May 27th, 2017

 

Willie’s Reserve Swag in Colorado on Memorial Day

May 27th, 2017

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Willie’s Reserve has provided us with a little piece of the Red Headed Stranger to be passed around this Memorial Day. Stop by these three LivWell locations for your chance to take a pic and possibly win some swag!

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, Willieâ’s Reserve will be traveling to three different LivWell locations with a signed Willie Nelson guitar. Don’t miss your chance to take a pic with the guitar, learn some more about Willie’s Reserve, and enter in a contest to win some MAJOR swag.

The guitar will be splitting its day between LivWell Stapleton from 10:30-12:30 p.m., LivWell Garden City from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and LivWell on Evans from 5-7 p.m.

At each location, Willie’s Reserve will set up a vendor table with tons of informational material and swag items. LivWell customers are invited to take a photo with the signed Willie Nelson guitar and post it to their Instagram accounts” all you have to do is tag @WilliesReserveOfficial and @LivWellCannabis_ ! The photo that gains the most love and likes from their followers will get an exclusive Willie’s Reserve Swag Bag! This coveted prize will be jam-packed with unique branded items from both Willie’s Reserve and LivWell!

Not familiar with Willie’s Reserve? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock your whole life, everyone knows Willie Nelson has been a strong activist and proponent of cannabis culture for years. The legend himself has consistently lived under a very simple philosophy: My stash is your stash. Willie’s Reserve pays tribute to the artist’s history of traveling from town to town, sharing the weedy offerings his fans and the locals had to offer.

Through Willie’s Reserve, the Red Headed Stranger returns the favor, bringing quality buds from all over to fellow members of the cannabis culture. Check out the philosophy behind Willie’s Reserve from the man himself and check out some of the strains and swag for yourself by stopping by one of the three LivWell locations on Memorial Day.

May 27th, 2017

Waiting for Willie

May 27th, 2017

How it feels when Willie Nelson is about to come on stage

May 27th, 2017

Willie Nelson – @ The Puyallup Fair

May 27th, 2017

Willie Nelson, “Hallelujah”

May 27th, 2017

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Willie Nelson, “Red Headed Stranger” (available on VHS)

May 27th, 2017

Thanks to nephew Cody; he hooked up my VCR and I can finally watch The Red Headed Stranger again.

Willie Nelson in Parade Magazine (6/27/10)

May 26th, 2017

Parade Magazine
Sunday, June 27, 2010
By Dotson Rader

‘Since I was a kid, music was what I wanted to do,” Willie Nelson says. “I thought I could make it by my own talents. That’s what I wanted to prove.”

It is a hot, sunny afternoon in Los Angeles, and Willie sits at a table in his tour bus, the Honey-suckle Rose IV. Fitted out like a two-bedroom yacht on wheels, the vehicle is powered by biodiesel from his own alternative-fuel company, Biowillie.

“When I was about 12,” he says, “I had my first paying gig—$8 to play rhythm guitar in a polka band. Pretty soon, I ended up playing in all the bars within driving distance of Abbott, Tex.”

Abbott is the rural town in east–central Texas where Willie grew up dirt-poor during the Depression. By 6, he was writing songs and playing the guitar. Now 77, he’s still at it, touring on his fancy bus 200 days a year, playing to sold-out clubs and stadiums. This month, he and wife Annie, 50, will travel to Austin, Tex., for the annual Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic. The picnic is his Woodstock, with a hillbilly twang.

“I started it in 1973 to bring together different kinds of people, and that’s still what we do,” Willie says. It’s gotten bigger over the years, attracting rock bands, folk singers, rappers, and country stars who perform before as many as 20,000 music lovers of all ages, beliefs, and races. The event, just like the man himself, is a uniquely, magnificently American phenomenon. “It’s people drinking beer, smoking pot, and finding out that they have things in common and don’t really hate each other,” Willie says. “Music gives people a chance to enjoy something together.”

He sits with his elbows on the table, mellow and relaxed. He smiles a lot, and his deeply lined face is dominated by serene brown eyes. “A lot of country music is sad,” he notes softly. “I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times. It applies to music. Three chords and the truth—that’s what a country song is. There is a lot of heartache in the world.”

