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“Wanted the Outlaws” makes musical history in 1976

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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by: Stephen Betts

Waylon Jennings once famously said he “couldn’t go pop with a mouthful of firecrackers,” yet with an album of previously released material, he did help country music reach a milestone heretofore reserved for pop and rock albums. On this day in 1976, Wanted! The Outlaws, an LP on which Jennings was featured alongside his wife Jessi Colter, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, became country music’s first platinum-certified LP, signifying sales of one million.

Although Jennings had begun the transformation from slick Countrypolitan to renegade with the 1972 album Ladies Love Outlaws, this compilation, released on RCA, gave an official name to a country-music movement reserved for artists outside the mainstream. Raucous, rebellious and decidedly uninterested in the blend of pop and country that was storming the charts at the time (and continues to do so today), the Outlaw Movement was also spurred on by such landmark events as the 1976 debut of the long-running PBS series Austin City Limits.

“Their music didn’t conform to the country norm of songs of divorce and alcohol and life’s other miseries,” wrote Chet Flippo in the Wanted! liner notes. At the time, Flippo was New York bureau chief for Rolling Stone. He would become senior editor a year later.

On the original LP, Jennings performed “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys,” and “Honky Tonk Heroes,” among others, while his wife’s contributions included “You Mean to Say” and a duet with Jennings on the Elvis Presley hit “Suspicious Minds.” Glaser’s 1975 hit “Put Another Log on the Fire” was also included, as was a “live” version of Nelson and Jennings doing “Good Hearted Woman.” The song became a Number One hit for the pair.

Wanted! The Outlaws received a 20th-anniversary CD reissue in 1996 featuring 10 bonus tracks, but it’s those original 11 songs that helped make country music history.

 

Listen to new Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson album before it’s release on 12/2/14

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The New York Times  is giving fans a chance to hear the new album by Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson, “December Day” in it’s entirety before it’s release next week:  here:nytimes.com/pressplay

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December Day: Willie’s Stash, Volume 1

Dec. 2, 2014

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As siblings and bandmates, Willie Nelson and his older sister Bobbie Nelson have played music together for more than 70 years. “December Day” includes 18 of the Nelsons’ favorite covers and original songs.

Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, “Who’ll Buy My Memories”

Monday, November 24th, 2014


By Kurt Wolff

Next week Willie Nelson will release his second album of 2014, a collection cut with his sister and longtime musical partner Bobbie Nelson called December Day.

Now Nelson has unveiled one of the recordings, an updated version of hi song“Who’ll Buy My Memories.”

A video for the song, which premiered today (Nov. 24) on his Vevo page, feature the Nelson siblings performing an unhurried version of it in a homey, living room-style setting.

Nelson has recorded the song before, most notably as the title track of the (superb) solo acoustic collectionThe IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories? Profits of which went to pay off a massive IRS debt he had at the time.  It’s a quiet, reflective song that speaks of a life “sprinkled with the blues” in the wake of a broken love affair.

Where Nelson’s 1992 solo rendition felt lonely and edged with cold, the new version imbues the song with hints of warmth, emphasized in part by bringing Bobbie Nelson’s piano into the mix.

Additional songs on December Day include Django Reinhart’s “Nuages” and a couple of Irving Berlin songs (“Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “Always”) as well as several vintage Nelson compositions, among them “I Let My Mind Wander,” “My Own Peculiar Way, “Sad Songs and Waltzes” and “December Day” (see the full tracklist).

The title track is one Nelson included more than 40 years ago on his album Yesterday’s Wine. He figured he probably wrote it even earlier.

“It was back in the late ’60s, I guess, in Nashville,” Nelson told Radio.com during an interview last summer.  And what was the inspiration? “I was on my way to the airport. And it looked like a December day.” He paused and smiled. “Then… there you are.”

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This day in Willie Nelson history: “Wanted: The Outlaws” — 1st country album to go platinum

Monday, November 24th, 2014

On November 24, 1976, “Wanted: the Outlaws” became the first country album to receive the new platinum certification, signifying one million units shipped.

The album, featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessie Colter was certified gold on March 30, 1976.

Willie Nelson, “The Street Where You Live”

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Willie Nelson and recording the Red Headed Stranger Album (by Joshua Pickard)

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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Willie Nelson and engineer Phil York recording “Red Headed Stranger” at Autumn Sound Studio in Garland, Texas. (Photo: Contributed)

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by:  Joshua Pickard

Willie Nelson is an American outlaw, both in terms of his music and his personal life. His bucolic stories of cowboys, lost loves and the feeling of being drawn to the wild places in the world have given his records an immutable sense of authenticity and shared history. These are songs that have lived for more years than can be recounted and are fueled by the collective consciousness of those people who helped shape the American landscape in incalculable ways. His records are country music personified—a wide array of stories told around campfires, passed from generation to generation by those who would have them remembered and not lost to the passing of time or convenience.

