Willie Nelson, Neil Young Harvest the Hope concert in Nebraska 9/27 SOLD OUT

August 22nd, 2014

by: Joe Duggan

LINCOLN — Tickets for next month’s Keystone XL pipeline protest concert headlined by Neil Young and Willie Nelson sold out Thursday, a day after they went on sale, according to the etix.com website.

Although the northeast Nebraska farm where the event will take place could have fit as many as 10,000 people, a decision was made to cap sales at 7,000 tickets, said Jane Kleeb, director of Bold Nebraska, the group organizing the event. The tickets sold for $50 each.

Proceeds from the Sept. 27 concert will benefit Bold Nebraska and two other organizations fighting a proposed pipeline that would move crude oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas.

Organizers started selling tickets at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The show will take place on a farm near Neligh lying on the path of the proposed pipeline.

Pipeline company Trans Canada remains in a holding pattern as it awaits a decision by the U.S. State Department on whether the project meets the national interest.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama said he would postpone the decision until after the Nebraska Supreme Court settles a constitutional dispute on the pipeline’s route.

The State Supreme Court will hear arguments in the pipeline appeal Sept. 5, but is not expected to rule on the matter until late in the year.

Project supporters say that the pipeline would bring jobs and economic benefits while tapping a supply of oil from a friendly trade partner.

Opponents say that ramping up production from Canada’s oil sands region will boost greenhouse gas emissions and that potential leaks from the pipeline are a threat to land and water, specifically the vital Ogallala Aquifer that underlies much of Nebraska.

Nelson and Young have not played together in Nebraska since the 1987 Farm Aid show at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Both are advocates of alternative energy who notably have run tour buses and other vehicles on biodiesel fuel.

The concert also will feature musical performances by Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson’s son, and hip-hop artist Frank Waln, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

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Willie Nelson Art

August 22nd, 2014


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Finally it’s here, Happy Shoeshine Friday

August 22nd, 2014

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“Look who stopped by the Post office today”

August 21st, 2014


Thank you, Mary Franklin, for sharing her photo.

Have you got your new Rolling Stone yet?

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“Willie Nelson really is a revolutionary” — Dave Matthews

August 21st, 2014

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Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews, Fenway Park

by:  Patrick Doyle

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On September 13th, Farm Aid is returning to Raleigh, North Carolina. Dave Matthews first played the event in 1995 and now sits on its board of directors alongside Willie NelsonNeil Young and John Mellencamp. Matthews spoke with Rolling Stone for our Nelson cover story, on stands now. We edited Matthews’ words into an appreciation of one of his favorite songwriters that covers weed, why he likes Nelson’s version of “Gravedigger” more than his own and why he considers Nelson a folk hero.

The first time we did Farm Aid, I think in 1995, I remember seeing Willie Nelson on the side of the stage, and he was signing autographs or saying hello to fans for the longest time. I thought it was amazing how after all those years being a legendary songwriter and a performer in his own right – and being an advocate for labor and for farmers – that he is really just those things because that’s who he is. He has no ambitions for politics or power. He’s just genuinely a folk hero. He genuinely has concern for the people around and the people that know him. The more you know him, the more he’s like that. He has written so many profound songs that I think there are sort of two different people, at least. The one that is this amazing contributor to the history of American music but then also this voice for the people.

I don’t know if I have a favorite Willie story; a lot of times they’re too X-rated. I wonder if he would say, “Hey man, don’t give my jokes away to Rolling Stone.” I remember the first time that I met him, the band and I got on his bus and he started rolling joints and passing them around the bus. And at some point, I got this sort of warm dull hum in my head I think everybody was sharing. We’d been chattering, and I don’t know how many joints had been going around the bus, but he raised his hand and said, “Is everybody high?” And then everyone laughed. It was a great moment.

“I don’t know if I have a favorite Willie story; a lot of times they’re too X-rated.”

I had to go from there to do a whole bunch of Farm Aid press, and I was just useless. I don’t know if I’m any better ever [when I do press], but I just remember I couldn’t be more stoned than I was. I just remember Willie going, “Is everybody high?” Every time I go to visit my mom, who is a huge Willie Nelson fan – as much for the person as for his music – there’s a photograph that we took on the bus and he just looks as bright-eyed as ever, but the rest of us just look as if we are so fucking high. But my mom proudly displays this photo of me cross-eyed on Willie’s bus.

He has so many great lines. He’s not at all on a high horse about his political beliefs. It’s not boring to listen to him talk about what he believes. At Farm Aid, in respect to the corporate invasion of farming and the poisonous method of modern farming, he said, “We’re not happy until you’re not happy.” Anytime I’m sitting in a room with him, I’m sitting in awe. When you meet him, like when he said hello to my mom once, you just walk away feeling like you’re worth it, like you matter and that he’s not just blowing smoke up your ass. Which is not the case often with people that are in a position like his.

