Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

Willie Nelson talks about recording with his sons on, “Willie and the Boys”

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

New album from Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah “Willie Nelson and the Boys”

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Willie Nelson will shine a spotlight on his sons Lukas and Micah with the October 20th release of Willie Nelson and the Boys, the second installment in the archival recording series, Willie’s Stash. Curated by the Country Music Hall of Fame legend the Willie’s Stash recordings represent decades of Nelson’s live performance and studio work. This volume of songs focuses on country-music standards, including seven penned by Hank Williams. See the full track listing below.

Nelson’s most recent LP God’s Problem Child debuted at Number One on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Since signing with Legacy Recordings in 2012, Nelson has sold more than one million albums for the label. Willie Nelson and the Boys marks his tenth Legacy release.

Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash Vol. 2) track listing (and songwriters):

1. “Move It On Over” (Hank Williams)
2. “Mind Your Own Business” (Hank Williams)
3. “Healing Hands of Time” (Willie Nelson)
4. “Can I Sleep In Your Arms” (Hank Cochran)
5. “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On” (Hank Locklin)
6. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (Hank Williams Sr.)
7. “I’m Movin’ On” (Hank Snow)
8. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” (Hank Williams)
9. “My Tears Fall” (Alyssa Miller)
10. “Cold, Cold Heart” (Hank Williams)
11. “Mansion on the Hill” (Hank Williams and Fred Rose)
12. “Why Don’t You Love Me” (Hank Williams)

Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and friends perform, “Why Me”

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

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Have you ever truly explored Kris Kristofferson’s career? He’s lived more lives than you can count, from army captain to poet to movie star to critically acclaimed singer-songwriter. Back in 2016, Blackbird Presents hosted Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson, an all-star concert event celebrating the incredible and unique legacy of the songwriting legend. Now you can see a part of that magical night right here.

The mournful yet soulful “Why Me” (which originally premiered on Rolling Stone Country) sounds like a dream as Kristofferson is backed up by a who’s who of country superstars like Jessi Alexander, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, The Travelin’ McCourys, Reba McEntire, Buddy Miller, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Jon Randall, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Ann Womack.

The 3-disc CD/DVD is now available for pre-order and will be released October 27. Check out the Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson store for bundles, shirts, hats and other great merchandise.

Watch the once-in-a-lifetime performance below.

Micah Nelson talks about new album

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, backstage on Late Night with Stephen Colbert

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Their new album is out, with this song, and many more.

Willie Nelson with Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner for Album of the Year.  Amy Hanaiali`i teams up with her friends and family to record 16  tracks that are sure to impress. Featuring the voices of Willie Nelson, John Cruz, Eric Gilliom, Robert Cazimero, Henry Kapono, and many more. Includes Hawaiian favorites such as “E Ku`u Lei” and comtemporary hits like “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “Have I Told You Lately?”


16 Tracks:

1. E Ku‘u Lei
2. Comin’ Home
3. Maka ‘Alohilohi
4. Have I Told You Lately? (with Willie Nelson)
5. Pua Hone
6. Everybody Plays The Fool
7. Pa Aheahe
8. What Is Life?
9. Shower The People
10. Kou Leo Nahenahe
11. Ua, Ua Ho‘e‘ele
12. Na‘u No ‘Oe e Ha‘a Mai/I Will Dance For You
13. I Believe In You
14. Ka Malu Akua
15. Ho‘onanea
16. Send One Your Love

Willie Nelson duets with Margo Price on her new album, “Learning to Lose”

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

After releasing the stop-gap Weakness EP in late July, country singer Margo Price has announced her sophomore album, All American Made, which follows last year’s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (one of our faves of 2016). All American Made features “Weakness,” plus the just-released single “A Little Pain,” which features arrangements by Lester Snell (Shaft, Isaac Hayes). This one’s a dose of soulful Southern rock with a fiery organ solo and you can hear it below.

The legendary Willie Nelson appears on “Learning To Lose” off the new album. Margo is also touring with Willie, including imminent NYC-area stops at PNC Bank Arts Center on Friday (9/8) and Jones Beach on Saturday (9/9) (tickets). She also opens for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at Barclays Center on October 27 (tickets). Updated dates — including newly-added headlining shows for 2018 — are listed below.

