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Willie Nelson & Family, Jamey Johnson, Ryan Bingham, in Independence, MO, pay respect to Merle HaggardTuesday, April 12th, 2016
photo: Ben Noey, Jr.
by: Timothy Finn
This show was supposed to celebrate two of country music’s greatest stars, their enduring friendship and their most recent collaboration.
Last June, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard released the album “Django & Jimmie” and shortly after that announced a co-headlining tour that included a stop at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Monday night.
In March, however, Haggard announced he would be leaving the tour temporarily to recover from double pneumonia. Haggard died April 6, his 79th birthday, but Nelson continued the tour, enlisting Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham as support.
Nearly 5,800 fans filled the arena in Independence. Nelson made little mention of Haggard until the end of his set, when he and his Family Band performed “It’s All Goin’ to Pot,” a track from “Django & Jimmie,” then two Haggard tunes, “Okie From Muskogee” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”
Johnson, however, spent most of his set paying respect to Haggard — and he has the perfect voice to do it. He opened with “I Guess I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” “The Fighting Side of Me” and “The Day I Started Loving You Again.”
He was joined by a surprise guest, Lee Ann Womack, for “You Take Me For Granted,” a song written by Haggard’s former wife, Leona Williams, then “Silver Wings” and “Yesterday’s Wine,” a Nelson song that Haggard recorded as a duet with George Jones.
Bingham, who opened the show, also paid tribute to Haggard. His set, which included a cover of the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post,” ended with “Mama Tried,” one of Haggard’s best known and most beloved songs.
Nelson was in good form, vocally and otherwise. His voice was firm and his phrasing under control. His guitar playing was exceptional at times, like during his aggressive lead at the end of “Crazy,” his blues-drenched lead during the cover of “Texas Flood,” performed by his son, Lucas Nelson, and during the sophisticated Django Reinhardt instrumental from “Django & Jimmie.”
The crowd joined in on several songs, including “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “On the Road Again.” Toward the end of the set, Nelson paid respect to Hank Williams with “Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” “Hey, Good Lookin’ ” and “Move It On Over.”
After the three-song Haggard tribute, Nelson ended the show with his standard medley: “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” and “I’ll Fly Away.” This evening, however, it felt more like the perfect closing to an evening proving that the best music has a spirit that is enduring and unbreakable.
Whiskey River; Still Is Still Moving to Me; Beer for My Horses; Good Hearted Woman; Funny How Time Slips Away/Crazy/Night Life; Texas Flood; Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys; Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground; On the Road Again; Always on My Mind; Jambalaya (On the Bayou); Hey, Good Lookin’; Move It On Over; Nuages; Shoeshine Man; Georgia; I’ve Been to Georgia on a Fast Train; It’s All Goin’ to Pot; Okie From Muskogee; Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die; Will the Circle Be Unbroken?/I’ll Fly Away
photo: Jon Gitchoff
by: Daniel Durchholz
What do you do if you’re a country music lifer and one of your friends and few equals in the field — one that, in fact, you’re supposed to be sharing the stage with right now — suddenly passes away?
You gather your family and friends around you, mourn in your own fashion, and carry on.
That’s what Willie Nelson did Saturday night at the Peabody Opera House downtown. Merle Haggard died last Wednesday, his 79th birthday. The pair had teamed for the recent album “Django and Jimmie” and booked a tour together.
The show went on as scheduled, with singer/songwriters Ryan Bingham and Jamey Johnson hastily added to the bill.
photo: Jon Gitchoff
On Wednesday, Nelson tweeted a photo of himself with Haggard, captioned, “He was my brother, my friend. I will miss him.”
In concert, Nelson chose to keep any further thoughts on the matter private. He said nothing about Haggard from the stage, nor much of anything else aside from his usual brief song introductions.
But late in the show, he performed “It’s All Goin’ to Pot,” a pro-marijuana duet from “Django and Jimmie,” with Johnson singing Haggard’s part. They followed that with “Okie from Muskogee,” likely Haggard’s best-known hit, which, when it was released in 1969, was a resounding put-down of the drug culture.
The humorous juxtaposition, plus the version of Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” that followed, would not have been lost on Haggard, who always reserved his right to change his mind about things, and often did.
The show ended with Nelson’s standard set closer, a medley of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away.” But on this night, it felt like the songs may have had a little extra meaning and were sung in Haggard’s honor, even if no one specifically said so.
Prior to that, Nelson played his regular show of hits and favorites, including “Whiskey River,” “Good Hearted Woman,” “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” “On the Road Again,” and many others.
Nelson’s sister Bobbie, his longtime pianist, was given the spotlight for “Down Yonder,” while his son, guitarist Lukas Nelson, played and sang a blues-drenched cover of “Texas Flood.”
