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Vote for Willie & Merle

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard - Django and Jimmie
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s new outlaw country masterpiece has been garnering rave review alongside its burgeoning popular success.
According to NPR, “…nearly any track on  Django and Jimmie will likely lift the spirits of even the gloomiest listener,” while American Songwriter noted that “…it’s still a joy to hear the two of them trade vocals on a thoroughly enjoyable set of 14 songs.”
Rolling Stone called out the album’s single, “It’s All Going To Pot,” as “…two masters nailing the right song at the right time.”
Yahoo! summed up  Django and Jimmie as “…remarkable…” while the Los Angeles Times observed that while “…both men are widely regarded as two of the greatest living country songwriters, whose music has shaped the sound of the genre for six decades…. it’s the spirit of their voices that registers.”
“Veracity makes  Django and Jimmie a marvel,” wrote Paste, “mixing novelty, pathos and classics. What emerges is a core sample of what made these men…endure for half a century…. Just hearing them make the music they want is plenty.”
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard - Making of Django and Jimmie
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard – Making of Django and Jimmie
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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard announce Fall Tour

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

By Staff

Country Legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard released their album Django and Jimmie in June of this year, and now the two will hit the road together.

Django & Jimmie marks the duo’s six collaborative album; it’s a tribute to early country music legend Jimmie Rodgers and to guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt.

The short run of dates begins mid October in South Carolina, with a bonus gig in Forth Worth to close things out in November.

Before the tour kicks off Nelson headlined the 30th edition Farm Aid on September 19th in Chicago along with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, andKacey Musgraves.

Full dates below:

10/15 – Florence, SC @ Florence Civic Center
10/16 – Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Center Coliseum
10/17 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
10/21 – Bloomington, IN @ TBA
10/23 – Pikeville, KY @ Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
10/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Theatre
10/25 – Green Bay, WI @ Theatre at the Resch Center
11/28 – Fort Worth, TX @ Billy Bob’s Texas

See Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in Detroit (Oct. 20, 2015)

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

by:  Edward Pevos

DETROIT, MI – Two living legends will be on the same stage, on the same night in Detroit. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are set to perform together at the Fox Theatre.

Willie Nelson’s career spans six decades. He has more than 60 studio albums in addition to live recordings, soundtracks, collaborations with other artists and more.

Merle Haggard has 40 #1 hits to his name. He’s won awards both as a performer and as a songwriter, and in 1994 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Nelson and Haggard’s recent album, “Django and Jimmie,” was the follow-up project to their 1983 release, “Pancho & Lefty.” It features 14 joint studio recordings from the two.

The concert:
You can see Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard at the Fox Theatre in Downtown Detroit on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Tickets ($49, $69, $79 and $129) go on sale Saturday, September 12 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.

Edward Pevos is the Mlive entertainment reporter for Detroit and Southeast Michigan. You can follow him on Twitter @PaparazzoPevos

Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash and others featured in Johnny Cash documentary

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Johnny Cash: American Rebel

Saturday, September 12th
9 p.m., CMT

The life and artistry of the Man in Black will be celebrated in Johnny Cash: American Rebel, a CMT original documentary premiering Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. on the 12th anniversary of his death.

The film features exclusive interviews with Johnny Cash’s family, friends and admirers, including Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, record executive Clive Davis, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock,  producer Rick Rubin, and others.

It marks the first time Cash’s son John Carter Cash, daughter Rosanne Cash and June Carter’s daughter Carlene Carter have all appeared in a film about him.

Johnny Cash: American Rebel is built around 12 essential Johnny Cash tracks spanning four decades that each deliver the passion, musicality and messages against war, injustice, racism and prejudice, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Jackson,” “San Quentin,” “Man in Black,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “Ring of Fire” and “Hurt.” Each song illustrates a chapter in his life, as well the story of an ever-changing America from the 1950s to modern day, as told through interviews, archival concert footage, photographs and personal artifacts from the Cash family.

“There were so many different facets to him, such an undefinable depth to his character,” John Carter Cash said. “You could see it in his eyes, and it brought on mystery, and it brought on a need for, perhaps, understanding him in a deeper way and this is part of the appeal of who the man was.”

Derik Murray and Paul Gertz from Network Entertainment are executive producers of the film. Jordan Tappis directs and Derik Murray co-directs. Jayson Dinsmore, Lewis Bogach and John Miller-Monzon executive produce for CMT.

Johnny Cash: American Rebel marks the latest in a series of original documentaries from CMT. The first, Urban Cowboy: The Rise and Fall of Gilley’s, premiered to critical acclaim has been seen by more than 9 million viewers. More than 5 viewers tuned in for Morgan Spurlock’s Freedom: The Movie, which premiered last month.

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard “Django & Jimmie” nominated for CMA Musical Event of Year Award

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015


The Country Music Association announced their 2015 nominees.  The awards show will air on ABC on November 4th.

