Tickets on Sale for Willie Nelson & Family at Space Coast Seafood Fest (Feb. 17, 2018)

November 24th, 2017

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Country music icon Willie Nelson will headline the four-day 2018 Space Coast Seafood & Music Festival when he performs on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 17 at Space Coast Daily Park, located in the heart of Brevard County, Florida – and tickets are going fast.

We expect a ‘Willie Black Friday’,” joked Giles Malone, partner with Space Coast Daily, which is sponsoring the four-day festival.

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, and other concerts during the Space Coast Seafood & Music Festival include the Space Coast Symphony, Don McLean and Los Lonely Boys.


The Space Coast Seafood & Music Festival will take place Feb. 15–18, 2018, and will include several more exciting artists that will be announced soon.

Concert tickets include admission to the Space Coast Seafood & Music Festival, which will also features arts and crafts, marketplace booths and a kids zone.

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, Willie Nelson is an American icon and the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust.

Peace and Love

November 24th, 2017

Willie Nelson fans gone wild

November 24th, 2017

Why Willie Nelson Still Matters (July 3, 1997)

November 24th, 2017

WAG THE DOG, Willie Nelson, 1997, (c)New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett Collection

Saint Willie: Why the cult of the redheaded stranger still matters
by:  John T. Davis

July 3, 1997

As inconceivable as it seemed in the late ’70s and ’80s, when he bestrode the musical world like a chicken-fried colossus, Willie Nelson has become something of a trivia question to many of the inhabitants of the world of ’90s country music. Not in Austin, mind you, where “In Willie We Trust” might as well be engraved on the municipal letterhead, and mystics occasionally report the mysterious appearance of his beatific visage on fresh-baked tortillas. Nor in Texas as a whole, a state with an enduring taste for eccentrics with a twinkle in their eye.

But there are younger country music fans in the hinterlands and not-so-young executives on Music Row in Nashville who are apt to shrug “Willie who?” when the outlaw patriarch’s name is brought up.

Willie Nelson through the years photo

Scott Newton

To the casual observer, the skeptics make a good case: Having lost his berth at Columbia Records in 1993, Nelsonhas seemingly drifted at whim, recording marginally selling albums for a variety of smaller labels. His latest (his third for Justice Records, the Houston-based indie label) is a re-release of his 1971 concept album, “Yesterday’s Wine.”

His songs are nowhere to be found on the mainstream “Hot Young Country” radio formats, and at 64 (he is old enough to recall the birth of Social Security; next year he will be eligible to collect it), Nelson is deemed hopelessly inaccessible to the demographic tail that wags the dog of the radio and record industries these days.

His Fourth of July Picnic, once a unique, Lone Star-waving gathering of the tribes, has shrunk to a vestigial ritual that keeps regenerating itself for no particularly compelling reason (the latest edition — the 25th anniversary Picnic, by rough count — will be held tomorrow in Luckenbach). The Picnic, featuring a graying cohort ofNelson familiars, pales in scope and charisma next to 100,000-strong bacchanaliasNelson used to assemble on Independence Day (a far cry from the bloated, corporate-sponsored mega-festivals, like last month’s CountryFest up near Dallas, which are the fashion today).

His concert set, as this listener of 20-plus years will attest, has not changed in essence in decades.

The skeptics will tell you there is less and less reason to pay attention toWillieNelson: Ain’t it funny, they’ll tell you (before moving on to anoint the next Flavor of the Month), how time slips away?

Well, the skeptics are full of sheep dip.

WillieNelsonstillmatters, in ways that Soundscan sales charts and radio Arbitron ratings can’t measure. (I would have been happy to address questions of his ongoing relevance to Willie his ownself, except that he was away in Hawaii and on the road; efforts to cross paths with him by phone proved unsuccessful).

If he doesn’t put hits in the Top 10 like he once did, he remains one of the last repositories of iconoclastic vision and unfettered imagination to which country music has access.

Texas has conjured up such prodigies in the past, in many musical disciplines — Scott Joplin, Ornette Coleman, Bob Wills, T-Bone Walker and Janis Joplin all achieved renown by breaking down barriers and forcing listeners to confront music on the artist’s terms.

This has been Willie’s particular genius as well. Listen to him for any length of time and his music — filtered as it is through the lenses of blues, country, jazz, American pop standards, folk and gospel — emerges as a clear and cogent creative vision informed by all these influences but constrained by none. Suddenly, the listener is viewing the musical landscape through Willie’s panoramic perspective.

Consider his last major-label album, 1993’s wonderful “Across the Borderline, ” an ostensibly “country” album which blends songs by Paul Simon, Willie Dixon, Ry Cooder, Lyle Lovett, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and Nelson himself.

Coming from almost any other artist, this shotgun wedding of genres and tunesmiths would have come across as a mishmash born of unchecked egotism. But Willie weaves the disparate strands into a coherent tapestry, which engages the listener with a sort of organic inevitability that is immensely satisfying. “It’s always time to stretch, ” said Nelson modestly at the time of the album’s release, hardly needing to add that stretching has been a way of life with him.

“Spirit, ” his understated 1996 album on Island Records, achieved much the same effect in a more low-key fashion, folding flamenco and mariachi textures into a suite of songs that glow with luminous spirituality. We are told that Nelson has a blues album and even — Gawd! — a reggae album in the can awaiting the light of day. Well, why not?

It’s harder and harder to find anyone in Nashville (or even on the self-consciously left-of-center Americana chart) who will roll the creative dice with the same aplomb that Nelson has displayed for at least a couple of musical epochs.

But that effortless eclecticism is only half the story. At an age when many artists have entombed their work in CD box sets (funny how much those things look like coffins …) and content themselves with collecting royalty checks, Nelsonstilldisplays an energy, an imagination and a restless curiosity that is the envy of musicians half his age.

Hey, don’t take my word for it; let’s go to the tale of the tape, as the boxing writers used to say.

There are the classics he has authored — from “Crazy” to “Night Life, ” “Hello Walls, ” “Funny How Time Slips Away, ” “Three Days, ” “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” and a score of others — songs whose blues-inflected phrasing (aNelson signature) and dark and stately lyricism would enthrall singers from Patsy Cline to the Supersuckers over the course of the years.

The aforementioned “Yesterday’s Wine” was but the first of four concept albums that examined everything from a crumbling marriage to spiritual redemption and reincarnation. The most celebrated of that quartet, “Red Headed Stranger, ” boasts a permanent place in any Top 10 Country Albums of All Time list.

Almost as an afterthought, Nelson created an album of standards, 1978’s “Stardust, ” which has become a standard unto itself. He has recorded with everyone from Faron Young to U2’s Bono. His ongoing Farm Aid concert series endures as a populist-based Middle American landmark.

But the resume doesn’t tell the whole story.

Resumes are ossified, static; Willie is anything but. “I can be moving or can be still, ” he once sang, “But still is still movin’ to me.”

“The most challenging thing, ” he once said, “would be to come up with something entirely different that I haven’t thought of yet, and do it before I have a chance to think about it, and back out.”

Kris Kristofferson once said that Willie’s face belongs on stamps and money. His point, in part, is that Nelson embodies the best of everything that an artist should bring to the table: vision, chops, commitment, imagination, compassion, restless energy, fresh perspectives and a joie de vivre thatfinds its fullest expression in the creative process.

For those reasons, and for many others, Williestillmatters, and always will.

So even if you’re not at Luckenbach tomorrow, pour a tequila shot and hoist a toast to WillieNelson. They ain’t making any more of him.

Another Willie Nelson cover, Englebert Humperdink, “Crazy”

November 24th, 2017

November 24th, 2017


Willie Nelson’s “Spirit” and “Yesterday’s Wine” vinyl on Record Store Day Black Friday

November 24th, 2017

Record Store Day happens every April, but it’s a holiday so nice, they hold it twice. The Black Friday edition of RSD comes the day after Thanksgiving, so avoid the mass of humanity at the big-box stores by getting to your local independent record shop and picking up these limited items—and don’t listen to the fun-hating snobs who pooh-pooh the event as a crass commercial exercise. There’s a solid batch of releases for this year’s Black Friday, which you can peep in its entirety at These are our picks for the most crucial items. (Find a list of participating stores here.)


Willie Nelson, Spirit
A spiritual (no pun intended) sequel to his classic Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson’s 1996 album Spirit is a concept album featuring stripped-down instrumentation, with forlorn piano and guitar augmented by Nelson’s Spanish-style guitar licks. Light in the Attic’s releasing this overlooked gem, one of Willie’s most unjustly neglected records, for the first time ever on vinyl, and today is your only chance to get it. (Another of Nelson’s albums, 1971’s Yesterday’s Wine, is also seeing a reissue.)

Read about other albums available tomorrow here.

Willie Nelson, “Yesterday’s Wine”

November 24th, 2017


Miracles appear in the strangest of places
Fancy meeting you here
The last time I saw you was just out of Houston
Sit down, and I’ll buy you a beer

Your presence is welcome with me and my friend here
This is a hangout of mine.
We come here quite often and listen to music
Partaking of yesterday’s wine

Yesterday’s wine, I’m yesterday’s wine
Aging with time, like yesterday’s wine
Yesterday’s wine, I’m yesterday’s wine
Aging with time, like yesterday’s wine

You give the appearence of one widely travelled
I’ll bet you’ve seen things in your time
Sit down beside me and tell me your story
If you think you’ll like yesterday’s wine

Yesterday’s wine, yesterday’s wine
Aging with time, like yesterday’s wine
Yesterday’s wine, I’m yesterday’s wine
Aging with time, like yesterday’s wine

Thank you, farmers

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Willie Nelson at the Majestic Theater, San Antonio, Texas (November 20, 2017)

November 21st, 2017

Thanks so so much to Janis Tillerson for sending these photos from last night’s Willie Nelson & Family show at the beautiful Majestic Theater in San Antonio.  What a beautiful place to see WN&F.  So sweet of these fans to share photos from their shows for the rest of us around the world!


