Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

“Poncho and Lefty,” by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard 2020 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Multiple country stars will have their recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year. 

The Recording Academy announced today that 26 recordings will added to the Grammy Hall of Fame, which preserves prominent songs of historical significance that are at least 25 years old.

Among the 2020 selections are  Patsy Cline ‘s “Walkin’ After Midnight,” which became her breakthrough single after its 1957 release, reaching number two on the  Billboard  country chart.  Also on the list is  Willie Nelson  and  Merle Haggard ‘s collaboration on “Pancho and Lefty,” the title track of their acclaimed 1983 album. 

Other country inductees include “I’ll Fly Away” by country gospel group  The Chuck Wagon Gang , one of the top-selling gospel songs in history, plus the  Allman Brothers Band  album  Eat a Peach,  and “I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow” by  The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys . 

Nancy Sinatra ‘s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin,'” “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” by gospel act  Swan Silverstones , and “How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live” by  Blind Alfred Reed , who recorded during the famous Bristol Sessions in 1927, will also be inducted. 

Elton John ,  Neil Diamond  and  Joni Mitchell  are among the many other multi-genre acts whose work will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

Willie Nelson and Shania Twain, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Willie Nelson, Winton Marsalis, Norah Jones, “Here We Go Again”

Thursday, January 9th, 2020
01. Hallelujah I Love Her So (Gospel 2-beat / Boogaloo / 4/4 Swing)
02. Come Rain or Come Shine (Walking Ballad)
03. Unchain My Heart (Bolero with Habanera bass)
04. Cryin’ Time (Country Ballad)
05. Losing Hand (Dirge with Chain-Gang Shuffle)
06. Hit The Road Jack (Gospel 2-beat / 4/4 Swing)
07. I’m Moving On (Boogaloo with Afro-Latin Backbeat / 4/4 Swing)
08. Busted (Gospel 12/8 Shuffle)
09. Here We Go Again (Rhythm & Blues 12/8 Shuffle)
10. Makin’ Whoopie (Hard-Bop 2-beat / 4/4 Swing)
11. I Love You So Much (It Hurts) (Waltz)
12. What’d I Say (Boogaloo)

“Resurrection” — Kinky Friedman with Willie Nelson

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Jakob Dylan, More Cover Tom Petty’s ‘For Real’

Friday, December 20th, 2019
by: Jon Blistein

Willie Nelson, his sons Micah and Lukas, plus Jakob Dylan, Dhani Harrison and Amos Lee have teamed for an all-star cover of Tom Petty’s “For Real.”

Petty originally recorded “For Real” in August 2000, but the song wasn’t released until this past February when it appeared on the posthumous retrospective, The Best of Everything. The new cover, released as “For Real — For Tom,” finds the Nelsons, Harrison, Dylan and Lee cranking up the jangle of the original while also giving the tune a breezy country sway complete with harmonica and some soothing choral vocals.

“When I first was sent this song asking if I wanted to record it, I was quite frankly dumbfounded,” Lukas Nelson tells Rolling Stone. “It was the whole manifesto of our band [Promise of the Real] in a song. It just shows how connected artists who have integrity are with others who share the same passion and fire for being honest with their soul. Fearless and real.”

Micah Nelson expounded on the meaning of the song, calling it “an anthem to the integrity of an artist’s journey summarized perfectly by the artist himself. It’s a reminder of why we live the art life, something needed more than ever as we enter a new decade of unknown misty twisty paths and crooked highways.”

Accompanying the new song is a behind-the-scenes documentary about the recording of “For Real — For Tom,” which was directed by Peter Harding. The short clip captures the intimacy and family affair vibe of the session, and boasts a sweet moment when Amos Lee recalls watching Lukas Nelson record his father Willie’s vocals, hit the switch and say, “Hey, dad that’s an incredible take.” Lee added, “I almost cried, that’s such a tender moment.”

