Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Georgia On My Mind – Sung Live At Austin City Limit

“Georgia on My Mind“ is a 1930 song written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell….while being first recorded that year…..albeit has often been associated with Ray Charles, a native of the U.S. state of Georgia….who recorded it for his 1960 album The Genius Hits the Road….when in 1979, the State of Georgia designated it the official state song. Willie Nelson recorded the song on his Stardust album…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Crazy – Sung Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“Crazy“ is a ballad composed by Willie Nelson….which has been recorded by several artists, most notably by Patsy Cline, whose version was a # 2 country hit in 1962.  Partly due to the genre-blending nature of the song….it has been covered by dozens of artists in several genres over the years….nevertheless, the song remains inextricably linked with Cline….as…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Instrumental – Beer Barrell Polka – Live At ACL

“Beer Barrel Polka“, also known as “Roll Out the Barrel“, is a song which became popular worldwide during World War II….as the music was composed by the Czech musician Jaromír Vejvoda in 1927….then  Eduard Ingriš wrote the first arrangement of the piece….after Vejvoda came upon the melody and sought Ingriš’s help in refining it.  At that time, it was…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Somewhere Over The Rainbow – With Credits For ACL

In this 1981 Austin City Limits performance by Willie Nelson & The Family Band singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”….while the ACL credits scroll by as they showcase the many folks who had a hand in bringing one of the best weekly music programs on television for the past 50+ years….cuz they deserve our salute, since we have posted…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family – Blues Skies – Performed Live At Austin City Limits

“Blue Skies“ is a popular song, written by Irving Berlin in 1926…..as a last-minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy…..and although the show ran for only 39 performances….“Blue Skies” was an instant success….with audiences on opening night demanding 24 encores of the piece from star Belle Baker…..when during the final repetition….Ms. Baker forgot her lyrics….which prompted Berlin to sing them from…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Night Life – Performed Live On Stage At ACL

“Night Life“ is a song written by country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson….after being inspired to write the song during one of his trips from his home in Pasadena, Texas, to his work while singing at the Esquire Ballroom in Houston, Texas.  Due to financial issues, Nelson sold the song to guitar instructor Paul Buskirk for $150. The recording of the song was…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Blues Eyes Crying In The Rain – Live On ACL Stage

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain“ is a song written by songwriter Fred Rose….while being originally performed by Roy Acuff….as the song has been covered by many artists including Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Russell, and Charley Pride….and most notably, the song was recorded by Willie Nelson as part of his 1975 album Red Headed Stranger….when both the song and album became iconic in country…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Aint It Funny How Time Slips Away – Live At ACL

Can you imagine the joy of playing music with someone for the better part of 70 years….what joy and comfort that comes from spending that much time with another person doing the thing you love most…. playing music with your friends!?!….which brings up the question of how it would feel when you were the  one…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer) – Live At ACL

“Stay a Little Longer” is a Western swing dance tune written by Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan. The title comes from a refrain in the chorus: Stay all night, stay a little longer, Dance all night, dance a little longer, Pull off your coat, throw it in the corner, Don’t see why you can’t stay a little longer. The…