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84 Reasons to Love Willie Nelson (Houston Press)

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

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by:  Written by Selena Dieringer, Jack Gorman, Chris Gray, Matthew Keever, Chris Lane, David Rozycki and Jesse Sendejas Jr.

*** His new album, God’s Problem Child, includes a song called “Still Not Dead.”

*** The album will be released this Friday, the day before his 84th birthday.

*** He drew 75,008 fans to his RodeoHouston 2017 concert, helping set a new single-day total attendance record of 185,667.

*** He co-founded Farm Aid.

*** He tosses bandannas to the crowd at most every show.

*** He has the most concise definition of his genre: “Three chords and the truth – that’s what a country song is.”

*** His instantaneous and deeply felt kinship with Snoop Dogg.

*** He used to live in Houston.

*** His picnics.

*** Yesterday’s Wine

*** “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

*** B.B. King’s version of “Night Life”

*** He kept Trigger when the FBI took everything else.

*** Bruce Robison’s “What Would Willie Do?”

*** Willie’s Reserve, retail marijuana

*** Against corporate cannabis.

*** Mickey Raphael, harmonica badass

*** Robert Earl Keen’s “Picnic” story on 1996 live album No. 2 Live Dinner.

*** Supports Bernie Sanders.

*** Across the Borderline

*** “On the Road Again”

*** Patsy Cline’s version of “Crazy”

*** Dislikes Donald Trump (perhaps the only person alive he does).

*** Has made many, many, many, many, many appearances on Austin City Limits.

*** He owns his own biodiesel firm, and it’s called BioWillie.

*** He made long hair braids acceptable among the manliest men around.

*** Sister Bobbie and “Down Yonder”

*** He got sewed up in a sheet and beaten with a broom by his ex-wife…and forgave her.

*** He was BFFs with Waylon Jennings

*** Waylon and Willie

*** “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”

*** The Supersuckers’ version of “Bloody Mary Morning”

*** Represents what Texas should be about: freedom, individual rights and individuality.

*** He smoked a joint on the roof of the White House during the Jimmy Carter administration.

*** He made the most successful commercial recording artist in Europe at the time, Julio Iglesias, into a household name in America.

*** His statue in downtown Austin.

*** The Raelyn Nelson Band (Willie’s granddaughter)

*** Willie just said no…to taxes.

*** He is the only known person in human history to be accused (if that is the correct word) of completing a nine-hour sex marathon with a full somersault while still engaged in the act with his partner.

*** Shotgun Willie

*** “Hello Walls”

*** Chris Stapleton’s brand-new version of “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning”

*** Luck, the Old West town/movie set he owns.

*** He and late University of Texas coaching legend Darrell K. Royal were thick as thieves.

*** His 1993 “Graceland” duet with Paul Simon on Saturday Night Live.

*** He stood up for Charley Pride when nobody else would.

*** Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real (Willie’s son)

*** He’s a Taurus, the astrological signifier of practicality, ambition, dependability and sensuality.

*** His Gershwin Prize For Popular Song, awarded in 2015.

*** Spirit

*** “Angel Flying too Close to the Ground”

*** Alison Krauss’s cover of “I Never Cared For You”

*** He makes great gospel music, too; listen to 1976’s The Troublemaker.

*** He’s the only watchable part of the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard movie.

*** He adores golf.

*** He knows Bob Wills is still the king.

*** The Highwaymen

*** Honeysuckle Rose (the movie)

*** Honeysuckle Rose (the tour bus)

*** Stardust

*** “Always On My Mind”

*** Norah Jones’s version of “Hands On the Wheel”

*** No other octogenarian rocks the pigtails like he does.

*** His friendship and occasional collaborations with the late Ray Price.

*** His mugshot from the Pasadena (TX) PD, c. 1960

*** He has inspired three (count ’em) excellent, very different biographies — Willie by Bud Shrake; Willie Nelson: An Epic Life by Joe Nick Patoski; and his autobiography (with David Ritz), It’s a Long Story: My Life.

