Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

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

Friday, November 3rd, 2017
by: Daniel Montgomery

Legendary country music singer Glen Campbell died on August 8, 2017, at age 81. He had announced in 2011 that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and later embarked on a farewell tour. But now after his passing we can expect the Country Music Association to give him a farewell of their own: he’s the frontrunner to win Musical Event of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards for “Funny How Time Slips Away,” his collaboration with Willie Nelson.

As of this writing, Campbell and Nelson get leading odds of 1/1 based on the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users. That includes support from 18 of out Top 24 Users, who got the highest scores predicting last year’s CMAs, and 18 of our All-Star Top 24, who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ CMAs. Even if Campbell weren’t a sentimental favorite due to his recent death, it might be hard to beat the combined star-power of him and Nelson.

But it’s been a long time since Campbell made an impact at the CMAs. This posthumous nomination is his first bid in 40 years, and he only ever won twice during his lifetime: Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, both in 1968. So the Country Music Association may also wish to make it up to an artist who can be seen as greatly under-rewarded. Nelson, meanwhile, has been a consistent CMA favorite, winning nine times, including Entertainer of the Year in 1979. He most recently prevailed in this category in 2002 for “Mendocino County Line” with Lee Ann Womack.

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, “Oh You Pretty Woman”

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

WIllie Nelson with Waylon Jennings “Take it to the Limit”

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

  • “No Love at All” (Johnny Christopher, Wayne Carson Thompson)
  • “Why Do I Have to Choose” (Willie Nelson)
  • “Why Baby Why” (Darrell Edwards, George Jones)
  • “We Had It All” (Donnie Fritts, Troy Seals)
  • “Take It to the Limit” (Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey, Don Henley)
  • “Homeward Bound” (Paul Simon)
  • “Blackjack County Chain” (Red Lane)
  • “‘Til I Gain Control Again” (Rodney Crowell)
  • “Old Friends” (Roger Miller)
  • “Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)” (David Allan Coe)
  • Producer: Chips Moman


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

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
by:  Jeremy Burchard

When it comes to Willie Nelson‘s sons Micah and Lukas, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. You can see the proof in this new video of the three singing one of Nelson’s most iconic hits, “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.”

In a new Facebook video, Lukas Nelson shares a personal story with his brother and father about the tune. “The first song that you taught me dad, when I was a kid, was ‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,’ Lukas says. “Was it really?” Willie replies.

Sure enough, it’s how Lukas learned the “E” chord.

“I remember asking you what you wanted for your birthday,” Lukas says. “I was like 10 or 11. You were like, ‘You know what would make me happy? Is if you learned to play guitar.’”

“And I took that to heart,” Lukas says. That night, Willie taught him “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.” To make things even a little cooler, a woman named Elaina Rose commented on the video with another story. “This is such a special song for me,” Rose commented. “My great grandfather Fred Rose wrote this song in 1944. It was first recorded by his business partner, Roy Acuff in 1945 but didn’t become a hit until Willie. Lovely to hear this morning. Thanks guys!”

Willie Nelson released his version of the song in 1975 on the album Red Headed Stranger. Since then, it became one of country’s classic songs. It even landed on Rolling Stones‘ list of the 500 greatest songs of all time at No. 302.

Nelson is currently promoting an album called Willie And The Boys: Willie’s Stash No. 2, which features Nelson and his sons singing 12 classic tunes. Nelson also often tours with his kids when they’re available to join, making music truly a family affair.

Willie Nelson with Margo Price on new album, “American Made”

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

1. Don’t Say It
2. Weakness
3. A Little Pain
4. Learning to Lose (featuring Willie Nelson)
5. Pay Gap
6. Nowhere Fast
7. Cocaine Cowboys
8. Wild Women
9. Heart of American
10. Do Right By Me
11. Loner
12. All American Made

Margo Price, All American Made

Price takes the vivid storytelling and rootsy twang of last year’s debut, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, to new heights on her second LP, a lush collection of tunes tackling subjects from the rural working class (“Heart of America”) to gender discrimination (“Pay Gap”). Don’t miss the stripped-down “Learning to Lose,” which channels ennui and hardship — with a world-weary assist from country hero Willie Nelson. —E.R.B.

In addition to Willie, Margo’s new album features her touring band — Kevin Black (bass), Jamie Davis (electric guitar), Micah Hulscher (piano), Jeremy Ivey (acoustic guitar/bass/harmonica), Dillon Napier (drums), and Luke Schneider (pedal steel). Like her debut, it was produced by Matt Ross-Spang and Alex Munoz, with co-production from Margo and her bandmate Jeremy Ivey. The album also has backing vocals by gospel group The McCrary Sisters. The album came out October 20 via Third Man Records.

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson, “Just Breathe”

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

This day in Willie Nelson history: “She Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” Barbara Mandrell tribute (10/10/06)

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

On October 10, 2006 BNA releases “She Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool: A Tribute To Barbara Mandrell.” Contributors include Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Shelby Lynne, Terri Clark, Lorrie Morgan, Randy Owen, Dierks Bentley and Sara Evans.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Pancho and Lefty”

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Steven Tyler (Farm Aid 25, Miller Park, Milwaukee) (10/2/2010)

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Throwback to Farm Aid's 25th anniversary at @millerpark in Milwaukee when very special surprise guest #StevenTyler joined @willienelsonofficial on stage! #tbt

Steven Tyler was a surprise guest at Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee in 2010.

