Archive for the ‘Merle Haggard’ Category

Willie Nelson helps honor Merle Haggard (April 6, 2016)

Friday, April 6th, 2018

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by:  Andrew O’Brien

Two years ago today, on April 6th, 2016, outlaw country icon Merle Haggard passed away on his 79th birthday. Haggard spent a lifetime playing country music, becoming a pioneering face of “outlaw country” and enjoying the success throughout a career that spanned over 50 years. He wrote countless beloved songs like “Okie From Muskogee”, “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive”, “Sing Me Back Home,” “The Fightin’ Side Of Me,” “I Wonder If They Think of Me”, “Mama Tried”, and many more, and continued to work until his final days. Among his more recent (and popular) releases was Django and Jimmie, a 2015 album featuring Haggard and Willie Nelson. Watch the two lovable musical stoners record their track “It’s All Going To Pot” below:

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard – “It’s All Going To Pot”

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In a Rolling Stone editorial published after Merle Haggard’s passing, Willie shared a few touching highlights from the two men’s decades-long friendship. He explained that while they had only recently released an album together, the two had been fast and fierce friends since meeting at a poker game in the early 60’s.

As Nelson recalled, “We always had a lot in common. We both hopped trains as kids. We both got our starts playing bass in other bands before stepping out on our own. We’d both been married for the last 20 years. We both had our sons playing guitar with us. Over the years, we played a lot of dates, a lot of poker. He was a great audience for my jokes. I told him recently, ‘You know what you call a guitar player without a girlfriend? Homeless,’ and he laughed.”

Nelson also talked about Haggard’s work ethic and dedication to his craft. “I always had a lot of admiration for him. He came onto the scene with a bang. He wrote more Number One songs than me, Kris [Kristofferson], anybody. He was a great one to follow. He was able to talk about his life in his songs intelligently and ingeniously, really.” Willie added that his favorite song by Haggard is “A Place to Fall Apart”.

 

 

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, in concert (April 4, 2015)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

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WILLIE NELSON, MERLE HAGGARD & KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
Sat Apr 4, 2015

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “It’s All Going to Pot”

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Willie and Merle

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

photo by Benjamin Wick.

Willie Nelson, “He Won’t Ever Be Gone”

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Pancho and Lefty”

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “It’s All going to Pot”

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow, “Today, I Started Loving Her, Again”

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Merle Haggard at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

 

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photo: Janis Tillerson

It would be incredible enough to get to spend the fourth of July with Willie Nelson and his family, and hear the play music, but he always piles it on and turns it into a magical gathering of great musicians. This year, he invited Merle Haggard to perform, and joined him at the end of his set to perform. These photos are from Merle’s set, taken by Janis.

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photo: Janis Tillerson

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Thank you, Janis from Texas for your great photos.

“He Won’t Ever Be Gone”, by Willie Nelson

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)

Willie & Merle (Cow Palace)

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
 

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “The Only Man Wilder Than Me

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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by: Jeff Gage

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard knew a thing or two about catching lightning in a bottle. But when the recording industry was still in its infancy, nearly a century ago, that phrase had a slightly different connotation: In an era that was not only pre-digital but even pre-electrical, musicians only had one chance – roughly three minutes – to record the perfect take. Nelson and Haggard re-create those bygone days in a new clip from the American Epic Sessions documentary, premiering tonight on PBS. (Check local listings.)

American Epic Sessions

How new film traces the evolution of blues, country and more  and reconnects musicians from Nas to Willie Nelson with long-lost recording techniques

American Epic Sessions is the feature-length concert film follow-up to the three-part American Epic documentary, which debuted last month and counts Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford among its executive directors. Last month’s series focused on the history of the recording industry from the 1920s and 1930s, chronicling the work of such legendary performers as the Carter Family, Blind Willie Johnson and Lead Belly.

The new American Epic Sessions goes a step further by re-creating those comparatively rudimentary recording environments and having modern-day stars make one-off recordings on the equipment. Engineer Nicholas Bergh reassembled parts from the 1920s, including a pulley-driven recorder that Charley Patton used, to build a vintage, six-foot tall apparatus with a single microphone and live record-cutting lathe.

The star-studded cast of artists who deliver performances include Elton John, Beck, the Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and Taj Mahal, but Nelson and Haggard’s duet seems particularly well-tailored to the concept. They perform “The Only Man Wilder Than Me,” the Hag’s composition that closed out their 2015 LP Django & Jimmie, and it’s a brittle, haunting song that sounds as old and weathered as the equipment itself.

The fact that Haggard has since died only adds heft to the video, particularly given that the work of many of the artists featured in American Epic went largely unappreciated until decades after their deaths.

American Epic Sessions, directed by Bernard McMahon, Allison McGourty and Duke Erickson, airs tonight on PBS at 8:00 p.m. ET, and in the U.K. Friday night on BBC at 11:00 p.m. A soundtrack to the documentary, titled American Epic: The Sessions, will be released by Columbia on June 9th and in triple-LP, 180-gram vinyl form by Third Man Records on June 16th.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson performing at the Milwaukee Theater. Milwaukee, WI. October 24th, 2015.   Photo by Benjamin Wick.

“He Won’t Ever Be Gone”, by Willie Nelson (from new album, “God’s Problem Child”

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

I love this album.  Every cut.

1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)