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Willie Nelson sings with Jeannie Seely on her new album, “

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
by: Sherod Robertson

Country music artist, Opry star, and beloved Nashville music royalty, Jeannie Seely, is celebrating her 80th birthday today (June 6) with the announcement of her highly-anticipated album, An American Classic, on Curb Records.

The August 14th release is available on all digital music platforms today for pre-order, pre-save and pre-add. The project includes a duet with longtime friend, Willie Nelson, called, “Not A Dry Eye In The House,” available today.

The classic country ballad was written by singer/songwriter Dallas Wayne, who also serves as an on-air personality on SiriusXM Ch. 59, Willie’s Roadhouse, where Seely is a weekly host every Sunday afternoon on her show, Sunday’s With Seely.

Click here for the album.

“I don’t know what I envisioned my 80th birthday would look like, but I never imagined I’d start the day with Coffee, Cody and Country, on WSM 650 and Circle TV!,” exclaims Seely. “To have a duet with Willie Nelson be the first song released from my upcoming album is icing on the cake…the cake being this album called An American Classic. You don’t get more classic than Willie Nelson, and ‘Not A Dry Eye In The House’ is the perfect example of a classic country song. This is the best 80th birthday gift I could ever imagine. Thank you Don Cusic, B! Noticed PR and Curb Records!”

Curb Professor of Music Industry History at Belmont University, Don Cusic, shares, “This is real country music! Jeannie Seely is a living legend and Grammy Award winner. She is ‘Country Soul,’ and her soulful vocals are evident on this album, which showcases her versatile talents. She is a favorite of fans, as well as country singers who admire and respect her talent and love her as a classy lady. The title of this album, An American Classic fits her perfectly. The album, like Jeannie, is An American Classic.”

The album’s Executive Producer is Jim Ed Norman. The idea for the project was curated by Cusic who oversaw production, with help from country music icon Ray Stevens on the song “To Make A Dream Come True.”

Jeannie Seely – An American Classic Track List:
1. “So Far, So Good” – Penn Pennington, Mitch Ballard (Recorded with The Whites’ Sharon and Cheryl White)

2. “If You Could Call It That” – Dottie West, Steve Wariner, Bobby Tomberlin (Recorded with Steve Wariner)

3. “To Make a Dream Come True” – C.W. “Buddy Kalb” Jr.

4. “Teach Me Tonight” – Sammy Cahn, Gene De Paul

5. “Can I Sleep in Your Arms Tonight, Mister” – Hank Cochran

6. “All Through Crying Over You’” – Jeannie Seely (Recorded with Rhonda Vincent)

7. “When Two Worlds Collide” – Roger Miller, Bill Anderson (Recorded with Bill Anderson)

8. “Not a Dry Eye in the House” – Dallas Wayne (Recorded with Willie Nelson)

9. “Peaceful Waters”- Don Cusic

10. “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You)” – Pebe Sebert, Hugh Moffatt (Recorded with Waylon Payne)

11. “That’s How I Roll” – Tim Atwood, Brent Ronen (Recorded with Lorrie Morgan on vocals, Vince Gill on guitar)

12. “Don’t Touch Me” – Hank Cochran

13. “Dance Tonight” – Paul McCartney  (Recorded with Ray Stevens)

Here they are singing together a few years back:

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

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Willie Nelson and Bob Dyland, “Poncho and Lefty”

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

Willie Nelson and President Carter, ‘Amazing Grace’, (Atlanta, GA, June 16, 2012)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

June 15, 2012 –

Willie Nelson was joined onstage by President Jimmy Carter for a rendition of Amazing Grace toward the end of his concert at Chastain Amphitheater in Atlanta. A third Grammy winner, Jamey Johnson, was also onstage at the time. Rosalynn Carter also came out for the end of the song.

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, “VH1 Storytellers”

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie” (Rolling Stone Interview June 2015)

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
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.”

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, “Just Breathe”

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

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

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Willie Nelson and LeeAnn Womack win Academy of Country Music Award (2002)

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

On May 22, 2002, Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack won Vocal Event of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards Show for their duet “Mendocino County Line” 

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Pancho and Lefty”

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

This day in Willie Nelson history: “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” with Julio Iglesius certified gold (May 14, 1984)

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Willie Nelson and Jackie King, “South of the Border”

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

Willie Nelson and Jackie King, “The Gypsy”

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

The Gypsy
Released:  May 8, 2001

1. The Gypsy
2. The Nearness Of You
3. Heart Of A Clown
4. Once In Awhile
5. Jealous Heart
6. Back Home In Indiana
7. My Window Faces The South
8. Cherokee
9. San Antonio Rose
10. Lover Come Back To Me

Edie Brickell and Willie Nelson, “Sing to Me Willie”

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Proceeds from the collab, released in honor of Nelson’s birthday, benefit MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund
by: Claire Shaffer

You’d be hard-pressed to find a country artist or songwriter working today who hasn’t been personally affected by Willie Nelson’s music. In honor of the legendary outlaw’s 87th birthday, Edie Brickell has shared her own musical tribute, “Sing to Me, Willie.”

The song captures just how personal Brickell’s relationship is to Nelson’s work, right from the get-go: “We played your music at my daddy’s funeral/And the pastor was amused.” Nelson himself then joins Brickell in a duet, crooning about the untamed beauty of Texas. It’s a touching homage to Nelson, his home state, and his legacy of storytelling that artists like Brickell carry on.

“On Christmas Day, 2018, Willie asked me to write a song for us to sing together,” Brickell said. “What a gift! My father and Texas are my biggest connections to Willie. I never hear his voice without loving memories of people and places back home. If only my dad could have heard this song.”

“Sing to Me, Willie” was recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin, and features members of Brickell’s band the New Bohemians, including John Bush (percussion), Brad Houser (bass), and Kenny Withrow (electric guitar), as well as Kyle Crusham on acoustic guitar and Matt Hubbard on keyboards. All proceeds from the song will benefit MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund.