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Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Brenda Lee, “The Winning Hand”

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

From the show “The winning Hand”. The album, released in December 1982, featuring Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee and Kris Kristofferson. The album consisted largely of unreleased tracks from their years with Monument Records (all four of them had recorded for the label during the mid-1960s). Of the four artists, Kristofferson and Lee contributed new vocals, and a number of the original solo recordings were edited together to create “duets”.[citation needed] Despite what might have seemed an opportunistic project, designed to capitalize on the later fame of the performers—Parton’s and Nelson’s careers were at their commercial peaks in 1982—the album was largely well received by critics upon its release and did well on the country charts.

A single, “Everything’s Beautiful” (not to be confused with the Ray Stevens song of the same name), featuring Parton and Nelson, was released and made the country top ten.

Kristofferson’s two solo outings, “Here Comes that Rainbow Again” and “The Bandits of Beverly Hills”, both had previously been released as singles.

In early 1983, a two-hour variety syndicated television special was aired in celebration of the album with all four stars singing together for the first (and only) time. Johnny Cash hosted the program. Gospel music.

Dolly, Brenda, Kris & Willie
… The Winning Hand

Produced by Fred Foster
Monument Records

Johnny Cash wrote the liner notes for this album, Dolly, Brenda, Kris and Willie.  He wrote something about each artist, and here is what he wrote about Willie:

Willie Nelson

Like a thief in the night
Like the witch on her broom
The red-headed stranger
Came right through her bedroom

No, actually I’m kidding.  He was a little reluctant to walk through the bedroom at eleven o’clock at night with Waylon Jennings and myself.  They had come over to see me and I said, “Let’s go into my little back room and sit and talk and pick awhile.”  We passed John Carter’s bedroom where he was asleep.

“Come on and follow me,” I said.  leading the way through the master bedroom to my little get-away-from-it-all-writing-reading-picking-listening refuge.

“I’m afraid we’ll wake June,” said Willie, tiptoeing past the bed where she slept.

“C0me one,” I said, and the three of us walked Indian style through the dim lit room and into my private place.

“I’ve always been a dreamer.  I mean, I have vivid technicolor, wide-screen stereo dreams.  Oftimes I dream of things that are happening, sometimes I dream of things that will happen, sometimes I’m dreaming of things even before I’m sound asleep.  Sometimes I wake up in the middle of a dream not knowing what the end was to be.  I go back to sleep, commanding my mind to finish the dream.

Twenty years ago I had a dream about Willie Nelson.  I hadn’t spoken with, nor seen him, in about three years.

In my dream, Willie and I were sitting in a dresing room, swapping songs.  I sang him a song I had leanred from a demo which Gene Ferguson had given me called The Ballad of Ira Hayes.

Willie said, “You should do an album of Indian songs.”

“I will,” I said.  “I never thought of doing a whole album of Indian stuff”

“You will,” I said.  “I never thought of doing a whole album of Indian stuff.”

“You will,” said Willie in my dream.  (It’s called Bitter Tears.)

Willie said, “Let me sing you one, John.  I thought of you when I wrote it.” “They’re all the same.

The dream was over at the end of they’re all the same.

Next morning I called my secretary.  “Try to find me a number where I can call Willie Nelson,” I said.  “Willie Nelson, the songwriter.  I think he’s living in Nashville.”

An hour later I was talking to him.  I congratulated him on the success of some of his big songs he had written recorded by other artists.  He kindly returned the compliments.  “Willie,” I said.  “You might think I’m a little weird, but I dreamed about you last niht.”  There was silence on his end, so I went on.  “I dreamed you sang a song to me, one you had written clled they’re all the same.”

More silence.

:Do you have a song called They’re All the Same?”  I asked.

“Yes, I do,” he said, barely above a whisper.

“Would you send it to me” I asked.  “Maybe I can record it.”

A long pause, then willie said.  “Sure, give me your address.”

Willie sent the song and I played it a hundred times, but I never recorded it.  I was beginning to get heavily into something else and somewhere along the way, I must have lost the demo of ‘Thy’re All the Same.’

Now, back to 1979.   Willie, Waylon and I were sitting in my room just off the bedroom where June was asleep, just off the bedroom where John Carter was asleep.

I hadn’t seen Willie in ten years.  The hair was long and plaited.  The beard was full and red, and the eyes were clear and intelligent.  Waylon kept his hat on and sweated like I do.

I was a little shy myself because I was in the presence of two of country music’s all time greats.  I was also a little awed by Willie Nelson for his amazing rise to super stardom.

We sang a few songs quietly.  Willie was still concerned with waking June.

“Willie;,” I said, “do you remember ‘They’re all the same’?”

“Man,” he said.  “That’s been a long tme ago.  Didn’t I send you that?”

“Yes, but I lost it.”

