New Texas Monthly Willie Nelson Podcast, “One By Willie”

September 28th, 2020

Join senior editor John Spong and artists you love for intimate conversations about the Willie songs that mean the most to them.

t’s been a heck of a year for Willie Nelson projects over here at Texas Monthly—we published a special issue dedicated to the legend (you can get a copy of that keepsake issue here), as well as an exhaustive ranking of all 143 of Nelson’s albums—and we’re not close to done. On October 9, we’ll be launching a new podcast called “One by Willie.”

The eight-episode series will be hosted by award-winning Texas Monthly staff writer John Spong and will feature intimate conversations with a range of prominent guests about the Willie Nelson songs that mean the most to them. Guests include Margo Price, Lyle Lovett, Jack Ingram, Wynonna Judd, and many more. As you’ll learn, these conversations aren’t just about the songs. They’re also about what music really means to us—the ways it can change us, take care of us, and connect us all. Take a listen to the trailer here:


If you like it, please subscribe—and stay tuned for Episode 1 with Margo Price, launching October 9. We’ll have a few other exciting things coming that day as well, including the online launch of that Willie Nelson special issue and a Willie video that will premiere during this year’s all-virtual Austin City Limits Music Festival.

You can subscribe to “One by Willie” on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

“No one knows you like your sister,” — Willie Nelson

September 28th, 2020

From music legends and activists Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson, an uplifting story about an unbreakable sibling bond.

Posted by Random House on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Willie’s Remedy, mmmm

September 28th, 2020

Willie’s Remedy teas and coffee making quarantine easier. Definitely delicious

Posted by Elaine Schock on Monday, September 28, 2020

September 27th, 2020

“Harvest the Hope” (Press Conference) (9/27/14) (#NO_Keystone_Pipeline)


The press was well represented at the press conference outside the barn of Art and Helen Tanderup, the landowners who hosted last Saturday’s “Harvest the Hope” concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, on their farm north of Neligh, Nebraska.  The coverage has been great, google Willie Nelson, Neil Young or Harvest the Hope and real all the fine stories, and great photos from this event.

The strong, growing coalition protesting the movement of crude black tar from Alberta, Canada, through Canada and the United States, to the gulf of Mexico was represented,  including Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Cowboy & Indian Alliance, Sierra Club,Farmers, Ranchers, Artists, people in the suburbs, people in the city, unions (one at least), politicians, Canadians, people around the world — all protesting the movement of crude black tar from Alberta, Canada, through Canada and the United States, to the gulf of Mexico.

A lot of people worked very hard to make that concert happen, and work to fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, and work in support of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal land.

Read about what is happening, the dangers to the air, water and quality of life of citizens living near the pipeline carrying the crude tar when it breaks, and support their work, if you can.


Jane Kleeb, of Bold Nebraska, escorted Willie Nelson and Neil Young.  They hold the ceremonial blankets presented them at a ceremony honoring them, before the press conference.


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Elaine Shock, Willie Nelson’s publicist, arrives with Willie Nelson and Neil Young for the press conference.


The youth were well represented, and makes you feel optimistic about the future


Lukas Nelson, Frank Wahn, Micah Nelson


“Harvest the Hope” (9/27/2014)

September 27th, 2020

photo:  Matt Ryerson
by: Carolyn Cunningham

The setting may seem strange, but this past Saturday, Willie Nelson and Neil Young transformed the middle of a cornfield into Harvest the Hope benefit concert. The concert organized by Art and Helen Tanderup at their farm in Neligh, Nebraska hosted 8,000 people who flocked to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young sing in protest of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline would travel 1,179 miles from Alberta to southern Nebraska, would go straight through the Tanderup farm, and the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears”.


Six years ago is when TransCanada first proposed the Keystone XL pipeline and since then farmers, ranchers, Native Americans, and environmentalists have held multiple meetings to oppose the pipeline. The biggest fear is that there would be a spill that would cause irreversible harm to the Ogallala Aquifer. “As caretakers of our land, family farmers know best what’s good for it,” said Willie Nelson, Farm Aid co-founder. “We stand with these family farmers fighting for their land, livelihood and community.”


Both Nelson and Young have fought for the rights of farmers through out their careers. Between the two men they have thirteen Grammys, nine Juno awards, an Oscar nomination, one induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and one induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Nelson and Young along with John Mellencamp started Farm Aid in 1985. Farm Aid is a non-profit organizations whose main goal is to help farmers stay on their land. With that in mind Nelson and Young’s opposition to the pipeline does not come as a surprise, because of how it would displace farmers like the Tanderups’.

Thank you, Jenny from OK, for the video!

Opening for Willie Nelson and Neil Young was Frank Waln a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. The pipeline would also go through the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s land. Waln was there to show his opposition to the pipeline as well as perform. The twenty five year old Columbia College grad credits his roots as a major influence in his music. Waln, who was raised by a single mother, brought his mother on stage to perform a song that he wrote for her called “My Rock”. All of the songs Waln performed were inspired by some part of his life growing up as a part of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Performing in front of 8,000 excited fans Willie Nelson and Neil Young performed songs from their earlier albums as well as newer material. Neil Young wrote a new song specifically for the occasion rightfully titled “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”. Young’s new song was the finale of the concert where he asked the crowd to join together and sing with him. As the final notes closed out the song a sense of hope filled the corn field as 8,000 people stood together to fight against the pipeline.


Press Conference

Harvest the Hope

September 27th, 2020

Farm Aid 35 Tonight

September 26th, 2020

September 26th, 2020
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by: Jack Fordyce

September 25th, 2020

Farm Aid V (March 14, 1992) (Irving, Texas)

September 25th, 2020
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Thanks to Janis Tillerson, for sharing a photo of her ticket from Farm Aid V , Irving, TX, March 14, 1992.

Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome (April 7, 1990) (Indianapolis, Indiana)

September 25th, 2020

[Thanks to Phil Weisman for this cool Heartland Newspaper, with Farm Aid IV headlines.]

Willie Nelson will be joined by over 30 performers and entertainers for Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome on April 7.  Their efforts will address the needs of the American farm family.

“Still is Still Moving to Me”, Willie Nelson (Farm Aid 30)

September 25th, 2020

September 25th, 2020

Dolly Parton talks about her friendship with Willie Nelson

September 25th, 2020

Dolly Parton reflects on her friendship with Willie Nelson during this exclusive bonus clip from her Time Life DVD collection. In the ’60s, both were songwriters new to Nashville, tucked in a basement writing room hoping to make magic.

“We both wrote for the same publishing company,” Parton recalls, “And he was writing all of these wonderful hits … and I thought, ‘He’s such a stylist.'”

The clip above cuts to the two Country Music Hall of Famers singing a song he wrote called “Funny How Time Slips Away.” Elvis Presley is responsible for one of many notable recordings of the song.

In addition to a new interview with Parton, Time Life includes interviews with stars like Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Rogers, Carrie Underwood and Lily Tomlin. Find it only through a Time Life website dedicated to the release. Anyone looking forward to Parton’s Christmas album next month may appreciate the special Christmas disc in this set. There’s also a song by song telling the stories of her most iconic songs.

September 25th, 2020