Legacy Podcasts

We love music as much as you do.

Willie Nelson’s True Outlaw Stories 1

Posted by Podmaster On April - 26 - 2008

The Willie Nelson Podcast series now shifts from the MY OWN PECULIAR WAY biography pieces to TRUE OUTLAW STORIES.

Willie Nelson and and his longitme band members, road crew and friends bring us aboard Willie’s “Time-Tube” to give us all a unique look at life on tour with Willie Nelson. Host Rodney Crowell introduces the unique characters from Willie’s “band of gypsies” as go down the highway.

In this first piece, Willie reveals, “my whole family is about half-gypsy.” Despite the many traveling musicians in his family, his grandma had different ideas about how far from home Willie should go to play gigs. Thankfully, he convinced her otherwise, and 40-years later, he’s still on the road.

Featured songs: “On the Road Again”, “Texas in My Soul”, “My Own Peculiar Way”

Recomended: Willie Nelson: One Hell of a Ride

Producer: Joyride Media

Categories: CountryWillie Nelson | Tags:

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

Categories: Legacy PodcastWillie Nelson | Tags:

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

Producer: Joyride Media

Categories: Willie Nelson | Tags:

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

Categories: Willie Nelson | Tags:

The Johnny Cash TV Show Podcast Episode 3

Posted by Legacy Recordings On January - 22 - 2008

Between 1969 and 1971, Johnny Cash was at the height of his fame. ABC wanted him on their network, and gave him full creative control. Bob Hilburn and Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, wonder which of today’s artists would have the clout with TV programmers to book the artists featured in this episode – Waylon Jennings, Ray Charles, Derek & the Dominoes, Carl Perkins, and even James Taylor’s first national TV performance. Marty Stuart adds why all of those artists, regardless of genre, were also big Johnny Cash fans.

Host: Rodney Crowell

Categories: Johnny Cash | Tags:

The Johnny Cash TV Show Podcast Episode 2

Posted by Podmaster On January - 15 - 2008

“The Johnny Cash Show” was a TV variety show in the purest sense. Cash handpicked the show’s guests, and never limited his choices to any genre. His daughter, Rosanne Cash, tells us how the program was an extension of her father’s diverse interests. Music director, Bill Walker, and journalist Bob Hilburn recall Cash’s determination to feature the latest talent alongside traditional gospel and folk tales. Performances by Joni Mitchell, Tammy Wynette, Kris Kristofferson, the Carter Family, Carl Perkins and Louis Armstrong demonstrate the breadth of Cash’s favorites at the time.

Host: Rodney Crowell

Categories: Johnny Cash | Tags:

The Johnny Cash TV Show Podcast Episode 1

Posted by Legacy Recordings On January - 8 - 2008

Johnny Cash’s groundbreaking TV variety show aired on ABC-TV between 1969-1971. The program featured Cash performing with an eclectic mix of artists, including a few appearing on national TV for the first time. In this first episode, Kris Kristofferson, Marty Stuart and Bill Walker (the show’s musical director) discuss what made the show great, between excerpts of Johnny Cash’s own highlights from the program.

Host: Rodney Crowell

Categories: Johnny Cash | Tags: