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New Willie Nelson Album available, “For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price”

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Willie Nelson’s, “Heartaches by the Number” (For the Good Times: a Tribute to Ray Price)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Willie Nelson’s beautiful tribute to his friend Ray Price, “For the Good Times” is available now. Willie was a former member of Price’s Cherokee Cowboy and close life-long friend. He recorded the twelve-track album at Ocean Way Studios, where Price also recorded. Engineered by Fred Foster and Bergen White, the album features Vince Gill on six tracks.

Track list:

1. “Heartaches by the Number (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
3. “Faded Love”
4. “It Always Will Be”
5. “City Lights (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me(featuring the Time Jumpers)”
7. “Make the World Go Away”
8. “I’m Still Not Over You”
9. “Night Life”
10. “Crazy Arms (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
11. “Invitation to the Blues (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
12. “For The Good Times”

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Django and Jimmie

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

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www.RollingStone.com
June 2015
by:  Patrick Doyle

“Hello, I know you!” Merle Haggard says as he emerges from the bedroom of his tour bus. He’s talking to Willie Nelson, who’s sitting in the bus’s cramped front quarters. Standing nearby, Nelson’s wife, Annie, asks the pair if they’ll sign a couple of acoustic guitars for a charity run by Matthew McConaughey, a friend of the family. “Absolutely not,” Haggard says with a smile. Later, when Annie takes a photo of the two signing the guitars, Nelson grins and gives the camera the finger.

It’s a perfect Saturday night in South Texas, where Haggard, 78, and Nelson, 82, are playing the last of three sold-out shows together at New Braunfels’ Whitewater Amphitheater. Haggard is about to play a set, during which Nelson will join him on “Okie From Muskogee,” “Pancho and Lefty” and a handful of other songs. Backstage, Nelson family members catch up; his rail-thin 90-year-old roadie Ben Dorcy (who was once John Wayne’s assistant) ambles around, smoking a pipe. Directly behind the stage, locals ride down the Guadalupe River in inner tubes, stopping on the bank to listen to the show. “We’ll get somebody out there to sell them tickets,” Nelson jokes.

Sitting side by side on the bus, Nelson and Haggard look like they could be a grizzled Mount Rushmore of country music. “It’s a mutual-admiration society with us,” says Nelson. “Merle’s one of the best. There’s not anyone out there that can beat him. Maybe Kris Kristofferson. But then you start running out of names.”

Haggard and Nelson are about to release a new LP, Django and Jimmie. (The title is a tribute to Nelson’s and Haggard’s respective heroes, Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers.)

One of the best songs is “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash,” an ode to their late friend and a meditation on mortality. “There’s a thousand good stories about John,” says Nelson. Haggard tells one, about the time Cash thought it would be hilarious to dynamite a broken-down car he encountered on the side of the road. “He hooks it all up, hits the plunger and blows it up. And he said, ‘Now, when that guy goes to tell his old lady his car blew up, he won’t be lying!’?” Nelson cackles, adding, “John used to say, ‘I always get my best thinking done when June is talking.’?”

“I didn’t know anything about marijuana,” Haggard says. “It’s fantastic.”

Nelson and Haggard met at a poker game at Nelson’s Nashville house in 1964, when both were struggling songwriters. (Neither would have major success until they left Nashville behind; Nelson for Austin, Haggard for Bakersfield, California.) They didn’t become close until the late Seventies, when they were playing casinos in Reno. “We’d play a couple of long shows a day, then spend all night long jamming,” says Haggard.

In 1982, they recorded Pancho & Lefty together at Nelson’s ranch near Austin, where they’d stay awake for days — “We were living pretty hard in that time period,” Nelson has said — playing golf and then recording all night (Haggard barely remembers singing his famous verse on “Pancho and Lefty”). At the time, they were fasting on a master-cleanse regimen of cayenne pepper and lemon juice. “I think Willie went 10 days,” says Haggard. “I went seven.”

“I still ain’t got over it,” says Nelson. “Still hungry.” Adds Haggard, “You’re still high!”

These days, they share a love of conspiracy theories (both are devoted fans of paranormal-obsessed radio host Art Bell) and making music with their children (Haggard’s son Ben plays guitar in his band; Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah frequently join their father onstage). “It’s as good as it gets, to have your kids up there playing,” says Nelson. “And they’re good!”

