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Happy Summer, happy listening: New Willie Nelson Album

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Red Headed Stranger” inducted to Library of Congress National Recording Registry (6/23/2010)

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

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by Ann Donahue

Recordings by Tupac Shakur, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of “Gypsy” are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced today (June 23) to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

Under the terms of 2000’s National Recording Preservation Act, the criteria for preservation by the Library of Congress are that the work be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and be at least 10 years old. Nominations were gathered from online submissions from the public and from members of the National Recording Preservation Board.

In its citation for Shakur’s “Dear Mama,” the NRPB calls the song a “moving and eloquent homage to both his own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.” Nelson’s album “Red Headed Stranger” is cited for its “uncommon elegance,” while R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe” is lauded for setting “the pattern for later indie rock releases by breaking through on college radio in the face of mainstream radio’s general indifference.”

According to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. will preserve and maintain these recordings and henceforward make them available to the American public. There are now 300 recordings in the National Recording Registry.

Inductees for the 2009 National Recording Registry are:

1. Fon der Choope (From the Wedding) – Abe Elenkrig’s Yidishe Orchestra (April 4, 1913)
2. “Canal Street Blues,” King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (April 5, 1923)
3. “Tristan und Isolde,” Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior, NBC Broadcast (March 9, 1935)
4. “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Cliff Edwards (recorded 1938; released 1940)
5. “America’s Town Meeting of the Air: Should Our Ships Convoy Materials to England?” (May 8, 1941)
6. The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam (July 20 – August 11, 1944)
7. “Evangeline Special” and “Love Bridge Waltz,” Iry LeJeune (1948)
8. “The Little Engine That Could,” narrated by Paul Wing (1949)
9. Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of Western Washington State (1950-1954)
10. “Tutti Frutti,” Little Richard (1955)
11. “Smokestack Lightning,” Howlin’ Wolf (1956)
12. “Gypsy,” original cast recording (1959)
13. The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, Bill Evans Trio (June 25, 1961)
14. “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two),” Max Mathews (1961)
15. “I Started Out As a Child,” Bill Cosby (1964)
16. “Azucar Pa Ti,” Eddie Palmieri (1965)
17. “Today!,” “Mississippi” John Hurt (1966)
18. “Silver Apples of the Moon,” Morton Subotnick (1967)
19. “Soul Folk in Action,” The Staple Singers (1968)
20. “The Band,” The Band (1969)
21. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn (1970)
22. “Red Headed Stranger,” Willie Nelson (1975)
23. “Horses,” Patti Smith (1975)
24. “Radio Free Europe,” R.E.M. (1981)
25. “Dear Mama,” Tupac Shakur (1995)

New Music From Willie Nelson, “Ride Me Back Home”

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

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Willie Nelson completes a “mortality trilogy” that started with God’s Problem Child in 2017 and continued with Last Man Standing in 2018 with the release of Ride Me Back Home.

The 11-track Legacy Recordings LP once again finds the legendary musician tapping Buddy Cannon to produce and co-write some of the songs. Nelson also recorded a handful of covers including Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are” and Guy Clark’s “My Favorite Picture Of You.”

Willie’s sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson back their dad on Mac Davis’ “It’s Hard To Be Humble.” Additionally, Willie gave his old gem “Stay Away From Lonely Places” an updated take.

“I’m the biggest Willie Nelson fan there is, and I thought I knew every song that he ever did. But I had never heard that song. It sounded totally new to me,” said Buddy Cannon of the tune from 1972’s The Words Don’t Fit The Picture. “He’s a born troubadour. It’s the greatness: That early genius that was him and his songs is still there.”


“I love him and this song made me cry” — Jimmy Fallon

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Willie Nelson on NPR

Friday, June 21st, 2019

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by: John Myers, Talia Schlanger

It’s been about a year since World Cafe caught up with Willie Nelson, and he’s been busy! Willie just released his latest album called Ride Me Back Home, made with his producer-collaborator Buddy Cannon. In February, Willie won a Grammy Award for his Frank Sinatra tribute album My Way. And he’s recently expanded his health-and-wellness brand Willie’s Remedy to include new CBD-infused coffee.

In this session, Willie told stories about some new songs and some classics, including “Crazy.” He reminisced about hanging in Amsterdam with Snoop Dogg, visiting The White House with President Carter and meeting his wife, Annie, on the set of a movie he was shooting with his fellow Highwaymen. We also got to meet some of Willie’s crew backstage before the show, including “Tunin'” Tom Hawkins who takes care of Willie’s famous guitar, Trigger, on the road.

