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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “CRAZY”)
PATSY CLINE: (Singing) Crazy, I’m Crazy for feeling.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “HELLO WALLS”)
FARON YOUNG: (Singing) Hello walls.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “PRETTY PAPER”)
ROY ORBISON: (Singing) Pretty paper, pretty ribbon.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “NIGHT LIFE”)
WILLIE NELSON: (Singing) Night life, ain’t no good life
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY”)
NELSON: (Singing) Gee ain’t it funny, how time slips away…
RATH: All those hit records you just heard were written by the same redheaded stranger from Texas. Long before he had his own hits.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “ON THE ROAD AGAIN”)
NELSON: (Singing) On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again.
RATH: Willie Nelson proved his songwriting chops years ago, but over the past two decades he’s peferred to record other people’s writing, not his own. His new album comes out on Tuesday, It’s called “Band of Brothers” and for the first time in almost 20 years he’s given us a record packed with Willie Nelson originals.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “BAND OF BROTHERS”)
NELSON: (Singing) We’re a band of brother and sisters and whatever. On a mission break all the rules. And I know you love me, ’cause I love you too but you can’t tell me what to do.
RATH: I spoke with Willie Nelson on Friday night. Not surprisingly on the road again. At the age of 81 he’s currently on a grueling tour, more than two dozen shows this summer. He joined us where he seems the most comfortable, on his beloved tour bus.
NELSON: Yeah we’re somewhere around Philadelphia I think getting ready to do a show tonight.
RATH: And here’s how much of a road dog you are. I’ve read – tell me if this is true, that you even sleep on the bus when it’s parked at your house?
NELSON: Well yeah I. Mean I have everything I need here. And it’s a lot of hassle to get off and go into a room and come back. So I have a room available if I needed or wanted for anything.
RATH: Now you are such a great songwriter but it’s been more than a few years since you released an album and one with so much new material on it. I’m curious have you been writing songs the whole time or are all these very recently written?
NELSON: I’m sort of a spasmodic writer I guess. Roger Miller said it pretty well. He said when a writer has to sometimes stop and let the well refill because you run out of things to write about or good things to say. So I think he’s right. Also you have to have some kind of challenge or goal. And there was this new album that we wanted to do. And I needed some new songs. And I said well you know why don’t I write something?
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “GUITAR IN THE CORNER”)
NELSON: (Singing) There’s a guitar in the corner, that used to have a song. I would hold it while it played me and I would singing along.
RATH: You know when I think of my favorite Willie Nelson songs they have this quality of, you can be sentimental but with out being cheesy or cloying. And I feel like on the new album “The Wall” is one that kind of fits into that category.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “THE WALL”)
NELSON: (Singing) I took on more than I could handle. I bit off more than I could chew. I hit the wall.
RATH: What inspired that?
NELSON: Well, actually it’s a true story. I literally you know got so tired I overbooked myself and well of them have in some work done, some health work. And I went over to Germany to get that done. And while I was over there wrote this song, “The Wall.”
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “THE WALL”)
NELSON: And the wall came down, crashing down. And there was not a sound.
RATH: You’ve got on this album – there’s a great kind of combination – a couple of really funny songs – “Wives and Girlfriends.”
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “WIVES AND GIRLFRIENDS”)
NELSON: (Singing) Well, I love my wives and I love my girlfriends, but may they never meet. May they never know each other when they pass on the street.
RATH: And right after that you have a song that might be the wives and girlfriends response. I thought “I Thought I Left You.”
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “I THOUGHT I LEFT YOU”)
NELSON: (Singing) What part of we can’t make it don’t you understand? It’s no longer you and me there’s another world you see. I thought I loved you so why will aren’t you leaving me?
RATH: You know it – the two sides like that makes me think of “Phases and Stages” you know the album where you tell the story of both sides of a breakup. There’s side A, is the woman’s perspective, Side B is the man’s. I’m wondering what you’d get out of changing perspectives as a songwriter writer. How do you write as a woman?
NELSON: Well I have had a little experience. I’ve been around a lot of women. So you’d think I would have learned more than I know. But I have learned enough to write a few stories and songs. You know I think are pretty truthful and not too bad.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “WALKIN’ “)
NELSON: (Singing) After carefully considering the whole situation and I stand with my back to the wall.
RATH: Now when you’re doing that, when you’re changing perspectives are you – do you feel like you sort of become the person and the voice of the song you’re writing? Or are you kind of like at a distance, you know, the creator?
NELSON: Well I think it depends on the situation. In that particular story in “Phases and Stages” it wasn’t really that difficult to write both of the story because at that time I was going through both sides. And it was just a matter of writing what I thought might be going through a woman’s mind and what was going through mine, and trying to tell both sides of the story because you know there always is.
RATH: Most of us though are so wrapped up in our own skins though I don’t – I think it’s hard for most people to kind of step outside in that way.
NELSON: Well I’m such a shameless songwriter that I’ll write about anything.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “WALKIN’ “)
NELSON: (Singing) Walking is better than running away. And crawling ain’t no good at all.
RATH: A few months ago you made news when you earned your fifth degree black belt in the Korean martial art Gong Kwon Yu Sul. Am I saying that right?
NELSON: That was right, Yeah that’s better than I can say.
RATH: What I know about it, I know it’s one of the most demanding and comprehensive styles of martial arts. You must be an incredible shape.
NELSON: I’m really Healthy, And who know who knows why? I think a lot of it has to do with my doing shows lot. I think when you get out there and sing for an hour and a half and play the guitar and move around and wave and clap, that that’s probably the best exercise – best workout that you can do. And you know I do 100 or 150 or so shows a year. And that’s just really good exercise for me.
RATH: And when you’re at that level – fifth degree black belt, I’m curious of the disciplines, the philosophy of the martial arts have had an effect on your performance an your songwriting even?
NELSON: Well I don’t think you can separated at all. It’s good for you spiritually, physically, mentally. There’s a you know, a little air of confidence that you get. And I think it shows up in your performances, also in your songwriting. It’s been good for me that’s all I can say.
RATH: Your new album ends with a song called “I’ve Got a lot of Traveling to Do.” Can I take that to mean that you have no plans to slow down anytime soon?
NELSON: You know, I was telling somebody the other day that I quit after every tour. But after a few days off I say, let’s try it again. So you know I’m having fun, the audience is still there and seem to be enjoying the show. So I don’t have any plans to quit right now.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “I’VE GOT A LOT OF TRAVELING TO DO “)
NELSON: (Singing) I give traveling to do. A whole lot of traveling to do. Well the road is getting crowded. And they’re shortening my fuse and there ain’t nothing here I really care to lose. I’ve got a lot of traveling to do.
RATH: Willie Nelson thank you so much.
NELSON: All right. Thank you very much. Enjoyed talking to you.
RATH: Willie Nelson’s new album comes out on Tuesday. It’s called “Band of Brothers.”
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “I’VE GOT A LOT OF TRAVELING TO DO “)
NELSON: (Singing) Of course I can’t forgive you cause that’s just what I do, but I’ve got a lot of traveling to do.
RATH: And for Sunday that’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I’m Arun Rath. Check out our weekly podcast, look for weekends on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED on iTunes or on the NPR app, and you can follow us on twitter at (@npratc. I want to wish a happy fathers day to simply best man I’ve ever know. My dad, love you. We’re back again next weekend, until then thanks for listening, and have a great week. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
by: Brandy McDonnell
NEWKIRK — Although the Country Music Hall of Famer’s Oklahoma City show earlier this month was canceled due to an illness in his band, Willie Nelson already is planning a return trip to the Sooner State. Willie Nelson & Family will play Oct. 11 at First Council Casino & Hotel, 12875 N U.S. 77.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a presale that started at 10 a.m. today, at www.ticketstorm.com.
The Paula Nelson Band is winding down their Colorado tour, and played last night in Fort Morgan at the city’s annual summer music festival in the park. The band plays tomorrow night in Sedalia, Colorado, before heading home to texas. For more tour information:
Paula is like a flame to moth for children. If it is a kid-friendly show, like Bob Stock yesterday, in Fort Morgan, then sooner or later the kids are drawn to front of stage and Paula Nelson. She dances with them on the lawn, then they all want to be on stage with Paula and the band.
The boys are more shy. There is usually one or two who will go on stage, but mostly it’s the little girls who can’t resist.
And of course, a couple selfies, I can’t resist.
Thanks to Carol S., of NY, for sharing this picture she took in Selma on 7/4/08
www.WilliesPicnic.com posted this useful information and lots of dos and don’ts for fans coming to Fort Worth for the concert next Friday.
What happens if it rains?
Willie’s 4th of July Picnic is a rain or shine event.
What is Willie’s 4th of July Picnic?
Long before Lollapalooza and Coachella Music Festival, there was Willie’s Picnic – an outdoor music festival that began in a small Texas town that would continue for decades. The event has changed much in its nearly four decades, culminating into this year’s event: an all-day concert outside of Billy Bob’s Texas with a fan base spanning several generations. Willie’s 4th of July Picnic is a three-stage festival featuring some of the biggest and best acts in live music. The picnic is one big celebration with easy access to all stages, food, services and more. You must be 18 and up with a valid ID to enter; under 18 are welcome with a parent or legal guardian.
When and where is it held?
When: Friday, July 4th, 2014
Where: Billy Bob’s Texas North Forty – in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards
When is the performance schedule released?
The performance schedule will be released a few weeks prior to the festival. Artist lineup subject to change.
Where should I stay in Fort Worth? We suggest staying at one of our partner hotels.
What should I bring to the Picnic?
· Non-professional film and digital cameras
· A small clear plastic bag (no backpacks are allowed inside the festival)
· Valid Driver’s License for will-call and/or to drink alcohol
· Comfortable footwear
· Chairs / Strollers
The following items are prohibited:
· Large bags/backpacks (bags can be no larger than 12? x 12? and must be CLEAR)
· Weapons of any kind
· Professional recording devices
· Illegal substances
· Laser pens and similar focused-light devices
· Cans, canteens, flasks
Bicycles, scooters, personal motorized vehicles
· Musical instruments
· Fake IDs – they will be confiscated and your wristband will be cut without refund
Is the Picnic accessible to people with disabilities?
The entire festival is located outdoors in the North Forty. ADA accessible restrooms are available inside Billy Bob’s.
Any tips on preparation for Willie’s Picnic?
We suggest preparing for the event as follows:
· Dress in cool, unrestrictive, lightweight clothing
· Bring sunglasses
· Lather up in sunscreen and bring some extra in case it’s needed
· Bring a hat
· Wear comfy shoes
· Stay hydrated!
· Drink water before you get to the event and enjoy the beverage offerings of the many vendors at the picnic
Are there ATMs available if I run low on cash?
ATMs will be located around the picnic grounds and inside Billy Bob’s Texas
What will be available in the food truck areas?
Delicious food and drink options are available at our many food truck partners. Please make sure to bring proper id in order to purchase alcoholic beverages.
Will you have merch for sale?
T-shirts for men and women, hats, and many other items will be sold at the main artist merchandise stand.
Lukas Nelson, son of country legend Willie Nelson, divides his time between touring with the Nelson family and fronting his own rock-blues band, Promise of the Real, headlining a Castle Theatre show, in Bloomington, Indiana, Sunday night.
by: Dan Craft
When Willie Nelson was in Central Illinois giving birth to the first Farm Aid concert 29 summers ago, Lukas Nelson couldn’t make it to the delivery room.
And with good reason: Farm Aid’s birth preceded his own.
Lukas’ turn came several Farm Aids later, in 1988, when he arrived on Dec. 25 as the ultimate Christmas gift for Willie and his fourth wife, Annie.
“Just from what I’ve seen of it, I really wished I could have been there,” muses Lukas Autry Nelson, now 25 and a seasoned Farm Aid vet, despite missing that historic first one in Champaign.
“I’ve heard a lot of stories from friends who were there, like Delbert McClinton … in fact, I was shooting the breeze with him about it recently, and he told me the one about how he had to drive 40 hours straight through just to get there on time.”
In the quarter-century of his existence, Lukas figures he’s attended close to every Farm Aid thereafter, “probably from around age 1 or 2 … they’re now like family reunions, getting to see Neil (Young) and Dave (Matthews). It’s a bummer if I have to miss one.”
As he prepares to bring his band, Promise of the Real, to Bloomington’s Castle Theatre for a Sunday night show, Lukas is nearly six years into his own history as a group leader, with a solid debut album (2012′s “Wasted”) under its belt and a sophomore effort (“Love Yourself”) due in August.
The Nelson DNA is most manifest in Lukas’ reedy tenor, which places him squarely in sync with his dad when sharing a microphone.
But his musical choices are from deep corners of his own soul, bespeaking a childhood weaned on gritty rock-blues guitar deities like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Lukas’ summer is being spent headlining his own band’s tour in between opening for the shows of his inescapably legendary father.
Having passed the 80-year marker a year ago, Willie Nelson remains one of show business’s hardest-working octogenarians, not to mention one of his son’s biggest fans.
