Day (Willie Nelson)
5. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
6. Mona Lisa (Ray Evans & Jay Livingston)
7. I Don’t Know Where I Am Today (Willie Nelson)
8. Amnesia (Willie Nelson)
9. Who’ll Buy My Memories (Willie Nelson)
10. The Anniversary Song (Al Jolson & Saul Chaplin)
11. Laws of Nature (Willie Nelson)
12. Walkin’ (Willie Nelson)
13. Always (Irving Berlin)
14. I Let My Mind Wander (Willie Nelson)
15. Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson)
16. My Own Peculiar Way (Willie Nelson)
17. Sad Songs and Waltzes (Willie Nelson)

Lyndel Rhodes with Willie Nelson, “Little House on the Hill”

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Buddy Cannon shared this video of his mother, Lyndel Rhodes listening and singing along with Willie Nelson’s recording of a song she wrote, “Little House on the Hill.”  His mother,  92, wrote the song.

Buddy Cannon, singer/songwriter/producer has posted other videos of his talented mother.  Thanks, Buddy, for sharing with us.

New Willie Nelson Album available, “For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price”

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Willie Nelson’s, “Heartaches by the Number” (For the Good Times: a Tribute to Ray Price)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Willie Nelson’s beautiful tribute to his friend Ray Price, “For the Good Times” is available now. Willie was a former member of Price’s Cherokee Cowboy and close life-long friend. He recorded the twelve-track album at Ocean Way Studios, where Price also recorded. Engineered by Fred Foster and Bergen White, the album features Vince Gill on six tracks.

Track list:

1. “Heartaches by the Number (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
3. “Faded Love”
4. “It Always Will Be”
5. “City Lights (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me(featuring the Time Jumpers)”
7. “Make the World Go Away”
8. “I’m Still Not Over You”
9. “Night Life”
10. “Crazy Arms (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
11. “Invitation to the Blues (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
12. “For The Good Times”

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Django and Jimmie

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

June 2015
by:  Patrick Doyle

“Hello, I know you!” Merle Haggard says as he emerges from the bedroom of his tour bus. He’s talking to Willie Nelson, who’s sitting in the bus’s cramped front quarters. Standing nearby, Nelson’s wife, Annie, asks the pair if they’ll sign a couple of acoustic guitars for a charity run by Matthew McConaughey, a friend of the family. “Absolutely not,” Haggard says with a smile. Later, when Annie takes a photo of the two signing the guitars, Nelson grins and gives the camera the finger.

It’s a perfect Saturday night in South Texas, where Haggard, 78, and Nelson, 82, are playing the last of three sold-out shows together at New Braunfels’ Whitewater Amphitheater. Haggard is about to play a set, during which Nelson will join him on “Okie From Muskogee,” “Pancho and Lefty” and a handful of other songs. Backstage, Nelson family members catch up; his rail-thin 90-year-old roadie Ben Dorcy (who was once John Wayne’s assistant) ambles around, smoking a pipe. Directly behind the stage, locals ride down the Guadalupe River in inner tubes, stopping on the bank to listen to the show. “We’ll get somebody out there to sell them tickets,” Nelson jokes.

Sitting side by side on the bus, Nelson and Haggard look like they could be a grizzled Mount Rushmore of country music. “It’s a mutual-admiration society with us,” says Nelson. “Merle’s one of the best. There’s not anyone out there that can beat him. Maybe Kris Kristofferson. But then you start running out of names.”

Haggard and Nelson are about to release a new LP, Django and Jimmie. (The title is a tribute to Nelson’s and Haggard’s respective heroes, Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers.)

One of the best songs is “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash,” an ode to their late friend and a meditation on mortality. “There’s a thousand good stories about John,” says Nelson. Haggard tells one, about the time Cash thought it would be hilarious to dynamite a broken-down car he encountered on the side of the road. “He hooks it all up, hits the plunger and blows it up. And he said, ‘Now, when that guy goes to tell his old lady his car blew up, he won’t be lying!’?” Nelson cackles, adding, “John used to say, ‘I always get my best thinking done when June is talking.’?”

“I didn’t know anything about marijuana,” Haggard says. “It’s fantastic.”

Nelson and Haggard met at a poker game at Nelson’s Nashville house in 1964, when both were struggling songwriters. (Neither would have major success until they left Nashville behind; Nelson for Austin, Haggard for Bakersfield, California.) They didn’t become close until the late Seventies, when they were playing casinos in Reno. “We’d play a couple of long shows a day, then spend all night long jamming,” says Haggard.

In 1982, they recorded Pancho & Lefty together at Nelson’s ranch near Austin, where they’d stay awake for days — “We were living pretty hard in that time period,” Nelson has said — playing golf and then recording all night (Haggard barely remembers singing his famous verse on “Pancho and Lefty”). At the time, they were fasting on a master-cleanse regimen of cayenne pepper and lemon juice. “I think Willie went 10 days,” says Haggard. “I went seven.”

“I still ain’t got over it,” says Nelson. “Still hungry.” Adds Haggard, “You’re still high!”

