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Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie, “December Day” (New Album scheduled for release Fall 2014) (Sony)

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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No matter that Willie Nelson released an album last June that went to number one on the Billboard Country Chart (“Band of Brothers”), he never rests on his laurels.  Sony Records has plans to release his latest project, “December Day”,  as early as next month.  The album will include more original songs by Willie Nelson.

Willie talked about the project in a New York Times interview last summer:

“It’s mostly me and sister [Bobbie Nelson] with a little harmonica and a little bass in there” he explained. “We’re doing nine songs that I wrote and a couple of Irving Berlin songs — ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ and ‘What’ll Do.’ It’s coming out sometimes before the holidays, maybe October.” — Willie Nelson

Here’s an earlier rendition of that beautiful song.

Robert Ellis cover’s Willie Nelson’s, “Pretty Paper” (never too early for a Chrismas album)

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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Listen to Robert Ellis sing “Pretty Paper” at Rolling Stone:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-robert-ellis-cover-willie-nelsons-pretty-paper-20140915

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By Marissa R. Moss

The south may still be saddled with the endless dew of a soggy summer, but it’s never too early to talk Christmas — humidity built the snowman, as John Prine once sang, after all. And Prine — along with Robert Ellis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, the Band, Nikki Lane, Corb Lund and more — is just one of the heavyweights to contribute a holiday tune to An Americana Christmas, due out October 14th via New West.

While a bulk of the songs are previously recorded classics, like Dylan’s “Must Be Santa” and Cash’s “The Gifts They Gave,” Ellis, Lund and Lane all spun original numbers for this veritable lexicon of folk-country Christmas tunes. Lane’s sassy “Falalaalove Ya” is a raspy ode to an eternal season of mistletoe, while Lund’s “Just Me and These Ponies” is a twang-orchestral bummer about a lonesome cowboy who plays a smart foil to Santa and his reindeers. And Ellis, whose recent LP, The Lights From the Chemical Plant, is one of Rolling Stone Country’s 26 Albums of 2014 You Probably Didn’t But Really Should Hear, gives his spin on Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper.” It’s about the joys of the beloved holiday – which, with its green trees and wrapping (rolling?) paper, is also known as “all year” to the Red Headed Stranger.

Premiering exclusively on Rolling Stone Country, Ellis’s track adds a sweet, smooth shuffle to the song first released by Roy Orbison in 1963. “I chose to cut ‘Pretty Paper’ because I love Willie’s version and it’s a lesser-known Christmas tune with a little more depth to it than a story about reindeer — no offense to the reindeer,” Ellis says. “I also thought the song could get by with a more minimal arrangement for my version, which is why we only used one synth, a drum machine and vocals and piano. The lyrics are strong enough that it didn’t feel like it needed a whole lot.”

Though Ellis doesn’t currently have any plans for Christmas – he might visit family back in Texas and spend some time in San Juan — he’s certainly been busy of late. Nominated for several Americana Honors & Awards titles, including Album of the Year, he’ll head to Nashville this week to play a stream of AmericanaFest events. The highlight just may be a revival of his Whiskey Wednesdays at Robert’s Western World (transforming it, naturally, into Robert Ellis’, uh, Western World) with Hayes Carll and Caitlin Rose. He also produced Whiskey Shivers’ upcoming self-titled EP and lent his virtuosic guitar-stylings to up-and-comer Cale Tyson’s EP Cheater’s Wine, out October 28th. And he recently made the move from Nashville to New York City, a welcome change for the singer with a penchant for dancing to Macklemore at night clubs.

“New York City is great,” Ellis says. “I’ve been writing a ton and partying more. I take a notepad out when I ride the subway or ferry and work on new songs. It’s been a really inspiring place to be.”

Known for a style that fuses George Jones with avant-garde jazz and folk icons like Paul Simon – and, of course, Willie Nelson – Ellis hasn’t lost touch with his southern side even though he’s moved up east. “I’m still not sure how much irony is at play,” he adds, “but I get really excited lately when Florida George Line’s ‘Cruise’ comes on the radio.”

