Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, “Poncho and Lefty”

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard rehearsed some new songs and some old songs in the afternoon before the show at Whitewater Amphitheater last night.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard to release new album, “Django and Jimmie”

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015


Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are pairing up once again. This was the one nugget of important information squeezed between jokes when Willie Nelson made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday evening (3-21) as part of South by Southwest (SXSW) festivities in Austin, TX. It won’t be the first time the two country music legends have released an album together, and it may not be the last.

Willie and Merle most famously paired up when they released the album Pancho & Lefty in 1983. The title track written by Townes Van Zandt became a #1 hit, and so did the album. The duo released another album together in 1987 called Seashores of Old Mexico, and were joined by Ray Price for the 2007 album Last of the Breed.

Though there’s no word yet on what direction the new album might take, the title Django & Jimmie likely refers to Willie Nelson’s Belgium-born and French-residing guitar playing muse Django Reinhardt, and Merle Haggard’s hero of Jimmie Rodgers. Willie says the tone of his famous guitar Trigger was inspired by Django, and Willie has recorded Django’s “Nuages” many times throughout his career, including on his last album December Day. Haggard famously released a Jimmie Rodgers tribute Same Train, A Different Time in 1969.

Merle also talked about the album recently, saying, “The most interesting thing, probably, is that me and Willie just finished our third album together. Not counting the thing we did with Ray Price. It’s really good; I think it’s the best one we’ve done. I think the title of the album is probably going to be Django & Jimmie, about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers. We didn’t really do any swing, per se, we just did straight-ahead songs that we felt good about.”

Since 2011 and before, an album has been rumored to be in the works involving Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Kris Kristofferson in a project called The Musketeers. Merle first made reference to it in early 2011, and then all three of the men acknowledged the project before the Grammy Awards in 2014 where they performed together with Blake Shelton. It was also revealed around the time that Kris Kristofferson was beginning to experience memory issues.

Willie & Merle are also getting set to play a series of three sold out shows at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX on March 26th, 27th, and 28th.

No release date has been announced yet for Django & Jimmie.

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This day in Willie Nelson history: “Seven Spanish Angels” #1 on Billboard (3/23/1985)

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

On March 23, 1985, “Seven Spanish Angels” by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles appears at #1 on the Billboard country chart.

Willie Nelson and Lily Meola (Heartbreaker Banquet, Mar. 19, 2015)

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

photos: Janis Tillerson


Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, “Just Breathe”

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, “Worlitzer Prize”

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Happy Birthday, Kimmie Rhodes

Friday, March 6th, 2015

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” #1 on Billboard

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015


On March 4, 1978, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings recording of “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” is number one (and stays there for four weeks).

Willie Nelson, new tour, new book, new movie

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


by:  Mary Andrews

Not only can you find Nelson on the road this year, but he’ll also stay busy acting in an upcoming film. Plus, a new memoir on the country singer, “It’s a Long Story: My Life,” is due out May 5,

The new flick, “Waiting For the Miracle to Come,” is being filmed on Nelson’s private ranch in Luck, Texas. The film tells the story of a young woman’s quest for gold. One of the interesting characters she meets on the journey is a vaudeville performer played by Nelson. U2 frontman Bono is writing an original song for the movie, which Nelson will perform, according to Country Weekly.

New stops added to the routing include Brooklyn; Columbia, Md.; Boston and Gilford, N.H. Check out the schedule below.

Feb. 27 – Atlanta, Ga., The Tabernacle
Feb. 28 – Cherokee, N.C., Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
March 1 – Savannah, Ga., Johnny Mercer Theatre
March 3 – Nashville, Tenn., Ryman Auditorium
March 4 – Nashville, Tenn., Ryman Auditorium
March 6 – Biloxi, Miss., IP Casino, Resort & Spa
March 7 – Biloxi, Miss., IP Casino, Resort & Spa
March 8 – Birmingham, Ala., Iron City
March 14 – Austin, Texas, The Expo Center (Rodeo Austin)
March 26 – New Braunfels, Texas, Whitewater Amphitheatre
March 27 – New Braunfels, Texas, Whitewater Amphitheatre
March 28 – New Braunfels, Texas, Whitewater Amphitheatre
March 30 – Columbia, Mo., Missouri Theatre
March 31 – Springfield, Mo., Shrine Mosque
April 2 – Saint Charles, Mo., J. Scheidegger Center For The Arts
April 3 – Newkirk, Okla., First Council Casino
April 4 – Thackerville, Okla., WinStar World Casino & Resort / Global Event Center
May 18 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Paramount Theatre
May 20 – Kalamazoo, Mich., James W. Miller Auditorium
May 22 – Hammond, Ind., The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
June 17 – Missoula, Mont., Ogren Park at Allegiance Field
June 19 – Nampa, Idaho, Ford Idaho Center
June 20 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Usana Amphitheatre
June 25 – Bend, Ore., Les Schwab Amphitheater
July 18 – Los Angeles, Calif., Greek Theatre
July 19 – Costa Mesa, Calif., Pacific Amphitheatre (OC Fair)
July 21 – Paso Robles, Calif., Vina Robles Amphitheatre
July 22 – Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Barbara Bowl
July 23 – Berkeley, Calif., Greek Theatre
Aug. 12 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Prospect Park Bandshell
Aug. 14 – Nelson, Ohio, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
Aug. 15 – Moosic, Pa., Pavilion At Montage Mountain (The Peach Music Festival)
Aug. 16 – Atlantic City, N.J., Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Ctr.
Aug. 19 – Columbia, Md., Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 21 – Boston, Mass., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Aug. 23 – Gilford, N.H., Meadowbrook

Merle Haggard appears March 26-28 and April 4. Alison Krauss + Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas plays June 17 through July 23. Old Crow Medicine Show joins the tour Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 16-23.

Tickets for many shows are available now. Presales for select dates are ongoing with general onsales scheduled Friday, Feb. 27.

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

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Randy Travis, Willie Nelson, “Birth of the Blues”

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015


Randy Travis
Heroes and Friends

1.  Heroes and Friends
2   Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
3   Birth of the Blues
4   All Night Long
5   The Human Race
6   Shopping for Dresses
7   Waiting on the Light to Change
8   A Few Ole Country Boys
9   Walk Our Own Road
10  We’re Strangers Again
11   Smokin’ the Hive
12   Come See About Me
13   Happy Trails
14   Heroes and Friends (reprise)

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, “Reason to Quit”

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson at the Oscars 1984

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
by: Stephen L. Betts

Hollywood’s elite gather this weekend to celebrate the best in film for 2014, as the 87th Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Throughout the long history of the Oscars, country music has made its presence known relatively few times.

The 1980s was one of the more fertile decades when it came to country music and the movies. It started with Sissy Spacek’s flawless, Oscar-winning portrayal of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Dolly Parton’s Best Song nomination, for “9 to 5,” with both films released in 1980. In 1984, Robert Duvall earned the Best Actor trophy playing fictional country singer Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, and by 1985, a trio of “heartland” films earned a dozen nominations: “The River,” “Places in the Heart,” and “Country.”

That same year, Kris Kristofferson earned a nomination in the Best Original Song Score category, for Songwriter, the film in which he starred with one of his fellow Highwaymen, Willie Nelson. The film is loosely based on Nelson’s own career as a tunesmith.

The frisky “How Do You Feel About Foolin’ Around,” performed by the two friends, was released as a single, although it barely scratched the Top 50 on the country chart. Songwriter‘s soundtrack split the rest of the songs down the middle, giving half to each of the country legends.

When it came time for the 57th Academy Awards in 1985, host Jack Lemmon introduced Nelson and Kristofferson in a musical segment that featured the pair performing the above-mentioned “Foolin’ Around” and Nelson going solo for “On the Road Again,” another song from a 1980 film, Honeysuckle Rose, in which he once again portrayed a country singer.

Although Songwriter earned some good buzz from critics, audiences were slim. Kristofferson lost the Oscar to a young upstart named Prince, whose Purple Rain film and soundtrack were among the biggest hits of 1984.

Willie Nelson & The Family Band and Alison Krauss & Union Station tour

Friday, February 20th, 2015


The six dates announced thus far include co-bills in Salt Lake City, Utah; Bend, Oregon; Los Angeles; Costa Mesa, California; Paso Robles, California and Santa Barbara. Ticketing information will be posted on Willie Nelson’s website.

Willie Nelson & The Family Band and Alison Krauss & Union Station Co-Headlining Dates

6/20 – Usana Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
6/25 – Les Schwab Amphitheater – Bend, OR
7/18 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
7/19 – The Pacific Amphitheatre – Costa Mesa, CA
7/21 – Vina Robles Amphitheatre – Paso Robles, CA
7/22 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA

Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss in Concert in Utah (6/20/15)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015


Music legends and Grammy-winning artists Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will perform at the Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City on June 20, concert officials announced Tuesday.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. at Smith’s Tix outlets,, 801-467-TIXX or 1-800-888-TIXX. Ticket prices have not yet been announced.

Utah is one of 14 stops on the summer tour, which also features guitarist Jerry Douglas.

The show is a continuation of a successful 2014 tour that paired the country music of Nelson and Family — the country singer’s longtime touring and recording ensemble — with the rootsy Krauss and her Union Station Band.