Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Songbird
Track List:

Rainy Day Blues
Songird
Blue Hotel
Back to Earth
Stella Blue
Hallelujah
$1000 Wedding
We Don’t Run
Yours Love
Sad Songs and Waltzes
Amazing Grace
Christmas in Prison

Willie Nelson, Lily Meola, “Will You Remember Mine” (Farm Aid, 2014)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in Concert! (March 27, 28, 2015)

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are taking the stage together for one epic weekend in New Braunfels, TX on March 27 & 28, 2015. Tickets go on sale November 21 at 10am CT. Get ticket details atWhiteWaterRocks.com

Willie Nelson Swings Over the Rainbow, with Friends (PBS, 1981)

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sending along the poster from the PBS special. I forgot about this show, how beautiful it is.

.  For your Sunday morning enjoyment.

Willie Nelson – “Swingin’ Over The Rainbow” – PBS Special from 1981. Every song is gold. Willie Nelson & Family, Freddie Powers, Paul Buskirk, Johnny Gimble, Dean Reynolds, Ray Benson. Originally recorded from local cable on VHS in 1981.

Willie Nelson, B.B. King, “Nightlife”

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

The Merle and Willie Show

Thursday, November 13th, 2014


Not from Tuesday’s show, of course, but until I can find pictures or a video, enjoy this.

http://www.austinchronicle.com

by: Jim Caligiuri

The hottest movement in country music has been dubbed bro-country, a testosterone-fueled brand of pop mostly built on trucks, girls in tight shorts, and drinking. Last night’s show at the Moody Theater starred a different brotherhood and brand of country music that’s both traditional and feisty. An appearance by Willie Nelson made it even more special.

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives opened up on a blast of Waylon Jennings, breaking out “Stop the World and Let Me Off” with rockabilly gusto.

“If you came to see a high-octane hillbilly band, you’re in the right place,” exclaimed Stuart.

His new 2-CD set, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, might be the best country album of 2014, but he didn’t focus on it. Instead, he reached back to hits from the Nineties, “Tempted” and “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’,” as well as an impossibly complex solo turn on mandolin for “Orange Blossom Special,” and a soul-filled rendition of Bill Monroe’s “I’m Blue I’m Lonesome.”

The Fabulous Superlatives – guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, bassist Paul Martin – demonstrated inspired musicianship throughout. There isn’t a more versatile roots/country band working today. The set ended with a cappella gospel in “Angels Rock Me to Sleep” that exhibited the quartet’s exceptional harmonies as well.

The Hag’s portion of the program got off to an inauspicious start with vocalist Doug Colosio fronting the Strangers on a couple of Buck Owens tunes that were almost universally ignored. Introduced by Stuart as “the poet of the common man,” Haggard, 77, immediately delighted the sold-out Moody by going to hitsville on “Big City,” “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star,” “Silver Wings,” and “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” seemingly without taking a breath. His vocals have lost some resiliency and power, yet the timbre is still there, and the band, with Austin’s Floyd Domino on piano, proved to be flexible and energetic.

A tribute to his friend Johnny Cash in the form of a spunky “Folsom Prison Blues” was followed by an appearance from Willie Nelson for a stark rendition of Blaze Foley’s “If I Could Only Fly.” Nelson stuck around for the rest of the set, trading vocals and guitar solos on “Working Man’s Blues,” “Milk Cow Blues,” and more, including a jazzy run through of “Crazy,” on which Domino’s piano was spotlighted. Nelson’s surely sung the tune 1,000 times, yet he always manages to dig down deep as if it’s still fresh and last night was still a hair-raising experience.

Haggard broke out his fiddle for the sugary “Old Fashioned Love” and Stuart joined in on guitar for the set-ending “Working in Tennessee” and “Okie From Muskogee.” In all, Tuesday evening brought out a good-natured night of old friends sharing music from the heart. The kind of country music that’s seemingly out of fashion yet most assuredly will never fade away.