*** Timekeeping brothers Paul and Billy English

*** He and Kinky Friedman co-wrote a book called Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.

*** He is a major character in Friedman’s 1997 mystery novel Roadkill.

*** Phases and Stages

*** “Me & Paul”

*** Elvis Presley’s version of “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away”

*** Old Whiskey River bourbon

*** He used to go by “Wee Willie Nelson” as a DJ in the Pacific Northwest.

*** Instant conversation-stopper whenever people bag on Texas for being a right-wing loony bin: “Willie Nelson is from there.”

*** Bee Spears (RIP) and current Family bassist Kevin Smith

*** He wrote his first song before he learned long division.

*** That cameo in Half Baked.

*** Django and Jimmie, his 2015 joint album with Merle Haggard

*** “Pancho & Lefty”

*** Willie’s version of “Write Your Own Songs”

*** He’s the only pothead my dad ever liked.

*** He’s still playing live shows at a rate that should humble musicians half his age.

*** Happy birthday, Willie!

 

Willie Nelson, “I Woke Up Still Not Dead Again Today”

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

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When it comes to death hoaxes, more have probably been written about Willie Nelson than any other country artist. His popularity, age, and recent health scares unfortunately make him the perfect subject for such rumors. Many fans come across these false reports and take them to heart, believing that Nelson passed away.

In 2015, three different reports made the claim that Nelson had died. One report detailed how Nelson had been found unresponsive on the lawn of his home. Of course this report was false, but many fans bought in to it at the time.

Nelson gets a kick out of the death hoaxes that have been published about him. He decided to poke fun at these outrageous rumors in a new song on his album God’s Problem Child, appropriately titled “Still Not Dead.”

Co-written by Nelson, “Still Not Dead” is a surprisingly lighthearted song. It’s actually quite funny, with chuckle-worthy lines such as, “The news said I was gone to my dismay. Don’t bury me, I’ve got a show today. And I woke up still not dead today.

“Still Not Dead” has been one of the most-buzzed about songs leading up to the release of God’s Problem Child. Knowing how excited fans are about the song, Nelson decided to release its music video on Thursday (April 27).

Like previous videos Nelson released for God’s Problem Child, the video shows the country legend singing in a recording studio. But the majority of the video is shot outside of the the studio scene, and shows Nelson on stage and on his tour bus.

The video opens with Nelson sleeping in bed, wearing the famous sweater that Snoop Dogg gave him for Christmas. He opens his eyes wide, realizing that despite everything the internet says, he’s still not dead. Once he gets up and has his morning cup of coffee, he takes the time to read and laugh at whatever the latest death hoax is surrounding him.

Nelson also makes an effort to show off his good health and youthful spirit in the video. He jumps up with excitement after leaving a poker game and can even be seen dancing around without a care in the world. That’s one way to dismiss rumors!

If you’re in need of a good laugh today, Nelson’s music video for “Still Not Dead” will deliver. You can check it out in the clip below.

We’re glad that Nelson has a good sense of humor about all of this! 

 

Hear more from Willie Nelson’s new album, “God’s Problem Child” on Sirius/XM Radio this weekend

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Check out SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59) this weekend to hear more about the new album “God’s Problem Child”

FRI 4/28 at 6 pm ET
SAT 4/29 at 10 am & 7 pm ET
SUN 4/30 at 8 am & 3 pm ET
MON 5/1 at 12 am & 12 pm ET

https://youtu.be/THQEXneqa1w

Additional times available at SiriusXM Outlaw Country (Ch. 60)

New Willie Nelson album, “God’s Problem Child” (Rolling Stone Review)

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017


www.RollingStone.com
by:  Jeff Gage

Country’s ultimate survivor addresses mortality, both humorously and poignantly, on introspective new LP.

Listening to a new Willie Nelson album with a set of fresh ears is almost impossible to do in 2017 – and Nelson knows it. Hovering over all news regarding the Red Headed Stranger are worries about the health of the country icon, who turns 84 on April 29th. So he decided to make the elephant in the room – his own mortality – the focal point of his new LP, God’s Problem Child.

