Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

Willie Nelson: American Classic

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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

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New Raelyn Nelson Band Album

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

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Raeylyn Nelson is selling something even sweeter than that lemonade she was peddling.  Not sweet really, but really good.  Get your copy of the new Raelyn Nelson band’s album!

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get your copy here

“The Wall” — New Willie Nelson song, new album, “Band of Brothers”

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Willie Nelson at the Fox Theatre, Tucson
photo: Mary Francis Andrews

Willie Nelson has a new album coming out, and this is one of the new songs he wrote for it, along with the title song, “Band of Brothers”  (scroll down to see the lyris to that great new song.)

The Wall

I took on more than I could handle,
I bit off more than I could chew
I hit the wall

I went off like a Roman candle
Burning everyone I knew
I hit the wall
I hit the wall

And the wall came down
crashing down
An there was not a sound

Half my life riding on a rocket
from one world to the next
and on and on
I hit the wall

Taking things to make me better
Remembering things I never knew I knew
I hit the wall
I hit the wall

And the wall came down
crashing down
And there was not a sound

- Willie Nelson

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Happy Birthday, Lefty Frizell (March 31, 1928)

Monday, March 31st, 2014


On March 31, 1928, Lefty Frizzell was born in Corsicana, Texas.

1. Mom and Dad’s Waltz
2. Look What Thoughts Will Do
3. I Love You in a Thousand Ways
4. Always Late (With Your Kisses)
5. I Want to Be With You Always
6. She’s Gone, Gone, Gone
7. A Little Unfair
8. I Never Go Around Mirrors
9. That’s the Way Love Goes
10. Railroad Girl
11. If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time

Hailing from a state known for trailblazing country, Lefy Frizzell and Willie Nelson are Texas’ most distinctive sons in the singing and songwriting departments. After penning and crooning some of honkytonk’s finest songs — and inspiring Nelson to play music back when his nickname was still Booger Red — Frizzell died a broken man in 1975. Two years later, Nelson released a batch of his favorite Frizzell numbers. This expanded reissue includes one bonus track: an alternate take of Nelson’s 1976 chart-topping rendition of Frizzell’s plaintive voice soared up and down octaves like a trick pilot, Nelson, backed primarily by his acoustic guitar, harmonica and piano, leans into the songs with a blusey feel, giving emotional drama to weepers such as “Always Late (with your kisses)” and “I Never Go Around Mirrors.” If Nelson’s original intent was to remind listeners of his forebear’s breathtaking artistry, he accomplished his goal.

– Holly George-Warren

Back in Austin, Willie was testing Columbia Records’ definition of artistic control. Lefty Frizzell’s death in 1975 had inspired Willie to do an album of nothing but Lefty songs dedicated to his favorite honky tonk singer. The suits at Columbia were less than thrilled when they first heard about the idea, especially since the label had dropped Lefty three years earlier. But two years later, after Willie’s version of “If You’ve Got the Money” from the album The Song in Your Mind shot straight to number 1 on the country singles chart in the summer of 1976, Columbia brass came aound and released the Lefty tribute. Even then, label personnel tried to get him to title the album Songs For a Friend, figuring record buyers didn’t know Lefty Frizzell from Johnny Wright. But Willie held his ground and To Lefty from Willie was released in 1977, featuring 10 of his favorite Lefty songs, including, I Love You a Thousand ways,” which reached number 9 on the country singles chart that summer, “Always Late (with Your Kisses),” “Mom and Dad Waltz,” and “Railroad Lady,” Lefty’s last single before he died, written by Jerry Jeff Walker and Jimmy Buffett. The album charted as high as number 91 on Billboard’s album chart, a testament to Willie’s star power more than Lefty’s legacy.

from Willie Nelson: An Epic Life
by Joe Nick Patoski

Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, “Wanted: The Outlaws”

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Full episode covering the album “Wanted the Outlaws” by Willie & Waylon. The Genesis of the Country Music Outlaw Movement.

Willie Nelson: The Platinum Collection

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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Release Year: 2008

Track Listing
1. Shotgun Willie
2. Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)
3. I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone
4. Bloody Mary Morning
5. Sister’s Coming Home/Down at the Corner Beer Joint
6. Sad Songs and Waltzes
7. Devil in a Sleepin’ Bag
8. Heaven and Hell
9. She’s Not for You
10. Bubbles in My Beer
11. You Look Like the Devil
12. So Much to Do
13. Local Memory
14. Slow Down Old World
15. I Drank All of Our Precious Love Away
16. I Gotta Have Something I Ain’t Got
17. Both Ends of the Candle
18. I’m So Ashamed
19. A Song for You
20. Whiskey River

New Paula Nelson Band Album Out Now! “Under the Influence”

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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For several months now, the only way to get the new Paula Nelson Band album, ‘Under the Influence’, was to pick one up at one of their live shows. But no longer — the album is available on CD Baby (Follow this link to buy the album), or you can download it at iTunes. Get it today; it is a wonderful album.

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TRACK LIST

1. Lonesome On’ry and Mean
2. Just to Satisfy You
3. Just Dropped In
4. I Never Cared for You
5. Out in the Woods
6. Water of Love
7. River in the Rain
8. Tell Me Baby
9. Jackson

And good news for us Paula Nelson Band fans in Colorado –

Paula and the band return for more shows this month:

Friday, March 21st
Buffalo Rose,
Golden, CO 8:30 p.m.
http://buffalorose.tunestub.com

Wednesday, Mar 26th
Steve’s Guitars
19 North 4th Street
Carbondale, CO
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 29th
Nissis Bistro
2675 North Park Drive
Lafayette, CO
8:00 p.m.
Tickets—Call 303-665-2757
(after 4) call for tickets, or book online http://www.nissis.com/

Debut Album from the Raelyn Nelson Band!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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Raelyn Nelson Band    @RaelynNelson  raelynnelson.com

Raelyn Nelson Band is an original country/garage rock band from Nashville, TennesseeMembers: Raelyn Nelson, Jonathan Bright, Paulie Simmons, Preach Rutherford

The Raelyn Nelson Band has released their long-awaited debut album, and it is available for purchase at the band’s website, and from iTunes.

If you buy your copy from the band’s site, you get a rare signed copy of the cd! Better hurry, though….

“Thx to all who got the EP! I’m busy signing, sealing, and getting them sent out. Still a few left. Grab it here!  — Raelyn

Watch this great video:

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Willie Nelson: On the Road Again

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

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Thanks, Phil Weisman, for picture of this poster!

Willie Nelson, ‘To All the Girls’

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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When Two Worlds Collide:

To All the Girls (Legacy)

1.Dolly Parton – From Here To The Moon And Back
2.Miranda Lambert – She Was No Good For Me
3.Secret Sisters – It Won’t Be Very Long
4.Rosanne Cash – Please Don’t Tell Me
5.Sheryl Crow – Far Away Places
6.Wynonna Judd – Bloody Mary Morning
7.Carrie Underwood – Always On My Mind
8.Loretta Lynn – Somewhere Between
9.Alison Krauss – No Mas Amor
10.Melonie Cannon – Back To Earth
11.Mavis Staples – Grandma’s Hands
12.Norah Jones – Walkin’
13.Shelby Lynne – Til The End Of The World
14.Lily Meola – Will You Remember Mine
15.Emmylou Harris – Dry Lightning
16.Brandi Carlile – Making Believe
17.Paula Nelson – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
18.Tina Rose – After The Fire Is Gone

 

Willie Nelson, For Always

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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Willie Nelson, “What Was it You Wanted” (“Bob Dylan: 30 Years” Deluxe Re-issue)

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014


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Columbia Records and Legacy Recording, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition in three configurations  (2CDs; 2DVDs, and BlueRay Disc) on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Struck from a new High Definition video master with remastered audio, The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition makes this historic all-star musical event available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray.

The 2DVD and Blu-ray versions of The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition include 40 minutes of previously unreleased material including behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, interviews and more.

The 2CD audio edition premieres two previously unreleased recordings from the concert’s sound check: Sinéad O’Connor singing “I Believe In You” and Eric Clapton’s interpretation of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”

The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition includes new notes by pop music historian Bill Flanagan.

On October 16, 1992, New York City’s hottest concert ticket was the live gathering of musical giants, legends and archetypes who’d come to Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s first Columbia Records album and play a selection of Dylan songs—from culturally iconic (John Mellencamp’s no-nonsense “Like A Rolling Stone”) to bootleg obscure (Lou Reed’s acerbic take on “Foot of Pride”)—that had moved and inspired them over the decades.

The four hour show, performed for a sold-out audience of more than 18,000 fans and live-cast around the world, brought together an unprecedented roster of artists and icons including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Richie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O’Jays, Eddie Vedder, Sinéad O’Connor, Tracy Chapman, George Harrison (then making his first US concert appearance in 18 years) and more. Providing musical backing throughout the show was an ensemble dream team featuring three members of Booker T. & The M.G.’s, G.E. Smith on guitar with Jim Keltner and Anton Fig on drums.

Dubbed “Bobfest” on stage by a jubilant Neil Young, the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration reached a transcendent crescendo with an unforgettable performance and all-star jam featuring the evening’s honoree.