Born during the Great Depression and raised by his grandparents (his parents having divorced and left him and his sister in their care), Nelson was given a guitar by his grandfather when he was 6 and wrote his first song the following year. He kept himself out of the cotton fields by performing in dance halls, taverns and honky tonks from the age of 13 and on through high school. Channeling the spirits of his musical heroes—including Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell and Ernest Tubb—he soon found that playing guitar for people was far more exciting to him than the menial jobs he took to pay his way when he was younger.

 Willie Nelson and engineer Phil York recording “Red Headed Stranger” at Autumn Sound Studio in Garland, Texas. (Photo: Contributed)

Nelson’s first band was The Texans, a band formed by his sister’s husband, Bud Fletcher, and they performed mostly in local honky tonks—but they also had a recurring spot on KHBR in Hillsboro, Texas. This band lasted until he left school in 1950 and joined the United States Air Force, a stint that lasted less than a year. Upon his return home, he married Martha Matthews and began studying agriculture at Baylor University. But this didn’t last long, and he soon dropped out to focus on his music.

He recorded his first two songs, “The Storm Has Just Begun” and “When I’ve Sung My Last Hillbilly Song,” in 1955. And though neither brought him money or substantial fame, they began a career that would last for decades and have an immeasurable influence on thousands of musicians.

After writing a few more songs and getting them into the hands of singers like Faron Young, Ray Price and Roy Orbison—not to mention the most famous of his penned hits, “Crazy,” which Patsy Cline turned into the biggest jukebox hit of all time—Nelson received the support of his labels and began producing albums that struck a nerve with both country and rock audiences. His rejection of the glossy Nashville aesthetic led him to create and sustain the outlaw country sound, along with Waylon Jennings and a handful of other like-minded artists.

And while many people will hold to their own opinions of what best demonstrates his abilities as a songwriter and musician, his 1975 concept album, “Red Headed Stranger,” seems far and away the best choice. After having spent time with Atlantic Records, he signed with Columbia Records to release this album. He was given total control to make any sort of album he wanted. And so he wrote and recorded an album inspired by the song, “Tale of the Red Headed Stranger,” which tells the story of a nameless man who shoots a woman after she tries to steal his dead wife’s horse. It’s not exactly a happy or optimistic song, but it does set the stage for a mournful and emotionally biting set of songs.

Nelson’s album altered the story a bit by having the man on the run from the law for killing his wife and her lover. The album opens with “Time of the Preacher,” wherein he reveals his love for his wife, even as he suspects her infidelity. On the next song, “I Couldn’t Believe It Was True,” her deception is revealed. A short reprise of the opening song follows, with the stranger saying, “Now the lesson is over, and the killing’s begun.” Over the next few songs, Nelson dives into the actual murder and the grief that ensues from this violent act. There is abject remorse and uncertainty on the part of the stranger. It’s later when he kills again—this time, the woman he thinks is stealing his wife’s horse.

But all is not lost, and redemption and forgiveness are soon to come in the arms of a woman he meets in a bar (“Denver”). This leads to a series of songs that depict the stranger’s renewed sense of love and his letting go of the vows to his late wife. He finds love again, and his story ends with “Hands on the Wheel,” a track that finds the narrator as an old man, accompanied by who we can assume are his grandchild and wife. The story is over for the “Red Headed Stranger,” and a measure of rest is given to him in the form of instrumental closer “Bandera.” These songs are spare and austere, with generally only an acoustic guitar and piano for company.

“Red Headed Stranger” is perhaps Nelson’s most well-known and beloved record—and with good reason. It encapsulates what made his music and his rustic personality so affecting and emotionally present. And more so than any of his other records, it allowed him the perfect platform to show how convincing and inclusive these sounds could be. Forever after associated with this image of the lonesome cowboy, Nelson has continued to explore these familiar landscapes with friends and family, and has never once sat back to stare idly out the window. And in that aspect, he certainly is the embodiment of his own creation; he is, and will always be, the redheaded stranger with a guitar in his hand.

Read article here:

http://www.nooga.com/168401/record-bin-the-ragged-and-dust-covered-heart-of-willie-nelsons-red-headed-stranger/

“The Art of McCartney”, with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Billy Joe and more

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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by:   Samantha Shotzbarger

Willie Nelson’s “Yesterday” is a perfect example of new interpretation meeting original artistry and an album highlight. Nelson’s unique vocals meld perfectly with the original song and the addition of beautiful new guitar licks and a haunting harmonica solo are perfectly compatible with honoring one of the most remembered songs of the century.

The Art of McCartney Track List:

  • 1. Billy Joel – “Maybe I’m Amazed”
  • 2. Bob Dylan – “Things We Said Today”
  • 3. Heart – “Band on the Run”
  • 4. Steve Miller – “Junior’s Farm”
  • 5. Yusuf Islam – “The Long and Winding Road”
  • 6. Harry Connick, Jr. – “My Love”
  • 7. Brian Wilson – “Wanderlust”
  • 8. Corinne Bailey Rae – “Bluebird”
  • 9. 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”

http://www.statepress.com/2014/11/19/paul-mccartney-honored-in-beautiful-yet-redundant-ways-on-the-art-of-mccartney/

Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson, “Who’ll Buy My Memories”, from new album “December Day”

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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by:  Andrew Leahey

When federal agents raided Willie Nelson’s home on November 9, 1990, they weren’t looking for drugs. Instead, the feds were intent on seizing most of Nelson’s worldly possessions — including his recording studio, instruments, memorabilia and more than 20 properties in four different states — to help pay off the whopping $16.7 million he’d racked up in back taxes and penalties. The only thing they didn’t get was Trigger, Nelson’s favorite guitar, which had been spirited away from the home several days earlier by his daughter, Lana. 

