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I got a scratached to fuck Willie Nelson record....i want to know if I'm missing any gems....FWIW..."Funny how time slips away"

Michael Bourke, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I went to see him last month in Edinburgh, most enjoyable

leigh, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"funny how time..." 'd be my OPO pick too prob. - hard call tho - he's great, get pretty much any of his records, even the weaker ones have much good stuff.

unknown or illegal user, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Stardust.

I forget the date (late 70's--early 80's). Warhorse standards (Sunny Side of the Street, Georgia On My Mind, Don't Get Around Much Anymore etc.) that he completely ownz, produced/backed by Booker T (& some other MG's, I think). Dock it points for not having any Willie compositions on it, or maybe cheez factor, but there's nary a misstep. A sentimental but canny American pop document.

(plus my dad had a tape of it in the car when I was wee...)

GCannon, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

what GCannon said. his voice = some kind of levitation trick!

Tracer hand, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

A jillion great songs and we all pick "Funny How Time Slips Away." But "Nightlife" and "Crazy" are also Classic with a capC. But "Funny.." is my fave. I was in pain watching Dave Matthews cover this song on that recent TV special.

Aaron, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've been on a big Willie kick lately - without delving too much into his 80s albums, I've yet to get one I didn't like. If pressed, I'd say the best is "Red Headed Stranger", or maybe "Shotgun Willie". Also check: "The Troublemaker", anything live (he and his regular backing band are fantastic), "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Bloody Merry Morning", "Family Bible", "Stardust".

Shaky Mo Collier, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My dad was a fan and still is, grew up with him, though I know him more by the individual songs than the albums. There's something about his conversational/heartfelt blend that is very comfortable for me.

To remove Dave Matthews fears, listen to the grand and good cover by Chris and Carla.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"blue eyes cryin in the rain" off the wonderful "Red headed stranger" long player dontchaknow.

jp

john-paul, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

re: "Funny How Time Splips Away," the first time I listened to the lyrics and realized how sarcastic and spiteful a song this was, I was shocked because I thought the Revenge Fantasy was a ROCK thing, not a country thing. But as I delved into more (good, older) country, this theme is not uncommon. anyhoo.

Aaron A., Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Didn't Willie write "Hello walls", "Crazy" and "Funny how time slips away" in one week? That's incredible.

Michael Bourke, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't think he wrote all those songs in one week. I just finished a really good autobio of his (not the latest one) and he refers to those songs being published and recorded at different times, no legendary "week of creativity" or anything like that. ALthough he claims he was writing hundreds and hundreds of songs through the 50s and 60s.

Shaky Mo Collier, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'nother song by him i like piles is his version of "bring me sunshine" , yeah you know the song morecombe & wise useta use as their outro theme.

unknown or illegal user, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I have more tracks by Willie Nelson than anyone else (he's been making records for what, 45 years, and there aren't many rubbish ones) so this is extremely hard. Oddly, I think I'm going for one written by Kris Kristofferson, Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down. "I stumbled to my closet for my clothes and found my cleanest dirty shirt / The beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad so I had one more for dessert" - more convincing rock 'n' roll lifestyle in this song about a quiet, lonely Sunday morning than most heavy metal albums.

Martin Skidmore, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

YES!! Sunday Morning Coming Down is beautiful - I think that was the first song I heard of his where I really was struck by it and realized maybe here was someone I should take seriously. Up until then I only a little-kid's perspective on him, remembering hearing On the Road Again when "Honeysuckle Rose" had just come out when I was a young 'un...

Shaky Mo Collier, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Pretty fond of "Angel Flyin' Too Close to the Ground," myself, but there are just so many great ones with Ol' Willie.

John Darnielle, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

agreed. he's masterful on just about every level--especially as a guitar player. (if you ever see Night & Day, an all- instrumental album he made, grab it and don't let go; you won't regret it.) my ignorant OOP: "Always on My Mind," because he totally OWNS the fucker, and accomplishes the rather amazing feat of making the jerk narrating it actually sound like someone you'd wanna go have a beer with.

M Matos, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ack. Beat me to it. The Elvis version is, of course, godlike, but Willie's is even better. I was gutted to learn that "My heart will go on" had replaced "Always on my mind" as the number 1 song chosen to be played at co-op funerals...