 

Nelson’s first album since his 2015 collaboration with Merle Haggard, Django & Jimmie – the Hag’s final album before his own death – God’s Problem Child is a stark, honest, sometimes bleak, and often funny look at mortality and the specter of his own death. It may not be a concept album, but that grim reality is writ large on nearly every song.

That doesn’t mean God’s Problem Child makes for heavy listening. Nelson brings not only his distinctive sense of humor to the proceedings, but also an appreciation for the moments that he has left, and those individual glimpses of beauty leave a lasting impression. Here’s our track-by-track guide to the new album, which arrives April 28th.

“Little House On the Hill” (Lyndel Rhodes)
The opening track on God’s Problem Child is its jauntiest, and also its most heartwarming, written by Lyndel Rhodes, the 92-year-old mother of Buddy Cannon, the producer and songwriter who co-wrote half the songs on the album. A video of a joyous Rhodes hearing Nelson sing her song for the first time went viral last fall, and the comforting memories of “Little House on the Hill,” a reimagining of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” carry an end-of-days undercurrent that sets the tone for the album.

“Old Timer” (Donnie Fritz/Lenny LeBlanc)
Nelson confronts those end of days head on in “Old Timer,” a mournful, piano-driven ballad that ruminates on the ravages of time – and how time is leaving Nelson behind. “You’ve had your run / and it’s been a good one,” goes the opening line, as though to console the listener before the bad news to come about the “old timer” who thinks he’s “still a young bull rider.” Nelson’s vocal – quivering and frail, thoughtful and proud – is the first of many stellar ones on the record, conveying every ounce of that life well lived.

“True Love” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
Even on the cusp of his 84th birthday, Nelson remains a hopeless romantic. The first writing credit for the Red Headed Stranger on God’s Problem Child, “True Love” is his fire-and-brimstone vision of never giving up hope. But love alone is no salvation: “I’ll go to hell believing true love is still my friend,” he sings, his optimism both a blessing and a curse, his memories – and even his mortal coil – a “prison.” Hopeless, indeed.

“Delete and Fast Forward” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
Much of God’s Problem Child focuses on the personal, but “Delete and Fast Forward” is Nelson’s bemused look at the political world around him, a winner-take-nothing appraisal of today’s mess in the White House. “The truth is the truth, but believe what you choose,” he sings, shrugging at the alternative facts that could make a mushroom cloud feel like a sordid punchline. But even if he’d rather get a fresh start and skip to the next scene, Nelson sees history repeating itself: “We had a chance to be brilliant and we blew it again,” he laments.

“A Woman’s Love” (Mike Reid/Sam Hunter)
Once again, Nelson’s own weathered voice is his greatest, most expressive tool on “A Woman’s Love,” the flip side to the tortured romantic visions of “True Love.” His singing is deep and gruff, conjuring the darkest, most sensual of passions. Accented by fragmented Spanish guitar lines and a wailing harmonica solo, “A Woman’s Love” is a love letter to womankind, but also a cautionary tale – Nelson’s most profound bit of wisdom to impart to his younger self.

“Your Memory Has a Mind” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
If your memory had ears they’d be burning,” Nelson sings on the bridge of this playful tune, which breaks from the heavy tone of God’s Problem Child‘ss other love songs. Yes, he might not be able to control those memories of the one that got away (even smoking and drinking won’t help), but there’s a comic relief in the tortured fate that he finds himself in: “If your memory had a heart, it’d leave me alone,” Nelson sings, knowing full well that it won’t.

“Butterfly” (Sonny Throckmorton/Mark Sherrill)
Coming at the midpoint of the album, this tender ballad by Sonny Throckmorton and Mark Sherrill, underpinned by noodling electric guitar work, turns Nelson’s eye away from his own life and toward that of the natural world. Yet, not exactly: As he ponders the beautiful butterfly flitting in and out of his view, Nelson is contemplating several things at once, like the delicacy and impenetrability of love or the fleeting nature of life itself.

