Willie Nelson to perform at White House for Veterans (airs on PBS Nov 7)

October 24th, 2014



by Judy Kurtz

Willie Nelson, Mary J. Blige, John Fogerty, Romeo Santos and Common are headed to the White House to perform for American troops.

The eclectic roster of musical acts is gathering on the South Lawn of the president’s abode on Nov. 6, just days before Veterans’ Day, for “A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House.”

A Thursday news release from the White House says a live audience filled with hundreds of military service members, their families and veterans will be in attendance. The band Daughtry, fronted by “American Idol” alum Chris Daughtry, will perform via satellite from a USO concert at Japan’s Yokota Air Base.

It’ll be a repeat visit to the White House for most of the entertainers there.

Common appeared at a 2011 poetry event at the White House which sparked controversy.

Republicans, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former President George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove, criticized President Obama for inviting the rapper to the event, saying he had used violent lyrics in reference to the 43rd president and the police.

Willie Nelson famously admitted in 2012 that he rolled a joint on the roof of the White House while visiting during the Carter administration.

Mary J. Blige performed at a state dinner for French President François Hollande back in February. Romeo Santos sang at a Latin music event at the White House last year.

Next month’s concert will air on PBS stations across the country on Nov. 7.

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Willie Nelson and Family, Floores Country Store (Oct. 18, 2014)

October 24th, 2014


Thank you Janis Tillerson, from Texas, for sharing your great photos from the Willie Nelson & Family Show last Friday night (a week ago already?  wow). I love when Janis goes to a WN&F show!  Her photos are the best.

Bobbie Nelson and Paul English


Billy English and Kevin Smith

Mickey Raphael was there, too.

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Happy Shoeshine Friday! Enjoy Willie Nelson’s card tricks for his sister Bobbie (he’s an entertaining fool)

October 24th, 2014

He really is an entertaining fool.

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Vote for your favorite Willie Nelson sculpture; support the North Texas Food Bank

October 24th, 2014

“If Willie Can, So Can You” by GS-Andrade Architects



“Willie Nelson” by Perkins + Will

Vote for your favorite food sculpture and support the North Texas Food Bank, with your vote and $5.00 donation. People are so creative.

Vote at www.onecandallas.com

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Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson, “I Never Cared for you” (Riverbend Center) (10/19/14)

October 24th, 2014

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October 24th, 2014


photo reposted via @laurawfragoso

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October 23rd, 2014



Thanks, Phil Weisman, for passing along this great black and white photo.

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October 23rd, 2014


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Willie Nelson @ Three County Cattle Drive (Oct. 10, 2003)

October 23rd, 2014


“Willie, don’t know if you remember this gig, it was in 2003. But Ronny Spears was one of your opening bands, they are from Frisco Tx. He passed away unexpectedly Monday from a heart attack. He was 51. I believe y’all met on several occasions. Just wanted to let you know ….you were one of his main music legends he loved and inspired him.

Thanks for the good times Willie, keep ‘em coming!”

–  Jennifer Bridges

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Stand up for Family Farmers #FarmAid

October 23rd, 2014



Family farmers can’t do it alone. They need our voices to join them in demanding contract fairness, market transparency, and protection from retaliation when they speak out. Together, farmers and eaters can work together to make Congress enforce rules already on the books that level the playing field for family farmers.

As a Farm Aid supporter, we know you care about the people who grow our food and believe they deserve a fair chance to make an honest living.

But that’s out of reach for tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers who raise our livestock and poultry.

That’s because our meat supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that get to write the rules. This doesn’t just affect our choice at the grocery store; it affects how independent farmers and ranchers can make a living.

Join Farm Aid and tell Congress to stand up for family farmers by protecting the GIPSA rules.

With only a few huge corporations in control, meatpackers and poultry giants — like Smithfield and Tyson — exert their power through contracts with the farmers who raise livestock. Under the contract system, companies:

  • Force farmers to make expensive investments while offering little security in return.
  • Intimidate and retaliate against farmers when they speak out about abuses or exercise their right to free speech and association.
  • Unfairly cancel farmers’ contracts, leaving far too many farmers saddled with debt and at risk of losing their farms.

Now meatpackers are attacking one of the most important policies we have to protect farmers. That policy, called GIPSA, provides fair competition and contract rules that protect farmers from corporate abuse (read our Fair and Competitive Livestock Markets fact sheet for more information). The meat lobby is trying to block the U.S. Department of Agriculture from enforcing the GIPSA rules. But we can fight back today!

Family farmers can’t do it alone. They need our voices to join them in demanding contract fairness, protection from retaliation and market transparency. Together, farmers and eaters can work to protect the GIPSA rules. Thank you for speaking up for family farmers today!

