Something You Get Through

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Willie Nelson’s 73rd studio album, “Last Man Standing” arrives on April 27th. Like much of Nelson’s recent work it deals with themes of mortality, aging and watching good friends die.

Buddy Cannon, who produced “Last Man Standing”, also happens to have co-written all 11 of its songs with Nelson. Cannon and Nelson have a long history of writing together in an unconventional way: They share text messages back and forth with snippets of lyrics that the other then builds upon and adds to. The first song they wrote together in this manner was “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” which was released in 2012.

The song Something You Get Through speaks to the deep tragedy of loss and the strength surviving significant others muster to cope. I trust it brings salvation to everyone with a heavy heart reading this post.

 

 

Willie Nelson’s New Album – For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price

I love everything about this soon to be available album from Willie Nelson. The retro cover is especially appealing as is the warm affection shown to Willie’s friend the late Ray Price.

Vince Gill makes a few appearances on this recording, backing up Nelson on a half-dozen tracks as a member of western swing supergroup the Time Jumpers.

1. “Heartaches by the Number” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

3. “Faded Love”

4. “It Always Will Be”

5. “City Lights” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

7. “Make the World Go Away

8. “I’m Still Not Over You”

9. “Night Life”

10. “Crazy Arms” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

11. “Invitation to the Blues” (featuring the Time Jumpers)

12. “For the Good Times

American Masters – The Highway Men: Friends Till The End

From left to right Kris Kristofferson, Johnny ...
From left to right Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, who formed the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Public television continues to be one of the best avenues of American music specials.

Frequently referred to as “the Mount Rushmore of country music,” The HighwaymenWillie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson – were American country music’s first bona fide supergroup, an epic quartet comprised of the outlaw country genre’s pioneering stars. An essential musical and cultural influence, the Grammy-winning group was active from 1985 – 1995: recording three albums, touring the world and acting in the movie Stagecoach (1986). American Masters – The Highwaymen: Friends Till the Endpremiering nationwide Friday, May 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series, explores how these men came together and the fruits of their historic collaboration.

The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws, a new 3 CD/1 DVD or Blu-ray box set of concert performances — including the complete Nassau Coliseum concert film seen in the American Masters documentary — will be available May 20 fromColumbia/Legacy, along with a new single-disc compilation CD, The Very Best of The Highwaymen. The Highwaymen: Live At Nassau Coliseum (a special broadcast edit of the concert film featured on The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws) is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations as part of June Pledge 2016.

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie

Sometimes you have to climb above your comfort zone when it comes to collecting music. I purchased the collaboration recording of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Django and Jimmie. It was an impulse buy I must admit. I’m real glad I bought this Sony Legacy recording. Its undeniable top-notch stuff.

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The recording mix, the session musicians, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s vocals and guitar playing are an absolute delight. The mix of songs unfurled at a rhythmic pace that you’ll settle into so naturally.

There are a couple of special guests who complement Willie and Merle. I especially like “It’s All Going To Pot” sung with Jamey Johnson (who wrote the song with Buddy Cannon and Larry Shell) It was released as the first single on 420day.

Bobby Bare joins Willie and Merle on my album favorite, “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash” written by Merle Haggard. The mutual respect will make the music of your heart smile warmly.

You’re going to treasure this 14 song masterpiece.

Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)

Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. JJ Cale’s influence on Clapton and many of today’s artists cannot be understated. To honor JJ ‘s legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale). With performances by Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single “Call Me The Breeze.”

The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.

1. Call Me The Breeze (Eric Clapton)
2. Rock And Roll Records (Eric Clapton & Tom Petty)
3. Someday (Mark Knopfler)
4. Lies (John Mayer & Eric Clapton)
5. Sensitive Kind (Don White)
6. Cajun Moon (Eric Clapton)
7. Magnolia (John Mayer)
8. I Got The Same Old Blues (Tom Petty & Eric Clapton)
9. Songbird (Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton)
10. Since You Said Goodbye (Eric Clapton)
11. I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Don White & Eric Clapton)
12. The Old Man And Me (Tom Petty)
13. Train To Nowhere (Mark Knopfler, Don White & Eric Clapton)
14. Starbound (Willie Nelson)
15. Don’t Wait (Eric Clapton & John Mayer)
16. Crying Eyes (Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland)

You may also pre-order and listen for Free for a limited time to the entire album on iTunes right here!

Neil Young and Jack White Appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

It was reassuring to witness late night television serve as the validation of the Neil Young and Jack White collaboration that I have been very intent upon owning. Jimmy Fallon is devout a fan of music  box sets. He has previously hosted a week long series of shows that highlighted the The Rolling StonesExile on Main Street collector’s box set (which I also own). Last night he honored the Neil Young/Jack White collaboration, A Letter Home a forthcoming limited edition box set (May 27th).

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon arranged for delivery and setup of Jack White’s 1947 Voice-O-Graph vinyl recording booth on the NBC Tonight Show stage in New York City. This was a magnanimous  gesture that allowed a large viewing and studio audience to witness Neil Young record the hit by Patsy Cline, “Crazy”, a song written by Willie Nelson inside that booth.

Follow this link to the Tonight Show Web Site to see Neil’s performance: http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/segments/5851

 

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Nashville Cats, Jack White and Neil Young

The news about Nashville Cats, Jack White and Neil Young is captivating the music of our heart. It made perfect sense when Neil Young validated this week that his new album, A Letter Home will be released on Jack White’s Third Man Records. Jack White and Neil Young share a vital bond for achieving audio excellence and sound preservation. Their music partnership builds upon their mutual respect for quality in sound recording.

Neil Young has been focused on a dedicated mission to deliver us the PONO music system. He wages heavy peace with PONO to provide 100% high-resolution audio for listeners. Neil Young informed us that the SXSW 2014 Music Festival (March 11-16) will serve as the PONO product announcement platform for PONO. SXSW is the ideal spot to hold this historic announcement with its pivotal role in music technology. I am grateful that Neil Young has stayed on target to bring this appealing technology to market. We stand to benefit significantly hearing the totality of sound instead of having it scrunched into a 5% music output form (MP3).

Third Man Records made the decision on Record Store Day (as you may recall Jack White was the 2013 Record Store Day Ambassador)  to use the highest quality aluminum substrate lacquers in The Third Man Recording Booth. These blanks offer the best fidelity for cold needle record cutting and can be played dozens and dozens of times without any noticeable audio degradation. They switched to clear vinyl several months ago.

Neil Young recorded in the Third Man Recording Booth that day which started him on the path towards  A Letter Home. Here’s a picture of Neil holding his prized record in the sleeve afterwards.

Jack White later recorded “Coal Miner’s Daughter” on Record Store Day. He did the song “so you can hear the warm analog fidelity that radiates out of this booth”.

What transpired during Record Store Day in the Recording Booth probably fueled speculation about Neil and Jack recording “duets” together. 😉

Third Man Recording Booth is a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine that records up to 2 minutes of audio and dispenses a one-of-a-kind 6″ phonograph disc to the user. An arcade staple through the middle of the 20th century and famously used by Martin Sheen’s character in the film Badlands, these “make your own record” booths were popular audio peculiarities that fell out of vogue in the 1960s and 70s. Like the records of old, users of the Third Man Recording Booth are encouraged to mail their recording to a loved one. Third Man even offers custom-printed envelopes and postage stamps to make that happen.

The Third Man Recording Booth is the only machine of its kind in the world that is both working and open to the public. The booth will run on custom Third Man tokens already in use in the Third Man Novelties Lounge.

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To All The Girls… Willie Nelson

I love a beautifully sung duet, a musical composition for two performers. The sweet harmony of voices joined in unison, trading off song verses which enchants the music of our heart.

Willie Nelson recently released To All the Girls…  a series of duets recorded by Nelson with prominent female country singers. The performers featured on the eighteen tracks of the album are Dolly PartonMiranda LambertLoretta LynnCarrie Underwood,The Secret SistersRoseanne CashSheryl CrowWynonna JuddAlison Krauss, Melonie Cannon, Mavis StaplesNorah JonesShelby LynneEmmylou Harris, Lily Meola, Brandi Carlile, Tina Rose; and his daughter, Paula Nelson.

Congratulations Willie Nelson. According to Billboard Magazine he has extended his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, as the duets “To All the Girls…” entered at No. 2,  He also claims his best Nielsen SoundScan week and highest rank on the tally in 24 years, as the set starts with 43,000 sold. Willie Nelson has secured 46 Top 10 Country albums an amazing achievement for the 80-year-old Red Headed Stranger 🙂

Willie Nelson ‘To All the Girls…’ Track Listing:

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