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

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

You can hear this song on Willie Nelson’s latest album, “To All the Girls”.

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When Two Worlds Collide:

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

Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, “Over Time”

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Willie Nelson and Shania Twain, “Forever and For Always”

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Willie Nelson, The Unforgiven, “Amazing Grace” (Farm Aid, 1986)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

he Unforgiven & Willie Nelson perform “Amazing Grace” live at the Farm Aid concert in Austin, Texas on July 4, 1986. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube

Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

Willie Nelson, Engelbert Humperdinck duet, “Make You Feel My Love” makes first round of 2015 Grammy Nomination (Vote if you can)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Willie Nelson has made the first rounds of the 2015 Grammy Nominations for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with “Make You Feel My Love,” a collaboration he did with UK artist Engelbert Humperdinck, off his album ‘Engelbert Calling.’

If you are a voting member of the Recording Academy, please vote to make it to the next round. The ballots need to be in by 5PM on Wednesday November 5th.

 

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www.grammy.com

Lukas Nelson with Pearl Jam performing “Just Breathe” live @ the Bridge School Benefit 2014

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, ‘Just Breathe’

Monday, October 27th, 2014

This beautiful duet of Willie and Lukas Nelson is included in Willie Nelson’s “Heroes” album.

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Willie Nelson – Heroes tracklist:

1. “A Horse Called Music”Merle Haggard & Lukas Nelson
2. “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die”Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson
3. “That’s All There Is To This Song”
4. “No Place To Fly”Lukas Nelson
5. “Every Time He Drinks He Thinks Of Her” Lukas Nelson
6. “Come On Up To The House”Lukas Nelson & Sheryl Crow
7. “Hero”Billy Joe Shaver, Jamey Johnson
8. “My Window Faces The South”Lukas Nelson
9. “The Sound Of Your Memory”Lukas Nelson
10. “Cold War With You”Lukas Nelson & Ray Price
11. “Just Breathe”Lukas Nelson
12. “My Home In San Antone”Lukas Nelson
13. “Come On Back Jesus”Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson
14. “The Scientist”

Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, “She Was No Good for Me”

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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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

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, “Two Men With the Blues” (2008)

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

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On January 8, 2008, Blue Note Records released, “Two Men With the Blues”.

Willie Nelson – vocals and guitar Wynton Marsalis – trumpet and vocals Mickey Raphael – harmonica Walter Blanding – saxophone Dan Nimmer – piano Carlos Henriquez – bass Ali Jackson Jr. – drums

“These songs, heard this way with this group—that’s never been done before. Whatever I’m doing, if you put Wynton and these guys around it, that brings it up to a different level.” – Willie Nelson

A first-time collaboration between two American icons, Willie & Wynton discover common ground in their love of jazz standards & the blues on this sparkling set that brims with spontaneity, congeniality & fun.

www.newsweek.com

Wynton wears crisp suits, reads sheet music and is the musical director of New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Willie wears crumpled jeans, wings it onstage and runs his concert venue, Willie’s Place, out of a truck stop in Abbott, Texas.

So what exactly do these music legends have in common? The blues, of course. Wynton Marsalis, 46, and Willie Nelson, 75, are the two men on the new CD “Two Men With the Blues,” a live recording culled from two concerts they played at Lincoln Center last year.

“I like playing with Wynton,” says Nelson, “because you know the piano player won’t show up drunk, and whatever comes out of it, it’ll be worth the listen.” They are playing venues including the Hollywood Bowl and “The Tonight Show” between breaks on Nelson’s tour and Marsalis’s Lincoln Center duties. Recently, the two chatted with NEWSWEEK’s Lorraine Ali in Nelson’s second home—his airbrushed, tricked-out tour bus:

ALI: Your collaboration has been described as “a summit meeting between two American icons.”

NELSON: I like the way they put that.

MARSALIS: I’m not an icon, he is.

