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My review and photos of Willie Nelson posted to Elmore magazine

27 Mar


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Willie Nelson and his family shared the best of his golden oldies inside Travis County arena to a sold out crowd opening night of the 2015 Austin Rodeo March 14.

For a solid hour Willie proved 80-years young and sang several medleys created from hits off his 68 studio, ten live, 37 compilation, and 27 collaboration albums including “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.”

As always, his sister Bobbie Nelson played piano, joined by two of Willie’s kids, Lukas Nelson and Amy Nelson; two grandchildren, Zach Thomas and Rebecca Thomas, and Waylon Payne, the son of the late Sammi Smith. On stage together they sang a medley of hymns like “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” and “I’ll Fly Away.”

Band members included harmonica player Mickey Raphael together, drummer Billy English and upright bassist Kevin Smith.

Lukas Nelson provided the night’s biggest surprise with a rhythm and blues solo on “It’s Floodin’ Down in Texas.” Like father, like son, Lukas added his own improvised and distinctive guitar leads and vocals to the song that once served as part of the repertoire of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Playing Trigger, his ever-faithful acoustic guitar, Willie performed “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” the hit off his 2012 Heroes album.

As the evening ended, the legacy of songs, like gifts delivered by three generations of the Nelson family, resonated long after the dust cleared.

Please see my review and photos posted to Elmore magazine’s website by following this link:


Elmore Magazine | Willie Nelson

My review of Annie Lennox’s new CD, Nostalgia, posts to Elmore magazine

27 Jan

Elmore Magazine | Annie Lennox – NostalgiaSweet dreams must sound a lot like pop icon Annie Lennox singing a collection of favorite soul, jazz and blues songs, on Nostalgia, her newest album released by Blue Note Records.

Lennox interprets romantically poetic lyrics that feel both personal and intuitive even if Hoagy Carmichael and Billie Holiday introduced them to the world 50 years ago.

She wields that same distinctive voice that helped to make the Eurythmics famous in the 1980s and earned her four Grammy awards to reinterpret the standards of years past.

Lennox soulfully sings the provocative “God Bless the Child,” which carries even more resonance with her work as a dedicated political activist, philanthropist and international humanitarian.

With the beautifully painful “Strange Fruit,” she vocally languishes over the descriptions of dark and bloody images of violent hate crimes that have marked a nation’s history of racism, bigotry, and social inequalities.

At 60 years old, the visually androgynous Lennox remains as timeless as the music she so tenderly resurrects.

“I Put A Spell on You,” serves as an emotional Lennox anthem sung in communion with a stunning tribute album spanning a 75-year-old legacy of jazz music that adds perfect complement to her already extraordinary canon.

Please see my post on Elmore magazine’s website:


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