Archive for the ‘Willie Nelson covers’ Category

Another Willie Nelson cover: Chris Stapleton, “The Last Thing I Needed (first thing this morning)”

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Another Willie Nelson cover: “Shotgun Willie”, by Randy Rogers and Robert Earl Keen

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Texas stalwarts channel Willie Nelson to honor iconic Lone Star State venue Floore’s Country Store
by:  Jeff Gage

The hill country of central Texas is steeped in music history, but there may be no place more legendary than Floore’s Country Store. The general store, meat market and honky-tonk outside San Antonio has hosted everyone from Bob Wills to Elvis Presley to a then-unknown Willie Nelson, who once played there every Saturday.

“It sounds like country, but not our granddad’s country,” says Rogers of latest album ‘Nothing Shines Like Neon’

While Helotes, the tiny town where Floore’s is located, wasn’t incorporated until 1981, Floore’s celebrates its 75th anniversary of live music in 2017. To commemorate the occasion, Randy Rogers and Robert Earl Keen – who have both recorded live albums at Floore’s; two of them in Keen’s case – convened to wax on about the place’s significance and, of course, its famous tamales. The pair, who still play at Floore’s each year, also recorded a cover of Nelson’s “Shotgun Willie,” which immortalizes the store’s founder, John T. Floore.

Rogers and Keen kick off Floore’s anniversary celebrations with a co-headlining performance at the store on April 14th.

Alison Krauss, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Alison Krauss was one of the many artists who gathered in Washington DC in November 2015, to honor Willie Nelson, when he received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Songs.

Another Willie Nelson cover: “Yesterday’s Wine” — Jamey Johnson, George Jones, Blackberry Smoke

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Another Willie Nelson cover: Alison Krauss, “I Never Cared For You”

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Watch Alison Krauss Cover Willie Nelson’s “I Never Cared for You” on “Stephen Colbert”
by:  Jim Casey

The tune, which was penned by Willie Nelson and originally recorded by him in 1964, is featured on Windy City, which is comprised of 10 covers of classic songs, including Glen Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind,” Brenda Lee’s “Losing You,” Eddy Arnold’s “You Don’t Know Me” and more.

The new album released on Feb. 17 and features 10 classic songs that Alison hand selected with her producer Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, George Jones), including the lead track, Brenda Lee’s “Losing You.”

“Usually it’s just all songs first,” Alison said in a statement. “It was the first time I’d ever not had songs picked out, and it was just about a person.” That person was veteran Nashville producer Buddy Cannon. “That was absolutely the moment,” she says of the moment she stepped in the studio with Buddy to sing “Make The World Go Away” for Jamey Johnson’s 2012 album, Living For A Song. “Wow! Buddy really makes me want to do a good job.”

As Alison and Buddy worked in the studio to create Windy City— the first new music since 2011’s Paper Airplane—they decided to record songs like “Gentle On My Mind” by Glen Campbell; “You Don’t Know Me” by Eddy Arnold; Willie Nelson’s “I Never Cared For You” and Brenda Lee’s “All Alone Am I,” that pull at the heartstrings.

“It’s almost like you didn’t know it was sad, because it doesn’t sound weak.” Alison says of the album. “It doesn’t have a pitiful part to it, where so many sad songs do. But these don’t. And I love that about it. I love that there’s strength underneath there. That whatever those stories are, they didn’t destroy. That that person made it right through it. I love that.

“It was really fun. I had a great time doing it. And to really have the mindset of seeing something through someone else’s eyes was a blast,” said Alison.

Alison has released 13 albums, including her most recent 2011’s Paper Airplane and has sold more than 12 million records to date. With 27 wins, she is the most awarded female artist in GRAMMY history.

You can pre-order Windy City today, along with the album’s lead track “Losing You.”


Another Willie Nelson cover: “Yesterday’s Wine” — Jamey Johnson, George Jones, Blackberry Smoke

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Another Willie Nelson cover: Lukas Nelson, “Ain’t It Funny (how time slips away)”

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Another Willie Nelson cover, Aretha Franklin sings “Nightlife”

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Another Willie Nelson Cover, Marvin Gaye, “Nightlife”

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

“Pretty Paper” Roy Orbison

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

“Pretty Paper” is a song written by country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson in 1963. After being signed to Monument Records, Nelson played the song for producer Fred Foster. Foster pitched the song to Roy Orbison, who turned it into a hit. Nelson recorded his own version of the song in November 1964.

Written by Willie Nelson, the song tells the story of a street vendor who, during the holiday season, sells pencils and paper on the streets.   In October 1963, while walking in his farm in Ridgetop, Tennessee, Nelson was inspired to write the song after he remembered a man he often saw while he lived in Fort Worth, Texas. The man had his legs amputated and moved with rollers, selling paper and pencils in front of Leonard’s Department Store. To attract the attention of the people, the man announced, “Pretty paper! Pretty paper!”