New Album from Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson: Willie Nelson and the Boys

Sunday, October 1st, 2017
by: Andy Kahn

Outlaw country legend Willie Nelson will soon release Willie Nelson And The Boys (Willie’s Stash Vol. 2), a new album recorded with his sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson. Another video has been shared featuring the Nelsons performing a song on the upcoming record coming out on October 20.
The second installment in the Willie’s Stash series follows-up 2014’s December Day featuring Willie’s sister Bobbie Nelson. Willie’s longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon produced Willie Nelson And The Boys which is made up of 12 songs, seven of which were written by Hank Williams Sr. The album also includes songs penned by Hank Cochran, Hank Locklin, Hank Snow, Fred Rose and Alyssa Miller and was recorded at Pedernales Recording Studio in Austin.

Sessions saw the Nelsons joined by harmonica player Mickey Raphael, bassist Kevin “Swine” Grantt, guitarist Bobby Terry, keyboardist Jim “Moose” Brown, steel guitarist Mike Johnson and drummer Tony Creasman. Additional contributions came from upright bassist Barry Bales and drummer Lonnie Wilson.

Willie, Lukas and Micah discuss golfing ahead of a performance of the lone Willie Nelson-penned song on the new album, “Healing Hands Of Time,” in the video below:

Watch a previously shared video the trio of Nelsons talking about making music together and performing Hank Cochran’s “Can I Sleep In Your Arms” here:

Listen to previously posted audio of “Mind Your Own Business” from Willie Nelson And The Boys:

  1. Move It On Over (Hank Williams Sr.)
  2. Mind Your Own Business (Hank Williams Sr.)
  3. Healing Hands Of Time (Willie Nelson)
  4. Can I Sleep In Your Arms (Hank Cochran)
  5. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (Hank Locklin)
  6. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams Sr.)
  7. I’m Movin’ On (Hank Snow)
  8. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams Sr.)
  9. My Tears Fall (Alyssa Miller)
  10. Cold, Cold Heart (Hank Williams Sr.)
  11. Mansion On The Hill (Hank Williams Sr. and Fred Rose)
  12. Why Don’t You Love Me (Hank Williams Sr.)

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

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Every year, artists generously donate their time, performance, travel costs, to travel to the designated city where the Farm Aid Concert is held, and help raise funds to support American’s family farmers.

We can help too:

Willie Nelson and sons: Willie’s Stash 2

Saturday, September 30th, 2017
by:  Lauren Tingle

Willie Nelson and the Boys, his new collaborative album with his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, will be released on Oct. 20 via Legacy Recordings.

Following 2014’s December Days featuring his sister Bobbie Nelson, the collection is the second release from Willie’s Stash, which is the country legend’s series of archival recordings.

The new 12-song album is comprised of mostly of covers of country standards made popular by Hank Williams, Hank Cochran, Hank Locklin, Hank Snow, Fred Rose and Alyssa Miller. The only Willie original is a new version of “Healing Hands of Time.”

Produced by Grammy winner Buddy Cannon, the music was recorded during the 2011 sessions for Heroes at Austin’s Pedernales Recordings Studio.

Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2) is the artist’s 10th release from Legacy since 2012. His last Legacy album, God’s Problem Child, was released on April 28 on the eve of his 84th birthday, and it subsequently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country albums chart, making it his second US country chart-topper in less than two years.

Nelson is on tour through 2018. His sold-out “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” benefit concert for Hurricane Harvey relief is Friday (Sept. 22) in Austin. The lineup includes Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham and Ha*Ash. The night’s house band is Asleep at the Wheel.

Here is the official track listing for Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2):

1. Move It On Over (Williams)
2. Mind Your Own Business (Williams)
3. Healing Hands Of Time (Nelson)
4. Can I Sleep In Your Arms (Cochran)
5. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (Locklin)
6. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Williams)
7. I’m Movin’ On (Snow)
8. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Williams)
9. My Tears Fall (Miller)
10. Cold, Cold Heart (Williams)
11. Mansion On The Hill (Williams and Rose)
12. Why Don’t You Love Me (Williams)

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson paired up for a special performance of ‘Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,’ one of the highlights from the all-star concert event The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson.

Speaking of The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson, you can pre-order this brand new bundle featuring the CD/DVD, official shirt, and hat from the concert event and we’ll throw in a FREE TOTE! All items ship release day, October 27th. Use the following code at checkout in the Blackbird Presents Store.

This day in Willie Nelson history, “To All the Girls” New Willie Nelson Duets Album (September 24, 2013)

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

to all the girls

Willie Nelson has teamed up with some of his favorite women for his latest album, To All The Girls, set to be released September 24. The project is a collection of newly-recorded duets between Willie and his dream list of contemporary pop-country female singers.

To All The Girls is Willie’s third full-length album of new music to be released in the last 16 months as he continues to celebrate his 80th birthday year. Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Wynonna Judd, Norah Jones and Brandi Carlile are among the 18 female artists featured on the project.

2013 has been a big year for Willie. Besides turning 80 releasing three new albums, he also penned a memoir, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die – Musings From The Road. The cover art of To All The Girls features Willie dressed in duds by fashion designer John Varvatos. Willie and his sons, Lukas and Micah, are the faces of the brand’s 2013 campaign.

Willie Nelson – To All The Girls track list

To All The Girls Track Listing:

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 On 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