Jacob, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Hands On the Wheel" off Red Headed Stranger. totally adore that album, don't have any others. what'd be best for me to pick up next?

al, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...
"The song To All The Girls I've Loved Before was actually not written for all the girls I've loved before. It was written for all of them except one, Sue Ginsberg. I told her I loved her, but I really didn't. She was nice and all that, but she was a total rebound. She had this really weird body."

gear (gear), Tuesday, 11 October 2005 08:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Undo the Right"

Mike Dixn (Mike Dixon), Tuesday, 11 October 2005 09:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Shotgun Willie" or "Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)" ... that whole album is solid though.

TRG (TRG), Tuesday, 11 October 2005 12:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"I Never Cared For You" or "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time" are godlike.

John Justen (johnjusten), Tuesday, 11 October 2005 18:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i wld like to hear him doing 'bring me sunshine'

i miss doorag :-(

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 11 October 2005 20:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

The new box set is unstoppably great.

kenan, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Always On My Mind"

Dom Passantino, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

Funny, I was thinking of that exact song when I went to get the box.

kenan, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

But I have to go with "Me and Paul"

kenan, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Does anyone have (and maybe want to share) a copy of the album Teatro? I think my ex kind of absorbed my copy.

kenan, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

I swear I saw a video of Willie Nelson doing a heartbreaking acoustic 'I Will Always Love You' sometime somewhere, but since haven't even been able to find evidence of its existence. Anyone?

Ralph, Waldo, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Merdeyeux), Friday, 1 May 2009 23:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

any chance it was 'you are always on my mind'? i know he's done loads of medlies with dolly parton, but can't recall 'i will always love you' off the top of my head.

Old Big 'OOS (AKA the Cupwinner) (darraghmac), Friday, 1 May 2009 23:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah it probably was. I've just convinced myself that it was 'I Will Always Love You' so much that I can't help but feel the need to hear a song that doesn't exist.

Ralph, Waldo, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Merdeyeux), Friday, 1 May 2009 23:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

really feeling his version of "a song for you" (at the end of the incredible "shotgun willie" lp) these days.

what a weird trajectory. early on he was just a songwriter, then he was that songwriter with the sort of reedy voice who wanted a solo career. then he had the biggest solo career in country music. then he stopped writing songs and became almost exclusively an interpretive singer. now he's pushing 80 and his voice is as strong as ever. wtf.

by the way this guy must have more albums, full stop, as any major american musician working. 60? 70? more?

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

also this may just be that he's good at projecting his persona, but is there a musician you'd rather hang out with than willie nelson? he just seems like a bro.

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

been into "can i sleep in your arms" a lot lately.

Joint Custody (ian), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm terrified by the vastness of Willie's catalog btw.

Joint Custody (ian), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

love this guy. 70s catalog is deep and amazing

The Tommy Westphall Universe Hypothesis (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

been into "can i sleep in your arms" a lot lately.

yeah, that's a good one.

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 05:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

Phosphorescent did a tribute album To Willie last year. I particularly like their covers of Can I Sleep In Your Arms & Reasons To Quit.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 07:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Scarlet Ribbons" "Sad Songs and Waltzes"

lukevalentine, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 07:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, also no one has mentioned "Pancho and Lefty"

lukevalentine, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 07:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

love this video of all the old country fellows (let's see... Porter, Mickey Gilley, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Bare) watching Willie play this one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZaZqx9v3dU

god country used to be great

lukevalentine, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 09:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

& here is a posthumous duet by Hank Williams & Willie Nelson

from the album "Half Nelson"

feat. a solo by Willie

amazingly, their styles blend very well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1FLXEb8KKM

holy shit

lukevalentine, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 09:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

fwiw the original television version of "edge of darkness" prominently features "time of the preacher" from red-headed stranger, and joe don baker even sings along with it at one point

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 12:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Pancho & Lefty of course was a Townes Van Zandt track originally. My fave version might be the Emmylou Harris tbh.

Joint Custody (ian), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 19:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Emmylou Harris is interviewed in that TVZ documentary, and frankly she doesn't come off terribly well. She refers to P&L as "my song" and said she was a little chagrined that Willie and Merle had a hit with it. She doesn't really seem to acknowledge any irony.

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 21:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

kinda shocking to hear a country music singer be so posessive, esp of a song she didn't write

The Tommy Westphall Universe Hypothesis (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 21:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

and about 1,000 people recorded it in the interim

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Wednesday, 3 February 2010 00:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

been into "can i sleep in your arms" a lot lately.

"Hands on the Wheel" makes me cry, and I'm not ashamed to say so.

Jack Human (kenan), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 06:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Didn't Willie write "Hello walls", "Crazy" and "Funny how time slips away" in one week? That's incredible.

He says he wrote "Crazy", "Night Life", and "Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away" in one week.

http://www.digitalinterviews.com/digitalinterviews/views/nelsonw.shtml

DI: Once you first got to Nashville, you put out some all-time classics.

WN: I was working in Houston in fact, living over in Pasadena -- driving all the way from Hempstead Highway back over to Pasadena every night. I wrote songs on the way, back and forth. In one week over there, I wrote “Crazy,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Night Life.” So, when I went to Nashville, I had those ready to go. It was a good week.

Best week ever, more like it.

Jack Human (kenan), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 06:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

mentioned over on the Highwaymen poll -- but this Complete Atlantic Recordings set is AWESOME and only $2.99 on amazon mp3. http://t.co/f1H5UApR i've got all the records on vinyl, but the outtakes/alternates are killer and there's a whole kickass live show. woooo.

tylerw, Friday, 13 July 2012 18:17 (five years ago) Permalink

That live show is killer. I bought that box a few years ago and don't regret it one bit.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 13 July 2012 18:52 (five years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

happy 80th to willie!

tylerw, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 20:02 (four years ago) Permalink

agreed. he's masterful on just about every level--especially as a guitar player. (if you ever see Night & Day, an all- instrumental album he made, grab it and don't let go; you won't regret it.) my ignorant OOP: "Always on My Mind," because he totally OWNS the fucker, and accomplishes the rather amazing feat of making the jerk narrating it actually sound like someone you'd wanna go have a beer with.

― M Matos, Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:00 PM (10 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

boom, hello, spotify

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 20:50 (four years ago) Permalink

listened to stardust last night, that album is perfecto.

tylerw, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 20:50 (four years ago) Permalink

as much as i adore stardust, and i will always think of it as the kind of willie nelson ur-text (though when it came out i imagine its novelty was that it was anything but!) - red headed stranger is just fucking uhhhhhh-mazing on every single level

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 20:51 (four years ago) Permalink

not that stardust isn't

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 20:51 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah, i haven't heard em all but it seems as though he could do no wrong in the 70s...

tylerw, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 20:53 (four years ago) Permalink

there's something so evocative about the little song-snapshots on red headed stranger; each is perfectly constructed yet each is less than a song. they're these little glimpses into a life, into one person's story, and the album seems to invite the idea that this story is itself a little glimpse into another, larger, rolling history of the west

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 20:56 (four years ago) Permalink

now the preaching is over
and the killing's begun

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 20:57 (four years ago) Permalink

you are all wrong shotgun willie is his best album

(also love: me and the drummer, yesterday's wine, a bunch of the live albums, and the troublemaker)
(yeah red headed stranger is great but a little silly in parts no? and the narrative conceit doesn't work for me)

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 May 2013 02:10 (four years ago) Permalink

His best record is the Live at the Texas Opry disc that came with the Atlantic Sessions set.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 2 May 2013 02:13 (four years ago) Permalink

oh that's a good one.

though as a music snob i am obliged to note that i have some bootlegs that are just as good, even better

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:00 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, there are some better boots for sure. But as far as official releases, that's my pick.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:01 (four years ago) Permalink

i think i only have one willie nelson bootleg shamefully (boarding house '75, i believe?). which ones do you recommend?

tylerw, Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:02 (four years ago) Permalink

My first and still favorite is probably 2/26/75 Panther Hall, Fort Worth, TX.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:11 (four years ago) Permalink

OTOH live at panther hall ballroom and...um... i need to look through itunes when i get home

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:12 (four years ago) Permalink

xpost!

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:12 (four years ago) Permalink

Great minds, etc.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:12 (four years ago) Permalink

no... wait.. my panther hall boot is from the mid-1960s

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:12 (four years ago) Permalink

from his pre-outlaw period, lots of bad/good jokes between songs

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:13 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh, I need to hear that! Mines the Red Headed Stranger tour and it SMOKES.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:14 (four years ago) Permalink

for some reason, it has never even occurred to me that there would be live bootlegs of Willie from the 70s. the one live album I have of his is awesome though.

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:15 (four years ago) Permalink

btw shotgun willie has the greatest pack of ballads nelson ever wrote (or didn't):

- sad songs & waltzes
- local memory
- slow down old world (the best thing he ever wrote? might be)
- she's not for you
- a song for you

i mean what

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:17 (four years ago) Permalink

oh and

- so much to do
- you look like the devil (which i sometimes forget is a ballad b/c it's so mean-spirited)

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:17 (four years ago) Permalink

I love the frenetic Willie and Family Live from '78, but it's not as good as the Texas Opry or Panther Hall shows from earlier in the decade.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:17 (four years ago) Permalink

Shotgun is probably my favorite Willie front to back. I wouldn't really call Local Memory a ballad fwiw

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:18 (four years ago) Permalink

also don't sleep on me and the drummer... i don't hear that one mentioned much.

if you stay away from his guest-stars-a-plenty crossover albums from the last 20-odd years, it's really hard to go completely wrong with willie albums. and there are, what, like 200 of them by this point?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:19 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah i guess local memory is kind of mid-tempo... actually the verses alternate between slow and mid-tempo. a nice effect btw

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:19 (four years ago) Permalink

You know what's slept on? The IRS Tapes. Was totally surprised when I finally heard them.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:25 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

saw willie play at westbury(?) in new york a few weeks back, knowing little about him beforehand, and it was a real illuminating moment. he was wonderful, especially how he played guitar. just bought a joblot of willie vinyl off ebay and hoping there's some treasure in there, particularly glad the song 'me and paul' is on one of the albums.

my eventual wife (stevie), Tuesday, 2 July 2013 21:53 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Toy Armadillo Stolen in NY After Nelson Concert
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: September 24, 2013 at 11:07 PM ET

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. — A missing toy armadillo with a connection to Willie Nelson has sparked a search in the New York suburbs.

A stuffed armadillo beloved by a member of Nelson's crew was stolen from the stage at The Capitol Theatre, in Port Chester, after a Nelson concert last Thursday, theater general manager Tom Bailey said.

Grainy video shows a woman walking onto the stage as the crew packs up, boldly grabbing the armadillo and sauntering off with it, he said. The critter is known as Ol' Dillo, he said, and is a treasured possession of Nelson's monitor engineer, Aaron Foye.

Theater workers looked through more video on Tuesday in hopes of identifying the woman, Bailey said.

A posting on Nelson's Facebook page asks for help finding the thief. And a commenter says, "We hang armadillo thieves in Texas."

Nelson's publicist, Elaine Schock, told The Journal News she was unaware of Ol' Dillo and didn't know it had been filched.

"When you go to a Willie Nelson show," she said, "the last thing you notice is an armadillo."

Nelson, singer of such hits as "Always on My Mind" and "On the Road Again," postponed his Wednesday concert in Carmel, Ind., according to his website, which didn't cite a reason.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 04:23 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Yeah, nice. So far I'm not too thrilled with Band of Brothers, which mostly seems like a cranky ol' self-pitying rich man's break-up album. But he really outdid himself last year with To All The Girls..., though it shoulda been titled With All The Girls..., or Women, 'cause of all the duets. And the mostly instrumental, mostly awesome Let's Face The Music And Dance/ The Stone piece reports he's taking guitar lessons, getting more into Django. Sure sounds like it! Heroes is the best of his alternating-styles collections, the best of those in whatever decade this is, anyway (the 2010s? Naw).

dow, Saturday, 6 September 2014 23:36 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie's December Day, the first installment of the Willie's Stash archival recordings series, on Tuesday, December 2.

An eclectic album collaboration from outlaw country legend Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Nelson, December Day debuts intimate new recordings of the siblings performing 18 songs they love.

Not sure how this is an archival recording and new recordings at the same time. Bummer, cause I thought it would be like Dylan's bootleg series or Neil Young's performance series. Willie must have a lot of that stuff, right? Although he did release a ton of stuff throughout his career so maybe not?

mizzell, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:41 (three years ago) Permalink

haha, yeah that is confusing.

tylerw, Monday, 24 November 2014 16:43 (three years ago) Permalink

they are new to us!

willie doesn't have the best quality control, I can't imagine he has a ton of great stuff still in the vault. he releases like five albums a year.

