This day in Willie Nelson History: USO Show in Germany with Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey (May 23, 2005)

May 23rd, 2016

In 2005 Willie Nelson joined Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey on a USO tour to entertain the troops overseas at the Ramstein Airbase in Germany.  The show was filmed, and broadcast on television as  “Nick and Jessica’s Tour of Duty.”  Also on the tour:  Big and Rich,  and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.   Willie and Jessica treated the crowd to a duet from movie ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’,  the movie they starred in together, ‘These Boots are Made for Walking.”

Jimmey Kimmel talked about Willie at the show, and said, “I got to meet Willie Nelson.  He’s such a nice guy, he even let me carry his bags through customs for him.!”

Willie Nelson Road

May 23rd, 2016

Willie Nelson on Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD (11/20/2007)

May 23rd, 2016
Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Eric Clapton’s second Crossroads Guitar Festival will be immortalized on DVD Nov. 20 via Rhino, has learned. The double-DVD set features 38 tracks from the July 28, 2007, show outside Chicago, with performances from Clapton, Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Steve Winwood and Willie Nelson, among many others.

Among the highlights of “Crossroads” are former Blind Faith mates Clapton and Winwood’s first on-stage collaboration in 25 years, Clapton dusting off material from Derek and the Dominos plus covering George Harrison’s “Isn’t It a Pity” and a rare live appearance from the Band’s Robbie Robertson with Clapton on Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love.”

The package wraps with Buddy Guy’s “Sweet Home Chicago,” featuring guest turns from Clapton, Robert Cray, John Mayer, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan and Johnny Winter.

Here is the track list for “Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007”: Read the rest of this entry »

Willie Nelson & Family on Tour

May 23rd, 2016

Always confirm shows and get tickets at, or the venue.


May 24
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Willmington, NC

May 25
nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Charlottesville, NC

May 27
Papa Joe’s Banjo Barbeque Music Fest
Evans, GA

May 28
Florida Country Superfest
Daytona Beach, FL

May 29
Sweetland Amphitheater
La Grange, Georgia

June 22
Rose Music Center
Huber Heights, OH

June 24
Tailgate and Tallboys Festival
Chillcothe, IL

June 25
River Edge Park with Kris Kristofferson
Aurora, IL

June 26
Sumptur Amphitheater with Kris Kristofferson
Papillion, NE

June 28
Vetter Stone Amphitheater
Mankato, MN

June 29
Milwaukee, WI

July 1
Grateful Fest at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
Garrettsville, OH

July 2
French Lick Resort
French Lick, IN

July 4
Fourth of July Picnic
Austin 360 Amphitheater
Austin, TX

July 23
Marymoor Park
Redmond, WA

July 28
Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
Salt Lake City, UT

July 30
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
with Kacey Musgraves
Denver, CO

Aug 1
The Steifel Theater
Salinas, KS

Aug 2
Topeka Theater for the Performing Arts
Topeka, KS

Aug 3
Washington Pavilion
Sioux Falls, SD

Aug 5
Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Sturgis, SD

Aug 6
Hinterland Music Festival
St. Charles, IA

Sept. 9, 10
Casino Rama
Rama, Ontario
with Aaron Lewis

Sept 12
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Boston, MA

Sept. 13
Coney Island Amphitheater
Brooklyn, NY

Sept 18
The Colosseum at Caesars
Windsor Ontario, Canada

Oct 15, 16
Celebrity Theater
Phoenix, AZ

Nov 11
Winstar Casino
Thackerville, OK

Willie Nelson, “Lost Highway”

May 23rd, 2016

Maria (shut up and kiss me)

  1. Maria (shut up and kiss me)
  2. Mendocino County Line
  3. Back to Earth
  4. The Harder They Come
  5. Over You Again
  6. You Don’t Know Me
  7. Lost Highway
  8. Beer for My Horses
  9. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  10. Overtime
  11. I’m Still Not Over You
  12. Superman
  13. Bubbles in My Beer
  14. Crazy
  15. Both Sides of Goodbye
  16. Cowboys are Secretly, Frequently Fond of Each Other
  17. Ain’t Goin’ Down on Broke Back Mountain


May 22nd, 2016


Dallas Wayne at the Grand Ole Opry last night

May 22nd, 2016


“Thank you to the Grand Ole Opry for making me feel so welcome last night! Everyone in the ?#?Opry? family was very kind, and the talented pickers and singers in the Opry staff band are simply amazing. They say your Grand Ole Opry debut is a memorable experience, and trust me, they’re right! Grateful, humbled and honored. Thank You.” — Dallas Wayne?

The folks who attended the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville had a treat last night — Dallas Wayne performed! Thanks to wife Jo Albers for sharing this photo.

Dallas Wayne has a new album just out this month:


You can order the album here.

Songs The Jukebox Taught Me CD … $12.00
Heart of Texas Records (2016)
Track List:
Your Time’s Comin’ with Willie Nelson
Who’ll Turn Out The Lights In Your World Tonight
A Dime At A Time
Yesterday’s Gone with Paula Nelson
Sea Of Heartbreak
Devil In The Bottle
Three Days
No Relief In Sight
It Just Doesn’t Seem To Matter with Jeannie Seely
Skip A Rope
Eleven Roses with Darrell & Mona McCall
Sun Comin’ Up
She Always Got What She Wanted
Stop The World And Let Me Off.

