About Willie Nelson

August 29th, 2016


by: Kellie Lambert

Willie Nelson is 83 years old. And the octogenarian is like no other musician before or after him.

Here are 10 things you may not know, or remember, about Nelson, who will showcase six decades in the music business when he takes the stage at College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Saturday.


With long braids, a weathered face and trademark bandanna, the Texan’s trademark look lasted most of his incredibly long career. In 2014, Nelson’s braids were one of 2,000 things auctioned off as part of the late Waylon Jennings’ estate. The braids, fetched $37,000.

The braids were given as a gift to Jennings at a party in 1983 to celebrate his sobriety. The party was hosted by June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash.


In 1990, the Internal Revenue Service claimed Nelson owed several million dollars. To pay off his debt, Nelson released an album in 1992 titled “The IRS Tapes: Who Will Buy My Memories?”

The profits of the double album were given to the IRS. The album, which was originally sold via mail order and later in stores through a deal with Sony Music, earned $3.6 million. An auction of his assets cleared his debt; many fans and friends bought the items and returned them to Nelson.


In 1985, Nelson partnered with Neil Young and John Mellencamp to host the first Farm Aid concert to promote awareness to the loss of family farms in America. The funds raised from the concert would help keep farm families on their land and operating. The first show featured 54 artists.

Since then, Farm Aid has organized 26 concerts, raising more than $43 million to keep family farmers on their own land.

Nelson, along with Mellencamp, also testified on Capitol Hill in 1987 about the farm crisis. Soon after, Congress passed the Agricultural Credit Act saving countless farms from foreclosure.


Nelson, who once claimed he smoked a joint on the roof of White House when Jimmy Carter was president, is a strong advocate for the legalization of marijuana. He has been arrested several times for possession. He’s a member of the advisory board for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

After his arrest for possession of marijuana in 2010, Nelson created the TeaPot party. The party motto was “Tax it, regulate it and legalize it!”


Nelson has celebrated 16 No. 1 songs in his career, seven Grammy Awards and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was in the supergroup The Highwaymen with Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash.

His 1978 album “Stardust,” a collection of pop standards, was on the country album chart for 10 years. He has appeared on approximately 200 albums and is a prolific songwriter, and even penned the Patsy Cline hit, “Crazy.”

In June, a new album with Merle Haggard titled “Django And Jimmie,” debuted in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country album chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart.


Nelson has a customized tour bus, called “Honeysuckle Rose,” which runs not on gas, but biodiesel – his own biodiesel, in fact. Nelson owns the brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, known as “Biowillie,” created from soybeans and vegetable oils.


Nelson has several offspring in the music business. Nelson’s sister Bobbie plays piano in his band.

His daughters Paula and Amy are in their own bands. His son Micah is an artist but also performs in a California band called The Reflectacles.

And son Lukas Nelson – who performed a song of his dad’s in a television public service announcement to not litter in Texas – is part of the group Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, which backed Neil Young on his last album.


Nelson made his big-screen acting debut in the 1979 film “The Electric Horseman,” starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. One year later, he starred in the film “Honeysuckle Rose.” He has also appeared in “Wag the Dog,” “Stardust” and others.

He has also been on television in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” “Monk,” “Miami Vice” and “The Rockford Files.”


Nelson has written several books, starting with his first book, “Willie: An Autobiography,” published in 1988.

He continued with “The Facts of Life: And Other Dirty Jokes,” a personal recollection of tour and musical stories from his career and song lyrics, in 2002; “Farm Aid: A Song for America,” celebrating the 20th anniversary in 2005; “The Tao of Willie: A Guide to Happiness In Your Heart,” co-authored with Turk Pipkin, in 2005; “On the Clean Road Again: Biodiesel and the Future of the Family Farm,” in 2007; “A Tale Out of Luck,” in 2008, a fiction book co-authored by Mike Blakely; “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From the Road,” in 2012; and “It’s a Long Story: My Life,” in 2015.


It’s likely that on Saturday, when Nelson takes the stage at College Street Music Hall, he will perform the tune “On the Road Again,” a live staple.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show, headlined by Willie Nelson & Family. Robert Ellis opens the show. Tickets range from $63 to $175.

