Willie Nelson interview, “It’s a good life”

May 5th, 2016

by Paul Venema

BRIARCLIFF, Texas – There was no giant party or outrageous celebration last weekend when county music legend Willie Nelson marked his 83rd birthday.

Nelson instead opted for doing what he enjoys most — driving around his sprawling 700-acre Hill Country ranch near Briarcliff in his pickup truck, checking on the 70 or so horses roaming the place, and a stubborn mule named Willamina that Nelson says keeps the snakes and coyotes away.

“I look forward to being here and going up and saddling up a horse and riding whenever I want to,” Nelson said. “To me, that’s all that I ask, that’s all I need.”

When Nelson is not performing at one of the nearly 200 shows annually, he’s at his ranch or at his home in Maui.

“I’ve got friends over there and here in Texas,” he said. “You’ll find me at one of those places or on the bus. That’s my life and it’s a good life.”

Sometimes Nelson is serious and reflecting. But often as not, he weaves a sense of humor through the conversation.

Asked how he wanted to be remembered, Nelson chuckled and replied, “Well, if you’ve got some real good weed, you don’t have to worry about it. You’ll forget anyway.”

Nelson is well known for advocating the legalization of marijuana.

As for his decades of entertaining, Nelson said he has just one wish.

“Seriously, I want my fans to feel that they got their money’s worth,” he said. “They paid for a ticket and they saw a good show, that’s all that I ask.”

Nelson said there will still be many opportunities for fans to catch one of his shows. He has no plans to slow down.

“I’m pretty healthy. My family is healthy, and I’m thankful for the way things are,” he said.

May 5th, 2016


Farm Aid Partners

May 5th, 2016



Farm Aid partners with organizations across the country to change the farm and food system. Many of these groups fight for climate policies that benefit rural communities and family farmers. Two examples are, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the California Climate Action Network (CalCAN). 

Happy birthday, Willie Nelson, from Chris Stapleton

May 5th, 2016

May 5th, 2016


Alice Kaufmann has extra tickets for the Atlanta, Georgia show tomorrow night!

It appears I’ve ended up with 4 extra tickets for Willie Nelson at Chastain Park Amphitheatre for tomorrow night. Seats are located in Orchestra section, Row L, very near center of row.

Opening act is Aaron Lewis. Face value of each ticket is $74.40.

Would love to sell to some Willie or Aaron fan!”

Alice is on Facebook, if you want to send her a message.   I wish I could go!

Willie Nelson, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

May 5th, 2016

May 4th, 2016


Happy happy birthday Tunin’ Tom Hawkins

May 4th, 2016


Best wishes to Tunin’ Tom Hawkins, who celebrates a birthday today.

photo:  Randy Turner

Thanks for keeping things in tune.


And thanks to John Selman, for this behind the scenes photo of  Tom preparing Trigger for an appearance on the David Letterman show.

Kevin Smith took this picture of Tom tuning Neil Young’s piano at Farm Aid.

Happy birthday, Willie Nelson, from LL CoolJ

May 4th, 2016


Apr 29

Sending out a big HBD to ! ??

Willie Nelson & Family show in Salina, Kansas (August 1, 2016) (with Leon Russell)

May 4th, 2016



Legendary country crooner Willie Nelson is coming to Salina. Willie Nelson and Family, with special guest Leon Russell, are coming to the Stiefel Theatre on Monday, August 1st.


With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered nine new album releases (of which one resulted in a Grammy Award win), released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 2013, Willie’s albums included Let’s Face The Music And Dance, an album of deep pop country repertoire classics performed with transformative patented ease by Nelson and Family, his long-time touring and recording ensemble; and To All The Girls… which features 18 duets with music’s top female singers. In 2014, he released Band of Brothers, a 14-track studio album of new recording that debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and #1 on Billboard’s Country album chart, and December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1, an eclectic album collaboration of intimate new recordings from Willie and Sister Bobbie Nelson. This year he adds two more titles. On May 5, 2015, “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of Willie, hit bookshelves and landed him on the New York Times’ bestsellers list. In June, a new album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie, debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country album chart and #7 on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart.


Leon Russell is a music legend and perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician in the history of rock ‘n roll. In his distinguished and unique 50 year career, he has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of the best records in popular music. Leon has played on pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel, and surf records. As a session musician, arranger, producer, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, record company owner, bandleader, and touring musician, he has collaborated with hundreds of artists, including Elton John, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Edgar Winter, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, J.J. Cale, David Gates, Bruce Hornsby, Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco, Bobby “Boris” Pickett, B.B. King, Freddie King, Bill Wyman, Steve Cropper, Carl Radle, Chuck Blackwell, Don Preston, Jesse Ed Davis, Rita Coolidge, Gram Parsons, Barbra Streisand, Ike & Tina Turner, Ricky Nelson, Herb Alpert, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Ann-Margret, Dean Martin, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood, and groups such as Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, The Monkees, The Astronauts, The Accents, The Fencemen, The Ventures, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Jan & Dean, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, The Crystals, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Tractors and on and on and on…

Leon joined a number of artists in honoring Willie Nelson on his 70th birthday celebration at the Beacon Theatre in New York city in April, 2003. Leon performed his classic ‘A Song For You’ with Willie and Ray Charles and also sang “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. The show was filmed for the special “Willie Nelson: Live and Kickin’”. In April 2006, Leon was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Bare Bones International Film Festival. In October 2006, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Leon performed at the 2010 Grammys with the Zac Brown Band. He performed with Elton John at Music Cares honoring Neil Young in January 2010. Leon and Sir Elton John released, The Union, a duet album produced by TBone Burnett in October, 2010. The single “If It Wasn’t For Bad” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, 2011 and inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in June, 2011.
Tickets to see Willie Nelson and Family, with special guest Leon Russell, go on sale on May 13th. Tickets start at $83.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Stephen Colbert Show (May 3, 2016)

May 4th, 2016

The Highwaymen Live: American Outlaws (Release date: 5/20/2016)

May 4th, 2016


by:  Samantha Stephens

It’s Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson like you’ve never experienced them. That’s because this concert footage has never been seen before.

CMT has the video premiere of the super group’s performance of “Good Hearted Woman,” recorded live at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on March 14, 1990.

It’s all part of the new collection The Highwaymen Live — American Outlaws, a CD/DVD package arriving May 20 with previously unreleased concert performances from the legends.

In addition to the complete concert from their 1990 tour, the Columbia/Legacy package includes various performances at Farm Aid and a previously unreleased version of Cash and Jennings’ take on Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings.”

American Masters — The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End, a new feature-length documentary on the supergroup, will premiere May 27 on PBS.

May 4th, 2016

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photograph:  Janis Tillerson

Willie Nelson & Family add new show: French Lick, Indiana (July 2, 2016)

May 3rd, 2016

Willie has just announced a new show date!
Fan club members get first access to tickets, secure your ticket to the show with a membership to Club Luck!
     7/2/16 – French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN
*Pre-sale tickets and Premium pkgs onsale Tuesday, May 3rd @ 10am
Public onsale: Friday, May 6th
More Summer dates to be announced next week!

See Lukas Nelson and Promise of the real on the Stephen Colbert show tonight! (May 3, 2016)

May 3rd, 2016


That’s CBS!