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Willie and Leon: “One for the Road” Re-Release (2017)

Sunday, November 17th, 2019
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by:  Joe Breen

In 1979, British inflation was 18 per cent, Margaret Thatcher was elected British prime minister, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Sony launched the Walkman and Willie Nelson and Leon Russell released One for the Road.

Those events are history but this album sounds remarkably fresh on its re-release, production and performance losing nothing in the years. Russell went the way of all flesh last November but Willie soldiers on, his ubiquity making no dent in his status as one of the all-time great stylists.

Here, he shares the honours with Russell’s dusty country gospel voice on a mix of Great American Songbook classics, Nashville standards and “Danny Boy”.

Alan Robinson’s sleeve notes state: “Part party hearty, part tears in the whiskey, it stands as something of a minor gem in both of these stellar artists’ body of work.” Hard to disagree.

Willie Nelson and Family Live Album released November 8, 1978

Friday, November 8th, 2019

September 8, 1997

Willie Nelson’s Willie and Family Live album certified quadruple platinum

This album was recorded live at Harrahs, at Lake Tahoe, in April 1978.  It was remastered, and re-released in honor of Willie’s 70th birthday, and additional tracks were added.

Song List:

Disc One:

  1. Whiskey River
  2. Stay A Little Longer
  3. Funny How Times Slips Away
  4. Crazy
  5. Night Life
  6. If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time
  7. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
  8. I Can Get Off On You
  9. If You Could Touch Her At All
  10. Good Hearted Woman
  11. Red Headed Stranger Medley:
    • Time Of The Preacher
    • I Couldn’t Believe It Was True
    • Blue Rock Montana/Red Headed Stranger
    • Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
    • Red Headed Stranger
    • Just As I Am
  12. Under The Double Eagle

Disc Two:

  1. Till I Gain Control Again
  2. Bloody Mary Morning
  3. I’m A Memory
  4. Mr. Record Man
  5. Hello Walls
  6. One Day At A Time
  7. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  8. Amazing Grace
  9. Take This Job And Shove It (with Johnny Paycheck)
  10. Uncloudy Day
  11. The Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line
  12. A Song For You
  13. Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
  14. Georgia On My Mind
  15. I Gotta Get Drunk
  16. Whiskey River
  17. The Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line

Bonus Tracks:

  • Till I Gain Control Again (Previously unreleased)
  • Georgia On My Mind (Previously unreleased)

New Raelyn Nelson Band album out Nov. 8, “Don’t”

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

This day in Willie Nelson history: “American Classic” album (October 25, 2009)

Friday, October 25th, 2019


On October 25, 2009, Willie Nelson released, “American Classic” album, on Blue Note Records.

Track List:

  • The Nearness of You
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Come Rain or Come Shine
  • If I Had You (with Diana Krall)
  • Ain’t Misbehaving
  • I Miss You So
  • Because of You
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside (with Norah Jones)
  • Angel Eyes
  • On the Street Where You Live
  • Since I Fell For You
  • You Were Always on My Mind

Willie Nelson, “Ride Me Back Home” Bundle

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

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This bundle, exclusive to the Willie Nelson Official Store, includes a shirt, Ride Me Back Home LP, 11″x17″ art print, and a deck of playing cards.

Willie Nelson returns with another incredible addition to his legendary catalog. Once again working with longtime producer Buddy Cannon, Willie’s Ride Me Back Home sits beside 2017’s God’s Problem Child and 2018’s Last Man Standing as a trilogy of superior song craft exploring ideas of mortality with wisdom, empathy and a winking love of life. Nelson and Cannon co-wrote a handful of songs but go deep into their favorite songsmiths, great writers with great stories to tell: Sonny Throck-Morton, Guy Clark, Mac Davis, Buzz Rabin. The result is a magical collection of tunes with emphasis on the lyric. Backed by an amazing band of Nashville gunslingers, Ride Me Back Home finds Willie Nelson making some of the most inspired work of his career.

Side A

  1. Ride Me Back Home
  2. Come On Time
  3. My Favorite Picture Of You
  4. Seven Year Itch
  5. Immigrant Eyes
  6. Stay Away From Lonely Places

Side B

  1. Just The Way You Are
  2. One More Song To Write
  3. Nobody’s Listening
  4. It’s Hard To Be Humble (with Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson)
  5. Maybe I Should’ve Been Listening

This day in Willie Nelson history “The Highwayman” certified platinum (10/13/2000)

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

1. Highwayman
2. The Last Cowboy Song
3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today
4. Big River
5. Committed To Parkview
6. Desperados Waiting For A Train
7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
8. Welfare Line
9. Against The Wind
10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over

On October 13, 2000, The Highwayman album by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson certified platinum

Enter to Win Willie Nelson Vinyl, in celebration of 45 years of Red Headed Strnger

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

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The Opus is still in Texas.

