Willie Nelson And Keith Richards’ Duet Of Waylon Jennings’ “We Had It All” Is A Masterclass In Performing

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I like my country a little bit rockin’, ya know?

And back in 2004, two absolute icons in their respective genres, rock and country, Keith Richards and Willie Nelson teamed up for a duet of “We Had It All.”

The song was written by Troy Seals and Donnie Fritts and originally recorded by Waylon Jennings for his 1973 Honky Tonk Heroes album. It peaked at just #28 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles, which is a crying shame, in my opinion.

Waylon’s outlaw best friend Willie included a cover of it on his 2004 Outlaws and Angels live album, which is how the live performance by Keith and Willie came to be.

Dolly Parton also included “We Had It All” on her 1984 album of covers The Great Pretender, and later released another remixed version of it as single from her 1986 Think About Love record.

And in honor of Willie’s album release back in 2004, they filmed a special concert which featured guest performers singing duets with Willie on each song, and was later aired on cable television.

Of course, Keith is a co-founder and legendary guitar player for the Rolling Stones, and he knows how to sing some classic country, too.

I’m convinced that Willie can sing with literally anyone in the music business, no matter what genre they’re in, and make it absolutely incredible.

The fact that they’re both masters of their crafts and music legends doesn’t hurt, either.

I mean, what the hell do we have to do to get another duet from Keith and Willie?

It simply doesn’t get any better than this:

There’s just somethin’ about hearing Waylon sing it, though.

The heartbreak in his voice comes through so beautifully, and in my opinion, it’s one of his best and most underrated tracks.

Talk about a damn sad country song…

“We Had It All”

Willie Nelson Smokes A Joint On The Roof Of The White House

The legend that is Willie Nelson continues on.

A recently released documentary dove into the the life and legacy of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter.

I mean, let’s face it, Jimmy wasn’t exactly known for being the greatest President, so this documentary took the story to a different place… music.

Titled, Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, the documentary chronicles former President Carter’s love of music, and his friendship with artists like Bob Dylan, Bono, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, among others.

And it also features his Willie Nelson, who Carter called “one of his best friends.”

“Bob Dylan has been one of my best friends, along with Willie Nelson.”

If you haven’t seen it, it’s probably worth the watch, but the trailer alone also reveals confirmation of another badass piece of Willie Nelson history… the time he smoked weed on the White House roof.

Willie first revealed that he smoked at the White House back in his 1988 autobiography. He was let on the roof by an “anonymous servant” at the White House, describing it as being up there with “a beer in one hand and a fat Austin Torpedo in the other.”

Years later, in 2015, Willie confirmed that it was indeed President Carter’s son Chip.

However in the new documentary, Jimmy Carter acknowledges it himself, almost as if he knew all along.

“When Willie Nelson wrote his autobiography he confessed that he smoked pot in the White House and he says that his companion was one of the servants at the White House… actually it was one of my sons.”

Even at 89 years old, the GOAT-ness of Willie Nelson continues to grow.

Toby Keith “Couldn’t Function” The First Time He Smoked With Willie Nelson

It’s no secret that Willie Nelson is the definition of a weed connoisseur.

Hell, I’m not even sure if Ol’ Shotgun Willie can even remember the last time he wasn’t stoned off his arse. We’re talking about a guy who can smoke Snoop Dogg under the table, and the rapper even has a guy he pays more than $50,000 a year to follow him around and roll blunts for him.

Needless to say, he is, and always has been, a major advocate for smoking the devil’s lettuce, and he’s not too afraid to share either.

I was listening to some early 2000s country music today, and forgot about this old hidden gem of a song by Toby Keith, called “Weed With Willie.” It’s pretty much about how Toby got so zooted with Willie one night, that he completely forgot how to function.

Now you may be wondering if this actually happened, or if Toby made an assumption and wrote one helluva fairy tale about it.

With that being said, I’m here to set the record straight:

It did indeed happen, and here’s the proof.

I was digging through the vaults after hearing the song, and discovered this old gem of an interview of Toby back in 2009, where he discussed the first (and last) time he ever smoked with Willie, and how it inspired him to write the song.

Story has it, Keith was in Vegas for Charles Barkley’s birthday party. While he was there, he played a few songs with Willie on stage of his show that night, and Willie asked him to stick around for a little while after the show.

Keith continued:

“Willie’s got that real chronic, medicinal stuff. I’ve never smoked much pot in my life, it’s not my high… we set down and he starts rolling one up, so when in Rome, you know? We burn one, and I couldn’t even function.

It was like, the most hardcore weed that I’d ever had, and I’d only hit it like three or four times, and unlike Bill Clinton I did inhale.

I stood up and said ‘Man it’s time for me to go,’ he was just looking at me and I remember my ears were burning, my head’s throbbing, I was breathing different, and he was sitting there grinning at me.

He knew he got me right. I said I had to go and he says ‘Good timing.’ So I had a car take me to my room, I missed the whole Charles Barkley thing, I went down to sleep.”

So there you have it. That’s the story of the night that Willie Nelson sent Toby Keith to Mars for free, and birthed the song “Weed With Willie.”

Check out the full video here:

“Weed With Willie”

They also teamed up for “Wacky Tobaccy”

Toby Keith’s Monday Night Football Intro From The ’90s Is GOLD

Is it football season yet?

Granted I know we have the final round of The Masters on today, baseball is back and NASCAR is in full swing, but there’s just something about football season that hits different.

And there’s something about Monday Night Football intros from the ’90s that hit WAY different.

Man, can we just spin it back to the ’90s, please? We’re talking the good ol’ days of permed mullets, flannels with the cut off sleeves, the radio actually played country music, and oh yeah… the Dallas Cowboys were actually America’s team.

Speaking of the Cowboys, I struck gold this morning by finding this legendary Monday Night Football video, that has been lost in time.

And who does the video feature?

Toby Keith himself.

Coming off his 1993 hit “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” the NFL and the Cowboys took the bull by the horns and saw a great opportunity to feature the hit song in their Monday Night Football intro.

In the video, Keith, rocking a badass permed mullet and a sweet vintage Cowboys jacket, twists the lyrics to his own song, as he sings about all the Cowboy greats at the time.

We’re talking Emmett Smith, Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, and every other player who made the organization the most fun to watch in the league at the time.

Simpler times man, simpler times.

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