Archive for the ‘Willie Nelson covers’ Category

Another Willie Nelson cover: Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces”

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Another Willie Nelson cover, “On The Road Again” — Drew and Ellie Holcomb

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Drew and Ellie cover Willie’s classic on their new album, “You and Me”

 

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

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

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.

The Christmas 1970 episode of the Johnny Cash Show will air Sunday, December 23rd, at 10:00 p.m. ET on GetTV, followed immediately by a 1977 Christmas special featuring Cash and Orbison along with Roy Clark, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Another Willie Nelson cover, “Pretty Paper”, by the Lumineers

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Another Willie Nelson cover, Elvis Presley, “Always on My Mind”

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

This day in Willie Nelson history: Patsy Cline records “Crazy” (August 21, 1961)

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

On August 21, 1961, Patsy Cline records Crazy at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville

Another Willie Nelson cover, Aretha Franklin, “Nighlife”

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

This Day in Willie Nelson History: Patsy Cline records, ‘Crazy’ (8/15/1961)

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

On August 15, 1961, Patsy Cline recorded Willie Nelson’s song, ‘Crazy’ for Decca Records. She introduced the song at the Grand Ole Opery on October 14th of that year, and received three standing ovations for the song. Decca released “Crazy” on October 16th, 1961, an dit became a #2 country music hit and a #9 pop music hit.

Linda Bull To Perform The Songs of Willie Nelson

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au

“The reason I love Willie Nelson is simple: when he sings, I believe him. I share his love of a good melody and relate to his tales of loneliness and heartbreak but also to his optimism, longevity and no nonsense approach”.

Linda Bull

Linda Bull, one half of the luminous Bull Sisters, stars in a new, collaborative show featuring the songs of the Red Headed Stranger.

Willie Nelson’s classic 1978 album, Stardust, is an unforgettable collection of pop standards reworked in Willie’s inimitable way and produced by Memphis legend, Booker T Jones. The album charted for ten years, achieved quadruple platinum certification, and won Willie a Grammy Award for his soul filled rendition of Georgia on my Mind.

Linda Bull is one of Australia’s most soulful vocalists and interpreter of songs in her own right as well as being a big Willie Nelson fan. Her special guest vocalist, Sime Nugent, has toured nationally and internationally throughout Australia, Europe and America and released more than a dozen albums with a range of bands in his 20 year career including indie folk duo Sweet Jean and three time ARIA nominated band, The Wilson Pickers.

Channeling Willie and capturing the essence of the songs from Stardust, Linda and Sime will take audiences on a journey through this timeless album including ‘Georgia On My Mind’, ‘All Of Me’ and ‘Unchained Melody’, together with a selection of hand-picked Shotgun Willie signature songs including ‘Always On My Mind’, ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’, ‘Crazy’, ‘On the Road Again’, ‘Help Me Make It Through the Night’ and many more.

Backed by The Red Headed Strangers, a superb band lead by Cameron Bruce (MD/keys) and featuring some of Australia’s most in demand musicians including Shane Reilly (guitar/pedal steel), Bill McDonald (bass) and Pete Luscombe (drums), as well as special guest Sime Nugent (guitar) who’ll share vocal duties on the night, this will be a must-see show for every music fan.

For 30 years, the glorious voice of Linda Bull has comprised one of the most distinctive, versatile and emotionally charged sounds on the Australian music landscape. Since a multi- platinum conquest of pop radio with The Black Sorrows in the late 1980s, Linda has forged a diverse pathway into soul, gospel, blues, country and the island music of her Tongan ancestry.

Her rich solo vocals and instinctive harmonies have spawned eight albums with her sister Vika, as well as studio and concert performances with Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers, RocKwiz and C.W. Stoneking. Linda is currently working with Vika on their first album of original material in 18 years.

Tickets for this limited run of Stardust: The Songs of Willie Nelson go on sale at 12 noon tomorrow, Friday, 13 July

Stardust: The Songs of Willie Nelson
Performed by Linda Bull
With special guest, Sime Nugent

Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Friday, 31 August 2018
Saturday, 1 September 2018

Tickets on sale from 12 noon, Friday, 13 July from the venue
www.artscentremelbourne.com.au | 1300 182 183
www.vikaandlindabull.com

Another Willie Nelson cover, Clint Black sings, “Time of the Preacher”

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Thank you Steve Eschenberg for sharing this video of Clint Black channeling Willie Nelson.

Another Willie Nelson Cover: Dallas Wayne, “Blame It On The Times”

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

www.tasteofcountry.com
by:  Stirling Whitaker

Dallas Wayne is releasing a follow-up to his collection of classic country covers, and he’s sharing his thoughts on one of the tracks exclusively with Taste of Country readers.

Wayne is a singer-songwriter and the host of SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse and Outlaw Country. In the clip above, hear Wayne’s interpretation of “Blame It on the Times,” a song Willie Nelson wrote in 1961 and released in 1978 on his Face of a Fighter album. Wayne puts an even more traditional country slant on his interpretation of Nelson’s song, which appears on Songs the Jukebox Taught Me, Volume 2.

Wayne released the first volume of his covers collection in 2016. “I couldn’t do Volume 2 without putting another Willie Nelson song on the album,” he says in the clip above. “We tried to find something that hadn’t been done to death before, [and] we came across ‘Blame It on the Times.’ I remembered the song when it was originally recorded as kind of a calypso-type beat. We straightened it back out into a country shuffle, and I think it works pretty well.”

Nelson himself has praised Wayne’s new cover of his old song, saying, “Thanks for bringing this one back! Also, I love the Vern Gosdin cover, ‘Is It Raining at Your House.’ Remember our motto: If It Ain’t Broke, Break It.”

Wayne undertook the covers projects as a labor of love. He says the second volume “represents a continuing journey back to the songs that made me fall in love with classic country music. Together with the previous Songs the Jukebox Taught Me project, this collection of 25 songs is a tribute to the songwriters who crafted them, and the artists who sang them — the heroes and teachers who taught me this music.”

Songs the Jukebox Taught Me, Volume 2 is set for release on June 22. It is currently available for pre-order.

For more information about Dallas Wayne’s projects and up upcoming tour dates, please visit his official website.

Another Willie Nelson cover

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

 

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!”

Patsy Cline sing’s Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” on Grand Ole Opry debut (Feb 7, 1962)

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Another Willie Nelson cover and tribute: Raul Malo, ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Another Willie Nelson Cover: Pretty Paper, by Roy Orbison

Friday, December 15th, 2017

“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