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Happy Holidays from Willie Nelson and his family

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, “Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On”

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Willie and the Boys

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Micah Nelson, Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

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The best it gets right here .. back home with Micah and Dad .. check out our new record “Willie and the Boys” .. #mauichristmas

Neil Young with Promise of the Real New Album Release — “The Visitor” (Dec 1, 2017)

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Willie Nelson and sons at Maui Songwriters Festival

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Willie Nelson, “The music still matters most”

Monday, November 27th, 2017

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by:  T. Patterson

Willie Nelson likely celebrated Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, along with tasty goodies and some great tunes. The difference for 84-year-old, Willie Nelson, is that all the best of his family festivities take place on his tour bus, Honeysuckle Rose.  Music has always been a family affair for the Nelson clan, for blood relations and those bonded by history. Most of his band members have been onstage with Nelson for 40+ years, and older sister, Bobbie still plays piano with the band. Music has truly always been “in the blood” for Willie Nelson, sons, Lukas and Micah, and daughters, Paula and Amy.

Al Roker climbed aboard the bus for a visit with Willie Nelson as a Thanksgiving treat, and there are many musical dishes cranking in the works for all the Nelson clan.

New albums are out from Lukas and Micah, each inspired by his own muse and direction. A Frank Sinatra homage is in progress, and no one plans on parking the bus anytime soon

The music still matters most

Willie Nelson was being interviewed as part of the “Living Legends” series, and while the artist humbly accepts his honors, across several genres of music, for his lifetime of contribution to that art, he approaches music with the same freshness of his boyhood. He recalls writing songs “since I could string two words together,” and the joy of creating songs that join people together with a memorable refrain that “hits in the soul,” still produces the same euphoria as it did when Willie’s braids had darker red hues.

The weather broadcaster so famous for detailing climate “in your neck of the woods” stepped out from a smoke-filled tour bus in braids to join Matt Lauer as Dolly Parton, and other “country greats” portrayed by the morning show team. Let’s just say that while Al deserves an “A” for effort, he doesn’t wear the braids nearly as stylishly as the “Red Headed Stranger.” Even twining hair is part of the tradition that the songwriter grew up with as a child, braiding his grandmother’s hair with his sister. No wonder Roker is “jealous” of the long locks.

Last month, Willie Nelson and his sons released “#Willie Nelson and the Boys: Willie’s Stash.” The kindred collaboration features songs that the groundbreaking dad played for his sons growing up. Songs by Hank Cochran, Hank Snow, Hank Williams, and Hank Locklin all take their place, along with standards Willie has covered before, like “Stardust.” Willie insists that “they get a kick out of it,” when describing his sons’ response to playing the old songs.

The legacy also gives both talented artists a sonic foundation from which to build.

Old songs and new fans

Willie Nelson declares that every time he and his sons play an older, respected song, a new fan is won over to great music. Playing classics doesn’t stop either son from forging his own path ahead. Micah Nelson pursues psychedelic folk with Insects vs. Robots and Particle Kid, and he just released a new album. Lukas Nelson and “Promise of the Real” just released their first album on Fantasy Records and have an upcoming showcase on CBS.

Micah emblemized his dad’s “Red Headed Stranger” as an ultimate “punk record,” because it broke all the boundaries of country music which, at the time, was filled with sparkling rhinestone costumes and blatant overproduction. He tells us that his father was “fearlessly doing his own thing,” against the grain in every sense, and he sees fearlessly following his own artistic path as the best way to honor “my dad’s legacy.” Willie Nelson has another legacy project of his own to his favorite singer, Frank Sinatra, fully underway.

Lukas Nelson said he never imagined anything but music as his life path, calling his father a constant “inspiration.” The progeny always assumed, “if my dad can do it, I can do it. It’s in my blood.” That family heritage is only part of the creative energy that has cultivated a loyal following for Lukas and his band. His passion and talents in writing and performing are palpable from any stage, his own or with the clan.

Willie owns up to not being there for much of his children’s childhood, because being in the business of country music, and being on the road, always called. No one in the family is wasting time on regrets since there’s so much good lasting music, and loving memories to be made now. “I’ve made a thousand mistakes,” the artist admits, but he is not sure he would change one. Every step and misstep of life is part of coming to the present.

The past and the present merge to a future for Willie Nelson and his next generation. He playfully jokes “He wouldn’t listen,” to whatever advice the elder Nelson could give to the one at 24. He and the boys only know that they have another show booked down the road.