Nelson’s own guitar playing was — as ever — brilliant and unconventional. He can play with great subtlety and emotion, as he did on Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages,” and then rattle off a solo on a fast number that is so right, but so idiosyncratic, you’d swear his famed guitar Trigger was falling down a flight of stairs (which, indeed, it looks like it has).
photo: Jon Gitchoff
The heavy lifting of the Haggard tribute was left to opening acts Johnson and Bingham.
Johnson’s set was filled with Haggard classics, and it showed the singer’s deep understanding and appreciation of Haggard’s expansive artistry, ranging from the hard-headed pragmatism of “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” and the testy patriotism of “The Fightin’ Side of Me” to the devastating reminiscence “My Favorite Memory” and blue-collar solidarity of “Workin’ Man Blues.”
Johnson was joined by surprise guest Lee Ann Womack, who left her own tour and drove in for the show at Johnson’s request. She provided what was perhaps the evening’s high-water mark with a tear-inducing take on “You Take Me for Granted,” written for Haggard by his wife at the time, Leona Williams.
She and Johnson also sang “Yesterday’s Wine,” written by Nelson, but a hit for Haggard and George Jones.
The set was so impromptu that Johnson and his band often had to huddle and flip through a songbook to decide what to play next. “We got the Merle bible up here,” Johnson said.
Despite that — or more correctly, given that — the tribute was heartfelt, moving, and perfect.
Ryan Bingham also performed the Haggard songs “Old Man from the Mountain” and “Mama Tried” as well as some of his own material and a cover of the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post” featuring Lukas Nelson on guitar.
Willie Nelson set list
Still Is Still Moving to Me
Beer for My Horses
Good Hearted Woman
Funny How Times Slips Away/Crazy/Night Life
Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
On the Road Again
Me and Paul
I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train
It’s All Goin’ to Pot
Okie from Muskogee
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
Will the Circle Be Unbroken/I’ll Fly Away
Jamey Johnson set list
I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink
The Fightin’ Side of Me
That’s the Way Love Goes
You Take Me for Granted
Down Every Road
My Favorite Memory
Workin’ Man Blues
Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star
Ryan Bingham set list
Old Man from the Mountain
I Ain’t Living Long Like This
Tell My Mother I Miss Her So
South Side of Heaven
Willie Nelson, Dierks Bently, EmmyLou Harris honor Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson (3/16/16) (Nashville)Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson
March 16, 2016
On Wednesday, March 16, an extraordinary collection of music stars will come together at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, for the all-star concert event taping of a lifetime. The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson concert event will feature performances by: performances by: Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker, and Trisha Yearwood and special performances by Kris Kristofferson. Additional performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
Kristofferson, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, is considered a true poet who helped modernize the genre with songs like, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Me & Bobby McGee,” and “If Loving Her Was Easier”. These are the songs of heartbreak and despair, of love and loss, of yearning and hope. These are the songs so honest that we adopted them as our own. They are the songs of a life led unlike any other: An All-American athlete, Golden Gloves boxer, Army Ranger, helicopter pilot, singer-songwriter, social activist, humanitarian and movie star. Read more
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Jamey Johnson was one of the many fans in Washington DC last week to honor Willie Nelson, when he was presented with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.
“Our musical preview of artists performing at Farm Aid 30 continues with Jamey Johnson. Last week, we were excited to announce that both Jamey and Ian Mellencamp are the newest addition to our lineup for Farm Aid 30 at Chicago’sFirstMerit Bank Pavilion on September 19.
Tickets for Farm Aid 30 are available now at:http://concerts.livenation.com/event/04004EEDD46A3AAA We hope you can join us!”
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by: Beville Dunkerley
Jamey Johnson has long been a disciple — and friend — of Willie Nelson, so when the Alabama native took the stage of the Grand Ole Opry last week, it was no surprise that he covered one of the Texas legend’s tunes. Watch above as the singer-songwriter performs the sonically sober, but lyrically intoxicated, “I’d Have to Be Crazy,” which originally appeared on Nelson’s 1976 LP, The Sound in Your Mind.
Since touring together in 2011, Johnson and Nelson have been frequent guests on each other’s albums. The younger singer joined his mentor on 2012’s Heroes, lending his voice to both “Hero” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” — the latter alongside Snoop Dogg and Kris Kristofferson. Nelson returned the favor for Johnson’s 2012 Livin’ For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran LP, singing “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me” and “Everything But You” (which also features Vince Gill and Leon Russell). And the only duet on Nelson’s 2014 Band of Brothers album is one with Johnson, “The Git Go.”
So, it will also be no surprise if the Redheaded Stranger is a guest artist on Johnson’s upcoming album. Details are few and far between at this time, but the project will be the musician’s first full-length since his Cochran compilation and first on his own label, Big Gassed Records. So far, he’s released two very different sounding songs from the indie project: the acoustic “Alabama Pines” and whimsical “You Can.”