“I’ll send you another tape of it,” he said.  “Let me sing you this one.”  And he sang a song which became a number one record for him.  But he still hasn’t sent me a tap on ‘They’re All the Same.’ Maybe he forgot it, too.

Not more than an hour had passed when Waylon said, “We’d better go, John.  I know you and June had already gone to bed.”

“Don’t go,” I said, and to Willie, “I haven’t seen you in so long and I want to spend some more time with you.”

They insised that it was too late to keep me up and again expressed their concern of waking June on the way out.

I led the way and June was still asleep.  I stopped and went over and shook June awake.  Only the night light was on and as I started to turn on the bedside light, Wilie said, “No, John, don’t do that.”

In the dim light, I said, “June, here’s some old buddies, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.”  Waylon went over and hugged her, and Willie knelt down beside the bed and kissed her on the cheek.

“How have you been, Miss June?”  he said.

June started talking up a storm.  “It’s so good to see you both.  Why didn’t you wake me, John?  Waylon, how’s Jessi?  Willie, it’s so good to see you.  John and I are so proud for you.”

“Didn’t mean to wake you pu, Miss June,” said Willie, “But it’s good to see you.”

:Oh, that’s alright, stay, John, turn on the light.”

“No, Miss June, we’re going.  Hope we didn’t make too much  noise.”

“Come back anytime, Willie.  Come back, Waylon, and bring Jessie,” said June.

Waylon tipped his hat and followed Willie past John Carter’s bedroom and on out the door.

I waived goodbye to them as they got in the car and closed the door.  I started past John Carter’s open bedroom door, back into our bedroom, but he was awake and standing there.  “Who’s that, Daddy?” he asked.

“Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.”

He started back to his bed and stopped, “I smell something funny,” he said.

“Like what, John Carter?” I asked.

“I don’t know, he said, crawling under his covers.

Crawling in bed by June, I thought of the miles and the troubles my visitors must have known in their lives.  They had been everywhere and done everything, but then so have I, I thought.  Maybe I smell funny.


Some fly high and some fly low
But theyrenot all the same
For a winning man with a winning hand
You never see brought down
One year he might disappear
And no more be seen in town
He’s got lots of things I’ve not
An he’ll master the movie game
He’ll be back along to sing his song
nd they’re not all the same
This record made in this decade
Is this decade’s number one
There is no doubt in my mind without
Willie Nelson it could not have been done
Now my take is said
And I thank you, Fred
You are one might man
To work it out
And bring about
The platinum The Winning Hand

— Johnny Cash

Willie Nelson sings with Judy Collins on her new album, “Strangers Again”

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Willie Nelson joined Judy Collins for “When I Go”, on her new album, “Strangers Again”


A unique and extraordinary duets album featuring the unmistakable voice of folk music icon Judy Collins and an all-star assembly of her superbly talented friends performing an intensely moving set of ballads.

Guests include country legend Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Jeff Bridges, Glen Hansard (of The Swell Season), Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Don McLean and more!

Track List:
1. Strangers Again feat. Ari Hest
2. Miracle River feat. Michael McDonald
3. Belfast To Boston feat. Marc Cohn
4. When I Go feat. Willie Nelson
5. Make Our Garden Grow feat. Jeff Bridges
6. Feels Like Home feat. Jackson Browne
7. From Grace feat. Thomas Dybdahl
8. Hallelujah feat. Bhi Bhiman
9. Someday Soon feat. Jimmy Buffett
10. Stars In My Eyes feat. Aled Jones
11. Send In The Clowns feat. Don McLean
12. Races feat. Glen Hansard

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Stephen Tyler covers, Willie Nelson’s, ‘Crazy’

Monday, September 28th, 2015
by: Laura McClellen

Since releasing his first country single earlier this year, Steven Tyler has embraced the genre wholeheartedly. The legendary rock frontman has been performing with country artists, announcing CMA Awards nominees, and now appearing alongside Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere) on ABC’s Nashville during the Sept. 23 episode.
The show centers around Music City’s country scene, and Tyler paid tribute by joining in on Barnes’ performance of Patsy Cline’s classic, “Crazy.” The character begins the slow serenade as her adoring audience cheers, finishing out the first verse before Tyler makes his entrance.
Of course, the crowd goes wild when the icon shows up and begins singing harmony to Barnes’ melody. Tyler takes a verse as Barnes beams beside him. The duo finishes up the tune with finesse as the show moves on to the next emotional scene. See the full performance in the clip above.
Tyler released “Love Is Your Name” in May and plans to finish his full country album later this year. He recently appeared on stage with the Cadillac Three for a performance of the Aerosmith song “Sweet Emotion,“ and has played the tune as well as “Walk This Way” with Zac Brown Band. Tyler didn’t discriminate, though; he stopped to impress some locals in Russia by joining in with a street performer back in early September on “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” The artist joined Aerosmith bandmates for a quick 17-date tour this summer before diving back into the country genre.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard announce Fall Tour

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

By Staff

Country Legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard released their album Django and Jimmie in June of this year, and now the two will hit the road together.

