Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

Willie Nelson 3 CD Set

Monday, July 18th, 2022

You can get it here.

Contains 9 top ten hits

Willie Nelson, “Tower of Song”

Saturday, April 2nd, 2022

A cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Tower Of Song” is the third single from Willie’s upcoming new album

A Beautiful Time. Listen and pre-order now https://WillieNelson.lnk.to/ABTFA

New Willie Nelson Album, “A Beautiful Time”

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

Willie Nelson 

Calling all vinyl lovers: Willie’s latest studio album ‘A Beautiful Time’ is available for pre-order from our friends at VMP with an exclusive poster of a wonderfully airborne Willie.

?Pre-Order here: https://WillieNelson.lnk.to/ABTFA/vinylmeplease

Willie Nelson and Family, “I Saw The Light”

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Willie Nelson and family cover George Harrison

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

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by: Matthew Leimkuehler

The latest release from country legend Willie Nelson and his family band pays tranquil tribute to rock giant George Harrison.  

Nelson and company debuted Friday a subtle rendition of Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass,” the title track off his lauded 1970 post-Beatles solo album. 

The song features Lukas Nelson taking lead vocals, with his father Willie Nelson playing longtime guitar “Trigger” and adding backing vocals. Willie Nelson’s son Micah plays drums and bass on the recording, with sister Bobbie Nelson adding piano and longtime bandmate Mickey Raphael on harmonica. 

The song comes off “The Willie Nelson Family,” an upcoming album showcasing the musical DNA of Nelson’s family, including Bobbie Nelson, Lukas and Micah Nelson and daughters Amy and Paula Nelson. 

‘The Willie Nelson Family’ track list 

  • 1. Heaven and Hell (Willie Nelson)
  • 2. Kneel at the Feet of Jesus (Willie Nelson)
  • 3. Laying My Burdens Down (Willie Nelson)
  • 4. Family Bible (Claude Gray, Paul Buskirk & Walt Breeland)
  • 5. In the Garden (traditional)
  • 6. All Things Must Pass (George Harrison)
  • 7. I Saw the Light (Hank Williams, Sr.)
  • 8. In God’s Eyes (Willie Nelson)
  • 9. Keep It On the Sunnyside (A.P. Carter)
  • 10. I Thought About You, Lord (Willie Nelson)
  • 11. Too Sick To Pray (Willie Nelson)
  • 12. Why Me (Kris Kristofferson)

The album features a handful of Nelson originals, as well as takes on songs from Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams and the Carter Family. It debuts Nov. 19 via Legacy Recordings. 

“Working with family, creating music, is pure bliss,” Lukas Nelson said in a statement. “What a gift that we were all able to come together and celebrate the power of music during these troubled times.” 

And it isn’t the first time a Country Music Hall of Famer sat in on a session recording of “All Things Must Pass.” Celebrated studio musician and 2021 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Pete Drake played pedal steel on Harrison’s original version of the song. 

Nelson brings his family tour Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 to Nashville for two nights of intimate shows at the CMA Theater. 

New Willie Nelson Family Album

Monday, September 27th, 2021

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Willie Nelson’s latest studio album, The Willie Nelson Family, has been announced and as its name implies it’s a family affair. The CD arrives November 19, 2021 on Legacy Recordings. The new album includes compositions written by Hank Williams (“I Saw the Light”), Kris Kristofferson (“Why Me”) and George Harrison (“All Things Must Pass”).

Musicians on The Willie Nelson Family are: Willie Nelson (lead vocals, background vocals, Trigger); Bobbie Nelson (piano); Lukas Nelson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lead vocals, background vocals); Micah Nelson (drums, bass, background vocals); Paula Nelson (background vocals); Amy Nelson (background vocals); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Billy English (drums); Paul English (percussion) and Kevin Smith (bass).

A first single, a new recording of “Family Bible,” was released on Sept. 23, the day of the announcement. One of Nelson’s earliest compositions, the song was penned in 1957, inspired by scenes of Willie’s grandmother singing “Rock of Ages” and reading from the Bible after supper. A struggling young songwriter moving to Houston, Willie sold the song to Paul Buskirk, who enlisted singer Claude Gray to record Nelson’s original songs (including “Family Bible” and “Night Life”). Gray’s single version of “Family Bible” was released in February 1960 and reached #7 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Singles chart. The single’s success enabled Willie to move to Nashville, where he established his reputation as a songwriter. Willie recorded his own version of “Family Bible” for the first time in 1971, and the song has been a staple in his live performances.

Willie’s son Lukas (who fronts his own band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) sings lead vocals on two of the album’s tracks–“All Things Must Pass” and A.P. Carter’s “Keep It on the Sunnyside”–while sharing lead vocals with Willie on “I Saw the Light,” “I Thought About You, Lord” and “Why Me.”

Four of the performances on The Willie Nelson Family–“Heaven and Hell,” “Kneel at the Feet of Jesus,” “Laying My Burdens Down” and “Family Bible”–are among the last recordings Willie made with his longtime drummer and pal Paul English. Paul and Willie first played together in Fort Worth in 1955; Paul became Willie’s regular drummer in 1966 and an essential member of the Family until he passed away, at age 87, on Feb. 11, 2020.

Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson and Chris Barton have co-authored Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music, a children’s picture book illustrated by Kyung Eun Han available in hardcover Nov. 9.

Nelson’s most recent album was That’s Life, a second collection of standards from the Frank Sinatra repertoire, released Feb. 26, 2021, It debuted at #1 on both Billboard‘s Jazz Albums chart and the Traditional Jazz Albums chart.

The Willie Nelson Family Track Listing

1. Heaven and Hell (Willie Nelson)
2. Kneel at the Feet of Jesus (Willie Nelson)
3. Laying My Burdens Down (Willie Nelson)
4. Family Bible (Claude Gray, Paul Buskirk & Walt Breeland)
5. In the Garden (traditional)
6. All Things Must Pass (George Harrison)
7. I Saw the Light (Hank Williams, Sr.)
8. In God’s Eyes (Willie Nelson)
9. Keep It On the Sunnyside (A.P. Carter)
10. I Thought About You, Lord (Willie Nelson)
11. Too Sick To Pray (Willie Nelson)
12. Why Me (Kris Kristofferson)

Nelson turned 88 last April 29. Tickets to see him perform are available here.

The Willie Nelson Family Album

Friday, September 24th, 2021

 Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release The Willie Nelson Family–Willie Nelson’s new studio album (and 16th for the label)–on Friday, November 19.

The Willie Nelson Family will be available on CD and digital formats. Pre-order here.

The Willie Nelson Family Album Track List:

1. Heaven and Hell (Willie Nelson)
2. Kneel at the Feet of Jesus (Willie Nelson)
3. Laying My Burdens Down (Willie Nelson)
4. Family Bible (Claude Gray, Paul Buskirk & Walt Breeland)
5. In the Garden (traditional)
6. All Things Must Pass (George Harrison)
7. I Saw the Light (Hank Williams, Sr.)
8. In God’s Eyes (Willie Nelson)
9. Keep It On the Sunnyside (A.P. Carter)
10. I Thought About You, Lord (Willie Nelson)
11. Too Sick To Pray (Willie Nelson)
12. Why Me (Kris Kristofferson)

Shaped around a setlist of 12 favorite spirit-driven songs from the Nelson Family repertoire, The Willie Nelson Family draws on deep Americana (including A.P. Carter’s “Keep It On The Sunnyside” and the traditional hymn “In The Garden”) while celebrating classic songwriting from Hank Williams (“I Saw The Light”) and Kris Kristofferson (“Why Me”) to George Harrison (“All Things Must Pass”) and Willie Nelson (who penned half of the album’s compositions).

Produced by Willie Nelson and Steve Chadie, The Willie Nelson Family was recorded and mixed by Chadie at Pedernales Studios in Austin, Texas.

Musicians on The Willie Nelson Family are: Willie Nelson (lead vocals, background vocals, Trigger); Bobbie Nelson (piano); Lukas Nelson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lead vocals, background vocals); Micah Nelson (drums, bass, background vocals); Paula Nelson (background vocals); Amy Nelson (background vocals); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Billy English (drums); Paul English (percussion) and Kevin Smith (bass).

Willie’s son Lukas (who fronts his own band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) sings lead vocals on two of the album’s tracks–“All Things Must Pass” and “Keep It On The Sunnyside”–while sharing lead vocals with Willie on “I Saw the Light,” “I Thought About You, Lord” and “Why Me.”

Four of the performances on The Willie Nelson Family–“Heaven and Hell,” “Kneel at the Feet of Jesus,” “Laying My Burdens Down” and “Family Bible”–are among the last recordings Willie made with his longtime drummer and pal Paul English. Paul and Willie first played together in Fort Worth in 1955; Paul became Willie’s regular drummer in 1966 and an essential member of the Family until he passed away, at age 87, on February 11, 2020.

