Thanks to Kevin Smith for sharing this cool crew photo.
Thanks to Kevin Smith for sharing this cool crew photo.
photo: Ben Noey, Jr.
by: Lori Liebig
If you’re a country music lover, there are plenty of historic sites that come to mind when you think of Nashville: Music Row, Broadway, the Country Music Hall of Fame. Sure, those places are must-sees for tourists, but if you’re longing for a unique look into the lives of country music’s biggest legends, there’s one lesser-known museum you should visit — the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum.
Owner Mark Hughes inherited the museum from his father, Frank Hughes, who was a friend of Nelson’s. Frank and his wife once owned framing store in Madison, Tenn., which Nelson regularly visited. Over the years, they collected memorabilia from Nelson and other famous regulars, like Johnny Cash. After legions of country music fans began visiting the store for its array of unique souvenirs, the frame shop evolved into the “Willie Nelson General Store.” The store moved to various locations around town before becoming the “Willie Nelson and Friends Museum.”
Today, the bright blue building sits in a strip mall across the street from what was once known as Opryland, which is now home to the sprawling Opry Mills shopping mall. Nearby you’ll find the historic Nashville Palace music venue.
THE MUSEUM IS ONE OF THE FEW LASTING MONUMENTS TO THE OLD NASHVILLE.
Back in the early 1990s, the McGavock Pike area of East Nashville was a huge tourist destination, thanks to Opryland and its new Grand Ole Opry House, along with the large outlet malls and shops in the area. Opryland closed in 1997, and during that time there was a huge focus on reviving the downtown district. With the opening of the Bridgestone Arena, Wildhorse Saloon and rebirth of the Ryman Auditorium, there wasn’t much left to keep business in East Nashville.
Yet, somehow, the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum stayed afloat as the businesses around them went under. Although it doesn’t have the interactive touchscreen exhibits or modern design of its much newer counterparts downtown, it has a story that makes it a truly special place.
One of the big reasons why the museum is still operating, even when other businesses around it began to close, was because of their ever-expanding gift shop. Along with the novelty Nelson-themed items, you can buy souvenirs of all shapes and sizes shapes from the Music City. As downtown Nashville has blossomed, many of these types of tourist-friendly shops have closed, making theirs one of the last of its kind.
Once you get to the back of the massive store, you’re greeted by a set of saloon doors that mark the entrance to the museum. As you step through, hundreds of items that hold their own amazing stories greet you.
One of Nelson’s worn out pairs of running sneakers. For years, Nelson has been an avid runner and will only wear New Balance brand shoes to jog
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by: Anna Reuters
Aaron Lewis will release his first album for Dot Records this fall. Titled Sinner, the 11-track album includes a cameo from Willie Nelson on the title track as well as a cover of Chris Stapleton‘s “Whiskey and You.”
The album was produced by Buddy Cannon (George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones) and recorded over 16 hours at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios. According to a press release, Sinner “captures Lewis’ mindset, a laid back soundtrack that is reminiscent of the genre’s most honest and musically adventurous artists.”
“I’d like to think that Sinner is a newer take on classic, traditional Outlaw Country, Waylon and Merle and Willie, and Hank Jr. and Johnny Cash and all that stuff,” Lewis says. “That was the music I heard a kid, and that’s the country music that permeated my soul and stuck with me my whole life.”
Sinner is available for pre-order at pledgemusic.com/aaronlewis. Fans attending Lewis’ upcoming tour will get a preview of the album during his set. Every ticket purchased for the tour will also result in a digital download of the Sinner album once it is officially released on Sept. 16.
Aaron Lewis’ Sinner Track Listing
1. “Sinner” (featuring Willie Nelson)
2. “That Ain’t Country”-
3. “Whiskey and You”
4. “Northern Redneck”
6. “SundayEvery Saturday Night”
7. “Lost and Lonely”
8. “Story of My Life”
9. “Stuck in These Shoes”
10. “I Lost It All”
11. “Travelin’ Soldier”
Read More: Aaron Lewis to Release ‘Sinner’ Album Feat. Willie Nelson | http://tasteofcountry.com/aaron-lewis-new-album-sinner/?trackback=tsmclip
photo: Dan Schram
Willie Nelson will perform with special guest Kris Kristofferson tonight at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.
Tickets are $50 and are available by calling 630-896-6666, at www.riveredgeaurora.com, or at the box office at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora.
Nelson and Kristofferson will perform at 8 p.m. at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St., Aurora.
I love this album.
It’s time to roll up a few of your friends and grab tickets in the Farm Aid 2016 presale!
The Farm Aid Presale began on Wednesday, June 22, and will end Sunday, June 26 at 11:59 PM EDT, or when tickets sell out. The Presale is being administered by Ticketstoday.
As a thank you to Farm Aid supporters, every year we hold a ticket presale to give you access to some of the best seats at all ticket levels. Prices range from $49.50 to $189.50 and you can buy up to 4 tickets.
If you buy tickets in the presale and have questions about your order, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 27 at 10:00 am EST, and can be purchased atwww.livenation.com.
Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $189.50.
A very limited number of VIP Tickets are available directly through Farm Aid’s Development Director Kari Williams email@example.com.
VIP tickets include access to VIP lounge and viewing area with HOMEGROWN food, beverages, private restrooms and seats in the first 11 rows of section 1, 2 or 3. VIP ticket prices range from $400 – $2,000 each.
Concert packages are available from If Only on June 27th. Learn more on the 27th at www.IfOnly.com/farmaid