Nelson wound up using Trigger — and nothing else — to record his next album, The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?, an acoustic collection of new songs and old standbys. Released in 1992, the album’s profits went straight to the IRS, which helped Nelson finally dig himself out of debt. More than two decades later, he’s still playing Trigger (a Martin N-20 classical guitar that’s as weathered and mellow-sounding as its owner), as well as “Who’ll Buy My Memories?,” which makes a revised appearance on the upcoming album December Day

Due out on December 2nd, December Day finds Nelson teaming up with his sister and longtime bandmate, Bobbie Nelson, for a mix of re-recorded greatest hits, deep cuts, cover songs and new originals. The project was borne from a string of casual jam sessions aboard the country legend’s tour bus, the biodiesel-fueled Honeysuckle Rose, where he and Bobbie — armed with Trigger, a travel-size keyboard and a musical chemistry that dates back to the siblings’ childhood days in Abbott, Texas — have a long history of regrouping after shows to play their favorite songs. The two rustle up the laid-back, stripped-down vibe of those bus sessions in a live studio performance of “Who’ll Buy My Memories Again?,” which makes its premiere today exclusively on Rolling Stone Country. [Watch above.]

“A past that’s sprinkled with the blues / A few old dreams that I can’t use,” Willie sings at the song’s outset, punctuating certain lines with jazzy, out-of-time runs on Trigger’s beat-up fretboard. Bobbie accompanies him on grand piano, and the pair’s performance is intercut with grainy footage of their hometown, including churches, crops, the Abbott water tower and endless expanses of blue Texas sky.

Twenty years ago, “Who’ll Buy My Memories?” felt like a kiss-off to the IRS, which sold Nelson’s repossessed belongings to the highest bidder. [In a touching display of support, many of Nelson’s fans purchased those belongings and then donated them back to the original owner.] Today, with Shotgun Willie nearing 82 years old, the song is a poignant reminder that everyone — even one of the country music’s most enduring icons — is mortal.  After nearly 70 studio albums, Nelson is focused less on sticking it to the (tax)man and more on highlighting the things that never really die: family bonds, memories and the music that glues them all together.

 

Listen to “Laws of Nature” from Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson album on Sirius/SM radio

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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Listen today!
Hear the World Premiere of the song “Laws Of Nature” from the new Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie album “December Day” today at 5 pm ET on SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse, Ch. 59. The first release in the new “Willie’s Stash” series, “December Day” is available 12/2 from Legacy Recordings.

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Another Score at Bart’s Record Shop, in Boulder: Willie Nelson albums!

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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My favorite independent record store, Bart’s Record Shop, at the Folsom Market, in Boulder, never lets me down!  Look at the beautiful albums I got today.

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Willie Nelson, “Slow Down Old World”

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Artist: WILLIE NELSON

Title: SLOW DOWN OLD WORLD

Format: LP

Country: UK

Label: SUNDOWN

Year: 1984

Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson, talk about music and new album, “December Day”

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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“December Day”, the new album by Willie Nelson & Bobbie Nelson, is set to be released next month, and the two of them talked about growing up together, with music.

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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)

Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Songbird
Track List:

Rainy Day Blues
Songird
Blue Hotel
Back to Earth
Stella Blue
Hallelujah
$1000 Wedding
We Don’t Run
Yours Love
Sad Songs and Waltzes
Amazing Grace
Christmas in Prison

Willie Nelson on Paul McCartney Tribute Album, “The Art of McCartney”

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Willie Nelson had  covered “Yesterday” once before. “I recorded it when it first hit the market,” Willie Nelson said of The Beatles’ 1965 hit. “I had a band in Fort Worth, and I told the audience, ‘Here’s a pretty good song I heard by a little country group called the Beatles.’ I just think McCartney is one of the best songwriters around.”

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The Art of McCartney Track List:

  • 1. Billy Joel – “Maybe I’m Amazed”
  • 2. Bob Dylan – “Things We Said Today”
  • 3. Heart – “Band on the Run”
  • 4. Steve Miller – “Junior’s Farm”
  • 5. Yusuf Islam – “The Long and Winding Road”
  • 6. Harry Connick, Jr. – “My Love”
  • 7. Brian Wilson – “Wanderlust”
  • 8. Corinne Bailey Rae – “Bluebird”
  • 9. 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”

Bobbie Nelson, “December Day”

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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Sister Bobbie Nelson’s piano playing has been an integral part of Willie Nelson’s Family band since 1973.

Hear more of Sister Bobbie in the first installment of ‘Willie’s Stash’ called ‘December Day.’ Get it here: http://bit.ly/DDWNiT

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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)