Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

Willie Nelson and Faron Young, “Funny How Time Slips Away”

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

“I Won’t Dance,” – Willie Nelson and Diana Krall

Friday, February 12th, 2021

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the premiere of “I Won’t Dance,” a video animation of the Willie Nelson-Diana Krall duet on Willie’s upcoming studio album, That’s Life, a musical homage to Frank Sinatra.

The “I Won’t Dance” animated short film debuts Friday, February 12.   Inspired by classic cartoons, fashion illustrations and Hollywood glamor, screwball and slapstick comedies, the “I Won’t Dance”animated short film incorporates stylized avatars of Willie Nelson and Diana Krall performing their wry duet in a vibrant impressionistic cosmopolitan setting.

A Dreambear Production, “I Won’t Dance” was animated by Manuel Casares and Antonio Corral (aka Crocantes), “a duo of crazy people who live in Granada (Spain) and have grown up with comics, science fiction and cartoons.” Their special affection for 20th century American culture shines in their illustrated animated narrative for “I Won’t Dance.” 

A 20th century jazz standard with music by Jerome Kern, “I Won’t Dance” has two sets of lyrics (the first written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach in 1934, the second penned by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh for the film, “Roberta,” in 1935). Fred Astaire made the song (with Fields’ lyrics) a hit with his performance, with Ginger Rogers, in the 1935 film version of the Broadway musical, “Roberta.” 

Frank Sinatra recorded “I Won’t Dance” in 1957 for A Swingin’ Affair!, his 12th studio album, and in 1962 for Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First.  

Honoring the enduring influence and inspiration of Frank Sinatra, That’s Life continues Willie’s longtime musical appreciation of Sinatra’s artistry and repertoire, an exploration exemplified by 2018’s My Way, which earned Willie the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Solo Album. 

Willie’s That’s Life–his 15th studio outing for Legacy and second album tribute to Sinatra–will be available on CD, 12″ vinyl and digital formats on Friday, February 26. Barnes & Noble will be offering an exclusive marbled blue vinyl edition of That’s Life while exclusive merchandise bundles–including art prints, a jigsaw puzzle and more–will be available at the Willie Nelson webstore. Pre-order here.

“Hello Walls”, Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Perfect pandemic song.

Willie Nelson and Ray Price, “San Antonio Rose”

Monday, February 8th, 2021

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Nora Jones, “Here We Go Again”

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson, “Breathe”

Monday, February 1st, 2021

Willie Nelson, “Living in the Promised Land”

Sunday, January 31st, 2021

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “How Do You Feel About Fooling Around?”

Friday, January 29th, 2021

Willie Nelson, Shirley Collie, “Willingly”

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Willingly, I fell in love with you
Willingly, I learned to love you too
Though we both knew that it was wrong
To someone else we both belong
We fell in love, willingly

Willingly, I fell although I knew
Sweetheart, I knew the same as you
So, if it’s fate for us to wait
Until our love can be
Then we’ll wait, willingly

I love you
I love you too
I want you
I want you too
But if it’s fate for us to wait
Until our love can be
Then we’ll wait, willingly

(Interlude)

I love you
I love you too
I want you
I want you too
But if it’s fate for us to wait
Until our love can be
Then we’ll wait, willingly

Amos Lee with Willie Nelson, “El Camino”

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Amos Lee sang “El Camino” when he performed at Chautauqua in Boulder a few years ago. Before he sang it he talked about how great an opportunity it was to record it with Willie Nelson.  Such a beautiful song.  It’s on Amos’ Mission bell Album, along with Mickey Raphael on harmonica. They performed the album together at Farm Aid in Milwaukee, as well.

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

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

“Wanted the Outlaws” goes double platinum (January 21, 1985)

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

in Willie Nelson history: “Wanted the Outlaws” goes douple platinum (January 21, 1985)

on January 21, 1985: “Wanted: The Outlaws,” featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, certifies double-platinum, along with the “Waylon & Willie” album.

In 1976, the album was the first country album to receive the new platinum certification, signifying one million units shipped.

wanted
  1. My Heroes Have Always
  1. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (Waylon)
  2. Honky Tonk Heroes (Waylon)
  3. I’m Looking for Blue Eyes (Jessi)
  4. Suspicious Minds (Waylon and Jessi)
  5. Good Hearted Woman (Waylon and Willie)
  6. Heaven or Hell (Waylon and Willie
  7. Me and Paul (Willie)
  8. Yesterday’s Wine (Willie
  9. T for Texas (Tompall)
  10. Put Another Log on the Fire (Tompall)

It’s unfortunate that there still has to be a sampler, or primer, or golden book of some of the best singers working anywhere, but apparently not everyone has gotten the message yet. Maybe this album can introduce you to some people you would have liked to have known sooner but just didn’t have the opportunity to meet.

These are some special people, very special. They’ve been waiting in the wings for years, too many years, to assume their proper places in the structure of American Music. When it became apparent to them that their proper places were perhaps being unduly delayed becasue of certain resentments harbored against them because of their real and imagined unconventionality, they — by God — decided to take matters into their own hands. There resulted a rather difficult period of figurative doors being smashed and general confusion and namecalling in Nashville. When the smoke cleared and the fallout returned to earth, there was effected a major shift in country music. “Progressive Country” (for want of a better term) was on the map, and was here for good. And these are the people responsibile for that. Call them outlaws, call them innovators, call them revolutionaries, call them what you will. They’re just some damned find people who are also some of the most gifted songwriters and singers anywhere.

They are musical rebels, in one sense, in that they challenged the accepted way of doing things. Like all pioneers, they were criticized for that but time has vindicated them.

Tompall Glaser was one of the first in Nashville to chart his own musical course and it was lonely for him for years but now he is beginning to receive the recognition due him.

Waylon Jennings, as the most visible of the progressive country pack, has been quietly fighting for years in his own way for acceptance. Both he and Jessi Colter (who, coincidentally is also known as Mrs. Waylon Jennings) were authentically ahead of thier time. Now, the times have caught up with them.

That streak of rugged individualism that is the unifying bond for these musical outlaws is nowhere more evident than in Willie Nelson’s life and times. Unquestionably one of the finest songwriters who ever lived, Willie was known for years only to other writers and to a slowly growing cult of followers. All that has changed now. “Miracles appear in the strangest of places,” Willie sings in Yesterday’s Wine,” one of my favorites from his collection of remarkable songs, and that’s true. When I first started keeping track of Willie and Waylon and Jessi and Tompall, I (along with their other cult followers) felt almost responsible for them since they weren’t that well known to the public and the music industry as a whole didn’t like to acknowledge them. They didn’t wear Nudie suits and thier music didn’t confirm to the country norm of songs of divorce and alcohol and life’s other little miseries. The only thing that worried me was that I knew these people were born scrappers and really loved fighting for acceptance. What would happen to them, I wondered, when they inevitably won (as I knew they would)? Would they like so many who struggle just for the sake of the struggle, grow fat and lazy when they grew successful?

There was no need to worry. This last year each of them has gotten better, writing better, and singing with breathtaking confidence.

They’re the cutting edge of a brand of American music that I find the most satisfying development in popular music in the past decade. It’s not country and it’s not country-rock, but there’s no real need to worry about labeling it. It’s just damned good music that’s true and honest and you can’t ask for more than that.

Chet Flippo
Associate Editor
Rolling Stone

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Poncho and Lefty”

Sunday, January 17th, 2021

“Oh You Pretty Woman,” — Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

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

Sunday, January 10th, 2021