Here’s the artists and track listing for An Americana Christmas:

Luther Dickinson – “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
John Prine – “Everything Is Cool”
Robert Ellis – “Pretty Paper”
Emmylou Harris – “The First Noel”
Johnny Cash – “The Gifts They Gave”
Corb Lund – “Just Me and These Ponies (For Christmas This Year)”
Dwight Yoakam – “Run Run Rudolph”
Bob Dylan – “Must Be Santa”
Valerie June – “Winter Wonderland”
Ronnie Fauss – “Everybody Deserves a Merry Christmas”
Max Gomez – “Season of My Memory”
Ben Keith w/ Neil & Pegi Young – “Les Trois Cloches”
The Common Linnets – “At Christmas Time”
Nikki Lane – “Falalaalove Ya”
Old 97’s – “Here It Is Christmas Time”
The Band – “Christmas Must Be Tonight”

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Willie Nelson sings on new tribute album to Paul McCartney, “The Art of McCartney”

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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Paul McCartney has been honored with countless tribute albums over the years, though the one put together by producer Ralph Sall just might top them all. Due out November 18th, The Art of McCartney sees the likes of  The Cure, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson, Billie Joel, Ian McCulloch, Barry Gibb, Roger Daltrey, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and many more cover McCartney’s vast catalog of hits.

The album has actually been in the works since 2003. After receiving the approval of McCartney, Sall rounded together Macca’s backing band — guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens, and drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. — and began recruiting potential singers.

The Art of McCartney Tracklist:
01. Billy Joel – “Maybe I’m Amazed”
02. Bob Dylan – “Things We Said Today”
03. Heart – “Band on the Run”
04. Steve Miller – “Junior’s Farm”
05. Yusuf Islam – “The Long and Winding Road”
06. Harry Connick, Jr. – “My Love”
07. Brian Wilson – “Wanderlust”
08. Corinne Bailey Rae – “Bluebird”
09. Willie Nelson – “Yesterday”
10. Jeff Lynne – “Junk”
11. Barry Gibb – “When I’m 64?
12. Jamie Cullum – “Every Night”
13. Kiss – “Venus and Mars”/”Rock Show”
14. Paul Rodgers – “Let Me Roll It”
15. Roger Daltrey – “Helter Skelter”
16. Def Leppard – “Helen Wheels”
17. The Cure, featuring James McCartney – “Hello Goodbye”
18. Billy Joel – “Live and Let Die”
19. Chrissie Hynde – “Let It Be”
20. Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen – “Jet”
21. Joe Elliott – “Hi Hi Hi”
22. Heart – “Letting Go”
23. Steve Miller – “Hey Jude”
24. Owl City – “Listen to What the Man Said”
25. Perry Farrell – “Got to Get You Into My Life”
26. Dion – “Drive My Car”
27. Allen Toussaint – “Lady Madonna”
28. Dr. John – “Let ‘Em In”
29. Smokey Robinson – “So Bad”
30. The Airborne Toxic Event – “No More Lonely Nights”
31. Alice Cooper – “Eleanor Rigby”
32. Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie – “Come and Get It”
33. B.B. King – “On the Way”
34. Sammy Hagar – “Birthday”

The Art of McCartney Bonus Tracks:

01. Robert Smith – “C Moon”
02. Booker T. Jones – “Can’t Buy Me Love”
03. Ronnie Spector – “P.S. I Love You”
04. Darlene Love – “All My Loving”
05. Ian McCulloch – “For No One”
06. Peter, Bjorn and John – “Put It There”
07. Wanda Jackson – “Run Devil Run”
08. Alice Cooper – “Smile Away”

Stop the Pipeline, Supreme Court Ralley, Concert and album (Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, Lincoln, NE)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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On Friday, Sept. 5, the Nebraska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Thompson v. Heineman, the case pitting three Nebraska landowners fighting to protect their land from eminent domain and TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, against an unconstitutional law passed by the Nebraska legislature fast-tracking the pipeline route approval process.

The hearing will take place at 9:00 a.m. at the Nebraska Supreme Court, located inside the State Capitol building in Lincoln.

*Advocates: Please RSVP below. Plan to arrive at 8:00 a.m. outside the Supreme Court hearing room on the 2nd floor of the Capitol, to start lining up for a seat in the courtroom.

