Archive for the ‘Songs About Willie Nelson’ Category

Johnny Cash, “Backstage Pass to the Willie Nelson Show”

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

“Weed, Whiskey and Willie” — The Brothers Osborne

Monday, May 6th, 2019

“Where There’s a Willie There’s a Way” – Jack Ingram

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Jack Ingram offers up a swinging ode to country greats Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings in his new tune, “Where There’s a Willie.”

After he connects smoke to fire, a crowd of people to a party and a song to a singer, Ingram follows the trail back even further. Ultimately, Ingram’s playful musically sleuthing leads us to the natural habitat of country legends Nelson and Jennings.

In a lyric that puts a Texas twist on the adage, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” Ingram shares a lighthearted country in-joke with his listeners. If you can find Nelson, Ingram explains in the song, Jennings is sure to be nearby.

“Where there’s a night, there’s a day / There’s a will there’s a way / Down in Texas we have our own saying / Where there’s a Willie (there’s a Willie) / There’s a Willie (there’s a Willie) / There’s a Waylon,” Ingram sings in the chorus.

The song appears on Ingram’s forthcoming album Ridin’ High … Again. The project takes its title from Jerry Jeff Walker’s 1975 disc Ridin’ High, and also shares that record’s love of classic country covers. Ingram’s 13-track collection includes covers of Guy Clark’s “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” Kris Kristofferson’s “Jesus Was a Capricorn” and Nelson’s “Gotta Get Drunk,” as well as songs by Hayes Carll and others.

Additionally, several new songs on the album were co-written by Ingram along with Jon Randall Stewart, Todd Snider and Miranda Lambert. It includes the 2018 ACM Song of the Year, “Tin Man,” which Ingram co-wrote with Lambert and Stewart for Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings album.

Ridin’ High … Again is due out on April 26. The album is currently available for pre-order.

“Willie, the Wandering Gypsy, and Me” — Billy Joe Shaver

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Three fingers whiskey pleasures the drinkers
And moving does more than the same thing for me
Willy he tells me that doers and thinkers
Say, Movin’ is a closest thing to being free

He rosins his riggins laid back his wages
He’s dead certain ridin’ the big rodeo
My woman’s tight with an overdue baby
And Willy keeps yelling, Hey Gypsy let’s go

Willy you’re wild as a Texas Blue Norther
Ready rolled from the same makins as me
Well, I reckon we’re gonna ramble till Hell freeze us over
Willy the wandering Gypsy and me

Well ladies we surely will take of your favors
And we’ll surely warn you there never will be
A single soul living that could put brand or handle
On Willy the wandering Gypsy and me

We’ll dance on the mountains, shout in the canyons
Swarm it ain’t loose herd like a wild buffalo
Jammin’ our heads full of figures
And angles and tellin’ us stuff that we already know

Willy you’re wild as a Texas Blue Norther
Ready rolled from the same makins as me
Well, I reckon we’re gonna ramble till Hell freezes over
Willy the wandering Gypsy and me

Yeah, Willy you’re wild as a Texas Blue Norther
Ready rolled from the same makins as me
And I reckon we’re gonna ramble till Hell freeze us over
Willy the wandering Gypsy and me

Kevin Fowler: Don’t Touch My Willie (I don’t know you that well)

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

“Willie Got There First” — Seth Avett’s tribute to Willie Nelson

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Seth Avett  wrote and performed this tribute to Willie Nelson, “Willie Got There First”, which will appear on the Asleep at the Wheel album ‘New Routes’, out September 14, 2018

The album was recorded for the project by Seth Avett, Scott Avett and Ray Benson with Asleep At The Wheel.  The recording also features Mickey Raphael on harmonica and Bobbie Nelson on piano.

“In a World Without Willie” (I just don’t know what’ I’d do) by Erin Enderlin

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

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by:  Samantha Stephens

It is tough to imagine a world without Willie Nelson.

For country singer/songwriter Erin Enderlin, it’s damn near impossible to think about what life would be like without him.

The country legend is inarguably one of the most influential icons in the whole of music across all genres, and in country music, he’s revered as not only one of the pioneers of outlaws, but also a tender wordsmith who can have you both raising a ruckus in a honky-tonk and falling softly into someone’s arms. Heck, sometimes all at the same time.

For a very young Enderlin, it was love at first listen.

“When I was four years old, my Papaw gave me four albums: Conway Twitty, The Statler Brothers, Kenny Rogers and Waylon & Willie,” Enderlin told “I was immediately hooked on ‘Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,’ and if I ever had a prayer of doing anything else besides be obsessed with country music for the rest of my life it was gone. The first song I learned on piano was ‘On the Road Again.’ Are you noticing a trend?”