Musical Event Of The Year

  • WILLIE NELSON and MERLE HAGGARD – “Django & Jimmie”
  • BLAKE SHELTON and ASHLEY MONROE – “Lonely Tonight”
  • ERIC CHURCH and KEITH URBAN – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  • MIRANDA LAMBERT featuring LITTLE BIG TOWN – “Smokin’ and Drinkin'”
  • KENNY CHESNEY with GRACE POTTER – “Wild Child”



Django and Jimmie

Musical Event of the Year

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Legacy Recordings

Lonely Tonight

Musical Event of the Year

Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville

Raise ‘Em Up

Musical Event of the Year

Keith Urban featuring Eric Church

Hit Red Records/Capitol Records Nashville

Smokin’ and Drinkin’

Musical Event of the Year

Miranda Lambert featuring Little Big Town

RCA Nashville

Wild Child

Musical Event of the Year

Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter

Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

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Willie Nelson, A Horse Called Music

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Willie Nelson pays tribute to his past in his  video, “A Horse Called Music.” Featuring Merle Haggard and Merle’s son Lukas on vocals, Willie rides through Luck, Texas, a small town set he had built for his movie Red Headed Stranger.

“A Horse Called Music” was originally recorded by Willie for his 1989 album by the same name. The new video features clips of a couple of Willie’s heroes, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, and their horses Champion and Trigger, as well as some of Willie’s favorite scenes from Red Headed Stranger.


A Horse Called Music
Release date:  7/25/1989

  1. Nothing I can do about it now
  2. Highway
  3. I Never Cared for YouÂ
  4. If I were a Painting
  5. Spirit
  6. There You Are
  7. Mr. Record Man
  8. If My World Didn’t Have You
  9. Horse Called Music
  10. Is the Better Part Over

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Poncho and Lefty”

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie” on vinyl

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015


Willie Nelson’s website has the new Django and Jimmie album on vinyl!

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Pancho and Lefty

Monday, August 31st, 2015

ponchoBy  John Duffy
Sunday News

In 1983, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard recorded the hit album “Pancho & Lefty,” the cover of which shows the two country legends against a desert backdrop, Nelson smiling and Haggard working his characteristic stoic grimace. The best of friends.

The title song, however, was written in 1972 by the late Townes Van Zandt, and explores the consequences of betrayal. When Nelson and Haggard pull into the York Fairgrounds this Friday as part of their Last of the Breed Tour, they will no doubt perform the song along with numerous other hits.

Country-rocker Steve Earle once called Van Zandt the greatest American songwriter ever, “and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” Van Zandt is rumored to have replied that he had met Dylan and his bodyguards, and that there was little chance Earle would ever get near his coffee table.

Despite his well-known sense of humor, Van Zandt wrote some of the most hopeless and haunting songs in the country and folk songbooks. He was an American poet of the first order. Thorny, witty and relentlessly self-destructive, he was one of those artists who achieves ultimate recognition through the work of others.

Van Zandt was one of the songwriters every country crooner wanted to be, and “Pancho and Lefty” is the song everyone sang, including Emmylou Harris, Hoyt Axton, Delbert McClinton and bluegrass supergroup Old & In the Way. Â

Nanci Griffith gave a teary version on national television shortly after Townes died of heart failure in 1994.  Dylan has even performed it on several occasions, the ultimate nod. Nelson and Dylan played it together on their recent tours together.

But perhaps the most memorable version of the song is the one Nelson and Haggard took to the top of the country charts. While the rest of the album is filled with workmanlike (though never unpleasant) efforts, the duo’s version of “Pancho & Lefty” remains strong today.

The song is the ultimate Old West fable, professing the lessons of loyalty and betrayal, the inescapability of consequence and the twisted nature of notoriety.

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In 1983, Nelson and Haggard were near the zeniths of their popular careers, ensconced in middle age, though in fine voice, and rapidly approaching a time when they would seem anachronistic next to mainstream country artists. Together they sing “Pancho & Lefty” as if spinning a yarn from some lonely barstool: Pancho was a bandit boys/ His horse was fast as polished steel/ Wore his gun outside his pants/ For all the honest world to feel.

Pancho is finally killed, we are led to believe, by Mexican police with the assistance of a man called Lefty. Even if he didn’t pull the trigger, Lefty is somehow complicit in Pancho’s death.

Lefty escapes to Cleveland with money nobody can account for. There he grows old, forgotten and living in a cheap rooming house, while Pancho, whose dying words no one heard, is celebrated in song and verse: The poets tell how Pancho fell/ Lefty’s livin’ in a cheap hotel/ The desert’s quiet and Cleveland’s cold/ So the story ends we’re told.

The final verse implores the listener to say a few prayers for Pancho, but to save some for Lefty, too, because he “only did what he had to do.”

