Best wishes to Lana Nelson on her birthday.
Luck Films has re-released a video for the duet recorded by Willie Nelson and daughter Paula Nelson, ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain’. The production company (of which Willie is an active partner), had created a version when the song was originally released on Paul’s album With the release of Willie’s new album, ‘To All the Girls” (which includes the father/daughter duet), the company has added new footage and editing, and made a great video even better. And watch for a cameo from another Nelson!
If you haven’t yet — get a copy of the album! Every cut a gem:
To All The Girls Track Listing:
1.Dolly Parton – From Here To The Moon And Back
2.Miranda Lambert – She Was No Good For Me
3.Secret Sisters – It Won’t Be Very Long
4.Rosanne Cash – Please Don’t Tell Me
5.Sheryl Crow – Far Away Places
6.Wynonna Judd – Bloody Mary Morning
7.Carrie Underwood – Always On My Mind
8.Loretta Lynn – Somewhere Between
9.Alison Krauss – No Mas Amor
10.Melonie Cannon – Back To Earth
11.Mavis Staples – Grandma’s Hands
12.Norah Jones – Walkin’
13.Shelby Lynne – Til The End Of The World
14.Lily Meola – Will You Remember Mine
15.Emmylou Harris – Dry Lightning
16.Brandi Carlile – Making Believe
17.Paula Nelson – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
18.Tina Rose – After The Fire Is Gone
Willie Nelson loves his duets and loves the ladies. But as with many of his collaborations, the results on his latest, “To All the Girls” are a very mixed bag. The most satisfying surprise among the 18 tracks here is the meditative reading of the John Fogerty classic, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” In which Willie’s daughter Paula delivers her verses and counterpoints her father on the choruses with skillful aplomb. That highlight is mtched in quality and musical interest by the bluesy embers of “Grandma’s hands,” with Mavis Stables, as well as the spritely, honky-tonk of “After the Fire is Gone,” on which Tina Rose (Leon Russell’s daughter) stirs Willies singing with her sexy strut. The Texicali lilt of “No Mas Amor” is another keeper, thanks to Alison Kraus’ soaring, multi-tracked vocals, and the duets with Roseann Cash, Emmylou Hrris and Norah Jones are all predicably good.”
“My very first interview here in Austin TX was many years ago with Rob Patterson. He has definitely seen me from the beginning of my music career up until now.. A friend of mine sent me this review in Lone Star Music Magazine.. Thanks Rob for your kind words it means a lot to me, as does being included on this amazing CD with my dad and these incredible women of music..”
– Paula Nelson
To All The Girls Track Listing:
1. Dolly Parton – From Here To The Moon And Back
2. Miranda Lambert – She Was No Good For Me
3. Secret Sisters – It Won’t Be Very Long
4. Rosanne Cash – Please Don’t Tell Me
5. Sheryl Crow – Far Away Places
6. Wynonna Judd – Bloody Mary Morning
7. Carrie Underwood – Always On My Mind
8. Loretta Lynn – Somewhere Between
9. Alison Krauss – No Mas Amor
10. Melonie Cannon – Back On Earth
11. Mavis Staples – Grandma’s Hands
12. Norah Jones – Walkin’
13. Shelby Lynne – Til The End Of The World
14. Lily Meola – Will You Remember Mine
15. Emmylou Harris – Dry Lightning
16. Brandi Carlile – Making Believe
17. Paula Nelson – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
18. Tina Rose – After The Fire Is Gone
by: Jeremy D. Bonfiglio
THREE OAKS - Paula Nelson has lived a life under the influence.
The daughter of country icon Willie Nelson, Paula’s own musical identity was formed by listening to the tunes of not only her famous father, but the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, Leon Russell, Jesse Colter and Billy Joe Shaver.
In October, Paula Nelson plans to release of “Under The Influence,” her long-awaited project dedicated to both her influences and musical pedigree. Along with their own collection of jazzy rockers, Nelson and her band of guitarist Landis Armstrong, drummer Kevin Lance and bass player Lindsay Greene will offer a hint at what is to come, with covers of songs by Waylon Jennings, Mickey Newbury and her father, when they return Friday night for a show at The Acorn Theater.
Q When you were here two years ago, we talked about how insecure you were early in your career when people asked you to sing your father’s music. These days you seem equally adept at singing your own songs as well as covering other material, especially your dad’s work. So what’s changed?
