David Letterman is leaviing late night tv, and he is going to be missed. His last regular show is tonight, and then tomorrow night will be the last shows. David is a big Willie Nelson fan, and has had him as a guest on his show(s) many times. He doesn’t just ask Willie to perform, but has asked him to sit for an interview.
“Willie Nelson, ladies and gentleman. We have had many many great musical performers and music acts on this stage and this theater has seen the best of the best, and no one is better than this guy, ladies and gentleman.” — David Letterman
In 2007, David Letterman invited Willie Nelson & Family to Montana, to perform for the residents of the County where David Letterman has a ranch. Each year he puts on a concert to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Budrock took this picture from that Choteau, Montana show.
More than a decade before she made the official leap to country music with her Nashville-made Feels Like Home album, Sheryl Crow was proudly showing a reverence for the genre’s roots. In the summer of 2002, she teamed with longtime friend Willie Nelson for a CMT’s Crossroads episode — the series’ fifth installment, to be exact. Fresh off her chart-topping single “Soak Up the Sun,” from her multi-platinum C’mon C’mon album, she joined the Redheaded Stranger for an hour-long, televised (and countrified) jam session. Aside from swapping lines on their own hits, they also paid tribute to Johnny and June Carter Cash by resurrecting the classic duet, “Jackson.”
The show’s set-list included “Abilene,” “New Orleans,” “Let It Be Me,” “It’s So Easy,” “You Remain,” “Crazy” and “Everyday Is a Winding Road,” but it was “Jackson” – made famous by the iconic Cash pair – which hypnotized as the show’s opener. With Nelson taking on the Man in Black’s role, and the “Strong Enough” singer adding some rasp on June’s parts, the two traded looks and lines on the bickering husband and wife call-and-response.
Penned by Billy Edd Wheeler and Jerry Leiber in 1963, “Jackson” was first a pop hit for Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, but it was Mr. and Mrs. Cash who cashed in on the country charts the following year with the tune, and won a Grammy for Best Country & Western Performance for Duet, Trio or Group.
Both Nelson and Crow have close ties to the Cash family. As country outlaws, Nelson and Cash shared a tight kinship and a band, the Highwaymen, alongside Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. The Missouri-born Crow, who also considered the couple dear friends, sang at both of their funerals in 2003. She duetted with Johnny on “Redemption Day,” which she still sings in concert to this day, with a jumbotron video containing clips of Cash playing behind her on stage.
“I believed everything that Johnny sang,” Crow told Rolling Stone Country last year. “His words had real meaning and real connection to his spirit.”
Crow and Nelson probably didn’t need much rehearsing for “Jackson.” Three years prior to their Crossroads debut, they opened an All-Star tribute to Cash in New York City with the song. The pair also teamed for a second Crossroads together in 2011, this time at Nashville’s Third Man Records with Jack White, Neil Young, Jamey Johnson, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe and several other Nelson disciples.
The singer and songwriter has always been a musical outlaw. He was inspired by blues, jazz, gospel, honky tonk and the ’60s hippy movement, and he created a sound all of his own and revolutionized country music. Willie joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss his new memoir, “It’s a Long Story.”
Willie Nelson is a guest on the Daily Show tonight, and will talk about his new book, “It’s a Long Story: My Life So Far”, among other things.
Willie Nelson is a singer-songwriter, actor, activist and the author of “It’s a Long Story: My Life.” He has recorded over 60 studio albums, including “Songbird” (2006), “Across the Borderline” (1993), “Honeysuckle Rose” (1980), “Stardust” (1978), “Red Headed Stranger” (1975) and “Shotgun Willie” (1973). Nelson is a seven-time Grammy Award winner, and he has received American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards. Nelson appeared in over 30 films and co-authored several books. He is one of the co-founders of Farm Aid, and he is also involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.
On April 28, 1986, ABC News broadcast “Texas 150: A Celebration Special” with Willie Nelson, George Strait, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Lee, Delbert McClinton, Gary Morris, Johnny Rodriguez, Charley Pride, B.J. Thomas and others
Willie Nelson-backed music show gets financing; distribution deal eyed
“Inside Arlyn,” an in-production live music television series created in part by Austin country music legend Willie Nelson, has signed a partnership with the Raptor Group investment firm to finance the series and help it secure a distribution deal. The amount of capital invested was not disclosed.
The series features headliner-level musicians performing intimate sets inside Arlyn Studios, the downtown Austin recording studio that is co-owned by Nelson’s nephew Freddie Fletcher. So far the show has taped two episodes and Fletcher and his team have spent the last six months editing those into a finished product to shop to networks and other content channels.
Raptor Group has forged a deep connection with the studio in recent years, starting with its booking of the popular Raptor House parties at the studio in 2013. The two groups began talking about partnering on the television series prior to South By Southwest 2014 and moved ahead with negotiations following that festival.
Arlyn partners Lisa Fletcher (center) and Will Bridges (right) with Arlyn Chief Engineer Jacob Sciba (left).
Lisa Rainey Fletcher, one of the founding partners in Arlyn, said discussions are ongoing with Sony Corp. and Universal Music Group — among other companies — for distribution of the series. She said Raptor Group partner Jim Pallotta will use his business connections to help the show find major sponsors and build other business reltionships.
“They have really good contacts just like we have on our side, so we get to double up on what we’re able to do with negotiations,” she said. “The focus is on sealing the deal with distribution, sponsorships, ticketing, and any other business interests where they have some involvement.”
Two British filmmakers, Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, and American Producer Duke Erikson have pieced together this extraordinary story set in the late 1920s when record companies toured America with a recording machine and for the first time captured the raw expression of an emerging culture. It democratized music and gave a voice to the poorest in the nation.
The filmmakers follow the machine’s trail across the United States to rediscover the families whose music was recorded by it, music that would lead to the development of blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun and folk music – without which there would be no rock, pop, R&B or hip hop today. Over three episodes the remarkable lives of these seminal musicians are revealed through previously unseen film footage, unpublished photographs, and exclusive interviews with some of the last living witnesses to that era, when the musical strands of a diverse nation first emerged, sparking a cultural revolution whose reverberations are felt to this day.
For AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS the filmmakers have re-assembled the machine that allowed America to first hear itself. They have replicated the atmosphere of America’s seminal 1920s field recordings down to the smallest detail, with top American artists recording straight to wax, using all the original microphones, amplifiers, and other equipment from that era. This is the first time that any performer has been able to use this machinery for over 80 years. Led by producers Jack White and T Bone Burnett, today’s legends are given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to relive the experience of the founding mothers and fathers, their idols, and remake the music that changed America and changed the world.
The AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS features performances by Alabama Shakes, The Americans, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Frank Fairfield, Ana Gabriel, Rhiannon Giddens, Merle Haggard, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Auntie Geri Kuhia, Pokey LaFarge, Bettye LaVette, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Taj Mahal, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Fred Martin & The Levite Camp, Ashley Monroe, Nas, Willie Nelson, Charlie Kaleo Oyama, Blind Boy Paxton, Raphael Saadiq, and Jack White
PBS and BBC Arena are teaming for American Pie, a three-part documentary series and feature-length film that trace an era when the music of ordinary citizens was recorded for the first time across America. Executive produced by T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford and Jack White, it will air in the U.S. and the UK this fall, culminating in a studio session featuring such contemporary and roots-music greats as Beck, Nas, Willie Nelson and Taj Mahal.
Jimmy Kimmel Live returns to Austin, Texas during SXSW 2015 to air five original shows from The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. A limited number of tickets to the Jimmy Kimmel Livetapings will be available to SXSW registrants from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20.
Special wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM each day for that day’s taping at the Long Center located at 701 W. Riverside Drive in Austin. All official SXSW badges are eligible to attend (SXSW Platinum, Gold, Music, Film and Interactive badges).
Once you have your wristband, you’re guaranteed a ticket for entry. However, wristband holders must be at the Long Center on time before the doors close for the television taping. Please note the taping schedule here.
Austin City Limits celebrates 40 years on television with a grand finale featuring musical highlights and inductions from the first-ever Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation. Hosted by Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, this never-before-broadcast special showcases outstanding performances and collaborations from the ACL Hall of Fame ceremony held April 26, 2014, including Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph and more. The program also honors the inaugural class of Hall of Fame inductees, featuring legendary music acts Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and a pair of individuals who played an invaluable role in the genesis of the series: show creator Bill Arhos and Texas Longhorns football head coach and ACL supporter Darrell Royal.
For this extraordinary occasion ACL returns to its original Studio 6A, where the series taped its first episode in 1974—featuring Willie Nelson—to honor the artists and individuals who have inspired the iconic television series throughout its four decade run. The intimate performances include inductee Willie Nelson, joined by Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris for stunning readings of Nelson-penned classics including “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Crazy” and “On the Road Again.” Matthew McConaughey inducts his friend and fellow Texan, saying “There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson.”