WILLIE NELSON Teatro (1998) w/ Emmylou Harris

Teatro (1998)
Music For Crying In Your Beer In A South Of The Border Tex-Mex Cantina

I’ve got a couple of favorite Willie Nelson albums, but there’s something about the raw, live in the studio, laid back Tex-Mex feel of Teatro that sets it apart from the rest of Nelson’s work. Perhaps it’s Daniel Lanois’ production (recorded in an old, renovated movie theater), or Emmylou Harris’ understated and essential vocal harmonies. Perhaps it’s just Willie’s way of finding the melancholy in every line he sings on Teatro. Surely it all starts with the sense of loss found in Nelson’s material; “Darkness On The Face Of The Earth,” “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces,” “I Just Can’t Let You Say Goodbye”… the longing is both heartbreaking and hopeful and Nelson has rarely conveyed it as effectively. Interestingly, while this album was recorded in 1998, many of the songs actually come from Willie’s early 60s song catalog, and full-blown country versions can be found scattered on previous LPs. The atmosphere here, however, is casually live and cantina cool from start to finish. Highly recommended. A buck @ Amazon, HERE. We’ve got more Willie in the archives, including Me And The Drummer (HERE), Willie Nelson & Family (HERE) and One For The Road (with Leon Russell, HERE).

Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour? (Where Are You, My Love?) (2:43)
I Never Cared For You (2:19)
Everywhere I Go (3:50)
Darkness On The Face Of The Earth (2:34)
My Own Peculiar Way (3:38)
These Lonely Nights (3:30)
Home Motel (3:15)
The Maker (5:09)
I Just Can’t Let You Say Goodbye (4:38)
I’ve Just Destroyed The World I’m Living In (2:53)
Somebody Pick Up My Pieces (4:39)
Three Days (3:07)
I’ve Loved You All Over The World (4:18)
Annie (3:52)


  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2009 - 23:19 | Permalink

    Thanks for this! Unbelievable! great to enjoy this when I can't see the Dylan/Nelson tour this summer.

  • Art Ducko
    July 3, 2009 - 09:51 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. My 4th of July weekend is now complete. All I need now is my mescal & barbeque.

  • Johnny Vandal
    July 4, 2009 - 15:18 | Permalink

    Wow— this is the first time I got a chance to check this one out. Excellent. Now pass that bottle of Patron over….

  • Capt. Willard
    July 4, 2009 - 15:21 | Permalink

    Cool. Glad you checked it out. Thanks for the comments.

  • James E B
    October 17, 2009 - 14:53 | Permalink

    I have been pouring throw used CD bins for a few years now trying to track this down! I love I Never Cared for you, and have been dying to check out the whole album. Salud!

  • Anonymous
    November 23, 2009 - 23:41 | Permalink

    Wow! Awesome!

    Again – A thousand thanks!!

  • SirCaustic
    January 17, 2010 - 15:48 | Permalink

    thanks much

  • Capt. Willard
    November 28, 2010 - 15:22 | Permalink

    Search HERE.

  • ed
    April 26, 2014 - 16:34 | Permalink

    Teatro, Red Headed Stranger & Phases and Stages are the top 3 for me.
    Wished that he would have done a nationwide tour w/Daniel & Emmylou featuring this whole lp but you can’t get everything.
    His show is always fun but sticks to the classics which are great too.
    I would have loved to see these versions of the tunes come to the stage.

  • Robert
    April 26, 2014 - 16:44 | Permalink

    Anybody out there know where to find the concert film made to accompany this album? It was directed by Wim Wenders and only released on VHS…

    • Charles
      May 23, 2014 - 03:17 | Permalink

      I have the VHS but I can’t seem to copy it. Copy write blocked?

      If you know how, let me know and I’ll send you a copy.

  • LeSamourai
    April 26, 2014 - 21:14 | Permalink

    Thanks, Capt. Willard!

  • Vaughn
    April 26, 2014 - 22:54 | Permalink

    I think this is the last truly great album (i.e.. masterpiece) that WIllie has made. Acadie/Wrecking Ball/Teatro (and maybe Spyboy) are a combo of related albums that took southern music into the stratosphere

  • April 27, 2014 - 06:26 | Permalink

    Thanks very much; good one. As far the more left-of-center Willie releases, this one and “Spirit”, from the 90’s are my favorites. Happy Sunday.

  • Iggy
    April 27, 2014 - 09:59 | Permalink

    Thanks Captain. It’s so nice to hear two legends playing together with love and respect instead of over-the-top showboating. This is indeed a classic.


  • Kelly
    April 27, 2014 - 14:46 | Permalink

    Wow, thank you. In focusing on the early records I missed out on this absolute gem. Of course now I have to seek out a physical copy.

  • Rhod
    May 3, 2014 - 22:29 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard

    Not a big country fan but I like a good cry in your beer song every so often

    Thanks for the share



  • Miles
    May 8, 2014 - 20:12 | Permalink

    One of Nelson’s finest moments. Loved it the first time I heard it. With Emmylou, Lanois, and Brad Mehldau among others, how could it be bad? Thanks for introducing it to others, Willard.

  • Dr DeBoze
    July 15, 2014 - 02:12 | Permalink

    I couldn’t agree more…my favorite Willie album…one of a kind and haunting…

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