Archive for the ‘Duets and collaborations’ Category

Waylon & Willie, “Just to Satisfy You”

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”

Friday, March 16th, 2018

In 1982, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings took their version of the Otis Redding classic, “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” to the country charts.
by: Stephen L. Betts

R&B singer Otis Redding played California’s Monterey Pop Festival in the middle of 1967’s hippie-and-flower-powered “Summer of Love,” he was one of only two soul singers to perform at the three-day festival. The event would be a turning point in Redding’s career, expanding his fan base to include white audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe. California would play a major role in the single that would become his biggest solo hit, an enduring R&B-pop classic which hit Number One 50 years ago today and has since been covered by dozens of artists, including a legendary pair of country outlaws. Redding, however, would not live to experience its success or its enduring legacy.

Days after the festival ended, Redding was on rock promoter Bill Graham’s houseboat, which was docked in Waldo Point Harbor in Sausalito, California. From the boat, looking out at Richardson Bay (not the more poetic-sounding “Frisco Bay” as depicted in the lyrics), Redding began writing the first verse to the tune that would become his signature song. Songwriter-musician Steve Cropper, guitarist with Stax Records house band Booker T. & the M.G.’s, co-wrote “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” with Redding, but when the musicians went into the studio in late November of 1967 to cut it, the end result represented a stylistic change for Redding, veering into mellow, yet sophisticated, pop territory.

In early December, Redding and his backing band the Bar-Kays flew to Nashville for the first of three scheduled shows that weekend. On the morning of December 10th, Redding and all but two of the Bar-Kays were killed when their twin-engine plane plummeted into Lake Monona, just three minutes from their destination in Madison, Wisconsin. Redding was 26 years old.

“(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” was released in January 1968 and would become the first posthumous single to top Billboard‘s Hot 100, ascending to Number One on March 16th and holding the top spot for four consecutive weeks. Other contemporaneous versions, by King Curtis and Latin-flavored band Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, were minor hits, while artists including Cher, Peggy Lee and Glen Campbell also covered it at the time. Others who have cut it include David Allan Coe and Garth Brooks.

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

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Nora Jones, “Hit the Road Jack”

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Nora Jones, “Here We Go Again” (celebrating the genius of Ray Charles)

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

01. Hallelujah I Love Her So (Gospel 2-beat / Boogaloo / 4/4 Swing)
02. Come Rain or Come Shine (Walking Ballad)
03. Unchain My Heart (Bolero with Habanera bass)
04. Cryin’ Time (Country Ballad)
05. Losing Hand (Dirge with Chain-Gang Shuffle)
06. Hit The Road Jack (Gospel 2-beat / 4/4 Swing)
07. I’m Moving On (Boogaloo with Afro-Latin Backbeat / 4/4 Swing)
08. Busted (Gospel 12/8 Shuffle)
09. Here We Go Again (Rhythm & Blues 12/8 Shuffle)
10. Makin’ Whoopie (Hard-Bop 2-beat / 4/4 Swing)
11. I Love You So Much (It Hurts) (Waltz)
12. What’d I Say (Boogaloo)

Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell nominated for ACM Award for Vocal Event of the Year, “Funny, How Time Slips Away.”

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
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Music legends Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell have been nominated for the Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Event of the Year for their poignant duet “Funny How Time Slips Away.” The 53 rd Academy of Country Music Awards will air live on Sunday April 15, at 8 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

“I’m so proud of my dad and so glad his music is still being enjoyed and recognized in the music community. He always put his heart and soul into every song he ever sang,” said Ashley Campbell.

Written by Nelson 57 years ago, “Funny How Time Slips Away” was recorded for Campbell’s Grammy -nominated farewell album, Adis, released in June 2017 via UMe to rave reviews. The collaboration between longtime friends takes on a new gravitas as the two trailblazers reflect back together on where the years went. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a marvelous, albeit heartbreaking, tribute to their enduring love and respect for one another,” the song is even more significant following Campbell’s death last year from Alzheimer’s. In November, the collaboration won the Country Music Association Award for Musical Event of the Year.

Adis capped off an extraordinary career for Campbell that spanned more than six decades and 50 million albums sold. Hailed as one of the best of his career, the album received an incredible reaction around the world from the likes of Rolling Stone, USA Today, NPR, Uncut and many others. It debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 garnering Campbell his 16th Top 40 album and his 19th Top 10 Country Record.<

The album Campbell had always wanted to do, Adis was recorded following his “Goodbye Tour” which he launched after revealing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Produced by longtime friend and bandmate, Carl Jackson, the 12-track collection features Campbell singing songs from some of his favorite songwriters like Jimmy Webb, his longtime collaborator behind some of his biggest hits like “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Galveston,” and the title track. Other songwriters featured include Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Fred Neil, Roger Miller, Jerry Reed and Dickey Lee.

Last year, their collaboration won the 2017 AMA Award for Musical Event of the Year.

Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, “Storytellers”

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Willie Nelson, Kimmie Rhodes, “Til I Can Gain Control Again”

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Paula Nelson, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” (video: CT Films Artists with David Von Roehm)

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Chartertech Films

In 2010, CT Films Artists with teacher David Von Roehm went to Texas to help Luck Films produce this music video – “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” – for Willie Nelson and Paula Nelson. [original song by John Fogerty].

Willie Nelson and Kimmie Rhodes, “Picture in a Frame”

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Nora Jones on David Letterman, “Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So”

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, “Family Bible”

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel (February 23, 2009)

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Francine Reed, “Milk Cow Blues”

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018