These days, they share a love of conspiracy theories (both are devoted fans of paranormal-obsessed radio host Art Bell) and making music with their children (Haggard’s son Ben plays guitar in his band; Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah frequently join their father onstage). “It’s as good as it gets, to have your kids up there playing,” says Nelson. “And they’re good!”

On the new album, the two cover Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright).” The track was recorded before Dylan criticized Haggard and other artists in a widely publicized MusicCares speech in February: “Merle Haggard didn’t think much of my songs, but Buck Owens did,” Dylan said. “Buck Owens and Merle Haggard? If you have to have somebody’s blessing — you figure it out.” Dylan later apologized.

Haggard (who toured with Dylan in 2005) thinks Dylan was talking about the Merle Haggard of the Sixties — the guy who took shots at hippies, weed and premarital sex in 1969’s “Okie From Muskogee.”

“I didn’t misunderstand Bob,” says Haggard. “I know what he meant. He figured I was lumping him in with hippies [in the Sixties]. The lack of respect for the American military hurt my feelings at the time. But I never lumped Bob Dylan in with the hippies. What made him great was the fact that every body liked him. And I’ll tell you one thing, the goddamn hippies have got no exclusive on Bob Dylan!” He pauses. “Bob likes to box — I’d like to get in the ring with his ass, and give him somebody to hit.”

In fact, these days Merle Haggard is far more liberal than the man in his classic songs. For one thing, he loves pot. “I didn’t know anything about marijuana back then,” he says. “It’s one of the most fantastic things in the world.” Did he and Nelson smoke in the studio? “Are you kidding me?” Haggard says with a laugh.

Soon, the conversation devolves to jokes. “You know what you call a guitar player without a girlfriend?” Nelson asks. “Homeless.”

Next, they talk current events, Nelson explaining the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit to Haggard. (“They stole more than they were supposed to,” he says. Haggard nods.) Asked if either has any thoughts about communicating with fans through social media, they shake their heads. “Just so long as somebody else can do it,” says Nelson. “That’s why I didn’t learn to play steel guitar.”

“What was that little girl that played steel in Asleep at the Wheel?” says Haggard. “Cindy Cashdollar. Everybody was trying to look up her dress.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t do that,” deadpans Nelson. “I think I had the wrong angle.”

By now, Haggard is supposed to be onstage; his son has been extending his three-song warm-up set for several minutes, telling the crowd his father will be out soon. These co-headline dates sold so well that Nelson says there will be more: “In fact, I was talking to some folks today — I was gonna see what they thought of making us do a tour of it when it comes out.”

He turns to Haggard. “We ought to do whatever we can get — as many days as we need to,” Nelson says with a smile. “Because I know it’s a good record. I think it might sell a couple.”


Willie Nelson, “For the Good Times: Tribute to Ray Price”

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016


Willie Nelson’s beautiful collection of songs honoring his friend Ray Price is available in your favorite record store, and from on-line stores as well.


Willie Nelson was a former member of Price’s Cherokee Cowboy and close life-long friend. Willie recorded the twelve-track album at Ocean Way Studios, where Price also recorded. Engineered by Fred Foster and Bergen White, the album features Vince Gill on six tracks.

Track list:
1. “Heartaches by the Number (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
3. “Faded Love”
4. “It Always Will Be”
5. “City Lights (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me(featuring the Time Jumpers)”
7. “Make the World Go Away”
8. “I’m Still Not Over You”
9. “Night Life”
10. “Crazy Arms (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
11. “Invitation to the Blues (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
12. “For The Good Times”

New album from Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie and Folk Uke!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Starf*cker CD (September 16, 2016)
 1. Starf*cker
  2. BJ to a DJ
  3. Sweet Talker
  4. California Stars
  5. Crowd Control
  6. Wear You Down
  7. All I Want for Christmas
  8. Mic Stand

STARF*CKER, Folk Uke’s third studio endeavor, is a constellation consummation brimming with what fans have come to love about this duo: ethereal harmonies accompanied by razor-sharp lyrics. This latest effort presents eight new tracks of cosmic clarity.

Starf*cker • BJ to a DJ • Sweet Talker • California Stars • Crowd Control • Wear You Down • All I Want For Christmas • Mic Stand

Folk Uke was thrilled to have the all-star band of their dreams contributing:

Mike Stinson on drums, Randy Weeks on lead guitar, and Marc Perlman ofThe Jayhawks on bass.  Micah Nelson of “Insects vs Robots” played Charango on a couple tracks.  Some obscure artists, Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson, played guitar on several tracks. This might make them famous.

Amy said, “Other highlights include Luke’s improvisational vocals on “Mic Stand”,  and Dad’s vocals on  “Sweet Talker”,  where he drops the singular f-bomb of the otherwise radio friendly song.  This will likely to be the most popular track.  We made a clean radio edit that isn’t  near as good.”

“It’s pretty much a family album.  Give or take some subject matter.  We hope you like it.”

Starf*cker, Folk Uke’s new concept album, features Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson’s ethereal harmonies woven with both heartfelt and occasionally indecent lyrics.

For this release, Folk Uke is supported by the all-star band of their dreams: Mike Stinson on drums; Randy Weeks on electric guitar; Marc Perlman of The Jayhawks on bass, and with special appearances by Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson.


Willie Nelson Platinum Albums

Sunday, September 11th, 2016