*Press: Detailed info on the case, pictures of landowner plaintiffs is listed at http://boldnebraska.org/lawsuit. Email jane@boldnebraska.org for more info on interviews with landowners. You MUST contact Janet Bancroft, 402-471-3205, janet.bancroft@nebraska.gov for credential inside court room.

Hearing & Press Conference

If the small Supreme Court hearing room fills up, we have reserved an overflow courtroom with live video of the court proceedings. The hearing will feature roughly 10 minutes of oral arguments from both sides, and any questions from the judges. Immediately after the hearing concludes, we will hold a press conference in the Capitol rotunda (also located on the 2nd floor of the State Capitol).

  • WHAT: Nebraska Supreme Court Hearing and Press Conference
  • WHERE: Supreme Court Hearing Room
    • 2nd floor of State Capitol (1445 K St, Lincoln, NE 68508)
  • WHEN: Hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. CT
    • Arrive at 8:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor to get in line!
    • Press conference follows at approx. 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda
  • RULES: NO photos, video, hats, food or drink is allowed in the courtroom. You must turn off your cell phone. You can wear your Pipeline Fighter t-shirt but can NOT bring in any signs.

If you’re not able to attend the hearing, the proceedings will be broadcast live on NET-2, and streamed live via NetNebraska.org. (We will post a direct link to the livestream here the morning of the hearing. C-SPAN may cover the feed as well.)

Concert Rally

Bold Nebraska is planning a rally in the evening after the hearing at VEGA in the Haymarket area— that will double as a DVD+CD release party for “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks,” the album recorded by local artists inside the solar-powered barn built by volunteers last summer inside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The evening will feature speakers including landowners’ attorney Dave Domina and other Pipeline Fighters, as well as live musical performances from artists who performed on “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks,” which will be available for sale at the event at the discounted rate of $10 (normally $25).

  • WHAT: Rally for Citizens v. Pipeline Lawsuit & DVD+CD Release Party
  • WHEN: Friday, Sept. 5th 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: VEGA350 Canopy St #220, Lincoln, NE 68501
  • COVER FEE: $10 (plus another $10 gets you the DVD+CD!)

FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM:

 

Click here to purchase “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks” on DVD+CD for $25.

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Stopping the Pipeline Rocks” is a project of Bold Nebraska, Hear Nebraska and Red Rebel Media.

Proceeds from the fundraiser and album sales will go to the fight against TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, and support more clean energy projects.

Track list:

  1. Brad Hoshaw: “Gone”
  2. Southpaw Bluegrass Band: “No Bigger Crime”
  3. Gerardo Meza: “Hole In Your Heart”
  4. The Bottle Tops: “Power of Thought”
  5. McCarthy Trenching: “Ogallala Aquifer”
  6. Dr. John Walker: “Windmills Not Oilspills”
  7. The Toasted Ponies: “Pine Creek Crossing”
  8. Matt Cox: “Whipporwhill”
  9. David Boye: “Song Of Desolation”
  10. Dirty Talker: “Knocked Out”
  11. Jack Hotel: “Sideways Lightning Blues”
  12. Jim Pipher, The Toasted Ponies, Michael Semrad: “This Land Is Your Land”

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Willie Nelson, songwriter, “Band of Brothers”

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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By Hiram Lee

Veteran country music artist Willie Nelson is now 81 years old. Approaching the sixth decade of his career, he continues to record and perform at an impressive pace. A talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, it is hard to think of another performer in the genre as well liked as he.

Nelson has been making music professionally since 1956. While he found little success as a recording artist in those first several years, he was able to establish himself quickly as a songwriter of note. Some of his early compositions have become standards recorded by large numbers of country, jazz and blues musicians. Nelson wrote “Crazy,” made famous in a legendary recording by Patsy Cline, and “Night Life,” which Ray Price recorded. “Hello Walls” became a hit for Faron Young and “Funny How Time Slips Away” was recorded by Billy Walker.

