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Roots & Influences - The World of Willie Nelson

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Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys  Bubbles in My Beer   buy on itunes
Lefty Frizzell  I Love You a Thousand Ways   buy on itunes
Django Reinhardt  Honeysuckle Rose   buy on itunes
Hank Williams  I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry   buy on itunes
Jimmie Rodgers  Miss the Mississippi and You   buy on itunes
The Original Carter Family  Can the Circle Be Unbroken   buy on itunes
Roy Acuff  Great Speckle Bird   buy on itunes
Ernest Tubb  Drivin' Nails In My Coffin   buy on itunes
Floyd Tillman  This Cold War With You   buy on itunes
Ted Daffan & His Texans  Born to Lose   buy on itunes
Cindy Walker  You’re from Texas   buy on itunes
Louis Armstrong  On the Sunny Side of the Street   buy on itunes
Hoagy Carmichael  Baltimore Oriole   buy on itunes
Frank Sinatra  Glad To Be Unhappy   buy on itunes
Ray Charles  Drown In My Own Tears   buy on itunes
T-Bone Walker  Stormy Monday Blues   buy on itunes
Ray Price  Invitation to the Blues   buy on itunes
Webb Pierce  There Stands the Glass   buy on itunes
Marty Robbins  El Paso   buy on itunes
Flaco Jimenez  Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio   buy on itunes
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant  Country Capers   buy on itunes
Woody Guthrie  Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been Good to Know You)   buy on itunes
Lightnin' Hopkins  Short Haired Woman   buy on itunes
Isidro Lopez  Cuartro Vidas (Bolero)   buy on itunes
Frankie Yankovic  Just Because   buy on itunes
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys  Bubbles in My Beer   buy on itunes
Lefty Frizzell  I Love You a Thousand Ways   buy on itunes
Django Reinhardt  Honeysuckle Rose   buy on itunes
Hank Williams  I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry   buy on itunes
Jimmie Rodgers  Miss the Mississippi and You   buy on itunes
The Original Carter Family  Can the Circle Be Unbroken   buy on itunes
Roy Acuff  Great Speckle Bird   buy on itunes
Ernest Tubb  Drivin' Nails In My Coffin   buy on itunes
Floyd Tillman  This Cold War With You   buy on itunes
Ted Daffan & His Texans  Born to Lose   buy on itunes
Cindy Walker  You’re from Texas   buy on itunes
Louis Armstrong  On the Sunny Side of the Street   buy on itunes
Hoagy Carmichael  Baltimore Oriole   buy on itunes
Frank Sinatra  Glad To Be Unhappy   buy on itunes
Ray Charles  Drown In My Own Tears   buy on itunes
T-Bone Walker  Stormy Monday Blues   buy on itunes
Ray Price  Invitation to the Blues   buy on itunes
Webb Pierce  There Stands the Glass   buy on itunes
Marty Robbins  El Paso   buy on itunes
Flaco Jimenez  Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio   buy on itunes
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant  Country Capers   buy on itunes
Woody Guthrie  Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been Good to Know You)   buy on itunes
Lightnin' Hopkins  Short Haired Woman   buy on itunes
Isidro Lopez  Cuartro Vidas (Bolero)   buy on itunes
Frankie Yankovic  Just Because   buy on itunes

Comment:

Because Willie’s musical workings fit together with the seamless precision of a Harley-Davidson, it’s sometimes difficult to figure where all its parts were crafted. Songwriter Cindy Walker penned “Bubbles in My Beer” for Western swing king Bob Wills, and the two of them seared their way into Nelson’s consciousness to the degree that he devoted a whole album to Walker’s songwriting, leading with this tune. Marty Robbins’ guitarist Grady Martin chucked the cowboy’s traditional steel-string guitar for the sweeter Spanish nylon-string sound in “El Paso,” and it fit Willie’s cracked-leather voice like a pair of broken-in boots. And Frank Sinatra’s booze-soaked world-weariness in “Glad to Be Unhappy” ranks up there with such Nelson standards as “Funny How Time Slips Away” on Heartbreak Hotel’s lonely-guy jukebox. But that’s not all — Nelson’s roots extend from Tex-Mex to hillbilly and beyond. Happy digging!
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