In 2013, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram identified the man as Frankie Brierton, of Santo, Texas. Brierton refused to use a wheelchair, choosing instead to crawl, as he learned to move while growing up after his legs were affected by a spinal disorder. Brierton sold pencils in Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston.

Willie Nelson, along with David Ruiz, incorporated the song’s story into a book.

Santa Willie Delivers a "Pretty" Holiday Tale

Blue Rider Press

Pretty Paper: A Christmas Tale

By Willie Nelson with David Ritz
Blue Rider Press, 304 pp., $23

Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
Pretty pencils to write “I love you”
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue


“This is a song by a friend of mine, who is also my hero: Willie Nelson.” — Dave Matthews

Monday, December 19th, 2016

“This is a song by a friend of mine, who is also my hero — Willie Nelson.” — Dave Matthews (4/21/02)


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Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews, Fenway Park



Another Willie Nelson cover

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The story behind this young boy’s Willie Nelson cover is a truly inspiring one. Logan Blade is autistic, and he doesn’t speak — but boy can he sing!

Blade took the stage recently to cover Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” from the legend’s Redheaded Stranger album. The song was originally recorded by Roy Acuff, but once you see Blade perform it, you’ll know he was, without a doubt, channeling Nelson. Everything down to the inflection in his voice is reminiscent of the braided country icon.

According to Blade’s Facebook page, he was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old. He doesn’t speak often, but he was clearly blessed with the gift of song. It’s incredible to watch his on stage presence in the video above (and in several of his other covers) because, despite his lack of conversational skills, he has no fear on stage. He’s confident and poised and genuinely seems to enjoy singing songs he loves.

Nelson heard the cover and was also impressed, even sharing it on his own Facebook page. “Logan is Autistic. He has little to no speech. But he can sing Willie Nelson’s music. Great job Logan!” the singer wrote with the video before signing it with “love.”

Watch the video of Logan Blade covering Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” above.

Another Willie Nelson cover, “Family Bible”

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Thanks, Terry Thompson, for sharing this video of Sons of The Sage at Rockin M Cowboy Church, performing Willie Nelson’s, “Family Bible”

Another Willie Nelson Impersonator

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Roger Hegyi of Laguna Niguel passatttt
by:  Shane Newell

Roger Hegyi of Laguna Niguel is a musician and Willie Nelson impersonator. He was recently featured in a Volkswagen commercial as Willie Nelson. Friday, October 14, 2016. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The scene lasts but a few seconds, but as Laguna Niguel musician Roger Hegyi recalls, it took hours to get ample footage for the commercial shoot on Pacific Coast Highway.

A lifelong musician and frontman for the “True Willie” tribute band, Hegyi appeared as Nelson’s doppelganger last month in a national commercial for Volkswagen. Since his brief cameo in the 30-second commercial, Hegyi has received hundreds of calls, emails and texts from friends expressing support.

“I love the response,” he said, “hopefully they’re selling some cars from it.”

With a red bandana covering the top of his braided brown hair, Hegyi reminisced on his life in music and recent appearance on television in his living room. A piano and two acoustic guitars sat by his side.

As Heygi remembered, he got the call to film the commercial in August. Volkswagen had paid to use Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” he said, and was looking for someone on the West Coast who could fit in the commercial.

He then went up to Point Mugu near Pacific Coast Highway and spent hours filming his passing scene in a yellow Beetle, which felt familiar since he learned to drive a stick shift with the same model as a teen.

“It was just another thing that happened to me that was meant to be,” he said.

Hegyi’s television appearance has capped a wave of good fortune. For more than three years, Hegyi has toured as a singer and guitarist with the True Willie tribute band playing before hundreds and sometimes thousands of fans who often believe he looks and sounds just like the 83-year-old Texas musician who wrote classics like “Crazy,” “Hello Walls” and “Funny How Time Slips Away.”



Another Willie Nelson cover: CMA Awards mashup

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

As the 50th annual CMA Awards looms ever nearer, even more videos fitting the Forever Country theme are beginning to appear. The latest partners Luke Bryan with Little Big Town, performing a mashup of two classic country songs that nods in style and approach to the ambitious “Forever Country” project that was released in September.

Standing with their backs to Bryan, Little Big Town starts the brief clip off with Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” harmonizing through part of the song’s familiar chorus. Without changing key or tempo, Bryan adds in a couple lines of multiple Entertainer of the Year-winning group Alabama’s “Mountain Music.” They all meet back up at the end to complete the chorus of Nelson’s song together.

A similar video featuring Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert also made its first appearance online. Urban and Lambert stand back to back, while Urban sings “Always on My Mind” as Nelson recorded it, into which Lambert interjects Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” – written, of course, by Nelson – before they sing out the last lines in harmony.

Lambert, Urban, Bryan and Little Big Town are all slated to perform at the 50th annual CMA Awards, along with Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw and Kacey Musgraves. The event will be hosted once again by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from Nashville on ABC Wednesday, November 2nd at 8 p.m. ET.

‘Forever Country’ Video: Watch Star-Studded, Magical Medley Come to Life

Thirty artists trade lines on Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”