The Best Video of All Time, Courtesy of Willie Nelson

Brody Vercher | August 7th, 2009

  1. Chris N.
    August 7, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Sorry, the best track on ‘Twang’ is “Arkansas Dave.”

  2. Drew
    August 7, 2009 at 11:58 am

    “El Rey”? Stop whatever you’re smoking Chet.

  3. Matt B.
    August 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm


    Careful, wouldn’t want some bitter “songwriters” to hear that Bubba Strait actually can write a song…

  4. JD
    August 7, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Matt B: My dog could co-write a hit with Dean Dillon.

  5. Linda
    August 7, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    That video is so funny. Reportedly, Willie made the video when Lana and David Anderson were off shopping; sister Bobbie made a cameo appearance, but other than that, it’s all Willie.

  6. Rick
    August 7, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Opry Alert! The talented, beautiful, and feisty Sunny Sweeney will be performing on both the Friday and Saturday Night Opry’s! Ever since Sunny fired a substance abusing band member on stage at a concert during Fan Fair, you can now get an extra long Robert Earl Keen style bumper sticker that says “Forget About Texas, Don’t Mess With Sunny!” (lol)
    Friday Opry notables: Charlie Pride, Darryl Worley, and Jim Lauderdale. Saturday Opry notables: Charlie Pride, Hal Ketchum, David Nail.
    Opry Schedule:

    Also, The Quebe Sisters Band will be hosting the Saturday night E.T. Record Shop Midnite Jamboree! I can pretty much guarantee Marty Stuart and Connie Smith will be there (if Marty’s in town).

    Thanks for the Brennen Leigh link. I’m really looking forward to her new album! Go Brennen!

    Heather Masse has become one of Garrison Keillor’s favorite female vocalist regulars on A Prairie Home Companion (along with Andra Suchi) and her voice is amazing. She puts Carrie Underwood to shame! (If this doesn’t bring out TexasVet, nothing will! lol)

    Don’t forget about the Pam Tillis song “After A Kiss” from the 1999 “Happy Texas Soundtrack” album and the fun music video that went with it. The movie wasn’t much but the soundtrack is a good bit of fun.

  7. Sam G.
    August 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    “Ever since Sunny fired a substance abusing band member on stage at a concert during Fan Fair, ”

    Beg pardon? I hadn’t heard about this before. Is there a synopsis or video of this online somewhere?

  8. Chris N.
    August 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “Arkansas Dave” was written by Bubba alone.

  9. Rick
    August 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Sam, here’s a first hand report from a Canadian buddy of mine who attended Sunny’s show during fan Fair:

    “On Tursday night my friends and I saw Joanna Cotton, and then on Friday it was Jaida Dreyer followed by Sunny Sweeney. Enjoyed both nights, but a strange thing happened early during Sunny’s show. I was expecting to hear a few new songs, and a lot of my favorites from “Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame, but after about 3 songs, she told one member of her band to take his stuff and get off the stage. She fired him right then and there! She really didn’t explain except to apologize to the audience, but she did make some reference to him being a bit drunk. Anyway, with him gone (and some words exchanged between them…he thought it was a joke at first), the set had to be changed, so I didn’t hear any of my favorites except for one song. Everything was new and there were some gems in there, but it was still a bit disappointing. Oh well.”

    Other reports tend to indicate the fired musician was intoxicated on something other than alcohol, but I haven’t heard anything conclusive. Sheesh…

  10. JD
    August 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “Arkansas Dave was written by Bubba alone.”

    I’m sure it will be a HUGE hit.

    Looking forward to some of his cuts with other artists in town.

    Also enjoyed his singing on the Pure Country soundtrack. I’m sure he bagged that gig on merit, too.


  11. Matt B.
    August 7, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    JD must be one of the ‘bitter’ songwriters.

    Just because Bubba got a CUT because he’s George’s son, that doesn’t mean the song doesn’t stack up well with other songs.

  12. Ken Tucker
    August 7, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Tony Brown has been producing George since “Pure Country” in 1992, not “Strait Country” in 1981. Thankfully, the “other Ken Tucker” made that mistake, not me. ;)

  13. JD
    August 8, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Like I said hotshot, I’m sure it will be a HUGE hit. Dillon’s got nuthin’ on Bubba, when you stack ‘em up…

  14. Miss Leslie
    August 11, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Keep plugging Brennen. . . and will someone help her release her new album?

    I hate record labels, but there are sometimes I REALLY miss the independents – when they would PROMOTE artists. . . .

Tagged In This Article

// // // // // // // // // // // // //

Current Discussion

  • Paige: Oh damn. :( I never commented here and I haven't been listening to any music at all since Thanksgiving (it …
  • Dave W.: Just read the news here. Will miss E145 very much - love this site. All the best to you Juli …
  • Leeann Ward: Oh, dang! This is real. Farewell to the most generous, informative, quality, intelligent, consistent, ethical country music blog! You …
  • bll: Thanks Juli for all the great articles and information; you'll be missed by me and I suss several others. Best …
  • Both Kinds of Music: I hope people appreciate the irony that one of the best "Americana" albums is titled Metamodern Sounds in COUNTRY Music.
  • Barry Mazor: I would not rule out that possibility..There's a different set of voters involved..
  • Dana M: Does anyone else think that Brandy Clark actually has a good chance of winning since this isn't a country awards …
  • Juli Thanki: UPDATE: Brandy Clark got a Best New Artist nom. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM: Rosanne Cash -- The River & The Thread John Hiatt -- Terms …
  • luckyoldsun: Glenn Campbell is great and I'd love to see him get an award, but the words of that song may …
  • Casey Penn: Juli, it was an honor to write for you here on You're good at what you do, and The …

Recently Reviewed Albums

  • walkerandthetexasdangers3
  • deadmanstown
  • tom t hall storytellers
  • paulthorntooblessed
  • duhksbeyondtheblue
  • kelleymickwee
  • sandrarhodes
  • candi staton