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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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by: Mat t Micucci

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.”

This day in Willie Nelson history: Stardust breaks records; stays on Billboard Chart 520 weeks (Aug. 13, 1988)

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

On August 13, 1988 Willie Nelson becomes the first artist ever to have an album spend 10 years on the Billboard country chart as “Stardust” logs its 520th week.

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

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson sing with Brantley Gilbert on new album, “Fire and Brimstone”

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

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by: Kirsten Spruch

Brantley Gilbert has announced that his forthcoming album, Fire & Brimstone, will be released Oct. 4 via The Valory Music Co.

This marks the Georgia native’s first album in almost three years, following 2017’s The Devil Don’t Sleep. The LP will feature Lindsay Ell, Colt Ford, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss and Lukas and Willie Nelson. “Bad Boy” is the latest single, while “What Happens In a Small Town,” “Man That Hung the Moon,” “Not Like Us” and “Welcome to Hazeville” are all also out now.

All 15 tracks on the album were written and co-written by the country singer-songwriter and focus in on being a father and a husband.

“I know it sounds crazy, but never did I once bring a lyric sheet into the studio with me,” Gilbert said of the recording process in a statement. “I feel like I am at this stage in my career where I am confident enough to let the music take me where it’s meant to go, no matter how down and dirty that might be. There is no doubt that this is the album that allowed me to grow up musically.”

Track List:

1. “Fire’t Up” 
2. “Not Like Us”
3. “Welcome To Hazeville” (featuring Colt Ford, Lukas Nelson and Willie Nelson)
4. “What Happens In A Small Town” (featuring Lindsay Ell) 
5. “She Ain’t Home”
6. “Lost Soul’s Prayer”
7. “Tough Town” 
8. “Fire & Brimstone” (featuring Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss)
9. “Laid Back Ride” 
10. “Bad Boy”
11. “New Money” 
12. “Breaks Down”
13. “Man Of Steel”
14. “Never Gonna Be Alone” 
15. “Man That Hung The Moon” 

Willie Nelson, “Teatro”

Sunday, July 21st, 2019
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Location is everything. When Willie Nelson and album producer Daniel Lanois set out to create a cinematic-sounding album, Teatro, they took over a disused movie theatre in Oxnard, California, and pictured its dusty glory on the LP sleeve.

Recorded as-live in situ amid the red velvet seats, Teatro sees Nelson working extensively with his frequent collaborator Emmylou Harris, who joins him for duets and on backing vocals on 11 of the 14 tracks. The other major player is U2 and Paul McCartney collaborator Daniel Lanois (producer of Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind, Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball), who produces the album, plays guitar and bass, took the cover photo and wrote one of the album’s songs, “The Maker”, a stunning performance with glacier-thick vibe.

Reinvention is key on Teatro, with Nelson revisiting a number of songs he first wrote in the 1960s, including 1968’s “I Just Can’t Let You Say Goodbye” and 1962’s “I’ve Just Destroyed the World” and “Three Days”. Though the songs are familiar, the sounds aren’t: Teatro found Nelson experimenting with rhythms and flavors as never before, from the Spanish-influenced “Darkness On The Face Of The Earth” to the double-drum-kit percussive groove of “My Own Peculiar Way”.

Accompanied by a nine-piece band that included Nelson’s sister, Bobbie Nelson, on piano, the group conjure up an atmosphere informed by the howling harmonicas and distant mariachi bands of spaghetti western soundtracks, the end result being a Willie Nelson album quite unlike any other in his career, and one that reveals it widescreen vision through arresting sonic imagery.

Originally released by Island Record in 1998, Teatro is issued here as a special Record Store Day release. LA and Seattle-based Light In The Attic present the album as it’s never been seen before – on vinyl. Pressed on gold vinyl with a deluxe, gatefold, ‘tip-on’ uncoated jacket, this is a chance to own this unique album in its most beautifully presented form

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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.

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Willie Nelson, Band of Brothers

Friday, July 19th, 2019

 Track Listing:

1. ‘Bring It On’
2. ‘Guitar in the Corner’
3. ‘The Wall’
4. ‘Whenever You Come Around’
5. ‘Wives and Girlfriends’
6. ‘I Thought I Left You’
7. ‘Send Me a Picture’
8. ‘Used to Her’
9. ‘The Git Go’
10. ‘Band of Brothers’
11. ‘Hard to Be an Outlaw’
12. ‘Crazy Like Me’
13. ‘The Songwriters’
14. ‘I’ve Got a Lot of Traveling to Do’