For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price

For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price

by Willie NelsonWillie Nelson


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Willie Nelson joined Ray Price's Cherokee Cowboys in 1961, the first step in a lifelong friendship between the two men. From that point on, the pair never fell out of touch. At the height of his superstardom in 1980, Nelson cut a duet album with Price called San Antonio Rose, the first of three joint efforts they'd cut over the years. Whenever the pair got together, they'd sing the old songs, Western swing standards and honky tonk classics from the '50s and '60s -- the songs that form the core of For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price, a salute Willie delivered three years after Price's 2013 death. Supported by producer Fred Foster and arranger Bergen White -- a duo who also were friends with Price and completed his final album, Beauty Is -- Nelson doesn't make any attempt to freshen up these songs, which is the album's charm. Nelson salutes every phase of Ray's career, reviving the lush Nashville strings of Price's early-'70s hits in addition to the dry, dusty Texas two-steps and Ray Price shuffles. All of these sounds are considered traditional from the vantage of 2016 and, in effect, For the Good Times extends the tradition, not through reinvention but rather adherence. Nelson has been singing these songs all of his life, recording them several times a decade, but instead of seeming recycled, For the Good Times underscores how the song may remain the same but the singer does not. Nelson is showing his age -- his voice is leathery and tattered, much thinner than it was just ten years ago -- and yet that's part of the point of the album. Willie sang these songs with Ray and now that Price is gone, Nelson sings them a little differently, his love and melancholy accentuating his weathered voice. It makes for an affectionate and bittersweet album, one that is a fitting tribute to a lifelong friend.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2016
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0889853155224
catalogNumber: 531552
Rank: 7149


  1. Heartaches by the Number
  2. I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
  3. Faded Love
  4. It Always Will Be
  5. City Lights
  6. Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me
  7. Make the World Go Away
  8. I'm Still Not Over You
  9. Night Life
  10. Crazy Arms
  11. Invitation to the Blues
  12. For the Good Times

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist
Jack Jezzro   Bass
Steve Gibson   Electric Guitar
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
David Angell   Violin
Eddie Bayers   Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Ellen Dockery   Background Vocals
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Jim Grosjean   Viola
John Hobbs   Piano
Jim Horn   Flute,Saxophone
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Larry Paxton   Bass
Andy Reiss   Electric Guitar
Kenny Sears   Fiddle
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Joe Spivey   Fiddle
Julia Tanner   Cello
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Bergen White   Conductor,Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Charlie McCoy   Vibes
James Button   Oboe
Keith Nicholas   Cello
Billy Thomas   Drums
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Cello
Wei Tsun Chang   Violin
Bruce Wethey   Violin
Bruce Christensen   Viola
Jon Mark Ivey   Background Vocals
Jeff Taylor   Piano,Accordion
Shane McConnell   Background Vocals
Jordan Lehning   Background Vocals
Brad Albin   Bass
Kira Small   Background Vocals
Stefan Petrescu   Violin
Janet Darnall   Violin
Craig Nelson   Bass
Seanad Chang   Viola
Karen Winklemann   Violin
Conni Ellisor   Violin
Kirsten Greer   Cello
Michael Samis   Cello
Simona Rusu   Viola
Eli Lara   Cello
Chris Farrell   Viola

Technical Credits

Bill Anderson   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Ray Price   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Fred Foster   Producer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Pat McMakin   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Ralph Mooney   Composer
Bergen White   Arranger
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Don Hunstein   Back Cover Photo
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Rusty Gabbard   Composer
Johnny Lee Wills   Composer
Charles Seals   Composer
Dalton Campbell   Cover Photo
Paul Buslirk   Composer

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