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“Just Breathe” (Eddie Vedder, Lukas Nelson)

Friday, October 31st, 2014

photo:  Jay Blakesburg

Lukas Nelson and Eddie Vedder sing, “Just Breathe”, at Bridge Concert 2014.

Creepiest Country Murder Songs: “Red Headed Stranger” (Willie Nelson)

Thursday, October 30th, 2014


Thanks in part to the influence of Appalachian folk, hillbilly and Western swing, country music has always addressed some pretty dark subject matter. Sure, there are songs about cheating, fighting and stealing, but it’s those even darker tunes about killin’ that are the guiltiest of pleasures. They’re also among the most popular — trying to count the number of times murder is alluded to in country’s storied history is, like James Joyce said of eternity, akin to moving a beach one grain of sand at a time.

To be a bona fide country murder tale, the song must have a homicide (or two), a narrative and, of course, possess that distinctive country sound. Ergo, “Murder Was the Case” wouldn’t qualify. Likewise, simply mentioning the capital offense does not a murder ballad make — there needs to be action. Here then are 10 country murder songs that best sum up the sub-genre.

The Red-Headed Stranger, by Willie Nelson

This entire album of the same name is one long murder ballad, telling the tale of the red-headed stranger who may be a cold-blooded killer, but is also somewhat of an American treasure. Chalk that up to the universal compassion for lost love, animals and Willie Nelson’s voice. Plus, when listening to this track alone, we don’t know that he actually killed his wife, as revealed in another song on the album, “Blue Rock Montana.” “Red Headed Stranger” itself resolves the penalty for the crime, and the widower is simply protecting his deceased wife’s horse. Shame on the “yellow haired lady” for trying to steal that bay!

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Willie Nelson, The Unforgiven, “Amazing Grace” (Farm Aid, 1986)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

he Unforgiven & Willie Nelson perform “Amazing Grace” live at the Farm Aid concert in Austin, Texas on July 4, 1986. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit:

Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

Willie Nelson, Engelbert Humperdinck duet, “Make You Feel My Love” makes first round of 2015 Grammy Nomination (Vote if you can)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Willie Nelson has made the first rounds of the 2015 Grammy Nominations for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with “Make You Feel My Love,” a collaboration he did with UK artist Engelbert Humperdinck, off his album ‘Engelbert Calling.’

If you are a voting member of the Recording Academy, please vote to make it to the next round. The ballots need to be in by 5PM on Wednesday November 5th.



Lukas Nelson with Pearl Jam performing “Just Breathe” live @ the Bridge School Benefit 2014

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, ‘Just Breathe’

Monday, October 27th, 2014

This beautiful duet of Willie and Lukas Nelson is included in Willie Nelson’s “Heroes” album.


Willie Nelson – Heroes tracklist:

1. “A Horse Called Music”Merle Haggard & Lukas Nelson
2. “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die”Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson
3. “That’s All There Is To This Song”
4. “No Place To Fly”Lukas Nelson
5. “Every Time He Drinks He Thinks Of Her” Lukas Nelson
6. “Come On Up To The House”Lukas Nelson & Sheryl Crow
7. “Hero”Billy Joe Shaver, Jamey Johnson
8. “My Window Faces The South”Lukas Nelson
9. “The Sound Of Your Memory”Lukas Nelson
10. “Cold War With You”Lukas Nelson & Ray Price
11. “Just Breathe”Lukas Nelson
12. “My Home In San Antone”Lukas Nelson
13. “Come On Back Jesus”Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson
14. “The Scientist”

Happy Shoeshine Friday! Enjoy Willie Nelson’s card tricks for his sister Bobbie (he’s an entertaining fool)

Friday, October 24th, 2014

He really is an entertaining fool.

Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson, “I Never Cared for you” (Riverbend Center) (10/19/14)

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Willie Nelson, “Both Sides of Goodbye”

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Good Hearted Woman” recorded in Nashville (10/21/1971)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Oct 21, 1971 Willie Nelson records a solo version of “Good Hearted Woman” in an afternoon session at Nashville’s RCA Studio B. A duet version of the song with Waylon Jennings becomes a standard four years later

Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, Riverbend Center, “Band of Brothers” (10/19/14)

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, “I Never Cared for You” (Riverbend Center) (Oct. 19, 2014)

Monday, October 20th, 2014

What a beautiful song! And all this sound from just Willie and Bobbie! What a beautiful place to get to hear these two amazing musicians. It was very moving. Thanks to the Riverbend Center, and the Gerald Mann Ministeries, for the great concert, in such a beautiful building.

Billy Joe Shaver, Floores Country Store, “That’s What She Said Last Night” (10/18/14)

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

I went down to Kinkos
To get some faxin’ done
My ex girlfriend works down there
She was my number one

She said Billy I’m busy
Why don’t ya come around back
I’ll clear the store and lock the doors
We can fax all night


That’s what she said last night
That’s what she said last night
We can fax all night alright
That’s what she said last night

Willie Nelson & Family, “Shotgun Willie” — Floores Country Store (Oct. 18, 2014)

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Short and sweet version of Shotgun Willie from last night’s show in Helotes.

Willie Nelson & Family @ Grand Casino, Shawnee, OK (10/16/14) “You Were Always on My Mind

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Thank you, Jenny Thompson, for taking this video from last night’s show in Oklahoma!