Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Missing Ole Johnny Cash”

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Don’t Think Twice (it’s all right)”

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Pegi and Neil Young, “Comes a Time” (Bridge School) Rest in Peace, Pegi

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

So sorry to hear of the passing of Pegi Young this week, from cancer. Cancer sucks. Thinking of her boys and family.

Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, “I Still Miss Someone” (New Year’s Eve 1984)

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Willie Nelson New Year’s Eve Party 1984 – Night Life with BB King

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Willie Nelson and Margo Price, “Learning to Lose”

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

This day in Willie Nelson History: Making of ‘Mendocino County Line’ video (December 26, 2001)

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

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On December 26, 2001, Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack filmed the video to “Mendocino County Line” in downtown Austin, Texas.

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Janis Tillerson took the great picture of the sign. I took the blurry picture of the street.

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Willie Nelson and Jessica Simpson, “Merry Merry Christmas Baby”

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

Willie Nelson & Faron Young, “Four in the Morning” (song by Jerry Chestnut, RIP)

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Rest in peace, singer songwriter Jerry Chestnut, who passed away last Saturday.  He was 87.

You can read more about Jerry Chestnut, his life and songwriting career on the New York Times website.

 

ASHVILLE — Jerry Chesnut, a blue-collar songwriter who wrote hits for Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and more than 100 other popular artists, including another Elvis, Costello, died on Saturday at his home in Brentwood, Tenn. He was 87.

Mr. Chesnut had a gift for illuminating the struggles of working people, like the beleaguered factory hand in “Oney,” a song, drawn from his experience with a tyrannical employer, that became a Top 10 country hit for Johnny Cash in 1972.

“Looking at the World Through a Windshield,” a two-stepping country hit for the singer Del Reeves in 1968, portrays a solitary trucker speeding through the night, longing for home. Written with Mike Hoyer, the song was later recorded by the country-rock bands Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen and Son Volt.

Mr. Chesnut, who grew up in rural eastern Kentucky, came by his working-class sensibilities honestly.

“I was born and raised in the coal-mining camps and the railroad center where they all came together,” he said in 2009 during a program held in his honor at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

To say the least,” he went on, “it was a very poor place to be from. When you’re from Harlan County, there’s no way to go but up.”

Mr. Chesnut wrote compellingly about heartbreak, as he did to great emotional effect in “A Good Year for the Roses,” a ballad that reached No. 2 on the country chart for George Jones in 1970.

In that song, a man pines for the woman who just left him:

I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick on the cigarettes there in the ashtray

Lyin’ cold the way you left ’em

But at least your lips caressed them

While you packed.

 

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Willie Nelson and Toby Keith, “Whiskey for My Men (and Beer for my Horses)

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Friends Live, “Georgia”

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Johnny Rodriquez, “Stay All Night (stay a little longer)”

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, “It Was a Very Good Year” (Genius Loves Company)

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

In 2004 Ray Charles recorded Genius Loves Company, which consisted of duets of Charles and other artists, personally selected by him. It was the last album he completed before his death. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. At the Grammys on February 13, 2005, it won eight awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for the song “Here We Go Again”.

Genius Loves Company was produced as a collaboration of Concord Records and Hear Music, the music label of the coffee chain Starbucks. The great commercial success of the album (over 5.5 million copies were sold worldwide up to 2007) has been attributed in part to it being distributed and promoted via Starbucks coffeehouses.

Track List:

    1. “Here We Go Again” with Norah Jones
    2. “Sweet Potato Pie” with James Taylor
    3. “You Don’t Know Me” with Diana Krall
    4. “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” with Elton John
    5. “Fever” with Natalie Cole
    6. “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?” with Bonnie Raitt
    7. “It Was a Very Good Year” with Willie Nelson
    8. “Hey Girl” with Michael McDonald
    9. “Sinner’s Prayer” with B.B.King
    10. “Heaven Help Us All” with Gladys Knight
    11. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” with Johnny Mathis
    12. “Crazy Love” with Van Morrison

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles honor Frank Sinatra with their duet of “It Was a Very Good Year”,

This video is some behind the scenes of the making of Ray Charles’ final work, the duets album “Genius Loves Company”. Features Willie Nelson, Van Morrison and Michael McDonald.

Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, “Family Bible”

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon, “Loving You Is Easier”

Friday, November 23rd, 2018