I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:53 (three years ago) Permalink

of course, dylan left some of his best stuff of the 70s-00s off of his official albums, so who knows.

I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, 24 November 2014 16:54 (three years ago) Permalink

friend of mine just posted a pic on fb with willie at austin/bergstrom

you fuck one chud... (stevie), Monday, 24 November 2014 17:35 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Saw Willie last night with my parents, on Willie Nelson Blvd no less. Willie was lovable and had an endless supply of bandanas and the largest Texas flag ever. Sister Bobbie got a couple nice spotlight songs where she transformed a grand piano into a pleasingly plinky saloon upright. Willie's harmonica player was probably the standout in the band. At the end of the show, Willie signed posters and other merch for nearly everyone in the audience. My only complaint is that there were several moments during the show where Willie appeared to be auditioning for his very own "Willie Shreds" youtube.

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:41 (two years ago) Permalink

:/

red headed stranger is great but a little silly in parts no? and the narrative conceit doesn't work for me

dead to me

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:20 (two years ago) Permalink

^^^

marcos, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:21 (two years ago) Permalink

Impossible.

The Willie/Kacey/I don't recall tour is among the shows I most regret missing in 2014, several others of which were profiled in the Times yesterday.

Banned on the Run (benbbag), Wednesday, 31 December 2014 22:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Comments from my Nashville Scene ballot (the annual reviewer round-up etc)

Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie, December Day: Non-Xmas, but seasonal in the winter light, seasoned sense(s). Flexing ivories, geetar darts, lyrical & blunt.
He seems a little short-winded at first, but vocal levels shift as needed: he's scrawny, full-bodied, nasal, well-rounded, etc. Ivories are also flexible, while the geetar darts, jabs, practices Djangology (he said recently he'd been taking lessons in that, but sounds the same). She contours and solos too, given more space than usual (though also check last year's Let's Face The Music and Dance)(not to mention her own ‘07 Audiography).
Each track lives in its own story, its own moment.

Willie Nelson’s Band of Brothers does incl. some good songs: the title track is disgruntled, almost a kind of anti-anthem: “We’re all a band of brothers, and sisters, or whut-ever,” also setting the record straight: “I love you and you love me, but you cain’t tell me what to do,” here that, entourage? But their charm is affected by the querulous ol' context (c'mon Willie, you're gonna give us geezers an even worse name). Mostly, or too often, It’s a cranky rich man’s breakup album, sometimes addressed to wimmin who just cain’t take a hint, although the waltz where he compares one of ‘em to infectious, persistent diseases could make for an effective, plausibly candid flashback (via the Woman’s A-Side or Man’s B-Side) on the otherwise maturely dealing-with-it Phases and Stages. Like Blood On The Tracks’ “Idiot Wind,” but Willie’s note is from a suavely succinct poison pen. Cover of Billy Joe Shaver’s “Hard To Be An Outlaw” just sounds like another dumb complaint from the majestic bus (which he’s said he sometimes stays in even when he’s “home.”) But “The Songwriters, “ one of the few he didn’t write, does infectiously celebrate his well-earned privilege and power.

dow, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 23:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Shoulda acraped off scraped off the second sentence (first & sec orig. a tweet), since I repeated and elaborated on it, sorry.

dow, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 23:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Should not try to cut and paste on tinyass phones, either; sorry again

dow, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 23:50 (two years ago) Permalink

whenever i think to check in on willie nelson he's released like 18 more albums!

i've come around on red headed stranger... i never /disliked/ the album, i like it a lot, i guess the narrative aspects of it never "did it" for me. but i should listen harder.

I dunno. (amateurist), Thursday, 1 January 2015 03:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Wonder if he has recorded as many as Tito Puente yet?

Pigbag Wanderer (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 1 January 2015 04:27 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Willie on Austin City Limits in 1974. Just a fantastic show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VQsexJuiTI

that's not my post, Sunday, 4 June 2017 06:07 (six months ago) Permalink

So many good songs and performances

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 16 June 2017 02:28 (five months ago) Permalink


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