Django & Jimmie marks the duo’s six collaborative album; it’s a tribute to early country music legend Jimmie Rodgers and to guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt.

The short run of dates begins mid October in South Carolina, with a bonus gig in Forth Worth to close things out in November.

Before the tour kicks off Nelson headlined the 30th edition Farm Aid on September 19th in Chicago along with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, andKacey Musgraves.

Full dates below:

10/15 – Florence, SC @ Florence Civic Center
10/16 – Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Center Coliseum
10/17 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
10/21 – Bloomington, IN @ TBA
10/23 – Pikeville, KY @ Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
10/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Theatre
10/25 – Green Bay, WI @ Theatre at the Resch Center
11/28 – Fort Worth, TX @ Billy Bob’s Texas

Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, “Lone Star” (Farm Aid 25)

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

From DirecTV’s broadcast of Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America, Norah Jones performs “Lonestar” with Willie Nelson at Miller Park in Milwaukee on October 2, 2010. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit:

Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

Happy Birthday, Ray Charles (born September 23, 1930 – 2004)

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015


Ray Charles is born in Albany, Georgia. Best known for his work in jazz and rhythm & blues, he brings attention to country with his album “Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music” and records “Seven Spanish Angels” with Willie Nelson
by:  Edward Mack

When he released the duet “Seven Spanish Angels” with Willie Nelson in 1985, it had been nearly 20 years since Ray Charles had a country hit. But behind the force of powerful lyrics and the master musicians, the track quickly raced to the top of the charts.

More than 20 years earlier, a young Ray Charles released what has become, by nearly all standards, one of country music’s finest all-time albums, Modern Sounds in Country and Western. The album fused country and western with rhythm and blues, pop and jazz to redefine the country standards that Charles covered. Songs by Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold and Felice Bryant were included on the album.

And then in the ’80s, when Nashville, Tenn. had forgotten Charles, the legendary singer returned. He recorded a duet with Clint Eastwood, “Beers to You”, that charted and made appearances on several popular TV shows, including Hee Haw. Then, he went all out in ’83 and ’84 and recorded his first country albums since his Modern Sounds Volume Two, also released in 1962.

“Seven Spanish Angels” isn’t on Ray Charles’ country album, but rather Willie Nelson’s album of duets, Half Nelson. For Charles, it was his first No. 1 in 20 years. For Willie, it was another in a long string of hits.

The duet tells the story of an outlaw and his girl who are chased down by a posse while they are running through Mexico on their way back to Texas. The pair are cornered and instead of giving themselves up, they embrace, declaring that they will meet again in a better place, and prepare for a shootout. The man is immediately shot. The woman, grief-stricken, picks up his rifle knowing well that the chamber is empty and…

Well, you’ll just have to listen to the song to find out what happens.

Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, “Nightlife” on Late Night with Stephen Colbert Show (9/16/15)

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp were the musical guests, and also sat and talked with Stephen about Farm Aid 30, in Chicago, on Sept. 19, 2015.

Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves

Saturday, September 12th, 2015



Willie Nelson invited Kacey on tour with him last year, and sings on a hidden track, “Are You Sure,” at the very end of the album.


The collaboration came about while she was on Nelson’s tour bus and asked him why he doesn’t play the song live anymore.

“He couldn’t believe I knew it,” she recalls of the song, which Nelson first recorded in the 1960s. “I just really loved it. It’s very honest and very country, [and] it’s a neat perspective. He seemingly pulled a guitar out of a cloud of smoke and started strumming. I was of course dying inside a little bit.”

Nelson told Musgraves that he’d love to sing on the track with her and even brought his iconic guitar Trigger to play on the song.

“It was meant to be a hidden track at the end. A little nugget for people who make it to the end of the record,” she says.

Just as much as her hidden track is a surprise for fans, it’s also something she cherishes.

“I had so much fun creating this record and wanted to convey a classic, even tone throughout the whole thing,” she concludes. “I hope the live spirit we wanted to capture came across.”

Willie Nelson sings with Judy Collins on new duets album, “Strangers Again”

Saturday, September 12th, 2015


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.

Judy has appeared everywhere from Sesame Street to HBO’s Girls, performed at a presidential inauguration and released two live DVD/CD specials in the past three years which were also broadcast on PBS. She performs over 100 shows a year and 2015 is no different, with summer dates including Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival on July 26, and the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles on July 17.