Red Headed Stranger launched an improbable career, created a genre, and changed the world forever. In this installment of The Opus, we get a first-hand look at the massive, culture-shifting changes that came from one pivot, one moment, one record, one man’s faith in his own work.

Host Andy Bothwell, along with legendary Texas historian Joe Nick Patoski, takes you through the most pivotal time in Willie Nelson’s life, and just how close we came to never knowing Willie at all.

Next year marks the 45th anniversary of Willie Nelson’s breakthrough country outlaw album, Red Headed Stranger. To celebrate, you can preview or stream music from Willie Nelson here. Bonus: We’re giving away a 14-LP Willie Nelson vinyl prize pack!

Enter to Win some Willie Nelson vinyl thanks to Sony Legacy

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

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by: Dan Kaye

Next year marks the 45th anniversary of Willie Nelson’s 18th studio album, Red Headed Stranger. The classic concept record is not just a landmark of outlaw country, but a signature release in the oeuvre of American music. To honor the legendary LP, we’ll be exploring its legacy on the latest season of The Opus podcast. But to help you celebrate the prolific work of Nelson yourself, we’re also giving away a massive vinyl prize pack.

Courtesy of Sony Legacy, the bundle features 14 albums from across Willie Nelson’s career. Red Headed Stranger is of course part of the package, as are his solo records The Troublemaker (1976), Last Man Standing (2018), God’s Problem Child (2017), Band of Brothers (2014).

Also included are collaborative efforts like 2015’s Django & Jimmie with Merle Haggard, Nelson’s 2013 collection of duets with female singers To All the Girls…, 2013’s standards album Let’s Face the Music and Dance, 2014’s December Day: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1  with his sister Bobbie Nelson, and 2017’s follow-up with sons Luke and Micah Nelson Willie and the Boys: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2. In addition you’ll get tribute albums like 2016’s For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price, 2016’s Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, and 2018’s collection of Frank Sinatra tunes My Way.

Rounding out the massive selection is the 1976 compilation featuring Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser Wanted! The Outlaws.

To win all these incredible records, you simply need to do is fill out the widget below. Note: If you do not see the widget below, click here to enter.

Red Headed Stranger Album turns 45 next year

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

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by: Dan Kaye

This fall, The Opus returns for a fourth season from Consequence of Sound and Sony. Past seasons have explored the ever-evolving legacies of three iconic records: Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland, and Jeff Buckley’s Grace. Beginning September 19th, the series will head South as it revisits one of country’s most beloved albums, Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger, with new host Andy Bothwell, aka Astronautalis.

Next year sees Nelson’s 18th studio record turn 45, making this the perfect time to revisit the classic LP. Given more creative freedom over his music thanks to a new contract and a new label, Nelson returned to the concept album form with Red Headed Stranger. Weaving covers of old standards in with poetic, stripped down originals, he created an outlaw country tale that transcended its genre into the mainstream consciousness. Over three episodes, The Opus will dig into what the record meant then and how it has impacted music now.

Taking listeners through this tour of the album’s legacy will be Bothwell, The Opus’ new permanent host. “Every great record has an infinite number of stories to tell, not just from when it was recorded, or when it was released, but for all time, as the music continues to reach and impact new people,” says the alternative hip-hop artist. “I am so excited to join forces with Sony Music and Consequence of Sound to dive deep into some of the greatest records of all time, and share their stories with everyone.”

The Opus: Red Headed Stranger premieres September 19th, and you can subscribe now. To prepare for the new season, stream a selection of Willie Nelson’s best tracks via all major streaming services.

Willie Nelson’s, Always on My Mind” Billboard’s #1 country album (1982)

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

In 1982, Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts with Always On My Mind. 

The album was the Billboard #1 country album of the year for 1982, peaking at the top of the charts for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the chart.

“Whiskey and Weed” — new Raelyn Nelson Band Single

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Here is a video for the new song, “Whiskey and Weed” which is on the band’s new album, “Don’t” which comes out November 8th. You can pre-order a copy of the album here or make a donation and get a shirt, to support production of new album, HERE.

This video was made from footage taken by fans on their cell phones at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Austin, and at the Deutchland Music Festival in Pittasburg, PA.

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Willie Nelson duets with Sheryl Crow on, “Threads”

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

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by: Gayle Thompson

Sheryl Crow’s final Threads album is out, and it is filled with some of music’s biggest stars, including country music greats like Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris and more. Crow invited some of the artists she is a fan of to join her on each of the 17 tracks on the record, including stars across genre lines, like James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Vince Gill and others.

