Win tickets to see Willie Nelson & Family @ the Back Yard (April 29, 2014) from Sun Radio/KDRP

April 24th, 2014


Sun Radio / KDRP is sponsoring a contest to win tickets to see Willie Nelson at the Backyard on April 29, 2014 — and it’s Willie’s birthday, too!

To enter, I think you need to be on their mailing list, which you can do at their website.

Want to go see Willie Nelson & Friends next Tuesday, 4/29 at The Backyard?

Reply to this email with the name of the song he did with Snoop Dog for your chance to win!

Or if you want to, you can just get your tickets right now from the Back Yard’s website:

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Happy day after Earth Day

April 23rd, 2014

photo:  Mary Francis Andrews

I wanted to put this up yesterday, but the day got away from me. So, let’s keep celebrating.

Pete Seeger made a surprise visit to Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs, and invited the Farm Aid Board Members on stage to sing “This Land is Your Land”, including a new verse (“New York is meant to be frack  free”).

Thanks to photographer and friend Mary Francis Andrews for sharing her great photos with us here.

photo: Mary Francis Andrews

photo: Mary Francis Andrews


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Pure Willie

April 23rd, 2014


Look what came in the mail! I ordered this cool Pure Willie jar from Willie Nelson’s website. And put to good use with some homegrown.


You can get yours, at  They do go fast, though — last year I ordered too late and they were sold out, so I jumped on one this year.  They are really cute. And airtight.

Pot not included.

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April 23rd, 2014

Willie Nelson

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San Diego Bar The Office featuring ‘Willie Nelson Under Cover’ Show (4/28/14)

April 23rd, 2014

by:  Jeff Terich

North Park bar The Office is launching a new live-music series in which local musicians pay tribute to legendary artists. 

The first of the series is an all-Willie Nelson-covers show, “Willie Nelson Under Cover,” on Monday, April 28. A rotating series of singers in local bands—including Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman of The Silent Comedy  Justen Berge of Dead Feather Moon and Calen Lucas of Family Wagon—will perform Nelson’s tunes with one backing band, which includes members of The Silent Comedy.

Julie Mossa, manager at The Office, says that every event in the series will pay tribute to a different band or artist and that the Willie Nelson idea came to mind immediately; it should appeal to fans of both country and rock music, she says.

“I wanted to do a country night,” Mossa says. “I’m a country girl. And the idea just popped into my head.

“Willie Nelson’s not so country,” she continues. “And he’s not as obscure as Charlie Daniels or Merle Haggard. Everybody likes Willie Nelson.”

A new “Under Cover” event will happen on the last Monday of every month. Mossa says that David Bowie is the most likely candidate to get the covers treatment in May. But there’s a long list of artists on the wish list, including Fleetwood Mac, The Clash, Otis Redding and Tom Waits. 

“We really just want this to be a fun party for the musicians and guests alike,” Mossa says. “It has been amazing for me to see how close-knit the San Diego music community really is.”

On Sunday, April 27, Dizzy’s will hold a benefit concert for saxophonist Daniel Jackson, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The show will feature an all-star lineup of jazz musicians, including Charles Owens, George Bohanon, Marshall Hawkins, Jacques Lesure, Joshua White, Charles McPherson and Sundiato Kato, and all of the proceeds from the $20 ticket, as well as sales of a DVD of a 2006 Jackson performance, will go toward helping cover the musician’s healthcare costs.

Email or follow him at @1000TimesJeff

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Willie Nelson in Concert

April 23rd, 2014


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The story behind, ‘To All the Girls’, by Willie Nelson

April 23rd, 2014

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Willie Nelson, ‘To All the Girls’

April 23rd, 2014


When Two Worlds Collide:

To All the Girls (Legacy)

1.Dolly Parton – From Here To The Moon And Back
2.Miranda Lambert – She Was No Good For Me
3.Secret Sisters – It Won’t Be Very Long
4.Rosanne Cash – Please Don’t Tell Me
5.Sheryl Crow – Far Away Places
6.Wynonna Judd – Bloody Mary Morning
7.Carrie Underwood – Always On My Mind
8.Loretta Lynn – Somewhere Between
9.Alison Krauss – No Mas Amor
10.Melonie Cannon – Back To Earth
11.Mavis Staples – Grandma’s Hands
12.Norah Jones – Walkin’
13.Shelby Lynne – Til The End Of The World
14.Lily Meola – Will You Remember Mine
15.Emmylou Harris – Dry Lightning
16.Brandi Carlile – Making Believe
17.Paula Nelson – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
18.Tina Rose – After The Fire Is Gone

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Willie Nelson, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

April 23rd, 2014

Willie Nelson was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

Willie Nelson was initiated in 1998 to celebrate the contributions of Texans to the country music profession. The project highlights those individuals, living or dead, who are recognized nationally as outstanding in their field. The impressive structure encompasses 13,000 square feet of space for exhibits, a gift shop and a large banquet room. The facility can accommodate groups of 300 for lecture-type seating or more than 200 for catered dinners. With soaring ceilings, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and a commercial kitchen, the Hall of Fame provides unparalleled meeting space for local groups needing space for banquets and other activities.

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Alison Krause cancels Birmingham, Alabama show with Willie Nelson (5/17/14)

April 23rd, 2014

by: Mary Colurso

Alison Krauss & Union Station and Willie Nelson have canceled a May 17 concert at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham.

A statement on Krauss’ website offers the following explanation:

“Due to an unforeseen and urgent health concern that requires immediate attention, we have been forced to reschedule and unfortunately cancel a few select shows on the upcoming tour with Willie Nelson. A list of the affected shows, along with makeup dates and ticket refund/exchange policies are listed below. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.”

