Archive for the ‘Willie Nelson covers’ Category

Texas Monthly: One By Willie (Season Two)

Friday, February 5th, 2021
by: John Spong

We’re pleased to announce that One by Willie will return for a second season on Tuesday, February 16. The first episode features Steve Earle, a founding father of Americana music and one of the greatest singer-songwriters Texas has ever produced. Steve will examine “Local Memory,” a song he first heard as a seventeen-year-old San Antonio kid captivated by the album that effectively launched the outlaw country movement, Willie’s 1973 masterpiece Shotgun Willie. Steve says Shotgun Willie’s impact on him was equally profound, and that “Local Memory” was his favorite track on the record then and still is now.

Read article here.

Roy Orbison sings Willie Nelson’s, “Pretty Paper”

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

When Johnny Cash hosted his own variety show for two seasons on ABC in the early Seventies, each episode incorporated the feel of inviting viewers into the Cash home, with his new bride, June Carter Cash, and her mother and sisters, who performed as the Carter Family, singing along with the Man in Black each week.

On a show that originally aired Christmas Day 1970, Cash and family, including his parents, brother Tommy and the country legend’s nine-moth-old son John Carter Cash, were joined by guests including comedian George Gobel, Opry star Minnie Pearl, the Everly Brothers and the Cash’s neighbor, rock & roll icon Roy Orbison, who was making a return appearance to the show.

The episode, which featured a number of Christmas songs as well as a comical sketch in which Cash narrated a country-music version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, also featured a few non-seasonal tunes, but maintained a comfy home-for-the-holidays vibe throughout. Perhaps the most heartwarming highlight of the special episode was Orbison’s intensely beautiful acoustic performance of the now-holiday classic “Pretty Paper.”

Penned by Willie Nelson late in 1963, the song was inspired by an encounter with an amputee selling pencils and wrapping paper outside a department store. The following November it became the first track the future Hall of Fame entertainer would cut at RCA’s historic Studio B after signing a record deal with the label. But by that time, the song had already been a bona fide hit, as Orbison’s version entered the pop Top 20 during the 1963 holiday season, as the country was grieving the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Perfectly suited to Orbison’s dramatic but never maudlin singing style, “Pretty Paper” will forever be one of the songs most associated with the late vocalist. But in the years since its release, the song has been covered by dozens of additional artists including Glen Campbell, Marty Robbins, Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Pam Tillis, Julie Roberts, Don McLean, Carly Simon, Chris Isaak, Robert Ellis and the Lumineers.

Another Willie Nelson cover, Blake Shelton and Ian Flanigan on The Voice

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

“Blue Eyes Crying in The Rain”, Wynona Judd

Friday, November 6th, 2020
wynonna judd willie nelson
by: John Spong

The country music legend remembers hearing it on the radio in rural Kentucky and describes Willie’s kindness to her grandmother backstage at the CMAs.

Country music legend Wynonna Judd first heard “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” as a young girl splitting her time between her mom’s house in Los Angeles and her grandparents’ home in rural Kentucky. It was Willie’s first No. 1 single and the song that finally made him a star, and for Wynonna, it was an early indication that a great singer could take a song he didn’t even write and make it his own.

On this episode of One by Willie, she talks about hearing it on the radio when she was first discovering music, about hanging out backstage with Willie at the CMA awards once the Judds—Wynonna and her mother, Naomi—became stars themselves, and about how kind Willie was when Wynonna introduced him to her grandmother.

We’ve created an Apple Music playlist for this series that we’ll add to with each episode we publish. And if you like the show, please subscribe and drop us a rating on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Read entire article here

Another Willie Nelson Cover, “On The Road Again,” by First Aid Kit

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

We can’t wait to be on the road again! Until we all safely can be, we hope this song and video brings everyone some joy and hope for when that day comes.