“Would like 3 more volumes” — Willie and the Boys

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, “Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On”

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

1. Move It On Over (Williams)
2. Mind Your Own Business (Williams)
3. Healing Hands Of Time (Nelson)
4. Can I Sleep In Your Arms (Cochran)
5. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (Locklin)
6. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Williams)
7. I’m Movin’ On (Snow)
8. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Williams)
9. My Tears Fall (Miller)
10. Cold, Cold Heart (Williams)
11. Mansion On The Hill (Williams and Rose)
12. Why Don’t You Love Me (Williams)

New music from Austin Artists, Willie Nelson and the Boys

Monday, November 6th, 2017

1. Move It On Over (Williams)
2. Mind Your Own Business (Williams)
3. Healing Hands Of Time (Nelson)
4. Can I Sleep In Your Arms (Cochran)
5. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (Locklin)
6. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Williams)
7. I’m Movin’ On (Snow)
8. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Williams)
9. My Tears Fall (Miller)
10. Cold, Cold Heart (Williams)
11. Mansion On The Hill (Williams and Rose)
12. Why Don’t You Love Me (Williams)

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by:  Peter Blackstock

Autumn has brought the usual onslaught of new releases from Austin musical artists, both high-profile and under-the-radar. Here’s a look at some of our favorites so far.

Willie, Lukas & Micah Nelson, “Willie and the Boys: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2” (Legacy). The first volume in this loosely structured “Willie’s Stash” series of archival recordings, 2014’s “December Day,” featured siblings Willie & Bobbie Nelson on songs that placed Bobbie’s piano playing front-and-center with Willie’s singing. Now comes another family affair, as Willie’s youngest sons Lukas and Micah join him for a dozen tracks that emphasize their vocal interplay.

Initially recorded at Pedernales Recording Studio in Spicewood as part of the sessions for Willie’s 2011 “Heroes” album with producer Buddy Cannon, these tracks featured a cast of Austin and Nashville musicians backing Willie and Lukas, with Micah’s vocals added later. All three of them are fine singers; if Willie remains the most distinctive, Lukas isn’t far off, often sounding eerily like a younger version of his father. Micah’s voice is slightly less twangy and more plainspoken, but pleasant and effective in its own way.

When they join in three-part harmony, there’s the kind of natural magic that has long been ingrained in classic country music history, dating back to the Carter Family and beyond. It’s fitting, then, that almost all the material here is decades old, coming mostly from the pens of four Hanks: Williams, Cochran, Locklin and Snow.

They might sound best of all on “Healing Hands of Time,” the lone Willie original in the batch. As the lead vocal passes from Willie to Lukas to Micah, it’s as if those hands of time are being passed into the future, more than a half-century after the song was written. Live in Austin: Willie Nelson & Family, along with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, play Dec. 29-31 at ACL Live

photo:  Greg Giannukos

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Willie Nelson with his sons

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Micah Nelson, Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

 

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by:  Jeremy Burchard

When it comes to Willie Nelson‘s sons Micah and Lukas, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. You can see the proof in this new video of the three singing one of Nelson’s most iconic hits, “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.”

In a new Facebook video, Lukas Nelson shares a personal story with his brother and father about the tune. “The first song that you taught me dad, when I was a kid, was ‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,’ Lukas says. “Was it really?” Willie replies.

Sure enough, it’s how Lukas learned the “E” chord.

“I remember asking you what you wanted for your birthday,” Lukas says. “I was like 10 or 11. You were like, ‘You know what would make me happy? Is if you learned to play guitar.’”

“And I took that to heart,” Lukas says. That night, Willie taught him “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.” To make things even a little cooler, a woman named Elaina Rose commented on the video with another story. “This is such a special song for me,” Rose commented. “My great grandfather Fred Rose wrote this song in 1944. It was first recorded by his business partner, Roy Acuff in 1945 but didn’t become a hit until Willie. Lovely to hear this morning. Thanks guys!”

Willie Nelson released his version of the song in 1975 on the album Red Headed Stranger. Since then, it became one of country’s classic songs. It even landed on Rolling Stones‘ list of the 500 greatest songs of all time at No. 302.

Nelson is currently promoting an album called Willie And The Boys: Willie’s Stash No. 2, which features Nelson and his sons singing 12 classic tunes. Nelson also often tours with his kids when they’re available to join, making music truly a family affair.

Micah Nelson shares story about playing with his dad

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Micah shares a story about playing on stage with his dad.

‘Willie and The Boys’ is available now!
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Here is track listing for Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2):

1. Move It On Over (Williams)
2. Mind Your Own Business (Williams)
3. Healing Hands Of Time (Nelson)
4. Can I Sleep In Your Arms (Cochran)
5. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (Locklin)
6. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Williams)
7. I’m Movin’ On (Snow)
8. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Williams)
9. My Tears Fall (Miller)
10. Cold, Cold Heart (Williams)
11. Mansion On The Hill (Williams and Rose)
12. Why Don’t You Love Me (Williams)

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Chicago (Nov. 1, 2017) with Nikki Lane

Friday, October 27th, 2017

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by: Chrissie Dickinson

“Dad is 84 years old and still rocking and rolling every night,” he says. “He plays 150 shows a year and is doing great.”

