Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

Willie Nelson, “Living in the Promiseland”

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Margo Price

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

1. Don’t Say It
2. Weakness
3. A Little Pain
4. Learning to Lose (featuring Willie Nelson)
5. Pay Gap
6. Nowhere Fast
7. Cocaine Cowboys
8. Wild Women
9. Heart of American
10. Do Right By Me
11. Loner
12. All American Made

Margo Price, All American Made

Price takes the vivid storytelling and rootsy twang of last year’s debut, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, to new heights on her second LP, a lush collection of tunes tackling subjects from the rural working class (“Heart of America”) to gender discrimination (“Pay Gap”). Don’t miss the stripped-down “Learning to Lose,” which channels ennui and hardship — with a world-weary assist from country hero Willie Nelson. —E.R.B.

In addition to Willie, Margo’s new album features her touring band — Kevin Black (bass), Jamie Davis (electric guitar), Micah Hulscher (piano), Jeremy Ivey (acoustic guitar/bass/harmonica), Dillon Napier (drums), and Luke Schneider (pedal steel). Like her debut, it was produced by Matt Ross-Spang and Alex Munoz, with co-production from Margo and her bandmate Jeremy Ivey. The album also has backing vocals by gospel group The McCrary Sisters. The album came out October 20 via Third Man Records.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Willie and Family Live” #1 (January 18, 1979)

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

On January 18, 1979, “Willie and Family Live” was at #1 on the country music album chart. The double album was recorded live at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Nevada in April 1978. EmmyLou Harris and Johnny Paycheck are featured on the album.

Side one
“Whiskey River” – 3:40
“Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)” – 3:24
“Funny How Time Slips Away” – 2:45
“Crazy” – 1:47
“Night Life” – 3:55
“If You’ve Got the Money (I’ve Got the Time)” – 1:44
“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” – 3:33
“I Can Get Off on You” – 2:06

Side two
“If You Could Touch Her at All” – 3:00
“Good Hearted Woman” – 2:57
“Red Headed Stranger Medley” 14:25
“Time of the Preacher” – 2:13
“I Couldn’t Believe It Was True” – 1:03
“Medley: Blue Rock Montana/Red Headed Stranger” – 2:40
“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” – 2:29
“Red Headed Stranger” – 4:31
4. “Under the Double Eagle” – 2:43

Side three
“Till I Gain Control Again” – 5:59
“Bloody Mary Morning” – 3:33
“I’m a Memory” – 1:52
“Mr. Record Man” – 2:01
“Hello Walls” – 1:29
“One Day at a Time” – 2:05
“Will the Circle Be Unbroken” – 2:18
“Amazing Grace” – 5:12

Side four
“Take This Job and Shove It” – 2:52
“Uncloudy Day” – 3:40
“The Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” – 1:29
“A Song for You” – 2:43
“Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” – 1:56
“Georgia on My Mind” – 4:09
“I Gotta Get Drunk” – 1:22
“Whiskey River” – 2:42
“The Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” – 2:12

Willie Nelson and others salute Buddy Emmons

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Born in the wake of a biographical project that Grammy-winning producer and steel guitarist Steve Fishell and Buddy Emmons worked on together, The Big E: A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons pays tribute to the most influential pedal steel player of them all. Buddy Emmons, known for endless musical vocabulary, his ultra clean technique, and his constant mechanical experiments on this complex, Rubick’s cube-like instrument, is a legend amongst musicians and hardcore music fans alike, but remains largely a background figure to the general public. All proceeds benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

