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‘Missing ole’ Johnny Cash’ — Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard

Friday, May 22nd, 2015


This day in Willie Nelson history: CMT Crossroads with Sheryl Crow (5/21/2002)

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Photo: Rick Diamond

On May 21, 2002, Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow tape an installment of “CMT Crossroads” on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles. Here is the entire show, as it aired on June 7, 2002.

Enjoy the entire show that someone uploaded to youtube.

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow met first in 1999 when they were part of a New York tribute concert honoring Johnny Cash. Nelson and Crow opened their CMT Crossroads taping with “Jackson,” one of the songs they performed at the Cash tribute. As they did in New York, Nelson played Cash to Crow’s June Carter.

Their friendship has grown since their first meeting. Crow, raised in a musical household in Missouri, reveres Nelson as the “king of phrasing” and “the voice that was the soundtrack to my childhood.” Nelson regards Crow as a worthy musical colleague, an inheritor of his musical “outlaw” spirit and a fit audience for his dirty jokes.

Nelson played an electric guitar throughout the night instead of his battered classical acoustic, dubbed “Trigger.” (Crow said her instruments have no names, but she might refer to them as “my little money makers.”) “My guitar,” Nelson explained, “is on the way to Amsterdam [for a European tour]. I am following soon behind.”

The singers each took care to match the other’s vocal phrasing, casting sidelong glances at each other throughout their performance. Of “Let It Be Me,” Nelson proclaimed the duo “happy to be resurrecting a great song.” He toyed with the familiar phrasing and seemed to challenge Crow to do the same. “It wasn’t perfect, but it was tasty,” she said after the first take.


01. Jackson
02. Abilene
03. City of New Orleans
04. Let It Be Me
05. It’s So Easy
06. You Remain
07. Crazy

Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, “Okee from Muscogee”

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Missing ole’ Johnny Cash) from new album

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have recorded another long-awaited album, and it comes out early next month! You can wait and purchase your copy at your favorite independent record store, like I am going to do, or you can pre-order it from Amazon, too.


new album out in June!

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Django and Jimmie

  1. 1. Django and Jimmie – written by Jimmy Melton and Jeff Prince
  2. 2. It’s All Going To Pot – written by Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson and Larry Shell
  3. 3. Unfair Weather Friend – written by Marla Cannon-Goodman and Ward Davis
  4. 4. Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash – written by Merle Haggard
  5. 5. Live This Long – written by Shawn Camp and Marv Green
  6. 6. Alice In Hulaland – written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  7. 7. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright – written by Bob Dylan
  8. 8. Family Bible – written by Walter M. Breeland, Paul F. Buskirk, and Claude Gray
  9. 9. It’s Only Money – written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  10. 10. Swinging Doors – written by Merle Haggard
  11. 11. Where Dreams Come To Die – written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  12. 12. Somewhere Between – written by Merle Haggard
  13. 13. Driving The Herd – written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
  14. 14. The Only Man Wilder Than Me – written by Merle Haggard

Willie Nelson, Hank Cochran, “Ain’t Life Hell”

Monday, May 18th, 2015

This day in Willie Nelson History 1984: “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” #1 on Country Chart (5/12/13)

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

On May 12, 1984, “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before”, by Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias, moves to #1 on Billboard Country Chart.

Willie Nelson & Julio Iglesias perform “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” at Farm Aid II in Austin, Texas on July 4, 1986

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Unfair weather Friend”

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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

Friday, May 8th, 2015

This and many other beautiful duets are on Willie’s, “To All the Girls” album.


To All the Girls (Legacy)

1.Dolly Parton – From Here To The Moon And Back
2.Miranda Lambert – She Was No Good For Me
3.Secret Sisters – It Won’t Be Very Long
4.Rosanne Cash – Please Don’t Tell Me
5.Sheryl Crow – Far Away Places
6.Wynonna Judd – Bloody Mary Morning
7.Carrie Underwood – Always On My Mind
8.Loretta Lynn – Somewhere Between
9.Alison Krauss – No Mas Amor
10.Melonie Cannon – Back To Earth
11.Mavis Staples – Grandma’s Hands
12.Norah Jones – Walkin’
13.Shelby Lynne – Til The End Of The World
14.Lily Meola – Will You Remember Mine
15.Emmylou Harris – Dry Lightning
16.Brandi Carlile – Making Believe
17.Paula Nelson – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
18.Tina Rose – After The Fire Is Gone

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Earth to LA Concert” (May 6, 2004)

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015


On May 6, 2004, Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow participate in an environmental benefit, “Earth To L.A.–The Greatest Show On Earth!” The $500 ticket also features Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Farrell.