“Dad loves whatever I do, and he’s proud of me … he knows how hard it is, having not made it himself until he was 40. He also knows that making it as a musician is something that can’t really be taught.”
Such as: “If it’s just fame you want, you use money or cunning or guile to get ahead and become rich … and you lose some of your integrity in the process.”
Hence, his band’s pre-emptive name, which sets the tone right up front with a promise to keep it real.
Being the sire of a legend has its ups and downs in that realm of promised achievement, of course.
On the upside, Lukas occupies a rarefied corner of the universe where anything can, and sometimes does, happen.
Like, say, just the other night, when he was on a stage in Boston with his dad and the rest of the extended Nelson family.
Thanks to the timing, the family was extended by one more body on stage: an unannounced visitor Lukas calls “a friend of the family.”
The pal turned out to be actor Johnny Depp, in town filming a movie and deciding to join the party.
Lukas calls Depp “a good guy, and an all-around musician. He was in town, and Dad loves to be around different people … it makes it more exciting for him.”
But then stuff like that has been happening all of Lukas’ life, from those early days of yore as his 2-year-old self scampered around backstage, and occasionally out front, at those early Farm Aid shows.
“Of course, I have the luxury of having a dad who’s already made it,” he continues. “That’s put me in the limelight because of who he is, which is both a blessing and a curse.”
To wit: “Doors have opened because of my name,” he says. “But I’m smart enough to know that you have to have talent to go through those doors, because if you don’t, they’ll close right up again.”
Even if the doors stay open, there are those who stand in the way of their own agendas.
In one of Lukas’ songs, “I’m Gone,” he takes the bull by the horns:
“It’s all about a name and it’s a game that isn’t worth my time,” he sings.
And: “You met my daddy back in ’73, you drank his whiskey, you were smoking his weed; people want to know me because they think they’re going back in time.”
“I wrote that song,” recalls the author, “after sitting in a bar with an obnoxious drunk whose every story had something to do with my father from 1973 on … as if he was trying to relive those days again. And sometimes I just don’t want to hear those stories, even though I listen politely. Thing is, I’ve heard the stories so many times they’ve all become one same story.”
Conversely, says Lukas, he loves to talk to folks in a bar if they’re talking about their own lives or concerns, which are what truly interest him.
“If you want to share a drink and talk about your philosophy of life, I’ll be with you there all night.”
Still, at the end of the day, his name IS Nelson; his family is THAT family.
And thanks to the world now ruled by social media, any son of Willie had better live up to the name.
“Every mistake I might make is all out there … there’s no longer the luxury of keeping things like that private,” says Nelson, adding that he’s chosen to join the trend rather than buck it.
“Now I see the value of an online presence … it’s essential, as long as you can find the time on my own and not let it spin out of control, where you’re on a phone or computer all the time, trying to create the version of yourself that you want to present to the world.”
Nelson calls that social media counterpart “the ego based on ego … a second ego that projects an idea of yourself to other people online.”
Once again, cue the band name: Promise of the Real.
“It’s a promise of integrity, with none of those boundaries … we’re not pretending to be saints, we’re just human beings with positive and negative sides. In other words, just ourselves.”
Band of Brothers,
Willie Nelson’s New Album for Legacy Recordings,
Enters the Billboard 200 at #5,
Debuts at #1 on Nation’s Country Album Charts
New York, NY – June 25, 2014 – Band of Brothers, the new Willie Nelson studio album, is entering the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart at #5, marking Willie’s highest debut and highest position on America’s popular albums chart since Always On My Mind peaked there for four weeks at #2 in 1982. Willie’s latest is also debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country chart, making Band of Brothers his first #1 Country album since The Promiseland hit the top slot in 1986.
With Band of Brothers sitting high on the nation’s Pop and Country charts, Natural Renegade, a Willie Nelson retrospective collection originally released in 2007, has also returned to the charts, coming in at #7 on the Top Catalog albums chart.Willie’s second Top 10 album in less than a year–its predecessor, To All The Girls…, entered the Billboard 200 at #9 (and the Country chart at #2) in October 2013 — Band of Brothers premieres 14 studio tracks including nine brand-new songs composed by America’s quintessential pop/country songwriter.
Willie’s first album of predominately newly-written original material since 1996′s Spirit album, Band of Brothers is already drawing praise from music press and fans alike as a welcome return-to-form from the master tunesmith.All 14 tracks on Band of Brothers are new recordings and none of the songs have been previously recorded by Willie Nelson.
