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Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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Waylon Jennings sadly passed away in 2002 following complications from his diabetes. Battling drug addiction until the mid-80s, Jennings was plagued by health issues in later life and died at the age of 64. Despite his personal issues, Jennings had a successful career that hailed the arrival of outlaw country, a subgenre of music that offered a sound steeped in tradition rather than adhering to the more polished country sound of the 60s and 70s.

In 2015 Don Was and Buddy Cannon organised a tribute concert to celebrate the impact and enduring influence of Jennings’ music. Featuring stars such as Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson, Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings was recorded at ACL Live at The Moody Theater in Austin Texas. Almost two years on from that event, it has finally been released as a CD/DVD package.

In a time when the age-old debate about ‘what is country music?’ rages on, it’s timely to revisit the music of Jennings. Outlaw kicks off with Chris Stapleton performing I Ain’t Living Long Like This, which was a number one hit for Jennings in 1979. Stapleton is one of the current crop of country stars that have taken on the outlaw country mantle so it’s fitting that his presence builds the bridge between Jennings and his own music. It’s an uptempo start to a collection of performances that pay touching tribute to Jennings fantastic catalogue of songs.

Over the course of Outlaw, some of Jennings’ past collaborators make appearances. Jessi Colter takes on Mona and Willie Nelson appears throughout, flying solo on the highlight Till I Gain Control Again. Alison Krauss reprises her cover of Dreaming My Dreams With You, which was released in 1999 as part of her album Forget About It. Her emotive performance has the audience whooping and hollering in the middle of the song and it’s a stunning version of the track.

Elsewhere on the release Kacey Musgraves puts her on spin on The Wurlitzer Prize, Bobby Bare impresses on the punchy Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line, and Ryan Bingham rasps his way through Rainy Day Woman. Jennings son Shooter also performs Whistlers and Jugglers early on the set.

The DVD part of the release features the entire evening. It’s a shame that I Can Get Off On You by Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson was omitted from the CD but I’m glad it’s present as part of the DVD. Simpson is another artist, like Stapleton, who is leading the charge when it comes to modern outlaw country music. Extras on the disc include several featurettes, one of which sees the stars from the event talking about the influence of Jennings on their own music and careers.

Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings does exactly what it says on the tin. The assembled musicians honour Jennings’ incredible songs while putting their own spin on it. If you’re not overly familiar with Jennings’ music, you’d be forgiven for thinking that some of these could be original recordings that are relevant in today’s country music. If nothing else, this collection will have you digging out your Jennings records and remembering just what an incredible artist he was.

Track List: 1.

I Ain’t Living Long Like This – Chris Stapleton
2. Whistlers and Jugglers – Shooter Jennings
3. Mona – Jessi Colter 4. Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line – Bobby Bare
5. Ride Me Down Easy – Lee Ann Womack
6. Yours Love – Lee Ann Womack & Buddy Miller
7. Freedom to Stay – Jamey Johnson
8. The Wurlitzer Prize – Kacey Musgraves
9. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way – Robert Earl Keen
10. I Do Believe – Kris Kristofferson
11. Rainy Day Woman – Ryan Bingham
12. Dreaming My Dreams with You – Alison Krauss
13. I Ain’t the One – Alison Krauss & Jamey Johnson
14. Honky Tonk Heroes – Toby Keith
15. Lonesome, On’ry and Mean – Eric Church
16. Till I Gain Control Again – Willie Nelson
17. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Toby Keith
18. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Chris Stapleton
19. Highwayman – Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings & Jamey Johnson
20. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) – Willie Nelson & Full Ensemble

Release Date: 14th April 2017 Record Label: Sony Music

Willie Nelson, B B King, “Nightlife”

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Another Willie Nelson fan, “Jake” Harrell Jacob Myers, RIP

Monday, May 15th, 2017

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“Jake” Harrell Jacob Myers, 72, of Pateros, passed away on April 21, 2017, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, while listening to “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by Willie Nelson and holding the hands of his two youngest children.

Willie Nelson & Family

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Beck on the Tonight Show (1997) “Peach Pickin’ Time in Georgia”

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Willie Nelson topping charts with new album, “God’s Problem Child”

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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Willie Nelson performs at ACL Live on Dec. 31, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

The country music icon is still topping charts at 84.