NELSON: I thought an icon was one of those things on your computer screen. I’m not one of those.

MARSALIS: OK, I say this modestly—this is a historic event. It’s not a big surprise to have Wynton and Willie playing together, but to have this much attention for it, that’s a surprise.

But the attention makes sense: both of you are highly respected, and Willie, you can’t go anywhere without being recognized. NELSON: I’m offended if I don’t get recognized. I say, “Hey, man, don’t you know who I am? Perhaps you didn’t realize.”

MARSALIS: My son always says, “I want to repudiate you, Dad, but nobody knows who you are. When I have to explain who I’m repudiating, it’s not really worth it.”

Willie, I imagine you as an off-the-cuff player, but with Wynton, there’s the whole issue of keeping time. Is that a problem?

NELSON: Well, it’s a little different than when we just go up there and wing it for four hours and play requests. This has to be exactly right, especially because Wynton and the guys are reading off pieces of paper, and I’m just up there trying to remember words. These guys have a lot more to do and think about than I do. For me, it’s a free ride on top of their rhythm and rockin’.

MARSALIS: He’ll come in with a phrase, and we’ll think, “Uh-oh, he ain’t gonna make it fit.” And then he’ll collect it on the back end. It’s like somebody jukin’ or fakin’ on a basketball court. They take you this way, then come back that way. He’ll come in perfectly on key, on time, and we’re, like, “Damn!” It’s so natural and true.

Do you see yourself as an odd couple?

MARSALIS: No. As musicians, we like a lot of the same things.

NELSON:Â Louis Jordan’s “Caldonia.”

MARSALIS: Yeah, that’s right, or “Saturday Night Fish Fry.” See, we came up on the same sounds

Music aside, personality-wise, how is it working together? Is one of you…

NELSON: On drugs?

That’s not exactly where I was going.

MARSALIS: We really follow each other. I think we’re gracious that way. There’s no crazy soloing over one another.

NELSON: We [Nelson and his harmonica player] can’t play anything more than they [Marsalis and his quartet] can play. There’s only so many chords, and they know ‘em better than we do. Honestly, I don’t read music that well. Or I don’t read well enough to hurt my playing, as the old joke goes.

MARSALIS: And it’s not like we need to translate. We’re coming from the same American experience. The songs he picked to play,”Bright Lights, Big City,” “Basin Street Blues”we don’t need an arrangement for those. The grooves we play are shuffle grooves, swing. We grew up playing that music. There wasn’t one time where we had to stop and say, “Willie, what do you mean?” We are together.

NELSON: Even though some of us may not look all that together.

I heard you two barely rehearse.

MARSALIS: Willie doesn’t do two or three takes. Just once, and then, “That’s good, gentlemen.” That’s how we play. We record live.

NELSON: If you can play, then what do you want to rehearse for? Just play.

Willie, you still tour like mad. How different are the shows with Wynton?

NELSON: Honestly, it’s a lot easier for me to come out and work with Wynton and his guys, because in my shows I’ll go out and play for two hours or more. With Wynton, they’ve already played for an hour and a half before I come out. I come out and do the last 30 minutes, and all of a sudden I’ve had a great night.

Wynton, was there any sort of intimidation factor in working with a legend like Willie?

MARSALIS: I’ve been around musicians all my life. My daddy was a musician, and we played all kind of gigs. I played with philharmonic orchestras when I was 22 years old. That’s intimidating! This man is natural. He makes you feel at home. When he comes to rehearsal, there’s not 65 people around him, scurrying to make it all right.

NELSON: Send in the dogs to clear the place out first.

MARSALIS: It’s not like that. He’s very approachable.

NELSON: We used to work in clubs where we had to build up the crowd. We’d hop from table to table, have a drink with everybody, hoping they’d show up tomorrow night. By the time you made your rounds you’re about half drunk.

MARSALIS: How could you not love this man?