“We have had many, many great musical performers and music acts on this stage, and this theatre has seen the best of the best,” said host David Letterman recently, introducing Willie Nelson to his Late Show audience, adding, “No one better than this guy….”It’s a sentiment echoed by NPR, who devoted a section of their online music home page to a “first listen” to Band of Brothers and conducted an extensive, lively interview with Willie on “All Things Considered” on June 15, with host Arun Rath calling the artist, simply “such a great songwriter.”
“The master songwriter turns in his strongest tunes in ages,” wrote Rolling Stone. “A minute into Willie Nelson’s new set of songs – largely self-penned for a change – it’s clear the man who wrote Patsy Cline’s ‘Crazy’ 50-some years ago has lost neither verve nor cojones.”
The New York Times called Band of Brothers “…a serenely feisty autumnal statement from the singer, who formed his sage, grizzled persona decades ago. [...] his relaxed, quavery, behind-the beat vocals and his acoustic lead guitar always made him a voice of maturity. The sly versatility of his style has allowed him to cruise through many albums of collaborations, covers and tributes to vintage country music.
But ‘Band of Brothers’–with nine of its 14 songs written by Mr. Nelson and Buddy Cannon, the album’s producer–is set in the present. At 81, Mr. Nelson has more right to be autumnal than ever. That doesn’t mean he’s retreating….””Nelson the songwriter returns in all his wonderful guises,” observed Associated Press (AP). “…. each song is a perfect projection of its writer’s best qualities. They’re comfortable, familiar, well-worn, but also new and different.”
“Of course when it comes to country nonconformists, Nelson not only wrote the book, he published it and put it on the shelves. Country’s original Outlaw has spent decades proving it’s possible to be an icon and an iconoclast at the same time,” wrote CMT in a review of Willie Nelson & the Family’s recent performance at Radio City Music Hall, testifying to Willie’s on-stage power and charisma. “Watching Nelson work his magic as he did at Radio City is a thrilling experience….as if Nelson was venturing ever further on a high wire without losing his footing.
“Band of Brothers is a Pick in People magazine, who praise the album as “spirited,” noting that “the 81-year-old legend is ready for any challenge yet to come….”In that spirit, Willie Nelson sat down for an adventurous interview with the ESPN Sports Center on June 16 and went online for a SportsNation chat with his fans.* * * * *
Willie Nelson/Band of Brothers – tracklisting
1. Bring It On (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
2. Guitar in the Corner (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
3. The Wall (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
4. Whenever You Come Around (Vince Gill/Pete Wasner)5. Wives and Girlfriends (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
6. I Thought I Left You (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
7. Send Me a Picture (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
8. Used to Her (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
9. The Git Go (Billy Joe Shaver/Gary Nicholson)
10. Band of Brothers (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
11. Hard to Be an Outlaw (Billy Joe Shaver)
12. Crazy Like Me (Dennis Morgan/Shawn Camp/Billy Burnette)
13. The Songwriters (Gordie Sampson/Bill Anderson)
14. I’ve Got a Lot of Traveling to Do (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
by: John Kelso
A lot of people know that Willie Nelson has a rustic nine-hole golf course out in Briarcliff, about 35 miles northwest of Austin.
But what most folks don’t know is that a meat cutter working at the Whole Foods Market downtown has managed to stroke six holes-in-one on Willie’s course — five of them in the span of 10 months.
Does Willie’s course have holes on the green the size of garbage can lids?
“I’ll tell you, sometimes it feels that way,” said Glen “Vato” Wertz, 60.
OK, so Glen has some advantages. He knows the territory. He lives right next to Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Cut N Putt, near the fifth hole, the last place he scored a hole-in-one, in April, with a short 107-yard tee shot.
To be upfront about it, that one was an easier one, since Glen played the hole from the closer tee, as a par 3. Although some of his other holes-in-one took drives of 190, 181 and 179 yards.
“I don’t play every day, but I play two or three times a week, for sure,” Glen said. But he doesn’t figure he’s up there with Tiger Woods, who has hit 18 holes-in-one and probably drives a larger car. But who’s counting?
“No, I consider myself an average golfer,” Glen said. “I’ve probably got a 10 handicap or something like that.”
Still, five aces between last July 14 and April 17 of this year? Glen can’t explain it, though he says he’s played a few rounds with Willie.
