Happy Birthday, Bill Clinton

August 18th, 2017

Happy Shoeshine Friday

August 18th, 2017

August 18th, 2017

How Farm Aid Helps Family Farmers Thrive

August 18th, 2017


  1. In this video, farmers, partners, volunteers and supporters talk about Farm Aid’s work to keep family farmers on the land and thriving.

    “Farm Aid has always been there with emergency assistance for folks that need it. But at the same time, they’re looking down the road and trying to figure out long-term solutions. So it’s important, you can’t just deal crisis to crisis, you have to deal with the problems that creates the crisis. And Farm Aid helps do that.” –– David Senter, Former Farmer, President of American Agriculture Movement

    Farm Aid is working to achieve our mission to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host the annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. With the support of the artists (nearly 400 to date!) who contribute their performances each year, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

    With music as our inspiration and farmers as our heroes, Farm Aid envisions a transformed America in which family farmers and eaters are partners in a thriving farm and food system that benefits all.


Win Tickets to Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival in Camden, NJ (9/17/2017)

August 18th, 2017

SiriusXM Outlaw Country

WIN a trip for two to final date of the Outlaw Music Festival, presented by SiriusXM on Sunday, 9/17 in Camden, NJ. See Willie Nelson & Family! Eric Church! Sheryl Crow! The Avett Brothers! Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats! Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real! Particle Kid!

Go to www.siriusxm.com/OutlawFestival before 8/25 to enter to win airfare to Philadelphia, hotel, ground transportation, prime tickets, photo pit pass, drink & meal tickets, merch package, and autographed event poster!

New Micah Nelson/ Particle Kid Album Available, “Everything is BullShit”

August 18th, 2017

Micah Nelson has released a new Particle Kid album, and it is available for pre-order now. It is available on cd, cassette tape or digital download.


His website is really cool, too.  www.ParticleKid.com

The legendary Ford reviewed Micah’s album:

Legendary American poet Michael C. Ford reviews “Particle Kid” LP

I am honored to be recognized by a legendary American poet, Michael C. Ford.

A legendary voice on the LA poetry scene, MICHAEL C FORD has produced a steady stream of print and recorded product since 1970.

His debut spoken word vinyl {on SST} LANGUAGE COMMANDO earned a Grammy nomination in 1986.

His book of Selected Poems entitled EMERGENCY EXITS was honored by a 1998 Pulitzer Prize nomination.

Michael’s New record: MICHAEL C FORD – LOOK EACH OTHER IN THE EARS, featuring The Doors members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore can be found at Amazon.com

He had some very nice things to say about my record…thank you, Michael!

“Totally groove with the Particle guy product and
getting a real authentic, original vibe from his take
on American Contemporary melodic sculpture.
I particularly worship what he’s projecting on
Forever Friend and Slips Away. These are smash hits
on the jukebox in my brain.
I remember Harlan (Steinberger) playing some roughs for me a while
ago and it’s a great pleasure for me to, now, listen to
the finished music document by this luminous talent.”

-Michael C Ford

Willie Nelson & Family at the Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA (Aug. 16, 2017)

August 17th, 2017

by:  Jamie Soja


Willie Nelson performed to a sold out crowd in the vine covered hills of Santa Clara Valley. Nelson took the stage at Mountain Winery in Saratoga with his band, which includes his sister Bobbie Nelson on piano, at dusk performing his classic opener “Whiskey River”. Throughout the night he flawlessly sang renditions of fan favorites such as “On the Road Again” and “Still Is Still Moving to Me” as well as covers of Django Reinhardt and Ray Charles. His faithful guitar, trigger, sounds good as ever.


Willie Nelson, “Back to the Start” (The Scientist)

August 17th, 2017

“Should I date someone who doesn’t like Willie Nelson?”

