Willie Nelson and Harry Connick, Jr. collaborated the new track for the closing credits of the movie, which debuted on Sunday night (10 Mar 13) at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where the film is set.
The film also features Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson and Dale Watson, among the other notable singing Texans who perform Christmas songs on camera.
The castmates were given the option of singing one of their own Christmas songs or one from a list of festive favourites – Kristofferson opted to sing co-star Nelson’s Pretty Paper.
Connick, Jr., who stars in the film, admits it was difficult to take a day off when he heard who would be performing on set.
He tells Billboard.com, “I was on the set a lot… It was an amazing experience to check out these people… I was starstruck.”
On March 7, 1995, the “Honeymoon in Vegas” soundtrack goes platinum. In addition to Willie Nelson’s rendition of “Blue Hawaii”, the album features remakes of Elvis Presley songs by Trisha Yearwood, Billy Joel, Travis Tritt, Ricky Van Shelton, Bono, Dwight Yoakam, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, among others.
Toby Keith’s Show Dog Nashville record label announced the release of the soundrack to “Broken Bridges”, a new movie starring Toby and Kelly Preston. The soundrack was released on August 29, 2006. The movie, directed by Steven Goldman, is scheduled to be released in the fall. It also stars Lindsey Houn, Tess Harper, Burt Reynolds, and a cameo appearance by our very own Willie Nelson, who also joins Toby for a song on the sound track. The movie is a joint effort between Parmount and CMT Films.
The movie is described as a “bitter sweet story of former highschool sweethearts.” Bo, played by Toby, and Angela, played by Kelly Preston, return home after they learn their younger brothers were killed. Bo is a country western singer, who’s fame is fading, and he meets his 16-year-old daughter for the first time.
1.Broken Bridges – Toby Keith, Lindsey Louhan
2.Thinking about You – Fred Eaglesmith
3.Crash Here Tonight – Toby Keith
4.Broken – Lindsey Houn
5.Along for the Ride – Matraca Berg
6.Uncloudy Day – Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Bebe Winons
7.What’s Up With That – Scotty Emerick
8.High on the Mountain – Flynnville Train
10.Can’t go back – Toby Keith
11. The Waiting Game – Toby Keith and other writers’ instrumental song
12. Big Bull Rider – Toby Keith, vocal link
13. ZigZag Stop – Toby Keigh
14. Old Mill Jam – Toby Keith and Randy Scruggs
15.Jackie Don Tucker – Toby Keith
(RTTNews) – Willie Nelson has always been considered one of country’s original outlaws, so the decision for Harvey Weinstein to choose Nelson for the soundtrack to his new movie Lawlesswas a no brainer.
Weinstein hopes that the song from Nelson, “Midnight Run” will win the 80-year-old country legend his first Oscar statue.
“The song’s really worthy of it, and there’s a lot of affection for Willie Nelson,” Weinstein said. “I think in light of the Academy opening up its doors, the idea of Willie Nelson playing at the Oscars at the age of 80 is just too good to be true. When you hear Willie Nelson sing a song like this, it’s so iconic, he’s a gangster. He’s pro-legalization of marijuana, and this is the legalization of booze, at the time. This is a movie about outlaw brothers, and there’s no better outlaw than Willie Nelson.”
Willie Nelson has always been one of country’s original outlaws, so it makes sense that when Harvey Weinstein decided he needed a retro-type rebel for the soundtrack to his new Prohibition period movie “Lawless,” he went straight to the master. The movie mogul hopes that the resulting song in the film, “Midnight Run,” will ultimately land Willie his first-ever Oscar statue at the age of 80.
“The song’s really worthy of it, and there’s a lot of affection for Willie Nelson,” Weinstein explains to the Huffington Post. “I think in light of the Academy opening up its doors, the idea of Willie Nelson playing at the Oscars at the age of 80 is just too good to be true. When you hear Willie Nelson sing a song like this, it’s so iconic, he’s a gangster. He’s pro-legalization of marijuana, and this is the legalization of booze, at the time. This is a movie about outlaw brothers, and there’s no better outlaw than Willie Nelson.”
Weinstein is not only campaigning for Willie to receive an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the track, but also for a Golden Globe in the same category. He and the crew actually recruited Willie to be part of the Shia LeBeouf-led film, since they and the film’s director and screenwriter, Nick Cave, are all huge fans of the country legend. The movie execs had the song written especially with Willie in mind, and the Redheaded Stranger says he’s happy to be associated with the 1930′s era movie.
“I can’t remember the last time I saw a film that was equal parts fun, action-packed and smart,” the music icon tells the Huffington Post. “This film goes well beyond the norm in telling one of the greatest Prohibition-era stories of our time.”
If the tune does receive a nod from the Academy, it will be the second time Willie has ever been nominated for an Oscar. His first was in 1980 for “Honeysuckle Rose.”