Viewed anew from a 20-year perspective, Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition is a remarkable testament to the enduring legacy and ongoing musical influence of Bob Dylan. That valedictory gathering from more than 20 years ago proved to be a mid-career retrospective of a recording artist and performer who continues to inform and transform the cultural landscape.

The Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition is the first Dylan title to follow the historic November 5 release of Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One, a colossal library box housing the artist’s official Columbia Records album canon, from 1962′s Bob Dylan through 2012′s Tempest

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Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition

Like A Rolling Stone – John Mellencamp
Blowin’ In The Wind – Stevie Wonder
Foot Of Pride – Lou Reed
Masters Of War – Eddie Vedder/Mike McCready
The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Tracy Chapman
It Ain’t Me Babe – June Carter Cash/Johnny Cash
What Was It You Wanted – Willie Nelson
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – Kris Kristofferson
Highway 61 Revisited – Johnny Winter
Seven Days – Ron Wood
Just Like A Woman – Richie Havens
When The Ship Comes in – The Clancy Brothers and Robbie O’Connell with special guest Tommy Makem
War – Sinead O’Connor
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Neil Young
All Along The Watchtower – Neil Young
I Shall Be Released – Chrissie Hynde
Love Minus Zero, No Limit – Eric Clapton (Track Only Available on DVD/Blu-Ray Format)
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright – Eric Clapton
Emotionally Yours – The O’Jays
When I Paint My Masterpiece – The Band
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – Mary Chapin Carpenter/Rosanne Cash/Shawn Colvin
Absolutely Sweet Marie – George Harrison
License To Kill – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Mr Tambourine Man – Roger McGuinn
It’s Alright, Ma – Bob Dylan
My Back Pages – Bob Dylan/Roger McGuinn/Tom Petty/Neil Young/Eric Clapton/George Harrison
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Everyone
Girl Of The North Country – Bob Dylan

DVD Bonus Tracks:
Leopard-Skin Pill-box Hat – John Mellencamp
Boots Of Spanish Leather – Nancy Griffith with Carolyn Hester
Gotta Serve Somebody – Booker T. & The M.G.’s

DVD Bonus Features:  Behind The Scenes (40 minutes of previously unreleased rehearsal footage, interviews and more)

CD Audio bonus tracks:  Sinéad O’Connor – I Believe In You (from sound check – previously unreleased)
Eric Clapton – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (from sound check – previously unreleased)

Valentine’s Day @ Willie’s Roadhouse this weekend, “To All the Girls”

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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Willie’s Roadhouse celebrates Valentine’s Day weekend with an exclusive two-hour special featuring Willie Nelson duets from his latest album “To All The Girls,” as well as comments from singing partners including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Rosanne Cash and the Secret Sisters.

Friday 2/14, 4 pm ET
Saturday 2/15, Noon ET
Sunday 2/16, 7 pm ET

To listen to the show, and find out about Sirius/XM Radio:
www.Sirius.com

When Two Worlds Collide:

To All the Girls (Legacy)

1.Dolly Parton – From Here To The Moon And Back
2.Miranda Lambert – She Was No Good For Me
3.Secret Sisters – It Won’t Be Very Long
4.Rosanne Cash – Please Don’t Tell Me
5.Sheryl Crow – Far Away Places
6.Wynonna Judd – Bloody Mary Morning
7.Carrie Underwood – Always On My Mind
8.Loretta Lynn – Somewhere Between
9.Alison Krauss – No Mas Amor
10.Melonie Cannon – Back To Earth
11.Mavis Staples – Grandma’s Hands
12.Norah Jones – Walkin’
13.Shelby Lynne – Til The End Of The World
14.Lily Meola – Will You Remember Mine
15.Emmylou Harris – Dry Lightning
16.Brandi Carlile – Making Believe
17.Paula Nelson – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
18.Tina Rose – After The Fire Is Gone

 

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, “Two Men With the Blues”

Friday, February 7th, 2014

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On January 8, 2008, Blue Note Records released, “Two Men With the Blues”

Willie Nelson – vocals and guitar Wynton Marsalis – trumpet and vocals Mickey Raphael – harmonica Walter Blanding – saxophone Dan Nimmer – piano Carlos Henriquez – bass Ali Jackson Jr. – drums

“These songs, heard this way with this group—that’s never been done before. Whatever I’m doing, if you put Wynton and these guys around it, that brings it up to a different level.” – Willie Nelson

A first-time collaboration between two American icons, Willie & Wynton discover common ground in their love of jazz standards & the blues on this sparkling set that brims with spontaneity, congeniality & fun.

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Wynton wears crisp suits, reads sheet music and is the musical director of New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Willie wears crumpled jeans, wings it onstage and runs his concert venue, Willie’s Place, out of a truck stop in Abbott, Texas.