Our proceeds from “On the Road Again” will be donated to Crew Nation to support the global touring and live music community devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Stream “On the Road Again”:

To learn more about Crew Nation or to make a donation directly visit their site: https://www.livenationentertainment.c…

Another Willie Nelson cover, “Always on My Mind,” by Kelly Clarkson

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Another Willie Nelson Cover

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

Judy Johnson Dixon

“Gabriel wanted to match his dad so Jerry changed his shirt to match. Then of course they sang On the Road Again. They’re awesome!”

Charlie Daniel and friends, “On the Road Again”

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Texas Artists sing, “Promised Land”, raise funds for TX artists

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
by: staff

Ft. Worth, TX-(May 26, 2020)-Despite the struggles independent musicians have been facing recently, twenty-five Texas artists have banded together to help raise money and awareness for a population of people with even greater struggles than their own. The group of singer-songwriters, along with the notable band and orchestral musicians, have joined forces as the Fort Worth Musicians Choir, to support the area’s struggling refugee community, with the release of their grand version of the Willie Nelson classic “Living in the Promiseland,” written by David Lynn Jones and originally released by Nelson in 1986.

All proceeds from the song and video, as well as an upcoming benefit concert scheduled for June 21st in Fort Worth, benefit the Refugee Services of Texas, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to finding homes and jobs for, educating, and acclimating the area’s refugee population.

“‘Living in the Promiseland’ speaks of the struggles of refugees and immigrants to America, referencing the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty,” says singer-songwriter Dan Johnson who arranged and conducted the orchestra and choir. “These folks aren’t illegal immigrants. They’re families with children who have waited an average of 7 years in refugee camps and gone through all the proper legal channels and background checks, to try to pursue the American dream of freedom and build a better life for themselves and their children.” Johnson is best known for his 2018 concept album/book project Hemingway, another non-profit endeavor which funded a two-year tour of veteran suicide prevention concerts and speaking engagements, dedicated to the memory of his father, a veteran who died from suicide when Dan was ten years old. Johnson says recently he became aware that funding and support for refugee services in Texas had been cut off. His own family, having been impoverished and homeless at times when he was a child, left Dan with a heart for displaced and struggling families, and he has volunteered with refugee support services over the years. “These are good, hard-working people and innocent kids, and they deserve a chance at freedom,” Johnson remarks.

Ashley Faye, Development Director for Refugee Services of Texas (RST) commented, “Since the onset of the virus quarantine, funding has dried up even more, and so many of their jobs have been lost. This support means more than ever, during this difficult time.” The organization also cares for and empowers victims of human trafficking. They’ve responded to 293 cases of sex and labor trafficking in our area, 32% of which are children under the age of eighteen. Additionally RST provides support for individuals with Special Immigrant Visas. Recipients of these visas have put their own lives at risk to work with the US Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, serving as translators and interpreters. Because of their help with the US forces, they are no longer safe in their home countries, and the US welcomes them to build a safe and secure life for their families, here in the States.

Johnson reached out to friends in the music community and asked if they would be willing to put together a benefit to help the regional organization and was blown away by the response. The group, equally comprised of male and female artists, even includes two musicians who came here as refugees themselves through the RST organization, from the Congo and Iran. Co-producer Grant Jackson Wilborn, noted for his work with famed Texas artist Ryan Bingham, and more recently Red Shahan, and Austin Meade, offered his services and studio, 7013 Records, in Fort Worth for the production. Vocalists in the fifteen-member choir included talented favorites like Jackie Darlene, Big Joe Walker, and Andrew Sevener, recently acclaimed for his long run to the final four on NBC’s The Voice. Musicians in the ten-piece orchestra included the likes of Aden Bubeck, Miranda Lambert’s longtime bass player and lead guitarist Ryan Tharp, revered for his work with artists like Bonnie Raitt.

Streaming and purchase of “Living in the Promiseland” is currently estimated to be available by the end of May, as distribution services are facing challenges of their own in the virus-restricted age.

