10 Must-Listen Performances From ‘Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 Live At The Hollywood Bowl’

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A two-day concert for the ages.

Today, the living legend Willie Nelson released a live album of sorts, which was recorded over the course of two days during his two-day birthday celebration at The Hollywood Bowl in April of this year.

Officially dubbed Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 Live At The Hollywood Bowl, the live concert film is now available as a 2CD+Blu-Ray deluxe edition, a complete digital edition on streaming services and a 2xLP highlights.

And while we had extensive coverage of all of the best performances at the time, I couldn’t be more excited that I can now listen to them whenever I want driving around in my car (and I will have them on repeat),

The shows 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 many of his most famous and talented friends.

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 in some form or fashion.

And considering that the tracklist consists of a whopping 52 tracks, I’ve picked 10 of my favorites for you to start with and enjoy on this lovely Friday morning.

Here’s to the one and only Willie Nelson and many more decades celebrating his extraordinary music and indelible legacy that goes far and beyond one genre or era.

“Always On My Mind” — Chris Stapleton

This was my initial favorite, and I would still keep it at the top of my list. There’s no more powerful or potent voice in country music than Chris Stapleton, and his cover of this standard is mind-blowing and amazing.

I simply cannot get enough…

“Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground” — Lukas Nelson

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, so to speak (thank the Lord), and Willie’s son Lukas certainly comes by his insane talent very honestly.

Just listen for yourself:

“Funny How Time Slips Away” — Dave Matthews

One of my favorite Willie Nelson songs he ever recorded, Dave Matthews did a perfect and unique cover of this song like you’ve probably never heard it before.

“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” — Miranda Lambert

An all-time country classic and fan-favorite that was originally a duet by Waylon and Willie, this cover was delivered by the Texas queen herself, Miranda Lambert, and very well-done (not that I expected anything less, obviously).

“Georgia On My Mind” — Jamey Johnson, Warren Haynes & Booker T Jones

A solid performance led by the great Jamey Johnson, this performance was beautiful and timeless.

“Pancho & Lefty” — Willie Nelson & George Strait

Two Texas icons who will each leave behind an indelible and storied legacy in country music and beyond, it’s a special gift to have Willie and George on the same stage together.

“Night Life” — Leon Bridges & Gary Clark Jr.

Leon Bridges has such an incredible voice, and it was so fun to hear his soulful take on this Willie Nelson classic. Coupled with his fellow Texan Gary Clark Jr., they certainly delivered a show-stopping perfomance.

“Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die” — Willie Nelson & Snoop Dogg

Is there a more fun duo or friendship in music than Willie and Snoop? I think not…

“We Had It All” — Willie Nelson & Keith Richards

A rock and country legend teaming up to sing one of my favorite sad songs of all time, it simply doesn’t get better than this.

“Good Hearted Woman” — Lukas Nelson and Shooter Jennings

There’s nothing cooler than seeing Lukas and Shooter, sons of Willie and Waylon, on stage performing together.

Both respected musicians in their own right, I love that they both continue to carry on the legacy of their father’s with such reverence and respect.

Of course, there’s so much more where all of that came from, so I highly suggest buying a copy of the vinyl and downloading the entire live album. You’ll find performances from Billy Strings, Dwight Yoakam, Norah Jones, Charley Crockett, Tyler Childers and plenty of others.

Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 Live At The Hollywood Bowl – Digital Edition track listing (Digital-Only Bonus Tracks in Bold):

  1. Billy Strings – Whiskey River
  2. Billy Strings – I Gotta Get Drunk
  3. Charley Crockett – Yesterday’s Wine
  4. Orville Peck – Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other
  5. Edie Brickell w/ Charlie Sexton – Remember Me (When The Candle Lights Are Gleaming)
  6. Lyle Lovett – Hello Walls
  7. Lyle Lovett – My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
  8. Allison Russell & Norah Jones  – Seven Spanish Angels
  9. Particle Kid & Daniel Lanois – The Ghost
  10. Particle Kid & Daniel Lanois – Die When I’m High (Halfway To Heaven)
  11. Dwight Yoakam – Me And Paul
  12. Margo Price & Nathanial Rateliff – I Can Get Off On You
  13. Margo Price & Waylon Payne – Georgia On A Fast Train
  14. Beck – Hands On The Wheel
  15. Beck – Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
  16. Norah Jones – Down Yonder
  17. Norah Jones & Kris Kristofferson – Help Me Make It Through The Night
  18. Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Payne – It Ain’t Over Yet
  19. Warren Haynes – Midnight Rider
  20. Lukas Nelson – Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
  21. Leon Bridges & Gary Clark Jr. – Night Life
  22. Gary Clark Jr. – Texas Flood
  23. Rosanne Cash w/ Kris Kristofferson – Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
  24. Jack Johnson – Willie Got Me Stoned
  25. Tyler Childers and The Food Stamps – Time Of The Preacher
  26. Lukas Nelson & Shooter Jennings – Good Hearted Woman
  27. Ziggy Marley – Still Is Still Moving To Me
  28. Tom Jones – Opportunity To Cry
  29. The Avett Brothers – Pick Up The Tempo
  30. The Avett Brothers – Heaven And Hell 
  31. Bobby Weir – Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain
  32. The Chicks – Bloody Mary Morning
  33. The Lumineers – Pretty Paper
  34. Nathaniel Rateliff – City Of New Orleans
  35. Nathanial Rateliff – A Song For You
  36. Sheryl Crow – Crazy
  37. Dave Matthews – Funny How Time Slips Away
  38. Miranda Lambert – Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
  39. Chris Stapleton – Always On My Mind
  40. Jamey Johnson, Warren Haynes & Booker T Jones – Georgia On My Mind
  41. Willie Nelson & Booker T Jones – Stardust
  42. Willie Nelson & Lily Meola – Will You Remember Mine
  43. Willie Nelson & Buddy Cannon – Something You Get Through
  44. Willie Nelson & Billy Strings – California Sober
  45. Willie Nelson & Sheryl Crow – Far Away Places
  46. Willie Nelson & George Strait – Sing One With Willie
  47. Willie Nelson & George Strait – Pancho & Lefty
  48. Willie Nelson & Snoop Dogg – Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die
  49. Willie Nelson, Stephen Stills & Neil Young – Are There Any More Cowboys?
  50. Willie Nelson & Keith Richards – We Had It All
  51. Willie Nelson & Keith Richards – Live Forever
  52. All Sing – On The Road Again & Happy Birthday
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