On the new album, the two cover Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright).” The track was recorded before Dylan criticized Haggard and other artists in a widely publicized MusicCares speech in February: “Merle Haggard didn’t think much of my songs, but Buck Owens did,” Dylan said. “Buck Owens and Merle Haggard? If you have to have somebody’s blessing — you figure it out.” Dylan later apologized.

Haggard (who toured with Dylan in 2005) thinks Dylan was talking about the Merle Haggard of the Sixties — the guy who took shots at hippies, weed and premarital sex in 1969’s “Okie From Muskogee.”

“I didn’t misunderstand Bob,” says Haggard. “I know what he meant. He figured I was lumping him in with hippies [in the Sixties]. The lack of respect for the American military hurt my feelings at the time. But I never lumped Bob Dylan in with the hippies. What made him great was the fact that every body liked him. And I’ll tell you one thing, the goddamn hippies have got no exclusive on Bob Dylan!” He pauses. “Bob likes to box — I’d like to get in the ring with his ass, and give him somebody to hit.”

In fact, these days Merle Haggard is far more liberal than the man in his classic songs. For one thing, he loves pot. “I didn’t know anything about marijuana back then,” he says. “It’s one of the most fantastic things in the world.” Did he and Nelson smoke in the studio? “Are you kidding me?” Haggard says with a laugh.

Soon, the conversation devolves to jokes. “You know what you call a guitar player without a girlfriend?” Nelson asks. “Homeless.”

Next, they talk current events, Nelson explaining the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit to Haggard. (“They stole more than they were supposed to,” he says. Haggard nods.) Asked if either has any thoughts about communicating with fans through social media, they shake their heads. “Just so long as somebody else can do it,” says Nelson. “That’s why I didn’t learn to play steel guitar.”

“What was that little girl that played steel in Asleep at the Wheel?” says Haggard. “Cindy Cashdollar. Everybody was trying to look up her dress.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t do that,” deadpans Nelson. “I think I had the wrong angle.”

By now, Haggard is supposed to be onstage; his son has been extending his three-song warm-up set for several minutes, telling the crowd his father will be out soon. These co-headline dates sold so well that Nelson says there will be more: “In fact, I was talking to some folks today — I was gonna see what they thought of making us do a tour of it when it comes out.”

He turns to Haggard. “We ought to do whatever we can get — as many days as we need to,” Nelson says with a smile. “Because I know it’s a good record. I think it might sell a couple.”

 

Willie Nelson, “For the Good Times: Tribute to Ray Price”

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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Willie Nelson’s beautiful collection of songs honoring his friend Ray Price is available in your favorite record store, and from on-line stores as well.

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Willie Nelson was a former member of Price’s Cherokee Cowboy and close life-long friend. Willie recorded the twelve-track album at Ocean Way Studios, where Price also recorded. Engineered by Fred Foster and Bergen White, the album features Vince Gill on six tracks.

Track list:
No.
1. “Heartaches by the Number (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
3. “Faded Love”
4. “It Always Will Be”
5. “City Lights (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me(featuring the Time Jumpers)”
7. “Make the World Go Away”
8. “I’m Still Not Over You”
9. “Night Life”
10. “Crazy Arms (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
11. “Invitation to the Blues (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
12. “For The Good Times”

New album from Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie and Folk Uke!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
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www.FolkUke.com
Starf*cker CD (September 16, 2016)
PRE-ORDER
 1. Starf*cker
  2. BJ to a DJ
  3. Sweet Talker
  4. California Stars
  5. Crowd Control
  6. Wear You Down
  7. All I Want for Christmas
  8. Mic Stand

STARF*CKER, Folk Uke’s third studio endeavor, is a constellation consummation brimming with what fans have come to love about this duo: ethereal harmonies accompanied by razor-sharp lyrics. This latest effort presents eight new tracks of cosmic clarity.

Starf*cker • BJ to a DJ • Sweet Talker • California Stars • Crowd Control • Wear You Down • All I Want For Christmas • Mic Stand

Folk Uke was thrilled to have the all-star band of their dreams contributing:

Mike Stinson on drums, Randy Weeks on lead guitar, and Marc Perlman ofThe Jayhawks on bass.  Micah Nelson of “Insects vs Robots” played Charango on a couple tracks.  Some obscure artists, Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson, played guitar on several tracks. This might make them famous.

