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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
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard brought the house down at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26), and it’s looking like the trio of country music legends will carry that momentum back to the recording studio.
Before they performed “Highwayman,” “Okie From Muskogee” and “Mamma’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” — the latter inspired the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce and Yoko Ono to stand and sway — the icons told Billboard a collaborative album is in the works.
We’re working on one now, yeah,” Nelson said, adding that they’ll release it “as soon as we get it together.”
While they do have shared histories, the three have never collaborated on the same record, as far as we can tell. Nelson is the common thread, having worked with Kristofferson in The Highwaymen and with Haggard on 1983’s chart-topping “Pancho & Lefty.” There have been plenty of other projects over the years, but doesn’t appear Kristofferson and Haggard have ever joined forces.
Meanwhile, asked about a new law in Colorado allowing the sale of recreational marijuana, the trio’s resident pot booster said there’s a whiff of inevitability in the air. “It’s just a matter of time till the whole country will wake up and realize that this is where we’re going and get ready for it,” Nelson said.
by: Patrick Doyle
“One of the best parts of my life has been the that the guys who are my real heroes are my closest friends,” Kris Kristofferson told the AP before the Grammys. Kristofferson joined his buddies Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard and young(er) chart-topper Blake Shelton onstage for a medley including “Highwayman,” the signature song from the Highwaymen (the supergroup featuring Nelson, Kristofferson, the late Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash), Nelson’s “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and Haggard’s 1969 hit “Okie from Muskogee.”
“Willie is the closest friend I have,” said Kristofferson, who also received a Grammy lifetime achievement award in a ceremony alongside the Beatles yesterday. “And Merle, the first time I met him in Nashville, people told me to stay away from him because I had a beard and the hair. I was supposed to be one of them long-haired hippies, and we were friends from the moment we met.”
And while Shelton may have seemed like a bit of a wildcard in the mix with the aforementioned country legends, Haggard was happy to have him: “He’s the big dog right now,” he said.
Kristofferson, Haggard and Nelson have all been close since meeting in Nashville in the Sixties before all hitting major stardom. Nelson and Haggard have collaborated on hits including 1983’s “Pancho & Lefty” and traveled the world with Last of the Breed tour in 2007; Kristofferson and Haggard have played shows in recent years.