In addition to Willie, Margo’s new album features her touring band — Kevin Black (bass), Jamie Davis (electric guitar), Micah Hulscher (piano), Jeremy Ivey (acoustic guitar/bass/harmonica), Dillon Napier (drums), and Luke Schneider (pedal steel). Like her debut, it was produced by Matt Ross-Spang and Alex Munoz, with co-production from Margo and her bandmate Jeremy Ivey. The album also has backing vocals by gospel group The McCrary Sisters. The album comes out October 20 via Third Man Records.


1. Don’t Say It
2. Weakness
3. A Little Pain
4. Learning to Lose (featuring Willie Nelson)
5. Pay Gap
6. Nowhere Fast
7. Cocaine Cowboys
8. Wild Women
9. Heart of American
10. Do Right By Me
11. Loner
12. All American Made

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Micah Nelson / Particle Kid Tape Release Party Tonight in LA (Sept 5th)

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

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Tape Release Party
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3436 N. Figueroa
Los Angeles
6 – 9


Willie Nelson’s tribute to Ray Price: “For the Good Times”

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017


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 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.

Working closely with two longtime friends — producer Fred Foster and conductor-arranger Bergen White — Nelson recorded the album at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios.

Price, who died in 2013 at age 87, and Nelson recorded two albums of duets — San Antonio Rose (1980) and Run That by Me One More Time (2003). They also recorded Last of the Breed with Merle Haggard in 2007.

Although his 1963 recording of Nelson’s “Night Life” only reached No. 28 on Billboard’s country singles chart, it became one of Price’s signature songs.

Lukas Nelson, “I see songs everywhere.”

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

photo:  Gary Miller
by:  Lauren Tingle

Lukas Nelson talks about  Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Working with Neil Young, Lady Gaga and His Musical Lineage
When Lukas Nelson, 28, is asked a question about his creative process, he is reminded of some words of wisdom passed down to him from his father, country icon Willie Nelson.

“I see songs everywhere in everyday life,” Lukas tells “My dad told me a long time ago when you’re a songwriter, you can’t force the song because songwriting is like rain water. If you’ve got a well, and it’s dry, you have to wait for it to rain. Sometimes it rains hard, and you’ve got plenty of water to drink. The songs that you try and write when the well is dry are forced, and that’s not right.”

Lukas’ songwriting well sounds like it’s brimming with ideas at the moment. Although his band Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real just released its self-titled album, he is already sitting on approximately 40 songs to sort through for the next project.

And there was no rushing Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Recorded over 18 months at Los Angeles’ Village Studios with producer John Alagia, the music is a stunning collection of cosmic country soul that it is full of vivid storytelling inspired by loss, love, friendship, commitment in the country, moving on and living for high times.

Lucius vocalists Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe lend powerful backing vocals throughout the collection, while Lady Gaga appears on “Carolina” and “Find Yourself.” On the rolling “Just Outside of Austin,” Willie offers a stylish jazz guitar solo from his famous acoustic named Trigger, while Lukas’ 86-year-old aunt Bobbie Nelson can be heard on piano.

“My goal is to create a new world and when people come and listen to the music, they feel good,” Lukas says. “I do try and keep the subject somewhat personal to me. I always try to write something I can relate to, even if I bring myself in someone else’s shoes.

“There’s really no subject that’s off limits. Wherever the source of inspiration is in general, you can’t really limit that. You can’t really put chains or bars on that because if you do, you might snuff it out.”

The music kicks listeners in the teeth from the first notes of the mournful opener, “Set Me Down on a Cloud,” a song inspired by a request from a fan who had experienced a family tragedy.

“It’s a sad story actually,” Lukas reveals of the inspiration behind “Set Me Down on a Cloud.” “This lady, her and her husband accidentally somehow ran over and killed their four-year-old daughter. They came to one of my shows, and they said it was the first time they were able to feel happy since that occurrence, and they asked me to write song about it. I was very honored to be able to write about that situation and try and capture it in the art. I felt like a spirit was guiding me.”

One of Lukas’ favorite songs on the album is the philosophical closer, “If I Started Over.” “It’s a matter of what if we have to start over and do the same things until we get it both right and we both learn a lesson,” Lukas says of the song. “It’s a romantic song, too, because there are one or two people I’ve met in this life that I would definitely hope to meet in the next.”

