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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).

 

Willie Nelson to Host 2016 Luck Reunion

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Luck Reunion is thrilled to announce the lineup for its 2016 festival held at Willie Nelson’s “Luck, TX” on the outskirts of Austin. The daylong event will showcase over 30 artists alongside unique pop-up shops and local food & beverage purveyors. Luck Reunion will take place on Friday, March 18. Tickets are released on a rolling basis via Luck Reunion social media pages, e-mail list, and at www.luckreunion.com.

Luck Reunion gathers a wide-ranging roster of country, rock, folk, and soul acts who join headliner and host Willie Nelson in carrying out the festival’s mission of continuing the American roots music narrative. Artists will be showcased on three stages: the World Headquarters Stage overlooking Nelson’s private “headquarters” hangout; the Revival Tent, a camp meeting-style performance space; and the newly added Chapel Stage, situated in the town’s intimate 40-seat church. The lineup is as follows:

World Headquarters Stage:
Willie Nelson & Family, Jenny Lewis, Lucius, Blitzen Trapper, Doyle Bramhall II, Alberta Cross, John Fullbright, Amasa Hines, Horse Thief, The Black Lillies, and Heaven’s Jail

Revival Tent:
Billy Joe Shaver, John Moreland, Parker Millsap, Margo Price, Joe Pug, Lissie, Matt Vasquez, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Indianola; plus a song swap curated by Heartworn Highways Revisited, the groundbreaking sequel to the iconic music film Heartworn Highways, featuring performances from: Robert Ellis, T. Hardy Morris, Sam Outlaw, Shelly Colvin, Andrew Combs, and Jonny Fritz

Chapel Stage:
Jack Ingram, Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards), Ciaran Lavery, Dylan LeBlanc, Holly Macve, Jonny Burke, Rob Baird, Daniel Romano, Insects vs. Robots, and Lily Meola

“We’ve gone to a lot of shows, had countless scheduling discussions, and made more than a few beer-soaked pitches to our incredibly talented friends,” said event founders Luck Productions. “We could not be more proud to announce the newest additions to the Luck Reunion family”.

The definitive getaway during SXSW, Luck Reunion offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience Nelson’s beloved hill country property that served as the set for his Red Headed Stranger film, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Between sets, attendees can sip craft cocktails in the Saloon; stop by the Luck General store for official merchandise and unique artisan goods including custom hats, vintage jewelry and clothing; and grab a bite from a variety of Austin’s famous food trucks.

On Thursday, March 17th, the eve of the concert event, Luck will also host an exclusive “Chefs’ Pot Luck” dinner benefitting Wholesome Wave, an organization making fresh, locally grown food available for low-income families. Guests will enjoy a seated multi-course meal prepared by an all-star chef lineup including Wholesome Wave founder Michel Nischan, Dean Fearing, Scott Conant, Michael Chiarello and John Mitchell; followed by intimate starlit performances by Willie Nelson, Aubrie Sellers, and Green River Ordinance.

For more information, please visit www.luckreunion.com

Willie Nelson Releases “Someone To Watch Over Me” Music Video

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Willie Nelson has released a new cover of a George Gershwin classic in this new Team Coco-exclusive music video.  Check it out below!

Get Willie Nelson’s new album of George Gershwin covers, Summertime: Willie Sings Gershwin February 26, 2016.

Willie Nelson To Headline Luck Banquet 2016

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Willie Nelson will headline the 2016 Luck Banquet, an exclusive boutique event held at Willie Nelson’s private “Luck, TX” in the heart of the hill country. Featuring a dynamic artist roster, the immersive Luck Banquet also celebrates artisans and chefs, offering specialty pop-up shops and the best of Austin cuisine. Luck Banquet will take place on Friday, March 18th.

Luck Banquet is a unique festival dedicated to cultivating and showcasing the ever-evolving American roots music community; revitalizing Nelson’s beloved Luck, TX as a lasting hub for the legacies among us and the artists carrying their torch.

Luck Banquet gathers a wide-ranging roster of country, rock, folk, and soul artists. Showcasing over 20 acts, Luck Banquet carefully selects each performer keeping in mind their contribution to the “outlaw” narrative – providing a unique platform for artists who, like the outliers before them, follow their dreams and influences without compromise.

“We believe that the best way to honor the true Americana story is by embracing the spirit of the movement and harboring a community that pushes boundaries – celebrating the wild, gritty, and ultimately beautiful work of artists we love,” said event founders Luck Productions. “The support of Willie, and the opportunity to revive ‘Luck’ as an artistic gathering place, is a gift.”

Luck Banquet will showcase artists on two stages: a revival-style tent next to the town’s chapel, and the main stage overlooking the front porch of Nelson’s private “World Headquarters”. The day will kick off in the revival tent with a collaborative song-swap set curated by Heartworn Highways Revisited, the groundbreaking sequel to the iconic music film Heartworn Highways, setting the tone for an unprecedented day of music.

An escape from the SXSW crowds, Luck Banquet offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the grounds that served as the set for Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger. Between sets, patrons can visit boutique pop-up shops; enjoy cuisine from Austin’s famous food trucks; and sip a cocktail in the Saloon.

On Thursday, March 17th, the eve of the concert event, Luck will also host an exclusive “Chef’s Pot Luck” dinner benefitting Wholesome Wave, an organization making fresh, locally grown food available for low-income families. Guests will enjoy a seated multi-course meal prepared by an all-star chef lineup including Wholesome Wave founder Michel Nischan, Dean Fearing, Scott Conant, Michael Chiarello and John Mitchell; followed by an intimate starlit performance by Willie Nelson. Additional ticket details will be announced soon.

For more information, please visit www.luckbanquet.com

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