Like most country music performers, the Texas-born Nelson’s career eventually became centered in Nashville. But Nelson never quite fit in there. He grew frustrated with the constraints of the Nashville entertainment industry and moved back to Texas in the early 1970s. His clean-cut look gave way to long hair, jeans and a beard.

It was in Texas that Nelson’s music began to flourish. It attracted a larger audience, both from traditional country music fans as well as fans of rock n roll. While Nelson was by this time a renowned songwriter, many of his best-known songs as a recording artist would be written by others, including “Whiskey River,” “If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time,” “Always on My Mind” and the exceptional “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” written by Fred Rose.

In more recent years, an even larger majority of Nelson’s recorded output has consisted of songs by other composers. His latest album, Band of Brothers, however, marks a return to songwriting. Not since his 1996 release Spirit has a Willie Nelson album featured this many new compositions.

Band of Brothers is an interesting and entertaining album. Nelson’s unique, nasal singing voice has begun to weaken somewhat, but his loose—even casual—sense of rhythm remains. His lyrics fall into the music like clothes tossed onto a bed, but they fit him well in the end.

“They say there is no gain without pain. Well I must be gaining a lot …” sings Nelson on the album’s simple but effective opening song “Bring it On.” One might say this sets the tone for the album, which often takes up themes of loss and hardship. But this is not a work of resignation. The music expresses a fair amount of defiance, humor and understanding in the face of it. One feels a human being behind the songs. They were not written by committee or well vetted by one. There’s something genuine in them.

Nelson still has the ability to turn out verses in which relatively simple and direct lyrics carry significant emotions and ideas to just the right place, setting them firmly in the mind of the listener, as in the song “Guitar in the Corner,” where he sings:

There’s a guitar in the corner that used to have a song/I would hold it while it played me and I would sing along/It was a happy song about a girl loving me like I loved her/But the strings no longer ring and things are not the way they were

In “The Wall,” Nelson sings:

I took on more than I could handle/I bit off more than I could chew/I hit the wall

I went off like a Roman candle/Burning everyone I knew/I hit the wall/I hit the wall

Again, the lyrics look simple enough on paper, but Nelson’s thoughtful melodies and performance give them the weight of experience.

Among the funnier songs in the collection is “Used to Her,” in which Nelson sings of yet another turbulent relationship. The singer has put up with too much, too willingly: When I start getting used to her I get down on my knees/ and say lord I know not what I do/forgive and help me please!

On the brief but amusing “Wives and Girlfriends,” Nelson assumes the character of a womanizer with more problems on his hands than he can manage: “I love my wives and I love my girlfriends, but may they never meet!” It is a send-up of all the egoism, chaos and unrepentance involved.

While Band of Brothers may represent Nelson’s return as a songwriter, some of the strongest songs are still those written by other composers. Perhaps the best verse on the album belongs to veteran songwriter Billy Joe Shaver and his song “The Git Go.” In a duet with Jamey Johnson, Nelson sings Shaver’s angry words:

Money breeds war as long as there’s a man alive/Rich kids go to college and the poor kids fight/And high rollers crap out every time/Roll up soldiers’ bones like loaded dice/War is a beast that makes every mother cry.

One is reminded that when popular country music stars, including Toby Keith and Darryl Worley, wrote openly pro-war songs like “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” and “Have You Forgotten?” during preparations for the Iraq War in 2003, Willie Nelson responded with the anti-war song “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?” in which he asked the questions: “How much oil is one human life worth?” and “How much is a liar’s word worth?”

Willie Nelson remains a refreshing and different voice in country music. Band of Brothers is not quite his best album; there are no songs here as strong as “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” or “Crazy,” but there’s something to it. One finds some of the best, most appealing features of country music in this work.

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This day in Willie Nelson history, “Heartbreak Hotel”, with Leon Russell goes #1 Billboard Country (9/1/1979)

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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On September 1, 1979, “Heartbreak Hotel”, recorded by Willie Nelson and Leon Russell, takes the top spot on the Billboard country chart with their remake of “Heartbreak Hotel”

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Teatro” release (9/1/1998)

Monday, September 1st, 2014

This day in Willie Nelson history: Teatro album released (9/1/1998)

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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.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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This day in Willie Nelson history: “Honeymoon in Vegas” soundtrack

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

On August 28, 1992, the movie, ‘Honeymoon in Vegas,” premiered, with Elvis impersonators and Nicolas Cage.

Willie Nelson sings, “Blue Hawaii,” on the sound track which features Presley remakes by Willie, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Van Shelton, Billy Joel, Trisha Yearwood and Amy Grant, among others. On March 7, 1995 , he soundtrack to the movie was certified platinum on March 7, 1995 , the soundtrack to the movie ”Honeymoon In Vegas” is certified platinum. The album features re-makes of Elvis Presley songs by Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Billy Joel, Travis Tritt, Ricky Van Shelton, Bono, Dwight Yoakam, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, among others.

Track List

1. All Shook Up – Billy Joel
2. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck – Ricky Van Shelton
3. Love Me Tender – Amy Grant
4. Burning Love – Travis Tritt
5. Heartbreak Hotel – Billy Joel
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Bryan Ferry
7. Suspicious Minds – Dwight Yoakam
8. (You’re The) Devil in Disguise – Trisha Yearwood
9. Hound Dog – Jeff Beck, Jed Leiber
10. That’s All Right – Vince Gill
11. Jailhouse Rock – John Mellencamp
12. Blue Hawaii – Willie Nelson
13. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Bono

The Gospel According to Billy Joe

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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Thanks, Clem, for sharing the cover of Texas Monthly, with Billy Joe Shaver on the cover.

Don’t forget, Billy Joe Shaver has a new album out, too!  Willie Nelson joins Billy Joe Shaver on a song on the new album, “It’s Hard to Be an Outlaw.”

“Check out my gig poster that I got to design for Billy Joe Shaver! The Honky Tonk Hero will be here in Jackson on the 22nd of June. Yall come on out and see this outlaw legend! ” — Joni Stevens Dunbar


 

Willie and the Wheel

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

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by Joel Fowler

“You couldn’t make this story up if you wanted to,” admits Ray Benson in a recent telephone interview from his home in Austin, “but, it’s beautiful.”

Six years ago, Wexler, the influential man who coined the term “rhythm and blues” and helped discover acts like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan, sent Benson a box of old-time country swing compilation albums knowing that they wouldn’t go to waste.

“Jerry called up me and says ‘I’m getting’ old, these things got dust on ‘em, and I’m giving away all my records,’” Benson said. “Jerry Wexler was a good friend and a supporter of our music. He ‘got’ what we were trying to do. Jerry was kind of like us – a guy from New York who fell in love with music. Roots, blues, country — [it] didn’t matter.”

Just like every good fairy tale, a little coincidental magic was needed for events to be set into motion. For such an odd story, the mystical flashpoint was just as unusual: public television.

“Then a couple of years ago, Wheel was backing up Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Merle Haggard on their Last of the Breed tour,” Benson said. “Well, one of our shows was filmed as a PBS special, Wexler saw it, and he called up Willie’s manager and said, ‘You gotta do this record!’”

It was an idea that Jerry Wexler had been sitting on for more than 35 years. Wexler started dreaming of pairing Willie Nelson and classic Western swing back in 1973, but after Nelson left Atlantic Records for RCA, the project never took off. The time for redemption had finally arrived.

“So, after the PBS special,” adds Benson, “Jerry tells us to get that list of songs from the box of records he sent me. Sure enough, tucked away in that box was a piece of paper on which he’s written ‘WN’ next to 39 songs, which were the ones he was considering for Willie back in the 70s. Between me, Jerry and Willie, we got the list down to 12, and those are the ones that made up the album.”

While such a project doesn’t sound like a stretch for a professional musician like Nelson, Benson likes to point out that looks can be deceiving.

“Sure, this was the music Willie grew up listening to, but even he didn’t know the particulars of it,” he said. “He’s not a musicologist; he’s a musician. He hadn’t even heard Hesitation Blues or Fan It — before we played them for him. He grew up playing music you could dance to.

“It’s also important to note that [Asleep at the Wheel] finally got good enough to do this record,” claims the native Philadelphian. “In 1973, we wouldn’t have been able to do it, since we’d only been together for three years at that point, and [Wexler] wouldn’t have asked us to do it, because the older guys were still around.

