Archive for the ‘Ray Price’ Category

Willie Nelson’s “Heartaches by the Number”, on Apple’s #BestoftheWeek playlist

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

‘Heartaches by the Number’ is included on Apple Music’s ?#?BestOfTheWeek? playlist!

The song is from ‘For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price,’ out 9/16.

New Willie Nelson Ray Price tribute album available for pre-sale, “For the Good Times “

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Willie Nelson

Pre-order Willie’s new album, ‘For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price,’ available September 16.



Get your copy here.  


Willie Nelson’s tribute to Ray Price, “For the Good Times”

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Ray Price, “Run That By Me One More Time”

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Willie Nelson releasing album as tribute to Ray Price, “For the Good Times”

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016


One month before Ray Price passed away in December 2013, the country legend put the finishing touches on one last album, wrapping up the recording sessions for Beauty Is… with help from producer Fred Foster and string conductor Bergen White. Nearly three years later, Wille Nelson has reassembled the same team for For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price, a moving record that finds Nelson — a short-lived member of Price’s touring band, the Cherokee Cowboys, in 1961, as well as a longtime friend during the half-century that followed — saluting one of his mentors.

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Rolling Stone Country offers an exclusive sneak peak of the new album, which hits stores September 16th. In the behind-the-scenes video above, Nelson and company set up shop in Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios, eventually recording For the Good Times in the same room — the former chapel of a 100-year-old Gothic revival church — that housed Price’s sessions for Beauty Is. Vince Gill makes a few appearances along the way, backing up Nelson on a half-dozen tracks as a member of western swing supergroup the Time Jumpers. In one memorable snippet, Gill and Nelson crowd around a studio piano, hammering out vocal harmonies for the album’s opener, “Heartaches by the Number.”
Balanced evenly between country shuffles, orchestral ballads, honky-tonk throwbacks and Price classics like “Night Life” — a song that, coincidentally, was written by Nelson — For the Good Times captures the range of a performer who, during his prime, helped turn country music from an acquired taste into a mainstream genre. With Fred Foster and Bergen White back on board, Nelson treats the source material with respect, rarely deviating too far from the original arrangements. Appropriately, the countrypolitan ballads are draped with strings and other orchestral touches, while the honky-tonk-heavy tunes find room for fiddle and Paul Franklin’s pedal steel. One of the only curveballs — and it’s a welcome one, really — is the presence of Nelson’s longtime harmonica player, Mickey Raphael, who adds his own blend of metallic swoon and squawk to the mix.

Nelson is no stranger to tribute albums, having paid his respects to Ray Charles, George Gershwin, Frank Sinatra, Cindy Walker and the Great American Songbook during the past decade alone. For the Good Times offers more of a poignant, personal approach, though. Price’s presence looms throughout these 12 tracks — in the string arrangements, in the vibrato of Nelson’s vocals, in the warm ambiance of the recording studio itself — and Nelson responds accordingly, delivering some of his strongest vocal performances of the 2000s.

“Ray was as a close a friend as you could have,” he says. “We traveled together, lived together, played music together, partied together. . . and had a lot of good times.”

They recorded an album together, too, teaming up with Merle Haggard for 2007’s Last of the Breed, a double-disc project that recast the three country singers as the slimmed-down, 21st century equivalent of the Highwaymen. Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer several years after its release, though, and Last of the Breed sadly lived up to its name, marking the last time Price and Nelson ever co-billed an album. For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price brings them back together again, a move that only hardens the punch Price’s music already packed.



Sunday, May 29th, 2016


Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard “Last of the Breed”

Monday, April 18th, 2016


In 2007 that Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price recorded their Last of the Breed album, of western swing, country classics and some of the best country music ever written — most of it by them.     The artists took their show on the road and toured in support of the album in March of that year.

There were no 14-year-olds on that tour, but those guys toured like they were teenagers promoting their first album, blazing a trail across the country performing 15-shows in 17 days.  I got to see their show a couple times here in Colorado, and I was blown away.  These talented musicans were at the top of their game  and were having so much fun performing together. And the music!  They were joined by friend and fellow musical genius Freddy Powers, and sang their award-winning hits to sold-out halls everwhere.   We all left those shows knowing we’d just experienced something very special.

The Last of the Breed album was released before the tour, a double-album,  and a DVD quickly followed.  Now, on March 3, 2009, Image Entertainment will  release a live cd, recorded from their concerts.  This is good news, because it is going to get wider distribution, and will also be available, for the first time, through i-tunes for download.

They are the Last of the Breed — the elder statesmen of classic country music who have inspired artists for decades. No one else sings country music with the passion and purity of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price. In March 2007, these living legends and Country Music Hall of Famers united on stage for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event that was captured for television and recorded to give fans the ultimate concert experience. Backed by the GRAMMY Award-winning Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel and Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys, LIVE FROM THE LAST OF THE BREED TOUR presents Willie’s, Merle’s and Ray’s greatest hits that they performed on this magical evening.


  1. Miles and Miles of Texas (w/Asleep at the Wheel
  2. Make the World Go Away (Ray Price)
  3. For the Good Times (Ray Price)
  4. Take Me Back to Tulsa (Merle Haggard)
  5. Silver Wings (Merle Haggard)
  6. That’s the Way Love Goes (Merle Haggard)
  7. Okie From Miskogee (Merle Haggard)
  8. Pancho and Lefty (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard)
  9. Always on My Mind (Willie Nelson)
  10. Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
  11. Ramblin’ Fever (Merle Haggard)
  12. I Gotta Have My Baby Back (Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard)
  13. Night Life (Ray Price)
  14. Sing Me Back Home (Merle Haggard)
  15. Crazy (Willie Nelson, Ray Price
  16. On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)

In March 2007, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price performed on-stage together for the first time in the Last of the Breed tour.

Willie Nelson and Ray Price, “Run That By Me One More Time”

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Happy birthday, Lyle Lovett

Sunday, November 1st, 2015


Best wishes to Lyle Lovett.



This day in Willie Nelson history, Ray Price and Willie Nelson, “San Antonio Rose” (9/25/1961)

Friday, September 25th, 2015

[This is not the 1961 recording, it’s from 2000]

On September 25, 1961 Ray Price records “San Antonio Rose,” the first tribute album to honor Bob Wills. The band includes Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson, Ray Price, “Faded Love”

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Ray Price, “Run That By Me One More Time”

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Friends

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015


This day in Willie Nelson history: Last of the Breed tour kicks off in Arizona (3/9/2007)

Monday, March 9th, 2015


On March 9, 2007, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price team up for short tour, with s Asleep At The Wheel serves as their backing band.  An album and dvd were released with music from the tour.

1.Miles and Miles of Texas (w/Asleep at the Wheel
2.Make the World Go Away (Ray Price)
3.For the Good Times (Ray Price)
4.Take Me Back to Tulsa (Merle Haggard)
5.Silver Wings (Merle Haggard)
6.That’s the Way Love Goes (Merle Haggard)
7.Okie From Miskogee (Merle Haggard)
8.Pancho and Lefty (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard)
9.Always on My Mind (Willie Nelson)
10.Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
11.Ramblin’ Fever (Merle Haggard)
12.I Gotta Have My Baby Back (Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard)
13.Night Life (Ray Price)
14.Sing Me Back Home (Merle Haggard)
15.Crazy (Willie Nelson, Ray Price
16.On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)

Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Freddy Powers, “Last of the Breed”

Monday, February 16th, 2015