Dylan, meanwhile, tells Rolling Stone about studying Petty during the years he got to watch the musician side-stage as a kid. “[M]ost of what I put together of what I wanted to do in the future I probably learned in those summers watching him and The Heartbreakers play,” Dylan says. “I got to sit next to his amplifiers so I not only got to watch him, I also got to watch the crowd, and to see what the band was doing with their inside conversations. It was a great schooling.”

“For Real — For Tom” is out via Dark Horse Records, and all net proceeds will benefit the Midnight Mission, a homeless shelter and homeless services provider in Los Angeles that Petty supported throughout his career.

For Real

Oh brother, look what we’ve become
Oh brother, could we be so dumb
They set us up like dominos

I didn’t do it for no magazine
Didn’t do it for no video |
Never did it for no CEO

But I did it for real
Woulda done it for free
I did it for me
Cause it was all that rang true
I did it for real
And I did it for you

Mighta done it for my sanity
Maybe done it for my vanity
Could be I did it for my big ego

But I did it for real
Woulda done it for free
Yeah I did it for me
Cause it was all that rang true
I did it for real
And I did it for you (true)

Oh brother, look what we’ve become
Oh brother, I’ve been overrun
Only did it for the way it made me feel

Yeah I did it for real
Woulda done it for free
Yeah I did it for me
Cause it was all that rang true
I did it for real
And I did it for you

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson, “Just Breathe”

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

Lukas Nelson, Shooter Jennings Duet on ‘The Ranch’ Soundtrack

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

by: Bobby Moore

The album mostly features previously released material by country music artists signed to the label that’s releasing it, Nashville-based Curb Records. Its release date coincides with the launch of the series’ eighth and final season. Since the series debuted, episodes named after country songs have had impressive, country-heavy soundtracks.

An excerpt from famous sons Lukas Nelson and Shooter Jennings‘ cover of “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” has opened Netflix series The Ranch since its 2016 debut. Fans of songwriters Ed and Patsy Bruce’s classic, made famous by the recent duet partners’ dads Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, finally get to hear the new version in its entirety when The Ranch’s official soundtrack arrives on Jan. 24.

The Ranch (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) Track List

1. “Rumor (Glover Mix),” Lee Brice
2. “Things That I Lean On,”  Wynonna & The Big Noise feat. Jason Isbell
3. “Slower,” Filmore
4. “Whiskey on My Breath,” Love and Theft
5. “Nobody,” Dylan Scott
6. “Home to the Water,” Mallary Hope
7. “Thank God for You,” Rodney Atkins
8. “Runs in the Family,” BoDeans
9. “One at a Time,” Jackson Michelson
10. “Joshua Tree,” Ruthie Collins
11. “Ain’t Bad for a Good Ol’ Boy,” Mo Pitney
12. “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” Shooter Jennings & Lukas Nelson

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Pancho and Lefty”

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

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

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Gillian Welch

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

I’m Not Afraid to Die – Single
Released 2005

Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, “Family Bible”

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Willie and Leon: “One for the Road” Re-Release (2017)

Sunday, November 17th, 2019
by:  Joe Breen

In 1979, British inflation was 18 per cent, Margaret Thatcher was elected British prime minister, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Sony launched the Walkman and Willie Nelson and Leon Russell released One for the Road.

Those events are history but this album sounds remarkably fresh on its re-release, production and performance losing nothing in the years. Russell went the way of all flesh last November but Willie soldiers on, his ubiquity making no dent in his status as one of the all-time great stylists.

Here, he shares the honours with Russell’s dusty country gospel voice on a mix of Great American Songbook classics, Nashville standards and “Danny Boy”.

Alan Robinson’s sleeve notes state: “Part party hearty, part tears in the whiskey, it stands as something of a minor gem in both of these stellar artists’ body of work.” Hard to disagree.

Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves at the CMA’s (11/13/2019) “Rainbow Connection”

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Ray Price

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgrave to duet at CMA Award Show

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019