Lukas first connected with Lady Gaga through their work on the upcoming remake of A Star Is Born, which is due sometime in 2018.

“We were writing songs together, and we just became good friends,” he says of his first impression of Gaga. “She’s just a gem of a human being and one of the best musicians of all time.”

That’s high praise coming from a musician like Lukas. His earliest childhood memories are of being around legendary artists like the Highwaymen’s Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and his father Willie (Lukas started touring with his father at age 13, and he started touring with his own band at around 17). When Lukas was 11, Kristofferson told him he should be a songwriter, and as a guitarist, he grew up emulating blues rockers like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

But Lukas believes that Promise of the Real probably wouldn’t be what it is today without Neil Young. He first connected with Promise of the Real drummer Anthony Logerfo at a Young concert a decade ago, and they named the band after a line in Young’s 1973 song, “Walk On.” Years later, Young hired Promise of the Real as his touring and studio band for his two most recent albums, including 2015’s The Mansanto Years.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - OCTOBER 25: Lukas Nelson (L) and Neil Young perform during the 29th Annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 25, 2015 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images) Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

“I pictured myself playing with him ever since I was a little kid,” Lukas says. “The first show we did with him with the band was in Nebraska, and it was like we had been playing together for years. Working with Neil has added a lot of weight, and the energy that we absorb from being around Neil carries over into the music that we put down afterwards.”

Promise of the Real’s current six-piece lineup includes longtime bandmates Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums) and Corey McCormick (bass, vocals), along with new members Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) and Alberto Bof (piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3).

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real is on tour through November. The band will continue the Outlaw Music Festival tour Sept. 8 in Holmdel, New Jersey.

New Micah Nelson Particle Kid Album!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

New Album, New Tour Schedule from Micah Nelson, The Particle Kid

Sunday, August 27th, 2017



EVERYTHING IS BULLSHIT arrives on CD and digital download on Friday, September 1; an exclusive cassette edition will be also be available from Gnar Tapes.

Upcoming Live Dates Include New York City Solo Residence at The Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More  

Full Band Performances Backed by Promise of the Real

Featured on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour 2017


Sept 3 – Ham & Eggs Tavern – Los Angeles, CA (with Sunny War)

Sept 5 – Gnarburger – Los Angeles, CA

Sept 8 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ *

Sept 9 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Jones Beach, NY *

Sept 10 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA *

Sept 11 – Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More – New York, NY

Sept 12 – Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More – New York, NY

Sept 14 – The Union – Athens, OH

Sept 15 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH *

Sept 16 – Farm Aid at KeyBank Pavillion (with Insects vs Robots) – Hanover Township, PA

Sept 17 – BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ *

Sept 18 – Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More – New York, NY

Sept 19 – Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More – New York, NY


* Performing @ The Outlaw Music Festival (backed by Promise of the Real)

Willie Nelson, Amos Lee, Mickey Raphael, “El Camino” (Farm Aid 25, Milwaukee, WI) (Oct. 2, 2010)

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Here’s the studio recording, so beautiful.

Rolling Stone: 11 New Albums to Hear Right Now

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Rolling Stone Recommends

Willie Nelson, God’s Problem Child
The 83-year-old American legend takes on mortality with songs that look compassionately at the vagaries of one’s body aging, lifelong friendships and online rumors of his death, as well as a tribute to his former collaborator Merle Haggard, who passed away in 2016. “[Old] age has sharpened Nelson’s focus as a songwriter, providing him with renewed purpose as a lyricist and heightened vulnerability as a vocalist. … God’s Problem Child is a tightly-woven, poignant collection of ruminations on aging and fading faculties that amounts to Nelson’s most moving album in decades,” writes RS‘ Will Hermes.
Read Our Review: Willie Nelson Stares Down Mortality on Most Moving LP in Years
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Read about all their recommendations here.  

New Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Available Now

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Anthony Lo

“It’s midnight on the West Coast and our record Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real is officially released. The vinyl sounds amazing. Hope everyone enjoys. Thanks for the support! I’m grateful for my band family”  @lukasnelsonofficial @coreymccormickmusic @tatomelgar @jessebergometer @zoobof #vinyl #promiseofthereal #lukasnelson @fantasyrecordsofficial