A My skin is definitely tougher than it used to be, but I’m also playing different places more. Rather than just the rowdy honky tonks, they’re places where people are really listening to my lyrics and my songs. It becomes more personal than just being a bar band. We can certainly rock out, but it is really nice to connect with the audience on a personal level like that. We also feel like we’ve paid our dues. I think people have walked away from our shows saying, “She may be so-and-so’s kid, but I get it now. I get who she is now.”
Q You can certainly play old-school country, but your voice has more of a blues-jazz lilt, so how would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you perform?
A It’s hard to put it into a category, really. If people haven’t heard us I usually say it’s kind of a country-Southern rock thing, but I have a wide variety of likes in music. So the show consists of anything from blues to Latin to straight rock, and of course there’s that little bit of old-school country as well. There’s something really for everybody.
Q I know you’re finishing up your new album, called “Under The Influence.” What can you tell me about it?
A I wanted to compile a CD of the songs that influenced me when I was growing up. They may be songs that take you back to certain people and places, but some of them are songs that people may not have heard so it’s nice to be able to bring them back to this generation. They are just awesome songs. We’ve got a couple Waylon Jennings songs, a couple Mickey Newbury songs, one of my pops’ songs of course. There’s also a Dire Straits song. … We’ve been telling people for a year we’d have it soon so we can’t wait to get it out there, but when you have an album called “Under The Influence,” there’s so much great stuff out there that we just keep adding to it.
Q What’s the song from your father’s catalogue that you decided to cover? And what are some of your other favorites?
A It’s called “I Never Cared For You.” It was written in maybe the early ’70s. All of his songs are cool, but this had some extra coolness to it that I knew this band could play really well. This band can play anything really well, but I also knew I’d have a good time singing.
The Waylon songs are “Just to Satisfy You” and “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean.” His music has always had that old-school back beat behind it – that outlaw movement that came from him and my father – that just sounded really tough. He was always a cool cat to begin with and his music is just an extension of that coolness.
We also did this interpretation of “I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” and we’ve completely changed it. We listened to Mickey Newbury’s original version and it was quite different then what Kenny Rogers did. So I just started singing how I thought it should come out.
Q In October you will be touring again with your dad. You’ve been doing more dates with him and your sister, Amy, lately. What’s that like? It must be kind of fun.
A It is. We all travel so much individually so it’s really nice to be able to travel together and especially to get together on stage and sing. My sister (Amy) is fantastic. She has her own band (Folk Uke), which you may not of heard of. Her lyric content is a little racy for radio. But it is nice to hang out and sing harmony with her and my father as well.
– WHAT: Paula Nelson Band
– WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
– WHERE: The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks
– HOW MUCH: $15
– CONTACT: 756-3879 or www.acorntheater.com
– ARTIST INFO: www.paulanelsonband.com
Yesterday, the Paula Nelson Band performed at the Littleton Blues Festival, in Littleton, Colorado, in support of the Blue Star Connection. The band was one of ten bands who performed Sunday, with proceeds going to help raise funds for Blue Star Connection, a program started in August 2005 by the Grand County Blues Society. Through the program, instruments are donotated to children fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Blue Stars may also receive tickets to performances of their favorite bands.
Blue Star Connection
P. O. Box 1530
Winter Park, Colorado 804332
Blue Star Connection accepts donated instruments in good working condition. They have supplied instruments Children’s Hospitals in Dallas, Denver, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Nashville, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Seattle, and Austin. On Sunday, they handed out many instruments signed by the artists during the day. We heard many stories of how the instruments are benefitting the children, as they heal.
Everytime I have been to one of Paula’s shows in Colorado, she always runs into someone she went to highschool with. And they are all good looking, I don’t know how that happened, like this old friend.
Paula’s dog Bradley listened with a critical but loving ear(s), he could hear her singing, but couldn’t understand why she wasn’t with him.
Blue Star Connection is supported through donations and fundraisers. You can make donations through their website, or by mail:
Blue Star Connection
P. O. Box 1530
Winter Park, Colorado 804332
Paula and the band are on their way home to Texas, after a busy, busy month-long tour in Colorado. Longer than that. I begged them for a group photo before they got into their van, where Bradley was waiting patiently for them, and head back south to Texas.
They have added more shows to their tour! Visit their website to keep in touch and find out when they will be visiting a town near you. Paula and the band join up with Willie Nelson and Family, too, so watch out for those shows, too.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Doors: 7:00 p.m. Show: 8:00 p.m.