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Live In Texas: Willie Nelson in Austin, TX

This week’s episode of Live In Texas is Willie Nelson: Live from Austin, Texas. Join us on Thursday, November 5th at 7pm on KBEC to hear the entire record!

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While much of Willie Nelson’s band and setlist have changed so little over the decades that some find his performances as predictable (and perhaps as comforting) as a religious ritual, this 1990 taping from Austin City Limits offers a few surprises. The revival of the vintage “Bloody Mary Morning” turns into an extended interplay between Nelson’s guitar and Mickey Raphael’s harmonica, suggesting that Nelson and Family were the quintessential jam band long before that term was in vogue, while the conversational phrasing he brings to Kris Kristofferson’s “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)” shows the spirit of a jazz singer. Of the newer material, “Still Is Still Moving to Me” is pure Texas Zen. Only the closing duet with Shelby Lynne on “Milk Cow Blues” misfires, as she takes a brassy turn on a verse from James Taylor’s “Steamroller Blues,” her overkill at odds with Nelson’s characteristic understatement. He plainly feels at home within the studio of Austin City Limits (a series he helped launch), where the close confines accentuate the musical intimacy. –Don McLeese

Track Listing

1. Whiskey River
2. Stay All Night
3. Good-Hearted Woman
4. Medley (Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away, Crazy, Night Life)
5. If You’ve Got The Money, Honey
6. There’s Nothing I Can Do About It Now
7. Help Me Make It Through The Night
8. Me & Bobby McGee
9. Lovin’ Her Was Easier Then Anything I’ll Ever Do Again
10. Bloody Mary Morning
11. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
12. On The Road Again
13. Always On My Mind
14. Still Is Still Moving To Me w/Shelby Lynne
15. Milk Cow Blues w/Shelby Lynne

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