October 19th, 2017

October 19th, 2017

Willie Nelson in Do Savannah Magazine

October 19th, 2017


Our cover story features country legend Willie Nelson, and a line from one of his newest songs, “Still Not Dead.” He’ll bring along some family members (and a new album with his sons) to the Savannah Civic Center on Oct. 20. Also joining the family band will be country troubadour Dwight Yoakam.

Country music’s most celebrated songwriter is still breaking the rules, touring nonstop and recording new music.

At 84, Willie Nelson has done what very few other musicians have done in his 55-year career. He’s won every award possible, including 12 Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, nine CMA Awards and five Academy of Country Music Awards. He’s appeared on over 200 albums since his debut release “And Then I Wrote” in 1962, spanning genres from country to folk, jazz and pop.

“It’s still fun,” said Mickey Raphael, Nelson’s longtime harmonica player. “Willie’s guitar playing is getting better and better. It’s great to stand there and watch him and listen to him play. No. 1, I am a fan of Willie, so I get to stand next to him every night and play. I’ve got a great vantage point.”

Nelson will release a new album on Oct. 20 that features his sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson. “Willie Nelson And The Boys, Willie’s Stash Vol. 2” is the second recording to be released from the Willie’s Stash archival recordings series. Volume 1 featured Willie’s sister, Bobbie, who tours with him. Nelson and his boys perform a selection of well-loved country music standards, the majority of which are from Hank Williams Sr. songbook. 

The sidebar to Nelson’s music career reads like a full life of its own. In addition to his music, Nelson has been a powerful activist throughout his life. He co-founded Farm Aid with John Mellencamp and Neil Young in 1985. The benefit concert raised funds for family farmers in America. He’s been an active voice for environmental causes and cannabis legalization. He is the co-chair for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and recently announced the launch of Willie’s Reserve, a cannabis company. Nelson has also acted in more than 30 films and authored several books.

Nelson continues to tour with a ‘family’ of musicians — including his sister and sometimes his sons — many of whom have been with him since his hit album “Red Headed Stranger” in 1975.

“‘Red Headed Stranger’ broke so many rules,” Raphael said. “That was the first record I played with Willie. I didn’t know it was going to be accepted, but I had to go with Willie’s intuition. That defied all gravity. The record label didn’t really want to put it out because it wasn’t like anything they’d worked with before. ‘Stardust’ was another one that I loved. Also, the last record, ‘God’s Problem Child’ is pretty special.”

Throughout Nelson’s expansive discography, there are songs of lament, love and happiness, always full of his trademark wit. His humor is as palatable at 84 as it was four decades ago.

“I’ve never been accused of being normal,” Nelson sings on the track “Still Not Dead” from last year’s “God’s Problem Child.” It’s a track Nelson wrote because of a news story that reported his death.

“There was an article about his gardener finding Willie dead in his garden,” Raphael said. “So he wrote a funny song about that. We’ll be doing that [live in Savannah.] You just never know what he’s going to pull out.”

For live shows these days, Nelson doesn’t write out a setlist. His show at the Savannah Civic Center will be full of surprises.

“Whatever comes to his mind,” Raphael said. “No setlist. It’s just really whatever comes off the top of his head. It does follow a certain pattern. We start off with ‘Whiskey River,’ and then I can’t remember where it goes from there. He starts off every song, so I can just feel it out.”

Opening the show in Savannah will be the great urban cowboy Dwight Yoakam, whose own career has mirrored Nelson’s in many respects. Yoakam, a Kentucky native, emerged in the mid-1980s with an unmistakable hillbilly swagger. A musician and actor, Yoakam has released more than 20 country albums and compilations with more than 30 charted singles. He’s sold over 25 million records and garnered 14 Grammy Award nominations, winning two.

For some, Yoakam might be more familiar as an actor. He appeared in 1996’s “Sling Blade,” 2002’s “Panic Room,” 2006’s “Bandidas,” and several other movies and television shows over the years. In 2016, Yoakam released his first bluegrass album, “Swimming Pools, Movie Stars.”

“Well, I guess my birth certificate gives me some credentials to own the holler that I was living in the first couple years of my life, and musically express that,” Yoakam said of his first bluegrass album in a news release. “Being born into rural southeast Kentucky there in Pike County, which is just across the Virginia state line from the area of the Clinch Mountains where the Stanley Brothers and the Carter Family came out of, maybe it was inevitable. But, having said that, let’s wait a minute and — wee doggies! – see what we did to it.”


What: Willie Nelson & Family with special guest Dwight Yoakam

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 20

Where: Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.

Cost: $35-$143

Info: savannahcivic.com



Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Tour

October 19th, 2017

Thanks to Brian Hagar for sharing photos from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Great Britain and Paris.

At Ticketmaster World Headquarters, and on the BBC

Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam in Chattanooga, TN (Sat. October 21, 2017) SOLD OUT

October 19th, 2017

img850 by you.


Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam will be in town Saturday, Oct. 21, for a concert at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., at 8 p.m.

But you won’t see the Red-Headed Stranger before he’s on the road again if you haven’t already purchased tickets because the show has been sold out for weeks.

Out This Week: Willie, Lukas & Micah Nelson, “Willie and the Boys: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2” (Legacy).

October 19th, 2017

Willie, Lukas & Micah Nelson, “Willie and the Boys: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2” (Legacy).



