Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard rehearsed some new songs and some old songs in the afternoon before the show at Whitewater Amphitheater last night.
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On March 23, 1985, “Seven Spanish Angels” by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles appears at #1 on the Billboard country chart.
Thank John Herring for all his great videos from the Heartbreaker Banquet, like this one of Tom Conway, Lily Meola and Micah Nelson, performing, “Bad Boys.”
On March 19, 2004, the Library of Congress adds 50 titles to its National Recording Registry. The new additions include Willie Nelson’s, “Crazy”, sung by Patsy Cline; “Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison,”and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys’ “New San Antonio Rose,” plus music by Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and Carole King.
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Ah, the US Festival. Homer Simpson once claimed that it was the greatest music festival of all-time (“It was ran by that guy from Apple Computers.” “What computers?”), and if this fantastic performance of one of Nelson’s biggest hits is any indication, he might be right. Nelson was 50 years old during this performance, and as you can tell, he was just hitting his prime.
by Johnny Sugar
Willie Nelson is hosting the Heartbreaker Banquet at this year’s SXSW, and to celebrate the event, let’s look back at some of his finest live performances. Nelson has been making music in for nearly six decades now, and in that time, he’s given us plenty of memorable in-concert moments. These are some of the absolute best.
“Crazy” became an enormous hit for Patsy Cline, who recorded it in 1961, but it was written by Nelson, who gives a stirring performance of it here at a concert with The Highwaymen, a supergroup that also included Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. While Cline’s recording became the most famous version of the song, Nelson has been playing it live for five decades now, and it remains one of the highlights of his set list.
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Willie Nelson’s great-grandson Zack’s class sings “A Peaceful Solution.” Willie is later joined onstage by Zack to perform the song at The Backyard in Austin, Texas this past March.
Thanks to Matt Hubbard and Rebecca Thomas, for putting this together and sharing it. Magical moments.
On March 9, 2007, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price team up for short tour, with s Asleep At The Wheel serves as their backing band. An album and dvd were released with music from the tour.
1.Miles and Miles of Texas (w/Asleep at the Wheel
2.Make the World Go Away (Ray Price)
3.For the Good Times (Ray Price)
4.Take Me Back to Tulsa (Merle Haggard)
5.Silver Wings (Merle Haggard)
6.That’s the Way Love Goes (Merle Haggard)
7.Okie From Miskogee (Merle Haggard)
8.Pancho and Lefty (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard)
9.Always on My Mind (Willie Nelson)
10.Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
11.Ramblin’ Fever (Merle Haggard)
12.I Gotta Have My Baby Back (Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard)
13.Night Life (Ray Price)
14.Sing Me Back Home (Merle Haggard)
15.Crazy (Willie Nelson, Ray Price
16.On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)