Episode Playlist

World Cafe: 6/21/19

Bandera” – Red Headed Stranger

“Whiskey River” (live) – The Essential Willie Nelson

“Ride Me Back Home” – Ride Me Back Home

“It’s Hard to Be Humble” – Ride Me Back Home

“Family Bible” – The Essential Willie Nelson

“Crazy” By Patsy Cline – Showcase

“Crazy” – And Then I Wrote

“Stay Away From Lonely Places” – Words Don’t Fit The Picture

“Roll Me Up” ft Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson – Heroes

“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” – 16 Biggest Hits

“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” – 16 Biggest Hits

“My Favorite Picture of You” – Ride Me Back Home

A great day for new music

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Thanks, Richard N Phyllis Rademacher for sharing your photo of the two new albums from Willie Nelson and Lukas Neslon & Promise of the Real.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real new album debuts at #3 CMSMusic

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Willie Nelson on World Café tomorrow (June 21, 2019)

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie” (Rolling Stone Interview June 2015)

Saturday, June 15th, 2019
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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, “It’s Hard to Be Humble”

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Another cut from Willie Nelson’s new album, “Ride Me Back Home” out this June 26th.

Ride Me Back Home Track List

Ride Me Back Home
Come on Time
My Favorite Picture of You
Seven Year Itch
Immigrant Eyes
Stay Away From Lonely Places
Just the Way You Are
One More Song to Write
Nobody’s Listening
It’s Hard to Be Humble (with Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson)
Maybe I Should’ve Been Listening

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s Epic Music Video for ‘Bad Case,’ New LP Out 6/14

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

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This Friday, June 14, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will release their anticipated new album, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden), which was previewed in recent weeks with the song “Bad Case.”

With the album’s release nearly here, the track now has a music video — and it’s epic.

Joining the band on the new record are special guests including Sheryl CrowNeil Young (with whom POTR has played several gigs in recent years) and Ke$ha.

The album’s track listing:

1. “Bad Case”
2. “Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)”
3. “Where Does Love Go”
4. “Save A Little Heartache”
5. “Lotta Fun”
6. “Civilized Hell”
7. “Mystery”
8. “Simple Life”
9. “Out In LA”
10. “Something Real”
11. “Stars Made Of You”
12. “Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)” [Acoustic]
13. “Consider It Heaven”



Ride Me Back Home, by Willie Nelson (previews by Mikal Gilmore)

Monday, June 10th, 2019

This Day in Willie Nelson History: “Georgia on My Mind” #1 Country Chart (June 10, 1978)

Monday, June 10th, 2019
On June 10, 1978 Willie Nelson’s remording of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind” tops the Billboard country chart.

Willie Nelson, “Come on Time” (from new album out 6/26)

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

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The Willie Nelson Come on Time song is a track on his Ride Me Back Home album that will be released June 21, 2019 on Legacy Recordings.  This is the third single from the record to be released so far.

Willie co-wrote the “Come on TIme” song with Buddy Cannon.

Willie Nelson Come on Time Lyrics

Time is my friend, my friend
The more I reject it the more that it kicks in
Just enough to keep me on my toes
I say come on time, I’ve beat you before
Come on time, what have you got for me this time?
I’ll take your words of wisdom and I’ll try to make a rhyme
Hey it’s just me and you again
Come on time

Time, you’re not fooling me
You’re something I can’t kill
You’re flying like a mighty wind
Keep never standing still

Time, as you’ve passed me by
Why did you leave these lines on my face?
You sure have put me in my place
Come on time, come on time
Looks like you’re winning the race

Time, you’re not fooling me
You’re something I can’t kill
You’re flying like a mighty wind
You’re never standing still

Time, as you’ve passed me by
Why did you leave these lines on my face?
You sure have put me in my place
Come on time, come on time
Looks like you’re winning the race
Come on time, come on time
Looks like you’re winning the race

Willie Nelson Ride Me Back Home Album Trailer

Willie Nelson’s Ride Me Back Home out (June 21, 2019)

Monday, June 3rd, 2019
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New York, NY – Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is previewing Willie Nelson’s new studio album, Ride Me Back Home, with an album trailer out today spotlighting four key songs from the album.

Willie and his longtime producer/collaborator/friend Buddy Cannon are featured in the trailer providing background information and insight into the songs. In addition, Willie has shared a music video for the album’s 3rd single “Come On Time” also out today.   

The four tracks showcased on the album trailer are: “Come On Time,” a rollicking upbeat groove co-written by Willie and Buddy; “My Favorite Picture of You,” a haunting ballad penned by Guy Clark (from his 2014 Grammy-winning Best Folk Album); “Hard to Be Humble” featuring Willie rocking out with his sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, on a tune written by Mac Davis; and “Ride Me Back Home,” an homage to horses written by Sonny Throckmorton (with his daughter Debby, Joe Manual & Lucinda Hinton) inspired by Willie’s “Luck” ranch in Texas.

Willie has adopted scores of horses over the years, rescuing them from the slaughterhouse and giving them a home on his ranch.  

Ride Me Back Home –Willie Nelson’s new studio album (and 13th for Legacy)–arrives on Friday, June 21. It will be available on CD, vinyl and digital formats as well as part of exclusive merch bundles on Willie’s web store.  

Pre-order Ride Me Back Home here: https://WillieNelson.lnk.to/RIDE  

“With Willie Nelson’s Ride Me Back Home, the artist rounds out a trilogy about mortality that began in 2017 with God’s Problem Child and was followed in 2018 with Last Man Standing,” observed American writer and music journalist Mikal Gilmore. “Ride Me Back Home, though, brings a different component of mortality into view: empathy.”

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