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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

The Tedeschi Trucks Band covers Willie Nelson’s, “Somebody Pick up the Pieces” at Redrocks

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks and their band performed at Red Rocks last night night and sang the most beautiful version of Willie Nelson’s, “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces”.

“TTB followed up by a soulful rendition of Willie Nelson‘s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces”. Backed by Susan’s beautiful vocal lead, Derek honored the Red Headed Stranger with a series of explosive solos on his signature Gibson SG guitar.” —  Sam  Berenson,

I was at Red Rocks Friday night and it was so beautiful. They seem to be singing this at every show on  their tour.  Here they are in Florida.

Bonus video, the TTB with Willie Nelson, “City of New Orleans”

And singing, Kansas City

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.