The recent USA Network special "Willie Nelson & Friends: Stars & Guitars" will be released as an audio CD Nov. 5 via Lost Highway Records. Broadcast May 31, the event at Nashville's Ryman Audi
The recent USA Network special "Willie Nelson & Friends: Stars & Guitars" will be released as an audio CD Nov. 5 via Lost Highway Records. Broadcast May 31, the event at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium featured such guests as Sheryl Crow, matchbox twenty, John Bon Jovi, Ray Price, Norah Jones, Vince Gill, and Lee Ann Womack performing some of Nelson's best-known material and a handful of cover songs.
The 17-track disc opens with a cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" performed by Nelson, Crow, and Bill Evans, and also features a version of the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" by Nelson, Hank Williams III, Ryan Adams, and Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
Vocalist Rob Thomas of matchbox twenty joins Nelson on the song "Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me)," while the whole band backs him on "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys." Other highlights include Nelson and Aaron Neville dueting on Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" and Gill's cover of Nelson's "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain."
Here is the "Willie Nelson & Friends: Stars & Guitars" track list:
"For What It's Worth," Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, and Bill Evans
"Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me), " Rob Thomas and Nelson
"Always on My Mind," Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Nelson
"Don't Fade Away," Brian McKnight and Nelson
"Dead Flowers," Ryan Adams, Hank Williams III, Keith Richards, and Nelson
"Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain," Vince Gill
"The Harder They Come," Ryan Adams and Nelson
"Lonestar," Norah Jones and Nelson
"Whiskey River," Sheryl Crow and Nelson
"Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys," matchbox twenty and Nelson
"Mendocino County Line," Lee Ann Womack and Nelson
"Good Hearted Woman," Toby Keith and Nelson
"Night Life," Ray Price and Nelson
"Stardust," Aaron Neville and Nelson
"Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," Patty Griffin and Nelson
"Most Unoriginal Sin," John Hiatt and Nelson
"On the Road Again," Willie Nelson & The Family