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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.
by: Chris Talbott
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kris Kristofferson is being given a lifetime achievement award during the Grammy Awards celebration, but he doesn’t think that will be the highlight of the weekend.
Kristofferson will be joined by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton for a performance during Sunday’s Grammy Awards telecast, and any excuse the 77-year-old singer-songwriter and actor can find to get together with his lifelong friends is a good one.
“It’s so much of a pleasure to be with these guys,” Kristofferson said Friday afternoon following Grammy rehearsals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “One of the best parts of my life has been the guys who are my real heroes are my closest friends. Willie is the closest friend I have. 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 that we met.”
While Haggard says the recognition is “overdue,” Kristofferson admits to being a little embarrassed about his award. He’ll be saluted Saturday at a special gathering that will include Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of the Beatles. Kristofferson humbly wonders why he’s being honored at the same time.
“Can you believe that?” he asked. “Listen, I was in the Army when they were big stars. I had five years of janitor work and pick-and-shovel jobs before I’d ever get to be a singer and a songwriter. … The Beatles and Bob Dylan are the ones who are the superheroes that changed music in my lifetime. Remember what pop music was like before them?”
Kristofferson’s peers think he had a similar impact on country music, one that continues to reverberate as the genre becomes more cosmopolitan.
“Well, he upgraded it,” Haggard said. “He made it a little more sophisticated. He took it to New York.”
As for Shelton, who bolted back to a taping of “The Voice” after rehearsals, Haggard thinks he fits right in with the group: “He’s the big dog right now.”