Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Two-CD Live Willie Nelson Album To Feature Cash, Jennings, Colter, Kristofferson and King

Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: New Years Eve in Houston 1984
Label: Golden Rain
Release date: Aug 12, 2016

Although he'd claimed in 1970, following poor record sales and a bad relationship with his then label RCA, that he was retiring from music, in 1972 Willie Nelson moved to Austin and became part of the bourgeoning hippie-country scene then exploding in the Texan capital. His popularity in Austin soared as he played his own brand of country music, marked additionally by folk and jazz influences, so Nelson decided to return to the recording business, and by February 1973, he was making his acclaimed Shotgun Willie at Atlantic Studios in New York. When Nelson, Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash formed The Highwaymen in the mid-1980s, they achieved platinum record sales and toured the world.

All four Highwaymen - along with Jessi Colter and B.B. King - appeared at the 1984 New Year's Eve show now released for the first time on this 2 x CD set. Something of a spectacular and broadcast across numerous local stations throughout the southern states, this superb performance from Willie and co. set the ball rolling for what was to become an annual event in the Willie Nelson diary and one that still continues to this very day, with the 2015 event taking place on the televised Austin City Limits, with guests Kacey Musgraves and Willy's son Lukas Nelson with his group Promise Of The Real.

Disc: 1
  1. Intro
  2. Whiskey River
  3. Stay A Little Longer
  4. If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time
  5. Blue Skies
  6. I Gotta Get Drunk
  7. Happy New Year
  8. Georgia On The Fast Train
  9. Forgiving You Is Easy
  10. I'M Not Lisa
  11. Storms Never Last
  12. Me & Paul
  13. America
  14. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
  15. Georgia On My Mind
  16. Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
  17. On The Road Again
  18. Always On My Mind

Disc: 2
  1. City Of New Orleans
  2. Stardust
  3. I'M A Memory
  4. Let The Good Times Roll
  5. Night Life
  6. She Is Gone
  7. Thrill Is Gone
  8. Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
  9. Good Hearted Woman
  10. Are You Ready For The Country'
  11. To All The Girls I've Loved Before
  12. Johnny Cash Impression
  13. I Still Miss Someone
  14. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  15. Amazing Grace
  16. Uncloudy Day
  17. Whiskey River (Reprise)
  18. The Eye Of The Storm


1 comment:

  1. Not sure where you get this story, this album is available on Amazon since March and unofficially streaming for about 2 years. There are also several videos of that performance available on youtube. Earlier that year (Oct 1984) all four Highwaymen had met in Montreux Switzerland to film a Christmas Special with Johnny Cash. That's when they came up with the idea for the Highwaymen. That Houston show was broadcast on HBO as well as simulcasted on FM radio.