Willie Nelson, “Please Come Home for Christmas”

December 17th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Bee Spears

December 17th, 2017

Willie Nelson, Ted, Cruz, J.J. Watt and Kat von D most-Googled Texans

December 17th, 2017

by:  Tony Cantu

AUSTIN, TX — What do Willie Nelson, Kat von D, J.J. Watt and Ted Cruz have in common? They are the most searched public figures searched on Google in the state of Texas, according to a new survey.

Dana Rebecca Designs assembled the most-searched people on the search engine per state. Among celebrities, music icon Willie Nelson still holds sway as one of the most searched celebs. The results yield a portal into the collective mind of a state’s denizens and what piques their interest. In short,
it’s a snapshot of a particular region’s zeitgeist.

Searches for musicians yielded the top five nationally: Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Beyonce and Justin Bieber the top five, respectively. In Texas, it’s no young whippersnapper commanding the most searches, but 84-year-old Willie Nelson who’s practically become the patron saint of Texas by this point. He’s the most-searched because, well, he’s Willie Nelson. Who doesn’t love Willie Nelson?

Read entire list here.   

Willie Nelson & Sons for John Varvotos

December 16th, 2017



by:  Rachel Haas

Fresh off a pretty cool 80th birthday  celebration, country star Willie Nelson shows off his stylish side in some sleek black-and-white photos for John Varvatos’ Fall 2013 campaign.

The music legend poses beside his sons—Lukas Nelson, 24, and Micah Nelson, 23—in a Danny Clinch-snapped shot, while Willie is also featured solo in two portraits. No stranger to the advertising world, Nelson has also lent his voice to a Chipotle ad (covering Coldplay’s tearjerker “The Scientist”) as well as taking part in a commercial with Ryan Adams for Gap.


Willie Nelson, “On the Street Where You Live”

December 16th, 2017

On October 25, 2009, Willie Nelson released, “American Classic” album, on Blue Note Records.

Track List:

  • The Nearness of You
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Come Rain or Come Shine
  • If I Had You (with Diana Krall)
  • Ain’t Misbehaving
  • I Miss You So
  • Because of You
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside (with Norah Jones)
  • Angel Eyes
  • On the Street Where You Live
  • Since I Fell For You
  • You Were Always on My Mind

Willie Nelson pick of the day: American Classic

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Mickey Raphael and Bee Spears (2011)

December 16th, 2017


Thanks to Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, lighting director for Willie Nelson and Family, for sharing this holiday photo of Mickey Raphael and Bee Spears.

Happy Holidays 2008

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Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker (Dec. 23)

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Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sharing this great poster.

Another Willie Nelson cover and tribute: Raul Malo, ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’

December 16th, 2017

Have a Willie Merry Christmas

December 16th, 2017

Willie Nelson & Family headlines Seafood Festival (February 17, 2017)

December 15th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Family, with Los Lonely Boys, at Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival, in Viera, Florida, on February 17th.


December 15th, 2017

Another Willie Nelson Cover: Pretty Paper, by Roy Orbison

December 15th, 2017

“Pretty Paper” is a song written by country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson in 1963. After being signed to Monument Records, Nelson played the song for producer Fred Foster. Foster pitched the song to Roy Orbison, who turned it into a hit. Nelson recorded his own version of the song in November 1964.

Written by Willie Nelson, the song tells the story of a street vendor who, during the holiday season, sells pencils and paper on the streets.   In October 1963, while walking in his farm in Ridgetop, Tennessee, Nelson was inspired to write the song after he remembered a man he often saw while he lived in Fort Worth, Texas. The man had his legs amputated and moved with rollers, selling paper and pencils in front of Leonard’s Department Store. To attract the attention of the people, the man announced, “Pretty paper! Pretty paper!”

In 2013, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram identified the man as Frankie Brierton, of Santo, Texas. Brierton refused to use a wheelchair, choosing instead to crawl, as he learned to move while growing up after his legs were affected by a spinal disorder. Brierton sold pencils in Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston.

Willie Nelson, along with David Ruiz, incorporated the song’s story into a book.

Santa Willie Delivers a "Pretty" Holiday Tale

Blue Rider Press

Pretty Paper: A Christmas Tale

By Willie Nelson with David Ritz
Blue Rider Press, 304 pp., $23

Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
Pretty pencils to write “I love you”
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue