Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

Rolling Stone: 11 New Albums to Hear Right Now

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

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Rolling Stone Recommends

Willie Nelson, God’s Problem Child
The 83-year-old American legend takes on mortality with songs that look compassionately at the vagaries of one’s body aging, lifelong friendships and online rumors of his death, as well as a tribute to his former collaborator Merle Haggard, who passed away in 2016. “[Old] age has sharpened Nelson’s focus as a songwriter, providing him with renewed purpose as a lyricist and heightened vulnerability as a vocalist. … God’s Problem Child is a tightly-woven, poignant collection of ruminations on aging and fading faculties that amounts to Nelson’s most moving album in decades,” writes RS‘ Will Hermes.
Read Our Review: Willie Nelson Stares Down Mortality on Most Moving LP in Years
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New Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Available Now

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Anthony Lo

“It’s midnight on the West Coast and our record Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real is officially released. The vinyl sounds amazing. Hope everyone enjoys. Thanks for the support! I’m grateful for my band family”  @lukasnelsonofficial @coreymccormickmusic @tatomelgar @jessebergometer @zoobof #vinyl #promiseofthereal #lukasnelson @fantasyrecordsofficial

New Album from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

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by:  Hal Horowitz

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
(Fantasy/Concord)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Few bands come with the pre-approval of not only Willie Nelson, but Neil Young. The former is somewhat of a given since Lukas is Willie’s son, but the association with Young is far more significant.

The legendary singer-songwriter not only hired Lukas and his group to record his Monsanto Years album, but replaced a long-standing relationship with the fabled Crazy Horse when he took Promise on the road with him as his backup band. The latter resulted in the live Earth but more importantly the two years spent touring behind Young infused both confidence and the Canadian’s notorious professionalism into Nelson and his group, already well established through nearly a decade of live work.

Since Promise of the Real had a history of meshing rock, blues, soul, folk and country, the Young connection just molded those genres into a mix that’s raw and authentic. The one time four-piece has also expanded its lineup for this Fantasy debut, adding three musicians to the established trio that backed up frontman Lukas. The new seven man outfit flexes its muscles quickly on the ruminating opener “Set Me Down on a Cloud.” It’s a slow brooding piece that builds over seven minutes to an explosive crescendo with powerful churchy backing singers but oddly fades out as things are getting really hot. Just to show that they can reel things in, the following “Die Alone” southern soul rocker crackles at a compact 2:37.

While there are other examples of how effectively P.O.T.R. works in the longer formant — specifically the Little Feat-influenced “Find Yourself” and lovely, languid ballad “Forget About Georgia,” both over six minutes — the tunes typically stick around the three minute mark. They also occasionally reflect the storytelling traits of some of his dad’s Texas peers such as Joe Ely and Guy Clark, especially on “Runnin’ Shine,” the tale of a moonshiner who is “doing fine, running ‘shine,” over languid pedal steel and banjo. Willie lends his inimitable lead acoustic guitar to the breezy “Just Outside of Austin” with its sunshiny “Everybody’s Talkin’” lope. While “Carolina” hews a little too closely to Jimmy Buffett “Margaritaville” territory, it displays the younger Nelson’s lighter side. 

You can hear Willie’s timbre in Lukas’ voice as he croons the honeyed “Breath of My Baby,” a love song with added strings sweetening an already tender track (with whistling) that will bring a tear to the most jaded eye. The closing “Starting Over” waltz time retro country weeper ballad is an original — as are all these songs — but sounds like something daddy Nelson might sing in his most vulnerable moments.

Ultimately, Lukas is carrying on Willie’s tradition, pushing the outlaw boundaries his famous father established in the ’70s and proving that the musical apple truly does not fall far from the tree.

Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child”

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

New Micah Nelson/ Particle Kid Album Available, “Everything is BullShit”

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Micah Nelson has released a new Particle Kid album, and it is available for pre-order now. It is available on cd, cassette tape or digital download.

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE.

His website is really cool, too.  www.ParticleKid.com

The legendary Ford reviewed Micah’s album:

Legendary American poet Michael C. Ford reviews “Particle Kid” LP

I am honored to be recognized by a legendary American poet, Michael C. Ford.

