Tag: Willie Nelson

Thursday 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Willie Nelson

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Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Born during the Great Depression and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the U.S. Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky-tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote “Family Bible” and recorded the song “Lumberjack” in 1956. He also worked as a disc jockey at various radio stations in Vancouver and nearby Portland, Oregon. In 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas, after signing a contract with D Records. He sang at the Esquire Ballroom weekly and he worked as a disk jockey. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Hello Walls”, “Pretty Paper”, and “Crazy”. In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and later signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price’s band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album, …And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The ongoing music scene of Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages. In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album Red Headed Stranger. The same year, he recorded another outlaw country album, Wanted! The Outlaws, along with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser. During the mid-1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like “On the Road Again”, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”, and “Pancho and Lefty”, he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.

In 1990, Nelson’s assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, which claimed that he owed $32 million. The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1992, Nelson released The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?; the profits of the double album—destined to the IRS—and the auction of Nelson’s assets cleared his debt. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. He explored genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk.

Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television. Nelson is a major liberal activist and the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), which is in favor of marijuana legalization. On the environmental front, Nelson owns the bio-diesel brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil. Nelson is also the honorary chairman of the advisory board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas.

In Memoriam: Whitey Shafer (1934 – 2019)

Sanger D. “Whitey” Shafer (October 24, 1934 – January 12, 2019) was an American country songwriter and musician. He wrote numerous hits for stars such as George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, and George Strait.

Born and raised in Whitney, Texas, Shafer’s musical career began in his hometown of Whitney where he played in a school band. In the following years he toured the U.S., performing with, among others, the then-unknown Willie Nelson. In 1967 Shafer moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he signed with the Blue Crest Music Publishing Company. There he wrote two songs for George Jones, “Between My House and Home” and “I’m a New Man in Town”, along with many other tunes for lesser-known acts. Shafer signed contracts with Musicor and RCA as a singer, but he was never as successful as he was as a songwriter.

In the early 1970s Shafer signed an exclusive contract with Acuff-Rose Music. In the following years he wrote many songs which went on to become successful on the U.S. country charts, including several No. 1’s. His songs included “The Baptism of Jesse Taylor” for Johnny Russell, “Tell Me Lying Eyes Are Wrong” for George Jones, and a series of hits for Moe Bandy. He had a longstanding friendship with Lefty Frizzell, whom he had met at his record label. He and Frizzell wrote the song “That’s the Way Love Goes” together, a hit for Johnny Rodriguez and also Merle Haggard in 1983; they also wrote “I Never Go Around Mirrors” (which Frizzell recorded in 1973 and turned into a top 25 country hit a year later) and “Bandy the Rodeo Clown” for Moe Bandy, which became a major hit shortly after Frizzell’s 1975 death. After Frizzell’s death Shafer wrote the tribute song “Lefty’s Gone” recorded by George Strait for his Something Special album.

Three divorces helped him with his song writing in the 1980s when Shafer wrote “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” (1985; with Darlene Shafer) and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” (1987; with his fourth wife Lyndia J.). Both of these were No. 1 hits for George Strait, and both were nominated for CMA’s Song of the Year.[3] “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” was also nominated for a Grammy Award, for Best Country Song (lost to: Paul Overstreet & Don Schlitz for “Forever and Ever, Amen”).

In the middle of the 1980s Shafer released two albums, I Never Go Around Mirrors and So Good for So Long, containing his greatest hits. In 1989 Keith Whitley chose the Shafer penned, “I Wonder Do You Think of Me”, as the title track and the first single released after Whitley’s death and went to No. 1. Also in 1989 Shafer was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Shafer continued to write for musicians such as John Michael Montgomery, Lee Ann Womack, and Kenny Chesney. In 2004, Shafer’s recording of “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” appeared on the soundtrack to the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. – Wikipedia

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP – Willie Nelson – My Way (2018)

My Way is the sixty-eighth studio album by Willie Nelson. It was released on September 14, 2018, by Legacy Recordings. The album is a tribute to Frank Sinatra, who was a close friend of Nelson’s.

Nelson first teased the album on April 27, 2018, while promoting his album Last Man Standing in an article published by Variety, saying that the Great American Songbook “is a deep well, because good songs never die. If it was good a hundred years ago, it’s still good today.”

The album was formally announced on July 19, 2018. It is a collection of songs closely associated with Frank Sinatra, whom Nelson first heard at 10 years old when Sinatra joined the radio program Your Hit Parade. Nelson and Sinatra were close friends and mutual admirers of each other’s work. In the 1980s, the pair performed on the same bill at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and appeared together in a public service announcement for NASA’s Space Foundation.

The album’s first single, “Summer Wind”, was released on the same day, along with its accompanying music video.

On August 24, 2018, “I’ll Be Around” was released as the album’s second single, with its music video premiering the same day.

The third single from the album, “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)”, was released on September 10, 2018, along with its music video. – Wikipedia

Willie Nelson Singles (Part 2) 1975 – 1989 8pm ET @willienelson

willienelsonWillie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist.

We feature Willie Nelson Singles (Part 2) from 1975 – 1989

The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a sub genre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of bio-fuels and the legalization of marijuana. – Wikipedia

Feature LP: Various Artist – The Art Of McCartney (Part 1) 7:30pm ET

ArtofMcCaratneyThe Art of McCartney is a tribute album to musician Paul McCartney and was released on November 18, 2014. The 42-song set, which covers McCartney’s solo work and work with the Beatles features as wide range of artists such as Brian Wilson, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Smokey Robinson and Kiss. According to producer Ralph Sall, the project has been in the works for over 11 years.

The Cure featuring James McCartney, Paul’s son, performing their cover of “Hello, Goodbye” was released on September 9, 2014 through Rollingstone.com.

The compilation will be available in a variety of formats, ranging from standard 34 track CD, vinyl and digital releases to a 42 track deluxe set with hardbound books, a DVD documentary about the making of the album and more. A limited edition deluxe box set, which has been limited to 1,000 copies will also be released and includes signed artwork by Beatles associate Alan Aldridge, a USB drive designed to look like McCartney’s signature Hofner bass, the aforementioned DVD documentary, an audio documentary, an illustrated guide to the release, art cards, CDs, vinyl and a certificate of authenticity. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Sheryl Crow Top 45 Hits @SherylCrow

sherylcrowSheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American musician and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. She has released eight studio albums, two compilations, a live album and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. She has sold more than 17 million albums in the US and over 50 million albums worldwide. Additionally, Crow has garnered nine Grammy Awards (out of 32 nominations) from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

In addition to her own work, Crow has performed with the Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Prince, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, B.B. King, George Strait, Tony Bennett, Kid Rock and Sting, among others. She has also performed backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle and for the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary celebrating Dylan’s thirty years as a recording artist.

As an actress, Crow has appeared on various television shows including 30 Rock, GCB, Cougar Town, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, as well as One Tree Hill. – Wikipedia

1 All I Wanna Do
2 The First Cut Is the Deepest
3 Soak Up the Sun
4 If It Makes You Happy
5 My Favorite Mistake
6 Good Is Good
7 Strong Enough
8 Everyday Is a Winding Road
9 Picture  (Kid Rock)
10 Can’t Cry Anymore
11 Tomorrow Never Dies
12 Love Is Free
13 Steve McQueen
14 Always on Your Side
15 Sweet Child o’ Mine
16 A Change Would Do You Good
17 Easy
18 Leaving Las Vegas
19 Anything but Down
20 Light in Your Eyes
21 Lean on Me  (w/ Kid Rock & Keith Urban)
22 There Goes the Neighborhood
23 Summer Day
24 Hard to Make a Stand
25 Run, Baby, Run
26 Motivation
27 Sign Your Name (w/ Justin Timberlake)
28 C’mon C’mon (w/ The Corrs)
29 I Know Why
30 Home
31 D’yer Mak’er
32 Real Gone
33 Building Bridges  (w/Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill)
34 Collide (w/Kid Rock & Bob Seger)
35 Not Fade Away
36 Detours
37 Old Habits Die Hard (w/Mick Jagger)
38 Out of Our Heads
39 Shine Over Babylon
40 Now That You’re Gone
41 Killer Life
42 Long Road Home
43 Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely
44 What I Can Do for You
45 Coal Miner’s Daughter Loretta Lynn (w/Miranda Lambert)

 

Feature LP: Willie Nelson – To All The Girls 11pm ET

Willie_Nelson_-_To_All_The_Girls_(album_cover)To All the Girls… is an album by country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, which was released on October 15, 2013, by Legacy Recordings.

The album consists of a collection of duets featuring Nelson along with prominent country music female singers. The performers featured on the eighteen tracks of the album were Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Carrie Underwood, The Secret Sisters, Roseanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Wynonna Judd, Alison Krauss, Melonie Cannon, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, Shelby Lynne, Emmylou Harris, Lily Meola, Brandi Carlile, Tina Rose; and his daughter, Paula Nelson. The album was released on October 15, 2013 on Legacy Recordings.

The first single “From Here to the Moon and Back”, a duet with Dolly Parton that she wrote for the 2012 movie Joyful Noise, was released on August 2, 2013. It was followed by the release of the single “Grandma’s Hands“, with Mavis Staples, on August 6. “It Won’t Be Long”, featuring the Secret Sisters was released on September 24; while “Somewhere Between” with Loretta Lynn was released on October 1.

1 From Here to the Moon and Back   Dolly Parton 4:01
2 She Was No Good for Me   Miranda Lambert 3:47
3 It Won’t Be Very Long   The Secret Sisters 2:36
4 Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends   Rosanne Cash 4:18
5 Far Away Places   Sheryl Crow 4:56
6 Bloody Mary Morning   Wynonna Judd 3:05
7 Always on My Mind   Carrie Underwood 3:55
8 Somewhere Between   Loretta Lynn 3:13
9 No Mas Amor   Alison Krauss 4:12
10 Back To Earth   Melonie Cannon 3:30
11 Grandma’s Hands   Mavis Staples 3:10
12 Walkin’   Norah Jones 3:39
13 ‘Til The End of the World   Shelby Lynne 2:01
14 Will You Remember Mine   Lily Meola 4:34
15 Dry Lightning   Emmylou Harris 4:21
16 Making Believe   Brandi Carlile 3:16
17 Have You Ever Seen the Rain   Paula Nelson 4:38
18 After the Fire Is Gone   Tina Rose 2:43

Source: Wikipedia