Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

Willie Nelson and Toots Hibbert, “Still is Still Moving”

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Rest in peace, Toots Hibbert, who passed away yesterday.

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Willie Nelson with Sheryl Crow, “Lonely Alone”

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Rolling Stone
by: Claire Shaffer

Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson team up for the video to “Lonely Alone,” a track off Crow’s latest album Threads, which was released a year ago this month.

Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson team up for the video to “Lonely Alone,” a track off Crow’s latest album Threads, which was released a year ago this month.

“I wrote the song, ‘Lonely Alone,’ with Willie in mind,” Crow said in a statement. “It’s was written as kind of a barside cowboy noir with romantic Spanish inflections, but the song has taken on new meaning during these times. I hope people find the same comfort in this song that I have always found in Willie. I never feel closer to home than when I am singing with him — I know a lot of people feel the same way, even if they’re just singing along with him on the radio. I felt that this was the perfect song and the perfect sentiment to celebrate Threads with.”

The video features Crow, Nelson, and their backing band — including Crow’s guitarist Audley Freed — performing the song remotely, with some additional footage of Nelson hanging out with horses on a ranch.

Crow released Threads last summer, stating that it was likely to be her final full-length album. Along with Nelson, the 17 tracks included collaborations with Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Mavis Staples, Eric Clapton, Sting, Keith Richards, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell. Earlier this year she discussed the project on Rolling Stone‘s Music Now podcast.

“One for the Road”, Willie Nelson and Leon Russell

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Willie Nelson and ACM New Artist Nominees, “On The Road Again”

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Proceeds from the single will benefit ACM Lifting Lives Covid-19 Response Fundby staff 8/14/2020

Willie Nelson isn’t the only one who just can’t wait to get on the road again. Now he’s joined by the Academy of Country Music’s nominees in the New Female and New Male artist categories.

This rendition of Nelson’s classic hit timeless hit includes Ingrid Andress, Gabby Barrett, Jordan Davis, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Riley Green, Caylee Hammack, Cody Johnson, Tenille Townes and Morgan Wallen, along with Nelson. Produced by Ross Copperman and Jimmy Robbins, the single is being released via Warner Music Nashville.

Proceeds from the single will benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund to be disbursed to individuals in the country music community who are currently in need of pandemic relief assistance.

“The Academy is honored to work with Willie Nelson and all 10 ACM Awards New Artist Nominees to create a new contemporary version of the classic ‘On the Road Again (ACM Lifting Lives Edition)’ that is so poignant for our current times,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.

“This is a powerful way to showcase so many of our newer and fast-rising artists alongside one of our genre’s most legendary artists and iconic songs of all time. It feels very appropriate that this event will raise much needed funds for our country music industry members in financial crisis through our ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund.

A huge thank you to the artists, Ross Copperman and Jimmy Robbins as well as our friends at Warner Music Nashville for donating their time to this important project.”

Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton sing, “Pretty Paper”

Monday, August 17th, 2020

Willie Nelson’s name was a pleasant surprise on the tracklist for Dolly Parton’s upcoming A Holly Dolly Christmas album. The two singers have a history of duets together and will team up for a Christmas classic.

“Pretty Paper” is a song that Nelson wrote nearly 60 years ago, in 1963. His version from 1979 became the title track for his first Christmas album, and it’s been a country standard since. Many artists have recorded the song over the years, with Nelson himself often re-cutting it. In 2003, he teamed with Kenny Chesney to sing the song on Chesney’s All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan album.

Parton and Nelson previously teamed for songs including “Everything’s Beautiful (In Its Own Way),” “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” and “From Here to the Moon and Back,” from Nelson’s To All the Girls album. All the songs on Parton’s new album were recorded during the pandemic, so all singers kept a safe distance from one another.

“We’ve been very smart, very careful,” Parton shares. “I’m not out to get it if I don’t have to. I’m hoping I can outrun all that.”

Nelson has been quarantined for the most part at his home in Texas, although he was in Hawaii for a period of time. He, too, released new music in 2020. First Rose of Spring dropped on July 3 to positive reviews. In interviews, he’s shared that he has several other projects in the works.

Here’s the full track list:

1. “Holly Jolly Christmas”
2. “Christmas Is” (feat. Miley Cyrus) 3. “Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas” (feat. Michael Bublé)
4. “Christmas on the Square”
5. “Circle of Love”
6. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (feat. Jimmy Fallon)
7. “Comin’ Home for Christmas”
8. “Christmas Where We Are” (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
9. “Pretty Paper” (feat. Willie Nelson)
10. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
11. “You Are My Christmas” (feat. Randy Parton)
12. “Mary, Did You Know?”

