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Robert Ellis cover’s Willie Nelson’s, “Pretty Paper” (never too early for a Chrismas album)

Monday, September 15th, 2014


Listen to Robert Ellis sing “Pretty Paper” at Rolling Stone:

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By Marissa R. Moss

The south may still be saddled with the endless dew of a soggy summer, but it’s never too early to talk Christmas — humidity built the snowman, as John Prine once sang, after all. And Prine — along with Robert Ellis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, the Band, Nikki Lane, Corb Lund and more — is just one of the heavyweights to contribute a holiday tune to An Americana Christmas, due out October 14th via New West.

While a bulk of the songs are previously recorded classics, like Dylan’s “Must Be Santa” and Cash’s “The Gifts They Gave,” Ellis, Lund and Lane all spun original numbers for this veritable lexicon of folk-country Christmas tunes. Lane’s sassy “Falalaalove Ya” is a raspy ode to an eternal season of mistletoe, while Lund’s “Just Me and These Ponies” is a twang-orchestral bummer about a lonesome cowboy who plays a smart foil to Santa and his reindeers. And Ellis, whose recent LP, The Lights From the Chemical Plant, is one of Rolling Stone Country’s 26 Albums of 2014 You Probably Didn’t But Really Should Hear, gives his spin on Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper.” It’s about the joys of the beloved holiday – which, with its green trees and wrapping (rolling?) paper, is also known as “all year” to the Red Headed Stranger.

Premiering exclusively on Rolling Stone Country, Ellis’s track adds a sweet, smooth shuffle to the song first released by Roy Orbison in 1963. “I chose to cut ‘Pretty Paper’ because I love Willie’s version and it’s a lesser-known Christmas tune with a little more depth to it than a story about reindeer — no offense to the reindeer,” Ellis says. “I also thought the song could get by with a more minimal arrangement for my version, which is why we only used one synth, a drum machine and vocals and piano. The lyrics are strong enough that it didn’t feel like it needed a whole lot.”

Though Ellis doesn’t currently have any plans for Christmas – he might visit family back in Texas and spend some time in San Juan — he’s certainly been busy of late. Nominated for several Americana Honors & Awards titles, including Album of the Year, he’ll head to Nashville this week to play a stream of AmericanaFest events. The highlight just may be a revival of his Whiskey Wednesdays at Robert’s Western World (transforming it, naturally, into Robert Ellis’, uh, Western World) with Hayes Carll and Caitlin Rose. He also produced Whiskey Shivers’ upcoming self-titled EP and lent his virtuosic guitar-stylings to up-and-comer Cale Tyson’s EP Cheater’s Wine, out October 28th. And he recently made the move from Nashville to New York City, a welcome change for the singer with a penchant for dancing to Macklemore at night clubs.

“New York City is great,” Ellis says. “I’ve been writing a ton and partying more. I take a notepad out when I ride the subway or ferry and work on new songs. It’s been a really inspiring place to be.”

Known for a style that fuses George Jones with avant-garde jazz and folk icons like Paul Simon – and, of course, Willie Nelson – Ellis hasn’t lost touch with his southern side even though he’s moved up east. “I’m still not sure how much irony is at play,” he adds, “but I get really excited lately when Florida George Line’s ‘Cruise’ comes on the radio.”

Here’s the artists and track listing for An Americana Christmas:

Luther Dickinson – “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
John Prine – “Everything Is Cool”
Robert Ellis – “Pretty Paper”
Emmylou Harris – “The First Noel”
Johnny Cash – “The Gifts They Gave”
Corb Lund – “Just Me and These Ponies (For Christmas This Year)”
Dwight Yoakam – “Run Run Rudolph”
Bob Dylan – “Must Be Santa”
Valerie June – “Winter Wonderland”
Ronnie Fauss – “Everybody Deserves a Merry Christmas”
Max Gomez – “Season of My Memory”
Ben Keith w/ Neil & Pegi Young – “Les Trois Cloches”
The Common Linnets – “At Christmas Time”
Nikki Lane – “Falalaalove Ya”
Old 97’s – “Here It Is Christmas Time”
The Band – “Christmas Must Be Tonight”

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Seth Rogan tweets plans to use Willie Nelson’s “Time of the Preacher” in new “Preacher” tv series

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014


Seth Rogan has been hired to develop a television series based on the popular comic book, “Preacher”, and he has been tweeting pictures from his story board.   His latest tweet shows plans to use Willie Nelson’s, “Time of the Preacher” for the opening scene.