Juggling multiple projects of his own, the younger Nelson has been a busy man. On the family front, he and his brother Micah Nelson joined forces with their father for the new Legacy Recordings collaboration, “Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2).”

His new album, “Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real” (Fantasy Records), showcases a heartfelt tunesmith and vocalist and a group of musicians skillful at mixing strands of soul, blues, country and rock and roll.

The band performs at Park West on Wednesday.

Next year is already packed with projects. Promise of the Real has recorded and toured with Neil Young in the last couple of years and will do so again in 2018. Nelson and band also have an on-screen role in the movie remake “A Star Is Born,” starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and set for a May release. In addition, Nelson acted as a consultant on the film and wrote a number of the songs.

Nelson recently called from Austin, Texas, to discuss what he’s learned from his friend and mentor Young and the importance of playing music from the heart. This is an edited transcript.

Q: Your new album includes the song “Forget About Georgia.” It’s a touching story-song sung in the first person. Is it fact or fiction?

A: It’s a true story about me and a girl I went out with for awhile. Her name was Georgia. When we stopped seeing each other, I was heartbroken about it. At the time, I was playing shows with my father and I had to go out every night and play “Georgia On My Mind” (a No. 1 country hit for Willie Nelson in 1978). Playing that song every show made it impossible for me to forget about this girl. That’s why I wrote “Forget About Georgia.”

Q: Your song “If I Started Over” is a bittersweet waltz that has a mystical mood. What inspired the tune?

A: The lyrics are about the concept of endless repetition of waking into life and being reborn again and again. I’m fine with that concept — as long as I get to find that person I love every time.

Q: Lady Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta) sings on two songs on your new album. What was it like working with her?

A: She is without a doubt one of the most amazing talents I’ve ever met. She deserves all the success that she’s had. That’s the bottom line.

Q: How did you two meet?

A: I met Stefani in pre-production for “A Star Is Born.” I wrote a bunch of songs with her for the movie and we became really good friends. She does an amazing job in the film. Stefani is an incredible vocalist and the comparisons to Barbra Streisand (who starred in the 1976 version of the film) are striking. Gaga herself is a big Streisand fan and she plays the part perfectly.

Q: Promise of the Real recorded with Neil Young on his 2015 album “The Monsanto Years.” Then you went on to tour with Neil as his backing band. What has impressed you the most about working with him?

A: Neil has an intense level of focus and attention to detail concerning both the music and business aspects of his career. He’s very involved in running things on the road and keeping it smooth so he can focus on music. He takes care of himself — that’s important too. He does Pilates every day. We do vocal warm-ups before every show. We have just gotten better and better working with Neil. He told me some great things. He said there’s the music and there’s the business, and it’s all this game you play. Life is that. You have to be good at both and put your efforts into both.

Q: When you were growing up, did you have any light-bulb moments when you realized your father was a genuine legend?

A: My dad’s birthday parties have always been incredible. I remember when I was around 14 years old and he celebrated his 70th birthday. All these incredible legends were there to perform with him at the Beacon Theatre in New York — Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Leon Russell, Paul Simon. I remember going to meet President Jimmy Carter when Carter got the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Dad was one of the performers there. I also remember going to the Kennedy Center Honors when Dad got his (award). Those things happened one after another and are just a few examples of when I realized (how famous he was).

Q: When did you first start playing music yourself?

A: I started singing when I was a really young kid. I remember a dream I had where I was singing in front of all these people and I was terrified. Something told me to just shrink all my conscious awareness into my chest and look out at the audience through my chest. When I did that, the audience went wild. After that dream, I was never afraid to be on stage again. I didn’t realize until much later that metaphor meant living without fear and the importance of coming from the heart all the time. It’s a very vulnerable place to be, but it’s also the most powerful place.

Q: Last year, Promise of the Real played the classic rock music festival the Desert Trip in California. How was your experience there?

A: It was one of the highlights of my life. Me and my band were with Neil Young and we were opening for Paul McCartney. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters and The Who were there. It was incredible. I’ve got the best rock and roll band in the world, and I’m not just saying that. We were up there with the heaviest hitters in rock and roll and we held our own. I feel very lucky.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave.

Tickets: $22; 773-929-1322 or www.jamusa.com

Chrissie Dickinson is a freelance writer.

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Willie Nelson & The Boys Album out TODAY!

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Here is track listing for Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2):

1. Move It On Over (Williams)
2. Mind Your Own Business (Williams)
3. Healing Hands Of Time (Nelson)
4. Can I Sleep In Your Arms (Cochran)
5. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (Locklin)
6. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Williams)
7. I’m Movin’ On (Snow)
8. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Williams)
9. My Tears Fall (Miller)
10. Cold, Cold Heart (Williams)
11. Mansion On The Hill (Williams and Rose)
12. Why Don’t You Love Me (Williams)