1. Country Boy-Vince Gill featuring Paul Franklin & Tommy White
2. That’s All It Took-Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell featuring Seve Fishell
3. Blue Jade-Duane Eddy featuring Dan Dugmore
4. Are You Sure-Willie Nelson
5. This Could War With You-JayDee Manes
6. Half A Mind-John Anderson featuring Buck Reid
7. Wild Mountain Thyme-Greg Leisz
8. Rainbows All Over Your Blues-Albert Lee featuring JayDee Maness
9. Buddy’s Boogie-Doug Jernigan
10. Night Life-Raul Malo featuring Randle Currie
11. Feel So Bad-Chris Stapleton featuring Roosevelt Collier & Steve Fishell
12. Someday Soon-Joanie Keller Johnson featuring Mike Johnson
13. Invitation To The Blues-Norm Hamlet
14. When Your House Is Not A Home-Little Jimmy Dickens featuring Dan Dugmore & Duane Eddy
15. Shenandoah-Gary Carter
Bonus Track-Mansion On The Hill-Duane Eddy featuring Dan Dugmore

This day in Willie Nelson History, “The Great Divide” (January 15, 2002)

Monday, January 15th, 2018


Jan 15, 2002

Lost Highway releases Willie Nelson’s album “The Great Divide”

Track List:

Maria (Shut Up And Kiss Me)
Last Stand In Open Country
Won’t Catch Me Cryin’
Be There For You
The Great Divide
Just Dropped In (To see what condition my condition was in)
This Face
Don’t Fade Away
Time After Time
Recollection Phoenix
You Remain

Willie Nelson’s “Honeysuckle Rose” sound track receives two Grammy Nominations (1/13/1981)

Saturday, January 13th, 2018


On January 13, 1981, the sound track to the movie “Honeysuckle Rose”, received two Grammy nominations.

Willie Nelson sings with Judy Collins, “When I Go”

Friday, January 12th, 2018


July Collins will release a new duets album on September 18th, Strangers Again.  The album  is a collection of duets with some of her favorite male artists, including Willie Nelson, Don McLean, Michael McDonald, Jeff Bridges and Jackson Browne.

“They are guys that I adore, admire and respect,” says the Seattle-born folk singer and songwriter, 76, who has performed works by some of the greatest, including Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. “Some of them I’ve dreamed of singing with.”

On ‘Strangers Again’ Judy revisits “Send In The Clowns” with Don McLean, a song she first recorded in 1975 and helped to etch her name into the firmament of American icons. “Such fun to finally have some company after singing it alone for all these years!” she says. When Judy asked Jeff Bridges to sing with her, she was delighted that he chose Leonard Bernstein’s “Makes Our Garden Grow,” from ‘Candide.’

Judy is perhaps one of the best-suited singers to record “Hallelujah” given her long history with Leonard Cohen (she was one of the first to record his work), and does so on the album with rising star Bhi Bhiman. She’s also joined by Thomas Dybdahl, Ari Hest and Academy Award-winner Glen Hansard, interpreting songs penned by each.

‘Strangers Again’ track list:
1) Strangers Again (with Ari Hest)
2) Miracle River (Michael McDonald)
3) When I Go (Willie Nelson)
4) From Grace (Thomas Dybdahl)
5) Feels Like Home (Jackson Browne)
6) Make Our Garden Grow (Jeff Bridges)
7) Belfast to Boston (Marc Cohn)
8 ) Stars in my Eyes (Aled Jones)
9) Hallelujah (Bhi Bhiman)
10) Send in the Clowns (Don Mclean)
11) Some Day Soon (Jimmy Buffett)
12) Races (Glen Hansard)

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Stardust” certified quadruple-platinum (January 9, 1990)

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

On January 9th, 1990, Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album was certified quadruple-platinum.

1. Stardust
2. Georgia on My Mind
3. Blue Skies
4. All of Me
5. Unchained Melody
6. September Song
7. On the Sunny Side of the Street
8. Moonlight in Vermont
9. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
10. Someone to Watch over Me
11. Scarlett Ribbons
12. I Can See Clearly Now

Vinyl Treasures – Willie Nelson “Somewhere over the Rainbow”

Sunday, January 7th, 2018
December 2017
by:  Jim Camp

While watching a Willie Nelson documentary a few years back, I was bowled over when Willie said, “One of the greatest compliments I’ve ever heard in my life was when one of the Little Willies said that I sounded like Django Reinhardt if he had only one finger.”

