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The Voice contestants cover, “Always on My Mind”

Monday, October 21st, 2019


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The Voice Season 17 continued Monday night (Oct. 21) with a full-on dive into the Battle Rounds, which features contestants going head-to-head and also receiving instruction from special guest star mentors as well as coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani and John Legend.

The first solidly country pairing of the night came not from Shelton’s team, but rather from Clarkson, who paired her straight-up country lane contestant Jake Hoot—a single dad from Tennessee whom she repeatedly claims sounds like Ronnie Dunn—with Steve Knill, who is a soulful, more adult contemporary-styled vocalist from San Francisco. With the help of pop star Normani as mentor, Clarkson put the two to work on Willie Nelson’s classic “Always on my Mind.”

“People might see that as a country song,” Clarkson noted, but added,  “Ray Charles has done it. Rod Stewart has done it.” She even encouraged Krill, who is engaged to marry his partner, to use the pronoun “boy” instead of “girl” while singing the song.

The pairing was an inspired one, as the two singers’ voices melded beautifully on the classic. Both Shelton and Legend preferred Hoot, with Shelton noting, “Jake has the most awesome, perfect amount of nasal to be a good country singer,” and adding that he will always go with the more traditional stylistic choice. Stefani leaned a little more toward Krill, calling his voice “extraordinary.”

The final decision came down to Clarkson, of course, who ended up going with Hoot. “I grew up hearing this song at 6:00 AM. every morning in our household,” she explained.  “I love Willie Nelson, and you both executed it perfectly… I am a sucker for straight-up, old-school country, and that’s what Jake is.”

Knill was not saved or stolen, so unfortunately will be heading

Willie Nelson on David Letterman Show (1984)

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Monk meets the Red Headed Stranger (October 11, 2002)

Friday, October 11th, 2019
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Is country superstar Willie Nelson a cold-blooded murderer? The police think so – but Monk has other ideas.

SYNOPSIS:
An angry Willie Nelson accuses his road manager, Sonny Cross, of embezzlement just hours before making a San Francisco radio appearance. Sonny later arrives at the radio station to find a note summoning him to a side entrance. As Sonny disappears down an alley, two shots ring out, and an engineer throws open the side door to find a blind woman, Mrs. Mass, screaming hysterically – and Willie Nelson hovering over Sonny’s dead body.

An injured Captain Stottlemeyer decides to put Lt. Disher in charge of the investigation, and Disher loses no time in calling in Adrian Monk. Monk learns that only Sonny, Mrs. Mass, and Willie Nelson were in the alley, and even though he seems to be the most likely suspect. Monk can’t picture Willie – a favorite singer of his late wife Trudy – as a killer. Stottlemeyer arrives with his right arm in a sling. Mrs. Mass gently shakes his left hand, then identifies Willie’s voice as the one that threatened to kill her if she spoke to the police. Orphaned at 16 in a car accident that also robbed her of her sight, Mrs. Mass is a persuasive witness. Things look grim for the Red-Headed Stranger.

With Sharona gushing about her great new boyfriend Justin, and the SFPD occupied with trying to track down a persistent and elusive streaker, Monk starts to investigate. He begins by learning more about Sonny Cross. A reckless womanizer and boozehound, Cross had previously served two years in prison for vehicular manslaughter. Willie had been close to firing Cross on many occasions, but never had the heart.

For now, Willie Nelson is still the prime suspect, and the police arrest him and formally press charges. Meanwhile, Monk decides to go see Mrs. Mass again. He learns she received a concussion after falling in a wet supermarket aisle the year before, but never sued. As they say goodbye, she offers to shake his hand, and Monk suddenly remembers how she’d previously shaken Stottlemeyer’s hand – and offered him her left hand because his right hand was in a sling. How had she known that… unless she had somehow regained her sight!

The SFPD has finally caught the streaker, and Monk bails him out of jail so he can lay a trap for Mrs. Mass. From a place of concealment, Monk and Sharona watch Mrs. Mass turn her head in wonder as the nudist streaks by her ¿ and Sharona recognizes the streaker as her new boyfriend, Justin!

Once in custody, Mrs. Mass finally comes clean: the fall last year in the supermarket somehow reconnected her optic nerve, restoring partial vision in one eye. She’d kept this miracle to herself in order to be above suspicion when she took finally her revenge on Sonny Cross – the drunk driver that took away her family and her eyesight 30 years before.

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All charges against Willie Nelson are dropped, and on a crisp autumn sky under a sparkling blue sky, the two new friends play a soulful, moving duet together – Willie on guitar, Monk on clarinet – at the site of Trudy’s grave.

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Ken Burn’s “Country Music” on PBS tonight

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

www.abc30.com
by: Liz Harrison

The sixteen-hour film chronicles country music from its roots in hymns and blues in the early years in the 1920s through the period of rock and roll and finally into the 1990s.By Liz HarrisonThursday, July 25, 2019

Burns, along with his co-creators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey have spent the last eight years interviewing more than 100 country music stars.

After recording 1,000 hours worth of footage, the three have put together the story of Country Music in America.

“You can dance to it, you can make love to it, you can play it at a funeral. It has something in it for everybody,” said Burns.

It’s a story the creators believe will resonate with everyone not just country music fans. Burns says each song describes some truth about the human experience.

“There’s nobody in the world that hasn’t fallen in love, there’s nobody that hasn’t fallen out of love,” said Burns. “There’s nobody that hasn’t been lonely at some point, and thee’s a country music song for all those emotions. And as Charlie Pride says in our film, ‘it might make you cry but you’ll feel better for doing it.’”

From Charlie Pride to Willie Nelson to Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton each songwriter has a unique voice to add to the documentary.

When Merle Haggard’s parents settled in the Valley during the Great Depression, another country music story was birthed.

Ken Burns says it’s Haggard’s songs of struggle that have made him such an important figure in country music history.

He and his team are grateful they were able to record Merle Haggard before his death three years ago.

“Merle Haggard is like God. I mean, he is one of the greatest. He’s been called the poet of the common man,” said Burns.

The sixteen-hour film chronicles country music from its roots in hymns and blues in the early years in the 1920s through the period of rock and roll and finally into the 1990s. You watch the “Country Music” documentary beginning on September 15th on Valley PBS.

Willie Nelson featured in Ken Burns’, “Country Music” on PBS (Sept. 15th)

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

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Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music.

Country Music features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. The eight-part 16-hour series is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey.

Country Music explores questions –– such as “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?“–– while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created and shaped it — from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more — as well as the times in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.

No one has told the story this way before.

Soundtrack:

Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’ is right on key (review)

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by: Bruce R. Miller

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE, SEE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS HERE

It’s the songs, stupid.

That’s what makes country music so popular. Able to tap into emotions many feel, the songs boast “three chords and the truth” and lifetimes of experience.

In Ken Burns’ stellar documentary, “Country Music,” we learn how the genre started, how it blossomed and how it’s faring, even now when overnight sensations are expected. Spread over 16 hours, the series gets dozens of artists, managers, writers and executives to distill the music and track its growth from southern Appalachia to the world.

Interestingly, those songs incorporate all kinds of instrumentation (and rhythms), but still have strong stories at their core and, usually, a singer who’s able to emote from experience. One by one, Burns and company tick off the big names – Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton – and show how they’re connected.

Country music, Burns and company contend, has a through line, one that binds its artists and fans as family. It’s easy to see how the Carters and Cash are connected (he married into the clan). But where does that leave someone like Parton or Garth Brooks? Writer Dayton Duncan does a masterful job connecting the dots and showing how an 11-year-old Marty Stuart was able to go from a local fair to the Grand Ole Opry. (Stuart vowed he was going to marry singer Connie Smith one day and, sure enough, he did.) Stuart, in fact, is the documentary’s best “witness,” able to demonstrate how sounds differed and tell stories about the folks who created them.

Parton, Brooks, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson get to chime in on their own piece of the puzzle (they’re great storytellers, obviously), but it’s someone like Brenda Lee who has even better observational skills. In the mix with the biggest names, she was able to see what was brewing. And she’s not afraid to say Lynn led the life Tammy Wynette sang about, while Wynette lived the life Lynn chronicled.

Drugs and booze are common denominators in many stories. Relationship problems are practically a given.

Country music reflects the times (it became a salve for money-tight folks following the Depression) and becomes a pawn for big business. It also serves as a lure for The Beatles, Bob Dylan and others. And, yes, “Country Music” details all of the back and side roads.

Read rest of article here.

Willie Nelson featured in Ken Burns “Country Music” documentary (Sept 15, 2019) PBS

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Willie Nelson & Paula Nelson’s, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” Tops TV Songs chart

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

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by: Kevin Rutherford

Nelson’s cover of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” rules, while six songs from “Euphoria” make the July 2019 list.

Euphoria lands multiple titles on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Songs chart, powered by Tunefind, but it’s Big Little Lies that pulls through with the top song on the July 2019-dated tally.

Rankings for the Top TV Songs chart are based on song and show data provided by Tunefind and ranked using a formula blending that data with sales and streaming information tracked by Nielsen Music during the corresponding period.

Big Little Lies leads the way with an entry from Willie Nelson. The veteran country singer’s cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” which features his daughter, Paula Nelson, debuts at No. 1 on Top TV Songs after its inclusion in the closing moments of the HBO miniseries’ second season finale on July 21.

Interest in the cover was palpable, with the song garnering 17,000 downloads and 1.1 million streams in July 2019, according to Nielsen Music. Interest in the track, originally released on Nelson’s 2013 album To All the Girls…, drove it to a No. 36 debut on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart dated Aug. 3.

Big Little Lies snagged one more appearance on the July 2019 Top TV Songs chart (Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby,” at No. 9, from the fifth episode of the second season), but it was Euphoria, which followed Big Little Lies in HBO’s Sunday night programming, that dominated the tally otherwise, scoring six of the 10 positions.

Having recently wrapped up its first season on Aug. 4, the teen drama featured a much-talked-about soundtrack, and its lead song for July was J.I.D’s “151 Rum,” which enters Top TV Songs at No. 2 with 1,000 downloads and 4.8 million streams. Labrinth’s “Mount Everest” follows at No. 3 (2,000 downloads, 2 million streams).

See the full top 10 below.

Rank, Title, Artist, TV Show (Network)

1. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” Willie Nelson feat. Paula Nelson, Big Little Lies (HBO)
2. “151 Rum,” J.I.D, Euphoria (HBO)
3. “Mount Everest,” Labrinth, Euphoria (HBO)
4. “Who Can It Be Now?,” Men at Work, La Casa de Papel (Netflix)
5. “War With Us,” YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Last Chance U (Netflix)
6. “In My Dreams,” ANOHNI, Euphoria (HBO)
7. “When I R.I.P.,” Labrinth, Euphoria (HBO)
8. “Small Town Boy,” Bronski Beat, Euphoria (HBO)
9. “Baby,” Donnie & Joe Emerson, Big Little Lies (HBO)
10. “Work,” Charlotte Day Wilson, Euphoria (HBO)

“Country Music”, new Ken Burns documentary

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

www.abc30.com
by: Liz Harrison

The sixteen-hour film chronicles country music from its roots in hymns and blues in the early years in the 1920s through the period of rock and roll and finally into the 1990s.By Liz HarrisonThursday, July 25, 2019 6:19PMFRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Well-known American filmmaker Ken Burns is in the Valley this week as part of a 30-city national tour to promote his latest documentary called “Country Music.”

Burns, along with his co-creators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey have spent the last eight years interviewing more than 100 country music stars.

After recording 1,000 hours worth of footage, the three have put together the story of Country Music in America.

“You can dance to it, you can make love to it, you can play it at a funeral. It has something in it for everybody,” said Burns.

It’s a story the creators believe will resonate with everyone not just country music fans. Burns says each song describes some truth about the human experience.

“There’s nobody in the world that hasn’t fallen in love, there’s nobody that hasn’t fallen out of love,” said Burns. “There’s nobody that hasn’t been lonely at some point, and thee’s a country music song for all those emotions. And as Charlie Pride says in our film, ‘it might make you cry but you’ll feel better for doing it.'”

From Charlie Pride to Willie Nelson to Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton each songwriter has a unique voice to add to the documentary.

When Merle Haggard’s parents settled in the Valley during the Great Depression, another country music story was birthed.

Ken Burns says it’s Haggard’s songs of struggle that have made him such an important figure in country music history.

He and his team are grateful they were able to record Merle Haggard before his death three years ago.

“Merle Haggard is like God. I mean, he is one of the greatest. He’s been called the poet of the common man,” said Burns.

The sixteen-hour film chronicles country music from its roots in hymns and blues in the early years in the 1920s through the period of rock and roll and finally into the 1990s. You watch the “Country Music” documentary beginning on September 15th on Valley PBS.


Thursday, July 25th, 2019
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Saturday, June 29th, 2019

“I love him and this song made me cry” — Jimmy Fallon

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Willie Nelson, Chief Testing Officer for Willie’s Reserve

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Willie Nelson, Buddy Cannon, Melonie Cannon in NYC before the Tonight Show

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Willie Nelson will be on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Tonight

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
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See Willie Nelson on the View Tomorrow (Tues. June 18)

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Willie Nelson is scheduled as a guest on the View tomorrow, on ABC.
Check your local listings for the time.

Here’s Willie on his May 6, 2015 appearance on the view, promoting his new book, “It’s a Long Story: My Life”