was a charity recording for Special Olympics produced by Jodi Peterson
and written by Freddie Powers. Both had produced and written many
songs for Willie, Merle, Hoyt Axton and several others. Sadly, this
never really got a wide release.
I learned that Willie Nelson cut vocals and his acoustic guitar
on Shure SM57 microphones only. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! I had him
audition a couple of other mics and they didn’t sound
like Willie. Different voices sound different on different
microphones. It was a treat getting to look closely at that
guitar of his while I was micing it. It is thrashed! But the
autographs are great!!!! It’s the kind of thing you’d
like to have a half hour to study.
voice is just huge! He walked straight up to the 67 and nearly
blew it away. What a distinctive sound.
we didn’t get much time to mix the track before it was yanked
out of our hands. I would love a chance to remix it.
the mix, I heard Freddie and Willie talking behind me. Willie,
in his scratchy voice, asked, “Does the boy smoke?”
- referring to me.
an even scratchier voice, Freddie replied, ”I dunno.
I haven’t asked him.” They did and I didn’t.
So I can safely say, between Willie and Dr. Dre, I have turned
down weed from the two best sources in the industry!