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This day in Willie Nelson history: “Teatro” release (9/1/1998)

Monday, September 1st, 2014

This day in Willie Nelson history: Teatro album released (9/1/1998)


1. Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour

2. I never cared for you

3. Everywhere I Go

4. Darkness on the Face of the Earth

5. My Own Peculiar Way

6. These Lonely Nights

7. Home Motel

8. The Maker

9. I Just Can’t Let You Say Goodbye

10. I’ve Just Destroyed the World

11. Somebody Pick Up My Pieces

12. Three Days

13. I’ve Loved You All Over the World

14. Annie

Willie Nelson, EmmyLou Harris, Daniel Lanois, ‘The Maker’

by Matt

Throughout his 40-plus year career, Willie Nelson has always pushed the envelope of country music. He’s done straight country and honky tonk, explored his interests in pop standards and blues, and taken side trips into jazz and string-heavy big band. As a matter of fact, a reggae album is supposedly in the works. With that in mind, Willie’s newest release, Teatro , makes perfect sense, as the Red Headed Stranger matches his fantastic songs with some heavy almost mariachi rhythms.

Anyone familiar with Willie’s music knows he draws heavily on sounds from south of the Texas border, especially in his distinctive, Mexican-flavored guitar playing. It is thanks to those roots in Tex-Mex that Teatro , for the most part, works. Reprising her role as World’s Greatest Backup Singer, the fabulous Emmylou Harris appears on a number of tracks to add her distinctive backing vocals to Willie’s ragged voice, shining particularly on “These Lonely Nights.” Hooking up with producer Daniel Lanois, who’s worked with U2 and most recently Bob Dylan, Willie digs out some hoary old chestnuts of songs, adding a little Mexican spice.Except for three new tracks, all the songs on the album are at least 30 years old. Like his big-band jazz effort “Healing Hands of Time,” Willie reworks some classics.

The most engaging track is producer Lanois’s excellent “The Maker.” Nelson’s time-ravaged voice is still in excellent shape and is perfect for the sin-and-redemption theme of the tune. The mariachi-like rhythms work perfectly with the sprightly “Darkness on the Face of the Earth,” giving the old honky-tonk rocker an almost Bo Diddley feel. “Three Days” and “I’ve Just Destroyed the World” are by themselves fantastic tunes and the new reworkings breathe new life in the forgotten classics. Willie also reprises one of his most beautiful songs, “Home Motel,” one of the few tracks without rhythmic update.The only tune Lanois’s production falls flat on is “I Never Cared For You.” The heavy drums and in-your-face rhythms distract from the overall beauty of this wonderful tune. Beyond that, however, Teatro is a nifty little album with an interesting bent on Willie’s music. Teatro proves above all else the man can still surprise, so who knows what he has up his sleeve next.

Willie Nelson, “Sunday Morning, Coming Down”

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, “Mendocino County Line”

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Happy shoeshine Friday!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Willie Nelson, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me (when I die)”

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Farm Aid 2013 “Just Breathe”

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Willie Nelson, and a cast of thousands, “You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore”

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Finally it’s here, Happy Shoeshine Friday

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Willie Nelson on David Letterman Show, “You Don’t Know Me”

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Willie Nelson has some tricks up his sleeve (but can he still fool his sister Bobbie?)

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Happy birthday, Billy Joe Shaver! Celebrate and pick up his new album, “Long in the Tooth”

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

photo: Carol Sidoran


Happy birthday to Billy Joe Shaver, born August 16, 1939, in Corsicana, Texas.

Pick up a copy of his new album, “Long in the Tooth”

A gift for Billy Joe, and a gift for yourself — Win-Win!




Billy Joe Shaver, Knuckleheads, Kansas City, Missouri (August 12, 2011)

Dallas Wayne and Billy Joe Shaver

Support Family Farmers! Save America! Support Farm Aid!

photo: Janis Tillerson


I took this one at Knuckleheads 8/12/11

See Paula Nelson in Las Vegas, Baby! Tonight! (Aug. 16, 2014)

Saturday, August 16th, 2014


There is a sure fire way to get lucky in Las Vegas tonight! The Paula Nelson Band is performing at the Sun Coast Casino.

And if you are really lucky, they will sing this beautiful song from the band’s new album, “Under the Influence”

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Willie Nelson featured on new Ray Benson Album, “It Ain’t You”

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Music video for “It Ain’t You,” by Ray Benson featuring Willie Nelson. Appears on Ray Benson’s solo album, “A Little Piece.”
Directed by Aaron Brown

“Live Forever”, with the Highwaymen

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Thanks to Alice from Atlanta, for finding this documentary loaded up to youtube. Enjoy!