The Git Go

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Jamey Johnson is singing a duet with Willie on Willie’s latest album Band of Brothers

Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Beautiful song written by Kris Kristofferson

Band of Brothers

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Man With The Blues

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

In 2010 Willie’s album “Country Music” was released containing this great song:

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“The Wall” — New Willie Nelson song, new album, “Band of Brothers”

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Willie Nelson at the Fox Theatre, Tucson
photo: Mary Francis Andrews

Willie Nelson has a new album coming out, and this is one of the new songs he wrote for it, along with the title song, “Band of Brothers”  (scroll down to see the lyris to that great new song.)

The Wall

I took on more than I could handle,
I bit off more than I could chew
I hit the wall

I went off like a Roman candle
Burning everyone I knew
I hit the wall
I hit the wall

And the wall came down
crashing down
An there was not a sound

Half my life riding on a rocket
from one world to the next
and on and on
I hit the wall

Taking things to make me better
Remembering things I never knew I knew
I hit the wall
I hit the wall

And the wall came down
crashing down
And there was not a sound

– Willie Nelson

New song from Willie Nelson’s new cd: “Band of Brothers”

Monday, April 7th, 2014


Willie Nelson has a new album coming out, and this is the title song:  “Band of Brothers”

Band of brothers

We are a band of brothers and sisters and whatever,
On a mission to break all the rules.
I know you love me cause I love you too,
but you can’t tell me what to do.

I really don’t know where I’m going,
and I really don’t know where I’ve been ,
but I can take you all with me,
I’d sure like to go there again,

Cause we are a band of brothers and sisters and whatever
on a mission to break all the rules
I know you love me cause I love you too,
but you can’t tell me what to do.,
no you can’t tell me what to do.

And when all of the songs have been written
and when all of the music is played
when the curtain comes down
we’ ll still be around to make sure the musicians are paid

Cause we are a band of brothers sisters and whatever
On a mission to break all the rules.
I know you love me cause I love you too
but you can’t tell me what to do
no you can’t tell me what to do

“Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?”, by Willie Nelson

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

I was at a concert this weekend in California to raise money for the National Veterans Foundation. I’m an Air Force veteran, and I have great respect for the military. I like to support the soldiers whenever I can. But I don’t support this war in Iraq.

I was against the war before it started. I always thought it was a terrible decision, badly thought out, badly planned, and then horribly executed.

I want to see our troops come home right away, and so do most Americans. Unfortunately, too many politicians in both parties refuse to listen.

So when will the troops come home? When we won’t put up with it anymore–when we change our government. And how will we do that? By voting the bastards out! On November 7th, you should vote for anyone who’s against the war and vote against anyone who’s for the war. It’s that simple.

When I wrote the song “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth” (LYRICS) at Christmastime in 2003, a lot of people were for the war, a lot of people didn’t know the facts or the truth. But people are waking up now. They’re learning that they were lied to about the war. They’re feeling lied to about this Mark Foley scandal in terms of who knew what and when. They’re questioning the leadership in this country.

And that gives us new possibilities for November 7th. If we all go out and vote for peace candidates and get our friends to vote, and if our votes are really counted, it’s no contest. There’ll be a change in the Congress, and then we’ll just have to keep building so we can get a president who won’t send our soldiers to fight a war based on lies.

We should have thrown the bastards out years ago. Let’s do it now! Give Peace A VOTE!

Willie Nelson


Congressman Dennis Kucinich with Willie Nelson. Come and visit Video done by Chad Ely.    Willie sang this song at a fundraiser for Dennis Kucinich in Austin, Texas, in January 2004.

Willie wrote this song on Christmas, 2003, and performed it for the first time at the Kucinich for President fundraising concert in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 3, 2004.