Willie, Lukas & Micah Nelson, “Willie and the Boys: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2” (Legacy). The first volume in this loosely structured “Willie’s Stash” series of archival recordings, 2014’s “December Day,” featured siblings Willie & Bobbie Nelson on songs that placed Bobbie’s piano playing front-and-center with Willie’s singing. Now comes another family affair, as Willie’s youngest sons Lukas and Micah join him for a dozen tracks that emphasize their vocal interplay. Initially recorded at Pedernales Recording Studio in Spicewood as part of the sessions for Willie’s 2011 “Heroes” album, these tracks featured a cast of Austin and Nashville musicians backing Willie and Lukas, with Micah’s vocals added later. All three of them are fine singers; if Willie remains the most distinctive, Lukas isn’t far off, often sounding eerily like a younger version of his father. Micah’s voice is slightly less twangy and more plainspoken, but quite pleasant and effective in its own way. When they join in three-part harmony, there’s the kind of natural magic that has long been ingrained in classic country music history, dating back to the Carter Family and beyond. It’s fitting, then, that almost all the material here is decades old, coming mostly from the pens of four Hanks: Williams, Cochran, Locklin and Snow. They might sound best of all on “Healing Hands of Time,” the lone Willie original in the batch. As the lead vocal passes from Willie to Lukas to Micah, it’s as if those hands of time are being passed into the future, more than a half-century after the song was written. Willie Nelson & Family, along with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, play Dec. 29-31 at ACL Live. Here’s the video for Cochran’s “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On”:

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, “My Tears Fall”

October 19th, 2017


October 19th, 2017

October 18th, 2017

Willie Nelson shares fatherly advice

October 17th, 2017

by: Patrick Doyle

Willie Nelson shares his fatherly advice and sits down for remarkable performance with his sons Lukas and Micah

For many years, Willie Nelson worried that he wasn’t a great father. “I’ve been gone most of the time,” he admits of his grueling lifelong touring schedule. “They had their mother there, and I wasn’t there. So there were those situations, but that’s just the way it is.”

But Willie’s sons Lukas and Micah – plus their mom Annie D’Angelo Nelson – disagree with that notion. In Rolling Stone’s new mini-documentary Willie and the Boys (their new album Willie Nelson and the Boys is out on Friday) the Nelson sons discuss how playing onstage with their dad inspired them to forge their own careers: Lukas with his country-rock band Promise of the Real, and Micah with his psychedelic-folk projects Insects Vs. Robots and Particle Kid. While those projects drift far from their dad’s unique mix of country and gypsy-jazz, the Nelson boys point to Willie’s freewheeling philosophy as their guiding light. Micah uses his 1975 album Red Headed Stranger as an example of how his dad influenced him: “To me, that’s a punk record, in the context of what country music was supposed to be back then: overproduced and shiny and rhinestones and strings. He was breaking down barriers and fearlessly doing his thing … For me, to fearlessly do my thing and be myself, I can’t think of any other way to respect and honor my dad’s legacy.”

Willie calls playing music with his kids “as good as it gets.” He’s been doing a lot of it lately: Lukas and Micah opened for their dad on last summer’s Outlaw Music Festival tour, and they are gearing up to release Willie Nelson and the Boys, a set made up of the classic country songs that Willie played for his kids growing up. Most of the artists they cover, it turns out, are named Hank: Hank Williams (“Mind Your Own Business”), Hank Cochran (“Can I Sleep in Your Arms”), Hank Locklin (“Send Me the Pillow You Dream On”) and Hank Snow (“I’m Movin’ On”). “We do a lot of traditional country stuff that I think a lot of Luke’s fans and Micah’s fans will be introduced to,” Willie says, comparing it to Stardust, his 1978 breakthrough album of American standards.

Aboard Willie’s bus Honeysuckle Rose, the family talks about their dynamic. Willie and Annie share their household’s three rules, while the boys recall getting in trouble for sharing their dad’s dirty jokes in school. Willie and the boys also sat down with acoustic guitars for a remarkable performance of “Can I Sleep in Your Arms” – which Willie first recorded for Red Headed Stranger – showcasing the family’s otherworldly vocal blend (the performance brought Annie to tears on the bus). They also play “Nuages” by Willie’s greatest guitar hero, Django Reinhardt.

Music has long run in the Nelson family. Willie was raised by his grandparents, who were music teachers in Texas and got him started on guitar. He grew up playing in church alongside his older sister Bobbie, a pianist who still joins Willie on the road to this day. His other children, including daughters Paula and Amy, have had success as musicians. While launching a career with the Nelson name might seem intimidating, Lukas instead calls it “inspiring.” “I just kind of grew up believing I could because it was around me. It was like well if my dad can do it I can do it. That’s my own blood.”

It’s also a big season for the brood. Micah just released his new LP Everything is Bullshit as Particle Kid, while Lukas just released Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, their first album on Fantasy Records. Willie, meanwhile, is working on a tribute album to Frank Sinatra, who called Nelson his favorite singer. “We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire,” says Lukas. “And it’s all great.”

Buddy Cannon talks about the magic of Willie Nelson singing with his boys

October 17th, 2017

Artists sing in support of Leonard Peltier – “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse” (Nov. 6, 2017) in Tulsa

October 17th, 2017

November 6, 2017
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Call (918) 894-4200

25 CMA Awards.
23 ACM Awards.
26 Grammy Nominations.

One night. One stage. One show.

Join us for a legendary night of music you’ll never forget as we welcome Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Arlo Guthrie, Rita Coolidge, Shooter Jennings, Joe Ely, Jessi Colter, The Doors’ John Densmore and more… including special appearances by Peter Coyote, Folk Uke, and others.

Tickets are available in person at the Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center (200 South Denver in Tulsa), over the phone at 866-7-BOKCTR, or safely and securely online at www.bokcenter.com.

All proceeds benefit the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. For more information, visit us online at www.doksha.com

October 16th, 2017

October 16th, 2017

photo:  Jay Janner

No farmers, no food, no future

October 16th, 2017


Learn about the work Farm Aid does to support our family farmers and what you can do to help: