When Willie Nelson released his tribute album to the Gershwin brothers, he was showing his reverence for the Great American Songbook. And then there are the songs with which he has become synonymous, thanks to his charmingly eccentric vocal delivery. Whether he was crooning Countrypolitan fare in the Sixties — his debut album …And Then I Wrote is remarkable for its wealth of enduring songs — or busting down doors with Waylon Jennings in the Seventies, Nelson was always making waves with that unmistakable voice. One year later, Nelson released his own version, singing the song in a voice untarnished by age or pot smoke. The film may have been an alternate reality to his own life, but the song was quintessential to the real thing, a jaunty, singalong travelogue tailor-made for awards galas and commercial placements. His audience was growing smaller. His label was getting worried.
"Nothing I Can Do About It Now"
He is an American music icon that is known the world over for his unique voice, poignant songwriting, daring multi-genre musical collaborations, unforgettable movie and television roles and his dedicated support of the American farmer. One can hardly imagine all the things those blue eyes have seen. A room full of collaborators who've performed with him would fill a football stadium. Grammy love has kept coming late in his life, including a nod at the Grammys. The songs will never die, nor should they. There's no doubt Nelson is one of the most important singers and songwriters of any genre, all-time. Waylon released the song as a solo recording in , then re-released the song as a duet on the album Wanted: The Outlaws with Willie Nelson in When "Beer for My Horses" shot to No. Up until this time, Kenny Rogers had held the record for the oldest person to have a No. Nelson would team with Haggard for another duets album in
Willie Nelson songs are some of the most beloved of all time. The iconic singer-songwriter and guitarist has recorded songs from across almost every genre over the course of his legendary career, touching on country, folk, jazz and standards. He's not only one of country music's greatest songwriters, he's also one of the genre's most inimitable vocal stylists and guitarists, making this list of the Top 10 Willie Nelson Songs that much more impressive. Written by Beth Nielsen Chapman, this No. With a personal life that has included four marriages, tax troubles and "high times" that have led to occasional brushes with the law, there's obviously nothing he can, or would, do about all of it now. A haunting tale of bandits and betrayal, what's really going on in the story is far from clear. But while the details are murky, the song captures two musical giants in their prime. The title character of this sparse but electrifying tune is a long-haired, peace-loving rebel who wears sandals, travels with a motley group of friends, rejects the establishment and has "never held a job. Leave it to Willie and Family to score a hit with this great live recording all about the tortured memories of that "amber current. His is the definitive version, becoming his first No.
Willie Nelson. The name is six letters each for both first and last name, yet there is nothing simple about the man. In his career, he has defied — and continues to defy genres or classifications. He has recorded albums with just about every musical theme known to man since he began recording in the late s.