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“Wynton Marsalis: “He’ll come in with a phrase, and we’ll think, “Uh-oh, he ain’t gonna make it fit.” And then he’ll collect it on the back end. It’s like somebody jukin’ or fakin’ on a basketball court. They take you this way, then come back that way. He’ll come in perfectly on key, on time, and we’re, like, “Damn!” It’s so natural and true.”
Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell perform, “Just to Satisfy You”, then Roger Miller joins in for “Uncloudy Day”
by: Gayle Thompson
When Marla Cannon-Goodman wrote “Unfair Weather Friend” with her frequent collaborator Ward Davis, neither of them imagined that two of country music’s greatest icons — Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard — would record it together, nor that it would become one of the final releases of Haggard’s career. Below, Cannon-Goodman shares with The Boot the story behind “Unfair Weather Friend,” and the surprising way it became a duet between Nelson and Haggard.
My best friend since I was 10 years old, Amy, her mother had just died. There had been a gathering of me and her and her sister and her sister’s best friend: All of us were around her mother’s bed; we were there with her until the end.
I was writing with Ward Davis the next week. I said, “This has been heavy on my heart all week. I’ve been dealing with that, since she’s my best friend, and I know she would sit there with me through all of that.” I was thinking “Fair Weather Friend,” and she’s not; she’s anything but that. There was a storm outside, and Ward said, “You know, it’s kind of like she’s your unfair weather friend.” So we sat there that day, and we wrote it.
Actually, at the time, Daddy [producer Buddy Cannon] was working on a project for Willie, on the To All the Girls … album, [released in 2013]; he was doing the duet album. So Ward and I had the idea that maybe Sheryl Crow could do it as a duet. We pitched it to them, and they passed on it.
When it came time [to record Django and Jimmie], I was like, “Daddy, do you think “Unfair Weather Friend” might be good for them?” He said, “I don’t know! Send it to me. Pitch me.” So I pitched it to him, and he sent it to Willie, and Willie loved it. Willie sent it to Merle, and Merle loved it.
It ended up being something really special. They actually played it at Merle’s funeral, and my mom said that everybody in there was weeping. She said Annie [Nelson, Willie Nelson’s wife,] turned around and said, “Tell Marla thank you for making me cry.”
It’s very surreal. Being able to meet them and talk to them, it was amazing. And to hear them sing our song, words can’t describe that.
Singer, songwriter, Sirius Satellite Radio on-air personality Dallas Wayne invited nine friends to sing with him on his 14 country classics on his newest album, Songs the Jukebox Taught Me on Heart of Texas Records. Wayne sings classic tunes with friends Willie Nelson, Amber Digby, Bobby Flores, Randy Lindley, Darrell and Mona McCall, Paula Nelson,, Jeannie Seely and Kevin Smith.
This song is included on Dallas Wayne’s new album, “Songs The Jukebox Taught Me
Your Time’s Comin’ with Willie Nelson
Who’ll Turn Out The Lights In Your World Tonight
A Dime At A Time
Yesterday’s Gone with Paula Nelson
Sea Of Heartbreak
Devil In The Bottle
No Relief In Sight
It Just Doesn’t Seem To Matter with Jeannie Seely
Skip A Rope
Eleven Roses with Darrell & Mona McCall
Sun Comin’ Up
She Always Got What She Wanted
Stop The World And Let Me Off.
Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis’ collaboration, “Two Men With The Blues”, filmed at two concerts the artists did in January, 2008,in New York City.
“Well, the first thing about Willie, is his integrity. He’s been travelling up and down the road for so many years on his bus. He’s of that last group of a certain breed of musicians.”
— Wynton Marsalis
by: Joseph Hudak
“I’ve always loved a theme,” admits Kacey Musgraves, by way of explaining her first-ever holiday album, A Very Kacey Christmas, released today. “If there is a theme, I love to set the scene, create a world and get inspired by that world.”
Musgraves, who scored her fourth straight Female Vocalist nomination at this year’s CMAs, has spent the past few months in her own, very unique world – the one she created onstage for her glitzy Country & Western Rhinestone Review. With that tour wrapped up, the quirky Texas singer-songwriter is preparing for her new album’s accompanying Christmas trek, kicking off November 26th and hitting cities from Nashville to New York. (On Monday night, she’ll perform on the CMA Country Christmas special, airing on ABC.)
“It’ll be magical wonderland of Christmas songs: classics, old and new, and some of the ones I wrote for the album, and some of my own songs,” she tells Rolling Stone Country of the production. “I’m touring with a bigger band than I ever have. It’ll be more of a musical experience than my normal show, but very classic and festive.”
A Very Kacey Christmas mirrors that aesthetic, a mix of chestnuts like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Let It Snow,” and more culturally diverse fare like “Feliz Navidad” and “Mele Kalikimaka.” A decidedly Latin and Hawaiian sound runs throughout the album. “It’s very me. There are Spanish moments, Hawaiian moments, very Bing Crosby moments,” says Musgraves, “but at the end of the day, you think, ‘That was very her.'”
The highlight of the project, however, is an original song: “A Willie Nice Christmas,” which features Musgraves’ spirit guide Willie Nelson. Written by Musgraves with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the track is an irreverent look at an, ahem, green Christmas, with Nelson on vocals and guitar. (Listen to the song below.)
“He’s such a good sport,” she says of working with the country-music icon. “I was driving around one day churning with Christmas ideas, and I thought, ‘Have a Willie nice Christmas’ would be a great song and I bet I could get Willie to play on it.’ It’s got a fun, reggae, country, Hawaiian vibe and it’s perfect because Willie lives in Hawaii.”
As the Red Headed Stranger might say, “Mele Kalikimaka, y’all.”
From the Highwayman tour, in Aberdeen, Scotland 1992