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The Willie Nelson Podcast Episode 3

Posted by Legacy Recordings On April - 22 - 2008

In the early/mid 1970s, Willie Nelson knew he was “on to something” in Austin, TX, but still had to deal with the Nashville music biz when making records. If RCA, his label at the time, wanted to add strings to make Willie’s records sound more commercial, there was nothing he could to stop them. His only recourse was to let his contract expire and move on to another label that would give him full artistic control.

After a brief, two-album stint at Atlantic Records, Willie Nelson finally got what he wanted when he moved to CBS Records with his 1975 album, Red Headed Stranger. It wasn’t what they thought would be commercial, but it ended up being Willie’s first #1 album. The more Willie did things his own way, the more records he sold, and struck gold again a few years later with jazz standards on the LP Stardust.

[Editors Note: The irony is not lost on the Legacy Podcasters here at Sony BMG Music, the current home of both the RCA and CBS labels. We’re sure Willie notices, too.]

Recomended: Willie Nelson: One Hell of a Ride

Producer: Joyride Media

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The Willie Nelson Podcast Episode 2

Posted by Legacy Recordings On April - 8 - 2008

As Willie Nelson entered his mid-20s, he made a living in Nashville selling his songs to the artists who recorded them. It may not have been the most forward-thinking plan, but it was what he needed to do the pay the rent. Sometimes the performers would be happy to aquire the rights to their latest hit song, but there were some Nashville stars of the early 1960s looking out for Willie’s best interests. In this episode, Nelson recalls the unique deal he struck with Faron Young for “Hello Walls” one 1961 night at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

We then move forward a few years when Willie left Nashville and became one of the central figures of the burgeoning Austin, TX music scene. Singer/songwriter Ray Wyile Hubbard details how it was in those early days with other homegrown artists like Jerry Jeff Walker and BW Stephenson. The scene also helped inspire Willie and Waylon Jennings’ “Outlaw” recordings away from Country music’s big business center in Nashville. Willie discusses those years between clips of his best-known duets with Jennings — “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “Good Hearted Woman.”

Recomended: Willie Nelson: One Hell of a Ride

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The Willie Nelson Podcast Episode 1

Posted by Legacy Recordings On April - 3 - 2008

We kick off our 18-part Willie Nelson podcast series with Willie, himself, looking back on his earliest musical experiences – his first poems and songs as a child, his first band as a teenager (with his sister, Bobbie), and his first job as a radio DJ, where he made his first recording (“When I’ve Sang My Last Hillbilly Song”). He and host Rodney Crowell also guide us through Willie’s early successes and frustrations after moving to Nashville. He wrote songs like “Crazy” that were huge hits for Patsy Cline and others, but had trouble establishing himself as a performer as he had done in Texas. Other featured songs from this time in Willie’s life include “The Party’s Over” and “The Man with the Blues.”

Recomended: Willie Nelson: One Hell of a Ride

Producer: Joyride Media

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