All Willie, all weekend.
That’s what you’ll hear if you tune to 98.9 KUTX-FM April 29-30.
In honor of Willie Nelson’s 84th birthday, the radio station will air “wall-to-wall” Willie from 6 a.m. April 29 to 6 p.m. April 30. That’s 36 straight hours of Nelson’s music – everything from the classics we all know to deep album tracks and even two airings of “Amazing Grace: The Story of Willie Nelson,” a documentary.
From a KUTX news release: “Were it not for Nelson, the Austin music scene would not be as vibrant. As Joe Nick Patoski wrote in the ‘Texas Music Almanac,’ ‘… it wasn’t until the night of Aug. 12, 1972, when Willie Nelson walked onto the stage of the Armadillo (World Headquarters) that everything changed. That performance in front of a mixed crowd of hippies and rednecks is recognized as the starting point of the modern Austin music scene.’”
The full schedule:
Saturday, April 29
- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Wall-to-wall Willie Nelson
- 6 to 7 p.m.: “Amazing Grace” documentary
- 7 to 11 p.m.: Willie Nelson tribute with Rick Daddy
Sunday, April 30
- 6 to 7 a.m.: “Amazing Grace” documentary
- 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Gospel/jazz Willie Nelson with Jay Trachtenberg
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Wall-to-wall Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson & Family to perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion 50th Anniversary Concert (July 15th)April 23rd, 2017
Merriweather Post Pavilion will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a July 15 concert featuring Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne and Father John Misty, the Columbia music venue announced Friday. The night’s host, singer Grace Potter, will also perform solo acoustic songs.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. April 28 via ticketfly.com and the Merriweather Post Pavilion box office, along with the box offices of Washington, D.C., venues 9:30 Club and Lincoln Theatre.
Thanks, Phil Weisman, for finding this rare photo.
photo: David McClister
by: Jewely Hight
On his rich, new album, God’s Problem Child, Nelson likewise attributes an incongruous range of qualities to the passage of time itself. Where some artists embrace somber, late-career meditations on mortality as a way to make a final case for their depth and burnish their legacies, at age 84, Nelson reflects on this season of his life with a mischievousness and equanimity that already feels familiar coming from him.
Bookending the album are songs that convey nostalgia for places and people: the gospelly country-blues romp “Little House on the Hill” — a first-time cut for songwriter Lyndel Rhodes, the nonagenarian mother of Nelson’s seasoned producer, Buddy Cannon, who’s been on quite the roll this year — and “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” a twangy, Gary Nicholson-penned tribute to Nelson’s late peer and comrade, Merle Haggard.