Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

This day in Willie Nelson history, “Heartbreak Hotel”, with Leon Russell goes #1 Billboard Country (9/1/1979)

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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On September 1, 1979, “Heartbreak Hotel”, recorded by Willie Nelson and Leon Russell, takes the top spot on the Billboard country chart with their remake of “Heartbreak Hotel”

Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, “My Own Peculiar Way”

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, “Mendocino County Line”

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Roy Rogers, “When I reach the end of Rodeo Road (set my pony free)”

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Arlo Guthrie, Dottie West “City of New Orleans” (Farm AId 1985)

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Farm Aid 2013 “Just Breathe”

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, “Wurlitzer Prize”

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Merle Haggard, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, “Mama Tried”

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Willie Nelson featured on new Ray Benson Album, “It Ain’t You”

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Music video for “It Ain’t You,” by Ray Benson featuring Willie Nelson. Appears on Ray Benson’s solo album, “A Little Piece.”
Directed by Aaron Brown
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Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, “VH1 Storytellers”

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

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This day in Willie Nelson history: “One for the Road” goes gold (8/2/1979)

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

On August 2, 1979, the duet album, ‘One for the Road’ sung with Leon Russell, is certified gold.

Willie Nelson sings on JJ Cale Tribute Album (Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze”

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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by: Jasper Rees

It’s not quite true to say no one would have heard of JJ Cale without Eric Clapton. Clapton’s cover of “After Midnight”, released in 1970 as the first single on his debut solo album, put Cale on the map as a songwriter and paved for his own inimitable recording career. But Clapton didn’t actually record “Cocaine” until Slowhand in 1977. In between Lynyrd Skynyrd slipped in with their account of “Call Me the Breeze”, the song which lends its name to this Clapton-led tribute a year on from Cale’s death.

Cale was a reticent inspiration to more than Clapton. The major singer-songwriters of a certain age queuing up to pay homage here include Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty and Don White, plus the realtively youthful John Mayer (b. 1977) and, submitting backing vocals on the final track “Crying Eyes”, Cale’s widow Christine Lakeland.

A soothing ramble through the timeless byways of Cale’s back catalogue, The Breeze is a more artistically robust compilation of covers than can often happen when famous fans crowd onto one album to say hi. Cale released 15 albums of chugging rock. The songs come in two speeds (“fastish” and “slowish”) and are so well built that there’s not much any singer can do with them other than be faithful to their cool, rhythmic spirit, and mix in a bit of their own personal chemistry. Knopfler sounds like Knopfler on “Someday” and Willie Nelson is very much himself on “Songbird” and “Starbound”, while White adds a country tinge to “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Need Me)”. Petty sounds like a dead ringer for Cale on “I Got the Same Old Blues” and “The Old Man and Me”. Clapton is everywhere, subsuming himself to the project on backing vocals, now and then popping up to lead. He submits a lovely “Cajun Moon”. Completists may regret the absence of a reprise for his two JJ Cale covers from 1970s.

US singer-songwriter JJ Cale died of a heart attack at the age of 74. He became famous in 1970, when Eric Clapton covered his song ‘After Midnight’. In 1977 Clapton also popularised Cale’s ‘Cocaine’. The two worked together on an album which won a Grammy award in 2008.

JJ Cale – Call Me The Breeze
From the album : Naturally (1972)

This day in Willie Nelson History: President Jimmy Carter joins Willie Nelson on stage in Georgia (7/27/2008)

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

On July 27, 2008,  Jimmy Carter joined Willie Nelson and Family on stage and played harmonica on “Georgia On My Mind” during a concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta.

“Five different times I’ve been on the stage with Willie Nelson,” Carter said. “He always calls me up on his final number, which is usually ‘Amazing Grace,’ and we sing a duet together. He’s very careful to turn the microphone completely away from my voice.” – Jimmy Carter

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Former President Jimmy Carter once told Rolling Stone magazine that “all the good things I did as president, all the mistakes I made – you can blame half of that on Willie.”

 

 

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow, “CMT Crossroads”

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, “Okie from Muskogee”

Thursday, July 17th, 2014