The Troublemaker Willie Nelson

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  • 1Uncloudy Day04:39
  • 2When the Roll Is Called up Yonder02:43
  • 3Whispering Hope05:34
  • 4There Is a Fountain03:13
  • 5Will the Circle Be Unbroken04:36
  • 6The Troublemaker01:50
  • 7In the Garden04:08
  • 8Where the Soul Never Dies04:13
  • 9Sweet Bye & Bye02:38
  • 10Shall We Gather03:06
  • 11Precious Memories07:33
  • Total Runtime44:13

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Willie Nelson has a reputation as an outlaw, and his fabled brushes with law and order are a part of the public record, so from its title, one might suspect that 1976's „The Troublemaker“ is chock-full of songs about getting into trouble. But one would be wrong. There is no 'Whiskey River' here. In fact, the record's lone rebel song is the haunting, spare title track, whose central character is 'nothin' but the troublemakin' kind,' and ends up nailed to a cross at Calvary.

This is a sincerely religious record. Typical song titles are: 'When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder' and 'Where the Soul Never Dies.' Sin, salvation, and eternal life are recurring themes. And yet, because Nelson has a way of making anything he touches his own, this album can be enjoyed simply on its musical merits. The songs themselves--some traditional, some not--have the familiarity of psalms--country-inflected, extremely hummable psalms. 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken' will be familiar to many, and 'Uncloudy Day' went to number four on the country and western charts, but after one listen, you'll know the chorus to nearly all of these stirring tunes.

'Nelson and crew certainly succeeded....Sister Bobbi's piano tinklings singularly place these proceedings in a bleached-white, clapboard church standing on the hot Texas plains.' (Dirty Linen)

Willie Nelson, guitar, vocals
Paul English, drums
Larry Gatlin, guitar, vocals
Jeff Gutcheon, organ
Dee Moeller, vocals
Bobby Nelson, piano
Doug Sahm, fiddle, vocals
Sammi Smith, vocals
Dan Spears, double bass
Jimmy Day, pedal steel guitar

Recorded February 1973 at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City, NY
Produced by Arif Mardin

Digitally remastered

Willie Nelson
With a six-decade career and a catalog of more than 200 albums to his credit, the iconic Texas singer-songwriter Willie Nelsonhas earned a permanent position in pop music’s pantheon with songs combining the sophistication of Tin Pan Alley with the rough-and-tumble grit and emotional honesty of country music. He brought pop and country together on the radio in the early 1960s with unforgettable songs like “Crazy” (Patsy Cline), “Hello Walls” (Faron Young), “Funny How Time Slips Away” (Billy Walker), “Night Life” (Ray Price) and others and, by the mid-1970s, had become a superstar in his own right as a prime mover of a revolutionary and thriving outlaw country music scene. The Red Headed Stranger, Willie’s first album for Columbia Records in 1975, catapulted the artist to the front ranks of popularity, making his a name familiar in country and city households across America and around-the-world.

A seven-time Grammy Award winner, Willie Nelson has received numerous accolades including American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and others. He is a co-founder of Farm Aid, an annual series of fundraising events which began as an all-star benefit concert in 1985 to raise money for American family farmers. He continues to lobby against horse slaughter and produces his own blend of biodiesel fuel. An old-school road-dog troubadour with new school wheels, Willie plays concerts year-round, tirelessly touring on Honeysuckle Rose III (he rode his first two buses into the ground), taking his music and fans to places that are always worth the ride.

The very first musician to perform on the premiere episode of Austin City Limits in 1974, Willie Nelson was inducted into the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame by fellow Texan Matthew McConaughey on Saturday, April 26, 2014. “There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson,” McConaughey told the audience assembled at the University of Texas at Austin, the original home of what is now America’s longest-running televised music program.

Willie Nelson, who turned 81 on April 29/April 30, is an American original, a sublime singer, master tunesmith and outlaw country’s most enduring archetype.

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