Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn

November 15th, 2019
Photo: Tim Cobb

Thanks to @TimCobb for sharing this photo from the 2019 CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, November 13.

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

November 15th, 2019

Willie

November 14th, 2019

Willie Nelson & Family on tour 2020

November 14th, 2019

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January 3
Balboa Theater
San Diego, CA
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January 4
Rabobank Theater
Bakersfield, CA
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January 6, 8, 9
The Fillmore
San Francisco, CA
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January 11
Redding Civic Auditorium
Redding, CA
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January 13
Stockton Auditorium
Stockton, CA
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January 14
Toyota Arena
Ontario, CA
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February 11
Johnny Mercer Theater
Savannah, GA
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February 12
King Center
Melbourne, FL
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February 14
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL
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February 15
The Amp
St. Augustine, FL
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February 18
Broward Center
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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February 20
Hertz Arena
Estero, FL
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February 21
Walt Disney Theater
Orlando, Florida
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March  14
Globe Life Field
Arlington, TX
Chris Stapleton’s All-American Roadshow with Willie Nelson & Family, Jamey Johnson and Yola
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April 23
Merlefest
Wilkesboro, NC
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April  25, 2020
Kroger Field
Chris Stapleton’s Concert for Kentucky
with Sheryl  Crow, Yola, & more
Lexington,  KY
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November 14th, 2019

Willie Nelson, “What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth”

November 14th, 2019

Willie wrote this song on Christmas, 2003, and performed it for the first time at the Dennis Kucinich for President fundraising concert in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 3, 2004.

There’s so many things going on in the world
Babies dying
Mothers crying
How much oil is one human life worth
And what ever happened to peace on earth

We believe everything that they tell us
They’re gonna’ kill us
So we gotta’ kill them first
But I remember a commandment
Thou shall not kill
How much is that soldier’s life worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

(Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we’ve been told from our birth
Hell they won’t lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

So I guess it’s just
Do unto others before they do it to you
Let’s just kill em’ all and let God sort em’ out
Is this what God wants us to do

(Repeat Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we’ve been told from our birth
Hell they won’t lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

Now you probably won’t hear this on your radio
Probably not on your local TV
But if there’s a time, and if you’re ever so inclined
You can always hear it from me
How much is one picker’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

But don’t confuse caring for weakness
You can’t put that label on me
The truth is my weapon of mass protection
And I believe truth sets you free

(Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we’ve been told from our birth
Hell they won’t lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

Beachlife Festival

November 14th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves at the CMA’s (11/13/2019) “Rainbow Connection”

November 14th, 2019

Peace and Love

November 14th, 2019
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November 13th, 2019

What Would Willie Do?

November 13th, 2019

November 12th, 2019

Willie Nelson & Family to perform at MerleFest 2020

November 12th, 2019

MerleFest, presented by Window World, announced that Willie Nelson & Family will perform at MerleFest, which will be held April 23-26.

Tickets went on sale today and can be purchased atwww.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.

The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“For over 30 years, one of the major factors that has built and sustained MerleFest has been the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the 4-day festival,” says Ted Hagaman, Festival Director. “People truly feel that the festival is a great value and that is why music fans and families return year after year. We feel that the 2020 lineup again reflects the diversity and quality of performers, and we look forward to another successful festival in April.” The complete lineup for MerleFest 2020 will be announced over the next few months. 

Today’s lineup announcement includes Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss, The Jerry Douglas Band, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale, Kruger Brothers, The Waybacks, Scythian, Donna The Buffalo, Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce, Tommy Emmanuel, Shinyribs, Charley Crockett, Darrell Scott, The Steel Wheels, Robbie Fulks, Amythyst Kiah, Cordovas, Alison Brown, Andy May, “B” Townes, Banknotes, Bill & The Belles, Bryan Sutton, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Chatham Rabbits, Che Apalache, The Cleverlys, Creole Stomp with Dennis Stroughmatt, David Holt, Fireside Collective, Flattop, Happy Traum, Hogslop String Band, InterACTive Theatre of Jef, Irish Mythen, Iron Horse Bluegrass, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jody Carroll, Joe Smothers, Ken Crouse, Laura Boosinger, The Local Boys, Los Texmaniacs, Mark Bumgarner, Mary Flower, Mitch Greenhill, Pete & Joan Wernick, Piedmont Bluz, Presley Barker, Rev. Robert Jones, Roy Book Binder, Sierra Ferrell, String Madness, T. Michael Coleman, Tony Williamson, Wayne Henderson, The Moore Brothers, The Williams Brothers, and Wyld Fern.
 
Tickets for next year’s festival go on sale November 12, 2019, and may be purchased atwww.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.

MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. Early Bird Tier 1 tickets may be purchased from November 12 to February 16, 2020; Early Bird Tier 2 tickets from February 17 to April 22. Remaining tickets will be sold at the gate during the festival.

New for MerleFest 2020 is “The Patio at MerleFest.” This ticket-upgrade includes comfortable seating in a covered area with great views of the Watson and Cabin stages, access to the friends and family seating area (formerly named VIP), a deluxe air-conditioned mobile bathroom unit, snacks and beverages, and live video displays from the Watson and Cabin stages. Fans wanting to gain access to this exciting new addition to MerleFest should act quickly, as seating is limited. ? MerleFest would also like to remind potential participants that the entry period for 2020’s

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is still open. Now in its 28th year, CASC is an extraordinary opportunity for songwriters to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. Aspiring songwriters may submit entries to the contest using theonline entry form at MerleFest.org or by mailing entries to MerleFest/CASC, P.O. Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC, 28697. All entries received during October and November will receive an early-entry discount price of $25 per entry, while submissions received in December and January will require a $30 fee per entry. All lyrics must be written in English and no instrumental entries will be accepted. The deadline to enter is February 1, 2020.

Willie Nelson and Ray Price

November 12th, 2019

Willie and Billy

November 12th, 2019

Photo: Gary Miller

Happy birthday today, Gary Miller, and thanks for all the great photos, especially this one of Willie Nelson and Billy Gibbons.