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This day in Willie Nelson history: “The Big Six-O: An All-Star Birthday Celebration” (May 22, 1993)

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

On May 22, 1993 CBS aired “Willie Nelson The Big Six-0: An All-Star Birthday Celebration,” featuring Ray Charles, B.B. King, Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Travis Tritt, Lyle Lovett, Marty Stuart, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson and more.

The video is available, from time to time, on ebay, and a fan has uploaded the entire show, in segments, to youtube. Here’s one part:

Willie Nelson – Summer Camp Festival 2009 – Me and Paul

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Willie Nelson, “I Never Go Around Mirrors”

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Willie Nelson’s beautiful cover of Lefty Frizzell’s, “I Never Go Around Mirrors”

Willie Nelson and Friends celebrate Johnny Cash: We Walk the LIne on AXS TV tonight

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

photo: J Dennis Thomas

Johnny Cash: We Walk The Line airs this Sunday (May 20) on AXS TV. Filmed back in April of 2012 at the Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas, this concert features performances of all of Cash’s biggest hits by some fellow legendary artists.

You can watch a special sneak peak right here featuring several of the original Highwaymen performing “The Highwayman” at the show. And don’t miss special tributes from Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shelby Lynne, Pat Monahan, Amy Lee, Ronnie Dunn, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow, and more.
It’s all happening this Sunday (May 20) on AXS TV and 10/9 CT. Check your local listings for channel information.

Mickey Raphael talks about touring with Highwaymen “It was like Mount Rushmore on Stage” (interview by Alison Richter)

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
by:   Alison Richter

Mickey Raphael, Nelson’s harmonica player since 1973, remembers when he first heard about plans to make an album, following that Christmas concert. “Chips Moman was Willie’s producer at the time,” he says.

“I was driving Chips and Willie’s manager, Mark Rothbaum, around L.A. in my Acura Legend. We were packed into this two-door car, going to dinner, and they were talking about the four guys making this record. They were going to pitch the idea to Willie, and I’m going, ‘Wishful thinking. This will never happen. You’ll never get the four guys to agree to this. I hope you can pull it off.’ Apparently, they got Willie’s blessing, because pretty soon we were going to Nashville to record.”


Read Alison Richter’s entire, great interview with Mickey, and see more pictures and videos here.

Willie Nelson, “Always on My Mind” (ACL 2000)

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Willie Nelson, “Heaven is Closed”

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Last month, outlaw country legend Willie Nelson celebrated his 85th birthday and released a new studio album Last Man Standing. Nelson has shared a video for the album track “Heaven Is Closed.”

Last Man Standing features 11 new originals Nelson wrote with his longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon. Just last year Nelson released the album God’s Problem Child featuring 13 new songs and the Willie Nelson & The Boys Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2 featuring covers of country classics performed by Willie and his sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson.

Willie Nelson, Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing Tracklist

    1. Last Man Standing
    2. Don’t Tell Noah
    3. Bad Breath
    4. Me & You
    5. Something You Get Through
    6. Ready To Roar
    7. Heaven Is Closed
    8. I Ain’t Got Nothin
    9. She Made My Day
    10. I’ll Try To Do Better Next Time
    11. Very Far To Crawl

Willie Nelson on the Porter Wagoner Show

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
by: Stephen L. Betts

Clean-cut songwriter shares newly written “She’s Not for You” and more in 1965 TV appearance.

By the early Sixties Willie Nelson was gaining a sterling reputation as a songwriter, with massive hits by Patsy Cline (“Crazy”), Faron Young (“Hello Walls”) and Ray Price (“Night Life”), among others. After a few successes as an artist at Liberty Records, he signed with Nashville’s RCA label, where producer Chet Atkins would be at the helm of many of his recording sessions, albeit with limited success.

Following his debut single for RCA, the now-perennial holiday favorite “Pretty Paper,” Nelson released “She’s Not for You.” Warning a friend about a woman who is a serial cheater, Nelson plays the role of “Old Faithful,” the guy who will take her back in spite of this flaw in her character. Unfortunately, record buyers at the time decided the song was not for them either, and it stalled just outside country’s Top 40 in the spring of 1965.

Nelson, however, was proving a popular guest on some of country music’s most visible TV showcases at the time, owing in part to the role he’d played in giving artists such as Porter Wagoner, who had one of the biggest of these shows at the time, a chance to have hit records with his tunes. During the above appearance on Wagoner’s show, Nelson performs “She’s Not for You,” playing acoustic guitar with an uncharacteristically steady beat throughout, employing little of the jazz-influenced timing that has become a signature for the now 85-year-old – who celebrated that milestone on Sunday, April 29th.

As with many of his songs, Nelson would revisit “She’s Not for You,” most notably on the album that finally got him out from under the thumb of RCA and Atkins’ “Nashville Sound” sweeteners. In 1973, the now-bearded Nelson, whose Family band had become a hugely popular concert attraction, recorded Shotgun Willie, his first LP for Atlantic Records and one of the very first to define the iconic “Outlaw” sub-genre in country music. The 1973 version features a tasty acoustic guitar solo from Nelson, performed on his trusty sidekick Trigger.

In a later segment from the same episode of the Wagoner show, Nelson performed the classic country-meets-the-apocalypse weeper “Darkness on the Face of the Earth,” a tune featured on his debut LP, 1962’s …And Then I Wrote, and recorded during the same two-day session during which he’d cut early versions of “Crazy,” “Hello Walls” and “Funny How Time Slips Away.”

Also included in this vintage clip is Nelson’s version of “Hello Walls” as well as the show’s musical closing with Wagoner, his band and show co-stars, including comedian Speck Rhodes.

In 1993, Nelson would revisit “She’s Not for You” on his exceptional Don Was-produced Across the Borderline LP, which also featured Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt and Sinead O’Connor. “Darkness on the Face of the Earth” would be recut on 1998’s Teatro, produced by Daniel Lanois, and on the 2005 reggae LP Countryman.Willie Nelson’s latest album, Last Man Standing, was released Friday, April 27th.

Willie Nelson, Summer Camp Festival 2009 “Whiskey River”

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Willie Nelson is fine

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Willie Nelson’s “Last Man Standing” ‘could be his best since Teatro’

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

The Sunday Times says ‘Last Man Standing’ “could be his best since the 1998 masterpiece ‘Teatro’”!28

Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon, “Loving You Was Easier Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again”

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Happy Shoeshine Friday

Friday, May 11th, 2018