I couldn’t tell you the last time I bought a CD or DVD, but I guess it’s happening again soon.
Willie Nelson is officially releasing his Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 Live At The Hollywood Bowl concert film on December 15th as a 2CD+Blu-Ray deluxe edition, a complete digital edition and as a 2xLP highlights.
In addition, Willie Nelson Greatest Hits, a freshly compiled career-spanning collection will be released on November 3rd.
The Hollywood Bowl performances took place on April 29th & 30th at the legendary Hollywood Bowl and featured incredible performances of the red headed stranger’s vast catalog by Willie himself, in addition to Billy Strings, Buddy Cannon, Charley Crockett, Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Gary Clark Jr., George Strait, Jamey Johnson, Keith Richards, Kris Kristofferson, his sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson (Particle Kid), Lyle Lovett, Margo Price, Miranda Lambert, Snoop Dogg, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Tom Jones, Tyler Childers and many, many more.
It was a star-studded event to say the least, and was previously released as a concert movie in theaters a few months back. I was really hoping they’d release the audio and video somewhere in a more permanent form so I can relive it whenever I want, so I also assume I’ll need to go figure out where to watch a DVD in 2023.
Mark Rothbaum and Keith Wortman, Creators/Executive Producers of the Willie 90 shows, say they’re thrilled to bring the magic of this once-in-a-lifetime concert to fans all over the world:
“We are thrilled to partner with Legacy Recordings to bring these iconic live shows that celebrated Willie’s 90th to fans around the world.
This release captures the magic of these shows and enables audiences all around the world to experience these performances as if they were at the Hollywood Bowl with all of us.”
Every single performance was superb, the star-power was undeniable, and of course, they played some of the best music ever created with the man himself, so if you’re as big of a Willie Nelson fan as I am, this is definitely worth adding to the collection.
And if you need more convincing to get your hands on one in a few months, check out some of my favorite performances from the incredible weekend below.
Chris Stapleton with “Always On My Mind”:
Shooter Jennings and Lukas Nelson duet their fathers’ “Good Hearted Woman”:
Sturgill Simpson covers “I’d Have To Be Crazy”
And of course, Willie and King George teamed up for “Sing One with Willie”:
Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 Live At The Hollywood Bowl includes these 39 performances (CD track order differs slightly from Blu-ray):
1. Whiskey River – Billy Strings
2. Yesterday’s Wine – Charley Crockett
3. Seven Spanish Angels – Allison Russell & Norah Jones
4. Remember Me (When The Candle Lights Are Gleaming) – Edie Brickell & Charlie Sexton
5. Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond Of Each Other – Orville Peck
6. Me And Paul – Dwight Yoakam
7. Die When I’m High (Halfway To Heaven) – Particle Kid & Daniel Lanois
8. Georgia On A Fast Train – Margo Price & Waylon Payne
9. It Ain’t Over Yet- Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Payne, Mickey Raphael
10. Hello Walls – Lyle Lovett
11. Hands On The Wheel – Beck
12. Midnight Rider – Warren Haynes
13. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again) – Rosanne Cash & Kris Kristofferson
14. Funny How Time Slips Away – Dave Matthews
15. Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground – Lukas Nelson
16. City Of New Orleans – Nathaniel Rateliff
17. Stardust – Willie Nelson & Booker T. Jones
18. Will You Remember Mine – Willie Nelson & Lily Meola
19. Something You Get Through – Willie Nelson & Buddy Cannon
1. California Sober – Willie Nelson & Billy Strings
2. Still Is Still Moving To Me – Ziggy Marley
3. Down Yonder – Norah Jones
4. Pick Up The Tempo – The Avett Brothers
5. Pretty Paper – The Lumineers
6. Time Of The Preacher – Tyler Childers and The Food Stamps
7. Night Life – Leon Bridges & Gary Clark Jr.
8. Texas Flood – Gary Clark Jr.
9. Opportunity To Cry – Tom Jones
10. Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain – Bobby Weir
11. Willie Got Me Stoned – Jack Johnson
12. Georgia On My Mind – Jamey Johnson, Warren Haynes, Booker T. Jones
13. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys – Miranda Lambert
14. Always On My Mind – Chris Stapleton
15. Are There Any More Real Cowboys? – Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Stephen Stills
16. Far Away Places – Willie Nelson & Sheryl Crow
17. Pancho & Lefty – Willie Nelson & George Strait
18. Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die – Willie Nelson & Snoop Dogg
19. We Had It All – Willie Nelson & Keith Richards
20. On The Road Again & Happy Birthday – All Sing