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Willie Nelson Announces New Album 'God's Problem Child'

April release includes Merle Haggard tribute tune "He Won't Ever Be Gone" 

By Stephen L. Betts

February 1, 2017

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For the first time in almost three years, Willie Nelson will release a collection of all-new material. God's Problem Child, out April 28th, the day before the Country Music Hall of Famer turns 84 years old, includes seven songs co-penned by Nelson and his longtime collaborator and producer, Buddy Cannon. Closing the album is "He Won't Ever Be Gone," written by Gary Nicholson as a tribute to the country legend's longtime friend and frequent singing partner, Merle Haggard.

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The LP's title cut, co-written by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals by both writers as well as Leon Russell, marking one of the musician's final recordings before his death last November. In addition to recording together, Russell was the first person to affix his signature to "Trigger," Nelson's ubiquitous guitar.

The album's opening cut, "Little House on the Hill," was written by Lyndel Rhodes, Buddy Cannon's 92-year-old mother. When video featuring Rhodes hearing Nelson sing her song for the first time hit the Internet last fall, it immediately went viral and has since racked up nearly one million views. Watch the video below. 

Last month, Nelson shared the lyrics of another of the album's tracks, the politically motivated "Delete and Fast Forward," quoting a portion of the song's chorus during a conversation with Rolling Stone: "Delete and fast-forward, my friend/ The elections are over and nobody wins/ But don't worry too much, you'll go crazy again/ Delete and fast forward, my friend." He also jokes that the idea for a tune called "Still Not Dead" came from the fact that he is still not dead. 

"I got up two or three times in the last couple of years and read the paper where I'd passed away," he says. "So I just wanted to let 'em know that's a lot of horseshit." 

The release of God's Problem Child, which will be available on CD, 12" vinyl LP and digitally, will be accompanied by the opportunity to packages that will include music, t-shirts and more, available via www.pledgemusic.com/willienelson.

The 11-time Grammy winner is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin. The Grammys air live February 12th on CBS.

God’s Problem Child track listing and songwriter credits:

1. "Little House on the Hill" (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. "Old Timer" (Donnie Fritz/Lenny LeBlanc)
3. "True Love" (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
4. "Delete and Fast Forward" (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
5. "A Woman's Love (Mike Reid/Sam Hunter)
6. "Your Memory Has a Mind Of Its Own" (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
7. "Butterfly" (Sonny Throckmorton/Mark Sherrill)
8. "Still Not Dead" (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
9. "God's Problem Child" (Jamey Johnson/Tony Joe White)
10. "It Gets Easier" (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
11. "Lady Luck" (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
12. "I Made a Mistake" (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)
13. "He Won't Ever Be Gone" (Gary Nicholson)

DOJ RELEASES OFFICIAL WRITTEN RULING REGARDING 100% LICENSING

DOJ RELEASES OFFICIAL WRITTEN RULING REGARDING 100% LICENSING

OFFICIAL WRITTEN RULING FINALLY ISSUED FROM DOJ REGARDING 100% LICENSING
The below statement has been issued by NSAI Board President and songwriter, Lee Thomas Miller on August 4, 2016. 

CLICK TO THE READ THE OFFICIAL DOJ RULING

“I cannot emphasize strongly enough how ludicrous this DOJ ruling is. NSAI has had multiple conversations and meetings with the DOJ. When I met with the assistant Attorney General, who is behind this, I graphically explained to her and her team the damage that the current, archaic music licensing and rate setting process is having on the songwriters. I then told her that her 100% licensing plan will threaten the last stream of income we have. I am disgusted that they are proceeding with this hostile attack against the smallest business in America- the songwriter. Please know that we at NSAI will not be silent. We do not accept this. Songs do not fall out of the sky. They are created slowly through years, sometimes decades, of life experience and pain and joy and hope and practice and failure and a tireless dedication to the learning of a craft that gives birth to a multi-billion dollar industry, an industry which would not exist without the songwriter. This is not a third world country where the government can impose unjust rule over members of the working class. We pay taxes. We generate commerce. We establish, drive and change culture. The government is wrong on this and I think they know it. I promise you we will be proclaiming it from every podium we can find. We will fight today and we will fight tomorrow because we have nothing to lose.”


NSAI Board President
Lee Thomas Miller

A Mother’s Kiss

PPN is proud of our client Andy Sarnoff and his partner Pat Maiorino for their beautiful song “A Mother’s Kiss”.

A Mother’s Kiss has caught the eyes (and hearts) of the award winning song writing team of Andy Sarnoff and Pat Maiorino.   

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Award-winning songwriters & music publishers – foreign & domestic

·        Winners of the VH-1 Song of the Year contest, country category

·        Winners of the USA Songwriting Contest, professional country and inspirational categories

·        Wrote the single  Catch The Light – #1 in Billboard – recorded by Martha Wash (BMG); #1 in the UK for seven consecutive weeks

·        Two songs recorded on the Grammy-nominated Forbidden Lover album by legendary song stylist Nancy Wilson (Sony)

·        Songs recorded by award winning artists, Meba Moore, as well as Branford Marsalis, Mercedes Hall, Andy Cooney, and Father Charles and Laurie Mangano

·        Top prize winners in the Billboard Song Contest – best r&b ballad, Through My Tears - performed on national TV by Clint Holmes

·        Song catalog contains award-winning material in country, dance, inspirational, pop,  r&b & contemporary standards

The NY Daily News:  “Deeper, recorded by Nancy Wilson, is a brilliantly written song … so touching it could become a standard.”

  • Songs showcased by ASCAP and the NAPM / Songwriters Hall of Fame in L.A. & N.Y.

Andy attended The Eastman School Of Music; studied with legendary composer, Elie Siegmeister;

Pat’s lyrics – and the feelings they evoke – touch the hearts of audiences & critics alike

Perfect Pitch Nashville is proud to announce that they are now representing selected works of Holly Marie Tong

Nashville: As a Music City resident, Holly has been a successful country music/entertainment journalist interviewing some of the industry’s most notable talents. As a songwriter, she was honored to have co-written the title cut of Holly Bakehorn’s Album.  “Yellow Ribbon Prayers,” a song that has served as a comfort for troops, and military families, has received radio play, and gained popularity with a unit in Afghanistan. Holly Tong and Perfect Pitch Nashville are mutually excited to partner up. Please contact us if you would like to consider Holly’s work for your project.

Perfect Pitch Nashville Places 8 songs and, Strikes Gold Again

Internationally, Perfect Pitch Nashville placed 3 songs on the hit Australian trio, The McClymont’sWrapped Up Good” CD. The McClymont’s, who are signed to Universal Music in Australia, are the reigning CMA Australia Vocal Group of the Year and are currently on tour with Jason Aldean. The Australian released album is now certified Gold.

Locally, Perfect pitch Nashville placed 5 songs with country music group Burns and Poe.

To read more about Keith Burns and Michelle Poe Check out the debut Spotlight article in the recent issue of CMA Close Up 2010 issue Volume 4