The event is all ages. For information, visit collegestreetmusichall.com.

Willie Nelson and Family, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” (Farm Aid 2013)

August 29th, 2016

Willie Nelson & Family on Tour

August 29th, 2016

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

Sept 2
The Stone Pony – Summer Stage
Asbury Park, NJ

Sept 3
College Street Music Hall
New Haven, CT

Sept 4
Seneca Allegheny Resort and Casino
Salamanca, NY

Sept 6
Soaring Eagle Casino
with Charlie Daniels and John Anderson
Mt. Pleasant, MI

Sept 8
The Colleseum at Caesars
Windsor, Ontario Canada
with Aaron Lewis

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 15
Innsbroook After Hours
Glen Allen, VA

Sept 17
Farm Aid
Bristow, VA

Sept 18
Outlaw Music Festival
with Neil Young, Sheryl Crow
Scranton, PA

Oct 8
The Joint at Hard Rock
Catoosa, OK

Oct 9
ACL Fest
Austin, TX

Oct 14
Lea County Events Center
Hobbs, NM

Oct 15, 16
Celebrity Theater
Phoenix, AZ

Oct 18
Pantages Theater
Los Angeles, CA

Oct 19
San Diego, CA

Oct 21
Avila Beach Amphitheater
San Luis Obispo, CA

Nov 11
Winstar Casino
Thackerville, OK

Nov 12
Billy Bob’s Texas
Fort Worth, TX

Nov 13
Wagner-Noel PAC
Midland, TX

Nov 15
City Bank Auditorium
Lubbock, TX

Nov 18
Golden Nugget
Lake Charles, LA

Nov 19
Silver Star Convention Center

Farm Aid 2016

August 29th, 2016


All the information about where to get tickets for Farm Aid 2016 in Bristow, VA on 9/17.
Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and more.



Carlos Santana, “Willie Nelson is also a pretty mean guitar player”

August 28th, 2016

“Willie Nelson’s impact on American music is indelible. He stands at the crossroads of all the sounds and colors of this country. What he reflects is true soul and sincerity. He’s also a pretty mean guitar player.”

— Carlos Santana

Everyone looks good in a Willie Nelson shirt

August 28th, 2016

Jessica Simpson looks really good in hers.

Willie Nelson Shirt

August 28th, 2016



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Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg, “Superman” (Amsterdam, 2008)

August 28th, 2016

Willie Nelson’s License to Grow

August 28th, 2016


by:  Mary Millus

Willie Nelson recently began his own cannabis brand earlier this year. After purchasing one of Denver’s first pot business’ license to cultivate cannabis and infuse cannabis products. The “Willie’s Reserve” cannabis brand has already debuted in Washington.

After the Nelson family and team’s acquisition of “Denver Relief” the team will begin growing and distributing in Colorado. Nelson has gone from singer to activist to cannabis distributor to cannabis producer, all in one lifetime!

Denver Relief sold their license to grow and produce marijuana-infused products to CMH brands. CMH brands is a “licensee and producer of Willie’s Reserve.”

When asked how they feel about the deal with Nelson’s team and family, Denver Relief co-owner Ean Seeb told us:

“Although the ownership is passing along, the mission and vision of what we were trying to accomplish within Denver Relief is synonymous with what CMH Brands and Willie Nelson are attempting to accomplish.”

Denver Relief’s owners had been reportedly working on the deal with Willie’s team for 6 months. The Denver Relief owners also sold their storefront to Terrapin Care Station, who will be carrying Willie’s Reserve products. On August 8th Willie’s Reserve products will go on sale in Colorado at select stores including Lucy Sky Dispensary, Mindful, Simply Pure and Terrapin Care Station.

Willie’s Vision For Willie’s Reserve

“I’ve smoked enough and I want to give back,” Nelson said. “Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there’s a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people.”

Nelson’s team wants to begin growing so that they can grow a good portion of the cannabis used in his products. His line of products will include cannabis in flower form, pre-rolled joints, and CO2-extracted cannabis oils in disposable vape pen cartridges. Although many of the Willie’s Reserve products will use cannabis grown by the company in Colorado, not all products will be in-house grown.

Nelson’s team began distribution in Washington by working with small-batch farmers. The team plans to take this same strategy in Colorado. So some products will be grown by small-batch Colorado farmers and the rest will be made in-house.

