Willie Nelson has a new album out today called Let’s Face the Music and Dance. Willie never lets us down with his new release year after year. This year he turns 80 and is in his 6th decade of recording. If you are a true Willie Nelson fan, you won’t be disappointed by this album. This is the same great Willie sound you are used to mixed with remakes of old songs written by Irving Berlin, Carl Perkins, Frank Loesser and Django Reinhart, and one of his own songs, “Is The Better Part Over.” In addition there are a couple of instrumental songs.
Listen to his own remake of Is the Better Part Over, South of the Border and Walking My Baby Back Home.
I honestly never get tired of listening to Willie Nelson…I have so many of his albums and there is nothing better than turning up a little Willie Nelson for the drive home at the end of a tired day.
I thought I’d throw out some duets that you might not know about that involved some of your favorite country artists. The reason you may not know about these are because they are duets with artists from different genres.
First up duets you may or not know about with some country favs comes off the Elvis Presley Christmas Duets album that came out in 2008. You will find many familiar names on this album for example Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Little Big Town, Wynonna Judd and many more.
The next one I have for you is Justin Bieber and The Band Perry! They did a duet on Bieber’s Christmas album out last year. The duet is called “Home This Christmas”. Though an unlikely pair their voices really do blend well, you should definitely have a listen.
And last, the Jessica Simpson song “Merry Christmas, Baby” featuring Willie Nelson is a keeper for sure. You absolutely must add that to your holiday playlist.
So who else are you listening to this holiday season?
Two new albums out today by Jason Aldean and Jamey Johnson.
Jason Aldean’s Night Train is his fifth album and is definitely a southern rock album. This is Aldean’s follow up to My Kinda Party which was a huge success for him and basically put him on the map as a big time artist. You’ll find some familiar guys on “The Only Way I Know” when Aldean sings with Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Check that one out along with “1994″ and “Take a Little Ride”.
Jamey Johnson’s Living for a Song is a Tribute to Hank Cochran. This is Johnson’s follow up to The Guitar Song in 2010. We heard a little bit of Johnson’s love for Cochran on The Guitar Song with “Set ‘Em Up Joe”. Living for a Song has a lot of duets, so many that I can’t even list them all, though I’ll give you some highlights: George Strait, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Ray Price, Asleep at the Wheel and more! Definitely check out The Eagle, which is the duet with George Strait.
Willie Nelson has a new album out today entitled “Heroes”, and he doesn’t disappoint. If you are a true Willie fan, you’ll love a ton of these songs. His son, Lukas Nelson, cowrote and performs with him on many of the songs. Lukas sounds very much like his father and compliments the songs perfectly.
As always, Willie Nelson duets with some big names and is not afraid to cover popular songs. You’ll see Willie’s rendition of Coldplay’s The Scientist on this album. And you’ll also hear Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Billy Joe Shaver and Ray Price on this album.
My favorites after first listen are The Scientist, A Horse Called Music, My Window Faces the South.
At 79, Willie Nelson shows no signs of slowing down and I like it! It’s also a great introduction to his son Lukas and his sound.
What are you listening to? Will you be checking out this Willie album?
Lionel Richie comes out with a new album today called Tuskegee. It’s all his biggest hits made into duets with our favorite country singers. I’m going to give you thirteen reasons to buy this album: Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Billy Currington, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett. You guys this album is AWESOME! And if you don’t like Lionel Richie songs, you are a damn liar! At least go listen to some snippets on iTunes.
You Are (w/Blake Shelton), Stuck On You (w/Darius Rucker, Sail On (w/Tim McGraw), and Hello (w/ Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles) are my favs for sure, right off the bat. And Hello even gave me goosebumps!
Also, on iTunes there is a sneak peek you can watch of the “making of” the album. Please go watch this, it shows a snippet of Blake Shelton being pure Blake Shelton. Gotta love it!
So what do y’all think? Is this a winner for Lionel Richie? What else are y’all listening to these days?
No new albums this week but I do want you to know about two new singles that you MUST check out. First up, Carrie Underwood’s first single off her new album that will be out in May. It’s called Good Girl and let me tell you it’s GOOD!! It’s a must listen to, so go download it now!
The next single you should listen to is the new single from Lionel Richie, which is actually a duet with none other than Willie Nelson. The song should definitely be familiar to you, it’s called Easy. Man, this song with these voices…definitely perfection. Go get it today.
I can’t wait for the new Carrie Underwood in May. What are you listening to these days? I’ve also been listening to some old stuff from Faith Hill, Dixie Chicks and a greatest hits of Willie Nelson. What are you most looking forward to? Any old stuff I should re-listen to?
From now until Christmas I’m going to be hooking you up with some fabulous country Christmas music every Tuesday! Let’s get started with an awesome mix of all the best: iTunes Essentials Country Christmas. You guys this has almost everybody you can think of…75 songs in all ranging from Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, and Little Big Town to Gene Autry, Elvis, and Merle Haggard!
I’ll go ahead and list off my favorite songs that you must listen to: A Baby Changes Everything by Faith Hill, Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton, Please Come Home for Christmas by Willie Nelson. And oh man, Christmas in Dixie by Alabama…that’ll definitely take you back.
So, do you bust out the Christmas music at the holidays? And if so, who are your favorites? I want to know!! I would love to add to MY ongoing list of holiday music. Next week I’ll share with you my all time favorite Christmas album.
Well y’all there are no major albums coming out today but I do want to keep you up to speed with some new singles that have recently come out.
First up, The Scientist. This is Willie Nelson doing a cover of Coldplay! Chipotle Mexican Grill commissioned both a movie and Nelson’s performance to emphasize the importance of developing sustainable food systems. And seeing as how Willie Nelson is a founder of Farm Aid, you can see why he’d be involved. Great song, great cover. Go check it out.
Next is a new one by Vince Gill. It’s been quite a while since we heard Vince Gill! He’ll be coming out with a new album later this year in which his entire family can be heard somewhere on the album. This is his first single off that album and I think we can definitely say Vince Gill is BACK.
Lastly, I’ve got some new Kenny Chesney for you. Rise Up is a new song available on iTunes that coincides with ESPN’s new show of the same name, Rise Up. The show visits ailing high school athletic facilities as they are given makeovers. Kinda cool, eh? And this seems to fit right in with Kenny Chesney’s love of football. Per the Chesney camp we probably won’t hear this song on the radio as it was just written as the theme song for the show, but like I said, it is available on iTunes for purchase.
So will you be purchasing any of these, or have you already? I’ve actually been listening to The Scientist over the last week or so and am loving it. Time to purchase the new Vince song as well as check out Chesney’s song/show.
Today’s release might be one that you would have missed had you not come to this here blog today…Tony Bennett has a new album out today called Duets II. On this album he does the following duets with some of our favorite country artists:
Blue Velvet with k.d. lang
On the Sunny Side of the Street with Willie Nelson
The Way You Look Tonight with Faith Hill
It Had to Be You with Carrie Underwood
For me it’s always a treat to hear my favorite singers perform some of the old songs we all know and love. One of my absolute favorites is The Way You Look Tonight, so I’m thrilled that Tony Bennett decided to pair up with Faith Hill for this one.
Keeping company with these country artists on this album are some well knowns such as John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli, Lady GaGa….just to name a few. Will you be checking this album out?
Lots of stuff on this week featuring just about anybody you’d ever want to see. I would like to recommend the Who Do You Think You Are with Tim McGraw if you haven’t already seen it, it’s quite interesting his family tree… And I’ll of course be watching all of the Behind the Video’s on GAC.
Biography presents Martina McBride on Monday, 7/25.