Back in 2019 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, massive names like Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, George Strait, Emmylou Harris, Sturgill Simpson, Steve Earle, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Dave Matthews, Lyle Lovett, Margo Price, Jimmy Buffett, John Mellencamp, Lukas Nelson, Vince Gill, and more all took the stage in tribute of the great Willie Nelson, celebrating his greatest hits.
Needless to say, with that many stars playing Nelson’s greatest hits, it was a concert to remember.
And believe it or not, it was the FIRST time, Willie Nelson and George Strait played together. I know right? All those years of being two of the best to ever do it, and it wasn’t until 2019 that the two Texas took the stage together.
With that being said, I found this classic from the memorable night, featuring no other than George Strait and ol’ Shotgun Willie himself.
The duo teamed up to sing Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson’s hit song, “Good Hearted Woman.”
The song was the title track for Jennings’ 1971 album, Good Hearted Woman. Although the song saw great success when Jennings cut the song himself, it didn’t peak at number one on the US Hot Country Songs chart until Jennings and Nelson recorded the duet.
Check it out:
George Strait & Willie Nelson Sing “Pancho & Lefty” At Austin’s New Moody Center
Last weekend, George Strait christened the new Moody Center in Austin, Texas, and he brought a few friends along with him.
Joined by Willie Nelson and Randy Rogers, the night was packed with a number of great country tunes, but there was one moment that made the night extra special.
King George and Shotgun Willie singing together on “Pancho & Lefty,” which was recorded by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard back in the early ’80s.
It was originally a song written and recorded by Townes Van Zandt for his 1972 album The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, and then later by Emmylou Harris in 1976.
Willie and Merle released their iconic rendition of “Pancho and Lefty,” as the title track to their collaborative album Pancho & Lefty in 1983. It became a classic country hit and reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart that year.
Needless to say, it was pretty damn special to see George and Willie take a run at it together:
“Pancho & Lefty”
And how about a little “Sing One With Willie.”
A cut from Strait’s most recent album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, “Sing One With Willie” was actually the first time the two Texans ever performed together.
How many years in the country music industry together and the two legends didn’t share the stage until 2019? Pretty hard to believe, but it’s true.
“You know what, Willie’s sung with everybody except me. It kinda started bothering me there for a while, so I had jotted down a few things, sent it to Willie, Willie polished it off just perfect.