So does Willie toke while he’s playing?
“You know, I don’t think I even have to answer that, do I? What do you think?” Glen said.
So maybe fumes mystically guide the ball.
Glen didn’t even touch a golf club until he hit the age of 40, 20 years ago. He’d moved to Austin where there was golf. Growing up in San Ysidro, Calif., near the border with Tijuana, there was no golf.
“The town didn’t have a golf course, so I took up tennis,” Glen said.
Kara Wink, a retired high school art teacher and Glen’s next door neighbor, has done some research on Glen’s feat. She says that, according to the National Hole-in-One Registry (who knew there was such a thing?), of the estimated 450 million rounds of golf played each year, only 1 percent of the players make even a single hole-in- one.
Hey, I knocked it in with one shot between the dinosaur’s legs at a Putt-Putt course. Does that count?
“If you do the math,” Kara says, Glen “had a greater chance being struck by lightning than getting five aces in a span of 10 months.”
Kara says she contacted the Professional Golfers Association on Glen’s behalf to get him certificates for his lucky holes. She also got ahold of several golf equipment companies, who sent Glen freebies if he happened to be using their stuff when he hit the big one.
“Titleist sent him a pewter bag tag, and it’s actually engraved with his name, and on the front it says hole-in-one,” Kara said.
(For you bowlers, Titleist is a brand of golf ball.)
“And they give you little plaques and T-shirts and stuff like that,” Glen added. He picked up his loot a couple weeks ago at a birthday bash his friends threw for him at the golf course.
Patrick Tucker, a massage therapist and Glen’s golfing buddy, says he’s witnessed all six of Glen’s winning strokes.
“I’ve got the routine down now,” Patrick said. “I stand on the tee, he hits the ball, and I start clapping and yelling, ‘Go in, go in, go in,’ and then it goes in the hole. Then I give him a high five. “
Meanwhile, Glen seems slightly guilty about his success and wants to share the wealth.
“I tell I ’em I don’t want no more holes-in-one, but they just keep coming,” he said. “Let somebody else have ’em.”
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Every night”s Father’s Day for Willie Nelson, when one or more of his children join him on stage.
Having released four albums since February 2012, Nelson is watching his career blossom in a way that must be the envy of artists half his age: The Desperado-in-Chief of the “outlaw country music scene” turned 81 on April 29.
Because Band of Brothers features 14 new recordings — nine of them debut tunes that Nelson co-wrote with his longtime producer, Buddy Cannon — his label, Sony, seems justified in crowing that this is “the artist’s first album of predominately new original material in nearly two decades.”
The new album offers compositions that nimbly range in tone from the rowdy fun of “Wives and Girlfriends” (“…may they never meet / May they never know each other / When they pass on the street”) to the introspective depth of “Send Me a Picture” (“I used to think time would make it all better / But I have learned better as time passed away”).
Nelson himself acknowledges the creative bronco he’s been riding of late: “I got on kind of a writing kick,” he said recently. “It’s good to be writing again.”
Photo: James Minchin
Willie Nelson Q Sessions Live
Get a front-row seat to a special presentation of Q Sessions Live on QVCÂ® featuring the music of the one-and-only Willie Nelson. Tune in as the 7-time Grammy Award winner rolls into QVC to introduce his latest CD, Band of Brothers, and perform a selection of brand-new and best-known songs. With a six-decade career and a catalog of over 60 albums, Willie Nelson is a cross-genre, creative mastermind who has written and recorded some of the most poignant and enduring songs in country and pop music. Don’t miss the opportunity to advance order his newest and highly-anticipated album before its official release date on June 17. And, QVC customers who order Band of Brothers will also receive a bonus CD of his greatest hits, compiled especially for QVC! For new songs–and ones you’ve always loved before–enjoy an unforgettable hour with a musical legend during Willie Nelson Q Sessions Live.
Willie Nelson Q Sessions Live
1. ‘Bring It On’
2. ‘Guitar in the Corner’
3. ‘The Wall’
4. ‘Whenever You Come Around’
5. ‘Wives and Girlfriends’
6. ‘I Thought I Left You’
7. ‘Send Me a Picture’
8. ‘Used to Her’
9. ‘The Git Go’
10. ‘Band of Brothers’
11. ‘Hard to Be an Outlaw’
12. ‘Crazy Like Me’
13. ‘The Songwriters’
14. ‘I’ve Got a Lot of Traveling to Do’