Lukas Nelson with Margo Price, at the Rustic in Dallas (11/15/2018)

November 16th, 2018

Lukas Nelson performed a solo set at the Rustic tonight in Dallas, an acoustic set.   Janis Tillerson took these great photos.

He gave his hard working Promise of the Real bandmates a well deserved vacation: Corey, bass player, is in Japan with his family, Tato’s in Maui, Anthony’s in southern California. So respectful of him, “I want to give my band their props.  I wish they were here, ’cause I love them.”

Lukas wore a Davey Crocket coonskin cap for the show, and he wore it well.

Lukas invited Margo Price on stage to play several songs together.  They were so great together.  So fun to see two young people, so talented, at the top of their game, having so much fun doing what they love.



Jenny, Janis, GMa Jane, Karen and me, getting excited about the show tonight

Willie Nelson, “Someone to Watch Over Me”

November 16th, 2018

Rest in Peace, Roy Clark

November 16th, 2018

photo: Lester Cohen

We learned that Roy Clark passed away. Rest in peace.

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson on Hee Haw.

Willie Nelson, Billy Bob’s Texas (7/4/2012)

November 15th, 2018




Willie Nelson Leaves his Locks on the Cutting Room Floor

November 15th, 2018


“It was just too hot,” says Willie Nelson of his shoulder length hair that made him country music’s mane man for most of the last decade.  So, having already shaved his beard for “Songwriter”, the current movie in which he co-stars with Kris Kristofferson, Willie woke up one morning and asked third wife Connie to invite his nephew’s wife, a hairdresser, to come over and un-lock him.  Alas, Willie’s newly scalped braids will never be displayed in the Smithsonian.  Willie had them trimmed a bit at a time.  The next day, even after he walked on stage at the Tennessee State Fair, most of the audience still seemed to be waiting for Willie Nelson.  But when they realized who the short-haired stranger was, they applauded.  “I guess the fans like it,” says Willie of the clean look.  “And the ones who don’t just don’t mention it, I guess.”

November 15th, 2018


Willie Nelson at the Boarding House (San Francisco June 7, 1975)

November 15th, 2018

A songwriter and performer since the early 1960s, Willie Hugh Nelson tasted success early on, having composed ‘Crazy’ and ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’ in the late ’50s, both of which became huge country hits – with the former, in Patsy Cline’s version, reaching No. 2 in 1962 and subsequently becoming a true standard, covered by hundreds of artists across the years. By the mid-1970s Willie was writing and performing “Outlaw Country”, and his albums Shotgun Willie (Atlantic 1973) and Red Headed Stranger (Columbia 1975) were both perfect examples of the new style, with the latter of reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart, and ultimately achieving double Platinum sales status.

To help promote the LP, Nelson played a series of concerts across the US and Canada, during which he performed a dynamic show at San Francisco’s Boarding House venue on 7th June ’75, recorded for live broadcast. Playing a fine selection of tunes from his recent albums, plus a number of well-chosen covers, this entire show is now available on this CD for the first time.

Track Listing

Whiskey River/Stay A Little Longer
Funny How Time Slips Away/Crazy/Night Life
Bloody Mary Morning
Me And Paul
I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone
Shotgun Willie
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie
Good Hearted Woman
Time Of The Preacher Theme/ I Couldn’t Believe It Was True/Blue Rock Montana/Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain/ Red Headed Stranger

If You’ve Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time/Look What Thoughts Will Do/Truck Drivin’ Man/After The Fire Is Gone/Pick Up The Tempo
If You Can’t Undo The Wrong, Undo The Right
A Song For You
Mr. Record Man/Hello Walls/One Day At A Time/Will The Circle Be Unbroken’/When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
I Gotta Get Drunk
The Sound In Your Mind
Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms

November 15th, 2018

photo: Andrew Shapter

Things you might not know about Willie Nelson

November 15th, 2018

Willie Nelson the Most Important Marijuana User

November 15th, 2018
by:  Chris Roberts

“Hey hey, my my” is a Neil Young song, but by all indications, it is Willie Nelson who will never die.