“But then, over the years, we became the old guys,” the 58-year-old adds with a laugh, now that Asleep at the Wheel will celebrate their 40th anniversary next year.

As a final product, Willie and the Wheel, with its daring mix of moody — if not depressing — lyrics and bouncingly happy rhythms, is garnering high critical praise, with terms like “Best of 2009? being thrown around from multiple sources. Yet, for Benson, this record will serve as a final testament for a close friend.

“Jerry passed away a week after the final tracks were finished,” he said. “He got to hear them all before he left us … He was just an amazing guy.”

Willie Nelson, Paula Nelson, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

You can hear this song on Willie Nelson’s latest album, “To All the Girls”; it’s a beautiful song.

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When Two Worlds Collide:

To All the Girls (Legacy)

1.Dolly Parton – From Here To The Moon And Back
2.Miranda Lambert – She Was No Good For Me
3.Secret Sisters – It Won’t Be Very Long
4.Rosanne Cash – Please Don’t Tell Me
5.Sheryl Crow – Far Away Places
6.Wynonna Judd – Bloody Mary Morning
7.Carrie Underwood – Always On My Mind
8.Loretta Lynn – Somewhere Between
9.Alison Krauss – No Mas Amor
10.Melonie Cannon – Back To Earth
11.Mavis Staples – Grandma’s Hands
12.Norah Jones – Walkin’
13.Shelby Lynne – Til The End Of The World
14.Lily Meola – Will You Remember Mine
15.Emmylou Harris – Dry Lightning
16.Brandi Carlile – Making Believe
17.Paula Nelson – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
18.Tina Rose – After The Fire Is Gone

New Billy Joe Shaver Album, “Long in the Tooth” (featuring Willie Nelson)

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

This day in Willie Nelson history: “One for the Road” goes gold (8/2/1979)

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

On August 2, 1979, the duet album, ‘One for the Road’ sung with Leon Russell, is certified gold.

Willie Nelson sings on JJ Cale Tribute Album (Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze”

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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by: Jasper Rees

It’s not quite true to say no one would have heard of JJ Cale without Eric Clapton. Clapton’s cover of “After Midnight”, released in 1970 as the first single on his debut solo album, put Cale on the map as a songwriter and paved for his own inimitable recording career. But Clapton didn’t actually record “Cocaine” until Slowhand in 1977. In between Lynyrd Skynyrd slipped in with their account of “Call Me the Breeze”, the song which lends its name to this Clapton-led tribute a year on from Cale’s death.

Cale was a reticent inspiration to more than Clapton. The major singer-songwriters of a certain age queuing up to pay homage here include Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty and Don White, plus the realtively youthful John Mayer (b. 1977) and, submitting backing vocals on the final track “Crying Eyes”, Cale’s widow Christine Lakeland.

A soothing ramble through the timeless byways of Cale’s back catalogue, The Breeze is a more artistically robust compilation of covers than can often happen when famous fans crowd onto one album to say hi. Cale released 15 albums of chugging rock. The songs come in two speeds (“fastish” and “slowish”) and are so well built that there’s not much any singer can do with them other than be faithful to their cool, rhythmic spirit, and mix in a bit of their own personal chemistry. Knopfler sounds like Knopfler on “Someday” and Willie Nelson is very much himself on “Songbird” and “Starbound”, while White adds a country tinge to “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Need Me)”. Petty sounds like a dead ringer for Cale on “I Got the Same Old Blues” and “The Old Man and Me”. Clapton is everywhere, subsuming himself to the project on backing vocals, now and then popping up to lead. He submits a lovely “Cajun Moon”. Completists may regret the absence of a reprise for his two JJ Cale covers from 1970s.

US singer-songwriter JJ Cale died of a heart attack at the age of 74. He became famous in 1970, when Eric Clapton covered his song ‘After Midnight’. In 1977 Clapton also popularised Cale’s ‘Cocaine’. The two worked together on an album which won a Grammy award in 2008.

JJ Cale – Call Me The Breeze
From the album : Naturally (1972)