Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

Carlos Santana, “Willie Nelson is also a pretty mean guitar player”

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

“Willie Nelson’s impact on American music is indelible. He stands at the crossroads of all the sounds and colors of this country. What he reflects is true soul and sincerity. He’s also a pretty mean guitar player.”

— Carlos Santana

Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg, “Superman” (Amsterdam, 2008)

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

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

Sunday, August 28th, 2016
by:  Stephen L. Betts

In 2003, American icon Willie Nelson was the centerpiece of an all-star 70th birthday tribute with performances from Kenny Chesney, Shelby Lynne, Steven Tyler, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Leon Russell, Paul Simon, Wyclef Jean and more. Captured for a CD/DVD set called Live & Kickin’: Willie Nelson and Friends, the event was taped at New York’s Beacon Theatre and features some of Nelson’s most legendary compositions, including “Crazy” and “Night Life,” along with songs by other writers.

One tune heard during the USA Network special, falling into the latter category, was “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” a song penned by songwriter-publisher Fred Rose in the Forties and previously performed by Hank Williams and Roy Acuff. Three decades later, the mournful ballad would become a signature tune for Nelson when he recorded it for his 1975 concept LP, Red Headed Stranger.

Introduced by Nelson’s longtime friend (and fellow songwriting legend) Kris Kristofferson, one of the most affecting performances of the special was country-pop superstar Shania Twain’s rendition of “Blue Eyes,” which the casually attired Canadian – in jeans, a cap and Willie T-shirt – performed while seated next to Nelson, who was standing and playing Trigger, his trusty vintage guitar. In addition to his distinctive jazz-inspired picking, Nelson adds harmony vocals to Twain’s reverent and expressive performance of the song, which became his first Number One country hit as an artist in October 1975.

Twain, who will celebrate her 51st birthday on August 28th, was riding high on the country and pop charts at the time this special was recorded. Up!, her fourth studio LP and third consecutive album to sell more than 10 million copies, was her first to be released in three separate versions for the pop, country and world-music markets. As a bonus during the TV taping, Twain and Nelson teamed for an exuberant performance of one of the singles from Up!, “Forever and for Always,” which (minus Nelson’s contributions) would go on to become a huge crossover hit in the U.S., and a Top Ten single in Twain’s native land, the U.K., Austria, Germany, Ireland and Romania.

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

by:  Joe Blevins

R&B legend Ray Charles was no mere dilettante in the world of country. After the success of 1962’s groundbreaking, genre-bending Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, he continued exploring the genre for years afterward, culminating with 1984’s “Seven Spanish Angels,” a duet with Willie Nelson that topped the C&W charts.

Their collaboration, however successful, did lead to some odd and even surreal moments along the way, including some scenes worthy of an abstract art film. Nelson recounts just such an incident in a new animated video from Great Big Story. It seems that, one day about 30 years ago, Charles and Nelson were playing a show in Austin when the latter visited the former at his hotel room. Nelson found that Charles, not surprisingly for a blind man, kept the place’s living room unlit. But Nelson just sort of rolled with that, easygoing guy that he is. That’s when Charles brought out a chess board and challenged Nelson to a game. Fair enough, but these were not ordinary chess pieces, as Nelson explains:

His chess pieces were all the same color. They were all unpainted wood, you know. But he could feel of ’em and tell what they were. So, needless to say, he kicked my ass about three games in a row. I said, “Thank you, Ray. Let’s go sing.” But I did tell him that the next time we played, I wanted to do it with the lights on.


Great Big Story presents this as a lesson in humility, and Nelson admits, “I probably have as big an ego as anybody.” Whether that well-lit rematch ever occurred is unknown, but there is extant footage of Nelson and Charles performing live together in concert, including clips in which Charles wears the same plaid sport coat he’s seen wearing in this video. Maybe this performance was filmed not long after one of those chess games.

er one of those chess games.

[via Laughing Squid]

Vince Gill and Time Jumpers record, “Heartaches by the Number” with Willie Nelson

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers:Musicians Back Willie Nelson in ‘Heartaches by the Number’ Cover. Nelson recorded the song for his upcoming album “The Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price,” to celebrate his 50-year friendship with the late country singer. It’s set for release Sept. 16.


Willie Nelson’s beautiful loving tribute to his friend Ray Price, “For the Good Times” will be in stores on September 19th. If you can’t wait to buy it at your favorite local record store– you can pre-order the album at Amazon.

Willie Nelson was a former member of Price’s Cherokee Cowboy and close life-long friend. Willie recorded the twelve-track album at Ocean Way Studios, where Price also recorded. Engineered by Fred Foster and Bergen White, the album features Vince Gill on six tracks.

Check out the Track list:
1. “Heartaches by the Number (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
3. “Faded Love”
4. “It Always Will Be”
5. “City Lights (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me(featuring the Time Jumpers)”
7. “Make the World Go Away”
8. “I’m Still Not Over You”
9. “Night Life”
10. “Crazy Arms (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
11. “Invitation to the Blues (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
12. “For The Good Times”

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

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Chris Stapleton, “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, “I Still Miss Someone”

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Dallas Wayne with Willie Nelson, “Your Time’s Comin'”

Friday, August 12th, 2016

This song is included on Dallas Wayne’s new album, “Songs The Jukebox Taught Me

You can order the album here.

Track List:

Your Time’s Comin’ with Willie Nelson
Who’ll Turn Out The Lights In Your World Tonight
A Dime At A Time
Yesterday’s Gone with Paula Nelson
Sea Of Heartbreak
Devil In The Bottle
Three Days
No Relief In Sight
It Just Doesn’t Seem To Matter with Jeannie Seely
Skip A Rope
Eleven Roses with Darrell & Mona McCall
Sun Comin’ Up
She Always Got What She Wanted
Stop The World And Let Me Off.

Happy Birthday, Tony Bennett

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Ray Price, “Run That By Me One More Time”

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones, Mickey Raphael on David Letterman

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

“Working with Willie Nelson is a blessing” — Aaron Lewis

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

“It is like the ultimate blessing…” Hear what Aaron had to say about working with Willie Nelson on his new song “Sinner.” Pre-order the new album on Apple Music here –

Willie Nelson and Family, “Wild Horses”

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Willie Nelson joins Neil Young and Promise of the Real on Stage in Rome

Saturday, July 16th, 2016
by: Daniel Kreps

Neil Young held an onstage family reunion Friday night during his concert in Rome as Willie Nelsonjoined the rocker and Promise of the Real, which features Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah.

It’s family time here tonight, we’re gonna have the whole family come out,” Young told the crowd as he introduced Willie Nelson. “What do you say, pop?” Nelson soon strapped on a guitar and joined Young and his sons on Old Ways‘ “Are There Any More Real Cowboys?,” a track Nelson and Young have played together in the past. Nelson stuck around for one more song, leading his classic “On the Road Again” alongside Young and Promise of the Real.

Nelson’s appearance onstage wasn’t a complete surprise as, earlier in the day, Lukas Nelson revealed on Instagram that Willie sat in with the band during rehearsals at the Temre Di Caracalla venue. Following Friday’s concert, Lukas Nelson wrote, “Dad joined us tonight in Rome. To be able to support my two heroes together on stage with my brothers is a joy that is indescribable.”