Fill out the form below to send an email to your federal Representative and Senators.

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October 23rd, 2014



photo:  Andrew Shapter

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Amy and Suzy Nelson

October 23rd, 2014


Thank you, Janis from Texas, for this sweet photo of Amy and Suzy Nelson, singing with their dad onstage at Floores Country Store.

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Willie Nelson to perform at Musicares Person of the Year honoring Bob Dylan (2/6/15)

October 23rd, 2014



Bob Dylan will be honored as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Bill Silva, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week two nights prior to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide essential support for MusiCares.

Performers at the tribute concert include GRAMMY winners Beck; the Black Keys; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Norah Jones; Tom Jones; Los Lobos; John Mellencamp; Willie Nelson; Bonnie Raitt; Eddie Vedder; Jack White; and Neil Young; as well as singer/songwriter John Doe. Three-time GRAMMY-winning producer and recent Emmy winner Don Was will be the evening’s musical director. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

The 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a tribute concert by renowned musicians. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week.

For information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, please contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares, 310.392.3777.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week. The celebration culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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December Day: New Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson Album out in December

October 23rd, 2014



Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie’s December Day, the first installment of the Willie‘s Stash archival recordings series, on Tuesday, December 2.

An eclectic album collaboration from outlaw country legend Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Nelson, December Day debuts intimate new recordings of the siblings performing 18 songs they love.

As brother and sister growing up in Abbott, Texas, Willie and Bobbie Nelson learned to read music and play instruments as pre-teens under the tutelage of their grandparents, who raised them. They played together in Texas bands early in their careers and Bobbie has been an essential member of Willie’s Family Band since its official formation in 1973. Willie and Bobbie’s deeply intuitive musical bond, formed and developed through of decades of practice and spontaneity, can be felt throughout December Day.

With songs personally selected by Willie and Bobbie, December Day includes new versions of gems from Willie’s extensive songwriting catalog (“Permanently Lonely,” “My Old Peculiar Way”) alongside some surprising cover tunes (Al Jolson’s “The Anniversary Song,” Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “What’ll I Do” and “Always”).

The album’s sound is augmented by contributions from other Family Band members, including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee Spears on bass on “What’ll I Do,” recorded during his poignant last session with Willie.

In his first-hand observer liner notes for December Day, Family Band member Mickey Raphael provides fascinating details of the album’s performances and insights into the artists’ creative process.

“As long as I can remember, Willie and Bobbie, who ride together on Willie’s bus, spend some of their traveling time jamming on their favorite songs,” Raphael writes.  “Bobbie has a travel size keyboard on the bus and Willie’s guitar, Trigger is always by his side. This is where the idea for December Day was born. ‘Why not record our favorite songs like we play them for ourselves?,’ Bobbie asked….

“….When it comes to a brother-sister collaboration with the longevity of Willie and Bobbie, there is beauty in keeping things simple. ‘Less is more’ is the underlying theme. We’ve heard these songs before but not like this. The spontaneity born out of familiarity is what this record, December Day, is all about.

“It’s not rocket science, it’s alchemy.”

The Willies Stash series will present a variety of releases, personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, a singular career that’s established Willie Nelson as an American musical icon.


December Day is Willie’s fifth release since signing to Legacy Recordings in 2012. His last Legacy release, Band Of Brothers, was released in June 2014 and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. is produced by Buddy Cannon and recorded by Steve Chadie at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas. Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (Trigger) and Bobbie Nelson (piano, B-3 organ) with Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin Smith (bass), Bee Spears (bass), Billy English (drums, percussion) and David Zettner (acoustic guitar).


Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie
December Day
(Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1)

1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)
2. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson)
3. What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin)
4. Summer of Roses / December Day (Willie Nelson)
5. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
6. Mona Lisa (Ray Evans & Jay Livingston)
7. I Don’t Know Where I Am Today (Willie Nelson)
8. Amnesia (Willie Nelson)
9. Who’ll Buy My Memories (Willie Nelson)
10. The Anniversary Song (Al Jolson & Saul Chaplin)
11. Laws of Nature (Willie Nelson)
12. Walkin’ (Willie Nelson)
13. Always (Irving Berlin)
14. I Let My Mind Wander (Willie Nelson)
15. Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson)
16. My Own Peculiar Way (Willie Nelson)

17. Sad Songs and Waltzes (Willie Nelson)

18. Ou-es tu, mon amour  (Emile Stern & Henri LeMarchand) / I Never Cared for You (Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson and Paul English

October 23rd, 2014


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