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December Day: New Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson Album out in December

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie’s December Day, the first installment of the Willie‘s Stash archival recordings series, on Tuesday, December 2.

An eclectic album collaboration from outlaw country legend Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Nelson, December Day debuts intimate new recordings of the siblings performing 18 songs they love.

As brother and sister growing up in Abbott, Texas, Willie and Bobbie Nelson learned to read music and play instruments as pre-teens under the tutelage of their grandparents, who raised them. They played together in Texas bands early in their careers and Bobbie has been an essential member of Willie’s Family Band since its official formation in 1973. Willie and Bobbie’s deeply intuitive musical bond, formed and developed through of decades of practice and spontaneity, can be felt throughout December Day.

With songs personally selected by Willie and Bobbie, December Day includes new versions of gems from Willie’s extensive songwriting catalog (“Permanently Lonely,” “My Old Peculiar Way”) alongside some surprising cover tunes (Al Jolson’s “The Anniversary Song,” Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “What’ll I Do” and “Always”).

The album’s sound is augmented by contributions from other Family Band members, including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee Spears on bass on “What’ll I Do,” recorded during his poignant last session with Willie.

In his first-hand observer liner notes for December Day, Family Band member Mickey Raphael provides fascinating details of the album’s performances and insights into the artists’ creative process.

“As long as I can remember, Willie and Bobbie, who ride together on Willie’s bus, spend some of their traveling time jamming on their favorite songs,” Raphael writes.  “Bobbie has a travel size keyboard on the bus and Willie’s guitar, Trigger is always by his side. This is where the idea for December Day was born. ‘Why not record our favorite songs like we play them for ourselves?,’ Bobbie asked….

“….When it comes to a brother-sister collaboration with the longevity of Willie and Bobbie, there is beauty in keeping things simple. ‘Less is more’ is the underlying theme. We’ve heard these songs before but not like this. The spontaneity born out of familiarity is what this record, December Day, is all about.

“It’s not rocket science, it’s alchemy.”

The Willies Stash series will present a variety of releases, personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, a singular career that’s established Willie Nelson as an American musical icon.

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December Day is Willie’s fifth release since signing to Legacy Recordings in 2012. His last Legacy release, Band Of Brothers, was released in June 2014 and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. is produced by Buddy Cannon and recorded by Steve Chadie at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas. Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (Trigger) and Bobbie Nelson (piano, B-3 organ) with Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin Smith (bass), Bee Spears (bass), Billy English (drums, percussion) and David Zettner (acoustic guitar).

 

Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie
December Day
(Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1)

1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)
2. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson)
3. What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin)
4. Summer of Roses / December Day (Willie Nelson)
5. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
6. Mona Lisa (Ray Evans & Jay Livingston)
7. I Don’t Know Where I Am Today (Willie Nelson)
8. Amnesia (Willie Nelson)
9. Who’ll Buy My Memories (Willie Nelson)
10. The Anniversary Song (Al Jolson & Saul Chaplin)
11. Laws of Nature (Willie Nelson)
12. Walkin’ (Willie Nelson)
13. Always (Irving Berlin)
14. I Let My Mind Wander (Willie Nelson)
15. Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson)
16. My Own Peculiar Way (Willie Nelson)

17. Sad Songs and Waltzes (Willie Nelson)

18. Ou-es tu, mon amour  (Emile Stern & Henri LeMarchand) / I Never Cared for You (Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, Riverbend Center, “Band of Brothers” (10/19/14)

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, “I Never Cared for You” (Riverbend Center) (Oct. 19, 2014)

Monday, October 20th, 2014

What a beautiful song! And all this sound from just Willie and Bobbie! What a beautiful place to get to hear these two amazing musicians. It was very moving. Thanks to the Riverbend Center, and the Gerald Mann Ministeries, for the great concert, in such a beautiful building.

New Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson Album, “December Day”

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

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Can’t wait for this album that is scheduled to be released in December! Sony Records has plans to release his latest project, “December Day”, on some December Day, 2014.  The album will include more original songs by Willie Nelson.

Willie talked about the project in a New York Times interview last summer:

“It’s mostly me and sister [Bobbie Nelson] with a little harmonica and a little bass in there” he explained.

“We’re doing nine songs that I wrote and a couple of Irving Berlin songs — ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ and ‘What’ll I Do.’

It’s coming out sometimes before the holidays, maybe October.”

– Willie Nelson

Here’s an earlier rendition of that beautiful song.

Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie, “December Day” (New Album scheduled for release Fall 2014) (Sony)

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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No matter that Willie Nelson released an album last June that went to number one on the Billboard Country Chart (“Band of Brothers”), he never rests on his laurels.  Sony Records has plans to release his latest project, “December Day”,  as early as next month.  The album will include more original songs by Willie Nelson.

Willie talked about the project in a New York Times interview last summer:

“It’s mostly me and sister [Bobbie Nelson] with a little harmonica and a little bass in there” he explained. “We’re doing nine songs that I wrote and a couple of Irving Berlin songs — ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ and ‘What’ll Do.’ It’s coming out sometimes before the holidays, maybe October.” — Willie Nelson

Here’s an earlier rendition of that beautiful song.

Willie Nelson has some tricks up his sleeve (but can he still fool his sister Bobbie?)

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

Lots of great pictures of Willie Nelson and Family at www.WillieNelson.com

Bobbie Nelson @ Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

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It’s hard to photograph Miss Bobbie, she is tucked behind that giant piano. But Janis was able to take these photos of her. She looked beautiful, as always, in a shiny red shirt.

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Bobbi Nelson, “Audiobiography”

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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Track List:

  1. Back To Earth (With Willie Nelson)
  2. Boogie Woogie
  3. Crazy
  4. Death Ray Boogie
  5. Stardust
  6. The House Of Blue Lights
  7. Deep Purple
  8. 12th Street Rag
  9. Sabor A Mi
  10. Down Yonder
  11. Laura
  12. Until Tomorrow (With Willie Nelson)

 

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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Willie and Bobbie Nelson stand in front of the sculpture of Willie Nelson that was commissioned by the City of Austin, and will be placed on Willie Nelson Boulevard, in Austin, near the Austin City Limits/ Moody Theater.  Photo thanks to Turk Pipkin.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

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Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Bobbie Nelson and Annie D’Angelo Nelson

photo:  Janis Tillerson, Abbott, Texas

Willie and Bobbie Nelson

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sending this nice black and white photo.

 

Willie Nelson and Family at the BackYard (April 29, 2014)

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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Willie Nelson had so much love and affection for everyone at the concert at the BackYard Tuesday, and this is how it looked from the front row, when Janis from Texas took this picture of him looking at her.

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Thanks to Janis for her great photos from the show.

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I love when I see Janis haul in her big ass camera, as heavy as it may be, because I know we will get to enjoy photos like these of Paul, and Bobbie.

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Bobbie Nelson and Paul English (Laughlin, Nevada) (March 29, 2014)

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

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Thanks to Lane and Katrina, from Flagstaff, for sharing their photo of Paul English and Bobbie Nelson at the Willie Nelson and Family show in Laughlin, Nevada.

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And here’s Lane and Katrina with Bobbie and Paul, in Nevada.