Well, I was the one who said that, and I was happy Willie understood the compliment—which was based on my fandom for his record Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Released in 1981, Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a collection of standards with an incredible cast of musicians, such as Paul Buskirk, Johnny Gimble, Bob Moore, Freddie Powers, and Dean Reynolds. Some might prefer Red Headed Stranger as the quintessential Willie Nelson record, or the highly acclaimed Stardust that is also a collection of standards. But there is a timeless intimacy to the no-frills production of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Sounding as if Willie and company were recorded in a living room with two microphones, the album is a wonderful example of a live record wit soul and spontaneity. You can almost feel the camaraderie and artistry of the musicianship.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow helped me relate to standards as musical poems chronicling life experiences. Before absorbing this record, I mostly viewed standards as exercises in The Real Book with annoying chord substitutions that created hurdles and barriers. But Willie’s crew transformed tracks such as “Mona Lisa,” “I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You),” and “It Wouldn’t Be the Same Without You” into absolute heartbreakers with perfect accompaniment—so perfect I spent years at the turntable figuring out the chords and licks. By doing so, I discovered that Willie and company kept the changes simple (say, C, A7, D7, G7) while the soloists implied the chord substitutions.

For example, the soloist might “think” Ab aug7#9—or simply Ab7—while playing over a dominant movement of G7. Now, I still thought about tritone substitutions and so on, but after hearing Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I wasn’t shackled to them any more. And when I threw the jazz changes out the window, I found I could play music from the heart without too much “string theory.” It was a revelation that playing the melody with personal phrasing choices sounded like “jazz,” so I concluded that the melody notes are the “trees,” and surrounding notes are the “bushes.”

Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a great amalgamation of Django, Les Paul, and country swing played by master musicians—all playing timeless standards curated by the master songwriter, Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child”

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

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)

Friday, January 5th, 2018

  • Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings GershwinWillie Nelson & Merle Haggard
  • Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie - Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1: December DayTo All the Girls
  • Let's Face the Music and DanceHeroes
  • Remember Me, Vol. 1Willie Nelson - Icon
  • Run That By Me One More TimeHere We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles
  • In Defense: Vol 1 The Civil Liberties Defense Center
  • Country Music
  • American Classic
  • Lost Highway
  • Naked Willie
  • Willie And The Wheel
  • One Hell Of A Ride
  • Moment Of Forever
  • Two Men With The Blues
  • 16 Biggest Hits, Volume 2
  • Songbird
  • You Don't Know Me: The Songs Of Cindy Walker
  • Countryman
  • Songs For Tsunami Relief: Austin To South Asia
  • Songs
  • It Always Will Be
  • Outlaws And Angels
  • Live At Billy Bob's Texas
  • Nacogdoches
  • Live And Kickin'
  • The Essential Willie Nelson
  • Crazy: The Demo Sessions
  • Willie Nelson & Friends Stars & Guitars
  • All Of Me- Live In Concert
  • The Great Divide
  • Rainbow Connection
  • Good Ol' Country Singin'
  • Milk Cow Blues
  • Tales Out Of Luck (Me And The Drummer)
  • Night And Day
  • Teatro
  • 16 Biggest Hits
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Spirit
  • Willie Standard Time
  • Augusta
  • Revolution Of Time...The Journey 1975/1993
  • Just One Love
  • Super Hits, Volume 2
  • Moonlight Becomes You
  • Six Hours At Pedernales
  • Healing Hands Of Time
  • Super Hits
  • Across The Borderline
  • Any Old Arms Won't Do
  • The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?
  • Yours Always
  • Born For Trouble
  • A Horse Called Music
  • What A Wonderful World
  • Island In The Sea
  • Partners
  • The Promiseland
  • Me And Paul
  • Half Nelson
  • City Of New Orleans
  • Angel Eyes
  • Take It To The Limit
  • Tougher Than Leather
  • Without A Song
  • Always On My Mind
  • The Best Of Willie Nelson
  • 20 Of The Best
  • Minstrel Man
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  • Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be)
  • The Electric Horseman
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • Family Bible
  • Sings Kristofferson
  • Pretty Paper
  • Sweet Memories
  • One For The Road
  • There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
  • Stardust
  • Willie And Family Live
  • Face Of A Fighter
  • To Lefty From Willie
  • Willie- Before His Time
  • The Sound In Your Mind
  • The Longhorn Jamboree Presents: Willie Nelson & His Friends
  • The Troublemaker
  • Willie Nelson Live
  • Red Headed Stranger
  • Spotlight On Willie Nelson
  • Phases And Stages
  • Country Winners
  • Shotgun Willie
  • The Words Don't Fit The Picture
  • The Willie Way
  • Willie Nelson and Family
  • Yesterday's Wine
  • Both Sides Now
  • Laying My Burdens Down
  • Columbus Stockade Blues
  • Good Times
  • My Own Peculiar Way
  • Texas In My Soul
  • Make Way For Willie Nelson
  • The Party's Over and Other Great Willie Nelson Songs
  • Country Favorites - Willie Nelson Style
  • Country Music Concert
  • Country Willie - His Own Songs
  • Here's Willie Nelson
  • And Then I Wrote

