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Willie Nelson & Roger Miller, “Old Friends” (Farm Aid)

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson sing with Brantley Gilbert on new album, “Fire and Brimstone”

Thursday, August 1st, 2019
by: Kirsten Spruch

Brantley Gilbert has announced that his forthcoming album, Fire & Brimstone, will be released Oct. 4 via The Valory Music Co.

This marks the Georgia native’s first album in almost three years, following 2017’s The Devil Don’t Sleep. The LP will feature Lindsay Ell, Colt Ford, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss and Lukas and Willie Nelson. “Bad Boy” is the latest single, while “What Happens In a Small Town,” “Man That Hung the Moon,” “Not Like Us” and “Welcome to Hazeville” are all also out now.

All 15 tracks on the album were written and co-written by the country singer-songwriter and focus in on being a father and a husband.

“I know it sounds crazy, but never did I once bring a lyric sheet into the studio with me,” Gilbert said of the recording process in a statement. “I feel like I am at this stage in my career where I am confident enough to let the music take me where it’s meant to go, no matter how down and dirty that might be. There is no doubt that this is the album that allowed me to grow up musically.”

Track List:

1. “Fire’t Up” 
2. “Not Like Us”
3. “Welcome To Hazeville” (featuring Colt Ford, Lukas Nelson and Willie Nelson)
4. “What Happens In A Small Town” (featuring Lindsay Ell) 
5. “She Ain’t Home”
6. “Lost Soul’s Prayer”
7. “Tough Town” 
8. “Fire & Brimstone” (featuring Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss)
9. “Laid Back Ride” 
10. “Bad Boy”
11. “New Money” 
12. “Breaks Down”
13. “Man Of Steel”
14. “Never Gonna Be Alone” 
15. “Man That Hung The Moon” 

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, “Pancho and Lefty”

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

“I love everything about Willie Nelson” — LeeAnn Womack

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
by Craig Shelburne

They Share a Grammy for the 2002 Hit, “Mendocino County Line”

In an interview with the National Podcast of Texas, Womack reminisced with host Andy Langer about filming the music video for “Mendocino County Line” in downtown Austin. She says, “Getting to ride horses toward the state capitol with the most famous Texan ever, it was a big moment for me.”

Acclaimed photographer Mark Seliger directed the video, which settled in for a long stretch on CMT’s playlist. Written by Bernie Taupin and produced by Matt Serletic, the song led to an ACM award, CMA award, and Grammy award, and climbed to No. 22 at country radio.

“I love him,” she says of Nelson. “I love all of his people, I love his whole vibe and everything he has going on, musically, personally, the whole thing, I can’t even say enough. We toured on that song and I learned so much from watching him. I’d been around so many spoiled brats and so many divas and just s— that goes on in that whole Nashville scene.”

She continues, “And then here comes Willie and his camp, who were totally not in that scene. Willie was so kind to everybody that was working on the crew, the fans… We did The Tonight Show, we did several awards shows, we did all this stuff together, and I never saw him say, ‘I’m too tired to rehearse it again,’ or ‘I’m not showing up for rehearsal or soundcheck.’ He was the ultimate professional and I learned so much from him. It was a great time for me.”

She continues, “And then here comes Willie and his camp, who were totally not in that scene. Willie was so kind to everybody that was working on the crew, the fans… We did The Tonight Show, we did several awards shows, we did all this stuff together, and I never saw him say, ‘I’m too tired to rehearse it again,’ or ‘I’m not showing up for rehearsal or soundcheck.’ He was the ultimate professional and I learned so much from him. It was a great time for me.”

Nelson has recorded innumerable duets over the years, although his offbeat phrasing can be intimidating to singers who aren’t prepared for it. So, was it hard for Womack to sing with Willie?

“Hmm-mmm, it wasn’t hard,” she says. “It wasn’t difficult for me. I don’t know why. I think probably because I had listened to him for so many years, I knew what to expect, but no, it wasn’t a problem.”