Enderlin had been on the road with Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour, watching his set from the side of the stage night after night, listening to the stories, the melodies and thinking to herself what her own career path would be like if his iconic songs didn’t exist.

Clearly, it was destiny, a clear-cut path that led her to her latest single ’World Without Willie’ a cleverly crafted, heartfelt tribute to the legend so devoted and purely country that it could bring a tear to Nelson’s eye, and of course, a smile to his face.

An utterly masterful songwriter, Enderlin’s signature turn-of-phrase shines on the track as it seamlessly blends some of the most memorable Nelson titles and characters into verse like a vivid mosaic of the outlaw himself.

Tara Thompson also performs on this track as a background vocalist, completely in her element singing tried-and-true timeless country music, and a song about Nelson, who sits at the very top of her influences and favorites list.

“He has a way of speaking to my soul and relieving all my worries,” Thompson told

“One of my favorite lines is ‘The nightlife would kill me if we didn’t have Willie around,’ because he is truly what got me through those late-night shifts singing in bars for so many years. ‘Paying my way with the change from that ole tip jar’ is literally what I did for almost 8 years of my life. It wasn’t easy but Willie sure helped me get through it,” she said.

Alex Kline, who produced the track and provided all the instrumentation except for harmonica appears in the video, along with her pup “Patsy Kline,” who makes a perfectly adorable cameo at the perfect moment.

As for the harmonica player on the song — well it could only be Nelson’s longtime harmonica Mickey Raphael.

“My biggest hope for this song is that maybe someone will be listening and won’t know one of the Willie songs referenced and go find it and fall in love with it the way I did,” Enderlin said.

The tao of Willie is definitely good news to spread.

“Willie got me high and took all my Money” — Jack Johnson

Friday, April 20th, 2018

“What Would Willie Do?” — Bruce Robison

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Johnny Cash, “Backstage Pass to the Willie Nelson Show”

Friday, July 28th, 2017

“Willie Nelson and My Dog” by Sister C

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Watch Sister C record “Willie Nelson And My Dog” during the YouTube Nashville Sessions! Captured in the Black River Studios.

“Willie Nelson And My Dog” is available on Demo Sessions Vol. 2:

Keep up with Sister C!

“I’ll be your lover, if you’ll be my Willie Nelson” — “Willie Nelson” by Monica Rizzio

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
by: Jim Sullivan

“I think I got to the point where I was really missing my Texas roots. The music that I first fell in love with, the music of Guy Clark and Hank Williams, Ricky Skaggs. I wanted to challenge myself to go back to that, to pick up the guitar again and be one with my music.”

That led to a song called “Willie Nelson,” inspired by the man himself. “Willie Nelson is one of my biggest influences in songwriting and music and career,” says Rizzio. “It was in January, it was really cold and snowy out and we (she and husband-manager Pete Fasano) were renting a house on a lake in Brewster. I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to write a song like Willie Nelson. What would he do? He’d probably take out some bourbon, light up a joint … so I said that and channeled my inner Willie, if that makes any sense. I didn’t even intend for the chorus to be ‘I’ll be your lover if you’ll be my Willie Nelson’ – it just came out.”

Singer-songwriter Monica Rizzio went solo after leaving Tripping Lily in 2012, and recently released an album, “Washashore Cowboy” that combines her Texas roots with her Cape Cod life.


“Willie the Wandering Gypsy”, Billy Joe Shaver, Eddie Shaver

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

“Willie Nelson” by the Wagons

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Sirius/XM radio has been playing this song “Willie Nelson” on their Outlaw country station. Written by the Australian Band the Wayfaring Strangers, it’s performed here by the Wagons, another Australian band, at Threadgills, in Austin.

New Song from Alex Caton: “Willie Nelson, I love You (and My Husband, he doesn’t really mind)

Monday, July 18th, 2011

x-cillw.xom:  “If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be and why?”

Alex Caton:    “It would definitely be Willie Nelson. I think he would be fantastic company. He’d bring good food, and it would be a great time.

I just wrote a song professing my love for Willie Nelson with the Pete Winne project.  The name of the song is:  “Willie Nelson, I Love You (and My Husband, He Doesn’t Really Mind),” and we’re trying to get it to him.  My favorite line—I use lines of his throughout the song— it goes,

“If you only had one arm to hold me
I guess I’d be on that side
If you told me you’re half the man you used to be;
then I’d tell you it’s the half I’d like to see.”

He might be into it!

Read entire article here.