August 17th, 2017

by: David Courtney

Is not liking Willie Nelson’s music a deal breaker?
Illustration by Jack Unruh

Q:   I just found out that the boy I’ve been dating for the past month and a half not only doesn’t like Willie Nelson’s music but actually dislikes his politics and everything else about him. Other than this, I have found him to be a pretty flawless guy. But is not liking Willie a deal killer?

Name Withheld, Lubbock

A:   In all the years the Texanist has been doling out advice to those in need of it, he doesn’t recall having ever been confronted with a situation quite like the strange and troubling one you have presented to him here. But then he’s never in his whole life come across anyone quite like this beau with whom you’ve been carrying on recently. The Texanist isn’t sure where you’d even meet a person like this. And he’s spent time in some of the world’s seedier cantinas, discotheques, and all-night truck-stop cafes. Even among the most unsavory acquaintances he’s had the displeasure of making in these shabby dens, he’s never met anyone who holds Willie Nelson in such low regard.

Of course, everyone is entitled to their own musical proclivities. The Texanist, for example, is an admitted Wayne Newton fan. (Hey, it’s his knocking-back-a-scotch-with-a-splash-of-water-and-two-ice-cubes-while-shining-up-for-a-night-on-the-town music! So what?) But disliking Willie—as a singer, a songwriter, an outlaw (of the mostly harmless variety), an unabashed Mary Jane enthusiast, and an incomparable treasure to all of humanity—speaks to your dude’s character. What’s this guy’s deal, anyway? Nobody is here to tell anybody that somebody has to appreciate a particular musical artist as a prerequisite to being anybody’s boyfriend, but by shunning Willie’s transcendent tunesmithing, ever-pleasant warble, and overall munificence, this fellow has really shown himself to be, at the very least, a birdbrain.

In short, you’d have to be crazy (see what the Texanist did there?) to continue in this doomed relationship. If you’d like, the Texanist would be happy to make the phone call for you.

Could have been the Willie Nelson, could have been the wine

August 17th, 2017

Willie Nelson, “I Woke up Still Not Dead Again Today”

August 16th, 2017

New album from Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

August 16th, 2017

The new album from Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will be released on August 25th.  From their website:

We are excited to announce that our new, self-titled album, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, will be released on August 25th, 2017 via Fantasy Records!

Pre-order Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real beginning July 6th and receive three tracks from the album automatically.

All three tracks are available now via streaming sites such as
Spotify, Amazon Prime and Apple Music.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, recorded over the past year at Los Angeles’ famed Village Studios, was produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) and features 12 tracks, all written by Lukas Nelson.


Lukas Nelson created a short film about his life and the making of his band’s new self-titled album, and you can see it on his facebook page.


For tour information, and how to pre-order new album, follow them on facebook, and visit their website:


Happy Birthday, Billy Joe Shaver

August 16th, 2017


by: Carol Sidoran


Happy birthday to Billy Joe Shaver, born August 16, 1939, in Corsicana, Texas.


Billy Joe Shaver, Knuckleheads, Kansas City, Missouri (August 12, 2011)

Dallas Wayne and Billy Joe Shaver

Support Family Farmers! Save America! Support Farm Aid!

photo: Janis Tillerson


LB, Knuckleheads 8/12/11

August 16th, 2017

Willie Nelson featured in “Honky Tonk Heaven”: The Legend of the Broken Spoke

August 16th, 2017

Broken Spoke Film

We don’t use the term legendary lightly here folks.  Our film features THIS incredible moment between Willie Nelson and songbird Kimmie Rhodes!


George Strait, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, George Jones and Roy Acuff have all been regulars on stage at the world famous honky tonk, Broken Spoke. With fifty years under its belt buckle “the last of the true Texas dance halls” has endured rapid urban growth and skyrocketing rents due to the passion and hard work of its charismatic, tenacious owners.

More than a history of who played and when at this landmark venue, this documentary reveals a universal story about what it takes to maintain a family business in our increasingly corporate-driven society. Interviews include Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dale Watson, James Hand, Jesse Dayton, the Waco Brothers and Alvin Crow.