Various Artists – Willie Nelson – American Outlaw – All-Star Concert (2020)

FrontCover1As a songwriter and performer, Willie Nelson played a vital role in post-rock & roll country music. Although he didn’t become a star until the mid-’70s, Nelson spent the ’60s writing songs that became hits for stars like Ray Price (“Night Life”), Patsy Cline (“Crazy”), Faron Young (“Hello Walls”), and Billy Walker (“Funny How Time Slips Away”), as well as releasing a series of records on Liberty and RCA that earned him a small but devoted cult following. During the early ’70s, Willie aligned himself with Waylon Jennings and the burgeoning outlaw country movement that finally made him a star by 1975. Following the crossover success of that year’s Red Headed Stranger and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” Nelson became a genuine success, as recognizable in pop circles as he was to the country audience; in addition to recording, he also launched an acting career in the early ’80s. Even when he was a star, Nelson never played it safe musically. Instead, he borrowed from a wide variety of styles, including traditional pop, Western swing, jazz, traditional country, cowboy songs, honky tonk, rock & roll, folk, and the blues, creating a distinctive, elastic hybrid.

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Nelson remained at the top of the country charts until the mid-’80s, when his lifestyle — which had always been close to the outlaw clichés with which his music flirted — began to spiral out of control, culminating in an infamous battle with the IRS in the late ’80s. During the ’90s and into the 2000s, Nelson’s sales never reached the heights that he had experienced earlier, but he remained a vital figure in country music, having greatly influenced the new country, new traditionalist, and alternative country movements of the ’80s and ’90s that continued to thrive in the 21st century. Beyond his music, Nelson was an icon in pop culture, an outlaw beloved by fans who otherwise had little time for country music. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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This once-in-a-lifetime concert event took place Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. This historic event honored living legend Willie Nelson and featured his greatest hits performed by today’s biggest superstars. Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw featured star-studded performances by Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, Bobby Bare, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, George Strait, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Jimmy Buffett, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lukas Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Margo Price, Micah Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Norah Jones and The Little Willies, Ray Benson, Rodney Crowell, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, Sturgill Simpson, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Vince Gill. This major event was filmed and recorded for a major broadcast special slated to air on A&E Network in 2019.

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Performance highlights include “Willie Got Me Stoned” (Performed by Jack Johnson) and Nelson classics such as “Whiskey River”(Performed by Chris Stapleton), “Me and Paul” (Performed by Eric Church), “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” (Performed by Vince Gill), along with duets “The Harder They Come” (with Jimmy Buffett), “Crazy” (with Dave Matthews), “You Were Always On My Mind” (with Chris Stapleton and Derek Trucks), “After The Fire Is Gone” (with Sheryl Crow), and an All-Star performance of “On The Road Again.” In addition to these star-studded performances, music history was made when Nelson and George Strait performed together for the very first time on “Sing One With Willie” and “Good Hearted Woman.” “Willie and his songs mean everything to music artists and fans alike. Like Willie, they have inspired us to remain true to ourselves in every possible way. This incredible lineup of artists on this show is a testament to that,” says Blackbird Presents CEO Keith Wortman. (press release)

What a night !

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Personnel:
Paul English (drums)
Bobbie Nelson (keyboards)
Willie Nelson (vocals, guitar)
Jody Payne (guitar)
Mickey Raphael (harmonica)
Bee Spears (bass)

Chris Stapleton & Emmylou Harris

Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Chris Stapleton: Whiskey River (Bush/Stroud) 3.53
02. Lee Ann Womack: Three Days (Nelson) 3.20
03. Margo Price & Steve Earle: Sister’s Coming Home  / Down At The Corner Beer Joint (Nelson) 3.09
04. Lukas & Micah Nelson: I Thought About You, Lord (Nelson) / Time Of The Preacher (Nelson) / Hands On The Wheel (Callery/Rosas) 8.11
05. Nathaniel Rateliff: A Song For You (Russell) 2.46
06. Lyle Lovett & Ray Benson: Shotgun Willie (Nelson) 3.54
07. Vince Gill: Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Rose) 3.21
08. Jamey Johnson: Georgia On My Mind (Carmichael/Gorrell) 5.03
09. Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks: City Of New Orleans (Goodman) 5.22
10. The Avett Brothers: Bloody Mary Morning (Nelson) 3.10
11. Norah Jones & The Little Willies: I Gotta Get Drunk (Nelson) 2.51
12. Jack Johnson: Willie Got Me Stoned (Johnson) 3.16
13. Eric Church: Me And Paul (Nelson) 4.46

Willie Nelson & Derek Trucks

CD 2:
01. Willie Nelson & Dave Matthews: Crazy (Nelson) 4.01
02. Willie Nelson & Sheryl Crow: After The Fire Is Gone (White) 3.19
03. Willie Nelson & Emmylou Harris: Pancho And Lefty (v.Zandt) 4.29
04. Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: Till I Gain Control Again (Crowell) 3.56
05. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson & Eric Church: Me And Bobby McGee (Kristofferson) 3.44
06. Willie Nelson & Jimmy Buffett: The Harder They Come (Cliff) 3.49
07. Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton & Derek Trucks: Always On My Mind (Christopher Jr./ James/Carson) 3.53
08. Willie Nelson & George Strait: Sing One With Willie (G.Strait/Nelson/B.Strait/Cannon) 4.37
09. Willie Nelson & George Strait: Good Hearted Woman (Jennings/Nelson) 3.03
10. All Star Ensemble: On The Road Again (Nelson) 2.36
11. All Star Ensemble: Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die (Nelson/Cannon/Alves/ Colgin/McQuerry) 2.14

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This entry is dedicated to the lovely Greygoose !

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