This week’s Twang Mixtape is dedicated to the one and only Willie Nelson, in honor of his 76th birthday. On the mix, we feature covers of classic Willie tunes by the likes of Waylon Jennings, Iron and Wine, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash and more. Check it out after the jump. I’m also planning on doing a Willie: Part Two, so if you have any requests/good song ideas, let me know in the comments.
Willie Nelson has invited Phosphorescent, the Brooklyn- based band who recently released an all-Willie covers record entitled To Willie, to appear on his Sirius XM radio channel, “Willie’s Place” as part of his birthday celebration. Phosphorescent will be performing an hour long tribute tonight, Thursday April 30 at 9 pm EST. You can hear Willie’s promo for Phosphorescent’s appearance here. Details about tuning in after the jump.
Willie Nelson- A Song For You
It’s Willie Nelson Day here on When You Awake in honor of the man’s 76th birthday. Here he is singing Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” from the movie Honeysuckle Rose.
Kimya Dawson offers up herbal remedies for the prevention of and immunity to the Swine Flu. While I don’t know how much this stuff will really help against this particular pandemic, there are some cool recipes for making environmentally safe antiseptic sprays, antibacterial hand washes, air sanitizers and more for your general, clean living lives. Check out the recipes/suggestions after the jump.
Fleetwood Mac/Danny Kirwan- Farewell (demo)
An early demo version of Danny Kirwan’s instrumental “Earl Gray.” which was later reworked and appeared on Fleetwood Mac’s Kiln House (1970). This demo features Kirwan on vocals and acoustic guitar.
Larkin Grimm has given us her “Songs For Becoming the Child’s Eye at the Center of the Storm.” The mixtape features tunes by Dolly Parton, The Byrds, Gene Clark, Woody Guthrie and more. Grimm, who spent time honing her musical skills while on various spiritually- guided journeys throughout Thailand, Guatemala and Alaska and then later in the Brooklyn- based (via Yale University) band Dirty Projectors, recently released her Young God records debut, Parplar. Check out the mixtape and a video of Grimm performing her song “The Last Tree” after the jump.
Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash- There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang
Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash performing “There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang” in 1980.
I just did another post over at the new collaborative blog, Groover’s Paradise. For those of you familiar with my Band Goes Twang mixtape, you’ll recognize the Aretha Franklin/Duane Allman version of the Band’s “The Weight” that I just shared. If you haven’t heard it before though, seriously head over to Groover’s and give it a listen. And while you’re there, check out the awesome posts on Guy Clark, Texas Tornadoes, Freddy Fender and more.
For all of you fighting off the beginning of the work week blues, I have just the cure for you. Head on over to the Silverlake Lounge tonight at 9pm sharp to see my very favorite Los Angles-based indie country crooners, Leslie and the Badgers. They are playing a free show alongside Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, Olin and the Moon and Divisadero.
Then around 10 pm, I recommend jumping over to the Echo for the final night of Fool’s Gold’s month-long residency. I can guarantee that it will be a mega jam-packed dance party and you will find me right in the middle of it. It’s also a free show and Leopold and His Fiction, John Webster Johns and special guest Daedelus are also on the bill. So come on down to the Silverlake Lounge and the Echo tonight and drink some whiskey with me (p.s. I should totally be endorsed by a whiskey brand. Any whiskey sponsors out there? I promise I’ll look real pretty on the label of your bottle)!
Dolly Parton- Dumb Blond
Dolly Parton’s very first performance on the Porter Wagoner Show from Sept.24, 1967.