“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.
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.
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.”
Mr. Punabud shared this song he wrote about Willie Nelson on youtube:
“What a great story. I wonder how many other people have had a chance encounter with Willie while visiting Luck? The photos were great. Sounds like Willie is a kind and generous soul. I actually just wrote a song about him called ‘Driving Through Texas with Willie Nelson’.”
The band Nina has released a new album. I like the punk ’80’s sound of this song, even if I can’t understand the lyrics. Anyone who speaks Spanish, please let me know if the lyrics are not as upbeat as the song, and I’ll delete this post. You know I can’t post anything negative.
State Sen. Charlie Albertson says he can relate to country music legend Willie Nelson.
A lifelong musician himself, the Duplin County Democrat spent 56 days on a tour bus in Germany in the late ’70s and understands how “a bus is sort of like a home to a band,” he said
So he got upset after state alcohol officers raided Nelson’s tour bus in Albertson’s home county and cited band members for possession of marijuana and moonshine.
It’s only natural that Albertson is now expressing his frustration musically.
With his own voice and musician friends from Nashville, he recently recorded “Leave the Man Alone,” a country-flavored lament about how he wishes the officers would have just let Nelson “sing and play his songs” in peace.
Regarding Nelson’s decision not to play in Duplin County after the Jan. 28 bust, the song says: “We lost more than the revenue. It hurt the county’s name.”
A statement on Nelson’s Web site said pain in his hand caused the concert to be canceled, but Albertson said he thinks that the bust was the real reason and that authorities may have planned it in advance.
The senator said he has received many calls from Duplin County residents disappointed by the incident. He said he respects law enforcement but thinks “it was a bit much” for a number of ALE agents to show up.
“A lot of people think it was planned and contrived,” Albertson said. “It looks like a special effort was made to bust the guys on the bus.”
At the time of the incident, Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Agent Ted Carlton said agents smelled marijuana in a parking lot by the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville then decided to enter the tour bus.
Carlton did not return a message Wednesday seeking comment.
The bust happened less than an hour before the scheduled concert. John Vogt, the events center’s executive director, said it lost $30,000 because Nelson didn’t perform.
Vogt said he fears that Duplin County might shut down the venue for economic and political reasons, and that it may be exacerbated by that income loss.
He doesn’t expect the message in Albertson’s song to help the venue’s cause, he said, but noted that people have been strongly supportive of the events center since the Nelson incident.
Albertson said he would like to see his song become a hit on radio stations.
The senator, whose district also includes Lenoir and Sampson counties, is not seeking re-election this year.