Willie Nelson Chokes Back Tears During Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss’ “Seven Spanish Angels” Tribute In 2015

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Grab the Kleenex…

Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson… two of the best voices country music has ever seen.

During the 2015 Gershwin Prize Tribute Concert in Washington, D.C. (where the great Willie Nelson received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song), Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson took the stage to perform a duet of the 1984 classic “Seven Spanish Angels.”

Written by Troy Seals and Eddie Setser, “Seven Spanish Angels” was recorded by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles in 1984, and released on Charles’ album Friendship, and then later included on Willie’s 1985 duets compilation album, Half Nelson.

Willie was of course sitting in the audience, and he had all he could do to fight back the tears during the moving performance.

I mean, Willie, Jamey, Alison… it just doesn’t get much better, does it?

Check it out:

Jamey Johnson Performs Powerful New Song “21 Guns” About An “Old Friend In The Marine Corps”

Any true country music fan knows that Jamey Johnson is one of the best in the business.

However, since Johnson released his 2010 album The Guitar Song, we’ve been patiently waiting… and waiting… and waiting for some new music from the man who brought us arguably the greatest country album of the 2000s, That Lonesome Song back in 2008.

Last year, Johnson’s steel guitar player, “Cowboy” Eddie Long, got all our hopes up by teasing a new album, which he said would feature the Charlie Daniels classic, “Trudy.”

Unfortunately, Johnson shot that rumor down, saying it was news to him (which I am confused, how does somebody in your band get the wrong idea? Oh well).

Since then, Johnson has been relatively lowkey.

He made a cameo appearance in the movie The Tiger Rising back in January, and has been playing some live shows here and there.

But speaking of live shows, he might have reignited that hope of some new music on the way, as he debuted a brand new one the other night in Oklahoma.

According to Saving Country Music, Johnson also performed the brand new song at The Big Sky Festival in Whitefish, Montana, this past Saturday night.

Johnson even admitted that he doesn’t play new songs very often:

“I don’t do new songs very often, but I wrote this one a couple of weeks ago… it’s about an old friend of mine in the Marine Corps.”

With only him and an acoustic guitar, the Marine vet himself sang about a fallen soldier, which appears to be titled “21 Guns.”

Here’s a look at the chorus:

“And I don’t need no one to tell me you’re a hero
Hell, I’ve known that ever since you were young
There are no words to say how proud we all are of you son
Nothing says job well done like 21 guns…”

Needless to say, this could be some very exciting news, as there might finally be some new Jamey Johnson music on the way.

Check it out his performance of the song, along with a few others in Oklahoma earlier last week:

Chris Stapleton & Dwight Yoakam Cover “Seven Spanish Angels”


Taking back to the 2016 when Chris Stapleton teamed up with the great Dwight Yoakam for a cover of Willie Nelson and Ray Charles’ “Seven Spanish Angels.”

Written by Troy Seals and Eddie Setser, “Seven Spanish Angels” was recorded by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles in 1984, and released on Charles’ album Friendship, and then later included on Willie’s 1985 duets compilation album, Half Nelson.

It was the most successful of Ray’s eight hits on the country chart, as the single spent one week #1 one and a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.

And alongside the angelic Morgane Stapleton, they KILLED it.

Dwight recently joined Chris on select dates during his All-American Roadshow Tour this summer.

Chris Stapleton Sings Garth Brooks’ “Shameless”

Chris Stapleton has the kind of voice that can make a grown man cry.

And a few years back, he did.

Garth Brooks was in tears during a performance at the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize tribute concert back in early 2020.

Granted, Garth probably cries about five times a day, at anything and everything. I mean, Trisha starts pulling a tater tot casserole out of the oven and you can already picture Garth pouncing like a puma on the Kleenex box.

But still, I don’t want to take anything away from Chris… it was the kind of performance that moved the whole room.

Back in March of 2020, Garth was chosen to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which was presented to him during a tribute concert featuring performances from Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Ricky Skaggs, Keb Mo, his wife Trisha Yearwood, and of course, the great Chris Stapleton.

Chris Stapleton Steals The Show

And while Garth was the man of the hour, Chris Stapleton might’ve stolen the show.

Performing Garth’s 1991 hit single “Shameless,” which was originally written and recorded by Billy Joel a couple years prior, Chris earned himself a standing ovation from everybody in attendance, and a couple of tear-soaked eyes from Garth himself.

I wish the video was a little better quality, but hey, that’s the price you pay when you’re mining the caverns of the interwebs for country music gold. We’ve made it a habit to uncover a ton of these hidden gems over the years, so it’s only a matter of time before this video starts popping up on all the other sites (you know who you are).

My only regret is that we don’t have a camera on Garth the entire time. I would love to get a little split screen action going… listening to Chris and watching every single emotion fill Garth’s face in real time. In fact, the next time we honor Garth Brooks with some kind of lifetime achievement award, that needs to be priority number one. I mean, who wouldn’t pay to watch that?

Anyways.. without further ado, the great Chris Stapleton honoring Garth Brooks with a insanely good cover of “Shameless,” featuring Garth’s priceless reactions.

Yep, it was an emotional roller coaster for G… let’s go to the tape.

Garth’s Emotional Reaction

In the early going, Garth was steady as a rock, just vibing.

Trisha was looking a little stone-faced, but hey, it’s gonna be a long night and her purse is probably packed with Kleenex for G right now.

So much Kleenex in there…

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Once Chris really got going, G just couldn’t contain himself anymore.

Trisha still pretty stone-faced, but just imagine that gorilla-strength dad grip Garth has on her hand right now. She’s in pain…

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And then…. the waterworks…

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Finally, the standing salute.

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And speaking of “Shameless,” don’t forget to check out Cody Johnson’s version as well.

(Starting at the 1 hour, 3 minute mark)

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