Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson, “December Day”

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

“That’s Life,” Willie Nelson album

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

I love this album.

1.Nice Work If You Can Get It2:35
2.Just in Time2:25
3.A Cottage for Sale2:54
4.I’ve Got You Under My Skin3:34
5.You Make Me Feel So Young2:52
6.I Won’t Dance” (featuring Diana Krall)3:25
7.That’s Life3:39
8.Luck Be a Lady3:04
9.In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning2:58
10.Learnin’ the Blues3:31
11.Lonesome Road3:41
Total length:34:38

Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, David Hildago, “Dreams of the San Joaquin”

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
by: Jason Scott

Legendary singer-songwriters Willie Nelson and Michael McDonald are teaming up with multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo, most known for his work with Los Lobos, on an updated version of “Dreams of the San Joaquin.” Originally written by Jack Wesley Routh and Randy Sharp, and famously performed by Linda Ronstadt and Kenny Rogers, the track arrives May 7 for BandCamp Friday as an exclusive release.

Track proceeds will benefit RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the United Farm Workers of America. The song, depicting a field worker toiling in the San Joaquin Valley during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, will be made available on streaming services a week later. A Micah Nelson-directed visual is set to be released, as well.

“The migrant farm worker is as responsible if not more for maintaining our country’s position as one of the largest agricultural economies in the world,” McDonald says in a press statement. “The labor that falls squarely on their shoulders allows farmers to bring produce to our stores and food to our tables as reasonably priced as possible. COVID has ravaged this quadrant of the American workforce disproportionately.”

Nelson also reflects, “This was a collaboration of love and a prayer for understanding. It sends a message of hope that we all need to hear. I’ve always loved Mike’s voice and enjoyed making this with him and my son Micah.”

“After a particularly brutal year for farm workers, their support is priceless,” Ana Maria Rea-Ventre, Vice President of Advocacy at RAICES, shares. “This heartfelt rendition of ‘Dreams of the San Joaquin’ is a beautiful reminder of all that the migrant community of over eight million people sacrifices to give their families a better life. May we all be moved by this song to fight with our migrant brothers and sisters, to whom our country owes so much.”

Ronstadt recorded her version on her 1998 studio record We Ran. Rogers adapted the track for You Can’t Make Old Friends, released in 2013.

Read article here.

Nathaniel Rateliff releases duet with Willie Nelson, “It’s Not Supposed to be that Way”

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

THE MARIGOLD SINGLES: Nathaniel Rateliff releases first ever duet with Willie Nelson; “It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way”. The latest installment of The Marigold Singles is now available on 7” vinyl.

The song features Mickey Raphael on harmonica. The 7” release includes “Willie’s Birthday Song,” which can be ordered exclusively from the official store here

It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way” will be released digitally on May 28th.*All proceeds from this release will support The Marigold Project, Rateliff’s foundation dedicated to economic, social and racial justice.

The Marigold Project is proud to support Farm Aid and StrongHearts Native Helpline with this release.

Willie Nelson, “Stardust”

Sunday, April 18th, 2021

New Willie Nelson Album out April 13, 2013, “Face the Music and Dance”

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Artist: Willie Nelson and Family
Title: Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Label: Legacy
Format(s): CD, DD

Willie Nelson’s second album in his new contract with Legacy is a new trip back to the world of pop classics with Let’s Face the Music and Dance. The album, recorded with his group of over forty years, Family, will be released on April 16.

Following in the steps of his classic pop-country albums like StardustLet’s Face the Music and Dance was recorded at Pedernales Recording Studio in Austin, Texas, produced by Buddy Cannon and mixed by Butch Carr at Budro Music Repair Shop in Nashville, Tennessee.

Compiling the repertoire for Let’s Face The Music And Dance, Willie chose a range of pop, rock, jazz and country classics drawn from the 1930s (Let’s Face the Music and DanceWalking My Baby Back Home), 1940s (You’ll Never Know, I Wish I Didn’t Love You SoShame On You) and 1950s (Matchbox) covering evergreen songwriters Irving Berlin , Mack Gordon , Carl Perkins , Frank Loesser , Django Reinhardt and Spade Cooley, among others. Willie turns in a beautiful new version of his composition Is The Better Part Over, a song he introduced on 1989’s A Horse Called Music.