Willie has known his share of it. Three failed marriages, a son who committed suicide, troubles with the IRS, drug busts. “Anybody can be unhappy,” he says. “We can all be hurt. You don’t have to be poor to need something or somebody. Rednecks, hippies, misfits—we’re all the same. Gay or straight? So what? It doesn’t matter to me. We have to be concerned about other people, regardless.”

He is famously dedicated to helping others, giving away his own time and money, raising millions of dollars for small farmers and victims of natural disasters, war, and AIDS. Among his efforts are Farm Aid and the Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute. He is known as a soft touch. “I don’t like seeing anybody treated unfairly,” he says. “It sticks in my craw. I hold on to the values from my childhood.”

His was a tough and unpromising childhood. “I was 6 months old and my sister Bobbie was 3 years old when my parents divorced and gave us to my grandparents,” he recalls. (Bobbie, 79, his only sibling, plays piano in his band.) “I have no anger about my parents. They did us a favor. My grandparents were very reliable Christian people who gave us a good raising.”

At 2, Willie began going into the hot, unforgiving cotton fields with his grandmother. “I was too young to pick, so I’d ride on her sack,” he says. “She’d pull me on it, picking cotton, filling it up, making me a soft bed to ride on. The sack would start out empty, and before the morning was out, there would be 60, 70 pounds of cotton in it. Then, still just a little bitty kid, I got old enough to pull my own sack. As I got older, the sacks got bigger.”

When he was 6, his granddad died, and the family’s financial situation worsened. His grandmother took a job for $18 a week as a cook at the school cafeteria. “I worked there, too, carrying out the garbage to pay for me and Bobbie’s lunches.” Still, he recalls, “It wasn’t humiliating. Nobody else had anything to speak of in Abbott. I don’t remember ever going hungry.”

Willie was a good student and athlete, a popular kid, but he felt the pull of music and the tug of faraway places. “I saw Gene Autry and Roy Rogers movies every weekend,” he says. “They were my heroes. Riding my horse, shooting my gun, singing my songs, playing my guitar—that’s what I wanted to do.”

Following high school graduation, Willie joined the Air Force. The Korean War was on, and he was broke. “I joined because I knew that for four years, I wouldn’t starve to death,” he explains. “A lot of people joined up for that reason. I don’t think things have changed much in the world since.”

Willie served nine months before receiving a medical discharge due to back injuries. At 19, he married Martha Matthews, a beautiful 16-year-old. “I was always a sucker for long-black-haired women,” he admits. They quarreled, brawled, drank heavily, and had two daughters, Lana and Susie, and a son, Billy. Willie tried college but left after a year. He kept writing songs and playing music and also worked as a radio DJ, a door-to-door salesman, and a plumber. After 10 contentious years, his marriage collapsed.

In 1960, Willie went to Nashville and experienced his first big success—as a songwriter. He wrote “Crazy,” “Pretty Paper,” “Hello Walls,” and hundreds more, becoming one of America’s best composers of popular song. Overall, he has recorded over 300 albums that have sold more than 50 million copies and performed with the full range of the nation’s musical talent, from Waylon Jennings, Ray Charles, and Merle Haggard to Frank Sinatra, Bob Dyla-n, Dolly Parton, Norah Jones, and Snoop Dogg. His newest CD, Country Music, is hauntingly beautiful.

Willie married singer Shirley Collie in 1963, but the next year he began an affair with Connie Koepke, who was just two years out of high school. He and Collie divorced, and he wed Koepke in 1971. Their 16-year marriage produced daughters Amy and Paula and brought him and his family back to his home state. “I really felt like I needed to be in Texas,” he says, “playing to the people that were and still are my base.”

His fourth wife, Annie D’Angelo, entered his life as the make-up artist on the set of the 1986 film Stagecoach, co-starring Johnny Cash. (Willie has made 31 movies, few of them memorable.) He and Annie wed in 1991. Their marriage works, because, “well, I now understand a lot more than I did,” Willie says. “I’m not easy to live with. I’m pretty temperamental, you know. I’ve been used to doing things my own way for so long that I’m not interested in any suggestions. There was friction with my other wives. But it seems like Annie and I did okay with each other. It takes a special person to live with me.

