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Willie Nelson is getting ready to release a new album with Merle Haggard. The two country legends will release Django and Jimmie on June 2. This is Willie Nelson’s sixth album collaboration with Merle Haggard since 1983’s Pancho and Lefty.
Django and Jimmie are names that Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard look up to in the country music world. The title track from the album is a tribute to these two heroes. In another track they lightheartedly pay homage to their late country brother on “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash.” In “The Only Man Wilder Than Me” the duo poke fun at each other and how crazy they once were and still are. Willie Nelson really hasn’t changed much in all these years, and that’s a good thing.
You can hear all the tracks from the album over at NPR. They’ve been there streaming to fans since Sunday, ahead of Nelson’s album release. He will undoubtedly embark on another tour soon after.
Willie signed with Legend records in 2012, and Yahoo! Music notes how this will be hissixth album since then. That’s six albums in three years. All this as Willie Nelson celebrated his 82nd birthday last month. He’s definitely one of the hardest working men in show business. By contrast, Merle hasn’t recorded any albums during the same time period. But don’t let that detract from his status as a bonafide country legend, along with Willie.
The album doesn’t feel dated at all. It will more than satisfy preexisting Willie Nelson fans. And it will also probably gain him many new ones. Despite the fact that the duo of Nelson and Haggard are 82 and 78 respectively, and have had unrivaled success in country music, they were once both struggling artists who met each other in 1964.
Rolling Stone talks about how they came together so many years ago.
“Nelson and Haggard met at a poker game at Nelson’s Nashville house in 1964, when both were struggling songwriters. (Neither would have major success until they left Nashville behind; Nelson for Austin, Haggard for Bakersfield, California.) They didn’t become close until the late Seventies, when they were playing casinos in Reno.”
If you’re a fan craving the country music of yesteryear, or the unfettered, buoyant spirit of outlaw country, then we need to treasure music projects like this. We need to treasure the moments we still have with Willie Nelson, our last connection to the ingenuity that once defined country music.
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Neil Young and his recent collaborators, Lukas and Micah Nelson — the sons of country great Willie Nelson — performed an acoustic rendition of their new protest song, “The Monsanto Years,” during an anti-GMO event in Maui this weekend, Stereogum reports.
Just like the song — and forthcoming album of the same name — the Outgrow Monsanto event sought to raise awareness of the agrochemical giant’s unhealthy and environmentally unfriendly practices, especially their propagation of genetically modified foods and seeds.
“The Monsanto Years” specifically looks at the issue from the perspective of a farmer who resorts to growing Monsanto-manufactured crops, but thinks often of his mother and father and the untainted farming traditions they passed down. Young and the Nelson brothers’ performance has an impromptu, communal feel as their steely acoustic guitars overlap over rhythms meted out on the bottom of a bucket.
Later that same day, Young and the Nelson brothers did away with their acoustic guitars and blasted through a rendition of “Down By the River,” off Young and Crazy Horse’s 1969 classic, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Backed by the bellows of the audience, the performance remained true to the original and Lukas held his own during the enviable — but certainly not easy — task of trading solos with Young.
On May 26, 2004, the music video for “Beer for my Horses”, the Toby Keith/Willie Nelson duet, received the Best Video award by the Academy of Country Music Awards at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. For what, I believe, is the best five-minute movie ever.
Willie Nelson – “Swingin’ Over The Rainbow” – PBS Special from 1981. Awesome, every song is gold. Willie Nelson & Family, Freddie Powers, Paul Buskirk, Johnny Gimble, Dean Reynolds, Ray Benson. Originally recorded from local cable on VHS in 1981.
new album out in June!
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
by: Andrew Leahy
Willie Nelson turned 82 years old last month, spending his birthday in Maui with friends and family. Twenty-two years earlier, though, he threw a considerably bigger party for himself back home in Texas.
In April 1993, Nelson celebrated his 60th birthday in style, watching luminaries like Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Neil Young, B B King, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt and Waylon Jennings cover his songs. The party was held at Austin’s WRLU Studios, with everyone from President Bill Clinton to Roseanne Barr joining Shotgun Willie in the audience. Nelson didn’t always stay seated, though; more often than not, he wound up onstage, duetting with his friends on some of the songs that had sustained his career.
One of the evening’s highlights was, “Seven Spanish Angels” a chart-topping song Nelson had recorded with Ray Charles in 1984. Nearly a decade later, the two pals sang it once again in Austin, both of them swapping verses before harmonizing during the final chorus.
Broadcast 22 years ago today under the title Willie Nelson: The Big Six-O, the birthday tribute was taped on April 28th. For those keeping track, that means it wasn’t Nelson’s actual 60th birthday — that milestone didn’t arrive until the following day, April 29th.
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Enjoy this sneak preview from the upcoming documentary KING OF THE ROADIES.
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Photo: Rick Diamond
On May 21, 2002, Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow tape an installment of “CMT Crossroads” on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles. Here is the entire show, as it aired on June 7, 2002.
Enjoy the entire show that someone uploaded to youtube.
Their friendship has grown since their first meeting. Crow, raised in a musical household in Missouri, reveres Nelson as the “king of phrasing” and “the voice that was the soundtrack to my childhood.” Nelson regards Crow as a worthy musical colleague, an inheritor of his musical “outlaw” spirit and a fit audience for his dirty jokes.
Nelson played an electric guitar throughout the night instead of his battered classical acoustic, dubbed “Trigger.” (Crow said her instruments have no names, but she might refer to them as “my little money makers.”) “My guitar,” Nelson explained, “is on the way to Amsterdam [for a European tour]. I am following soon behind.”
The singers each took care to match the other’s vocal phrasing, casting sidelong glances at each other throughout their performance. Of “Let It Be Me,” Nelson proclaimed the duo “happy to be resurrecting a great song.” He toyed with the familiar phrasing and seemed to challenge Crow to do the same. “It wasn’t perfect, but it was tasty,” she said after the first take.
03. City of New Orleans
04. Let It Be Me
05. It’s So Easy
06. You Remain