There’s so many things going on in the world
Babies dying
Mothers crying
How much oil is one human life worth
And what ever happened to peace on earth
We believe everything that they tell us
They’re gonna’ kill us
So we gotta’ kill them first
But I remember a commandment
Thou shall not kill
How much is that soldier’s life worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we’ve been told from our birth
Hell they won’t lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

So I guess it’s just
Do unto others before they do it to you
Let’s just kill em’ all and let God sort em’ out
Is this what God wants us to do

(Repeat Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we’ve been told from our birth
Hell they won’t lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

Now you probably won’t hear this on your radio
Probably not on your local TV
But if there’s a time, and if you’re ever so inclined
You can always hear it from me
How much is one picker’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

But don’t confuse caring for weakness
You can’t put that label on me
The truth is my weapon of mass protection
And I believe truth sets you free

And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we’ve been told from our birth
Hell they won’t lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

“He’s the Only Man Wilder Than Me”, by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Saturday, December 28th, 2013


“He’s the Only Man Wilder Than Me”
by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

He’s the only man wilder than me
He’s an outlaw; he’s crazy, never been lazy
Busy on a life-long spree
He’s the only man wilder than me.

I’ve never robbed trains and I never did time
I’m the man who’s last to agree
Some call him a sinner, I call him a winner
And he’s the only man wilder than me.

If he ever really cared he’d apologize,
Indifference has kept his mind free.
He knows yesterday’s dead, and tomorrow is blind,
He’s the only man wilder than me.

Written by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
November 26, 2013

This day in Willie Nelson history: “City of New Orleans” #1 (Nov. 3, 1984)

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

On November 3, 1984, Willie Nelson’s recording of the song, ‘City Of New Orleans” is #1 on the Billboard country chart.

Here is Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow singing the song, on CMT Crossroads show.

Learn how to play “Still is Still Moving to Me” (by Willie Nelson)

Monday, August 5th, 2013

“Bring Me Sunshine” by Willie Nelson (#20, The Guardian Top Twenty Willie Nelson Songs)

Monday, June 17th, 2013


Number 20: Bring Me Sunshine

‘Bring Me Sunshine’ was written in 1966 by the composer Arthur Kent, with lyrics by Sylvia Dee (who wrote songs for Elvis Presley). Willie Nelson (pictured above in that era, without the long hair and beard) had a hit in 1968 with a version produced by Chet Atkins. A year later the song was adopted by comedians Morecambe & Wise as their signature tune in their second series for the BBC.

Picture: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

See all 20 HERE.

Willie Nelson’s best 20 songs

Saturday, December 15th, 2012


The UK’s Telegraph paper has posted their Top Twenty Willie Nelson’s songs. 

Watch their  slide show, and see if you agree with their picks at their website.

They all went to Mexico

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012


Looks like Mexico, doesn’t it? I don’t know where he is, but glad Budrock, Lighting Engineer for Willie Nelson & Family,  is enjoying some tropical down time, some beach, some where.

Where’s my pal, where’s my friend
All good things must have an end
Sad things and nothing’s on and on they go
I guess he went to Mexico

They all went to Mexico
Buenas Dias got to go
Tengo que obedecer mi corazon
They all went to Mexico [ guitar ]

Where’s my mule and where’s my dray?
Sstraw hat’s packed up and gone away
The mule don’t go north and dray go slow
They both went to Mexico

Where’s my sweetie
Where’s the face, that lit dark corners every place
She put up with me long time you know
Aand then she had to go to Mexico

Where’s my brown dog
Where’s my hound
He liked my truck he hung around
But he’s a canine Romeo and I guess he went to Mexico

Where’s that woman,so sweet so mean
Her heart was cautious her mind was keen
She was always looking for the peccadillo
I hope she went to Mexico

Where’s December’s happy crew
With German bikes and sidecars too
They take the truck south to St Louis MO
Motorcycle all the way to Mexico

Where’s my luck and where’s my grace?
Has it all been just a foolish chase
Every time I hear that rainy chill wind blow
I think it might be time to head to Mexico They all went to Mexico…