Willie Nelson: The Ultimate Collection

Sunday, September 5th, 2021

1. Always On My Mind
2. I Let My Mind Wander
3. Funny How Time Slips Away
4. I Can’t Stop Loving You (feat. Ray Charles)
5. South Of The Border
6. To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before
7. Always
8. Heartbreak Hotel
9. Whisky River
10. Georgia (feat. Ray Charles)
11. Angel Eyes (feat. Ray Charles)
12. There Will Never Be Another You
13. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
14. Mountain Dew (feat. Ray Charles)
15. My Window Faces The South (feat. Ray Charles)
16. Who Will Buy My Memories
17. Wabash Cannonball
18. Crazy
19. It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way
20. Seven Spanish Angels (feat. Ray Charles)
21. Life and Love
22. Without A Song
23. Final Jam DVD
1. Always On My Mind
2. Crazy
3. Funny How Time Slips Away
4. To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before
5. Heartbreak Hotel
6. Seven Spanish Angels
7. Wabash Cannonball
8. I Can’t Stop Loving You
9. South Of The Border
10. Whiskey River
11. Georgia

12. Always 13. Life and Love
14. Mountain Dew
15. It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way
16. Without A Song
17. Will The Circle Be Unbroken 18. Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms 19. Train Train

Final Jam Bonus Tracks Boxcar Willie
20. Hobo Heaven
21. Hank Williams Medley
22. Wabash Cannonball

Willie Nelson and Kimmie Rhodes on vinyl

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Willie Nelson, “Red Headed Stranger”

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Song Name: Time of the PreacherArtist Name: Willie NelsonAlbum: Red Headed StrangerSongwriter(s): W NelsonRelease Date: January 1, 1975Label: Legacy Recordings

Time of the Preacher
Lyrics and music by Willie Nelson

It was the time of the preacher when the story began
Of the choice of a lady and the love of a man
How he loved her so dearly, he went out of his mind
When she left him for someone, she’d left behind

An’ he cried like a baby
He screamed like a panther in the middle of the night
An’ he saddled his pony
An he went for a ride

It was the time of the preacher in the year of 01
Now the preachin’ is over and the lesson’s begun

But he could not forgive her
Though he tried and tried and tried
And the halls of his memories
Still echo her lies

He cried like a baby
He screamed like a panther in the middle of the night
An’ he saddled his pony
An he went for a ride

It was the time of the preacher in the year of 01
Now the lesson is over and the killin’s begun

It was the time of the preacher in the year of 01

Another Willie Nelson fan, Nathaniel Rateliff

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

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

Monday, July 12th, 2021
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

“Red Headed Stranger” inducted to Library of Congress National Recording Registry (6/23/2010)

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

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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 Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Album, “A Few Stars Apart” out June 11

Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s new album, A Few Stars Apart, arrives June 11th on Fantasy Records and is now available for pre-order.

Already one of Rolling Stone’s “54 Most Anticipated Albums of 2021,” A Few Stars Apart is a testament to finding a human connection: between close family and friends, as well as one’s own heart. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb, the album was inspired by the stillness Nelson found while riding out the beginning of the pandemic with his family in Texas and was recorded with the full band live on eight-track tape over three weeks at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. The eleven songs reveal what it means to come home again, to be still, and to find community—and yourself.

The album’s first single, “Perennial Bloom (Back To You),” is out now.

Willie Nelson, “Red Headed Stranger”

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Song Name: Time of the PreacherArtist Name: Willie NelsonAlbum: Red Headed StrangerSongwriter(s): W NelsonRelease Date: January 1, 1975Label: Legacy Recordings

Time of the Preacher
Lyrics and music by Willie Nelson

It was the time of the preacher when the story began
Of the choice of a lady and the love of a man
How he loved her so dearly, he went out of his mind
When she left him for someone, she’d left behind

An’ he cried like a baby
He screamed like a panther in the middle of the night
An’ he saddled his pony
An he went for a ride

It was the time of the preacher in the year of 01
Now the preachin’ is over and the lesson’s begun

But he could not forgive her
Though he tried and tried and tried
And the halls of his memories
Still echo her lies

He cried like a baby
He screamed like a panther in the middle of the night
An’ he saddled his pony
An he went for a ride

It was the time of the preacher in the year of 01
Now the lesson is over and the killin’s begun

It was the time of the preacher in the year of 01