When Nelson and Haggard perform the song this week, some will be listening for the prophetic overtones of men growing old and passing their winter years with memories of triumph and regret. But unlike Lefty, the sacrifices of these two performers have yielded great results.

Haggard has always been candid about the twists and turns in his life: how he fought off temptation when offered the chance to escape from a California jail, having been in and out of correctional facilities for much of his youth. Haggard chose not to escape, vowing instead to turn his life around through music.

Nelson nearly gave up on music when he couldn’t fit in with Nashville’s “countrypolitan” scene of the early 1960s. He found refuge in Texas and the outlaw movement of the 1970s.  Nelson’s more recent public stand regarding his marijuana use and a fiercely anticonservative streak through his work with Farm Aid have no doubt cost him a few fans in Middle America.

But despite their choices, or perhaps because of them, Haggard and Nelson will themselves be the subject of song for future generations of poets like Van Zandt.

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave., York. The concert opens the 2007 York Fair, which runs through Sept. 16. For more information, call 848-2596.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard on Tour

Sunday, August 30th, 2015


AUSTIN – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are set to tour this fall in support of their recent ‘Django and Jimmie’ album, according to Rolling Stone.

Nelson, 82, and Haggard, 78, will tour in mid to late-October, with Nelson performing an additional solo show Thanksgiving weekend in Fort Worth.

Dates for the ‘Django and Jimmie’ Tour:

  • Oct. 15: Florence Civic Center; Florence, S.C.
  • Oct. 16: Berglund Center Coliseum; Roanoke, Va.
  • Oct. 17: Santander Arena; Reading, Penn.
  • Oct. 21: Indiana University Auditorium; Bloomington, Ind.
  • Oct. 23: Eastern Kentucky Expo Center; Pikeville, Ky.
  • Oct. 24: Milwaukee Theatre; Milwaukee
  • Oct. 25: Theatre at the Resch Center; Green Bay, Wis.
  • Nov. 28: Billy Bob’s Texas; Fort Worth (without Merle Haggard)

Go here for more information from Nelson’s website

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard on tour

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

by:  Andrew Leahy

Two months after the release of Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are hitting the highway for a joint tour.

The shows run from October 15th through November 28th, mostly centered around multipurpose arenas whose seating capacities range as high as 10,000. That’s significantly larger than most of the venues Nelson and Haggard play during their solo tours. As they move into their golden years, though, Nelson, 82, and Haggard, 78, have no reason not to go big.

The two have been working together for decades, officially kicking off their partnership with 1983’s career-boosting Pancho & Lefty. At the time, Nelson had already recorded more than a half-dozen duets albums with other country icons, including San Antonio Rose with Ray Price and Waylon & Willie with fellow outlaw Waylon Jennings. Even so, Pancho & Lefty was a different beast. Released during a time when country artists were beginning to borrow more and more heavily from pop music, the album doubled down on twang and dusty cowboy imagery, bringing a sense of old-school honky tonk back to a rapidly modernizing genre. Over the years, Nelson and Haggard have collaborated again and again, with this summer’s Django and Jimmie marking their sixth album of duets.

The Django and Jimmie tour kicks off in Florence, South Carolina, then makes an arc across the southwest and Midwest before coming to a close in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s Django and Jimmie Tour dates:

October 15 – Florence, SC @ Florence Civic Center

October 16 – Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Center Coliseum

October 17 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena

October 21 – Bloomington, IN @ TBA

October 23 – Pikeville, KY @ Eastern Kentucky Expo Center

October 24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Theatre

October 25 – Green Bay, WI @ Theatre at the Resch Center

November 28 – Fort Worth, TX @ Billy Bob’s Texas

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, “It’s Only Money”

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard announce Milwaukee Show on October 24, 2015

Monday, August 17th, 2015

by: Piet Levy

There’s no rest for the 82-year-old Red-Headed Stranger.

After headlining two shows at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s Northern Lights Theater a year ago this month–in addition to scores of other gigs and releasing two more albums–Willie Nelson is playing the Milwaukee Theatre on Oct. 24 with his family band. And this time, Merle Haggard, 78, will be joining him. The country legends collaborated on a new duets album, “Django and Jimmie,” which debuted at the top of the Billboard country charts in June.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $49.50 to $98, available beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at the box office (500 W. Kilbourn Ave.), by calling (800) 745-3000 or visiting

Willie and Merle rock

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

by:  Edward Morris

Alert the media: The old guys still rock!

Willie Nelson 82, and Merle Haggard, 78, have the bestselling country album this week with Django and Jimmie, their buoyant tribute to their musical role models, Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 30,408 copies its first week out.



Win a Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie” Poster

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015


Enter to win a autographed 12 x 12 album flat of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s new album Django and Jimmie!

Enter contest here