Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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Willie and Loretta Lynn at the filming of their new music video.  Lynn’s new album “Full Circle,” due out March 4, features a duet with Willie on the song,  “Lay Me Down.”

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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Willie Nelson’s Teatro

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

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I listened to this album over and over while I worked yesterday.  It’s that kind of an album, you can’t get enough, it’s so beautiful. Originally released only on cd by Island Records in 1998, last year the album was made available on vinyl, on Record Store Day.  The artwork, yellow record, and even liner notes are all so beautiful.

 Here’s a track from the album:

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FROM THE LINER NOTES:  “TEATRO”:

On February 6, 2014, we were lucky enough to share a few minutes with Willie Nelson and Daniel Lanois, reminiscing about the good ol’ days of Teatro. Below is what unfolded. A big thank you to both Willie and Daniel, along with Seth Loeser, Meredith Louie, Henry Owings, Mark Rothbaum and Elaine Schock for making this possible.

— Matt Sullivan and Patrick McCarthy

WILLIE: Hey, Daniel. How you ‘doin?

DANIEL: Oh, Willie, I’m good. Nice to hear your voice. Are you on the road?

W: Yeah, we’re uh… somewhere out here. I think we’re in Oklahoma.

D: Right, right, right. Well, that’s good. Looks like we’re gonna put a little bit of life back into Teatro. That’s great, isn’t it?

W: Well, yeah. Heck yeah.

LIGHT IN THE ATTIC: To start, how’d the record come about?

W: Daniel, what do you remember about how it came about?

D: I’m sure Mr. Rothbaum was at the helm, but all business aside, when we decided to make the record, I wanted to make sure that Willie felt comfortable in the studio and that it did not feel like a usual recording session. I met Willie in Las Vegas, and we rode on his bus to California, where at the time I had the Teatro Recording Studios, an old cinema in Oxnard. We rode from Vegas, and Emmylou Harris joined us on the bus, and we went over some of the material on the bus.

I kept in touch with my crew back in California to make sure that the studio had a nice dance hall feeling because I talked with Willie on the bus, I said, “What was it like when you were getting started man?” He said, “Well, we were kind of a dance band, and people just were providing music for people on the weekends to dance to and have a nice time.”

And I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to provide this tone for Willie? Have a kind of dance hall feeling in the place. So I set up three little stages — one for WIllie, one for Emmy, one for me. And then two drummers. It was a very beautiful, almost like a Cuban nightclub setting. And I think that really helped to set the tone of this album. Whatya think, Willie?

W: Yeah, that’s exactly it. And of course Emmylou was fantastic. We did a video, too. What song was the video, do you remember?

D: Well, we filmed the whole things with Wim Wenders.

W: Yeah, that’s right. Wenders.

D: It’s a beautiful film that goes with the whole thing. It never got aired a lot, but maybe we should try and knock on somebody’s door and say this is a good time to play the film. [laughs].

W:  You’re absolutely right.  Yeah, I think it deserves to have a chance out there.

D:  Yeah.  It was really a lovely, harmonious process.  I was happy to be on Willie’s bus.  We were just chillin’ and workin’ out the songs.  When I got to the destination, I made a decision to ask Willie to… the theatre had a nice parking lot, so there was plenty of room outside.  We sorta camped out outside, and Willie had his trailer there.  I just wanted to make sure that we didn’t burn out Willie, so I said to him, “Don’t even be in in the studio.  You stay out on the truck, and I’ll come out and get you, so that when you come in everything’s gonna be fresh.”  So I was rehearsing the band on the inside, and when I felt like the moment would strike, I’d go out and get Willie, and we’d get it in one or two takes.  [laughs]  We did that whole record in four days!

W:  Well, you know, when you’re having fun it don’t take long.

LITA:  Well said!  Willie, what are some of your memories of the album and the recording session?

W:  Well, I remember that we had some great rhythms there — I think two drummers and maybe a couple of bass players.  I’m not sure.  Who all played bass?  Did we have two or just one?

D:  No, no, no, Willie.  I played the bass.  I overdubbed the bass after!  So we had the two drummers, and then we had two keyboard players.  We had Aaron Embry, and then from Toronto a guy named Brian Griffiths on the guitar, the great slide player.  I think bass players must make too many mistakes, so I knew the arrangements, so I overdubbed the bass myself.

W:  Well, it turned out great.  I liked it.  I think it should have had a bigger run back there.  It was kinda quick — it came and went pretty quick, but maybe it’ll get another shot.

D:  Yeah, maybe it’ll get another shot.  And Willie, you’re absolutely right.  There was a very rhythmic foundation that we laid out which was petty sweet.  Those two great drummers, Victor Indrizzo and Tony Mangurian.  There was some kind of genius in inviting these two guys because one is a left-handed drummer and the other ne is a right-handed drummer, so they could sit at one big drum kit together and not get in anybody’s way!

[both laugh]

The one guy’s high hat is on the left, the other guy’s on the right.  it was pretty fucking funny.  But because they were literally sitting together, their rhythms were locked, so we had some very nice grooves going.  It’s hard to describe the full sensation of it.

