Willie Nelson & Leon Russell – Live In New Jersey, April 1979

Willie Nelson & Leon Russell – Live at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ – April 1. 1979


I’m happy to share with you one of the very best shows I’ve come across in my years of collecting live music. Willie Nelson & his band with Leon Russell recorded and broadcast live by WNEW-FM in New York City. This was received as an unmarked bonus disc in a CDR trade I made around 2001 or 2002. I can’t even remember what else I traded for at the time but I wasn’t particularly a fan of Willie Nelson’s music. This show quickly made me one. Willie & his band crank out one song after another, pausing only once for introductions. Leon Russell fits right in on the piano and is featured on vocals during the middle of the set. This is Willie’s show though and you can hear that the audience is absolutely pumped to be hearing this high energy concert.

There are lots of tunes about drinking so pour yourself a drink or four while listening to this fantastic set!

Click the links above to download this show from WeTransfer. Unzip > Import to iTunes (or your preferred music player) > Enjoy!

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