Willie Nelson announces new “Willie’s Stash” album

Legacy Recordings has announced the release of “Willie Nelson and the Boys”, the second instalment in the Willie’s Stash archival recordings series, which lands in the UK on Friday, October 20. Following in the musical footsteps of 2014’s “December Day”, the first volume in the series (featuring Willie’s Sister Bobbie), “Willie Nelson and the Boys” is another family collaboration, this time showcasing him and his sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, performing a selection of American country music standards and classics, including seven penned by Hank Williams Sr. Continue reading “Willie Nelson announces new “Willie’s Stash” album”

Willie Nelson cuts set short due to altitude sickness

NME reports this morning – nothing to see here, thankfully: “Willie Nelson had to cut his concert short last night (August 12), after he experienced breathing problems. The concert took place in Salt Lake City and saw Nelson check in to hospital due to the respiratory issues. A few hours after the incident, Nelson took to his official website to ease the minds of worried fans.  Continue reading “Willie Nelson cuts set short due to altitude sickness”

New album release from Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real

Just signed to Fantasy Records and for the last two years the backing band for rock royalty in Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson, and his band are releasing an album at the end of August. Described as country soul, the self titled album is the band’s third full length release and features Lady Gaga on backing vocals on a couple of the songs.

The band will be playing some live dates in the UK in late October and they also have an appearance on Jools Holland’s Later lined up. You can hear three of the songs from the album here 

This year’s Farm Aid: Willie Nelson, Neil Young and more

Who knew that a benefit gig for family farm agriculture could conjure up such a stellar line up?  Rolling Stone report: “Farm Aid, the annual charity concert that has raised over $50 million since its 1985 inaugural show, is set to take place September 16th at Burgettstown, Pennsylvania’s KeyBank Pavilion. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will perform in addition to Jack Johnson, the Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Insects vs. Robots.  Continue reading “This year’s Farm Aid: Willie Nelson, Neil Young and more”

Willie Nelson talks to Rolling Stone and suggests Jeff Sessions “smokes some pot”

No stranger to the weed himself, Willie Nelson in a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone magazine was asked his opinion on US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ assertion that “pot is “only slightly less awful” than heroin.”  Willie’s response? “I wonder if he’s tried both of them. I don’t think you can really make a statement like that unless you tried it all. So I’d like to suggest to Jeff to try it and then let me know later if he thinks he’s still telling the truth!” Continue reading “Willie Nelson talks to Rolling Stone and suggests Jeff Sessions “smokes some pot””

Rolling Stone reviews new Willie Nelson track by track

Kind of like a singalonga but readalonga.  The new album arrives tomorrow and RS have been to it in detail.  They report: “Listening to a new Willie Nelson album with a set of fresh ears is almost impossible to do in 2017 – and Nelson knows it. Hovering over all news regarding the Red Headed Stranger are worries about the health of the country icon, who turns 84 on April 29th. So he decided to make the elephant in the room – his own mortality – the focal point of his new LP, God’s Problem Child.  Continue reading “Rolling Stone reviews new Willie Nelson track by track”

NPR music streams new Willie Nelson album in full – Listen

So the end of another week, and another ace preview of a forthcoming album by the lovely people at NPR music, this time of the new album by perhaps the most prolific artist in country music today, Willie Nelson. “God’s Problem Child” is out next Friday, the follow up to last year’s Ray Price tribute, featuring tracks co-written by producer Buddy Cannon. The album includes “Delete And Fast-Forward,” which is his take on the US election (no prizes for guessing his leanings) and there’s also a Merle Haggard tribute song written by Gary Nicholson.  Grab yourself a skinny mocha and settle down for 44 minutes by clicking play below. Continue reading “NPR music streams new Willie Nelson album in full – Listen”