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Another Willie Nelson cover, Sturgill Simpson, “I’d Have to Be Crazy” (Farm Aid 2016)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Faron Young and the story behind “Hello Walls”

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Another Willie Nelson cover, Patsy Cline, “Crazy”

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

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

1961 marked the dazzling highs and terrifying low of Patsy Cline’s career…and life, for that matter. January saw the release of her landmark recording of Hank Garland’s “I Fall to Pieces” (co-written by Harlan Howard). The track eventually landed at #1 on the country charts, a first for Cline. The song also had crossover success, eventually peaking at #12 on the pop chart. Cline was country royalty by this point. She had joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry the year before and was rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in the business. Somehow, she also had time to welcome a son into the world, Randy.

Then on June 14 it all came crashing down as Cline and her brother were involved in a serious automobile accident in Nashville, Tennessee. The head-on collision threw Cline into the windshield, where she suffered a huge cut across her forehead, bruised ribs, a broken wrist and a dislocated hip. The driver of the other vehicle was killed. Cline spent a month in the hospital and left still on crutches and with a scar that would remain for the rest of her life (she wore wigs and makeup to cover it).

With no touring or other promotions while she was out of action, Cline’s career was in danger of slipping permanently off the rails. In stepped producer Owen Bradley, who had helped to make Cline a star (a feat he matched working with Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, among others), steering her toward pop material like “Walkin’ After Midnight” and the aforementioned “Pieces.”

Bradley wanted Cline to record a song by an up-and-coming writer named Willie Nelson. The song was called “Crazy,” and Bradley thought it had the potential to match “I Fall to Pieces” in terms of crossover appeal.

Cline didn’t like the song. Perhaps affected by the physical pain she was still feeling from the wreck, she was unable to sing the tune as recorded on Nelson’s demo. The high notes, in particular, troubled her bruised ribs. Exasperated, Cline refused to go any further with a tune that she didn’t really like in the first place. Cline and Bradley had a heated argument about the song and she left the studio without finishing the track.

The following week, Bradley convinced her to take another crack at the song with a version a bit more broad and straightforward. In a single take, Cline nailed what would be her most enduring hit. The track rose to #2 on the country and adult contemporary charts and #9 on the pop charts. Cline would forevermore be recognized as one of the biggest names of country, headlining everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. Sadly, she was only able to enjoy the fruits of her success for a short time. She died in an airplane crash in 1963.

Another Willie Nelson Cover, Trey Anastasio Band, “On the Road Again” with a Happy Birthday Tribute to Willie

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Here’s audio taped by Lee Hart of “On The Road Again”:

Trey Anastasio Band ensemble threw a few surprises into their performance at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater.

The Trey Anastasio Band opened last night’s show with “On The Road Again” in honor of Willie Nelson’s 84th birthday. Nelson scored a big hit with “On The Road Again” upon its initial release in 1980. Anastasio’s horn section of James Casey, Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman brought the cover to a close with a horn line based around “Happy Birthday To You.” Trey had previously performed the song with Mike Gordon at various GRAB shows in 2006 and once with Phish at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver on August 31, 2013.

The other cover debut at last night’s TAB concert came within the second set. Apparently on the way to the show the group heard Hozier’s 2015 single “Work Song” and decided to learn it. Trey shared vocals on the a capella version with Casey, Hartswick and Cressman. Otherwise, Saturday’s show featured recently debuted originals (“Come Together”/”Everything’s Right”), covers (“Feel It Still”/”The Parting Glass”), plenty of TAB staples (“Cayman Review”/”Night Speaks To A Woman”/”Gotta Jibboo”) and more.

Here’s audio taped by Lee Hart of “On The Road Again”:


Set One:
On The Road Again
Cayman Review
Sometime After Sunset
Magilla, Sand
Feel It Still
Everything’s Right
Burlap Sack & Pumps
Dark & Down, Curlew’s Call
49 Bye Byes, Drifting
Gotta Jibboo

Set Two:
Money Love & Change
In Rounds, Mozambique
Simple Twist Up Dave
Tide Turns
Work Song
Come Together
Shine, Valentine
Clint Eastwood
Dazed & Confused

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