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March 5th, 2016
Saturday, 5pm

In-store performance at the famous Music Millennium record store, Portland, OR

Free! Hank will be there with his full band.

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Listening to - Willie

I also thought Willie Nelson could have been even more popular as jazz or pop musician, than as a county icon.  His vocal phrasing and delivery are just amazing, and his chord structures (playing and composing) are totally sophisticated. 

Willie album-DemosI’m a big fan of his earlier work, from the 1960’s when he was trying to break into the Nashville scene (and before he gave up trying and headed for Austin.)  These are a couple of my favorite albums of his songs from that period.

Crazy: The Demo Sessions
Here are 18 original recordings made by Willie to help pitch his songs to singers like Patsy Cline.  Many of the cuts are just Willie and his guitar.  Most of tunes are, however, as Willie described them, “pretty sorrowful.”  (like  “Opportunity to Cry,” “I’ve Just Destroyed the World,” “Darkness on the Face of the Earth,” and “Half a Man.” – kinda grim.)

 Nite Life: Greatest Hits and Rare Tracks, 1959-1971
Willie album-Nite LifeThis is one of my favorite albums, with vintage tracks of “Nite Life,” “Hello Walls,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and “Crazy.”  Willie’s performing and songwriting genius shine through on these tunes and others, representing, in my mind, his best work.

Willie’s newest album was released in August, 2009, titled “American Classic.”  In this album, Willie revisits the classic American songbook, with songs like “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Ain’t Misbehaving,” “The Nearness of You,” and “On the Street Where You Live.”  Many were hoping for a repeat performance with the impact of his “Stardust” album, which is his best-selling album to date.

However, I was disappointed in “American Classic”, and I’ll get into more details in another post.

Later, Hank

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