He really is revolutionary and I wish more people would pay attention to things he says and be a little more cynical of the people in power in this country and a little more cynical of corporate influence and the almighty dollar. I wish we’d look a little further into what really makes this country great. I think that if we don’t fight for it the way Willie has spent the majority of his life fighting for it, we’re gonna lose this country to a bunch of money. Although you can make a lot of money, if that’s all it’s about, then we’ll lose everything that’s worth it, and we go up our fundamental orifice.

“Crazy” is one of my favorite songs; I lifted the phrasing of the first line for “Crush.” That was not as great a song as “Crazy,” but I just loved it. I also couldn’t believe his version of “Gravedigger.” I felt really good about it when I wrote it. When I found out he was going to sing that on his record, it was maybe one of the highest points of my life. Now, whenever I sing that song, I’ve kind of turned the phrase to favor his version of it over mine. I don’t know if it’s ever noticeable, but there are a couple moments when I try to emulate him more than I do me.

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Lukas Nelson in Rolling Stone Magazine

August 21st, 2014



by Nick Murr

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Willie Nelson discusses the joys of touring with his sons: “I’ve been hearing my licks come back better than they went out,” he says. Now, one of his sons’ bands, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, who have also opened for stars like B.B. King and John Fogerty, are bringing some of those licks to a new LP – their third – titled Love Yourself. Below, listen to an exclusive stream of one of its tracks, the casual, swaying “Find Yourself.”

“This is my favorite song on the record – the most personal to me and yet I think anyone can relate to it,” says Nelson. “I always feel like I’m cleaning my soul out when I sing it. It’s my tribute to the soul musicians I grew up idolizing, and it’s really fun to play live.”

Currently, the band is in the middle of a late-summer tour that includes a stop at Raleigh’s Farm Aid and closes in Folsom, California.

Read article here.   and Listen to new song, “Find Yourself”

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Willie Nelson shows us his peace sign #PeaceRocks #JohnVarvatos

August 21st, 2014

Willie thinks #PeaceRocks – show us your peace signs and @JohnVarvatos will donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund!



We know #peacerocks, but what else do you think rocks? Take your peace sign selfie with something you think rocks as much as peace. We’ll donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace and Love Fund for every peace sign selfie tagged with #peacerocks.

Learn more – bit.ly/1tKKmWU

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See Paula Nelson in Longmont Tomorrow Night! (Denver – Saturday)

August 21st, 2014

Paula Nelson
photo:  Mauel Nauta

Come on out! Bring your friends!




Festival On Main @ Festival On Main

4th Ave and Main St, Longmont, CO 80501 (United States) –Map
7:30 PM
All Ages
Tickets:  FREE SHOW

A great opportunity to pick up copy of band’s new album, and get it signed!


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Willie Nelson on David Letterman Show, “You Don’t Know Me”

August 21st, 2014

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Farm Aid Auction — bid to win one of a kind experiences!

August 21st, 2014


Just a few days left to bid in our auction to see your favorite Farm Aid artist in the photo pit, first row VIP seats, VIP tickets to a taping of The Colbert Report, a backstage tour at Farm Aid and many other one-of-a-kind experiences.

Thanks for your support!”

– www.FarmAid.org


Visit the Auction, and bid HERE.

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Willie Nelson, Farm Aid 25 (Milwaukee, WI)

August 21st, 2014

#tbt Willie performing at Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee!


Let this be the year you go to Farm Aid! Tickets going fast


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Neil Young, Willie Nelson, “Harvest the Hope” – A Concert to Protect the Heartland

August 20th, 2014





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Willie Nelson on undocumented children being held in Texas, “Treat those kids like they were your kids.”

August 19th, 2014


by: DeeDee Garcia Blase

“I guess the closer you are to the situation, the more extreme emotions you have about it, but it seems to me the old golden rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ or ‘treat other people like you want to be treated’ … Treat those kids like they were your kids.”– Willie Nelson

Known for his  country outlaw music with Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and others, at one time “they called Willie crazy, but nowadays they call him a saint.” This is indeed true when Tejanas and Tejanos saw Willie rise to the occasion as hate toward refugee children reached a fevered pitch in Murrieta, California,-immigrant protestors were terrorizing the children as they blocked buses while spewing  anti-Mexican rhetoric (even though these kids were from Central America). The anti-immigrant hate speech carried over to the border convoy caught in Texas of more anti-immigrant protesters.

Many of us were deeply affected with a painful reminder of the broken immigration system that could have prevented this situation. The Democratic-led Senate passed immigration reform over one year ago, and the likes of Speaker Boehner who is in control of the House of Representatives continue to block the vote at the House level with no signs of forward progress to fix the broken system. Now President Obama has no choice but to do what he can within his legal purview and jurisdiction in light of immigration inaction by the House.

