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In 2007 that Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price recorded their Last of the Breed album, of western swing, country classics and some of the best country music ever written — most of it by them. The artists took their show on the road and toured in support of the album in March of that year.
There were no 14-year-olds on that tour, but those guys toured like they were teenagers promoting their first album, blazing a trail across the country performing 15-shows in 17 days. I got to see their show a couple times here in Colorado, and I was blown away. These talented musicans were at the top of their game and were having so much fun performing together. And the music! They were joined by friend and fellow musical genius Freddy Powers, and sang their award-winning hits to sold-out halls everwhere. We all left those shows knowing we’d just experienced something very special.
The Last of the Breed album was released before the tour, a double-album, and a DVD quickly followed. Now, on March 3, 2009, Image Entertainment will release a live cd, recorded from their concerts. This is good news, because it is going to get wider distribution, and will also be available, for the first time, through i-tunes for download.
They are the Last of the Breed — the elder statesmen of classic country music who have inspired artists for decades. No one else sings country music with the passion and purity of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price. In March 2007, these living legends and Country Music Hall of Famers united on stage for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event that was captured for television and recorded to give fans the ultimate concert experience. Backed by the GRAMMY Award-winning Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel and Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys, LIVE FROM THE LAST OF THE BREED TOUR presents Willie’s, Merle’s and Ray’s greatest hits that they performed on this magical evening.
- Miles and Miles of Texas (w/Asleep at the Wheel
- Make the World Go Away (Ray Price)
- For the Good Times (Ray Price)
- Take Me Back to Tulsa (Merle Haggard)
- Silver Wings (Merle Haggard)
- That’s the Way Love Goes (Merle Haggard)
- Okie From Miskogee (Merle Haggard)
- Pancho and Lefty (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard)
- Always on My Mind (Willie Nelson)
- Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
- Ramblin’ Fever (Merle Haggard)
- I Gotta Have My Baby Back (Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard)
- Night Life (Ray Price)
- Sing Me Back Home (Merle Haggard)
- Crazy (Willie Nelson, Ray Price
- On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)
Enjoy our annual Farm Aid Thanksgiving feast for the ears featuring highlights from the recent Farm Aid 2014 concert in Raleigh, NC, including full sets from Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Jack White, Gary Clark, Jr, Jamey Jonson, and Carlene Carter. The six-hour special will air on Thanksgiving Day from 6 pm-midnight ET and Sunday 11/30 from 10 am-4 pm ET on SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse, Channel 59. For more information on how you can help America’s family farmers go to www.farmaid.org and follow @FarmAid.
SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse
Merle Haggard was joined on stage by Willie Nelson Marty Stuart during our recent broadcast of his historic concert from ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX, which will be served up three times over Thanksgiving weekend on
Thursday 11/27 5 pm ET
Saturday 11/29 2 pm ET
Sunday 11/30 8 pm ET
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are taking the stage together for one epic weekend in New Braunfels, TX on March 27 & 28, 2015. Tickets go on sale November 21 at 10am CT. Get ticket details atWhiteWaterRocks.com
Not from Tuesday’s show, of course, but until I can find pictures or a video, enjoy this.
by: Jim Caligiuri
The hottest movement in country music has been dubbed bro-country, a testosterone-fueled brand of pop mostly built on trucks, girls in tight shorts, and drinking. Last night’s show at the Moody Theater starred a different brotherhood and brand of country music that’s both traditional and feisty. An appearance by Willie Nelson made it even more special.
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives opened up on a blast of Waylon Jennings, breaking out “Stop the World and Let Me Off” with rockabilly gusto.
“If you came to see a high-octane hillbilly band, you’re in the right place,” exclaimed Stuart.
His new 2-CD set, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, might be the best country album of 2014, but he didn’t focus on it. Instead, he reached back to hits from the Nineties, “Tempted” and “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’,” as well as an impossibly complex solo turn on mandolin for “Orange Blossom Special,” and a soul-filled rendition of Bill Monroe’s “I’m Blue I’m Lonesome.”
The Fabulous Superlatives – guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, bassist Paul Martin – demonstrated inspired musicianship throughout. There isn’t a more versatile roots/country band working today. The set ended with a cappella gospel in “Angels Rock Me to Sleep” that exhibited the quartet’s exceptional harmonies as well.
The Hag’s portion of the program got off to an inauspicious start with vocalist Doug Colosio fronting the Strangers on a couple of Buck Owens tunes that were almost universally ignored. Introduced by Stuart as “the poet of the common man,” Haggard, 77, immediately delighted the sold-out Moody by going to hitsville on “Big City,” “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star,” “Silver Wings,” and “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” seemingly without taking a breath. His vocals have lost some resiliency and power, yet the timbre is still there, and the band, with Austin’s Floyd Domino on piano, proved to be flexible and energetic.
A tribute to his friend Johnny Cash in the form of a spunky “Folsom Prison Blues” was followed by an appearance from Willie Nelson for a stark rendition of Blaze Foley’s “If I Could Only Fly.” Nelson stuck around for the rest of the set, trading vocals and guitar solos on “Working Man’s Blues,” “Milk Cow Blues,” and more, including a jazzy run through of “Crazy,” on which Domino’s piano was spotlighted. Nelson’s surely sung the tune 1,000 times, yet he always manages to dig down deep as if it’s still fresh and last night was still a hair-raising experience.
Haggard broke out his fiddle for the sugary “Old Fashioned Love” and Stuart joined in on guitar for the set-ending “Working in Tennessee” and “Okie From Muskogee.” In all, Tuesday evening brought out a good-natured night of old friends sharing music from the heart. The kind of country music that’s seemingly out of fashion yet most assuredly will never fade away.
This day in Willie Nelson History (“Yesterday’s Wine”, by Merle Haggard, George Jones #1 on Billboard Country) (10/9/82)Thursday, October 9th, 2014
On October 9, 1982, Merle Haggard & George Jones rendiation o fWillie Nelson’s, “Yesterday’s Wine,” to #1 on the Billboard country chart