“Still Not Dead” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
Nelson has never been as darkly funny as he is on “Still Not Dead,” a song that he co-wrote with Cannon. Even the self-referential humor of 2012’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” has nothing on the caustic black comedy of this song, in which the Red Headed Stranger pokes fun at the constant rumors about his impending death – some, even, that he’s already kicked the bucket. “I woke up still not dead again today,” he croons, all but apologizing for the fact that the rumors aren’t true. Nelson, however, insists that he’s just too busy to die: “I’ve got a show to play.”

“God’s Problem Child” (Jamey Johnson/Tony Joe White)
Death may be something that Nelson can poke fun at, but it’s still no laughing matter – and the title track to God’s Problem Child drives that point home. It’s the only song with guest vocalists, with one coming from beyond the grave: “God’s Problem Child” is believed to be the final song that Leon Russell ever recorded before his death last November. Russell’s passing only adds more heft to this soulful track, which also features Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, and it marks a thematic turning point as the album heads into the closing stretch.

“It Gets Easier” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
Several of the songs on God’s Problem Child have been premiered with black-and-white videos of Nelson performing them in the studio with his trusty guitar, Trigger. None, however, are as sweet, as plaintive, or defiant as “It Gets Easier,” the most simple and tender ballad on the album. “I don’t have to do one damn thing that I don’t want to do,” he insists, a man who’s learned to be completely comfortable in his own skin and live on his own terms. But there’s a catch: “Except for missing you / and that won’t go away.”

“Lady Luck” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
Life is a fickle thing, and few people appreciate that more than Nelson. With each passing year, he becomes more of a last man standing as more of his friends and partners in crime pass away. Whatever the reason, Nelson is the outlaw who gets to ride off into the sunset. Waylon, Merle, Leon – their luck all ran out before his, and Nelson is pretty sure Lady Luck is on his side. “I’ll bet you a hundred, if you still got a hundred,” he sings, ready to lay his fortune on the line one more time. It’s all or nothing.

“I Made a Mistake” (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
Steel guitar dominates this benediction of a tune, in which Nelson looks back on a life of living by his own rules and admits he may not have done everything right. “I made a mistake: I thought I was wrong,” goes his repentance. He name-checks Jesus, Elvis and Ripley (of Believe It or Not! fame) in the chorus, trying to rationalize his behavior to each, but in the end, he knows his stumbles are all his own. “So if anyone’s praying, a request I would make / is to mention my name, cause I made a mistake.”

“He Won’t Ever Be Gone” (Gary Nicholson)
God’s Problem Child saves its most heartbreaking song for last: Nelson’s tribute to his best friend, Merle Haggard. “Got the news this morning / Knew it’d be a tough day,” goes the opening couplet, as Nelson recalls hearing word of Hag’s death on April 6th, 2016. “He Won’t Ever Be Gone” chronicles the pair’s friendship while mixing in references to Haggard’s best-known songs, but it’s really a shared story involving two giants. As with most of the album, the emotional core of the song, written by Gary Nicholson, lies in what isn’t said — that while Lady Luck may have smiled on Nelson, he misses his larger-than-life friends. After all, even giants are mortal.

Sneak Preview of Willie Nelson’s new album, “God’s Problem Child” (NPR)

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

photo:  David McClister

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by:  Jewely Hight

If Willie Nelson hadn’t fashioned himself into the artist he is over the course of thousands of performances and some hundred-plus albums, who could’ve dreamed him up? He’s been the epitome of consistency, each of his shows an easygoing epic, each album loosely held together by a narrative or stylistic thread, each project expanding on country’s troubadour tradition. And yet, he’s also the most capricious of musicians, willing to let himself be guided by his whims, so wily and jazz-bent in the phrasing of his vocals and guitar figures that trying to match his wavering rhythms is a fool’s errand.

On his rich, new album, God’s Problem Child, Nelson likewise attributes an incongruous range of qualities to the passage of time itself. Where some artists embrace somber, late-career meditations on mortality as a way to make a final case for their depth and burnish their legacies, at age 84, Nelson reflects on this season of his life with a mischievousness and equanimity that already feels familiar coming from him.

