Happy Birthday and many returns of the day to Lucinda Williams.
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In 2007 that Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price recorded their Last of the Breed album, of western swing, country classics and some of the best country music ever written — most of it by them. The artists took their show on the road and toured in support of the album in March of that year.
There were no 14-year-olds on that tour, but those guys toured like they were teenagers promoting their first album, blazing a trail across the country performing 15-shows in 17 days. I got to see their show a couple times here in Colorado, and I was blown away. These talented musicans were at the top of their game and were having so much fun performing together. And the music! They were joined by friend and fellow musical genius Freddy Powers, and sang their award-winning hits to sold-out halls everwhere. We all left those shows knowing we’d just experienced something very special.
The Last of the Breed album was released before the tour, a double-album, and a DVD quickly followed. Now, on March 3, 2009, Image Entertainment will release a live cd, recorded from their concerts. This is good news, because it is going to get wider distribution, and will also be available, for the first time, through i-tunes for download.
They are the Last of the Breed — the elder statesmen of classic country music who have inspired artists for decades. No one else sings country music with the passion and purity of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price. In March 2007, these living legends and Country Music Hall of Famers united on stage for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event that was captured for television and recorded to give fans the ultimate concert experience. Backed by the GRAMMY Award-winning Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel and Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys, LIVE FROM THE LAST OF THE BREED TOUR presents Willie’s, Merle’s and Ray’s greatest hits that they performed on this magical evening.
- Miles and Miles of Texas (w/Asleep at the Wheel
- Make the World Go Away (Ray Price)
- For the Good Times (Ray Price)
- Take Me Back to Tulsa (Merle Haggard)
- Silver Wings (Merle Haggard)
- That’s the Way Love Goes (Merle Haggard)
- Okie From Miskogee (Merle Haggard)
- Pancho and Lefty (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard)
- Always on My Mind (Willie Nelson)
- Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
- Ramblin’ Fever (Merle Haggard)
- I Gotta Have My Baby Back (Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard)
- Night Life (Ray Price)
- Sing Me Back Home (Merle Haggard)
- Crazy (Willie Nelson, Ray Price
- On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)
Willie Nelson and Norah Jones sing “Crying Time” at Lincoln Center with a style that makes the song all theirs. Something about Jones’ magnificent ease dolefully shimmers against Nelson’s deep, plain, profound narration.
The virtuoso musicians led by Wynton Marsalis–Mickey Raphael, Walter Blanding, Dan Nimmer, Carlos Henriquez and Ali Jackson–all do equal time behind the vale of tears. “Now everything is changed,” Marsalis says in introduction. “You know how that happens? Suddenly your heart is unchained and it’s crying time.”
Willie Nelson, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Usher Join Stevie Wonder Tribute Concert ‘Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute’Saturday, January 17th, 2015
by: Daniel Kreps
Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Willie Nelson, Usher and Janelle Monáe have all signed on to take part in Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute. The live concert will take place February 10th at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, while the CBS broadcast airs February 16th. Tickets for the tribute concert are on sale now at AXS.com.
Last month, it was revealed that the Grammys would honor Wonder with a celebration similar to the network’s 2014 star-studded music special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America. More performers will be announced for the Songs in the Key of Life concert, with each artist picking a song from the 25-time Grammy winner’s extensive songbook to cover on the Nokia Theatre stage.
Most of the artists involved seems to have some connection to Wonder over the course of their careers: Martin and Wonder recently appeared on BBC Music’s all-star cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” while Wonder and Nelson similarly sang on the original 1985 “We Are the World.” Wonder also contributed to Usher’s 2004 album Confessions.
“Stevie Wonder is an absolute legend and I am so honored to be a part of this very special night,” Sheeran said in a statement.
In addition to the Wonder performance, plan on seeing the British singer on television often in the coming weeks: Sheeran was among the first performers announced for the 57th annual Grammy Awards, and on January 24th he’ll help resurrect VH1 Storytellers with a live concert in Dublin, Ireland.
Willie Nelson, Usher and Coldplay’s Chris Martin will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder at a concert next month.
The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Ed Sheeran and Janelle Monae will also perform at “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute” on Feb. 10. The concert will take place two days after the 57th annual Grammy Awards.
Tickets for the tribute show are currently on sale.
The concert will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. It will air as a two-hour special on CBS on Feb. 16.
Wonder has been awarded 25 Grammy Awards during his illustrious career.
This day in Willie Nelson History: Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow & friends honor Merle Haggard (Dec. 28 )Sunday, December 28th, 2014
On Dec 28, 2010, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley play to honor Merle Haggard in the CBS telecast of “The Kennedy Center Honors.” Video taped earlier in the month.