A legendary voice on the LA poetry scene, MICHAEL C FORD has produced a steady stream of print and recorded product since 1970.

His debut spoken word vinyl {on SST} LANGUAGE COMMANDO earned a Grammy nomination in 1986.

His book of Selected Poems entitled EMERGENCY EXITS was honored by a 1998 Pulitzer Prize nomination.

Michael’s New record: MICHAEL C FORD – LOOK EACH OTHER IN THE EARS, featuring The Doors members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore can be found at Amazon.com

He had some very nice things to say about my record…thank you, Michael!

“Totally groove with the Particle guy product and
getting a real authentic, original vibe from his take
on American Contemporary melodic sculpture.
I particularly worship what he’s projecting on
Forever Friend and Slips Away. These are smash hits
on the jukebox in my brain.
I remember Harlan (Steinberger) playing some roughs for me a while
ago and it’s a great pleasure for me to, now, listen to
the finished music document by this luminous talent.”

-Michael C Ford
http://www.michaelcford.com/

Willie Nelson, “Countryman”

Friday, August 11th, 2017

 

1.  Do you Mind Too Much If I don’t Understand
2.  How Long is Forever?
3.  I’m a Worried Man” (featuring Toots Hibbert)
4.  The Harder They Come
5. Something to Think About
6. Sitting in Limbo
7. Darkness on the Face of the Earth
8. One in a Row
9. I’ve Just Destroyed the World I’m Living In
10.  You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago
11.  I Guess I’ve Come to Live Here
12.  Undo the Right

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Release “Just Outside of Austin” With Willie Nelson

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

www.TexasMonthly.com
by:  Abby Johnston

A love story, city blues, and a little bit of weed—it’s a tried-and-true songwriting formula many have followed, but for Lukas Nelson it comes second nature. Still, Nelson manages to wrangle these tropes—made mainstream by his father—into something fresh on “Just Outside of Austin,” which premieres below.

The first moments of the song are an aural double-take. Nelson carries much of his father’s nasally affect—not to mention Aunt Bobbi’s intro on the keys—but as the song winds its way to the chorus, he opens up into a falsetto sweetness that sounds more Nilsson than Nelson. And though the themes and conversational tones of the song could have easily found their way onto Phases and Stages, the younger Nelson’s songwriting embraces its sentimentality more wholly.

The nimble, dancing fretwork, too, sounds familiar at first blush. But it’s clear when Willie lays down a brief solo toward the end of the song that Lukas has managed to carve out his own style—abandoning the blues-inspired licks for elevated country pop. It’s the kind of dreamy track that makes you want to grab someone’s hand, stare at a country sky, and, well, maybe add a few clouds of your own. His daddy must be proud.

 

Willie Nelson, “Healing Hands of Time”

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017


Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child”

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)

Willie Nelson “…. and then I Wrote” (Reissue on blue vinyl)

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Willie Nelson …and Then I Wrote vinyl reissue!
Pre-Order Now!
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“Just Outside of Austin”, new album by Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Just Outside Of Austin” teaser featuring Willie Nelson from the forthcoming album “Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real” out August 25th on Fantasy Records.

This day in Willie Nelson History, “One for the Road” (with Leon Russell) certified Gold (August 2, 1979)

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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On August 2, 1979, “One For The Road,” a duet album featuring Willie Nelson & Leon Russell, goes gold.

Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child” (Buddy Cannon, Producer)

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Willie and Buddy write fantastic songs without even being in the room together. Hear their latest work together on ‘God’s Problem Child.’
https://willienelson.lnk.to/gdprob!9

Willie and Buddy write together

Willie and Buddy write fantastic songs without even being in the room together. Hear their latest work together on ‘God’s Problem Child.’https://willienelson.lnk.to/gdprob!9

Posted by Willie Nelson on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Willie Nelson, “Delete and Fast Forward, Again”

Monday, July 31st, 2017

1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)

The Highwaymen

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The Highwaymen: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.

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