Bookending the album are songs that convey nostalgia for places and people: the gospelly country-blues romp “Little House on the Hill” — a first-time cut for songwriter Lyndel Rhodes, the nonagenarian mother of Nelson’s seasoned producer, Buddy Cannon, who’s been on quite the roll this year — and “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” a twangy, Gary Nicholson-penned tribute to Nelson’s late peer and comrade, Merle Haggard.

Between those two numbers, Nelson unfurls gentle, but unsparing insights. “It Gets Easier” might bring to mind the similarly titled string of confessional videos aimed at reassuring troubled LGBTQ tweens and teens that they have plenty to look forward to, but Nelson’s tone is hardly optimistic; he’s singing, with elegant empathy, about how easy it is to withdraw from living a fully engaged life as you get older. The classic country waltz “Your Memory Has a Mind of Its Own” — one of seven songs on here that he co-wrote with Cannon via text message — is haunted by a loved one’s inescapable absence, while the ruminative ballad “True Love” lifts up a romanticism that endures despite the bruises of experience. “I’ll leave this world believing, true love, you’re still my friend,” Nelson murmurs.

Since there have been so many internet rumors of his impending death over the years, he makes a wry joke of his mortality in “Still Not Dead,” the album’s most energetic number. He also channels the soulful scoundrel side of his persona into “God’s Problem Child,” which features the late Leon Russell and whose authors, Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, take turns singing lead. A ruminative blues number, it’s a chance for Nelson to play guitar solos in impish spurts. But he’s not interested in maintaining an illusion of invulnerability. During “Old Timer,” a stately piano ballad laced with his longtime harmonica player Mickey Raphael’s reedy, disconsolate notes, Nelson conveys melancholy awareness of the contradiction between a lively mind and deteriorating body. He still sings with grace, and it’s moving to hear his vocal instrument finally beginning to betray a bit of frailty in his ninth decade. Temperate, fickle and revelatory in turns, his is truly a voice to trust.

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Willie Nelson featured in music history documentary: The American Epic Sessions

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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by:  Jon Blistein

Jack White, Elton John, Nas, Taj Mahal and more will explore and recreate one of the most pivotal moments in American music history in the new three-part documentary, American Epic, and the feature-length film, The American Epic Sessions. American Epic premiered at Sundance and will air on PBS May 16th, 23rd and 30th, while The American Epic Sessions will air June 6th on PBS. A massive American Epic Sessions soundtrack will arrive May 12th via Third Man Records, Legacy Recordings and Columbia.

American Epic will chronicle a period of monumental change for the music industry. As director Bernard MacMahon explains in the trailer, in the Twenties, record companies feared that radio was about to become the dominant player in the music industry, so they ventured across the country with the first electrical recording rig in search of new artists and markets. While none of these machines survived, audio engineer Nicholas Bergh managed to reassemble one from its original parts, and his rig was used to record all the music for the accompanying film, The American Epic Sessions.

“Some of the people who were just incredible heroes of mine first recorded on those machines in the Twenties,” Taj Mahal says in the trailer. “To be to go all the way back and come through this portal again, in this lifetime, is phenomenal!”

White and producer T. Bone Burnett helmed The American Epic Sessions which will feature performances from the Alabama Shakes, Beck, Avett Brothers, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Rhiannon Giddens, Raphael Saadiq and more. The 100-song soundtrack will boast a mix of these new recordings, as well as archival recordings from the Twenties and Thirties.

An American Epic companion book will be published May 2nd via Touchstone. In the book, MacMahon and producer Allison McGourty will offer a behind-the-scenes account of their travels as they searched for long-lost recordings and people who witnessed these early sessions. The book will include unseen photographs and artwork, as well as contributions from Taj Mahal, Nas, Willie Nelson and more.

Willie Nelson, “True Love” (from new album, “God’s Problem Child” (release date: April 28th)

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

“True Love,” a beautiful new song written by Willie and Buddy Cannon for Willie’s new album, ‘God’s Problem Child.’

