August 16, 2006

Featuring Ryan Adams

Willie Nelson Teams With Ryan Adams For New CD
August 16, 2006, 10:25 AM ET (Billboard)

Seventy-three-year-old music icon Willie Nelson collaborates with 31-year-old singer/songwriter Ryan Adams on his new album, Songbird. Due Oct. 31 via Lost Highway, the 11-track set was produced by Adams, whose band the Cardinals back Nelson throughout. Veteran harmonica player Mickey Raphael also appears.

The track list features covers of Gram Parsons’ “$1000 Wedding,” Christine McVie’s “Songbird,” the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter favorite “Stella Blue” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”In addition, Nelson reworks his own “Rainy Day Blues” (which opens the album), “Sad Songs & Waltzes” and “We Don’t Run,” as well as tackling the traditional “Amazing Grace.”

Nelson is in the midst of a tour with John Fogerty and also has headlining dates on tap through a Sept. 15 appearance at the Austin City Limits festival. On Sept. 30 in Camden, N.J., he will join Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews and Jerry Lee Lewis for Farm Aid in Camden, N.J.

Here is the track list for “Songbird”:
“Rainy Day Blues”
“Blue Hotel”
“Back to Earth”
“Stella Blue”
“$1000 Wedding”
“We Don’t Run”
“Yours Love”
“Sad Songs & Waltzes”
“Amazing Grace”

That sounds really interesting to me. Ryan has been a busy boy, also reuniting with ex-flame Leona Naess to lay down some vocals on her new upcoming album Thirteens. According to her MySpace, “Old East Village comrade, Ryan Adams, crashed a Manhattan studio and contributed his distinctive vocals (and new lyrics) to the reprise of ‘Leave Your Boyfriend’ in one take. Cello and piano were added in Woodstock over a long weekend.” Interesting choice of songs to collaborate on; that’s another release that I am looking forward to hearing.

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  • hmmm, i’m quite looking foward to that actually, thanks for the scoop

    max — August 16, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

  • ryan and willie? hmmmmmm….sounds like trouble. reminds me of when mick jagger was working with lenny kravitz and mick said every time they got together to write a song they ended up just sitting around getting high instead. should be interesting ;)
    ryan is so prolific. i love that about him.

    c — August 16, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

  • “every time they got together to write a song they ended up just sitting around getting high instead”


    I hate it when that happens when I hang out with famous musicians and songwriters….

    heather — August 16, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

  • best news i’ve heard all year.

    Ledbelly — August 16, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

  • I can’t pretend to be particulary keen on the music of either Willie Nelson or Leona Naess, but the fact that Ryan Adams’ name is on their work is all the reason I need to check out both albums. I will definitely give them each a listen.

    Callie — August 16, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

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