Willie Nelson & Family in Pompano Beach (Feb 13, 2018)

November 21st, 2017

by: Ben Crandall

Outlaw country icon Willie Nelson will perform Feb. 13 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater.  Tickets are on sale now and will cost $35-$99.50 at Los Lonely Boys will open the 7:30 p.m. concert.

At 84, Nelson remains one of the most vital performers in country music, last month releasing “Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2),” a collaboration album with sons Lukas and Micah that pays tribute to music written by some of his favorite Hanks: Williams, Cochran, Locklin and Snow.

Last week, Nelson won the Country Music Association’s Musical Event of the Year award for “Funny How Time Slips Away,” a duet with Glen Campbell from Campbell’s final album, “Adiós.”

In a recent interview with Esquire magazine, Nelson said his next projects are a collaboration with rock ’n’ roll trailblazer Jerry Lee Lewis and an album of Frank Sinatra covers.

“Frank Sinatra is my favorite singer, and always has been. For overall great singing, ain’t nobody can beat him,” Nelson said. As for Lewis, he said, “Jerry Lee? Yeah, he’s out there. Actually, I haven’t talked to him about doing the record yet — he hasn’t said yes or no — so we will have to wait and see.”

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Willie Nelson: “On Thanksgiving, remember family farmers and their challenges”

November 21st, 2017

They are the economic bedrock of rural communities. We should recognize that and help strengthen them.
by:  Willie Nelson, contributor

I’ve spent most of my life on the roads of this great country. One of the unique benefits of this way of life has been the chance to really get to know folks and learn what’s going on in their lives. It gives me a sense of the nation’s pulse that is much more personal than anything we can get from news headlines.

These are hard times for too many. People are struggling, and many of us are growing more troubled by the divide that has erupted in America, separating neighbors and family members.

On Thursday, most of us will come to the table as families, friends, communities and a nation to celebrate our blessings. What people may not think about is that it’s the family farmer who brings us all together. We will gather over a meal that represents the year-round hard work of often-forgotten Americans — our family farmers. Farmers are working to stay on their land, all the while knitting communities together by providing healthy food and an economic bedrock for rural communities. This is an important time to recognize their efforts and do all we can to strengthen them.

In 2017, along with their neighbors, family farmers were hit hard by devastating natural disasters. With recent wildfires across the West and three devastating hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, farmers in these areas experienced extreme if not complete loss of their businesses and homes — and, in many cases, a legacy of generations.

We’ve been uplifted by the outpouring of generosity for farmers who experienced these natural disasters, allowing them to tackle the immense recovery effort ahead. It means that fellow Americans understand their value not only as food providers, but as the heart of our communities.

Even before these disasters struck, family farmers faced an onslaught of policies that increase the corporate control they’ve battled for decades. The prices farmers receive for the fruits of their labor have been down for four years, and they are not expected to rise anytime soon. Meanwhile, expenses keep going up. New, young farmers are facing tough barriers to getting started on the land, even if they have the will and drive to try.

Farm Aid hears from farmers every day on our hotline and through our online Farmer Resource Network. Then, we work with our advocate partners to navigate the challenges of these farmers. We see a greater impact when people work together. We all have a role to play in creating a system of agriculture that values family farmers, good food, soil and water, and strong communities. It is inspiring when people come together in celebration of a common, worthy purpose. In sharing our victories as well as our struggles, we find strength and hope.

Thanksgiving is the perfect backdrop for a family conversation about the folks who grow your food. It’s a chance to spend some time learning about the farmers in your community, and to dig in to see how you can participate in your local food system. It makes you feel good to help somebody. And once you get that feeling, you can’t stop, you know. It’s true, the old saying that you get 10 times back what you give.

I hope you’ll join me on Thanksgiving by saying a word or two of thanks — not just for the food on your table, but for the family farmers who woke up early that day and every day to ensure that we have a food system that is good for us, our communities and our country.

Willie Nelson is president and co-founder of Farm Aid. Farm Aid’s mission is to keep family farmers on their land in order to guarantee an agricultural system that values family farmers, good food, soil and water, and strong communities. The annual Farm Aid concert celebrates farmers, eaters and music coming together for change.


Willie Nelson in Concert (November 21, 2013) Little Rock, AR

November 21st, 2017


Thank you, Eric Camp, for the poster picture.

Willie Nelson, “Hallelujah”

November 21st, 2017

Willie Nelson Sings the famous song Hallelujah By Leonard Cohen