You can pre-order your copy today:
https://willienelson.lnk.to/gdprob!315

Willie Nelson’s Greatest Hits (and Some That Will Be)

Monday, April 17th, 2017


Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) was released in the fall of 1981, summarizing a remarkable seven-year stretch of extraordinary success that began when the iconoclastic Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson’s first album for Columbia, became a smash hit not long after its 1975 release. From that point on, Nelson became an American popular music icon and a fixture at the top of the country charts, something that was all the more remarkable because he rarely played it safe: he sang pop standards, jammed like the Grateful Dead, recorded tributes to heroes like Lefty Frizzell, and did duet albums with both mentor Ray Price and fellow maverick Leon Russell. It was a far-ranging, unpredictable body of work, with each individual album retaining its own distinctive character, and Greatest Hits manages to pull off the nifty trick of making sense of these records in two records (now one CD) and 20 songs. Sequenced like a set list, not according to strict chronological order, the collection manages to hit all the major singles, but does so judiciously, making sure each of the records and musical moods get equal pay. So, there is no overdose of Stardust material, and even album tracks like a moving version of “Look What Thoughts Will Do” get a hearing. Consequently, this Greatest Hits is far more than a mere recitation of familiar items. It is something much better — a rounded, full-bodied portrait of Willie in all of his idiosyncratic spleandor, which is about as much as could be asked from a hits collection. And that’s why it’s worth having, not just as an introduction, but just as a splendid listen on its own terms.

greatest hits

In 2002  the album hit the quadruple-platinum mark in sales.

Willie Nelson’s new album, “God’s Problem Child” out next week (April 28th)

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Willie Nelson’s new album out next week!  If you can’t wait for the album to be available in your local independent record store, you can choose your music service and pre-order your copy:

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Willie Nelson sings with Glen Campbell on his new album “Adios”

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

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by: Lauren Moraski

Glen Campbell will unveil his final studio album on June 9, six years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Called “Adiós,” the album features 12 classic songs that Campbell loved, but never had the opportunity to record. Among them are “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right,” “Everybody’s Talkin’” and title track “Adiós,” made famous by Linda Ronstadt.

The set, recorded in Nashville shortly after the music legend wrapped his 2011 “Goodbye Tour,” features guest appearances by Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Campbell’s children, Ashley, Shannon and Cal.

“Glen’s abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011,” Campbell’s wife, Kim Campbell, told People on Friday. “A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio one last time to capture what magic was left. It was now or never.”

The singer-songwriter hasn’t performed live or recorded since 2012.

What I’m listening to: Willie Nelson, “The Promiseland”

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Willie Nelson, “Butterfly” (new album “God’s Problem Child” out April 28th)

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Butterfly – Solo

Another beautiful performance from “Trigger” can be heard on ‘God’s Problem Child,’ the new Willie Nelson album, available April 28.Head to Pledge Music to pre-order: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/willienelson Amazon: https://willienelson.lnk.to/gdp

Posted by Willie Nelson on Thursday, April 13, 2017

Another beautiful performance from “Trigger” can be heard on ‘God’s Problem Child,’ the new Willie Nelson album, available April 28.

Head to Pledge Music to pre-order:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/willienelson

Amazon: https://willienelson.lnk.to/gdp

Willie Nelson’s new album, “God’s Problem Child” out April 28th (The wait is almost over!)

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

God’s Problem Child
Sony Records
“Old Timer”

“You’ve been down every highway
Burned your share of bridges
You found forgiveness
You think that you’re still a young bull rider
Till you look in the mirror and see an old timer”

The wait is almost over for Willie Nelson’s new album, “God’s Problem Child”, set to be released by Sony Records next month, on April 28th. We keep getting teased with these amazing new videos of songs from the new album, like this beautiful video for the song, “Old Timer.”

“God’s Problem Child,” due April 28, is Nelson’s ninth studio album since he signed a new record deal with Sony Legacy in 2012, an average of two per year.Willie’s 7th Legacy collection, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin , won a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category this year. The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart following its release in February 2016. This is Willie’s 12th Grammy over the course of his career.

