December 5th, 2022

Get your Paula Nelson sweatshirt!

December 4th, 2022

Time to bundle up for the holidays! This gorgeous @paulanelson1027 long-sleeved T-shirt will keep you warm and cozy on these cold December days. Get a couple for holiday gifts, and grab one for yourself! Holiday sale thru Dec. 12 at Paula’s store at https://bit.ly/3yyHLbi.

Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, “Pretty Paper”

December 2nd, 2022

PBS to air Willie Nelson’s “Live at Budokan”

December 1st, 2022

Willie Nelson - Live At Budokan

PBS stations will be airing Willie’s Live At Budokan over the next couple weeks as part of their pledge drive programming. Check here for when it will be airing in your town or check your local listings! https://WillieNelson.lnk.to/budokanFA/tunein

I’m going to tell my kids this is Santa art

December 1st, 2022

Purchase this cool art and more holiday merch at: Luck Reunion Official Store | Merch Central

Happy Thanksgiving, Thank you, farmers

November 24th, 2022

November 21st, 2022

Willie Nelson releases new live album, Willie Nelson Live At Budokan

November 21st, 2022

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by: Casey Young

It was produced by Willie’s longtime harmonica player and friend Mickey Raphael, and includes sound of Willie’s historic 1984 Tokyo concert, which was the first time Willie and his family band ever played there.

Along with all the great live tracks I’ve added to my playlist, though, there are a few new live performances available now of some of his most iconic songs from that special show.

The first one being “Me and Bobby McGee,” which was of course originally written by Kris Kristofferson, who shared writing credits Fred Foster on the track, and first released by Roger Miller in 1969.

It was made most famous, though, when it was released posthumously by Janis Joplin. Her version hit #1 on the Billboard U.S. Singles chart in 1971, and Jerry Lee Lewis also released a version that went #1 on the country charts in 1971, as well. Kris actually didn’t even know Janis had recorded a version of the song until he heard it after she passed away.

Aside from those two, it’s been covered by tons of other country artists over the years, including Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and even Johnny Cash, just to name a few.

Willie Nelson actually first included a studio version of the country classic on his 1979 23rd studio album Sings Kristofferson, which consisted only covers of Kris Kristofferson songs. The album peaked at #5 on the U.S. Country albums chart.

And the other incredible live performance he released from 1984 is of “Stardust,” the title track of Willie’s 1978 album. It was actually a cover of Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish’s 1928 jazz song, but Willie insisted on recording it back in the 70’s, even though his label at the time, Columbia Records, told him he was crazy.

The label was certain that the younger audience Willie had wouldn’t care about the older songs he’d chosen to record for the album (many of them were favorites from his childhood), but he was willing to take the chance.

He knew that some of his older fans would know the original versions of the songs, and his younger fans would figure he had written them anyways, so it didn’t really matter. He also included his mega-hit, #1 version of “Georgia On My Mind” on that tracklist, which was also a Hoagy Carmichael original.

And thank the Lord he was so adamant about it, because his rendition is one of the most legendary, recognizable albums and songs he ever put out.

In terms of this new project as a whole, Willie says that he believes music has the power to transcend cultures and beliefs, so he’s excited to be able to bring this special show to people all over the world:

“I believe that music, not only country music, but I believe that music is a great communicator. I think that is the great thing about music.”

A broadcast edition of Willie Nelson Live At Budokan is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning this Saturday, November 26th, which will include live footage from the show.

The album is out on streaming platforms everywhere now, with a few of the other songs and rare footage up on Youtube, like a great video of “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground.”

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Christmas Down Home, Willie Nelson & Friends

November 21st, 2022

November 21st, 2022

Willie Nelson takes Gonzales by storm

November 20th, 2022

Thanks, Phil Weisman for sharing this from your collection.

November 19th, 2022

November 16th, 2022

Willie Nelson, “Live Forever”

November 16th, 2022

Willie Nelson nominated for four 2023 Grammy awards

November 16th, 2022

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by: Derrick

89-Year-Old Willie Nelson Is Up For Four 2023 Grammys But Surprisingly, He’s Not Even The Oldest Nominee.

Willie Nelson is 89 years old, with his 90th birthday coming up in April, and he’s still unbelievably productive. Earlier this year, he released A Beautiful Time, his 72nd solo album and his fourth since 2020. Well, the nominations for the 2023 Grammys were announced yesterday (November 15) and they showed that it’s not just about quantity with Nelson, as his new work is still picking up nominations for music’s biggest awards show.

All in all, he walked away with four nominations: Best Country Solo Performance (“Live Forever”), Best Country Song (“I’ll Love You Till The Day I Die”), Best Country Album (A Beautiful Time), and Best Roots Gospel Album (The Willie Nelson Family). Impressively, those nominations stem from three different projects; “Live Forever” is from Live Forever: A Tribute To Billy Joe Shaver and “I’ll Love You Till The Day I Die” appears on A Beautiful Time.

What may be the most surprising about all this is that Nelson actually isn’t this year’s oldest Grammy nominee. That title goes to 96-year-old Mel Brooks, whose All About Me!: My Remarkable Life In Show Business is nominated for Best Audio Book, Narration, And Storytelling Recording. Other notable older nominees include 88-year-old John Mayall and 86-year-old Buddy Guy, whose projects (The Sun Is Shining Down and The Blues Don’t Lie, respectively) are up for Best Traditional Blues Album.

On a related note, earlier this year, Tony Bennett became the second-oldest person to ever win a Grammy; he was 95 years and 243 days old at the time.

Find the full list of 2023 Grammy nominees here.