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by: Jeremy Burchard
Willie Nelson has written over 2,500 songs and recorded more than 300 albums — so you’re forgiven if you don’t remember 1998’s Teatro. But if you need to pay attention to any cut in particular off that album it’s Willie and Emmylou Harris‘ version of “The Maker”.
Interestingly enough, the standout track is one of the few on the record Nelson didn’t write. It was actually written and composed by Teatro‘s producer Daniel Lanois, who has worked with greats such as Bob Dylan, U2 and Neil Young.
Lanois penned “The Maker” in 1989 and instantly received acclaim for its near-gospel qualities. The song follows a character who laments at his decisions, which he believes have made him a “stranger” in the eyes of the maker. But by the end of the song, he receives redemption that, through the river of reverb and rhythmic pulsing of the percussion, almost feels angelic.
Nelson had Emmylou Harris provide vocals on nearly all of Teatro. The record was recorded in an old movie theater (which is depicted by the album cover). When it came time to release a single, “The Maker” was an obvious choice — but what wasn’t obvious was the decision to record it live (with Lanois on guitar) and promote the live version.
Nelson and Harris’ vocals are almost forlorn, with Lanois’ smooth, bluesy guitar carrying the song from one phrase to the next. Check out the touching live video above.
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Django and Jimmie
- 1. Django and Jimmie – written by Jimmy Melton and Jeff Prince
- 2. It’s All Going To Pot – written by Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson and Larry Shell
- 3. Unfair Weather Friend – written by Marla Cannon-Goodman and Ward Davis
- 4. Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash – written by Merle Haggard
- 5. Live This Long – written by Shawn Camp and Marv Green
- 6. Alice In Hulaland – written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
- 7. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright – written by Bob Dylan
- 8. Family Bible – written by Walter M. Breeland, Paul F. Buskirk, and Claude Gray
- 9. It’s Only Money – written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
- 10. Swinging Doors – written by Merle Haggard
- 11. Where Dreams Come To Die – written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
- 12. Somewhere Between – written by Merle Haggard
- 13. Driving The Herd – written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
- 14. The Only Man Wilder Than Me – written by Merle Haggard
This Day in Willie Nelson History: Merle Haggard & George Jone’s “Yesterday’s Wine” is #1 on Billboard (10/9/1982)Friday, October 9th, 2015
On October 9, 1982, Merle Haggard & George Jones recording of Willie Nelson’s, “Yesterday’s Wine,” to #1 on the Billboard country chart.
Willie Nelson joined Judy Collins for “When I Go”, on her new album, “Strangers Again”
A unique and extraordinary duets album featuring the unmistakable voice of folk music icon Judy Collins and an all-star assembly of her superbly talented friends performing an intensely moving set of ballads.
Guests include country legend Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Jeff Bridges, Glen Hansard (of The Swell Season), Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Don McLean and more!
1. Strangers Again feat. Ari Hest
2. Miracle River feat. Michael McDonald
3. Belfast To Boston feat. Marc Cohn
4. When I Go feat. Willie Nelson
5. Make Our Garden Grow feat. Jeff Bridges
6. Feels Like Home feat. Jackson Browne
7. From Grace feat. Thomas Dybdahl
8. Hallelujah feat. Bhi Bhiman
9. Someday Soon feat. Jimmy Buffett
10. Stars In My Eyes feat. Aled Jones
11. Send In The Clowns feat. Don McLean
12. Races feat. Glen Hansard
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This day in Willie Nelson history: ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” #1 on Billboard Country Charts (10/4/1975)Sunday, October 4th, 2015
On October 4, 2013, Willie Nelson’s recording of ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’ was declared number one on the Billboard Country Music Chart.
Willie recorded this Fred Rose song on February 9, 1975, as part of his “Red Headed Stranger” album, at Autumn Sound in Garland Texas. The song was included in his “Red Headed Stranger” album.
As he has done over the past few years, Willie Nelson returns to ACL Live for a New Year’s Eve extravaganza. This year the party extends to three nights with shows on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Wednesday, Dec. 30 and Thursday, Dec. 31. New country sweetheart Kacey Musgraves will join Willie for the party on all three nights, and his son Lukas Nelson will also perform.
Musgraves was a standout at Willie’s Fourth of July Picnic earlier this year and she shot the lovely video above at the White Horse while in town.
Tickets are on sale now, for $99-$157.