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Willie Nelson Set to Release ‘For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price’ in September

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Willie Nelson‘s latest album, For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price, will be available on Friday, September 16th.

On his new album, Willie has teamed up with a pair of longtime friends–producer Fred Foster and conductor/arranger Bergen White–who, like Nelson, are American country music veterans with deep connections to the legendary Ray Price. Foster and White worked together to complete Ray Price’s final album, Beauty Is…, at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios, where Willie Nelson has returned to create the magic of For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price.

For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price celebrates the wide-reaching impact and influence of Ray Price on American pop and country music, from Price’s hallmark lush orchestral arrangements (presaging “countrypolitan”) to the patented “Ray Price Shuffle,” the groundbreaking 4/4 walking bass line which transformed honky-tonk and country-western swing music in 1950s on hits like “Crazy Arms”.

Providing musical backup for Willie on six of the album’s tracks–“Invitation To The Blues,””Heartaches By The Numbers,””Crazy Arms,””City Lights,””I’ll Be There” and “Don’t You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me”–Willie is joined by The Time Jumpers, the Grammy-nominated Western Swing dream team comprised of Vince Gill (electric and acoustic guitar, harmony vocals), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle), Kenny Sears (fiddle), Brad Albin (bass), Billy Thomas (drums), Jeff Taylor (piano and accordion), Paul Franklin (pedal steel) and Willie’s Family Band harmonica player Mickey Raphael.

For the orchestral tracks on For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price, the Nashville String Machine, a full ensemble featuring violins, violas, cellos, string basses, sax, flute and oboe, accompanies Willie.

A visionary and iconoclastic artist, Ray Price defined and shifted the course of American country music over the course of his career. In the 1950s and 1960s, he kept grassroots country sounds alive through the infusion of rock ‘n’ roll and pop music elements, going so far as to utilize drums at a time when the Grand Ole Opry had banned them from its stage. By the late 1960s and early 1970s, Price became one of the godfathers of “countrypolitan,” combining lush orchestral arrangements with smooth-as-silk crooning. Ray Price’s music connected honky-tonk to big band to rock ‘n’ roll to country swing to pop. America’s musical landscape would look and sound very different without the contributions of Ray Price.

The profound musical relationship between Willie Nelson and Ray Price goes back to 1960, when Nelson, an aspiring singer-songwriter, moved to Nashville to further his career. Willie’s composition, “Night Life,” became Ray Price’s theme music, the song he’d use to open his shows. As Willie’s star rose in the country music firmament, he continued to collaborate with Price, releasing the albums San Antonio Rose (1980), Run That by Me One More Time (2003) and Last of the Breed (2007), a trio album with Merle Haggard. Ray Price made an appearance, singing “Cold War with You,”on Willie’s 2012 Legacy album Heroes.

For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price debuts Willie’s new interpretations of 12 songs Price made famous, including “Heartaches by the Number,” “Crazy Arms,” “Night Life,” “Faded Love” and “For the Good Times.”

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For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price
(Legacy Recordings)

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

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Willie Nelson Celebrates the Launch of “Willie’s Reserve” Cannabis

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Willie Nelson is thrilled to announce the launch of Willie’s Reserve, a premium cannabis brand, which is anticipated to be available in select Washington and Colorado stores in July and August, respectively. To celebrate, Willie Nelson and Family will perform in concert on Saturday, July 23rd, at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington and Saturday, July 30th, at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood, Colorado. For more information, visit axs.com.

“I always knew that marijuana would be legalized,” Nelson says. “I just never thought it would be in my lifetime.”

For decades, Nelson has served as the face of responsible marijuana use in the United States, while speaking out in favor of legalization for medical and recreational purposes. The nation’s most renowned aficionado has awaited the opportunity to share the pleasures of fine-quality cannabis with his legions of fellow fans, and now, with top-grade, meticulously grown and beautifully packaged Willie’s Reserve, he can. Willie’s Reserve signature Ready Rolls and high quality flower will be available at select purveyors in Colorado, Washington and future legal states for connoisseurs who appreciate the best.

Nelson has consulted with horticulturalists and cannabis farmers to assure any product labeled Willie’s Reserve will maintain a standard worthy of his name. Consumers will be able to indulge with confidence, savoring each puff while knowing they’re partaking in an age-old ritual that has bonded marijuana-lovers together since the first dried leaves were touched with flame.

“I’ve smoked enough and I want to give back,” Nelson continues. “Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there’s a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people. I hope it gives social justice to those who are incarcerated for doing what we’re now doing legally. I am also committed to have our crops farmed in an environmentally responsible way; to revitalize small farms and to grow it as clean as possible. So far, I’ve really enjoyed meeting with the best growers.”

Nelson’s steadfast legalization efforts have been altruistic as well as personal; he regards it as his duty to help Americans – including legislators – understand the benefits of marijuana use. And he expects Willie’s Reserve will become as much a part of his legacy as his music; he is, after all, the man who titled both a song and a book Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.

