Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

Willie and Waylon, “Good Hearted Woman”

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

photo:  C. Gouveia

Willie and the Boys

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Jessica Simpson, “Merry, Merry Christmas, Baby”

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “It’s All Going to Pot”

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Willie Nelson and sons at Maui Songwriters Festival

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Carol King, “Will You Still Love Me, Tomorrow?”

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Willie Nelson with Kacey Musgraves, “Have a Willie Nice Christmas”

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

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.  “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.”

Willie Nelson celebrates Christmas with Lee Ann Womack on new album

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

www.tasteofcountry.com
by:  Annie Reuter

The holidays are here, whether you like it or not, so cue the Christmas music! Lee Ann Womack and Willie Nelson have released a rendition of the holiday classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and if it doesn’t give you the warm and fuzzies, nothing will.

The cover — available for streaming via Amazon’s “All Is Bright” Holiday playlist starting Nov. 24 — offers Womack’s pristine vocals, complemented by Nelson’s signature singing style. As Womack tries her best to escape during a snow storm, asserting that “I really can’t stay,” Nelson begs her not to leave as, “it’s cold outside!”

“It’s fun to take a standard song and figure out a way to make it your own,” Womack tells Entertainment Weekly of the duet. “The fact that Willie and I are both Texans and fans of Western swing made this treatment a no-brainer. It also made it one of the most fun projects I’ve ever been a part of!”

While Womack is no stranger to Christmas songs — she released her first holiday-themed album The Season for Romance in 2002 — the singer says she’s dreamed of collaborating with Nelson on a holiday track.

“I’ve always wanted to have a Christmas record with Willie,” she says. “And I’ve always wanted to record something that wasn’t just oozing with clichéd Christmas sounds. So I just let him know my idea and we went from there.”

Listen to the song below. Those hoping to catch Womack on the road in the coming months are in luck as she recently extended her All the Trouble Tour into 2018.

 

“Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas benefit concert on September 22, 2017

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas is a benefit concert on September 22nd at the University of Texas-Austin’s Erwin Center. The special event features

Willie Nelson
Paul Simon
James Taylor
Bonnie Ratt
Leon Bridges
Lyle Lovett
And More ….

With Special Appearances from
Matthew McConaughey
Renee Zellweger
Luke Wilson
And more …

Event proceeds benefit Rebuild Texas, the fund established by Governor Abbott in partnership with Michael and Susan Dell.

How to Donate:

Online: https://www.rebuildtx.org/
Text: “Rebuild TX” to 91999

Willie Nelson sings with Lee Ann Womack on her new Christmas album

Monday, November 20th, 2017

www.wideopencountry.com
by: Jeremy Burchard

There’s no shortage of Christmas music coming your way, but this new duet between Lee Ann Womack and Willie Nelson should be the first new one you listen to.

Their version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” details two coy lovers discussing whether one should stay over for the night. It’s less about Christmas and more about romance, but Womack and Nelson nail it.

And thanks to their Texas roots, they opt for a bit of a western swing vibe to the song. A light shuffle mixed with some pedal steel and other classic country instruments moves the standard along at a fun pace. Plus, Willie was always known for his unique vocal phrasing. This song is a great fit for his normal style.

“It’s fun to take a standard song and figure out a way to make it your own,” Womack told Entertainment Weekly. “The fact that Willie and I are both Texans and fans of Western swing made this treatment a no-brainer.”

Womack and Nelson have worked together before, too. In 2002, they collaborated on Nelson’s “Mendocino County Line.” That song won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration.

Womack also released her first Christmas album The Season For Romance in 2002. “I’ve always wanted to have a Christmas record with Willie,” she says. “And I’ve always wanted to record something that wasn’t just oozing with clichéd Christmas sounds. So I just let him know my idea and we went from there.”

Not long ago, Womack also released an amazing new record herself. The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone is one her strongest albums to date.
But as for this Christmas tune, you can find it on an upcoming Amazon holiday playlist called “All Is Bright.” Those with Amazon Music can begin streaming all of the new tunes beginning Nov. 24.

Rest in Peace, Mel Tillis, thanks for the music

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

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Willie Nelson and Cyndi Lauper, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

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Cyndi Lauper was one of the many artists who gathered in Washington DC last week to honor Willie Nelson, when he was presented with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.

With a tip of the hat to George and Ira Gershwin, who the Prize is named after, Willie an Cyndi sang, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” When Willie introduced Cyndi and called her out to the stage, Willie announced that they had recorded the song for a new album coming out early next year to honor the Gershwin brothers, “Summertime.”

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Janis Tillerson took all these great photos for us all to enjoy.

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Friday, November 17th, 2017

Willie Nelson with LeeAnn Womack on “Baby, it’s Cold Outside”

Friday, November 17th, 2017

www.ew.com
by:  Madison Vain

Not even a month after the release of her stellar, roots-based The Lonely, The Lonesome & the Gone, Grammy-winning singer Lee Ann Womack is back with new music. Today, EW is thrilled to premiere her holiday season duet with Willie Nelson covering “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

While the cut is well-known, the two country classicists update it with sounds of the Lonestar State, where each was raised. “It’s fun to take a standard song and figure out a way to make it your own,” Womack tells EW of their take. “The fact that Willie and I are both Texans and fans of Western swing made this treatment a no-brainer.”

She adds, “It also made it one of the most fun projects I’ve ever been a part of!”

Womack released her first Christmas record, The Season for Romance, in 2002, and says that teaming up with the Red Headed Stranger has been a goal all along. “I’ve always wanted to have a Christmas record with Willie,” she says, “and I’ve always wanted to record something that wasn’t just oozing with clichéd Christmas sounds. So I just let him know my idea and we went from there.”

 

The stars’ updated “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is now streaming above. The song was recorded as one of the new tracks on Amazon’s “All Is Bright” holiday playlist, which will begin streaming on Nov. 24.