W:  The theatre where we shot it, too, was perfect.  There was a great feel.  It was like a big nightclub or dance hall.

D:   Exactly.

LITA:  One of our favorite songs on the record is one that you wrote, Danel — the song, “The Maker.”  It’s a song that really captures the cinematic expansiveness of the album.

W:  I love, “The Maker.”

LITA:  It’s so cinematic and big.

D:  The good thing about “The Maker” is… I thought it was a good song for Willie because it gave him an opportunity to play with the phrasing.  The lyric lines are quite brief:  [sings] “Oh, deep water, black and cold like the night,” so it’s not a soaring melody.  It’s more of a standing melody, and I think that really suits Willie’s way of looking at vocal phrasing.  Willie, thanks for doing the song, man.

W:  Well, it was a lot of fun to sing.

LITA:  It’s been sixteen years now — what do you guys think of the record?  Do you feel it stands up?

W:  Definitely.  I’m just glad to see some folks payin’ attention to it again and thinkin’ about puttin’ it out there again.  It certainly deserves another shot.

D:  Is it sixteen years already?

LITA:  Yeah, 1998!

D:  Oh boy.  Well listen man, we have no shortage of passion and power and devotion to the music, s if an opportunity comes upt for us to go another rund sometime, Willie can count on me, how ’bout that?

W:  Well, you can count on me, too.  I’d love to do it.  Sounds like a good plan.

LITA:  That was our next question, so thank you!

D:  Well, we’re very driven by quality and magic.  I mean, we hope t get it… It helps when people are talented  [laughs], so we had a little bit f an advantage.  I think we had Mr. Nelsn in there on the vocals, so we had a pretty good chance.

LITA:  Any thoughts, Willie, on maybe performing the album live one of these days?

W:  Oh, that would be great.  I would be glad to do that sometime.  When it comes out, if we can promote it someway and showcase it, I think that would be a good idea.

LITA:  Maybe back at the theatre!  I think it’s for rent again. I eventually moved outta there.  It’s been a church since we had it, Willie, but I saw a “For Rent” sign on it, so…

LITA:  Well, the sound you guys got there was just magical.  We’re so thankful for your time and for your music.  You’ve brought a lot of happiness to us over the years, so thank you.

W:  Thank you very much.  It was good to hear from you, my friend.

D:  Willie, nice to hear your voice, and I’m looking forward to putting a little bit of juice back into Teatro, so if you get any additional ideas, gimme a call, ok?

W:  All right, same to you.

LITA:  Thanks so much.

D:  Thank you so much for your time, guys.

Willie Nelson Randy Travis, “Birth of the Blues”

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Joe Walsh, “Fast Train to Georgia”

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “It’s All Going to Pot (whether we like it or not)”

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Waylon & Willie” certified gold (Feb. 3, 1978)

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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On February 3, 1978, the album by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson was certified to have sold 500,000 albums.   (Today a gold album is for sales of 500,000 albums, but it used to be for one million in sales, at $1.00 wholesale cost for each .)

Track List:

  1. Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys
  2. The Year 2003 Minus 25
  3. Pick up the Tempo
  4. If You Can Touch Her at All
  5. Lookin’ for a Feeling
  6. It’s Not Supposed to be That Way
  7. I Can Get Off on You
  8. Don’t Cuss the Fiddler
  9. Gold Dust Woman
  10. A Couple More Years
  11. The Worlitzer Prize

Willie Nelson and the Electric Mayhem Band

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

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Oh, this looks like fun, doesn’t it?  I’d pay to go to that concert.  I don’t know when this will air.

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They travel by bus, too.

Willie Nelson sings with Cyndi Lauper on her new album, “Detour” (out May 6, 2016)

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Willie Nelson is one of many artists invited by Cyndi Lauper to sing with her on her new album, “Detour.” Willie Nelson and Cyndi Lauper previewed their duet at the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Award concert last November.

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1. “Funnel Of Love”
2. “Detour” (Featuring Emmylou Harris)
3. “Misty Blue”
4. “Walkin’ After Midnight”
5. “Heartaches By The Number”
6. “The End Of The World”
7. “Night Life” – Featuring Willie Nelson
8. “Begging To You”
9. “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” (Featuring Vince Gill)
10. “I Fall To Pieces”
11. “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” (Featuring Jewel)
12. “Hard Candy Christmas” (Featuring Alison Krauss)

Willie Nelson, Colexico, “Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)”

Friday, January 29th, 2016

“All Along the Watchtower” – Eddie Vedder and The Million Dollar Bashers
“I’m Not There” – Sonic Youth
“Goin’ to Acapulco” – Jim James and Calexico
“Tombstone Blues” – Richie Havens
“Ballad of a Thin Man” – Stephen Malkmus and The Million Dollar Bashers
“Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” – Cat Power
“Pressing On” – John Doe
“4th Time Around” – Yo La Tengo and Buckwheat Zydeco
“Dark Eyes” – Iron & Wine and Calexico
“Highway 61 Revisited” – Karen O and The Million Dollar Bashers
“One More Cup of Coffee” – Roger McGuinn and Calexico
“The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” – Mason Jennings
“Billy 1” – Los Lobos
“Simple Twist of Fate” – Jeff Tweedy
“Man in the Long Black Coat” – Mark Lanegan
“Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)” – Willie Nelson and Calexico

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, “Loving Her Was Easier..”