The benefits of legal cannabis include economic boosts for communities able to apply revenue from sales taxes to needed projects, including educational and social programs. Legalization also allows for more effective uses for funds previously spent on enforcing laws against private marijuana use. As a co-founder of Farm Aid, Nelson has famously advocated for family farms and environmentally sound growing methods. With Willie’s Reserve, he offers consumers the confidence of knowing they’re purchasing a product created by farmers who share his commitment.

Willie’s Reserve will continue to support Nelson’s goals and celebrate his legacy by constantly seeking innovative ways to develop and curate the brand, while seeking an end to marijuana prohibition in America.

For more information on Willie’s Reserve, go to williesreserve.com

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Returns to Circuit of The Americas

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Live Nation, C3 Presents and Circuit of The Americas (COTA) are proud to announce the return of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic to Circuit of The Americas. The legendary Willie Nelson plays host to one of America’s most celebrated festivals, and the 4th of July Picnic returns to COTA for the second year. Joining Willie at this year’s party is a star-studded cavalcade of his friends.

The 43rd edition of the picnic takes place at the Circuit of The Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater on Monday, July 4th. The all-day event on America’s birthday features performances from more than 20 artists on two stages, including Willie Nelson & Family, Brantley Gilbert, Jamey Johnson featuring special guest Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Shakey Graves, Leon Russell, Jamestown Revival, Cody Johnson, Margo Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Bush, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe, Asleep at the Wheel, Paula Nelson, Raelyn Nelson Band, Folk Uke, Dallas Wayne, and Amber Digby.

To accommodate over 20 artists, this year’s 4th of July Picnic will once again feature two stages: the main Austin360 Amphitheater stage and a second stage located on the Grand Plaza. The Grand Plaza will have picnic tables where fans can eat, drink, celebrate and watch their favorite artists, as well as a shopping area featuring a wide variety of Texas-based vendors. This year’s picnic will also incorporate a very special fireworks display to commemorate the show and to celebrate America’s birthday.

Tickets are priced at $85 for Reserved Seats, $65 for Tickets in the GA Pit Section in front of the stage, and starting at $39.50 for H-E-B General Admission Lawn. There are also a limited number of special VIP packages available for sale including the “Outlaw” hospitality package for $200, the “Trigger” package for $400, and “Shotgun” hospitality for $500. All tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20th at 10 a.m. CST and will be available at ticketmaster.com, circuitoftheamericas.com, all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Texas, or they can be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Additionally, COTA has partnered with Hotel San José, a 40-room urban getaway in the heart of Austin, and hotel rooms can now be booked at www.circuitoftheamericas.com/bookaroom. With easy access to downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake, and the vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife district on the popular South Congress Avenue, Hotel San José will be the perfect stay during the holiday weekend.

Standard parking lots at Circuit of The Americas open at 10 a.m., with premium parking lots opening an hour earlier at 9:00 a.m., and gates to the Austin360 Amphitheater will open at 11:00 a.m. Standard Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Premium Parking, Bus Parking, RV Parking, as well as campsites are also available for purchase at the time tickets are purchased.

For more information on the event please visit http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com.

Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Debuts at #1

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Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, Willie Nelson’s latest full-length album for Legacy Recordings, has debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart.  The only Willie Nelson albums to have previously scaled the Jazz charts have been Two Men With The Blues (#1, Top Jazz Albums, 2008; #1, Jazz Albums, 2009) and Here We Go Again: Celebrating The Genius of Ray Charles (#2, Jazz Albums, 2011; #2, Jazz Albums, 2012) (and each of those records was a collaboration with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis).

Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin is proving a welcome addition to the catalog of the legendary American musical recording artist, with members of the press corps singing its praises in print and online.  “What’s here is warming and inviting,” said AllMusic.com, “a record by an artist who is happy to be part of the great tradition of American song.”

Among the 11 Gershwin classics recorded by Willie Nelson for his new album are two duets: “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” with Cyndi Lauper (the song was originally introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1937 film Shall We Dance) and “Embraceable You” with Sheryl Crow (the song was performed by Ginger Rogers in Girl Crazy, recorded by Billie Holiday in 1944 and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005).

Other songs on Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin include: “But Not For Me” (written for Girl Crazy, Ella Fitzgerald’s version won a Grammy in 1960); “Somebody Loves Me” (published in 1944, the song was a hit for The Four Lads in 1952); “Someone To Watch Over Me” (written in 1926 for Oh, Kay!, the song also closes out Willie Nelson’s 1978 album Stardust); “It Ain’t Necessarily So” (written for the Gershwins’ 1935 pop/gospel opera Porgy and Bess); “I Got Rhythm” (the 1930s jazz standard written for Girl Crazy); “Love Is Here To Stay” (the last composition completed by George Gershwin before his death in 1937, the song serves as the main theme in An American In Paris and is a centerpiece of the Great American Songbook); “They All Laughed” (written for the 1937 film Shall We Dance); “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” (written for the 1937 film Shall We Dance); and the immortal “Summertime” (an aria originally written for Porgy and Bess, “Summertime” has become one of the most covered songs in pop music history).

 

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