Put yourself, for a moment, in the mind of Harvey Weinstein. Thrilling, right? That power! Now consider the following scenario: You have a new movie coming out about a pair of antihero brothers — gangsters — who are fighting to supply customers with an intoxicating illegal substance in a time of great need for such substances. You need a marquee song. Whom do you approach?
The movie in question is set during Prohibition, so you need someone old-timey. Also remember that you love Oscar nominations. Who’s old-timey, Oscar-friendly and also pro-intoxicants?
That, at least, is what one might imagine was the mental process that led Weinstein to feature the song “Midnight Run” (hear it in the video above) on the soundtrack of John Hillcoat’s “Lawless,” out today.
As it turns out, the speculation isn’t far off. “When you hear Willie Nelson sing a song like this, it’s so iconic,” Weinstein told HuffPost Entertainment. “He’s a gangster. He’s pro-legalization of marijuana, and this is the legalization of booze, at the time. This is a movie about outlaw brothers, and there’s no better outlaw than Willie Nelson.”
But how, practically, did the song get made?
“Our team suggested it, and I knew that everybody — our cast, our director, Nick Cave [who wrote the screenplay] — respects Willie Nelson and thinks he’s great,” Weinstein said. “So we got the song written for him, and he loved it and recorded it. He loves the movie.”
Nelson confirmed as much in a statement to The Huffington Post. “I can’t remember the last time I saw a film that was equal parts fun, action-packed and smart,” he wrote. “This film goes well beyond the norm in telling one of the greatest Prohibition-era stories of our time.”
Weinstein is so enthusiastic about the song and Nelson that he plans to push hard for “Midnight Run” to get a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as for the Golden Globe Award in the same category. He noted that Nelson, who turned 79 on April 30, has never won an Oscar. (He was nominated once, for 1980′s “Honeysuckle Rose.”)
“The song’s really worthy of it, and I think there’s a lot of affection for Willie Nelson,” Weinstein explained. “And I think in light of the Academy opening up its doors, the idea of Willie Nelson playing at the Oscars at the age of 80 is just too good to be true.”
You won’t see Willie Nelson on the big screen in the upcoming prohibition era drama “Lawless,” but you will hear his new song “Midnight Run” on the soundtrack. The song accompanies the movie’s 1930s-story based on a real life Virginia family of moonshine bootleggers.
“Well, I’ve had a lot of experience in drinking it and selling it, I guess , over the years, so I thought it was a great song,” Nelson said. “I did it because I liked the song and because Harvey [Weinstein] wanted me to do it. That fact that it turned out to be in a great movie is even better.”
Nelson visited a special Austin screening of the film at the Alamo Drafthouse over the weekend.
On August 28, 1992, the movie, ‘Honeymoon in Vegas,” premiered, with Elvis impersonators and Nicolas Cage.
Willie Nelson sings, “Blue Hawaii,” on the sound track which features Presley remakes by Willie, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Van Shelton, Billy Joel, Trisha Yearwood and Amy Grant, among others. On March 7, 1995 , he soundtrack to the movie was certified platinum on March 7, 1995 , the soundtrack to the movie ”Honeymoon In Vegas” is certified platinum. The album features re-makes of Elvis Presley songs by Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Billy Joel, Travis Tritt, Ricky Van Shelton, Bono, Dwight Yoakam, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, among others.
1. All Shook Up – Billy Joel
2. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck – Ricky Van Shelton
3. Love Me Tender – Amy Grant
4. Burning Love – Travis Tritt
5. Heartbreak Hotel – Billy Joel
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Bryan Ferry
7. Suspicious Minds – Dwight Yoakam
8. (You’re The) Devil in Disguise – Trisha Yearwood
Matt Bondurant turned his family’s real-life bootlegger history into the hyperviolent 2008 novel The Wettest County in the World, which has itself been turned into the new film Lawless, starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf. Bondurant and Willie Nelson will be at a special rescheduled sneak on Aug. 25.
Bondurant took the title of his book from a quote by Sherwood Anderson, the author of Winesburg, Ohio. Anderson did some reporting in the Thirties in Franklin County, Virginia, which was such a hotbed of moonshine he dubbed it the “wettest county in the world.” Nick Cave adapted the script, and John Hillcoat (The Road) directed; the cast also includes Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, and Mia Wasikowska.
Now a professor at UT-Dallas, Bondurant will be in attendance at a sneak of the film on Saturday, Aug. 25, with a post-screening Q&A. (The event was originally scheduled for Aug. 20.) Bondurant and Austin icon Willie Nelson will walk the red carpet at 6:30pm; Nelson is featured on the Lawless soundtrack, which features original songs by Nick Cave as performed by the likes of Nelson, Ralph Stanley, Warren Ellis, and Emmylou Harris. (You can preview tracks on iTunes here).
The event is free, but you have to sign up for advance tickets – rsvp code can be found here – – and tickets don’t guarantee admission, so you’ll still need to show up early. (Anyone who obtained tickets for the previous date should automatically receive a message through the ticketing system providing the new screening details.)
It’s still a week away, so wet your whistle with the trailer below.
Original soundtrack to the 2012 motion picture. The Lawless soundtrack includes original songs written by Nick Cave for the movie and performances by Country legends Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris along with Grammy Award winner Ralph Stanley (O Brother, Where Art Thou) and Mark Lanegan from Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age. Best known for his work as a frontman of the critically acclaimed rock band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave, along with fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis, composed the soundtracks for The Proposition, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and The Road.
Original song “Hell And Back” Music and lyrics by J. Ralph, performed by Willie Nelson with J. Ralph on Guitar and Mickey Raphael on harmonica for the documentary “Hell And Back Again” directed by Danfung Dennis, 2011 Rumor Mill Records
In honor of the award-winning documentary, Hell and Back Again, J. Ralph penned an elegantly emotional tune sung by none other than the legendary Willie Nelson. The song is appropriately titled “Hell and Back”, and Nelson’s unmistakable lilting croon carries it with raw passion and power. Accompanying Nelson, Ralph lays down a subdued yet sharp acoustic guitar melody that supports his visceral visuals. The song is utterly undeniable and unforgettable, and it’s a real triumph for J. Ralph.
You can hear the tune closing out the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary directed by Danfung Dennis or you can purchase it on iTunes right now. The film opens up on October 5 in New York at Film Forum and October 14 in Los Angeles at Laemmle Monica by Docurama Films.
The documentary follows 25-year-old Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris on his most difficult mission: coming home after being seriously wounded in Afghanistan. Intimately contrasting the intensity of the frontline with one soldier’s harsh acclimation to physical disability, family, and the normalcy of home, Hell and Back Again lays bare the true cost of war, as does the song.
Willie Nelson contributes three songs to the movie soundtrack for the movie starring Paul Rudd, ‘Our Idiot Brother.’ In the movie, his dog is named after Willie.
Filmmaker Jesse Peretz talked about Willie Nelson’s music in the movie at www.boston.com:
In “Our Idiot Brother,” Paul Rudd plays the hapless title character, a guy who’s lost custody of his beloved dog, Willie Nelson. Music by the dog’s namesake, consequently, is all over the soundtrack.
“Once we had named the dog Willie Nelson, I definitely spent like two months solidly listening to Willie Nelson. I probably have, like, 400 Willie Nelson songs on my iPod,” Peretz said. “I don’t love, love, love country music. But … Willie Nelson definitely appeals to the kind of country music, or countryish music, that I really like.”
By which he means the Jayhawks, Gram Parsons, and particularly Lucinda Williams, “who I was totally obsessed with even in my total punk-rock days,” he said. “And even though Willie Nelson is probably more sort of in the conventional country world, there’s something about the production of many of his songs and that sort of really gentle quality of his voice that isn’t as really hard-core as some of the real hoedown country is.”
So what does Peretz listen to when he’s not doing research for a film? He says he relies on recommendations from a couple of close friends who are still in the music world.
“They used to make me CDs. Now they will e-mail me a playlist of stuff that they think I’ll like, to try to keep me a little bit — keep one foot in the door,” he said. “But definitely my musical taste is still a little sort of stuck in the stuff I was into in the ’80s and the ’90s.”
Thus his 4-year-old daughter’s immersion in the music of David Bowie and Elvis Costello, as well as that of Willie Nelson.
“Those are her three key musical artists,” Peretz said. “And I hope I can sustain that and keep her from Justin Bieber or whoever is bound to come her way. If I can squeeze two more years of control of it, then I’ll be really psyched.”
Our Idiot Brother Soundtrack:
1. Eric D. Johnson – “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”
2. Willie Nelson – “Wonderful Future”
3. Nathan Larson & Eric D. Johnson – “The Main Title”
4. Generationals – “They Fight, They Fight”
5. Fruit Bats – “Lightning Bug”
6. Nathan Larson – “Mellotron Melody”
7. Willie Nelson – “Midnight Rider”
8. Mindy Smith & Daniel Tashian – “Taking You With Me”
9. Nathan Larson & Eric D. Johnson – “The Harvest Theme”
10. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down – “Cool Yourself”
11. Willie Nelson – “Ol’ Blue”
12. Nathan Larson & Eric D. Johnson – “The Taxi”
13. Eric D. Johnson & Nathan Larson featuring Nina Persson – “Cowboys and Hobos”
14. Eric D. Johnson – “2 Roadrunners”
15. El May – “The Things You Lost”
16. Carole King – “Beautiful”