Amy said, “Other highlights include Luke’s improvisational vocals on “Mic Stand”,  and Dad’s vocals on  “Sweet Talker”,  where he drops the singular f-bomb of the otherwise radio friendly song.  This will likely to be the most popular track.  We made a clean radio edit that isn’t  near as good.”

“It’s pretty much a family album.  Give or take some subject matter.  We hope you like it.”

Starf*cker, Folk Uke’s new concept album, features Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson’s ethereal harmonies woven with both heartfelt and occasionally indecent lyrics.

For this release, Folk Uke is supported by the all-star band of their dreams: Mike Stinson on drums; Randy Weeks on electric guitar; Marc Perlman of The Jayhawks on bass, and with special appearances by Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson.

 

Willie Nelson Platinum Albums

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

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Willie Nelson on Kacey Musgrave’s Christmas Album

Friday, September 9th, 2016

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photo:  Gary Miller

www.rollingstone.com
by:  Stephen L. Betts

The upcoming holiday season will get even more sparkly this year as Kacey Musgraves puts her unique rhinestone-studded spin on several holiday classics for A Very Kacey Christmas, the singer-songwriter’s first holiday-themed LP. In addition to such Yuletide standards as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Let It Snow,” the latter of which features Texas trio the Quebe Sisters, the festive collection will include four original tunes co-written by Musgraves.

The album also reunites Musgraves with Willie Nelson, who wrote and performed with her on “Are You Sure,” a hidden track from her most recent LP, Pageant Material. Together, they duet on the Hawaiian-flavored “A Willie Nice Christmas,” penned by Musgraves with frequent collaborators Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. The song boasts a stocking full of Willie-related references to red bandannas, Luckenbach, Texas, “On the Road Again” and, not surprisingly, includes the line “May we all stay higher than the angel on the top of the tree.” Musgraves’ faithful take on the Polynesian-influenced “Mele Kalikimaka” has the Quebe siblings standing in for the Andrews Sisters, who joined crooner Bing Crosby on his classic 1950 rendition of the tune. Elsewhere, on “Present Without a Bow,” R&B singer Leon Bridge adds a touch of classic soul to the collection.

“Working on my first Christmas album has been one of the most enriching musical experiences I’ve ever had and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it,” says the Grammy-winning singer in a statement. “I really wanted to create a whimsical throwback holiday record, one that evokes feelings of nostalgia and simpler times. I think that the fine musicians and brains that were a part of this project have helped me create a body of music that can be added to people’s classic collections.”

Produced by Musgraves with Misa Arriaga and Kyle Ryan, A Very Kacey Christmas will be released October 28th, 57 shopping days before Christmas.

Here’s the complete track list:

1. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

2. “Let It Snow” (featuring the Quebe Sisters)

3. “Christmas Don’t Be Late”

4. “A Willie Nice Christmas” (featuring Willie Nelson and Trigger)

5. “Feliz Navidad”

6. “Christmas Makes Me Cry”

7. “Present Without A Bow” (featuring Leon Bridges)

8. “Mele Kalikimaka” (featuring the Quebe Sisters)

9. “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”

10. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

11. “Ribbons and Bows”

12. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

Willie Nelson, “It Always Will Be” (“For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price”) (out 9/16/2016)

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

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www.Austin360.com
by:  Jake Harris

Country music legend Ray Price died in December 2013, but his legacy lives on, specifically though the actions of artists like Willie Nelson.

Austin’s favorite Red-Headed Stranger wrote and recorded the love ballad “It Always Will Be” back in 2003. Price recorded the song on his last album, 2014’s “Beauty Is…” which was released shortly after his eath.

Now, “It Always Will Be” appears in Nelson’s upcoming album, “For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price,” which will be released Sept. 16.

Nelson and Price have a long history that stretches back to the early 1960s, when Nelson played bass in the Cherokee Cowboys, Price’s touring band. His time with the band was brief, but the two of them became great friends over the years and even recorded a double album together in 2007.

The recording of the song is a full-circle moment for Nelson, he said in a video teasing the album’s release.

“People ask me who my favorite singers are, and I say, well, there’s Ray Price and there’s Frank Sinatra,” Nelson said in the video. “I don’t think there’s ever any doubt that one day I’d do a Ray Price tribute album.”

Album producer Fred Foster said, ” Ray said to me, ‘I don’t care what we do, I want to do ‘It Always Will Be.” And I know this would please Ray, that Willie’s doing this tribute to him…As much as Willie admired Ray, Ray equally admired Willie.”

