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Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line”

Friday, May 26th, 2017

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Together, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were an unstoppable force on stage and in the studio. The two teamed up for songs that went on to be some of the most iconic duets in country music history, such as “Luckenbach, Texas” and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” They also made up one half of the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen, which rounded out its membership with Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash.

Although Jennings and Nelson had plenty of opportunities to record together, they never recorded a duet of one of Jennings’ biggest hits. That hit was “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line,” which Jennings released in 1968 as the second single off of his album Only the Greatest.

“Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” was a major hit for Jennings. The song topped the country chart in Canada and claimed the second spot on the U.S. chart. Other artists went on to record their own renditions of the song, including Linda Ronstadt and Hank Williams Jr.

But one of our favorite versions of the song is one that was never set down in a recording studio. That version is a duet between Jennings and Nelson, which also features guitar work and backing vocals from some of their superstar friends.
Along with Kristofferson, Marty Stuart, and Travis Tritt, Jennings and Nelson took over the stage with a red-hot performance of “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line.” Nelson started off singing first, while all of his pals had a blast rocking out on their respective guitars. Kristofferson and Tritt pitched in with some enthusiastic vocals at the end of Nelson’s solo.

After that, everyone jumped in on a rowdy guitar jam that led into Jennings’ solo part. He managed to keep the energy level going all the way to the end, when everyone finished the song with a flourish.

“He Won’t Ever Be Gone”, by Willie Nelson (from new album, “God’s Problem Child”

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

I love this album.  Every cut.

1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)

Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson, “December Day” (with liner notes by Mickey Raphael)

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie
“December Day”

Liner Notes by Mickey Raphael:

Peering through the control room glass into the studio, a cloud of smoke rises from Sister Bobbie Nelson’s Bosendorfer grand piano. After four hours of non-stop recording with baby brother Willie, perhaps she has ignited the keys during this marathon session???

Listening back to “I Never Cared for You,” the interplay between Bobbie and Will on the instrumental intro “Ou-es tu, mon amour” sets the mood perfectly for the darkness the song portrays.

“Nuages,” a song written by French Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, showcases Willie’s dexterity and guitar genius.  Whenever we are just sitting around the bus, Willie will pick up a guitar and start playing.  Like the horse heading to the barn, he always gets around to “Nuages.”  It’s good mendicine for him.  And on this take, Bobbie’s piano provides the support that makes their performances seem effortless.

In the beautiful hill country near Austin, Texas you’ll find Willie’s Pedernales studio.  Willie and Bobbie are set up in the main room which is L-shaped and doesn’t allow direct eye contact during recording.  Without much discussion of an arrangement, Bobbie started playing and Willie began singing “Mona Lisa.”  That was the beginning of another magical session.

Recording engineer Steve Chadie and Willie’s friend and producer, Buddy Cannon were at the controls as it all happened. It’s kind of like photographing a ghost; you don’t really see it till the picture is fully developed.  Throughout these sessions Bobbie and Willie played continuously and seemed to never run out of song ideas — which is a producer’s dream (or nightmare).  Eventually songs had to be picked for the final selections.  With so many outstanding performances to choose from.  I’m glad I wasn’t a part of that process.

As long as I can remember.  Willie and Bobbie, who ride together on Willie’s bus, spend some of their traveling time jamming on their favorite songs.  Bobbie has a travels size keyboard on the bus and Willie’s guitar, Trigger, is always by his side.  This is where the idea for DECEMBER DAY was born.  “Why not record our favorite songs like we play them for ourselves?”  Bobbie asked.

In 2010 after ending a tour in Austin, Texas, the band, made up of Paul and Billy English, Bee Spears and myself, went in the studio to record with Bobbie and Willie.  The song “What’ll I do” is especially bittersweet because of the passing of Bee Speers.  Bee was Willie’s bass player for more than four decades and this was the last recording session he played with us.  He is missed by us all.

In 2012 while recording songs for the record LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE, we would stray from the song list every once in a while.  Willie might call out a song title or Bobbie might have a suggestion and this was the fun part of recording with these guys.  You didn’t know where the music was going next.  “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” was born from such a diversion.  We are all fans of the Irving Berlin songbook and of the Ray Charles version, so this was a perfect tribute to both.

In 2004, another impromptu visit to the studio resulted in three songs penned by Willie.  “Walkin'” is truly a classic.  Originally heard in the concept album PHASES AND STAGES, this version goes right to the heart.  Willie’s guitar solo hits you like a gunshot at the O.K. Corral.  If through is the question, then Bobbie is the answer as nothing rings more true than her piano.

“Laws of Nature” is an “a-ha” moment.  Willie writes like he’s talking to you face-to-face.  Bobbie provides the soundtrack for that conversation.  It’s easy to make records with these guys.  You just have to listen… and then  react from the heart.  It’s pretty primal.

The song “Amnesia” rounded out those sessions but honestly, I can’t remember anything about it.

Raised by their grandparents in Abbott, a small farming community north of Waco, Texas, Willie and Bobbie began a musical odyssey that has continued for over 70 years.  Daddy Nelson taught Willie how to play guitar when he was seven, and momma Nelson taught sister Bobbie the piano when she was nine.  Sundays were spent playing at the Abbott Methodist church and gave Bobbie and Willie the spiritual foundation that still can be found in their music.

When it comes to a brother-sister collaboration with the longevity of Willie and Bobbie, there is beauty in keeping things simple, “Less is more” is the underlying theme.  We’ve heard these songs before but not like this.  The spontaneity born out of familiarity is what this record, DECEMBER DAY is all about.

It’s not rocket science.  It’s alchemy.

Mickey Raphael
Nashville, TN

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Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie
December Day
(Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1)

1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)
2. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson)
3. What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin)
4. Summer of Roses / December Day (Willie Nelson)
5. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
6. Mona Lisa (Ray Evans & Jay Livingston)
7. I Don’t Know Where I Am Today (Willie Nelson)
8. Amnesia (Willie Nelson)
9. Who’ll Buy My Memories (Willie Nelson)
10. The Anniversary Song (Al Jolson & Saul Chaplin)
11. Laws of Nature (Willie Nelson)
12. Walkin’ (Willie Nelson)
13. Always (Irving Berlin)
14. I Let My Mind Wander (Willie Nelson)
15. Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson)
16. My Own Peculiar Way (Willie Nelson)
17. Sad Songs and Waltzes (Willie Nelson)

Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams, “Over Time”

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Willie Nelson On the Road Again and new #1 Album (July 2014)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Published on Jul 11, 2014

After a lifetime of touring, at 81 this music icon just landed another number one album.

 

Willie Nelson, “You Don’t Know Me”

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Willie Nelson, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Happy Shoeshine Friday

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Willie Nelson keeps The Carter Family Music Alive

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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A song’s enduring popularity is hard to predict, but Willie Nelson still routinely performs “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” in concert almost a century after A.P. Carter wrote it.

Nelson’s love of the Carter Family is a key element in American Epic, a three-part historical documentary premiering Tuesday (May 16) on PBS.

“I grew up hearing all their songs. I was a huge fan of theirs all my life,” Nelson says in the first episode, titled “The Big Bang,” which tells the story of the Carter Family — A.P. and Sara Carter along with Sara’s cousin, Maybelle.

Noting that the original trio essentially helped form the foundation of country music, Nelson adds, “I think once you hear the original Carter Family, you don’t have to explain why they were special.”

T Bone Burnett, Jack White and Robert Redford are the executive producers of American Epic, described as “a journey to the birth of modern music.” The film follows the recording machine’s trail across the United States in the 1920s in search of unknown artists who transformed American music.
Legacy Recordings last week released American Epic: The Collection, a five-CD boxed set featuring 100 historic recordings by country pioneers such as the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, along with blues and regional music by Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Joseph Falcon, the Memphis Jug Band, Lydia Mendoza and many others. American Epic: The Soundtrack, a single-disc compilation containing 15 songs, is also available.

Additionally, a concert film titled American Epic Sessions will air June 6 on PBS. It will be accompanied by the release of American Epic: The Sessions, a collection of new recordings produced by White and Burnett after an engineering team reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s.

Recorded with a single microphone to a record-cutting lathe powered by a weight-driven pulley system of clockwork gears, the innovative project includes performances by Alabama Shakes, Ashley Monroe, the Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Elton John, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Pokey LaFarge and Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and Nelson and Merle Haggard.

White’s Third Man Records will release a triple-LP version of American Epic: The Sessions on June 16 and is also issuing audiophile vinyl collections from the documentary.

Willie Nelson, “You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore”

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Family, “Luckenbach, Texas” (Farm Aid 1986)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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Waylon Jennings sadly passed away in 2002 following complications from his diabetes. Battling drug addiction until the mid-80s, Jennings was plagued by health issues in later life and died at the age of 64. Despite his personal issues, Jennings had a successful career that hailed the arrival of outlaw country, a subgenre of music that offered a sound steeped in tradition rather than adhering to the more polished country sound of the 60s and 70s.

In 2015 Don Was and Buddy Cannon organised a tribute concert to celebrate the impact and enduring influence of Jennings’ music. Featuring stars such as Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson, Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings was recorded at ACL Live at The Moody Theater in Austin Texas. Almost two years on from that event, it has finally been released as a CD/DVD package.

In a time when the age-old debate about ‘what is country music?’ rages on, it’s timely to revisit the music of Jennings. Outlaw kicks off with Chris Stapleton performing I Ain’t Living Long Like This, which was a number one hit for Jennings in 1979. Stapleton is one of the current crop of country stars that have taken on the outlaw country mantle so it’s fitting that his presence builds the bridge between Jennings and his own music. It’s an uptempo start to a collection of performances that pay touching tribute to Jennings fantastic catalogue of songs.

Over the course of Outlaw, some of Jennings’ past collaborators make appearances. Jessi Colter takes on Mona and Willie Nelson appears throughout, flying solo on the highlight Till I Gain Control Again. Alison Krauss reprises her cover of Dreaming My Dreams With You, which was released in 1999 as part of her album Forget About It. Her emotive performance has the audience whooping and hollering in the middle of the song and it’s a stunning version of the track.

Elsewhere on the release Kacey Musgraves puts her on spin on The Wurlitzer Prize, Bobby Bare impresses on the punchy Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line, and Ryan Bingham rasps his way through Rainy Day Woman. Jennings son Shooter also performs Whistlers and Jugglers early on the set.

The DVD part of the release features the entire evening. It’s a shame that I Can Get Off On You by Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson was omitted from the CD but I’m glad it’s present as part of the DVD. Simpson is another artist, like Stapleton, who is leading the charge when it comes to modern outlaw country music. Extras on the disc include several featurettes, one of which sees the stars from the event talking about the influence of Jennings on their own music and careers.

Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings does exactly what it says on the tin. The assembled musicians honour Jennings’ incredible songs while putting their own spin on it. If you’re not overly familiar with Jennings’ music, you’d be forgiven for thinking that some of these could be original recordings that are relevant in today’s country music. If nothing else, this collection will have you digging out your Jennings records and remembering just what an incredible artist he was.

Track List: 1.

I Ain’t Living Long Like This – Chris Stapleton
2. Whistlers and Jugglers – Shooter Jennings
3. Mona – Jessi Colter 4. Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line – Bobby Bare
5. Ride Me Down Easy – Lee Ann Womack
6. Yours Love – Lee Ann Womack & Buddy Miller
7. Freedom to Stay – Jamey Johnson
8. The Wurlitzer Prize – Kacey Musgraves
9. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way – Robert Earl Keen
10. I Do Believe – Kris Kristofferson
11. Rainy Day Woman – Ryan Bingham
12. Dreaming My Dreams with You – Alison Krauss
13. I Ain’t the One – Alison Krauss & Jamey Johnson
14. Honky Tonk Heroes – Toby Keith
15. Lonesome, On’ry and Mean – Eric Church
16. Till I Gain Control Again – Willie Nelson
17. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Toby Keith
18. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Chris Stapleton
19. Highwayman – Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings & Jamey Johnson
20. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) – Willie Nelson & Full Ensemble

Release Date: 14th April 2017 Record Label: Sony Music

Willie Nelson, B B King, “Nightlife”

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Another Willie Nelson fan, “Jake” Harrell Jacob Myers, RIP

Monday, May 15th, 2017

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“Jake” Harrell Jacob Myers, 72, of Pateros, passed away on April 21, 2017, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, while listening to “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by Willie Nelson and holding the hands of his two youngest children.

Willie Nelson & Family

Sunday, May 14th, 2017