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

From a 1992 concert by the Highwaymen in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson with Kris’s song Loving Her Was Easier (than anything I’ll ever do again.

Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley, “This Train”

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Mickey Raphael contributed to Ziggy Marley’s latest album, “Family Time.”   They play on the song, “This Train.”  The album is out now, and you can pre-order the album at www.ziggymarley.com, and will be shipped on May 1, 2009.

Mickey Raphael, Don Was, Ziggy Marley, Willie Nelson

Track Listings

1. Family Time with Judah Marley
2. I Love You Too with Rita Marley & Cedella Marley
3. Cry, Cry, Cry with Jack Johnson & Paula Fuga
4. Take Me To Jamaica with Toots Hibbert
5. Ziggy Says
6. This Train with Willie Nelson
7. Wings Of An Eagle with Elizabeth Mitchell
8. ABC
9. Hold him Joe
10. Walk Tall with Paul Simon
11. Future Man, Future Lady with Laurie Berkner
12. My Helping Hands written by Ziggy Marley & narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis
13. Is There Really A Human Race written by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell & narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis

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

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

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To All the Girls (Legacy)

1.Dolly Parton – From Here To The Moon And Back
2.Miranda Lambert – She Was No Good For Me
3.Secret Sisters – It Won’t Be Very Long
4.Rosanne Cash – Please Don’t Tell Me
5.Sheryl Crow – Far Away Places
6.Wynonna Judd – Bloody Mary Morning
7.Carrie Underwood – Always On My Mind
8.Loretta Lynn – Somewhere Between
9.Alison Krauss – No Mas Amor
10.Melonie Cannon – Back To Earth
11.Mavis Staples – Grandma’s Hands
12.Norah Jones – Walkin’
13.Shelby Lynne – Til The End Of The World
14.Lily Meola – Will You Remember Mine
15.Emmylou Harris – Dry Lightning
16.Brandi Carlile – Making Believe
17.Paula Nelson – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
18.Tina Rose – After The Fire Is Gone

Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves in Austin

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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by: Erin Brelsford

An Easter egg from Willie Nelson‘s third album His Own Songs, “Are You Sure” made a comeback as a hidden song on Kacey Musgraves‘ album Pageant Material. Although the song was originally recorded as a solo track, Kacey and Willie collaborated to rebirth the song as a duet and it’s incredibly dreamy.

The two thought up the collaboration while hanging out on Willie’s tour bus in 2014. Now, the two have gotten together numerous times to record the track, shoot an accompanying music video and perform the duet for some very lucky fans.

Recently, during Willie’s New Year Show in Austin, Texas, Kacey and Willie performed the duet and as you might imagine, it left us and the audience awestruck.

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Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, “Always on My Mind”

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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by: Stephen L. Betts

Willie Nelson has always relied on the kindness of his many celebrity friends, whether it’s to perform at the annual Farm Aid concerts or to share a duet with him on the seemingly endless string of LPs he has released throughout his 82 years. In April of 2002, several of those musical family members gathered at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for an informal tribute to the American treasure, with the eclectic lineup including Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow, Brian McKnight, Ryan Adams, Ray Price, Nora Jones and Dave Matthews.

In addition to all-star performances of some of the Red Headed Stranger’s most iconic tunes, the special also celebrated the release of Nelson’s The Great Divide, the 2002 LP that included several collaborations and featured three songs penned by Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas, who duets with Nelson on “Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me),” which became a minor country hit. The more well-known release from the album was the Bernie Taupin and Matt Serletic-penned “Mendocino County Line,” a duet with Lee Ann Womack which made the Top Forty, becoming his first country hit to do so in 12 years. The tune would go on to win a CMA award for Vocal Event of the Year and the Grammy for Best Country Collaboration, and Womack joined Nelson and the house band to perform it during the special.

One of the most dramatic renditions of the night was of Nelson’s massive pop-country hit, “Always on My Mind,” which featured Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Coming four years before Bon Jovi would top the country charts with Jennifer Nettles on “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” the TV show performance featured Bon Jovi, sporting a cowboy hat, taking the first verse and delivering a somber vocal as Sambora and Nelson harmonize. The country great then steps up for the second verse, strumming his faithful guitar, Trigger, and putting his distinctive vocal spin on the song that won him a Grammy and a CMA award.

“Always on My Mind,” penned by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, who died July 20th, was also famously recorded by Elvis Presley, the Pet Shop Boys and many others. In 2013, Nelson revisited the track for his duets LP, To All the Girls…, recording it with Carrie Underwood.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/flashback-bon-jovi-sings-somber-duet-with-willie-nelson-20150730#ixzz3xrBpIXql
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