Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “Write Your Own Songs”

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, “Seven Spanish Angels”

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

They were prayin’ for the lovers,
In the valley of the gun

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

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Willie Nelson sings with Steve Earle on new album, “So You Wannabe An Outlaw”

Friday, June 23rd, 2017



  1. “So You Wannabe an Outlaw” (feat. Willie Nelson)
  2. “Lookin’ for a Woman”
  3. “The Firebreak Line”
  4. “News From Colorado”
  5. “If Mama Coulda Seen Me”
  6. “Fixin’ to Die”
  7. “This Is How It Ends” (feat. Miranda Lambert)
  8. “The Girl on the Mountain”
  9. “You Broke My Heart”
  10. “Walkin’ in LA” (feat. Johnny Bush)
  11. “Sunset Highway”
  12. “Goodbye Michelangelo”

Deluxe Edition bonus tracks:

  • “Ain’t No God in Mexico” (Billy Joe Shaver)
  • “Sister’s Coming Home”/”Down at the Corner Beer Joint” (Willie Nelson)
  • “The Local Memory” (Willie Nelson)
  • “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” (Waylon Jennings)

Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg, “My Medicine”

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow, “City of New Orleans”

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson, “Ain’t it Funny, How Time Slips Away”

Sunday, June 11th, 2017
by: Stephen L. Betts

With a musical and personal friendship that stretches back to the early Sixties when they shared the stage during a tour with Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson have performed together countless times through the years. Their final performance together, on a beautiful light-shuffle version of Nelson’s oft-covered “Funny How Time Slips Away” is a marvelous, albeit heartbreaking, tribute to their enduring love and respect for one another.

Taken from Campbell’s final studio LP Adiós, which was released today, the tune was first recorded by Billy Walker in 1961 and has also been cut by Elvis Presley, the Supremes, and as a duet for Al Green and Lyle Lovett, Bobby Bland and B.B. King, and by Juice Newton with the song’s writer in 2010. Adiós, produced by Campbell’s longtime friend Carl Jackson, was their effort to gather several songs Campbell had wanted to record but hadn’t previously. The sessions took place following Campbell’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s and the subsequent Goodbye Tour, chronicled in the poignant documentary film, Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me.

“Glen and I have been close such a long, long time,” Jackson told Rolling Stone Country last month. “I stood right beside him on every line, printed out the lyrics in big print. Sometimes we had to do a line at a time because with Alzheimer’s, his memory of the lyrics, as we saw in the tour he had to use teleprompters, that went away pretty quick. But his melodies did not go away for a long time after his ability to remember actual songs. He would even remember what keys he did them in. I can’t explain it.”

Adiós also includes four songs penned by another of Campbell’s longtime compatriots, Jimmy Webb, who penned the title cut and is the writer behind many of the singer’s massive hits, including “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.”

Campbell is in the final stages of the disease and living in a Nashville memory-care facility. His daughter, musician Ashley Campbell, tells Rolling Stone Country, “He doesn’t really use language much anymore, but we look on the bright side [because] in these late stages of Alzheimer’s, it could be very bad. It could be confusion and anger a lot of the time, which is the case for a lot of people I’ve seen. But for him he’s just happy every day, smiles, he enjoys life and he enjoys being around people – and he loves a good piece of cake.”

Adiós is available now at retail and digital outlets.

Willie Nelson with Glen Campbell, “Funny, How Time Slips Away”

Thursday, June 8th, 2017
by: Bob Doerschuk

One favorite on Adios was Funny How Time Slips Away, partly because of Campbell’s long friendship with its writer, Willie Nelson. After capturing the vocals, Jackson contacted Nashville producer Buddy Cannon, who was working with Nelson on a new album. Nelson

Not so long ago, Glen Campbell’s music, acting and winning charm illuminated all of American popular culture. In recent years, the rainbow that was once his career lost much of its luster as he was diagnosed with  Alzheimer’s Disease. Today he is no longer able to talk or understand speech. But before slipping into this last stage, he did decide to record one more album.

The idea for that album, titled Adios and out Friday, traces back to one of many pleasant evenings that Glen, his wife Kim and longtime friend Carl Jackson were enjoying together. We were talking about songs that Glen loved but never had the opportunity to record, said Jackson, 64, who joined Campbell’s band at age 18. And this idea just popped up.

Choosing the songs was easy. It was about helping Glen check off his bucket list,” says Kim, 58. Any time that Glen picked up a guitar at home, these were the songs he would play for fun: Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, A Thing Called Love. They were always his go-to songs.”

As the project’s producer, Jackson had to tailor his approach to what Campbell could handle. “I cut the basic tracks and put vocals on them,” he explains. Because of his familiarity with the material, I’d type out the lyrics and he would sing what he could from them — maybe a whole verse, usually just a couple of lines. But his perfect pitch and his feel for the melodies were still ingrained. He just killed each song.”

One favorite on Adios was Funny How Time Slips Away, partly because of Campbell’s long friendship with its writer, Willie Nelson. After capturing the vocals, Jackson contacted Nashville producer Buddy Cannon, who was working with Nelson on a new album. Nelson was happy to add his performance to Campbell’s, which Carter edited into a duet.

Sadly, Campbell never got to hear the final results.  “But thankfully, he had a great experience connecting with that music,” says Kim. It was so beautiful to watch him enjoy singing and being in the studio one last time.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson performing at the Milwaukee Theater. Milwaukee, WI. October 24th, 2015.   Photo by Benjamin Wick.

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

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, “Seven Spanish Angels”

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, “Wurlitzer Prize”

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Willie Nelson and friends, “America the Beautiful”

Monday, May 29th, 2017

America: A Tribute to Heroes – Willie Nelson is joined by an all star cast singing “America The Beautiful”

Willie Nelson and Webb Pierce, “You’re Not Mine Anymore”

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line”

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Together, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were an unstoppable force on stage and in the studio. The two teamed up for songs that went on to be some of the most iconic duets in country music history, such as “Luckenbach, Texas” and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” They also made up one half of the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen, which rounded out its membership with Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash.

Although Jennings and Nelson had plenty of opportunities to record together, they never recorded a duet of one of Jennings’ biggest hits. That hit was “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line,” which Jennings released in 1968 as the second single off of his album Only the Greatest.

“Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” was a major hit for Jennings. The song topped the country chart in Canada and claimed the second spot on the U.S. chart. Other artists went on to record their own renditions of the song, including Linda Ronstadt and Hank Williams Jr.

But one of our favorite versions of the song is one that was never set down in a recording studio. That version is a duet between Jennings and Nelson, which also features guitar work and backing vocals from some of their superstar friends.
Along with Kristofferson, Marty Stuart, and Travis Tritt, Jennings and Nelson took over the stage with a red-hot performance of “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line.” Nelson started off singing first, while all of his pals had a blast rocking out on their respective guitars. Kristofferson and Tritt pitched in with some enthusiastic vocals at the end of Nelson’s solo.

After that, everyone jumped in on a rowdy guitar jam that led into Jennings’ solo part. He managed to keep the energy level going all the way to the end, when everyone finished the song with a flourish.