“The common thread is music and the people that made them,” Crow told her record label about making Threads. “When I reflect on my career, I reflect on a 7-year-old who was obsessed with records and would pour over the album credits and would dream about becoming a Stevie Nicks or a Bonnie Raitt or an Emmylou Harris or a Keith Richards.

“That thread, from the moment of being inspired by musicians and music, runs all the way through my life creatively and personally,” she continued. “And it leads me, actually, into this next generation of young artists who are still inspiring me to make music and do what I’m doing.”

Crow’s list of guest artists reads like a who’s who of music industry greats, but there’s one singer she tried to get to collaborate with, but logistically couldn’t make it happen.

“The one collaboration that didn’t and couldn’t happen was with Elton [John],” Sheryl admitted per ABC News. “He and I have collaborated through the years but never recorded. He’s on his final tour and when he’s off, he wants to be home. And I totally understood that.”

See a complete track list for Threads below, and purchase the record at SherylCrow.com.

1. Prove You Wrong ft. Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris
2. Live Wire ft. Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples
3. Tell Me When It’s Over ft. Chris Stapleton
4. Story Of Everything ft. Chuck D, Andra Day & Gary Clark Jr.
5. Beware Of Darkness ft. Eric Clapton, Sting & Brandi Carlile
6. Redemption Day ft. Johnny Cash
7. Cross Creek Road ft. Lukas Nelson & Neil Young (digital/physical) / ft. Margo Price & Neil Young (vinyl)
8. Everything Is Broken ft. Jason Isbell
9. The Worst ft. Keith Richards
10. Lonely Alone ft. Willie Nelson
11. Border Lord ft. Kris Kristofferson
12. Still The Good Old Days ft. Joe Walsh
13. Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You ft. St. Vincent
14. Don’t ft. Lucius
15. Nobody’s Perfect ft. Emmylou Harris
16. Flying Blind ft. James Taylor
17. For The Sake Of Love ft. Vince Gill

Willie Nelson, “Stardust”

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

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

Year By Year: Five Essential Albums of 1978

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Willie Nelson, Stardust (Columbia)

Willie Nelson was one of the world’s biggest country stars when he shocked Columbia, his label, by insisting on recording an album of old pop standards. Nelson idiosyncratic versions of such songs as Hoagy Carmichael’s title track, “Georgia On My Mind,” “Blue Skies” and “Moonlight in Vermont,” among others, are meetings of the worlds of country, jazz, soul and beyond.

Stax maestro Booker T. Jones – who was his Malibu neighbor at the time – produced the record and arranged each track, creating warm settings for Nelson’s vocals, as the singer/songwriter showed a deep understanding and appreciation of what he called “the ten best songs I’ve ever heard.”

Despite Columbia’s reservations, Stardust became one of Nelson’s highest-selling albums ever and made him the highest-grossing concert act of 1978 in the U.S. on the year of its release.

There has also never been another standards album quite like it since.

Willie Nelson duet included on 50th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s, “My Way”

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

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A 50th anniversary edition of Frank Sinatra’s classic album, My Way, is being released with several bonus tracks – including a duet with Willie Nelson – on October 11, via Capitol/UMe and Frank Sinatra Enterprises.

Released on Reprise in March 1969, and produced by Don Costa and Sonny Burke, My Way features a varied collection of contemporary pop songs, including “Yesterday,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “For Once in My Life,” and the iconic title track. Recorded on December 30, 1968, in just one take, “My Way” long considered one of Sinatra’s signature songs, peaked at just #27 in the U.S. (It stayed on the U.K. charts for a record-breaking 75 weeks.)

The My Way 50th anniversary set features four bonus tracks, including a live version of the title track, recorded at the Ahmanson Theatre in 1971.

Listen to the duet with Willie Nelson

Frank Sinatra: My Way (50th Anniversary Edition) Track Listing
1.Watch What Happens
2. Didn’t We
3. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
4. Yesterday
5. All My Tomorrows
6. My Way
7. A Day In The Life Of A Fool
8. For Once In My Life
9. If You Go Away
10. Mrs. Robinson

Bonus Tracks: (*Not on LP version)
11. My Way – duet with Willie Nelson
12. My Way – duet with Luciano Pavarotti
13. My Way – Live at Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, June 13, 1971
14. My Way – Live at the Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX, October 14, 1987

Throughout his seven-decade career, Sinatra performed on more than 1,400 recordings and was awarded 31 gold, nine platinum, three double platinum, and one triple platinum album by the Recording Industry Association of America. The Oscar® winner also appeared in more than 60 films and produced eight motion pictures.

Sinatra was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy, the Screen Actors Guild and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

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

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

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by: Abby Johnston

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

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

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