Co-owner of Denver Relief and his business partners were able to meet with Nelson after his concert at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Colorado. They symbolically handed over their set of keys to the singer and briefly shared their original vision for Denver Relief with him. The Denver Relief team left the theatre confident that Willie’s Reserve will carry on their mission.

Willie Nelson has fought for marijuana reform in the past so he’s no stranger to the plant. While serving as co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, he fought to make marijuana enforcement the lowest priority for many local law enforcers. Nelson has proved himself as an activist who cares about issues that matter. Throughout his career the singer-activist has looked out for others and we hope he carries on this tradition after entering the marijuana business.


Willie Nelson & Family at College Station (New Haven) (September 3, 2016)

August 28th, 2016

photo: Rob Grabowski

by: John Adamian

Just pretend that Willie Nelson couldn’t sing with so much soul and grit, or that he couldn’t play that busted-up guitar like some kind of Texas Django Reinhardt, or that he wasn’t so cool with the beard, the braids and the New Balance sneakers, or that he wasn’t a walking advertisement for the creative and life-prolonging benefits of regular marijuana use.

If none of that were true, Willie would still be one of the greatest American songwriters ever. Even if he had only written, say, “Crazy,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Hello Walls,” he would be a monumental figure.

But he also wrote “Bloody Mary Morning,” “Whiskey River,” “Night Life,” “The Party’s Over,” “On the Road Again,” “Time of the Preacher,” “Three Days” and dozens and dozens of seriously timeless songs. One day his face will certainly be on a stamp. He really is a national treasure. He’s 83. It seems like he plays in the area every couple months, because he’s a road warrior.

Willie Nelson and Family plays Saturday, Sept. 3 at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven, $63 to $175. collegestreetmusichall.com.

August 28th, 2016

on guitar

Willie Nelson and Shania Twain, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

August 28th, 2016

by:  Stephen L. Betts

In 2003, American icon Willie Nelson was the centerpiece of an all-star 70th birthday tribute with performances from Kenny Chesney, Shelby Lynne, Steven Tyler, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Leon Russell, Paul Simon, Wyclef Jean and more. Captured for a CD/DVD set called Live & Kickin’: Willie Nelson and Friends, the event was taped at New York’s Beacon Theatre and features some of Nelson’s most legendary compositions, including “Crazy” and “Night Life,” along with songs by other writers.

One tune heard during the USA Network special, falling into the latter category, was “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” a song penned by songwriter-publisher Fred Rose in the Forties and previously performed by Hank Williams and Roy Acuff. Three decades later, the mournful ballad would become a signature tune for Nelson when he recorded it for his 1975 concept LP, Red Headed Stranger.

Introduced by Nelson’s longtime friend (and fellow songwriting legend) Kris Kristofferson, one of the most affecting performances of the special was country-pop superstar Shania Twain’s rendition of “Blue Eyes,” which the casually attired Canadian – in jeans, a cap and Willie T-shirt – performed while seated next to Nelson, who was standing and playing Trigger, his trusty vintage guitar. In addition to his distinctive jazz-inspired picking, Nelson adds harmony vocals to Twain’s reverent and expressive performance of the song, which became his first Number One country hit as an artist in October 1975.

Twain, who will celebrate her 51st birthday on August 28th, was riding high on the country and pop charts at the time this special was recorded. Up!, her fourth studio LP and third consecutive album to sell more than 10 million copies, was her first to be released in three separate versions for the pop, country and world-music markets. As a bonus during the TV taping, Twain and Nelson teamed for an exuberant performance of one of the singles from Up!, “Forever and for Always,” which (minus Nelson’s contributions) would go on to become a huge crossover hit in the U.S., and a Top Ten single in Twain’s native land, the U.K., Austria, Germany, Ireland and Romania.

Willie Nelson in the News #WilliesReserve

August 28th, 2016


I was just enjoying my morning coffee and the Sunday paper, and there’s Willie Nelson in the Business Section.


Happy Happy Birthday, Annie D’Angelo Nelson

August 27th, 2016


Best wishes for a wonderful day, Annie



August 26th, 2016

Willie Nelson Live at Nokia Theatre