– NRDC’s (Natural Resources Defense Council) biennial fundraiser “Earth to L.A.! – The Greatest Show on the
Earth,” featuring Tom Hanks as host and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as keynote
speaker, has emerged as the hottest ticket in town. The irreverent evening of
music, message and comedy, to be held on Thursday, May 6 at the Wadsworth
Theatre in Los Angeles, sold out in record time. It has also already exceeded
NRDC’s financial goal by raising over $2.5 million to advance the
environmental organization’s mission to safeguard the Earth’s natural
resources; far surpassing previous benchmarks.

“The level of support for this event is truly unprecedented,” said NRDC
trustee Laurie David, who created “Earth to L.A.!” four years ago. “The
entertainment community cares deeply about what is happening to our
environment. From the writers, to the talent in the show, to all of the
people donating their time to make this event happen — everyone wants to
support NRDC.”

“Earth to L.A.!” is designed to raise awareness about environmental
problems, particularly global warming. More than 90 cents of every dollar
raised from the event will be used for NRDC’s programs to protect the planet.

The live show will include standup comedy, musical performances and
sharp-edged commentary and appearances by Willie Nelson, Jack Black, Sheryl Crow, Larry
David, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Ferrell, Diane Keaton, Stephen Colbert, Eric
Idle and Meg Ryan.

The night also features a “green carpet” celebrity arrival event with some
of Hollywood’s top talent who are NRDC supporters, including: Toby Maguire,
Ben Stiller, Pierce Brosnan, Albert Brooks, Carole King, Julia Louis-Dreyfus,
Tom Ford, Rob Reiner, Rita Wilson, Martin Short, and Mark Burnett.

“We have had tremendous support from great friends, supporters and
sponsors including Ralph Lauren Fragrances, who have been instrumental in
helping us raise money and awareness for NRDC’s critical work,” said Elizabeth
Wiatt, NRDC trustee and event co-chair. Wiatt co-founded NRDC’s Action and
Executive Forums, which lobby the government on environmental issues.

Event chairs for “Earth to L.A.!” are Larry David, Cindy Horn, Jim Wiatt
and NRDC trustees Laurie David, Alan Horn, Peter Morton and Elizabeth Wiatt.
Emmy Award-winning producer Joel Gallen is overseeing production, and Academy
Award-nominated designer Michael Riva will once again create the sets. Ralph
Lauren Fragrances is the premier sponsor of the event’s after-party.
Underwriters include Warner Bros., MTV Networks, HBO and Village Roadshow

NRDC is making the concert Climate Cool(TM) by purchasing clean power from
Vermont-based NativeEnergy, which will offset every ton of global warming
emissions generated by the event, including all power for the sound and
lights. Clean power proceeds will help build a wind farm on the Rosebud Sioux
Reservation in South Dakota and support Northwest wind farms that generate
energy without the heat-trapping pollution that causes global warming.

NRDC’s lawyers, scientists and policy analysts are often described as the
most effective environmental advocates in the nation. NRDC’s purpose is to
safeguard the Earth, its people, its plants and animals, and the natural
systems on which all life depends. In 1970, when there were few environmental
laws on the books to protect our water, air and wilderness, several leading
attorneys identified the need to create a law firm with one client — the
Earth. For over 30 years, NRDC has helped craft, pass and defend some of the
nation’s key environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act and the
Endangered Species Act.

NRDC’s strategy is to get results using the most effective tools
available, whether it’s working with the construction industry to promote
wood-efficient building techniques, or mobilizing public opinion to force the
Environmental Protection Agency to enact stricter guidelines to protect
children from harmful chemicals. Today, NRDC has more than 1 million members
and online activists nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington,
Santa Monica and San Francisco. For more information visit

Happy Birthday, Randy Travis

Monday, May 4th, 2015


Randy Travis (born Randy Traywick), was born on May 4, 1959, in Monroe, North Carolina

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson, “Just Breathe” (Farm Aid)

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Willie Nelson & Leon Russell live from Passaic, NJ, March 1st,1979

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Thanks Brad Wheeler, for finding this broadcast.

Neil Young and Willie Nelson, “From Hank to Hendrix”

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Partner’s in Crime: Willie Nelson and Toby Keith

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Country Weekly
October 14, 2003
by Chris Neal

Like a lot of great country music tales, this one begins with whiskey. Willie Nelson and Toby Keith were on Willie’s bus, passing the bottle back and forth — to be precise, a bottle of Willie’s own signature brand, Old Whiskey River. They were having fun, but Toby had a serious question for his hero.

“I’ve got a project I’d love to talk to you about,” he offered. “It’s singing the second verse on a song that I think fits you like a glove.”

“What’s the name of it?” asked Willie. “Whiskey for My Men; Beer for My Horses,” replied Toby.

“Hell, let’s go cut it!” Willie exclaimed with a laugh. “It’d be hard to have a bad song with a title that good.”

Many months later, Willie’s judgment turned out to be right on. “Beer for My Horses” shot to No. 1 and stayed there for six weeks.

“Johnny Cash said one time that all that’s wrong with any of us can be cured with a No. 1 song,” said Willie. “And I think he was about right. I’m almost cured of everything.”

The ride actually began many years ago, way back in mid-Sept. 1976. Toby, then 15, made his way backstage when Willie was appearing in concert at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., as part of an “Outlaws” tour with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser.

At the time, Toby already idolized Willie, who was then riding high with the No. 1 Waylon duet “Good Hearted Woman” – a song Toby himself would sing with Willie months after Waylon’s death in 2002.

Toby still remembers meeting Willie that night, 27 years ago. “He was his usual polite self,” he smiles. “Willie is a real sweetheart. He takes care of everybody and wants everybody to have a piece of him.”

By the time they met again in the ‘90’s, Toby had followed in Willie’s footsteps to become a star himself. It happened that Toby’s guitarist, Joey Floyd, had played the part of Willie’s son in the 1980 movie Honeysuckle Rose, and still kept in touch. Joey made the introductions — and Toby and Willie’s friendship was off and running.

“I’d already heard his music before I met him,” recalls Willie. “I think he’s a great talent. He’s one of those guys coming along — well, I don’t know how young he is. Younger than me for damn sure.” (Toby is 42.)

“Probably the thing that ties us together most is the music,” says Toby. “But he’s got a great sense of humor, and so do I. We call each other all the time and tell our latest jokes, and we really have a good time when we’re hanging out.”

Perhaps the most notorious occasion the two spent “hanging out” was during this year’s ACM Awards. Tongues wagged after Toby was named entertainer of the Year at the evening’s end, but wasn’t around to accept it because he’d already left.

Where was he?

“I was up in my room, at the same hotel where the show was going on,” explains Willie. “I was watching it on TV. Next thing you know, there’s a knock on my door and there’s Toby. He said, “Hell, I ain’t gonna win.” I said, ‘OK, come in here and we’ll write a song or something.” So we got the whiskey bottle going around — again — and we were having some fun.”

“You can tell when it’s your night,” explains Toby, “And it didn’t feel like it was my night.”

So Toby figured that spending time with his friend and idol sounded better than waiting around to not win an award.

“That’s important to me, getting a chance to enjoy some of the stuff I grew up wanting to do,” he says. “But I did feel real bad when they said my name and “Entertainer of the Year.”

There’s always the upcoming CMAs, where “Beer for My Horses” is nominated for Single, Song, Vocal Event — and Music Video of the Year, for it’s imaginative clip featuring Willie and Toby as father and son police detectives chasing a killer.

The two are lining up tour dates together, including a New Year’s Eve show. Willie is currently making a new album with Toby’s producer, which will include at least one song Toby wrote. And both men say they’re reading and willing to duet again.

“I’ve had a lot of fun singing with Toby,” declares Willie. “He’s one of us.”

But one question remains: Do horses really like beer?

“Good God yeah” says Willie. “It’s got wheat, barley, corn — why wouldn’t a horse like it? It’s horse soup.”

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, “Four Strong Winds” (Farm Aid IV) (April 24, 2015)

Friday, April 24th, 2015