Country legend Willie Nelson‘s God’s Problem Child bounds in atop Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart (dated May 20), earning 36,000 equivalent albums, with 34,000 in pure sales, during its first week (ending May 4), according to Nielsen Music. On the all-genre Billboard 200, the set starts at No. 10, where it is Nelson’s sixth top 10 (and fourth since 2013).

Nelson notches his 17th No. 1 on Top Country Albums (and third to arrive at the summit). He ascends to a solo share of the second-most chart-toppers, passing Garth Brooks and Merle Haggard, each with 16. Among all artists, George Strait leads with 26 No. 1s on the chart, which launched in 1964.

Beyond the new release’s chart-topping status, Nelson adds his record-extending 50th top 10 title on Top Country Albums. Fellow icons Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Strait share second place with 40 top 10s each.

Meanwhile, Nelson updates his status as the oldest living artist to crown Top Country Albums. Born April 29, 1933, he just celebrated his 84th birthday. Nelson last led the list, at age 82, with Django and Jimmie (alongside then-78-year-old Merle Haggard) on June 20, 2015 (30,000 sold). Haggard died in 2016 on his 79th birthday (April 6).

Merle Haggard performs at Stagecoach on April 24, 2015 in Indio, Calif.

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Meanwhile, Lynn, who turned 85 on April 14 and is recovering after suffering a stroke (May 4), debuted and peaked at No. 4 on Top Country Albums with Full Circle on March 26, 2016 (a month shy of her 84th birthday).

God’s Problem Child is Nelson’s first No. 1 on Top Country Albums without another artist since Band of Brothers debuted atop the chart dated July 5, 2014 (37,000 sold). When Brothers crowned the list, it closed a 28-year gap -between chart-toppers for Nelson; before that, he hadn’t reigned since June 7, 1986 (with The Promiseland).

The new, 13-track album was produced by Nelson and Buddy Cannon, with the pair having co-written seven of its songs. A good amount of the material focuses on aging, while “Still Not Dead” was inspired by fake news stories that reported Nelson’s premature demise. During a recent interview with Jeremy Tepper, who programs SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel, Nelson said of the falsehoods, “I always loved them. Everybody’s so glad to see me.”

The last song on the LP, “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” pays homage to Haggard. “You get to be our age, you see a lot of your buddies and friends pass on,” Nelson told Tepper. “It’s just inevitable. We’re all going to go one of these days… [But] not today.”

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Willie Nelson & Family, “Bloody Mary Morning” (Filmore 2011)

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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Willie Nelson and Faron Young and the story behind “Hello Walls”

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Willie Nelson, “Always on My Mind” (1982)

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Willie Nelson, “I Woke Up Still Not Dead Again”

Monday, May 8th, 2017

One of the great songs on Willie Nelson’s new album, “God’s Problem Child.” I love this album.

WILLIE NELSON – GOD’S PROBLEM CHILD
1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)

Willie’s excellent reflection on a life well lived: God’s Problem Child

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

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by:  Lee Zimmerman

You would think that at the ripe old age of 84 — an age that would find most people taking full advantage of retirement and the security of home and hearth — Willie Nelson would see fit to rest comfortably on his laurels and focus entirely on his golf game. Indeed, given his prodigious output — over 60 studio albums, scores of standards, films, books, touring and activism — there might be ample reason to believe his creative wellspring had been dried of inspiration as well as any ambition.

Yet, here he is back with another superb studio effort, one that measures up to the high bar set early on with Red Headed Stranger, Shotgun Willie, Stardust and the countless other albums that set the standard, not only for his contemporaries but for generations of country crossover artists who followed in his wake. “As we get older It gets easier to say not today,” Willie remarks in “It Gets Easier,” a song that describes the reluctance and resignation that confronts so many people as they ease into the sunset of their later lives.

Fortunately then, as evidenced by the baker’s dozen songs that inhabit God’ s Problem Child, Willie has no intention of giving in to concession or defeat. He makes a mockery of his own mortality on “Still Not Dead” and parodies his eccentric image on the title track. “I’m a lot like ol’ Ripley On believe it or not,” he sings on “I Made a Mistake,” belying the fact that he’s obviously doing everything right to be doing what he’s doing at this age.

In truth, God’ s Problem Child could be seen as a reflection on a life well spent (“You had your run and it’s been a good one” he sings on the otherwise weary “Old Timer”), but with plenty of frayed edges to ruminate on as well. While “He Won’t Ever Be Gone” is obviously intended as eulogy to friends long gone — Cash, Jennings, Ray Price and the like — it could also be seen as a living testament to Nelson himself. Happily, he’s still with us, but there’s no doubt that when that day comes when he’s called away to that great touring bus in the sky, his remarkable legacy will continue to live on. We should all be as fortunate.

Willie Nelson featured in new movie, “Pure Country: Pure Heart”

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels co-stars with Willie Nelson in WWE Studios’ “Pure Country: Pure Heart”

BURBANK, Calif – Kick up your boots and get ready to sing your heart out as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and WWE Studios bring you a touching, tune-filled, All-American tale of family in “Pure Country: Pure Heart” on Aug. 1, 2017. Featuring country music icon Willie Nelson, Tony Award nominee Laura Bell Bundy, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels in a feature-length film filled with both new and popular songs, “Pure Country: Pure Heart” is priced to own on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD. The DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack are available exclusively at Walmart.

Directed by Damon Santostefano (“Another Cinderella Story,” “Three To Tango”) from a script by New York Times best-selling author Holly Goldberg Sloan (“Angels in the Outfield,” “Made in America”), “Pure Country: Pure Heart” is the newest installment of the adored “Pure Country” franchise and also stars Kaitlyn Bausch (“One Life To Live”), Cozi Zuehlsdorff (“Dolphin Tale,” “Dolphin Tale 2”), Amanda Detmer (“Final Destination”), Dara Sisterhen (‘Dog with a Blog,” “Switched At Birth”), Mathew Barnes (“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”), Myra Turley (“Flags of Our Fathers”), famed singer-songwriter Ivan Neville and Ronny Cox (“Deliverance,” “Total Recall,” “Robocop”). “Pure Country: Pure Heart” is produced by Hunt Lowry (“Pure Country 2: The Gift,” “A Time to Kill,” “A Walk to Remember”) and executive produced by President of WWE Studios, Michael Luisi “(Fighting with My Family,” “Oculus,” “The Call”).

The DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD release of “Pure Country: Pure Heart” will include the all-new original movie, as well as exciting enhanced content featuring a music video with Willie Nelson, interviews with the cast, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more.

“Pure Country: Pure Heart” is the moving, music-driven tale of teenage sisters Ada and Piper. Upon discovering a letter about their late father, a Marine who died in Iraq, they leave rural Tennessee and hit the road secretly in search of the truth about the man they never knew. As they uncover his past as a budding country music star, the sisters find their own voice, beginning their journey as singers/songwriters.

Filmed on location in the heart of country music capitols New Orleans and Nashville, “Pure Country: Pure Heart” boasts 23 songs, curated by music supervisors Frankie Pine (Nashville, Mozart in the Jungle) and Mandi Collier (Nashville, Secrets and Lies), including 16 new songs making their debut in the film.

Among the featured songs are Willie Nelson’s beloved “We Don’t Run,” Laura Bell Bundy’s all-new “Grass Ain’t Greener,” the Ronny Cox penned-and-performed “Silver City,” and a bevy of songs from award-winning country-music songwriters – including Trent Dabbs & Jabe Beyer, Jon Kenzie, Maren Morris and Dallas Davidson & Natalia Starzuynski. The songs are performed in the film by Bausch, Zuehlsdorff, Barnes, Bundy, Cox and Nelson. WaterTower Music will release the “Pure Country: Pure Heart” soundtrack on Aug. 1.

“‘Pure Country’ is a wonderful, heartwarming franchise with proven success,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. “‘Pure Country: Pure Heart’ pulls you in with its music and engaging story about love, loss and dreams.”

This is the third film in the “Pure Country” series. Other titles include “Pure Country” and “Pure Country 2: The Gift.”

BONUS FEATURES

* Music Video: “We Don’t Run”
* Pure Country: You’ve Got to Have Heart
* Me Oh My-Meemaw’s PecanPie!
Read more at http://www.wrestlezone.com/news/835729-shawn-michaels-pure-country#alFdD31YE0ZYXWM6.99

Willie Nelson’s Message of Hope

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Willie Nelson's Message of Hope

"I've never seen worrying about anything change it, so I decided not to do it." —Willie Nelson http://trib.al/JMqproH

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Willie Nelson and Neil Young, Farm Aid 1997

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017