Live and Kickin'

Live and Kickin'

by Willie NelsonWillie Nelson


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As part of the yearlong celebration of Willie Nelson's 70th birthday, New York City's Beacon Theater hosted an all-star party honoring the Red Headed Stranger on April 9, 2003, and this document of the festivities captures the artist's singular nature. There's some razor-edged boogie (a shaggy "She Loves My Automobile" with ZZ Top); some potent blues (a stinging "Night Life" with Eric Clapton, a yearning "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" with Shania Twain); some hard, merciless country (the crowd-pleasing topical barn burner "Beer for My Horse" with Toby Keith); some seductive blue-eyed soul (Shelby Lynne's steamy duet with Willie on "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground"); and some fierce blues rock ("I Couldn't Believe It Was True," with John Mellencamp). Even Aerosmith's Steven Tyler gets deep into it, continuing his evolution into country warbler on his self-penned tear-jerker "One Time Too Many." Norah Jones doesn't have to work too hard to steal the show with a dreamy, languid take on "Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You)" (which also appears on the Waylon Jennings tribute, Lonesome, On'ry and Mean), and Kenny Chesney and Ray Price make solid stands for tradition with, respectively, a blues-tinged ballad in "Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning" and the infectious western swing workout "Run That by Me One More Time." The names here -- which also include Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Leon Russell, Ray Charles, and Paul Simon -- stand tall in the popular music pantheon, but none as tall as the silver-haired singer and songwriter whose voice and catalogue both stand the test of time.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Lost Highway
UPC: 0008817038629
catalogNumber: 000045302
Rank: 32553


  1. I Didn't Come Here (And I Ain't Leavin')
  2. Night Life @@Eric Clapton
  3. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain @@Shania Twain
  4. Homeward Bound @@Paul Simon
  5. Beer for My Horses @@Toby Keith
  6. Crazy @@Elvis Costello and Diana Krall
  7. To All the Girls I've Loved Before @@Wyclef Jean
  8. Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You) @@Norah Jones
  9. She Loves My Automobile @@ZZ Top
  10. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground @@Shelby Lynne
  11. A Song for You @@Ray Charles and Leon Russell
  12. I Couldn't Believe It Was True @@John Mellencamp
  13. Last Thing I Needed First Thing in the Morning @@Kenny Chesney
  14. Run That by Me One More Time @@Ray Price
  15. One Time Too Many @@Steven Tyler

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Shelby Lynne   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ray Price   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Elvis Costello   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Leon Russell   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Paul Simon   Vocals,Guest Appearance
ZZ Top   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Matt Rollings   Keyboards
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Toby Keith   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Shania Twain   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Robert Aaron   Keyboards
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Kenny Chesney   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Eric Clapton   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Dane Clark   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Shannon Forrest   Percussion
Donald Guillaume   Drums
John Hobbs   Keyboards
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
John Mellencamp   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Steven Tyler   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andy York   Guitar
Diana Krall   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Wyclef Jean   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Miriam Sturm   Violin
Cory Churko   Background Vocals
Norah Jones   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Toby Keith   Composer
Thom Cadley   Engineer
Bobby Emmons   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer
Michael Smotherman   Composer
James Stroud   Producer
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Mark Rothbaum   Executive Producer

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