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Happy Shelter-in-Place Shoeshine Friday

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Good News Garden (It’s 4.20 all month long) (get it?)

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles

Monday, March 30th, 2020
by: Stephen Betts

In early March 1978, Willie Nelson was atop Billboard’s country albums and country singles charts with friend and frequent duet partner Waylon Jennings. Their Waylon & Willie LP had spawned a massive hit with “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” which enjoyed a four-week run at the Number One spot. Nelson, meanwhile, could be seen as sort of taking that song’s message to heart with his follow-up album which, on the surface anyway, would seem to appeal less to cowboys than to “doctors and lawyers and such.” Released April 19th, 1978, Stardust offered Nelson’s interpretations of American pop standards. The album’s first single, Nelson’s passionate reading of the Hoagy Carmichael classic “Georgia on My Mind,” was released March 2nd, 1978, 42 years ago today.

With Stardust, Nelson the hit songwriter was completely absent, which meant that his interpretive skills were allowed to fully flower on songs such as “All of Me,” “Moonlight in Vermont,” and “Blue Skies.” Following Nelson’s version of “Georgia on My Mind,” which would reach Number One in June, becoming only the third of the Texas native’s solo hits to top the chart, “Blue Skies” became another country chart-topper, which made Stardust Nelson’s first LP to produce more than one Number One hit.

A year after its release, Nelson’s version of the song earned a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Most impressively, however, Stardust logged 540 weeks on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, eventually dropping off the survey a full decade later in 1988, by which time Nelson was a bona fide American legend.

Georgia on My Mind” was written in 1930 by Carmichael with his roommate, lyricist Stuart Gorrell. Thirty years later, Ray Charles had a Number One pop hit with it, and remains the artist most closely associated with the wistful tune. In 1984, Charles, who in 1962 had released Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music, a landmark LP interpreting classic country songs, returned to the genre for Friendship, an LP of duets with Nashville acts including George Jones, Hank Williams Jr., Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs and more. With Nelson, Charles recorded the Number One LP’s chart-topping “Seven Spanish Angels,” making it the biggest of Charles’ handful of country-chart entries.

In 1985, Nelson teamed with Charles during a Nashville Network concert simply titled The Willie Nelson Special. The pair’s performance of “Georgia on My Mind” was a highlight of the program, as the two longtime friends sat together at the piano to trade vocals on the song, as seen above. But Nelson and Charles also played behind the scenes, too, enjoying a rivalry at chess that Nelson joked about during the special.

“He won,” Nelson said, adding, “But the next time we’re gonna turn the lights on.” The comment earned a hearty laugh from Charles, as can be seen in the clip below.

Stardust would coincide with Nelson’s first appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1978. In an interview with the magazine’s Chet Flippo, Nelson acknowledged the major gamble he was taking with the LP.

“I had had the idea for some time but until I met Booker [T. Jones, who produced Stardust], I wasn’t really sure in my mind how well I could do these songs because of my limited musical ability, as far as writing down songs of this caliber. These are complicated songs; they have a lot of chords in them. I needed someone like Booker to write and arrange. Once I got with him it was easy to do the album.”

Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers, “Blue Skies”

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Watch Willie Nelson & Friends, “Outlaws and Angels”

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Outlaws and Angels


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Outlaws And Angels is a very special celebration of the music of Willie Nelson. The concert recorded at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles in early 2007. It follows on from the Stars And Guitars and Live And Kickin concerts of 2002 and 2003 but is the first to be released on film.

Hosted by actor James Caan, it features inspired performances of many of his best known tracks, such as Shotgun Willie, Midnight Rider, Pancho And Lefty and On The Road Again, with a truly extraordinary line up of guest artists including Joe Walsh, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Shelby Lynne, Carole King, Rickie Lee Jones, Keith Richards and Jerry Lee Lewis among many others.

1. “Georgia on a Fast Train/Ramblin’ Fever” with Toby Keith, Joe Walsh, & Merle Haggard
2. “You Win Again” with Bob Dylan
3. “Shotgun Willie/Shotgun Boy” with Kid Rock
4. “Funny How Time Slips Away” with Al Green
5. “Rainin’ in My Heart” with Al Green
6. “On with the Sun” with Shelby Lynne
7. ‘Stormy Weather” with Shelby Lynne
8. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” with Carole King
9. “Still is Still Moving to Me” with Toots Hibbert
10. “Midnight Rider” with Ben Harper
11. “Pressure Drop” with Toots Hibbert & Ben Harper
12. “I’ll Never be Free” with Lee Ann Womack
13. “Opportunity to Cry” with The Holmes Brothers
14. “Cisco Kid” with Los Lonely Boys
15. “Pancho and Lefty” with Toby Keith & Merle Haggard
16. “Overtime” with Lucinda Williams
17. “Mama Tried” with Merle Haggard
18. “Comes Love” with Rickie Lee Jones
19. “We Had It All” with Keith Richards
20. “Trouble in Mind” with Keith Richards, Merle Haggard, & Jerry Lee Lewis
21. “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On” with Kid Rock & Jerry Lee Lewis
22. “I’ll Fly Away/On the Road Again” ensemble

Lukas Nelson, “Can You Hear Me Love You?”

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Happy Shoeshine Friday! (and wash your hands)

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Nora Jones celebrate music of Ray Charles

Monday, March 16th, 2020
01.Hallelujah I Love Her So (Gospel 2-beat / Boogaloo / 4/4 Swing)
02.Come Rain or Come Shine (Walking Ballad)
03.Unchain My Heart (Bolero with Habanera bass)
04.Cryin’ Time (Country Ballad)
05.Losing Hand (Dirge with Chain-Gang Shuffle)
06.Hit The Road Jack (Gospel 2-beat / 4/4 Swing)
07.I’m Moving On (Boogaloo with Afro-Latin Backbeat / 4/4 Swing)
08.Busted (Gospel 12/8 Shuffle)
09.Here We Go Again (Rhythm & Blues 12/8 Shuffle)
10.Makin’ Whoopie (Hard-Bop 2-beat / 4/4 Swing)
11.I Love You So Much (It Hurts) (Waltz)
12.What’d I Say (Boogaloo)

Willie Nelson sings Chris Stapleton on new album, “Our Song”

Friday, March 13th, 2020
by: Jonathan Bernstein

Gorgeous recording appears on Nelson’s upcoming album ‘First Rose of Spring’

Willie Nelson has released “Our Song,”  a gorgeous new ballad from First Rose of Spring, his upcoming studio album out April 24th.

“Our Song” was written by Chris Stapleton, a frequent tourmate of Nelson over the past few years. “I can easily say Willie Nelson is one of my biggest musical influences,” Stapleton said. “It just doesn’t get any better than hearing him sing a song I wrote.”

Nelson’s latest, the second track he’s released from his forthcoming album, is a reflective ballad that finds the 86-year-old singer-songwriter drawing strength from love and lifelong companionship as he looks back on his long live. “In this time that I’ve been given/To fill my life with living,” Nelson sings in the song’s opening line. “I hope I’ve done the best that I can do.”

“Our Song” is not the first time Stapleton and Nelson’s music have crossed paths on record. Stapleton covered Nelson’s 1982 gem “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning” on his 2017 album From A Room: Volume 1.

Stapleton and Nelson had been scheduled to perform together at the first-ever event at the Texas Rangers’ new baseball stadium in Arlington later this month. That concert, slated to feature Yola and Jamey Johnson, has been postponed until later this year due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Willie and Bobbie Nelson, “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

“Luckenbach, Texas”, the Highwaymen

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

The Highwaymen performing “Luckenbach, Texas” from American Outlaws: Live at Nassau Coliseum, 1990

Willie Nelson and Family (Farm Aid 2019)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Willie Nelson, The Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV (March 10, 2012

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020


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“Worlitzer Prize”

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Happy Shoeshine Friday! (and wash your hands)

Friday, March 6th, 2020