Once again, Willie collaborated with friends on his new album, and the result is all the magic and majestry that his collaborations continue to give us. He and Nashville friend, producer, songwriter Buddy Cannon wrote eight new songs on this latest collection, including, “Old Timer”. Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White and Willie wrote the title song, “God’s Problem Child” together. The last song on the album, “He won’t Ever Be Gone” was written by Willie and Gary Nicholson, a tribute to their friend Merle Haggard.

“We weren’t planning on making a concept record or anything,” Cannon told music journalist Mikal Gilmore in an essay about the album. “He’s a born troubadour. That early genius that was him and his songs is still there.”

If you can’t wait for your favorite local independent record store to sell it on April 28th, you can pre-order it here:

https://willienelson.lnk.to/gdprob!324

WILLIE NELSON – GOD’S PROBLEM CHILD

1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)

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Willie Nelson & Legacy Recordings – In February 2012, Willie Nelson entered into an historic new record deal with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, marking a label homecoming for Nelson, who, from 1975-1993, had cut a phenomenal string of top-selling singles and albums for Columbia Records, beginning with 1975’s seminal smash Red Headed Stranger. New titles by the artist under the Legacy imprint will include newly recorded songs and performances as well as archival releases, personally curated by the artist, drawn from all phases of his career including his recordings for RCA Records and others.

Since signing with Legacy, Willie Nelson has sold more than 1 million albums for the label.

Nelson’s album releases for Legacy Recordings have included:

For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (2016)

Summertime:Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (2016)

Django and Jimmie (2015)

December Day: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1 (2014)

Band of Brothers (2014)

To All The Girls… (2013)

Let’s Face The Music And Dance (2013)

Heroes (2012)

WillieNelson.com, LegacyRecordings.com

What I’m listening to… Willie Nelson and Ray Price

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Willie Nelson, “Blackjack County Chain”

Monday, April 10th, 2017

 

Blackjack County Chain” is a song written by Red Lane. The song was initially rejected by Charlie Pride, who considered at the time the lyrics controversial. The song depicts the killing of a Georgia sheriff by members of a black chaingang, as recounted by one of them. Lane offered initially the song to Charlie Pride, who anticipating a possible controversy refrained from recording it.

Lane then offered the song to his friend Willie Nelson. Nelson had recently a hit single with “The Party’s Over”, that peaked at twenty-four in Billboard’s Hot Country Singles. Nelson’s version of “Blackjack County Chain” was released with a cover of Floyd Tillman’s “Some Other World” on the flipside.[2] The single debuted in May 1967. RCA Records published a full-page advertising promoting the single on Billboard.[3] On its review, the publication praised the work of producer Chet Atkins, while it declared “(Nelson’s) moving rendition […] should be working its way up to the top”.

The song met instant success, reaching number twenty-four on the country singles chart. At the time the song’s popularity was growing, most of the radio stations banned it from airplay due to its content. Nelson re-recorded the song as a duet with Waylon Jennings for their 1983 collaboration Take it to the Limit.

I was sittin’ beside the road in blackjack county
Not knowing that the sheriff paid a bounty
For men like me who didn’t have a penny to their names
So he locked my leg to thirty five pounds of blackjack county chain

And sll we had to eat was bread and water
And each day we had to build that road a mile and a quarter
And black snake whip would cut our backs when some poor fool complained
But we couldn’t fight back wearin’ thirty five pounds of blackjack county chain

And then one night while the sheriff was a sleepin’
We all gathered round him slowly creepin’
And heaven help me to forget that night in the cold cold rain
When we beat him death with thirty five pounds of blackjack county chain

Now the whip marks have all healed and I am thankful
That there’s nothing but a scar round my ankle
But most of all I’m glad no man will be a slave again
To a black snake whip and thirty five pounds of blackjack county chain
Blackjack County chain, blackjack county chain, blackjack county chain

Written by Red Lane • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC