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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

Friday, February 19th, 2021

The Willie Nelson,Live at Beau Rivage (February 10, 2012)

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

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One of America’s most revered country music icon, widely considered a defining influence to country musicians playing over the past five decades, brings his incomparable voice and music to the stage at Beau Rivage on February 10, 2012.

At 78, country music legend Willie Nelson has recorded 67 albums, appeared in more than 30 films and TV shows and has written several books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received Kennedy Center Honors, along with fame and critical success as an outlaw country man in ’70s and, later as part of the formidable Highwaymen in the ’80s.

At the age of 7, he had written his first song, and it wouldn’t be long before his success in music would lead him to sign with RCA Victor records. By the time he joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1965, Nelson had already written Crazy, the song Patsy Cline would turn into the biggest jukebox hit of all time.

But despite tese distinctions, Nelson’s most important critical acclaim was yet to come. When he turned to outlaw country in the early 1970s, Nelson released Shotgun Willie; Phases and Stages and Red Headed Stranger, the wildly successful album that featured Nelson’s first No. 1 hit as a singer, a cover of the 1945 song Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.

Nelson has performed with the greatest names in music and written and performed some of the era’s best-known songs. On the Road Again, Always on My Mind, Crazy. He’s performed with Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Colter, Tompass Glaser, Merle Haggard, Neil Young, Ray Charles. And so many more.

But even for the man who se the standard for daring new moves in music and who built a career on creating classics, time would bring more inventions to Nelson’s storied life.

Nelson, whose activist politics are as recognizable as his red, white and blue guitar strap and his distinct voice, has also worked to influence the economic viability of family farms and environmental sustainability. Besides the Country Music Hall of Fame, he has been inducted into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame for his work with Farm Aid and other fund-raisers to benefit family farmers.

He also helped start Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which manufacturers a biodiesel fuel (called BioWillie) made from soybean and other vegetable oils. The fuel is made for modern diesel engines in an effort to reduce the need for imported fuel and to use a product grown by U.S. farmers.

Nelson is celebrating the release of his new CD, Remember Me, Vol. I, a compilation of country’s most influential songs from over the pasat 70 years.

Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson play poker

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

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by: Halle Ames

Outlaw Country singer Willie Nelson is known for many things, but we didn’t realize his poker skills were one of them. 

In a poker game with actor Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson won so much off him that he decided to build an addition onto his house. 

Harrelson visited shows like The Tonight Show, The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. While on the shows, he gave a little insight into his friendship with Willie Nelson.

According to Harrelson, the two have been friends for a long time. The actor and the singer also enjoy to frequently partake in the same activities. 

In 2017, the 59-year-old made the news for his decision to give up smoking marijuana. His counterpart, Willie Nelson, couldn’t be swayed. Nelson liked to tease Harrelson when they were together by offering him some. When Harrelson would turn it down, Nelson followed it up by acting surprised. 

“I quit for almost two years,” Harrelson told DeGeneres. “No smoking, no vaping. Every once in a while, you might have something edible. I’m not a nun.”

Willie Nelson: Bad Influence or Good Time?

After two years of being sort of sober, Harrelson gave in after winning a large hand in poker. Nelson offered him a vape pen, and when his younger friend took a hit, he smiled and said, “Welcome home, son.”

The mix of poker and pot are a constant draw for the two men. 

On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the actor revealed that after a long night of low stakes games of poker, Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson decided to bump up the stakes. After putting in a good bit of money on the game, the actor walked away unhappy with a lighter wallet.

How much money did Harrelson lose? The exact amount is unknown, but it was enough to build an additional wing onto Willie Nelson’s house in Hawaii. Naturally, the country artist named it the Woody Wing.

Jimmy Kimmel even joked on the show that everyone should go see Woody Harrelson’s new movie so he can finish paying off Willie Nelson. 

Monday, January 25th, 2021

Photo: Nate Vandenbos

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Rest in Peace, Ed Bruce

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

Ed Bruce, who wrote the hit “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” has died at the age of 81.

Ed Bruce, photo by Redferns

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Ed Bruce, the country singer-songwriter behind hits including “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” died Friday, January 8th in Clarksville, Tennessee, from natural causes, according to his publicist. He was 81.

William Edwin Bruce Jr. was born December 29th, 1939, in Keiser, Arkansas, and raised in nearby Memphis, Tennessee. That put him in close proximity to Sun Records engineer Jack Clement and owner Sam Phillips, who signed him at 17 to release the 1957 rockabilly side “Rock Boppin’ Baby.”

Bruce would later record with RCA and Wand/Scepter, but had some of his biggest early successes as a songwriter for others, including “Save Your Kisses” for Tommy Roe and “See the Big Man Cry” for Charlie Louvin. In the 1974, Tanya Tucker scored a Top Five hit with Bruce’s “The Man That Turned My Mama On” and Crystal Gayle reached the Top 40 with “Restless.”

Willie Nelson’s, “That’s Life” (Available Feb 26)

Friday, January 8th, 2021

Willie Nelson guitar pick art

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

You can get one here.

Willie Nelson image on a 10″ x 7″ x 1/8″ piece of plywood cut in the shape of a large guitar pick. This wall art has been artificially aged with hand-rubbed and hand-mixed shellac to insure vintage street cred to any room in the house or your garage.

Willie Nelson talks to Anderson Cooper on CNN

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Willie Nelson tells Anderson about smoking pot at the White House (cnn.com)

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Country music legend Willie Nelson and CNN’s Anderson Cooper discuss Willie’s friendship with former President Jimmy Carter, getting high at the White House, and what Willie misses the most during the pandemic. Watch CNN Films’ “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. 

Thursday, December 31st, 2020
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Trigger

Monday, December 28th, 2020

photo:  Joe del Tufo

Willie Nelson & Hank Cochran, “What Can You Do to me Now?”

Monday, December 21st, 2020

On December 22, 1969 Willie Nelson and Hank Cochran wrote “What Can You Do To Me Now.”

Willie Nelson sings Sinatra, “That’s Life”

Friday, December 11th, 2020

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release That’s Life–Willie Nelson’s new studio album (and 15th for the label)–on Friday, February 26. That’s Life will be available on CD, 12″ vinyl LP and digital formats. Pre-order here

Honoring the enduring influence and inspiration of Frank Sinatra (whose 105th birthday would have been celebrated on December 12), That’s Life continues Willie’s longtime musical appreciation of Sinatra’s artistry and repertoire, an exploration exemplified by 2018’s My Way, which earned Willie the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Solo Album. 

Willie’s second album of standards and classics made famous by Frank Sinatra, That’s Life finds Nelson (who has penned a few standards himself including “Crazy,” “Funny How Times Slips Away,” “On The Road Again” and many more) inhabiting more of the most treasured songs in the Great American Songbook.

Recorded in the spirit of the groundbreaking 1978 Stardust album (Willie is one of the first contemporary artists to “cover” the Great American Songbook), 2016’s Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (a Best Traditional Vocal Album Grammy Award winner) and 2018’s My WayThat’s Life pays fresh tribute to one of Willie’s life-long musical heroes. 

The album cover painting of Willie and his iconic guitar, Trigger, standing in the glow of a twilight streetlamp, was created by Paul Mann, a painter and illustrator known for his film poster work. It evokes classic Sinatra album images like In The Wee Small Hours (whose title song is featured on That’s Life).

Other key tracks on Willie’s new album include “I Won’t Dance” (featuring Grammy and Juno Award winning vocalist Diana Krall) and “A Cottage For Sale” premiering HERE

Produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings, That’s Life was recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood–where Frank Sinatra, the first artist to record at the facility, created an unbroken string of album masterpieces from March 1956 to November 1961–with additional recording at Pedernales Studios in Austin, Texas.  

Willie and Trigger deliver 11 new studio performances, coming alive in a musical landscape animated by lush string and vibrant horn arrangements on an album mixed by recording industry legend Al Schmitt (who’s recorded and mixed more than 150 gold and platinum albums and won more Grammy Awards than any other engineer or mixer). 

Two iconic avatars, each defining a sector of American pop culture, Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson convey the range of romantic emotion–from the intoxication of love to the hangover of heartbreak–in songs and performances that connect directly to the listener. 

Willie and Frank were close friends, musical colleagues and mutual admirers of each other’s work throughout Sinatra’s lifetime. In the 1980s, Sinatra opened for Willie at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and the two of them appeared together in a public service announcement for NASA’s Space Foundation.  “I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank,”

Willie said in an interview for AARP magazine (June/July 2018). “He didn’t worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever-he could sing it either way, and that’s the feel you have to have.”  That’s the attitude Willie brings to That’s Life with his sublime interpretations of Sinatra signature songs including “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Just In Time,” “Cottage For Sale,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “I Won’t Dance” (featuring Diana Krall), “That’s Life,” “Luck Be A Lady,” “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning,” “Learnin’ The Blues” and “Lonesome Road.” 

Willie Nelson – That’s Lifetrack listing
(songwriters; Frank Sinatra version, date)
01. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Ira Gershwin & George Gershwin; Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First, 1962)
02. Just In Time (Adolph Green, Jule Styne & Betty Comden; Come Dance With Me!, 1959)
03. A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley & Willard Robison; No One Cares, 1959)
04. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter; Songs For Swingin’ Lovers!, 1956)
05. You Make Me Feel So Young (Josef Myrow & Mack Gordon; Songs For Swingin’ Lovers!, 1956)
06. I Won’t Dance – featuring Diana Krall (Jerome Kerr, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields; A Swingin’ Affair!, 1957)
07. That’s Life (Dean Kay & Kelly Gordon, That’s Life, 1966)
08. Luck Be A Lady (Frank Loesser; My Kind Of Broadway, 1965)
09. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (David Mann & Bob Hilliard; In The Wee Small Hours, 1955)
10. Learnin’ The Blues (Dolores Vicki Silvers; Session with Sinatra EP, single, 1955)
11. Lonesome Road (Nathaniel Shilkret & Gene Austin; A Swingin’ Affair!, 1957) 

Produced by Buddy Cannon & Matt Rollings
Recorded at Capitol Studios; Hollywood, CA
Additional Recording at Pedernales Studios; Austin, TX – Dan Rudin Recording, Blackbird Studios, The Practice Room;
Nashville, TN – Armoury Studios; Vancouver, BC Canada
Mixed by Al Schmitt & Niko Bolas at Capitol Studios; Hollywood, CA 

Musicians:Willie Nelson – Trigger
Matt Rollings – piano, B-3 organ, vibraphone, hand claps
Dean Parks – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, hand claps
David Piltch – bass, hand claps
Jay Bellerose – drums, tambourine, hand claps
Mickey Raphael – harmonica
Paul Franklin – steel guitar
Chris McDonald – trombone
Jeff Coffin – tenor saxophone
Mark Douthit – alto saxophone
Barry Green – trombone
Mike Haynes – trumpet
Doug Moffet – baritone saxophone
Steve Patrick – trumpet, piccolo trumpet
Matt Forbes – hand claps
Ed Cherney – hand claps
Buddy Cannon – hand claps