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Kris Kristofferson talks about covering, “Pretty Paper” by Willie Nelson, for “Angels Sing” movie

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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Music lovers (and especially country music lovers) received an early Christmas treat in the form of the new holiday movie Angels Sing, which went into limited release last month and wowed with a fantastic cast including Harry Connick Jr., “Nashville’s” Connie Britton, Lyle Lovett, and not one but two country legends: Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

Of course, a film containing so many musical powerhouses wouldn’t be complete without the actors providing a great soundtrack; and Kristofferson rises to the occasion here by covering Nelson’s Christmas classic “Pretty Paper” (which was also a hit for Roy Orbison in the ’60s). In this exclusive clip, the film’s cast and Kristofferson himself discuss the song, the feeling and emotion behind it, and what it means to take on Nelson’s moving holiday tune this season.

Angels Sing is a modern-day take on the beloved holiday themes presented in such classics as It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street: Connick Jr. plays a man who’s lost all joy for Christmas due to a tragic accident suffered years ago. Britton stars as his wife, while Kristofferson is his father. Nelson appears as a mysterious stranger who helps Connick Jr. regain his love for the holidays again.

The soundtrack to the film will be available Dec. 17

This day in Willie Nelson history: Sountrack to “Come Early Morning” (11/6/2006)

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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On November 10, 2006, the Ashley Judd movie “Come Early Morning” debuts in theaters. The soundtrack features Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Eddy Raven, Don Gibson, Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan, Jim Chesnut, Emmylou Harris and Billy Joe Shaver.

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Nov 10, 2006

Tracklisting
1. Killing the Blues – The Malcolm Holcombe Group
2. End of the Wine – Misty Morgan/Jack Blanchard
3. Going to See Cal
4. The Way I Am – Merle Haggard
5. Don’t Knock – Taylor Grocery Band
6. An Invitation and a Kiss
7. Silver Wings – Merle Haggard
8. Frog Leg Champ
9. I Got Mexico – Eddy Raven
10. Goodnight Lucy
11. Oh Lonesome Me – Don Gibson
12. Movin’ Out, Movin’ Up and Movin’ On – Troy Cook Jr./The Long Haul Band
13. Argument in the Parking Lot
14. I’m Going Nowhere – Troy Cook Jr./The Long Haul Band
15. What’s Done Is Done – Jeannie Max Lane
16. Owen Is Leaving
17. Jesus on the Main Line – Taylor Grocery Band
18. Gaining Strength
19. Get Back to Loving Me – Jim Chestnut
20. Daddy and Daughter
21. Leavin’ Ain’t the Only Way to Go – Eric James Jochmans
22. Somebody Pick Up My Pieces – Willie Nelson/Emmylou Harris
23. Lucy is Free
24. Old Chuck of Coal – Billy Joe Shaver
25. It Anybody Asks You (Callin’) – Shannon Boshears

 

This day in Willie Nelson history: Honeyman in Vegas Soundtrack Released (8/11/92)

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

On August 11, 1992, Epic Records released the soundtrack to “Honeymoon in Vegas”.  In addition to Willie Nelson’s recording 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.


Honeymoon in Vegas

Track List

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  
9. Hound Dog – Jeff Beck, Jed Leiber  
10. That’s All Right – Vince Gill  
11. Jailhouse Rock – John Mellencamp  
12. Blue Hawaii – Willie Nelson  
13. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Bono

Willie Nelson & Harry Connick, Jr. write Christmas tune for new film

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

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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.”

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Honeymoon in Vegas” soundtrack goes platinum

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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.


Honeymoon in Vegas

Track List

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  
9. Hound Dog – Jeff Beck, Jed Leiber  
10. That’s All Right – Vince Gill  
11. Jailhouse Rock – John Mellencamp  
12. Blue Hawaii – Willie Nelson  
13. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Bono

Willie Nelson on Broken Bridges Soundtrack

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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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.

Track List

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

This day in Willie Nelson History: “Honeysuckle Rose” sound track receives two Grammy Nominations (1/13/1981)

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

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On January 13, 1981, the sound track to the movie “Honeysuckle Rose”, received two Grammy nominations.

Willie Nelson, ‘Midnight Run’, from “Lawless” movie soundtrack, push for Oscar bid

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012


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(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 sings ‘Midnight Run’, on soundtrack to “Lawless” movie

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

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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.”


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Harvey Weinstein pushes for Oscar Nomination for Willie Nelson’s ‘Midnight Run’

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012


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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?

Willie Nelson!

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.”

If anyone can make it come true, it’s probably Weinstein. Whether Nelson, should he be nominated, will find a way to indulge his favorite vice inside the newly christened Dolby Theater — as he did when he visited President Jimmy Carter’s White House back in the late ’70s — remains to be seen

Willie Nelson attends premiere for ‘Lawless’ in Austin (8/25/2012), new video for ‘Midnight Run’

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

By: Victor Diaz
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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.

This day in Willie Nelson history, ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ movie premiered

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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.

Track List

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  
9. Hound Dog – Jeff Beck, Jed Leiber  
10. That’s All Right – Vince Gill  
11. Jailhouse Rock – John Mellencamp  
12. Blue Hawaii – Willie Nelson  
13. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Bono

Willie Nelson sings on Sountrack of “Lawless” Movie, will attend sneak preview (8/25/2012)

Friday, August 17th, 2012

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by Kimberly Jones

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.

Willie Nelson featured on soundtrack for ‘Lawless’ Movie

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Track Listings

1. Fire and Brimstone
2. Burnin’ Hell
3. Sure ‘Nuff Yes I Do
4. Fire in the Blood
5. White Light / White Heat
6. Cosmonaut
7. Fire in the Blood / Snake Song
8. So You’ll Aim Towards the Sky
9. Fire in the Blood
10. Fire and Brimstone
11. Sure ‘Nuff Yes I Do
12. White Light / White Heat
13. End Crawl
14. Midnight Run

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.

Willie Nelson, “Hell and Back” (movie soundtrack), with J. Ralph, and Mickey Raphael

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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

You can purchase this song on itunes HERE.