Pickin’ on Willie Nelson

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

A bluegrass tribute to Willie Nelson.
April 29, 2003

1.Hello Walls
2. On The Road Again
3. Red Headed Stranger
4. Good Hearted Woman
5. Crazy
6. Uncloudy Day
7. Always On My Mind
8. Me And Paul
9. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
10. Funny How Time Slips Away
11. Smokin’ Willie – (original composition)

Personnel: Dennis Caplinger (acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, percussion); Cody Bryant (guitar, banjo); Tommy Lee Sauber (mandolin, fiddle); Ricky Keen (dobro); Sharon Soldi (accordion).
Producers: Dennis Caplinger, Cody Bryant, Bullet.
Recorded at Caplinger Productions, Vista, California and Windsor Studios, Burbank, California.

Another Willie Nelson Cover: Dionne Warwick, “He’s Not for You”

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Another Willie Nelson cover, “Crazy” by Jessie Reyez

Saturday, November 16th, 2019
by: Calum Slingerland

After dropping new single “Far Away” last month, Jessie Reyez has returned with a reinterpretation of a pop-country staple.

Reyez has rolled out a cover version of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” produced by Toronto’s Moose, which you can hear below.

Originally penned by Willie Nelson in 1961, Cline’s recording of “Crazy” from that same year arguably remains the song’s most popular version.

Other Canadians who have covered “Crazy” include Neil Young, Colleen Peterson of Quartette, and Brigitte Boisjoli.

Reyez is expected to release her full-length debut in early 2020 through FMLY/Island Records.

The Voice contestants cover, “Always on My Mind”

Monday, October 21st, 2019

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

Alison Krauss covers Willie Nelson

Friday, October 11th, 2019

(This is not video from Little Rock, it’s from a performance when Willie Nelson was honored in Washington D.C. a few years ago, so beautiful.)
by: Jack W. Hill

There were a couple of Willie Nelson covers: “I Never Cared for You”
and the stunning “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” which was
so tastefully rendered that the crowd erupted with applause in the
middle of the song.

Alison Krauss, formerly known as Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, is just plain Alison Krauss these days, but there’s nothing plain about her performing, for sure. She showed she’s still got the magic Wednesday night to what looked to be a packed house at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock.

Though Douglas has gone off on his own, Krauss was not hurting for accompanists, with seven musicians on the stage on occasion, not always on each song, but stepping up at all the right times to play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, acoustic or electric bass, banjo, mandolin, drums, dobro and piano.

The 48-year old bluegrass veteran with the angelic soprano voice looked as angelic as she sounded in a 90-minute set that included some surprises (such as her opening selection, a fairly obscure Roger Miller number, “River in the Rain,”) along with songs that fans were there to hear, such as the three songs from her days with Union Station and Douglas: “The Lucky One,” “Let Me Touch You for Awhile” and “Sawing on the Strings.”

There were a couple of Willie Nelson covers: “I Never Cared for You” and the stunning “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” which was so tastefully rendered that the crowd erupted with applause in the middle of the song. Other choice selections were Little Milton’s “Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson,” a terrific take on John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind,” and a couple of her big hits: The Foundations’ “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” and Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing at All.”

She also did “Forget About It,” “Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby” and Down to the River to Pray,” closing with a spirited version of a spiritual, “It Is Well With My Soul.” Another surprise was a song inspired by Cotton Plant native, the legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Sam Phillips’ “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us.”

Krauss was generous with her superb singing but stingy with her fiddle playing, which was in short supply and sometimes covered up by the electric guitar. Known for her sad songs, she did add some mirth to the show with some recollections of how long she had played with some of the band members, especially with a lengthy tale of her long friendship with her current dobro player, Sidney Cox, known for his work in his Northwest Louisiana family band.

The lighting and set were imaginatively done, seeming to suggest a street scene from years past behind the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.

Snoop Dogg and Matthew McConaughey, “On the Road Again”

Saturday, September 28th, 2019