In Memoriam: Whitey Shafer (1934 – 2019)

January 13, 2019
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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)

September 18, 2018
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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

April 29, 2015
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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

November 19, 2014
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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

September 17, 2014
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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

October 17, 2013
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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

 

Artist Countdown: Waylon Jennings Top 60 Hits 9am ET @radiomax

June 9, 2013
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waylonjenningsWaylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937–February 13, 2002) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. Jennings began playing guitar at 8 and began performing at 12 on KVOW radio. He formed a band, The Texas Longhorns. Jennings worked as a D.J. on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI, and KLLL. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings’s first recording session, of “Jole Blon” and “When Sin Stops (Love Begins).” Holly hired him to play bass. During the “Winter Dance Party Tour,” in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered a plane to arrive at the next venue. Jennings gave up his seat in the plane to J. P. Richardson, who was suffering from a cold. The flight that carried Holly, Richardson, and Ritchie Valens crashed, on the day later known as The Day the Music Died. Following the accident, Jennings worked as a D.J. in Coolidge, Arizona, and Phoenix. He formed a rockabilly club band, The Waylors. He recorded for independent label Trend Records, A&M Records before succeeding with RCA Victor after achieving creative control of his records.

During the 1970s, Jennings joined the Outlaw movement. He released critically acclaimed albums Lonesome, On’ry and Mean and Honky Tonk Heroes, followed by hit albums Dreaming My Dreams and Are You Ready for the Country. In 1976 he released the album Wanted! The Outlaws with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter, the first platinum country music album. The success of the album was followed by Ol’ Waylon, and the hit song “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love).” By the early 1980s, Jennings was struggling with a cocaine addiction, which he quit in 1984. Later he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen with Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash. During that period, Jennings released the successful album Will the Wolf Survive. He toured less after 1997, to spend more time with his family. Between 1999 and 2001, his appearances were limited by health problems. On February 13, 2002, Jennings died from complications of diabetes.

Jennings also appeared in movies and television series. He was the narrator for The Dukes of Hazzard; he also composed and sang the show’s theme song. In 2001 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, which he chose not to attend until later on. In 2007 he was posthumously awarded the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)
2 Amanda
3 Good Hearted Woman
4 Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (with Willie Nelson)
5 Wrong
6 Take It to the Limit (with Willie Nelson)
7 Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys)
8 I’m a Ramblin’ Man
9 Just to Satisfy You (with Willie Nelson)
10 Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
11 Can’t You See
12 MacArthur Park
13 The Taker
14 Clyde
15 This Time
16 I’ve Always Been Crazy
17 Come with Me
18 I Ain’t Living Long Like This
19 Rose in Paradise
20 Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line
21 You Can Have Her
22 Brown Eyed Handsome Man
23 Lucille (You Won’t Do Your Daddy’s Will)
24 Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand
25 Shine
26 Pretend I Never Happened
27 I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain’t Used Up)
28 Never Could Toe the Mark
29 Sweet Dream Woman
30 Are You Ready for the Country
31 Women Do Know How to Carry On
32 Will the Wolf Survive
33 Working Without a Net
34 Dreaming My Dreams with You
35 Breakin’ Down
36 What You’ll Do When I’m Gone
37 You Asked Me To
38 Fallin’ Out
39 Mississippi Woman
40 Rainy Day Woman
41 The Devil’s on the Loose
42 Singer of Sad Songs
43 Cedartown, Georgia
44 Waltz Me to Heaven
45 Rough and Rowdy Days
46 Hold On, I’m Comin’ (with Jerry Reed)
47 The Conversation (with Hank Williams, Jr.)
48 Storms Never Last (with Jessi Colter)
49 Drinkin’ and Dreamin’
50 We Had It All
51 (Don’t Let the Sun Set on You) Tulsa
52 America
53 Suspicious Minds (with Jessi Colter)
54 Under Your Spell Again (with Jessi Colter)
55 Put Another Log On The Fire
56 The Weight
57 Do It Again
58 There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang (with Johnny Cash)
59 Gonna Write A Letter
60 I’ll Be Alright
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