Nelson will turn 86 years old in April, but he has years ago eased into a sort of timelessness. The Texas-living godfather of outlaw country still tours constantly, still finds time to engage in politics, and still smokes copious amounts of cannabis. The sun rises, the sun sets, and the Willie Nelson tour bus heads to the next town, a trail of terpene-scented smoke in its wake.

He is a country and popular music icon–he’s been recording and touring since the 1950s, but Willie Nelson is also a very real and very effective positive role model for marijuana use. Here is an enormously successful celebrity, from a not very progressive state, in what should be the twilight of his years, who still looks and sounds pretty good and appears to be in reasonably good health, who smokes weed constantly.

This is no accident. At least some of this longevity he attributes directly marijuana. (Since Nelson credits weed for helping him quit smoking cigarettes, even the most skeptical pro-prohibition doctor may find it hard to dispute that). Willie Nelson is a strong argument that all the Reefer Madness tropes that survive in our society are completely untrue. When (not if, friends, but when) Texas legalizes marijuana and elects a progressive to statewide office, maybe on the same day, Willie Nelson will have played a key role.

And, yes, fine, he is a stoner icon. Willie Nelson smokes weed just about everywhere and with everyone. He has out-smoked Snoop Dogg and apparently got stoned on the roof of the White House. Look: Willie Nelson might not exist without marijuana. And without Willie Nelson, marijuana culture would be very different.

This is all to say that when Willie Nelson shows up at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California on Sunday, Dec. 16, to receive an “honorary award” at the Emerald Cup, it will be only right, fitting and proper. And when all future honorees at the Emerald Cup receive an award, they will be handed the rechristened “Willie Nelson Award.” That, too, feels appropriate.

“We have a great deal of respect and admiration for Willie, who is graciously allowing the cup to honor future individuals with an award that will remain in his name,” said longtime Emerald Triangle cannabis cultivator and icon Tim Blake, who founded the Emerald Cup with some friends 15 years ago and has built it into arguably the biggest and most prestigious marijuana-awards show/product exposition on the growing marijuana-show circuit. “An unwavering ability to stand true in his beliefs and refusal to accept society’s rigid set of rules are only part of what makes Willie the perfect individual to be recognized as a hero to the cannabis world.”

This also marks a transition for the Emerald Cup’s award. Past honorees have generally come strictly from the marijuana world, like hemp advocate Jack Herer or medical-marijuana pioneer Dennis Peron. Skeptics or rude cynics might sniff and wonder if the addition of Willie to these ranks doesn’t represent a bend towards commercialism, as he has lent his image and acumen to two recreational marijuana brands. Maybe? The point is that marijuana legalization is an easier sell in red states, and some of the credit is due to Willie Nelson.

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Willie Nelson Interview

November 15th, 2018

Country music legend Willie Nelson: ‘We Texans are pretty adamant about where we come from”

We asked the country legend just about everything and he’s never been shy. Lately he has been vocal about politics and about his support for Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

by: obin Panicker

WFAA had a very unique opportunity to sit down and talk with country music legend Willie Nelson. The 85-year-old country star was touring in Biloxi, Mississippi when we caught up with him.

We were many many miles away from the town he was born in Abbott, Texas. The town has no stoplight but does have a train that comes through every hour.

read article here

November 14th, 2018

Willie Nelson, “Born to Lose”

November 14th, 2018

Willie Nelson and the Particle Kid

November 14th, 2018

Willie Nelson & Family at Billy Bob’s Texas (November 16, 17, 2018)

November 13th, 2018

Willie Nelson & Family at Billy Bob’s Texas, 1999

Willie Nelson played over 50 times

Willie Nelson has played over 50 times at Billy Bob’s Texas.  One of his fondest memories is riding a horse into the showroom.  In 2004, Willie brought his 4th of July picnic to Cowtown, drawing an estimated crowd of 10,000.

He plays again at Billy Bob’s, two nights, this Friday and Saturday.