Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks — City of New Orleans

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, “Two Men With the Blues”

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

A country music icon teaming up with a jazz icon would seem to most to be an even stranger pairing than, say, a heavy metal icon with a bluegrass icon. But followers of both Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis would know that there’s hardly anything unnatural about these two teaming up to make music together.

The red-headed stranger, however, is no stranger to the blues. Willie Nelson even made all-out blues record with 2000’s Milk Cow Blues, and most of the songs were rendered in the graceful, blues-jazz style of Bessie Smith — or more recently, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. Better yet, go back to 1978 and his landmark re-imaginings of classic jazz standards on Stardust. Nelson even guested on a Herb Ellis record saluting Western swing as a session guitarist without sounding out of place.

Wynton Marsalis, on the other hand, has long been a keeper of the flame of old-timey jazz, including music from when the lines between jazz and blues were still blurry. He adores the same old classic tunes that Willie Nelson does, and loves to render these songs with a strong sense of swing that strangely fits well with Nelson’s nasally, singular vocal delivery.

Captured live over a two-night gig at the Lincoln Center, their collaboration Two Men With the Blues arrived on July 8, 2008. It was the perfect setting. There were great acoustics, and no studio rehearsal was needed to play songs these guys know so well, anyway. Wynton Marsalis’ band was supple, tighter than a drum and swung as hard as Count Basie when called upon. Willie Nelson, meanwhile, gaves them plenty of space to strut their stuff, too.

At the same time, the old cowboy was in charge of things, delivering his lines stubbornly his own relaxed, slightly melancholy way, but then again, his own way usually transcends whatever setting is presented to him. By the way, if you liked “Rainy Day Blues” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” from Milk Cow Blues, wait until you hear it with Marsalis and his crack band backing Nelson up. Moreover, if “My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It” doesn’t make you nod and grin, you’re lacking a pulse.

I’m not one to run out and snap up everything either Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis puts out, but Two Men With the Blues, a collaboration between two national treasures, was special. They brought out the best of each other, solidifying the icon status that each has earned so many years ago.

Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Owens”Sing Me Back Home” (Anaheim Stadium October 1980)

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

New Brantly Gilbert Album, with Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Colt Ford, “Welcome to Hazeville”

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Brantley Gilbert – Welcome To Hazeville with Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Colt Ford

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Country music isn’t always about booze and heartaches by the number. A perennial theme in country music is roots, and sometimes those roots belong to marijuana plants.

This week, Brantley Gilbert released a new 4/20 anthem called “Welcome to Hazeville” featuring Colt Ford, Lukas Nelson and Willie Nelson.

Gilbert takes the lead and sings about hanging out with Willie “on that laidback vibe” and “blowing smoke like fire to a hay feed.”

David Letterman talks about love for Willie Nelson

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Toby Keith, “Whiskey for My Men (and beer for my horses)

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Willie Nelson sings on Rodney Crowell’s new album, “Texas”

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Photo by Mark Humphrey/AP/REX/Shutterstock
by: Stephen Betts

Rodney Crowell, who has chronicled his Texas roots in song as well as in print, has enlisted a host of fellow Texans, including Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Dunn, Steve Earle, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Randy Rogers, for Texas, an album of collaborations. The project will also feature such non-Texans as Vince Gill and Ringo Starr, the latter of whom was the first to reach out to Crowell to express interest in recording with the Houston native.

“For the last few years, I’d been writing Texas-centric songs and revisiting some of my tunes from as far back as the mid-Seventies,” Crowell says in a statement. “Last year, I started referring to the collection of songs as the Texas album…. Ray Kennedy and I took hold of the production reins, enlisted a cast of badass musicians and voilá, Texas was born.”

Texas will be released August 15th, just days after the iconic singer-songwriter is inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas, on August 10th. The LP follows 2018’s formation of Crowell’s own record label, RC1, which issued his Acoustic Classics LP. Last year, he also released the original holiday collection Christmas Everywhere.

Rodney Crowell, Texas track listing:

1. “Flatland Hillbillies” (featuring  Lee Ann Womack & Randy Rogers)
2. “Caw Caw Blues” (featuring Vince Gill)
3. “56 Fury” (featuring Billy F Gibbons)
4. “Deep In the Heart of Uncertain Texas” (featuring Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson & Lee Ann Womack)
5. “You’re Only Happy When You’re Miserable” (featuring Ringo Starr)
6. “I’ll Show Me”
7. “What You Gonna Do Now” (featuring Lyle Lovett)
8. “The Border”
9. “Treetop Slim & Billy Lowgrass”
10. “Brown & Root, Brown & Root” (featuring Steve Earle)
11. “Texas Drought Part 1”

Happy birthday, Merle Haggard

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

We still miss Merle Haggard, born April 6, 1937, in Bakersfield, California.

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

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Paula Nelson and Jesse Dayton at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion (March 14, 2019)

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Willie Nelson and George Strait, “Sing One With Willie” on new album,”

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

by: Sarah Netemeyer

George Strait certainly knows how to attract a crowd— the star set a new record for a concert event at NRG Stadium with 80,108 fans in attendance, besting his previous attendance record set in 2013 of 80,020! According to The Houston Chronicle, Strait is one of five entertainers to have performed in front of more than 1 million Rodeo Houston fans.

When Strait introduced the lead single “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” from Honky Tonk Time Machine, his new album due out March 29th, the crowd went wild and sang along. The legend’s grandson, Harvey, also joined him on stage for a special performance of “God and Country Music.” Strait co-produced his forthcoming album and wrote 8 of the 13 songs including a co-write and feature with Willie Nelson marking the first time the two have collaborated on a song.

Honky Tonk Time Machine Track Listing

1. “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”
2. “Two More Wishes”
3. “Some Nights”
4. “God and Country Music” (with Harvey Strait)
5. “Blue Water”
6. “Sometimes Love”
7. “Código”
8. “Old Violin”
9. “Take Me Away”
10. “The Weight of the Badge”
11. “Honky Tonk Time Machine”
12. “What Goes Up”
13. “Sing One with Willie” (featuring Willie Nelson)
Written by George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bubba Strait and Buddy Cannon

Willie Nelson & LeeAnne Womack, “Mendocino County Line”

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Willie Nelson Stars and Guitars 2002

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

Willie Nelson, American Music Store (with Shelby Lynne)

Friday, March 8th, 2019