‘One Night In Texas’ Tribute To Willie Nelson

2023 release Wille Nelson Tribute



Features Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, Margo Price,
Nathaniel Rateliff, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs and more

Willie Nelson is a world-renowned musical icon, but in Texas, he’s something more: a beloved native son and benevolent elder who’s brought countless new talents into the family fold — often during the famed Luck Reunions at his ranch outside of Austin.

As Willie’s 89th birthday neared, Luck Presents, the entity creating those events, and Bruce Robison, the singer-songwriter, producer and force behind all-analog record label The Next Waltz, wanted to celebrate his influence and impact with a Texas-sized party.

On May 1, 2022, Sheryl Crow, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Margo Price, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Vincent Neil Emerson (he of one our best albums of 2021), Shinyribs, Emily Gimble and Robison serenaded their inspiration with songs plucked from one of the greatest canons in American music. The result is One Night in Texas: The Next Waltz’s Tribute to the Red Headed Stranger which will be released on April 28, 2023 – the day before Willie turns 90.

“To put together a night of Willie Nelson music was a dream for me. His music has always been a part of my life, guiding me like the North Star. It’s the soundtrack to living in Texas.”

Bruce Robison

Earle (he’s been singing that Townes Van Zandt staple for most of his career) delivers “Pancho and Lefty”, while Crow incorporates Willie’s phrasing into a bluesy “Night Life”. Rateliff offers “Crazy” and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and Price channels Dolly Parton on “Shotgun Willie.”

Nelson’s drinking songs are represented – “Bloody Mary Morning”, “I Gotta Get Drunk” and “Whiskey River” with covers by Emerson, Shinyribs and Hubbard, respectively. Shinyribs also sings “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”, while Keen waltzes through “Pick Up the Tempo” and Robison gives us his takes on “Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning” and “(How Will I Know) I’m Falling In Love Again.”

Phosphorescent’s Matt Houck wraps it up with “The Party’s Over,” but not before pianist Gimble gives a lively nod to sister Bobbie Nelson on the instrumental “Down Yonder.” Bobbie, who often played the song during Willie’s shows, passed away on March 10, just seven weeks before Gimble’s performance.

Gathering with musical friends and playing these songs after Bobbie’s passing and all that pandemic-induced isolation felt like it was about more than just Willie. The night just felt like some kind of celebration of life. When it was coming together, I knew I had to try to record it. When I heard the tape, it sounded like magic to me. It sounded like 1973. It is definitely the sound of people having fun.”


One Night in Texas: The Next Waltz’s Tribute to the Red Headed Stranger will be available for pre-order on February 17. Official link below.

Track listing

“Bloody Mary Morning” – Vincent Neil Emerson

“Shotgun Willie” – Margo Price

“Pick Up The Tempo” – Robert Earl Keen

“I Gotta Get Drunk” – Shinyribs

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” – Nathaniel Rateliff

“Pancho and Lefty” – Steve Earle

“Down Yonder” – Emily Gimble

“Night Life” – Sheryl Crow

“Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning”  Bruce Robison

 “Whiskey River” – Ray Wylie Hubbard

 “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” – Shinyribs

 “Crazy” – Nathaniel Rateliff

 “(How Will I Know) I’m Falling In Love Again” – Bruce Robison

 “The Party’s Over” – Phosphorescent

About The Next Waltz: 

Launched in 2016 by singer, songwriter and producer Bruce Robison, The Next Waltz is a label, a recording studio, a musical community and a management company. At the Bunker, his all-analog studio in Lockhart, Texas, Robison gathers revered veterans and talented newcomers to tell stories, make music “with no digital shenanigans” and weave the occasional dream or scheme; so far, The Next Waltz has released over twenty singles and four compilations (featuring Turnpike Troubadours, Carrie Rodriguez, Carson McHone, Jerry Jeff Walker, Charley Crockett, Shakey Graves, David Ramirez, Vandoliers, Brennen Leigh and many others) and albums by Robison, Kelly Willis, the Panhandlers and Tony Kamel.



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2023 release Wille Nelson Tribute


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  1. Willie’s 90th on 29th April, 2023 coincides with my Mum’s 100th. The live album might be a good present for Mum!

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    • Oh my, what perfect timing. And what a milestone for your Mum! A letter from The King maybe?

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