Archive for the ‘Willie Nelson covers’ Category

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

“Me and Paul” — Eric Church covers Willie Nelson

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Eric Church was among the guests at the all-star musical tribute to Willie Nelson, held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. For his turn on the stage, Church even sang one of the country’s legend’s great road songs, “Me and Paul.”

The title track from Nelson’s 32nd studio album released in 1985, “Me and Paul” nods to Nelson’s drummer Paul English — a devilish figure who wore an outlandish cape — and imagines the outlaw life to resemble something akin to that of a running and gunning country musician. Church keeps it loose for his rendition, getting some enthusiastic applause for the first time he sings the line, “I guess Nashville was the toughest, but you know I’ve said the same about them all.” Longtime Nelson bandmate Mickey Raphael steps up to provide a colorful harmonica solo at one point, shining a light on the evening’s stellar house band, which included Raphael, Don Was, Amanda Shires, Jamey Johnson and steel-guitar ace Paul Franklin.

Doris Day, “Nightlife”

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Rest in peace, Doris Day, who passed away last Monday.

Another Willie Nelson cover, Cody Johnson: “Sad Songs and Waltzes”

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Another Willie Nelson cover, Brother’s Osborn sing, “Whiskey River”

Friday, March 22nd, 2019


Another Willie Nelson cover, The Mavericks, Raul Malo, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Snoop Dogg and Mathew Matthew McConaughey sing along with Willie Nelson on Carpool Karaoke

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

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.