I have believed for some time how a musician can be more influential than a political pundit. Politics is something of a bore — it can be dark, complex with evil tentacles tempting people to support bad motives. Political pundits seem to be losing their edge as their columns and/or opinions are only worth their salt for a day or two because political mundane topics equate to a loss of interest leading to further lack of knowledge. That said, it is the norm for people to equate music to joyful, peaceful memories and/or things they can relate to — and this is why when someone like Willie Nelson chimes in on political matters, the ripple affect is massive news for Texas that can permeate forever.

As a Texas-born woman, I am grateful and feel indebted to Willie for his bravery in support of these small and young refugee children. When I heard wind of the news via the San Antonio Express, immigration activists were on a high for days and felt it’s power in the Spirit world.

According to the Rolling Stone:

Nelson also offered his thoughts on the 60,000 Central American children who have crossed the Texas border in the past year who are now sleeping in makeshift holding cells. “I’ve been watching, and the only thing we can do is take care of those kids, whatever it takes,” says Nelson. “Take them in, give them some medical attention. I’m sure there are homes all over the country that would be glad to take care of one or two kids.

“They’re scared,” adds Nelson, whose parents left him to be raised by his grandparents when he was an infant. “They’re being mistreated. And it’s not a good way to start off your life. But it’s a good opportunity for us to show a little bit of humanitarianism and take care of those kids. I know a lot of people want to send them back. I guess the closer you are to the situation, the more extreme emotions you have about it, but it seems to me the old golden rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ or ‘treat other people like you want to be treated’ … Treat those kids like they were your kids.”

I hope Willie secures several generations of music enthusiasts from one of the fastest growing demographics in our Nation. I am confident Tejanos, Chicanos and Latinos will not forget his compassionate Texas act signaled during dire neighborly times. This is not a bad Tejano spot to be for Willie’s continued legendary status particularly whenRegional Mexican music is the top-selling genre of Latin music in the United States.

No stranger to activism, he has a strong history of supporting his community most notably Farm Aid when Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land.

Mere political pundits forget the “unity” message when they increase divisiveness in our “United” States. Many of them add fuel to the fire when stubborn lines are drawn between Democrats and Republicans when resolutions ought to be based on the issues — not necessarily the team you are on when toeing the party line. The United States is essentially one big team, and it appears that Texas Willie Nelson fully understands that. Nelson embraces love, life, and positive political messages. Musicians who have a sincere concern for the direction of our nation ought to rise up as Willie did. As such, musicians who courageously stand up for life and love will benefit with a growing demographic who will innately be loyal to the artists who have compassion for their community and children.

Maybe it’s time we got back to the basics of love.

Note: Dedicated to Mark Lane who held steady even though he received death threats for taking in refugee children.

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Willie Nelson, Neil Young concert protesting a proposed Keystone XL pipeline

August 19th, 2014

U.S. Farm Aid 25th Anniversary Show Milwaukee WIphoto:  Darren Hauck http://www.rollingstone.com by: Daniel Kreps

After spending decades spearheading Farm Aid, Neil Young and Willie Nelson will once again team up for a benefit concert protesting a proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would cut through the historic Ponca Trail of Tears in Nebraska. On September 27th, the two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will stage their “Harvest the Hope” concert at a farm outside Neligh, Nebraska, with all proceeds from the show going to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy and Indian Alliance. $50 tickets for the Harvest the Hope concert go on sale Wednesday, August 20th at Bold Nebraska’s official site.

 In addition to the imposition the proposed pipeline would have on tribal land, farm owners in the area are also concerned about the environmental footprint if energy company TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is approved, from contaminating groundwater to pollution. A handful of farmers along the pipeline’s planned route have refused to sell their land to TransCanada, including Art and Helen Tanderup, whose Neligh, Nebraska farm will host the 10,000 attendees.

“Farmers, ranchers and tribes that have been standing up to TransCanada are rock stars in my eyes,” Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb said in a statement. “Now we will have the honor to have music legends Neil Young and Willie Nelson stand with us against this risky pipeline that threatens our water and our livelihoods. It is our hope that President Obama in the end stands with us over Big Oil.” Because the proposed pipeline also would cross international borders, President Obama would have to sign off on the project, Omaha.com reports.

Young has long been one of rock’s most environmentally conscious rockers – the front page of his website currently features an essay on organic cotton T-shirts and the smart laundry practices – and he’s previously lent support to Native American tribes in his native Canada who are also fighting against Big Oil. Last spring, Young traveled to Washington D.C. to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which is where he met Art Tanderup and the “Harvest for Hope” concert was conceived. Young and Nelson hadn’t performed together in Nebraska since the third annual Farm Aid visited Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium in 1987.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-young-willie-nelson-nebraska-farm-concert-pipeline-20140819#ixzz3AtnBxkwE Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook Read entire article here.  

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Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, “Wurlitzer Prize”

August 19th, 2014

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