Track List:

  • Let’s Face the Music and Dance (Irving Berlin)
  • Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson)
  • You’ll Never Know (Mack Gordon)
  • Vous Et Moi (Claude Francois & Jean Bourtayre)
  • Walking My Baby Back Home (Fred Ahlert & Roy Turk)
  • Matchbox (Carl Perkins)
  • Twilight Time (Al Nevins & Morty Nevins)
  • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh)
  • I’ll Keep On Loving You (Richard Coburn & Vincent Rose)
  • I Wish I Didn’t Love You So (Frank Loesser)
  • South Of The Border (Jimmy Kennedy & Michael Carr)
  • Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
  • Marie (The Dawn Is Breaking) (Irving Berlin)
  • Shame On You (Spade Cooley)

Willie Nelson, “That’s Life”

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Willie Nelson, “American Classic”

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
americanclass Such good listening.

Texas Monthly rates Willie Nelson’s 144 albums

Monday, March 15th, 2021
by: By David Courtney, Michael Hall, Rich Kienzle, Max Marshall, Joe Nick Patoski, John Spong, Christian Wallace

Willie Nelson may be the most important figure in country music history; if he’s not, only Hank Williams matters more. Willie’s also one of the most important musical artists in American history, a first-name-only giant like Elvis and Ella. The contours of the career that brought him to those heights are familiar. There was the huge, early-sixties success writing songs like “Crazy” and “Hello Walls” for big country stars, then the failed attempt to become one himself over the rest of the decade, his talents an ill fit for a stiff Nashville mold. There was his earthy rebirth in Austin in the seventies, when he started playing by his own rules and helped invent the outlaw subgenre that made country cool for a younger, rock-bred audience.

He grew that appeal worldwide with the pop mega-stardom that came in the eighties, and then, in the three decades that have followed—right up to today—he’s done pretty much whatever he’s wanted, as often as he’s wanted, which has been extremely often. He’s recorded hard-core country, western swing, gospel, flamenco, full-on orchestra, small-combo jazz, and solo acoustic music. He’s collaborated with everyone from Waylon Jennings to Bob Dylan to Carlos Santana to Mavis Staples to Steven Tyler to Snoop, which is a laughably small sampling of his many duet partners. And through it all, he has made his way by staying true to himself.

Read article here.

Willie Nelson’s new album, “That’s Life,” #1 on Billboard Jazz Album chart

Thursday, March 11th, 2021
by: Keith Caulfield

Willie Nelson’s new Frank Sinatra-inspired album “That’s Life’ opens at number one on Billboard’s Jazz Albums Chart. It’s is third leader on the list. The set also bows atop the Traditional Jazz Album’s tally – his fourth there. (On both charts, Sinatra is number two.)

Read entire article here.

Album Art, Willie Nelson’s, “That’s Life”, by Paul Mann

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Posted by Stewart Patton on Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Willie Nelson, “That’s Life”

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Willie Nelson Loves Releasing Cover Songs, Even If Labels Say “Nobody Wants To Hear ‘Em”

The 1978 album ‘Stardust’ almost didn’t see the light of day
by: Marcus K. Dowling

Released February 26, That’s Life is impressively Willie Nelson’s 71st solo studio album. The tribute to Frank Sinatra is the second volume of Nelson’s Sinatra tribute collection, following 2018’s My Way. Cover songs have played an incredible role in elevating Nelson from being a country superstar to a global icon with an instantly recognizable voice. However, when it came to Stardust — his Grammy-winning album of American Songbook covers released in 1978 — Columbia Records almost derailed his career evolution towards creating unique interpretations of classic songs.

Read entire article, see more pictures and videos here.

Be Like Nathaniel

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Nathaniel Rateliff has such good taste, visiting one of Denver’s independent record stores and picking up Willie Nelson’s new album.

Willie Nelson, “That’s Life” — out now!

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
1.Nice Work If You Can Get It2:35
2.Just in Time2:25
3.A Cottage for Sale2:54
4.I’ve Got You Under My Skin3:34
5.You Make Me Feel So Young2:52
6.I Won’t Dance” (featuring Diana Krall)3:25
7.That’s Life3:39
8.Luck Be a Lady3:04
9.In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning2:58
10.Learnin’ the Blues3:31
11.Lonesome Road3:41
Total length:34:38