 

Published on Aug 31, 2016

Buy For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price:
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/wn_ftgt_amzn?IQid=…
iTunes – http://smarturl.it/wn_ftgt_itns?IQid=…

About the album:
Willie has teamed up with a pair of longtime friends (producer Fred Foster and conductor/arranger Bergen White) who, like Nelson, are American country music veterans with deep connections to the legendary Ray Price. Foster and White worked together to complete Ray Price’s final album, Beauty Is…, at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios, where Willie Nelson has returned to create the magic of For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price.

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New Album from Folk Uke with Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie, (September 16, 2016)

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Our new album Starfucker comes out in 2 weeks – September 16th

Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie are releasing a new album, out on September 16th.
Preview, buy, and download songs from the album S********r, including ”S********r,” ”BJ to a DJ,” ”Sweet Talker,” and many more. Buy the album for $9.99.
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Vince Gill and Time Jumpers record, “Heartaches by the Number” with Willie Nelson

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers:Musicians Back Willie Nelson in ‘Heartaches by the Number’ Cover. Nelson recorded the song for his upcoming album “The Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price,” to celebrate his 50-year friendship with the late country singer. It’s set for release Sept. 16.

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Willie Nelson’s beautiful loving tribute to his friend Ray Price, “For the Good Times” will be in stores on September 19th. If you can’t wait to buy it at your favorite local record store– you can pre-order the album at Amazon.

Willie Nelson was a former member of Price’s Cherokee Cowboy and close life-long friend. Willie recorded the twelve-track album at Ocean Way Studios, where Price also recorded. Engineered by Fred Foster and Bergen White, the album features Vince Gill on six tracks.

Check out the Track list:
No.
1. “Heartaches by the Number (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
3. “Faded Love”
4. “It Always Will Be”
5. “City Lights (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me(featuring the Time Jumpers)”
7. “Make the World Go Away”
8. “I’m Still Not Over You”
9. “Night Life”
10. “Crazy Arms (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
11. “Invitation to the Blues (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
12. “For The Good Times”

Willie Nelson, “The Last Thing I Needed (first thing this morning)”

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

“Heartaches by the Number” Willie Nelson honors friend Ray Price on new album “For the Good Times”

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

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Willie Nelson’s beautiful loving tribute to his friend Ray Price, “For the Good Times” will be in stores on September 19th. If you can’t wait to buy it at your favorite local record store– you can pre-order the album at Amazon.

Willie Nelson was a former member of Price’s Cherokee Cowboy and close life-long friend. Willie recorded the twelve-track album at Ocean Way Studios, where Price also recorded. Engineered by Fred Foster and Bergen White, the album features Vince Gill on six tracks.

Check out the Track list:
No.
1. “Heartaches by the Number (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
3. “Faded Love”
4. “It Always Will Be”
5. “City Lights (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me(featuring the Time Jumpers)”
7. “Make the World Go Away”
8. “I’m Still Not Over You”
9. “Night Life”
10. “Crazy Arms (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
11. “Invitation to the Blues (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
12. “For The Good Times”

Willie Nelson, “A Tribute to Ray Price: For the Good Times” (release Sept. 16)

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

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Willie Nelson’s beautiful loving tribute to his friend Ray Price, “For the Good Times” will be in stores on September 19th. If you can’t wait to buy it at your favorite local record store– you can pre-order the album at Amazon.

Willie Nelson was a former member of Price’s Cherokee Cowboy and close life-long friend. Willie recorded the twelve-track album at Ocean Way Studios, where Price also recorded. Engineered by Fred Foster and Bergen White, the album features Vince Gill on six tracks.

Check out the Track list:
No.
1. “Heartaches by the Number (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
3. “Faded Love”
4. “It Always Will Be”
5. “City Lights (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me(featuring the Time Jumpers)”
7. “Make the World Go Away”
8. “I’m Still Not Over You”
9. “Night Life”
10. “Crazy Arms (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
11. “Invitation to the Blues (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
12. “For The Good Times”

Willie Nelson’s “Heartaches by the Number”, on Apple’s #BestoftheWeek playlist

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

‘Heartaches by the Number’ is included on Apple Music’s ?#?BestOfTheWeek? playlist!

The song is from ‘For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price,’ out 9/16.
http://apple.co/BestOfTheWeek

Willie Nelson, “On the Road Again”

Friday, August 5th, 2016