With First Rose of Spring, Willie Nelson’s studio album tally is up to 16 — for the last decade alone. (It’s 70 overall — so far.) Lately, they’ve started rolling into one another, like points along a continuum rather than discrete entities. But even though his last few releases have been thematically similar — he’s been ruminating about mortality, loss and life in the rear view for some time now — they’re each worth savoring as genuine pearls of musical wisdom, delivered by our most revered sage of country Zen.
~ Lynne Margolis, American Songwriter
He had 19 country hit singles in his all-to-brief career — 12 before and 7 after he passed in 1989. He was a ‘traditional country” guy in both his singing and writing. He could turn a phrase with the best of them and leave you a mess.
If you want a little more background on Keith, check out Lorrie Morgan’s book, “Forever Yours, Faithfully.”
The Rhodes Scholar Army Captain was the janitor at Columbia Records studios when Dylan was recording Blonde On Blonde. He ends up being one of the greatest songwriter/performers on the planet.
Happy 84th to the incomparable Kris Kristofferson.
b. June 20, 1924. Genius. Legend.
Should be a damned holiday
Waylon fucking Jennings, that’s who …
b. June 15, 1937
Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams is born on May 27, 1939 …