Willie and Paula Nelson Duet included in HBO’s Big Little Lies soundtrack

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

www.Billboard. com
by: Kirsten Spruchh

Season 2 of HBO’s Big Little Lies comes to a close with its finale on July 21, the series is unveiling details about its soul-tinged soundtrack. The soundtrack will be released on July 19th.

Read rest of article here.

Big Little Lies Season 2 (Music From The Limited HBO Series) Track List:

1. I’ll Be Around – The Spinners (Episode 1)
2. Good Thing Gone – Elle King (Episode 2)
3. Harvest Moon – Cassandra Wilson (Episode 1)
4. Until You Came Into My Life – Ann Peebles (Episode 6)
5. The Fade Out Line – Phoebe Killdeer and The Short Straws (Episode 1)
6. Great Big Bundle of Love – Brenton Wood (Episode 2)
7. Let Love Stand A Chance – Charles Bradley (feat. Menahan Street Band) (Episode 2)
8. Baby – Donnie & Joe Emerson (Episode 5)
9. Dreams – Pop Etc (Episode 4)
10. That Was Yesterday – Leon Bridges (Episode 7)
11. Why Can’t We Live Together – Jim James (Episode 4)
12. Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Willie Nelson feat. Paula Nelson (Episode 7)
13. Piece of My Heart – Christina Vierra and The Ryan Rehm Band (Episode 7)
14. Shake Sugaree – Elizabeth Cotten and Brenda Evans (Episode 6)

Willie Nelson & Friends America the Beautiful

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Don’t Think Twice (it’s all right)

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Willie Nelson sings with Sheryl Crow on her new album, “Threads”

Monday, June 24th, 2019
Sheryl Crow’s New Album of Collaborations Features an All-Star Cast of Country Stars

by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  June 14, 2019

Sheryl Crow released the art and track listing for her upcoming album of collaborations, Threads, which is set to drop on Aug. 30.

photo by Dove Shore

The 17-song album features collaborations with a number of country artists, including Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill.

Sheryl signed a new record deal with Big Machine Label Group for the collaborative project.

Threads Track List & Songwriters

  1. “Prove You Wrong” ft. Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Al Anderson, Leslie Satcher
  2. “Live Wire” ft. Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott
  3. “Tell Me When It’s Ove”r ft. Chris Stapleton | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton
  4. “Story Of Everything” ft. Chuck D, Andra Day & Gary Clark Jr. | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Steve Jordan, Carlton Ridenhour
  5. “Beware Of Darkness” ft. Eric Clapton, Sting & Brandi Carlile | Writer: George Harrison
  6. “Redemption Day” ft. Johnny Cash | Writer: Sheryl Crow
  7. “Cross Creek Road” ft. Lukas Nelson (digital/physical) / ft. Margo Price (vinyl) | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott
  8. “Everything Is Broken” ft. Jason Isbell | Writer: Bob Dylan
  9. “The Worst” ft. Keith Richards | Writers: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  10. “Lonely Alone” ft. Willie Nelson | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Shane McAnally
  11. “Border Lord” ft. Kris Kristofferson | Writers: Kris Kristofferson, Donnie Fritts, Stephen Bruton, Terry Paul
  12. “Still The Good Old Days” ft. Joe Walsh | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh
  13. “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You” ft. St. Vincent* | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott
  14. “Don’t” ft. Lucius | Writer: Sheryl Crow
  15. “Nobody’s Perfect” ft. Emmylou Harris** | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott
  16. “Flying Blind” ft. James Taylor | Writers: Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton
  17. “For The Sake Of Love” ft. Vince Gill | Writer: Sheryl Crow

Willie Nelson sings with Aaron Lewis, “Sinner”

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Willie Nelson and Paula Nelson, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack, “Mendocino County Line”

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow, “If I were a Carpenter”

Monday, June 17th, 2019

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

Saturday, June 15th, 2019
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.”

Rest in Peace, Dr. John

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow, “City of New Orleans”

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019