Willie Nelson and Paul Simon, “Graceland”

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Willie Nelson duets with Dolly on her Christmas Album

Thursday, August 13th, 2020
by: Lauren Jo Black and Andrew Wendowski

olly Parton will lift fans’ spirits this year with the release of A Holly Dolly Christmas, her first holiday album in 30 years.The country icon enlisted a star-studded group of artists to join her on the record, including her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, as well as Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael Bublé and Jimmy Fallon.

Her brother, Randy Parton, will also join her on the project.

“I thought, ‘I think I’ll call it A Holly Dolly Christmas because I love the song “A Holly Jolly Christmas” with Burl Ives. He used to be on all of my Christmas specials all through the years. I think of him as Mr. Christmas. I thought, ‘Why don’t do I call it something cute and clever, like that or Deck the Halls with Boughs of Dolly, something corny like that,’” Parton shared with Billboard.

The 12-track album was created during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Parton says they did their best to follow all health and safety guidelines to ensure that they were all safe during the recording process.

“We were working in our little circle with our masks and with our gloves and we had our engineer and we just had the very few people that we had to have when we were in there when I was singing,” she explained. “They had done some of the tracks before the pandemic, but then we went in and started doing our vocals. We’ve been very smart, very careful, because we’re trying to protect ourselves and I’m an older person. I’m not out to get it if I don’t [have] to, I’m hoping I can outrun all that. We’ve been all very, very smart, but it didn’t slow us up.”

A Holly Dolly Christmas will be released on October 2.

Track List:

Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas – Dolly Parton, Michael Bublé
Christmas On The Square – Dolly Parton
Circle Of Love – Dolly Parton
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Dolly Parton, Jimmy Fallon
Comin’ Home For Christmas – Dolly Parton
Christmas Where We Are (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – Dolly Parton
Pretty Paper – Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Dolly Parton
You Are My Christmas (feat. Randy Parton) – Dolly Parton
Mary, Did You Know? – Dolly Parton

Willie Nelson, with “Matt Rollings, That Lucky Ole’ Sun”

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
by: Joseph Haydak

Lyle Lovette, Ray Benson and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott also joins the producer on a song off of Rollings’ new album.

Matt Rollings may not be a household name to many, but in music circles, he’s piano-playing royalty. The Grammy-winning producer and musician releases his new album, Matt Rollings Mosaic, in August, recruiting an all-star list of guests from Vince Gill to Alison Krauss to record original songs and standards like “Accentuate the Positive.”

For his latest interpretation of a classic, Rollings enlisted a trio of A-listers to sing “That Lucky Old Sun”: Willie NelsonLyle Lovett, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. It’s a warm, comforting version, with Nelson, Lovett, and Elliott each taking a verse. Nelson plays the lead acoustic riff, with Rollings behind him on piano.

“‘Lucky Old Sun’ is one of my favorite standards. I’ve always loved Louis Armstrong’s 1949 version, and have wanted to record it,” Rollings says. “When the opportunity arose to have these three icons, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, perform on this song with me and Jay Bellerose, it just alchemized into this loose and funky rendition.”

Rollings releases the eponymous album, via Dualtone, on August 14th. Other guests include the War and Treaty, Blind Boys of Alabama, Lukas Nelson, and Molly Tuttle. In addition to “That Lucky Old Sun,” Elliott appears on “If I Had a Boat,” a cover of Lovett’s wistful signature ballad.

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, “Seven Spanish Angels”

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Willie Nelson and Bill Mack, “Drinking Champagne” (Carl’s Corner, 12/16/2009)

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “I can get off on you”

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

Willie Nelson and Amy Irving, in “Honeysuckle Rose”

Sunday, July 26th, 2020

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “How Do You Feel About Fooling Around?”

Friday, July 24th, 2020


1.     How Do You Feel About Foolin’ Around
2.     Songwriter
3.     Who’ll Buy My Memories
4.     Write Your Own Songs
5.     Nobody Said It Was Going To Be Easy
6      Good Times
7.     Eye Of The Storm 
8.     Crossing the Border
9.     Down To Her Socks
10.   Under The Gun
11.    The Final Attraction

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020