By: Judy Shields
Country Legend Willie Nelson to perform at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, tomorrow Thursday, August 17, 2017.
Willie Nelson & Family
with special guest Kacey Musgraves
August 17, 2017
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The Hollywood Times will be in attendance to see and hear the one and only legendary Willie Nelson & Family. One can never go to too many Willie Nelson concerts (23 for me)! Willie is always entertaining his fans of all ages and we all love to watch him play his trusted guitar named “Trigger.”
So don’t miss your opportunity to see this country and pop legend tomorrow night here in our own backyard. Get a bite to eat in the downtown LA surrounding areas, including LA Live and head on over to the historical Shrine Auditorium via Metro buses, Metro Blue line, buses, taxi, Uber or Lift and hear some great music. This is a concert you do not want to miss.
In his long and eclectic career, Willie Nelson has recorded country music, standards, gospel, and much more. Now with the release of Milk Cow Blues, his third album for Island Records and his first blues release, Willie Nelson leaves his mark on yet another chunk of the American musical landscape. Milk Cow Blues combines the talents of Nelson, an array of special guests, and the cream of the Austin, Texas blues community. Guest stars on the album include B.B. King, Dr. John, young singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi, Keb’ Mo’, Francine Reed (who usually duets with Nelson’s fellow Texan, Lyle Lovett), and blues prodigies Johnny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Born in 1933 in the tiny Central Texas farming community of Abbott, Willie Nelson grew up in a world permeated with music: The gospel songs of the grandparents who raised him; the blues and Mexican corridas that eased the labor of the cotton fields; the country and Western Swing hits filling the airwaves from Nashville and Fort Worth…and the inner music was inside of him. Since releasing his first single in 1957, he has given birth to concept albums (his first, Yesterday’s Wine, was recorded in 1971), gospel albums, jazz albums, movie soundtracks, myriad duet projects, Christmas albums, live albums, and an album of standards (1978’s Stardust), which has become a standard in itself.
His around-the-beat blues-flavored vocals set the Nashville musical establishment on his ear. His spare-sounding breakthrough album, 1975’s Red-Headed Stranger, went so against the Music City grain of the day that his record company president first thought Nelson had presented him with a demo.
His early-70s merger of the traditional country and long-haired hippie audiences was called suicidal at the time, and has since come to be regarded as visionary. Outside the recording studio, Nelson established himself as a champion for the family farmer with his annual Farm Aid concerts. His Fourth of July Picnics have for the past quarter-century served as a rite of musical passage in Texas. His films include The Electric Horseman (with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda), Songwriter (with Kris Kristofferson), Wag the Dog (with Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman), and many others. Today, Nelson divides his time between the road and his beloved Pedernales recording studio/golf course in the Hill Country outside of Austin, Texas.
Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, released God’s Problem Child, Willie Nelson’s new studio album (and 9th for the label) on Friday, April 28. Get your copy today.
An album of all-new recordings, God’s Problem Child adds 13 new songs to the artist’s repertoire, including seven recently written by Willie and Buddy Cannon, his longtime collaborator and producer. The album is Willie’s first to debut all-new songs since Band of Brothers (his 4th Legacy release) reached #1 on the Billboard Country chart and #5 on the Billboard 200 in 2014.
Willie’s 7th Legacy collection, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin is currently in the running for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart following its release in February 2016. Nelson has won 11 Grammys over the course of his career.
God’s Problem Child, available on CD, 12″ vinyl LP or digitally, arrived just in time for Willie’s 84th birthday (April 29). Exclusive fan product offerings can be purchased at pledgemusic.com/willienelson
The album’s title track, penned by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals by both writers and the legendary Leon Russell (on what may be Russell’s very last recording). An old friend and musical cohort, Leon was the first person to put his signature on “Trigger,” Willie’s mythic guitar.
An album that reflects on mortality while marveling at the beauty and absurdity of it all, God’s Problem Child finds Willie Nelson at one of the creative peaks of his career, writing and singing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that can only come from the kind of life he’s living. One of Willie’s new songs, “Still Not Dead,” pokes fun at the many exaggerated reports of his demise he’s heard over the years while “Delete and Fast-Forward” is Willie’s unabashed analysis of the 2016 United States elections and how to deal with the aftermath.
God’s Problem Child opens with Willie’s performance of “Little House On The Hill,” a song written by Lyndel Rhodes, Buddy Cannon’s 92-year-old mother. Last October, a video of Lyndel hearing Willie singing her song for the first time, became an internet viral sensation.
In keeping with the album’s subtext of memory and mortality, God’s Problem Child closes with “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” a song written by Gary Nicholson that pays tribute to Willie’s outlaw country comrade, Merle Haggard. Haggard’s last album was 2015’s Django and Jimmie, a musical collaboration with Willie Nelson.
Willie Nelson continues to make music every day. God’s Problem Child is his 9th studio album since the release of Heroes, his Legacy debut in 2012 (#4 Billboard Top Country, #18 Billboard 200). When he’s not in the studio, Willie’s on the road again performing more than 100 live shows in the past year including Farm Aid, the 4th of July Picnic, the ACL Festival, the First Outlaw Festival and many more.
WILLIE NELSON – GOD’S PROBLEM CHILD
Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
- Old Timer (
Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
- True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
- Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
- A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
- Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
- Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
- Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
- God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
- It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
- Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
- I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
- He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)
About Willie Nelson
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In recent years, he has delivered more than 10 new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the last three years of the on-going Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch in Luck, TX during SXSW, announced the launch of his cannabis company Willie’s Reserve, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 2015, Nelson added “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of Willie, hit bookshelves and landed him on the New York Times’ bestsellers list; and a new studio album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie, which debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country album chart and #7 on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart. In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award. And 2016 began with the release of Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, a collection of 11 newly recorded Gershwin classics. The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart, as well as earned him a Grammy Award for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In September, came For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price, an album of newly recorded interpretations of 12 Ray Price songs. While a month later, Nelson released Pretty Paper, his new novel inspired his classic holiday song of the same title about a legless man who sold wrapping paper in front of a Ft. Worth, TX department store. In April 2017, Nelson released God’s Problem Child, his latest studio album with 13 new songs It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country album chart and #10 on the Billboard 200. Nelson continues to record more new songs for upcoming projects as well as touring throughout North America year long.