The Message of the Highwaymen

May 22nd, 2016


Director and producer Jim Brown talks about the making of The Highwaymen: Friends Til The End, his admiration for the musicians’ camaraderie, passion for music and having a clear purpose in their careers. American Masters — The Highwaymen: Friends Til The Endpremieres nationwide Friday, May 27, 2016, at 9/8c on PBS (check local schedule) as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series, exploring how these men came together and the fruits of their historic collaboration.

Willie Nelson and Family with Kris Kristofferson, in Cherokee, North Carolina

May 22nd, 2016


Thanks to Andy Bush, who followed Willie Nelson & Family from the Atlanta, Georgia show to Cherokee, North Carolina, for another show last night.  Andy said Kris came out and sang with Willie for ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I  Die”, and the gospel set, on both nights.

May 22nd, 2016


photo:  Frank Surf


May 22nd, 2016


Lots of cool Willie Nelson merchandise on sale at Willie’s Website.

See everything here


This day in Willie Nelson history, “Just to Satisfy You” (with Waylon Jennings) #1 (May 21, 1982)

May 21st, 2016

Willie Nelson, Patriot

May 21st, 2016


President and Mrs. Carter sing with Willie Nelson & Family in Georgia

May 21st, 2016
by:  Kimberly Richardson


Only 20 minutes into his set, Willie Nelson had already rolled through eight songs.  Delivering them with lean musicianship and the occasional mischievous grin, the 83-year-old musician was a model of stamina Friday night as he unfurled crowd favorites “Whiskey Rose,” “Still is Still Moving to Me,” “Beer for My Horses,” “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind” practically without pausing for a breath.

Mirroring Nelson in the endurance department was former President Jimmy Carter, who arrived at Chastain Park Amphitheatre a couple of songs into opener Kris Kristofferson’s performance with wife Rosalynn and a handful of casually dressed Secret Service men in tow.

Carter is an avowed Nelson fan, and he and Rosalynn were spotted standing throughout most of the Red Headed Stranger’s set, front row, stage left. When Nelson launched into a concert staple, his rendition of “Georgia on My Mind,” a spotlight caught the Carters smiling and singing along.

Along with the presidential couple, about 6,500 other fans tolerated the misty rain that persisted all evening – but not many seemed eager to leave once Nelson hit the stage, clad in black and waving his two arms overhead in greeting.

Nelson’s singing has always been more about character than technicality, so in that sense, his adenoidal tone hasn’t changed. But his spoke-sung delivery of most songs indicated his impatience to get to the good part for him – the guitar playing.

Nelson’s instrument was turned up a bit high in the mix and sometimes he played a step off the beat but always fell back into the groove provided by Billy English on his snare drum – yep, no kit, just a single drum – and bassist Bee Spears.

Harmonicist Mickey Raphael stayed busy on every song, while Nelson’s sister Bobbie added texture to “Always on My Mind” with her expert piano playing.

In addition to playing a generous set of songs from his 50-plus year career, Nelson asked fans, “What about some Hank Williams?” Before they could respond with a whoop, Nelson was halfway through the first verse of “Jambalaya (on the Bayou).”

During a jam in the song, Nelson edged toward English, swapped his black cowboy hat for a trademark red bandanna (he tossed several into the crowd throughout his set) and segued seamlessly into Williams’ “Hey Good Lookin’” and “Move it On Over.”

The memory of Waylon Jennings was conjured as well with “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” (Jennings and Nelson earned a No. 1 with their 1978 duet).

Nelson continued his rapid-fire blast of hits with “Shoeshine Man” and the song he said used to close his sets “100 years ago” – the aptly titled “The Party’s Over.”

After singing “Funny How Time Slips Away” with a wistful tinge to his voice, Nelson dovetailed into “Crazy,” which included some rough swipes at his guitar that morphed into a thoughtful solo.

When Nelson’s Chastain concert was announced earlier this year, he was set to share the bill with Merle Haggard.

After Haggard’s death last month,  Nelson pal Kristofferson stepped in to fill the opening slot, along with Haggard’s sons, Ben and Noel.

Backed by Kristofferson’s band, The Strangers, the front threesome alternated at the mic between Haggard classics (“I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” sung by Noel in a smooth country tenor and “Workin’ Man Blues,” handled adeptly by Ben, were standouts) and Kristofferson classics.

At this point, one goes to see Kristofferson to bask in his legacy, not listen to his voice, which vacillated between gruff mumbling on “Me and Bobby McGee” (which he penned in the late-‘60s) and a strained warble on “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “Why Me.”

The Haggard boys and the band, though, sounded sturdy throughout.

Haggard even received an extra moment of remembrance when, during “Okie from Muskogee,” Noel missed his second verse cue, looked upward and joked, “Sorry, dad.”

He likely wasn’t the only one thinking of Merle at that moment.

Mickey Raphael seranades President and Mrs. Carter with “Georgia”

May 21st, 2016


photo:  thanks to Annie Nelson

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were special guests at the Willie Nelson & Family Show at Chastaine Park, in Atlanta, Georgia.  They stood at the stage for “Georgia”.