Willie Nelson Sings Kristofferson Willie Nelson

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  • 1Me and Bobby McGee05:40
  • 2Help Me Make It Through the Night03:58
  • 3The Pilgrim: Chapter 3303:34
  • 4Why Me03:52
  • 5For the Good Times05:24
  • 6You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine)03:54
  • 7Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)05:51
  • 8Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down07:03
  • 9Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends02:48
  • Total Runtime42:04

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Long before alternative country, even before 'outlaw country,' Kris Kristofferson was defining the outer limits of country music with his frank, boozy, often risque songs and rough-hewn singing. In 1979, Nelson recorded a collection of Kristofferson's best compositions, appropriately titled „Willie Nelson Sings Kristofferson“. The set kicks off with a funky take on 'Me and Bobbie McGee,' then slides effortlessly through eight more classics including 'Help Me Make Me Through the Night,' 'Sunday Morning Comin' Down,' 'For the Good Times,' and one of gospel's great songs of self-recrimination, 'Why Me.'

Recorded at the peak of Nelson's fame, this disc is vintage Willie and Family, loose but never sloppy. It almost sounds as if the band is playing the songs for the first time, but that they know each other so well and are such expert players that the whole thing falls together naturally and effortlessly. Nelson obviously loves this material, and it shows both in his singing and his guitar playing, which is particularly inspired here. In the 1980s Willie and Kristofferson formed a country supergroup with Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, recording and touring as The Highwaymen.

Willie Nelson, vocals, guitar
Jody Payne, guitar
Bobbie Nelson, piano
Rex Ludwick, drums
Paul English, drums
Bee Spears, bass
Chris Ethridge, bass
Mickey Raphael, harp
Jerry Reed, electric guitar on 'You Show Me Yours'
Grady Martin, electric guitar on You Show Me Yours'
Albert Lee, electric guitar on 'The Pilgrim'
Booker T. Jones, organ on 'Why Me'
Kris Kristofferson, backing vocals

Engineered by Bradley Hartman, Harold Lee
Mixed by Bradley Hartman
Produced by Willie Nelson

Digitally remastered

Willie Nelson
With a six-decade career and a catalog of more than 200 albums to his credit, the iconic Texas singer-songwriter Willie Nelsonhas earned a permanent position in pop music’s pantheon with songs combining the sophistication of Tin Pan Alley with the rough-and-tumble grit and emotional honesty of country music. He brought pop and country together on the radio in the early 1960s with unforgettable songs like “Crazy” (Patsy Cline), “Hello Walls” (Faron Young), “Funny How Time Slips Away” (Billy Walker), “Night Life” (Ray Price) and others and, by the mid-1970s, had become a superstar in his own right as a prime mover of a revolutionary and thriving outlaw country music scene. The Red Headed Stranger, Willie’s first album for Columbia Records in 1975, catapulted the artist to the front ranks of popularity, making his a name familiar in country and city households across America and around-the-world.

A seven-time Grammy Award winner, Willie Nelson has received numerous accolades including American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and others. He is a co-founder of Farm Aid, an annual series of fundraising events which began as an all-star benefit concert in 1985 to raise money for American family farmers. He continues to lobby against horse slaughter and produces his own blend of biodiesel fuel. An old-school road-dog troubadour with new school wheels, Willie plays concerts year-round, tirelessly touring on Honeysuckle Rose III (he rode his first two buses into the ground), taking his music and fans to places that are always worth the ride.

The very first musician to perform on the premiere episode of Austin City Limits in 1974, Willie Nelson was inducted into the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame by fellow Texan Matthew McConaughey on Saturday, April 26, 2014. “There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson,” McConaughey told the audience assembled at the University of Texas at Austin, the original home of what is now America’s longest-running televised music program.

Willie Nelson, who turned 81 on April 29/April 30, is an American original, a sublime singer, master tunesmith and outlaw country’s most enduring archetype.

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