This day in Willie Nelson history: “Red Headed Stranger” debuts on album charts (7/21/1975)

July 21st, 2014

On this day in 1975, Willie debuted on the album charts with “Red Headed Stranger,” which included the hit song “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.”

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Good News! Folk Uke Tour West Coast with X in July

July 21st, 2014

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Mr. Monk meets the Red Headed Stranger

July 21st, 2014

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Is country superstar Willie Nelson a cold-blooded murderer? The police think so – but Monk has other ideas.

SYNOPSIS:

An upset Willie Nelson accuses his road manager, Sonny Cross, of embezzlement just hours before making a San Francisco radio appearance. Sonny later arrives at the radio station to find a note summoning him to a side entrance. As Sonny disappears down an alley, two shots ring out, and an engineer throws open the side door to find a blind woman, Mrs. Mass, screaming hysterically – and Willie Nelson hovering over Sonny’s dead body.

An injured Captain Stottlemeyer decides to put Lt. Disher in charge of the investigation, and Disher loses no time in calling in Adrian Monk. Monk learns that only Sonny, Mrs. Mass, and Willie Nelson were in the alley, and even though he seems to be the most likely suspect. Monk can’t picture Willie – a favorite singer of his late wife Trudy – as a killer. Stottlemeyer arrives with his right arm in a sling. Mrs. Mass gently shakes his left hand, then identifies Willie’s voice as the one that threatened to kill her if she spoke to the police. Orphaned at 16 in a car accident that also robbed her of her sight, Mrs. Mass is a persuasive witness. Things look grim for the Red-Headed Stranger.

With Sharona gushing about her great new boyfriend Justin, and the SFPD occupied with trying to track down a persistent and elusive streaker, Monk starts to investigate. He begins by learning more about Sonny Cross. A reckless womanizer and boozehound, Cross had previously served two years in prison for vehicular manslaughter. Willie had been close to firing Cross on many occasions, but never had the heart.

For now, Willie Nelson is still the prime suspect, and the police arrest him and formally press charges. Meanwhile, Monk decides to go see Mrs. Mass again. He learns she received a concussion after falling in a wet supermarket aisle the year before, but never sued. As they say goodbye, she offers to shake his hand, and Monk suddenly remembers how she’d previously shaken Stottlemeyer’s hand – and offered him her left hand because his right hand was in a sling. How had she known that… unless she had somehow regained her sight!

The SFPD has finally caught the streaker, and Monk bails him out of jail so he can lay a trap for Mrs. Mass. From a place of concealment, Monk and Sharona watch Mrs. Mass turn her head in wonder as the nudist streaks by her ¿ and Sharona recognizes the streaker as her new boyfriend, Justin!

Once in custody, Mrs. Mass finally comes clean: the fall last year in the supermarket somehow reconnected her optic nerve, restoring partial vision in one eye. She’d kept this miracle to herself in order to be above suspicion when she took finally her revenge on Sonny Cross – the drunk driver that took away her family and her eyesight 30 years before.

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All charges against Willie Nelson are dropped, and on a crisp autumn sky under a sparkling blue sky, the two new friends play a soulful, moving duet together – Willie on guitar, Monk on clarinet – at the site of Trudy’s grave.

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Willie Nelson @ Waikiki Shell

July 21st, 2014

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Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sharing this picture of the poster.

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July 21st, 2014

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Willie Nelson, EmmyLou Harris, Drive-by-Truckers: Highlights from Buckle Up Music Festival (7/19/14)

July 21st, 2014


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CINCINNATI—The second day of the Buckle Up Music Festival brought some of the biggest legends of country and bluegrass to Sawyer Point.

Our video scrapbook features musical highlights from Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Drive-By Truckers, Old Crow Medicine Show and more.

The three-day Buckle Up wrapped up Sunday with headliner The Band Perry.

PHOTOS: Crowds brave all elements at inaugural Buckle Up Music Fest

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July 21st, 2014

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Everyone looks good in a Willie Nelson shirt

July 20th, 2014

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Willie Nelson, “A Tale out of Luck”

July 20th, 2014



A Tale Out of Luck: A Novel
by Willie Nelson, with Mike Blakely
Publication:  September 3, 2008Â

By SI DUNN
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Almost anything that can happen in a Western novel does happen in this engaging action-thriller that pairs the multitalented Willie Nelson with another Texas author, singer and songwriter, Mike Blakely.Okay, there’s no big cattle drive, so, alas, no stampede. But this oddly titled book has plenty of other plot twists, as well as some slick marketing tie-ins. For example, Willie Nelson just happens to own a Western movie-set town called “Luck, Texas,” near Austin. And Mr. Blakely of Marble Falls previously has announced on his Web site that he has co-written a Western novel “designed to adapt to the big screen, with Willie himself playing the lead role.”A Tale Out of Luck does indeed move along like a novel grafted onto the bones of a screenplay. Still, it delivers a good day’s read, both for diehard Western fans and those who haven’t opened a shoot-’em-up in a while.Set a few years after the Civil War, the story revolves around a retired Texas Ranger, Capt. Hank Tomlinson, who has founded a little town called “Luck.” (“Wherever you go, you’re either in Luck or out of Luck, son,” he likes to say.) Tomlinson is good with guns, horses, tracking and (surprise!) music.

But he doesn’t get to spend much time drinking and entertaining in Luck after his prized Kentucky thoroughbred goes missing, and so do his two sons, Jay Blue and Skeeter. They were supposed to be guarding the thoroughbred, but now, fearing the old Ranger’s wrath, they have fled and are trying to recover the expensive race horse.

There’s more, of course. A shadowy, dangerous opponent from his Ranger days once again wants to kill Capt. Tomlinson. An inept Army officer has attacked and stirred up the local Comanches. And the Reconstruction Republicans ruling Austin have disbanded the Texas Rangers, set up a new state police force and sent a policeman on horseback to arrest Capt. Tomlinson on suspicion of murder.

Hey, but there’s still a little time for some pickin’ and grinnin’, folks, before and after the climactic battle scenes.

 A Tale Out of Luck is full-gallop entertainment, and it should be a reasonably lucky book for the two authors.

Si Dunn reviews books about Texas and the Southwest.

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July 20th, 2014

"That's our job, to keep farmers on the land. We think about saving the family farm. I believe the family farm will save us." -Willie Nelson Photo by David Gahr

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“Backstage Pass to a Willie Nelson Show”: Johnny Cash

July 19th, 2014

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July 19th, 2014

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Willie Nelson and Milton Caroll

July 19th, 2014

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“Milton Carroll dropped by to see Dad during our recent concert in Memphis, Tennessee. Milton has been a friend for years, since the early days in Austin. He was one of the first artists signed to be on our old Lone Star record label. Milton has a great voice. In the 1970?s his song, Falling in Love is Like a 45 Slug in the Head, could be heard every night somewhere at a club in Austin. Milton left Austin, married and divorced singer Barbara Fairchild, married again and became a preacher; a calling he still answers. We love you Milton, come back to see us.”

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Mark your calendars! Farm Aid — September 13, 2014

July 19th, 2014

Less than two months until these guys rock Farm Aid 2014! Get ready!

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Willie Nelson & Family @ “Buckle Up Music Festival 2014″ TONIGHT

July 19th, 2014

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Thousands of country music fans are expected to gather in Cincinnati to see more than 80 country, bluegrass and Americana artists perform at the inaugural Buckle Up Festival, July 18-20.

What promises to be the city’s largest-ever country music festival will feature some of the industry’s best known performers along with emerging artists. The Friday lineup includes Sturgill Simpson, Eli Young Band, Marty Stuart,  Alabama and many more. The Saturday lineup features Emmylou Harris, The Lone Bellow, Drive-By Truckers, Natalie Stova and the Drive, Old Crow Medicine Show,  Willie Nelson and others. On Sunday, performers will include The Band Perry, Logan Brill, Thompson Square, Sam Hunt and more.

Also performing will be several local and regional artists with national followings: Bobby Mackey, The Tillers, Kentucky Timbre, Pistol Holler, the Dan Varner Band, Jetset Getset and more. Jetset Getset, a teenage band from near nearby Indiana, was named by the Country Music Association among “Who New to Watch” in 2013, and has been steadily gaining new fans since the release of their album “Saturday Night” (Playback Records).

“It’s an honor to be performing at the Buckle-Up Festival,” said Kelli Jette, manager of Jetset Getset. “Country music has always been huge around Cincinnati, and a lot of major country artists come through here on tour, but it’s nice to see an event that brings so much talent together in the same place, at the same time.”

The Buckle Up Festival is produced by Nederlander Entertainment, which was responsible for Cincinnati’s recent Bunbury Music Festival, a rock music festival that attracted an estimated 50,000 music fans.

The Buckle Up Festival will take place Friday-Sunday, July 18-20, from 1:00-10:30 p.m. at Sawyer Point along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. Ticket prices range from $69 for a regular one-day pass to $325 for a three-day VIP pass. For details, visit www.buckleupfestival.com.

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