Willie Nelson with Margo Price, “Learning to Lose”

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

“On the day, before the day, before the New Year…” I recorded this song- ‘Learning to Lose’ on this day with last year. I’m more proud of this song than anything I’ve ever done.”

— Margo Price



Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie”

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Bobbie Nelson

Sunday, December 24th, 2017



Bobbi Nelson, “Audiobiography”
Track List:
Back To Earth (With Willie Nelson)
Boogie Woogie
Death Ray Boogie
The House Of Blue Lights
Deep Purple
12th Street Rag
Sabor A Mi
Down Yonder
Until Tomorrow (With Willie Nelson)

American Epic Sessions

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

At the height of the roaring ’20s, music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology set out across America to capture the breadth of American music and discover the artists who would shape our world. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. It was the first time America heard itself. In The American Epic Sessions, the team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by 20 of today’s greatest artists, including Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the ’20s, they called this “catching lightning in a bottle.” All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.


Disc 1
1. Killer Diller Blues (Alabama Shakes)
2. On the Road Again [Explicit] (Nas)
3. Candy Man (Blind Boy Paxton)
4. 2 Fingers of Whiskey (Elton John and Jack White)
5. The Coo Coo Bird (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)
6. Like a Rose (Ashley Monroe)
7. The Only Man Wilder than Me (Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard)
8. Matrimonial Intentions (Jack White)
9. One Hour Mama (Rhiannon Giddens)
10. Mal Hombre (Ana Gabriel)
11. El Cascabel (Los Lobos)
12. Closer Walk with Thee (The Avett Brothers)
13. Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods (Beck)

Disc 2
1. Nobody’s Dirty Business (Bettye LaVette)
2. St. Louis Blues (Pokey Lafarge)
3. High Water Everywhere, Part 2 (Taj Mahal)
4. One Mic (Nas)
5. Pretty Saro (Rhiannon Giddens)
6. Jubilee (Ashley Monroe and The Americans)
7. Tous les Matins (Lost Bayou Ramblers)
8. When I Woke Up this Morning (Bettye LaVette)
9. If the River was Whiskey (Frank Fairfield)
10. Stealin’ Stealin’ (Raphael Saadiq)
11. Jordan am a Hard Road to Travel (The Avett Brothers)
12. Sail Away Ladies (The Americans)
13. Tomi Tomi (The Hawaiians)
14. Last Kind Words (Christine Pizzuti)
15. Come On in My Kitchen (Stephen Stills)
16. Mama’s Angel Child (Jack White)
17. Josephine (Pokey Lafarge)
18. Hilo Hanakahi (The Hawaiians)
19. Old Fashioned Love (Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard)