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)”

Willie Nelson releases track from his new record – Watch

Willie Nelson has released a new track ‘Something To Get Through’ from his forthcoming album ‘Last Man Standing’ which comes out on April 27 via Sony Legacy.  It’s been described as “a song about the devastation we feel at the loss of another and are told we’ll get over it-but we know better…. Nelson isn’t singing simply about the loss of a romance, or even a single death. In fact, it’s almost as if he isn’t singing at all, but rather sitting across from you, talking straight, telling you what he’s learned about life over the years.” Continue reading “Willie Nelson releases track from his new record – Watch”

Willie Nelson announces new album “Last Man Standing”

Legacy Recordings has announced the release of ‘Last Man Standing’, Willie Nelson’s new studio album (and 11th for the label) (and about 23 thousandth for the world), on Friday April 27th in the UK. Arriving just in time for his 85th birthday, the first single from the project is the title track, the video for which you can see below. The album is comprised of songs newly-penned by Nelson and longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon who have been working together since 2008, with Cannon producing more than a dozen of Willie’s albums. The album is described as “acknowledging the transience of time while marveling at the joy, beauty and surprise the world has to offer.” That bit of the world that doesn’t yet have access to Twitter.  Here’s the tracklisting. Continue reading “Willie Nelson announces new album “Last Man Standing””

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”