Per Ticketmaster policy, refunds will be automatic for folks who bought tickets online or by phone using credit cards. Others should return the tickets to the place of purchase for refunds.

The Krauss-Nelson tour postponed its start date from May 1 to May 8, according to Krauss’ publicist. Five dates in other cities have been rescheduled, according to Krauss’ website: Murray, Kan.; Atlanta; Knoxville, Tenn.; Cary, N.C.; and St. Augustine, Fla.

One other show has been canceled, a May 18 date in Augusta, Ga.

Details were not available on the heath concern mentioned in the tour statement. However, Krauss has suffered from vocal problems in recent years. In September 2013, she went on hiatus, citing a vocal condition called dysphonia. With rest and treatment, she was expected to make a full recovery, according to a previous statement on her website.

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April 22nd, 2014


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See Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Chicago @ Petty Fest TOMORROW! (4/23/14)

April 22nd, 2014


Lukas Nelson and his band arrived in Chicago today to play this year’s Petty Fest.  For information and tickets, visit the band’s website:

Ten years after celebrating Bob Dylan’s 60th birthday by jamming with a few friends in a tiny Lower East side bar, The Best Fest – Dylan Fest, Petty Fest, Stones Fest – are a New York tradition. The New York Times described The Fest as “one of the most jubilant events of the year” and Rolling Stone touted it as “an experience that is equal parts concert and celebration.” Now proudly sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey The Best Fest travels the globe producing one of a kind all-star charity concerts. 100% of all ticket sale proceeds goes to benefit Sweet Relief and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund providing financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.


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Willie Nelson and Family

April 22nd, 2014


Thank you, Paula Nelson, for sharing this picture of her blended family:  Susie Nelson, Willie Nelson, Billy Nelson and mom Connie Nelson, with Paula on her dad’s lap.

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Willie Nelson & Family in Laughlin

April 22nd, 2014

Willie Nelson & Family

Willie NelsonWillie Nelson at 80. Seeing as how we are in a betting town, you can be pretty certain the over/under on him reaching that age 20 years ago was prohibitive on the under. Say +350. But Nelson has always been about beating the odds…both in his career and his life.

Known as a great songwriter by early Nashville and Memphis music centers (he did write “Crazy” for Patsy Cline and “Hello Walls” for Faron Young, after all), he decided to sing his own songs and was almost laughed out of Dodge. His voice was too nasal, they said; he was not handsome enough, they said. Well, he pushed ahead, and though it took quite a while, he broke through as one of country music’s most iconic singers. He’s had them all waiting in line to join him in duets. “Hey, Nashville! Ray Charles is on the line and wants to sing a song with me…but I told him I had to sing with Dolly and Julio first.”

When everyone, but everyone, in the music industry said an album had to have 12 songs of about three minutes tops in length, each having a different topic or theme, Willie Nelson went out and recorded an album that defied all convention. It told one long story about a strange man filled with sorrow of a lost love, utilizing ballads that wound the theme around his haunting acoustic guitar work. Songs would fade away, meld into each other, appear again later on the album…the sum creating a national sensation that introduced Willie Nelson to a bigger audience than most artists would ever enjoy. The album was the heralded Red Headed Stranger (1975) and set the stage for more second guessing by the experts on Nelson.

After Red Headed Stranger there were those who thought he should clean up his act to help his career roll along. What did he do? He let his hair grow even longer and took to wearing in-your-face braids and a scraggly beard. He plowed along, and with friend Waylon Jennings in tow, created the whole “Outlaw” musical genre, warning every mama not to let their “babies grow up to be cowboys.” This pairing gave a shot in the arm for both Nelson and Jennings and gained them respect outside the country music genre.

It looked like the honky tonk road was the one that Willie Nelson was going travel now. He owned it and could sing songs about whiskey, women and worry until the truck broke down. But in true Nelson fashion he turned left when everyone else was going right. On the heels of the release of the Wanted: The Outlaws album, he released a compilation of classic songs from the American songbook in his Stardust album. Willie singing “Blue Skies” and “Stardust”? Really? Well, the wily Willie knew what he was doing. His natural jazz influenced vocal stylings (see his quote about Bob Wills in the box above) with his syncopated and half-beat lag worked wonders on these songs. The album became the most successful of his career to date, reaching No. 1 on the country charts (they didn’t know exactly where to put this album so they went with Nelson’s identity as a country singer), earning multi-platinum sales awards and a Grammy.

Many established singers, and friends of Nelson, were now fully on board with him. Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash, joined him for the Highwaymen album and experience; the duets started flowing in great number; movie roles came his way (“The Electric Horseman”, “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Stagecoach” and others); and then the IRS came calling.

It has always been said that “you can’t fight City Hall.” Well, Willie Nelson had a $16 million bill from the IRS, and his take on it was, “I think it’s funny that a cotton picker from Texas owes the government $16 million dollars.” But that cotton picker could also sing, so he sold off a lot of his assets, held concerts “for the government” and settled his debt within a couple of years. He fought “City Hall” and came away O.K. Not saying he won, but he came away O.K.

As the years accumulated, Willie Nelson became more than just a country singer/western actor. He became something of the “wise man on the mountain as evidenced by his sayings on this page. To that end, a few years ago, he came out with a book called The Tao of Willie in which he relates his journey of bumps and scrapes, forks in the road, detours, disastrous twists and hairpin turns—from swimming against the currents of a whiskey river to the Zen-like figure of a man who’s comfortable in his own skin.

Another publishing venture by Willie Nelson was his Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die – Musings from the Road, published by HarperCollins in May 2012.

So how many more “takes” is Willie Nelson going to perform before he’s satisfied enough to call it quits?

His response: “All I do is play music and golf — which one do you want me to give up?”

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April 22nd, 2014

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