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Aug 24

Willie

Indulge me on this rambling post.  Everybody likes to play that “what was your first concert?” game.  I think mine was pretty cool:

willie_nelson_ticket_1984

Yes, I’m a pack rat and hold on to things like ticket stubs forever.  I think we still have the red-headed stranger bandanna somewhere, but sadly the 3/4 length sleeve baseball shirt that said Willie in the shape of the state of Texas is long gone.  (Do you have to ask if I got picked on in junior high?)

Anyway, I’m going to see Willie Nelson at the Mountain Winery in a couple of weeks, so I’ve been listening to him non-stop.  According to the media player folks at Yahoo, I should be able to share here and you can listen to 25 full songs before it starts playing snippets.  So, an eclectic list of Willie Nelson recordings for your listening pleasure:

Ou Es Tu, Mon Amour? (Where Are You, My Love?)
I Never Cared For You
Three Days
Stardust
Georgia On My Mind
All Of Me
Time Of The Preacher
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Red Headed Stranger
Heartaches Of A Fool
Good Hearted Woman
Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
Look What Thoughts Will Do
I’d Have To Be Crazy
Crazy

Added bonus #1
Gary Allan has written a hilarious song about Willie Nelson:

What Would Willie Do (lyrics)

He loves all the people no matter their races
Hell he even had a hit country song with Julio Iglesias
And that ain’t easy to do…

This reminds me of the quote on my sister’s email signature:

In Texas, we all share the common religious belief that if we live a good life, when we die, we go to Willie Nelson’s house.

– Kinky Friedman

Added bonus #2
One of the more interesting concerts I’ve been too was Carla Bozulich’s tour in support of her 2003 concept album, Red Headed Stranger.  With Willie’s blessing she re-made Red Headed Stranger – a concept album of its own – track for track.  The results are unique and outstanding:

Time Of The Preacher
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Red Headed Stranger

BTW – Much of the guitar work on Carla’s album comes from Nels Cline, who’s now playing for Wilco.  Willie plays on a couple of songs as well…

Enjoy.

  1. WOW! What a blast from the past. I was lucky enough to go to that concert as well. Willie is definitely a good first concert. I don’t remember much from that age, but I do remember that concert.

    Comment by Kim (Brad's sister) — August 25, 2008

  2. So you ARE reading the blog! Have a great week.

    Comment by brad — August 25, 2008

  3. Willie Nelson at the Mountain Winery…

    Tonight was the night.  It was of course, incredible.  I don’t want to make this an all Willie all the time blog, but a few notes:

    It’s all about the phrasing.  I’m not the first person to say it, but the phrasing is the magical …

    Trackback by Brad Meador - downtime — October 11, 2008