“I’ve got great wives, great kids, great grandkids,” he boasts. “Both my sons, Micah and Lukas, are doing well.” (Jacob Micah, 20, and Lukas Autry, 21, are his children with Annie.) “Micah’s at college and has a band, The Reflectables. Lukas has a band, too, The Promise of Real.” Willie chuckles at those names. “Lukas has opened for Bob Dylan and B.B. King, so he’s doing really well.  He’s also opened for me a few times, and he will again.”

Beyond aging, the reason Willie offers for his being easier to live with is his cutting down on liquor while increasing his intake of cannabis. He is an outspoken proponent of marijuana and strongly opposes hard drugs like meth and cocaine.

“Legalize weed,” he declares. “It’s 50% of what’s causing the problems along the border with the drug cartels. A lot of people who sell it want to keep it illegal because that’s where the money is. The cartels are now in hundreds of our cities, growing and selling weed. Legalize it, and it would stop all that immediately.

“There are many bands that are not here anymore because of the drugs and alcohol,” he adds. “I know a lot of singers who have ruined their careers drinking and drugging.”

Willie and his family have also suffered through the devastating consequences of drug addiction. His son Billy hanged himself on Christmas Day, 1991, at 33. He had been in and out of rehab for substance abuse, and his death was the worst event of Willie’s life. I ask about Billy.

“Death is not the ending of anything,” Willie says quietly. “I believe all of us are only energy that becomes matter. When the matter goes away, the energy still exists. You can’t destroy it.It never dies. It manifests itself somewhere else.” He pauses. “We are never alone. Even by ourselves, we are not alone. Death is just a door opening to somewhere else. Someday we’ll know what that door opens to.”

Willie smiles at me, looking impossibly tranquil, even beatific. “I believe that,” he affirms. “I really do.”

Mickey Raphael, on harmonicas

May 26th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Webb Pierce, “You’re Not Mine Anymore”

May 26th, 2017

May 26th, 2017

Billy Joe Shaver

May 26th, 2017

photo:  Taylor Hill

Shaver and longtime friend Willie Nelson perform during Farm Aid 2009 in St. Louis. Nelson was a character witness for Shaver during his trial following a 2007 shooting incident.

Nelson says his longtime friend is not somebody you want to mess with.

He brings up the incident at Papa Joe’s Saloon in which Shaver, one night in 2007, shot Billy Bryant Coker in a parking lot. Coker survived, and Shaver said he was defending himself. Nelson went to Texas to serve as a character witness during the three-day trial. Shaver was acquitted of aggravated assault.

And Billy Joe told the guy he shot, ˜I want my bullet back,” Nelson says, laughing. “The guy still had the bullet in his head.”

Read the Washington’s Post’s entire article about Billy Joe Shaver here.

photo:  Michael Stravoto

 

Willie Nelson Art, by Robert Edmonds

May 26th, 2017

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http://robertedmonds.blogspot.com

“I’ve been lucky enough over the years to create a couple of posters for the great Willie Nelson. For this 2006 New Orleans show I decided to go a painted route, using the texture of the paint to imply the cragginess of that wonderfully weathered face.”

— Robert Edmonds

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line”

May 26th, 2017

www.countrymusicnation.com

Together, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were an unstoppable force on stage and in the studio. The two teamed up for songs that went on to be some of the most iconic duets in country music history, such as “Luckenbach, Texas” and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” They also made up one half of the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen, which rounded out its membership with Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash.

Although Jennings and Nelson had plenty of opportunities to record together, they never recorded a duet of one of Jennings’ biggest hits. That hit was “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line,” which Jennings released in 1968 as the second single off of his album Only the Greatest.

“Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” was a major hit for Jennings. The song topped the country chart in Canada and claimed the second spot on the U.S. chart. Other artists went on to record their own renditions of the song, including Linda Ronstadt and Hank Williams Jr.

But one of our favorite versions of the song is one that was never set down in a recording studio. That version is a duet between Jennings and Nelson, which also features guitar work and backing vocals from some of their superstar friends.
Along with Kristofferson, Marty Stuart, and Travis Tritt, Jennings and Nelson took over the stage with a red-hot performance of “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line.” Nelson started off singing first, while all of his pals had a blast rocking out on their respective guitars. Kristofferson and Tritt pitched in with some enthusiastic vocals at the end of Nelson’s solo.

After that, everyone jumped in on a rowdy guitar jam that led into Jennings’ solo part. He managed to keep the energy level going all the way to the end, when everyone finished the song with a flourish.