‘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)

Tour dates:
6/21 – Ocean City, NJ – Ocean City Symphony
6/26 – Austin, TX – One World Theater
6/27 – Laytonville, CA – Kate Wolf Festival (Red Tail Hawk-Meadow Stage)
7/2 – San Diego, CA – San Diego County Fair (with the Passenger String Quartet)
7/5 – San Rafael, CA – Marin County Fair (with the Passenger String Quartet)
7/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park
7/18 – Las Vegas, NV – The Orleans Hotel and Casino (w/Don McLean)
7/19 – Las Vegas, NV – The Orleans Hotel and Casino (w/Don McLean)
7/26 – New York, NY – Damrosch Park Bandshell
7/27 – N. Truro, MA – Payoment PAC Music Tent
7/28 – Cotuit, MA – Cotuit Center for the Arts
7/31 – Riverhead, NY – The Suffolk Theater
8/2 – Sharon, CT – Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
8/7 – Easton, MD – The Avalon Theater
8/8 – Chatham, NJ – Sanctuary Concerts
8/30 – Livermore, CA – Camp Arroyo
9/5 – Salt Lake City UT – Joe Hill Centennial Festival
9/10 – Fall Rivers, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts
9/11 – Rockport, MA – Shalin Liu PC
9/12 – Rockport, MA – Shalin Liu PC
9/25 – Lincoln, NE – Rocco Theater
9/27 – Woodlands, TX – Dosey Doe
10/3 – Wingate, NC – McGee Theatre at the Batte Fine Arts Center
10/7 – Galway, Ireland – Town Hall
10/9 – Belfast, Ireland – The Waterfront Hall
10/10 – Dublin, Ireland – Pavilion Theatre
10/12 – Leeds, UK – City Varieties
10/13 – Birmingham, UK – Town Hall
10/15 – Manchester, UK – RNCM Concert Hall
10/16 – London, UK – Cadogan Hall
10/18 – Milton Keynes, UK – Stables
10/19 – Newcastle, UK – Sage 2
10/20 – Bristol, UK – St. George’s Hall
10/21 – St. Albans, UK – Alban Arena
10/22 – Wimborne, UK – Tivoli Theatre
10/24 – Malvern, UK – Forum Theatre
10/25 – Exeter, UK – Northcote Theatre
10/26 – Cardiff, UK – Tramshed


Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, “Georgia on My Mind”

Saturday, September 12th, 2015
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, file photo, from left, horn player Walter Blanding, bassist Carlos Henriquez, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Willie Nelson and drummer Ali Jackson perform during a concert in the Allen Room at the Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in New York. Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is opening its new season away from home, but for Bronx-born Henriquez it will be a homecoming. The concert, on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, marks the first time JALC is not starting the season at its own space since Rose Hall opened in 2004 in the Time Warner Center in midtown Manhattan. JALC's main concert halls are closed until December while its public spaces are being redesigned. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)

From left, horn player Walter Blanding, bassist Carlos Henriquez, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Willie Nelson and drummer Ali Jackson perform during a concert in the Allen Room at the Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in New York, on January 12, 2007.

Willie Nelson with Kelly Musgraves, “Are You Sure” in new music video

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Janis and I were in Austin for the 4th of July Picnic, and, like the crazy fans we are, heard about the filming of the video on July 3rd and drove around the block at the White Horse a few times.  We didn’t park.  We didn’t peek in windows.  I know, sometimes we tread a very fine line between being  fans or  stalkers, but we were on the right side of it this time.

Janis did slow down the car so I could take a couple pictures, though, of course.


by: Chad Swiatecki

Country star Willie Nelson and up-and-comer Kacey Musgraves are the latest musicians to use the popular White Horse country bar in East Austin as the location for a video shoot.

Nelson and Musgraves booked the bar for a video for Musgraves’ new song “Dime Store Cowgirl” on July 3, one day before the pair played Nelson’s packed July 4 Picnic at Circuit of The Americas, shooting from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

White Horse co-owner Denis O’Donnell said the bar gets solicited for filming and branded promotional use about once per quarter, with rental rates varying based on the size of the client.

Willie Nelson, A Horse Called Music

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Willie Nelson pays tribute to his past in his  video, “A Horse Called Music.” Featuring Merle Haggard and Merle’s son Lukas on vocals, Willie rides through Luck, Texas, a small town set he had built for his movie Red Headed Stranger.

“A Horse Called Music” was originally recorded by Willie for his 1989 album by the same name. The new video features clips of a couple of Willie’s heroes, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, and their horses Champion and Trigger, as well as some of Willie’s favorite scenes from Red Headed Stranger.


A Horse Called Music
Release date:  7/25/1989

  1. Nothing I can do about it now
  2. Highway
  3. I Never Cared for YouÂ
  4. If I were a Painting
  5. Spirit
  6. There You Are
  7. Mr. Record Man
  8. If My World Didn’t Have You
  9. Horse Called Music
  10. Is the Better Part Over

Willie Nelson and Melonie Cannon, “Back to Earth”

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Old Time Religion

Sunday, September 6th, 2015