VERSIONS – “Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)”

Here we are again with “VERSIONS” – our look at the songs, the performers and the interpretations by performers of the songs. This time around Martin Johnson casts his eye over over ‘Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)’. Anything that you didn’t know about this tune is cleared up here: Continue reading “VERSIONS – “Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)””

AUK’s Chain Gang: Willie Nelson “City of New Orleans”

The previous Chain Gang link, The Highwaymen, featured Willie Nelson among their all-star lineup. Their debut album which featured our chosen song ‘Desperados Waiting For A Train’ also carried a Steve Goodman/John Prine song, ‘The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over’. Nelson and Goodman met again on a cover of Goodman’s most famous song ‘City of New Orleans’. Continue reading “AUK’s Chain Gang: Willie Nelson “City of New Orleans””

10 Grateful Dead Songs Covered By Bluegrass, Country and Americana Artists

The Grateful Dead have many claims to fame, from being at the heart of the development of psychedelic rock in San Francisco and paving the way for the Summer Of Love in 1967, to being the giant touring machine of the ‘80s and ‘90s setting attendance records at major stadia across America. They also just happened to have one of the best songwriting partnerships of modern times in guitarist Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter. Those who have more than a passing interest also know that with their albums ‘Workingman’s Dead’ and ‘American Beauty’ they contributed to the development of country-rock. Continue reading “10 Grateful Dead Songs Covered By Bluegrass, Country and Americana Artists”

Watch Willie Nelson and sons perform on Colbert

Accompanied by his sons Lukas and Micah, Willie Nelson was the guest on an episode broadcast this week of ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’, playing ‘Hello Walls’ which Willie wrote for Faron Young’s 1961 album of the same name. You can watch the clip below. Continue reading “Watch Willie Nelson and sons perform on Colbert”

Willie Nelson to release new album “First Rose of Spring”

Willie Nelson has announced the release of his 70th (!) solo studio album (and 14th for the Legacy label)–on Friday, April 24 (right before Willie’s 87th birthday on April 29th). The record is described as “an atmospheric soulful showcase of beautifully-written songs and poignant performances” and is Nelson’s first new release since winning the 2020 Best Country Solo Performance Grammy Award–Willie’s 10th overall, not including his Grammy Legend and Lifetime Achievement Awards–for ‘Ride Me Back Home’ the title track from his 2019 release. Continue reading “Willie Nelson to release new album “First Rose of Spring””

Video: Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson “Pancho and Lefty”

This week’s retro video is a true classic written by the legendary Townes Van Zandt.  If you watch closely, you might spot Van Zandt making an appearance or two in the video!  As you would expect, the characterful vocals from Nelson and Haggard are excellent.  Legend has it that the character of Lefty was based on Daniel Antopolsky, who toured with Van Zandt back in the day…read my interview with him here.

Willie Nelson rides back home with new album – due June

Legacy Recordings has announced the release of ‘Ride Me Back Home’, a new studio album by Willie Nelson due to land on Friday, June 21st. The album rounds out a trilogy about mortality that began in 2017 with ‘God’s Problem Child’ and was followed in 2018 with ‘Last Man Standing’. This is the 13th album that longtime friend/producer Buddy Cannon has produced for Willie in a little over a decade and the album debuts three new songs co-written by the pair: ‘Come On Time, Seven Year Itch’ and ‘One More Song to Write.’ Continue reading “Willie Nelson rides back home with new album – due June”

Willie Nelson performs with Lukas Nelson and Dave Matthews

Leaving you this weekend dear readers with this lovely little clip from yesterday’s Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing annual Grammy Week celebration in LA. The event chose to recognise Nelson’s “artistic achievements and creative genius” where Kacey Musgraves praised Nelson’s role as someone who transcends differences: “He has this really unique ability to unite and really bring people together. It’s unlike any artist I can think of. Underdogs, outliers, Republicans, rappers, presidents. Everyone loves Willie.” As Margaret Thatcher kind of once said. Have a good one.

Willie Nelson “Vote ‘Em Out” – Listen

We’re leaving you this week dear readers with the studio version of a track we’ve already covered on the site recently when Willie Nelson headlined a rally for Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke last month in Austin. He played a new political anthem ‘Vote ‘Em Out’ which urged Americans to exercise their hard fought right to vote on Election Day. As RS Country noted: “The “On the Road Again” singer was criticized by some conservative fans who objected to his performing at the O’Rourke rally. Unfazed, Nelson appeared on the talk show The View and defended his support for the Democrat. “Everybody has an opinion,” he said. “Everybody has a right to an opinion. I think I have one too.”” Have a good weekend everyone.

Willie Nelson performs new political song at rally – Watch

RS Country are reporting today that while Willie Nelson was headlining a free concert for Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke on Saturday night in Austin, he ended his set with a new song called ‘Vote ‘Em Out’ which you can watch a clip of below. They report: ““Here’s a new song we’re going to spring on y’all tonight. Take it home with you, spread it around,” said Nelson, before launching into the bouncy sing-along: “If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out / that’s what Election Day is all about / and the biggest gun we got / is called the ballot box / if you don’t like who’s in there / vote ’em out.” Continue reading “Willie Nelson performs new political song at rally – Watch”