Tag: Willie Nelson

It ain’t came yet

Saturday, 24 May, 2014 0 Comments

“Well, I been spendin’ all my money on weed an’ pills, tryin’ to write a song that’ll pay the bills but it ain’t came yet.” So sings Sturgill Simpson, a true heir to the rebellious tradition of Haggard and Jennings. “Guess I’ll have to rob a bank,” concludes Simpson about the failure of the songwriting muse to appear. The Kentucky-born singer’s got a new album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, and Mark Lore had this to say about it in Paste: “If you don’t like country music, don’t bother. But if you do have an ear for Waylon and Willie and the boys, then you’ll find plenty to love. Simpson may reside in Nashville these days, but he’s operating on a completely different plane.”

Jesus time

Saturday, 26 October, 2013 0 Comments

A quick look at the New York Times Bestsellers earlier in the week — Hardcover Non-Fiction — showed Jesus topping and tailing the list. In first place was Killing Jesus, an account of the life, times and crucifixion of our Saviour by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, and in tenth position, Zealot, a biography of the revolutionary Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. And there was even more faith in fourth position with I Am Malala, which is about a Pakistani girl who was shot by the Islamist Taliban, while in fifth place was My Story, in which Elizabeth Smart tells of being kidnapped from her Utah home in 2002 at age 14 by a couple noted for their “religious idiosyncrasy”.

All this brings us to Amos Lee, whose fine new album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song has come into our possession via iTunes. Although the name may not be familiar to all, Lee has built a sterling reputation by touring with Adele, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. Along with composing his own songs, he’s a superb interpreter and his version of Fred Neil’s A Little Bit of Rain is splendid. This is from the Mission Bell album.

Willie Nelson at 80

Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 0 Comments

“A man of eighty,” said Lord Byron, “has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.” And then, of course, there’s music. Willie Nelson, who celebrates his 80th birthday today, has met the scholars of jazz, blues, folk, rock and roll, disco, punk rock, hip hop, New Age and World music going the road of popular entertainment and out of these encounters he fashioned a school all of his own called “outlaw country”. Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Willie Nelson is “a poet and a one-man band.”