So what exactly do these music legends have in common? The blues, of course. Wynton Marsalis, 46, and Willie Nelson, 75, are the two men on the new CD “Two Men With the Blues,” a live recording culled from two concerts they played at Lincoln Center last year.

“I like playing with Wynton,” says Nelson, “because you know the piano player won’t show up drunk, and whatever comes out of it, it’ll be worth the listen.” They are playing venues including the Hollywood Bowl and “The Tonight Show” between breaks on Nelson’s tour and Marsalis’s Lincoln Center duties. Recently, the two chatted with NEWSWEEK’s Lorraine Ali in Nelson’s second home—his airbrushed, tricked-out tour bus:

ALI: Your collaboration has been described as “a summit meeting between two American icons.”

NELSON: I like the way they put that.

MARSALIS: I’m not an icon, he is.

NELSON: I thought an icon was one of those things on your computer screen. I’m not one of those.

MARSALIS: OK, I say this modestly—this is a historic event. It’s not a big surprise to have Wynton and Willie playing together, but to have this much attention for it, that’s a surprise.

But the attention makes sense: both of you are highly respected, and Willie, you can’t go anywhere without being recognized. NELSON: I’m offended if I don’t get recognized. I say, “Hey, man, don’t you know who I am? Perhaps you didn’t realize.”

MARSALIS: My son always says, “I want to repudiate you, Dad, but nobody knows who you are. When I have to explain who I’m repudiating, it’s not really worth it.”

Willie, I imagine you as an off-the-cuff player, but with Wynton, there’s the whole issue of keeping time. Is that a problem?

NELSON: Well, it’s a little different than when we just go up there and wing it for four hours and play requests. This has to be exactly right, especially because Wynton and the guys are reading off pieces of paper, and I’m just up there trying to remember words. These guys have a lot more to do and think about than I do. For me, it’s a free ride on top of their rhythm and rockin’.

MARSALIS: He’ll come in with a phrase, and we’ll think, “Uh-oh, he ain’t gonna make it fit.” And then he’ll collect it on the back end. It’s like somebody jukin’ or fakin’ on a basketball court. They take you this way, then come back that way. He’ll come in perfectly on key, on time, and we’re, like, “Damn!” It’s so natural and true.

Do you see yourself as an odd couple?

MARSALIS: No. As musicians, we like a lot of the same things.

NELSON:Â Louis Jordan’s “Caldonia.”

MARSALIS: Yeah, that’s right, or “Saturday Night Fish Fry.” See, we came up on the same sounds

Music aside, personality-wise, how is it working together? Is one of you…

NELSON: On drugs?

That’s not exactly where I was going.

MARSALIS: We really follow each other. I think we’re gracious that way. There’s no crazy soloing over one another.

NELSON: We [Nelson and his harmonica player] can’t play anything more than they [Marsalis and his quartet] can play. There’s only so many chords, and they know ‘em better than we do. Honestly, I don’t read music that well. Or I don’t read well enough to hurt my playing, as the old joke goes.

MARSALIS: And it’s not like we need to translate. We’re coming from the same American experience. The songs he picked to play,”Bright Lights, Big City,” “Basin Street Blues”we don’t need an arrangement for those. The grooves we play are shuffle grooves, swing. We grew up playing that music. There wasn’t one time where we had to stop and say, “Willie, what do you mean?” We are together.

NELSON: Even though some of us may not look all that together.

I heard you two barely rehearse.

MARSALIS: Willie doesn’t do two or three takes. Just once, and then, “That’s good, gentlemen.” That’s how we play. We record live.

NELSON: If you can play, then what do you want to rehearse for? Just play.

Willie, you still tour like mad. How different are the shows with Wynton?

NELSON: Honestly, it’s a lot easier for me to come out and work with Wynton and his guys, because in my shows I’ll go out and play for two hours or more. With Wynton, they’ve already played for an hour and a half before I come out. I come out and do the last 30 minutes, and all of a sudden I’ve had a great night.

Wynton, was there any sort of intimidation factor in working with a legend like Willie?

MARSALIS: I’ve been around musicians all my life. My daddy was a musician, and we played all kind of gigs. I played with philharmonic orchestras when I was 22 years old. That’s intimidating! This man is natural. He makes you feel at home. When he comes to rehearsal, there’s not 65 people around him, scurrying to make it all right.

NELSON: Send in the dogs to clear the place out first.

MARSALIS: It’s not like that. He’s very approachable.

NELSON: We used to work in clubs where we had to build up the crowd. We’d hop from table to table, have a drink with everybody, hoping they’d show up tomorrow night. By the time you made your rounds you’re about half drunk.

MARSALIS: How could you not love this man?