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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 and Friends

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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Merle Haggard, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, “Mama Tried”

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, “Okie from Muskogee”

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Poncho & Lefty”

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

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Happy birthday, Merle Haggard

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Best wishes to Merle Haggard, born April 7, 1937, in Bakersfield, California.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Pancho and Lefty”

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, “Okee from Muskogee” “Back to Earth”

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard plan new album

Friday, February 7th, 2014

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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.

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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.

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Blake Shelton, performance @ the Grammys

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Backstage at the 56th Grammys

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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Don Was, Merle Haggard,Willie Nelson, Kris Kristoferson, Micah Nelson,

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, 56th Grammys (1/26/14)

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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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.

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson @ the Grammys (1/26/14)

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Willie Nelson & Friends, Grammys 56 (Jan. 26, 2013)

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

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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.”

 

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Blake Shelton @ rehearsal for 56th Grammys

Sunday, January 26th, 2014