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”

Willie Nelson “does” Frank Sinatra, September – Watch

Not in that way obviously. Have a good weekend dear readers and we leave you with news that Legacy Recordings will be releasing ‘My Way’-Willie Nelson’s new studio album (and 12th for the label)- on Friday, September 14th. The first single to be taken from the album ‘Summer Wind’ is out today – you can watch the video for it below.  Continue reading “Willie Nelson “does” Frank Sinatra, September – Watch”

Margo Price joins Willie Nelson’s weed retail venture

Stranger headlines have been written but not many.  Leaving you this weekend dear reader with the news that Margo Price is going all Nancy Botwin on us and launching her own pot product with the americana weed kingpin Willie Nelson. Have a good one and don’t forget that SPF anything in the range of 30 to 50! RS report: “As if Margo Price doesn’t already have enough cred, she can now add a special ordainment from the godfather himself: Her own special strain of Willie’s Reserve, the personal marijuana brand of Willie Nelson. Continue reading “Margo Price joins Willie Nelson’s weed retail venture”

Willie Nelson on border separations: “Christians everywhere should be up in arms”

If you forget the glimmer of hope from earlier in the week (which was not without its humour), it’s been another depressing week for the US and Willie Nelson has something to say about it. RS Country report that Nelson “has issued a statement on the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The country-music icon and Texas native ripped the Department of Justice’s policy under President Trump, calling it “outrageous.” Continue reading “Willie Nelson on border separations: “Christians everywhere should be up in arms””

Willie Nelson “Last Man Standing” (Sony Legacy, 2018)

At 85 years of age Willie Nelson is still churning them out, ‘Last Man Standing’ following hot on the heels of his chart topping ‘God’s Problem Child’, released on his 84th birthday. That in itself is pretty amazing but more importantly he’s churning out music that guys half his age would give an arm and a leg for. Sure, he muses on his own mortality on the title song but he delivers it with some verve and a swampy delight, there’s no sign here of his venerable years. Continue reading “Willie Nelson “Last Man Standing” (Sony Legacy, 2018)”