This day in Willie Nelson history: Farm Aid XXVI (Kansas City, MO) (August 13, 2011)

August 13th, 2017

by SharonOnTheMove

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I took this one; such a sweet look

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I took this photo

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photo: Mary Francis Andrews

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photo: Mary Francis Andrews

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Willie Nelson Music in Movies

August 12th, 2017


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Willie Nelson is the kind of classic singer you either get tired of and stay away from for a long while or stick by through thick and thin without doubting him for a second. There’s really no middle ground here when you’re a fan of this man. He’s been making hits for longer than a good portion of us have been alive and has been popular for as long as anyone living can remember. Sure he got into some trouble for a while and had to make a comeback, but as of now he’s doing alright and still out doing what he loves to do. For a man to come through that many hardships and still find some joy in the passion that made him what he is today it’s inspiring to note that as bad things got he never let his fans down.

Here are just a few of the movies that have benefited from his songs.

5. The Scientist – The Judge

Robert Downey Jr. plays a successful lawyer whose father has just been convicted of running down a man with his truck. Upon heading home however he’s greeted with a very surly and unfriendly attitude as the tensions between him and his father heat up after years of not speaking to one another. Their issues are eventually put on the table but not completely resolved as he seeks to defend his father no matter how they feel about one another.

4. Midnight Run – Lawless

Lawless is essentially the story of three brothers that run a fairly successful alcohol distribution business in the back woods, far away from where the law sees fit to touch them. When problems begin to arise and their business starts to suffer however they eventually find the need to fight back. The only problem is that their enemies are bringing the big guns, as in hired lawmen and ruthless criminals that will stop at nothing to see them ruined.

3. Hello Walls – Legion

I couldn’t find the clip but I know that this song is used in the scifi film Legion in which God has finally tired of mankind’s wickedness and has sent the hounds of heaven to possess anyone and everyone they can in an attempt to cleanse the world and stop the birth of a young child that can bring humanity back to its senses. The only help that humanity will have until then is the archangel Michael, who has forsaken his place in heaven to protect the child from his heavenly brethren.

2. Good ol Boys – Dukes of Hazzard

What’s so great about this is that Willie actually starred in the remake of The Dukes of Hazzard along with Sean William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Jessica Simpson, and Burt Reynolds. He took the role of Uncle Jessie and made it a tad bit funnier than it had been in the past, which is to say that I don’t recall Uncle Jessie getting high in the barn using an apple as a bong.

1. On The Road Again – Shrek

Okay this one isn’t performed by Willie Nelson but it is his song. Shrek just seemed like a nice way to end this list, funny and touching but not too sappy.

Willie Nelson is going to be remembered throughout history as one of the greats.

Willie Nelson & Family, “Bloody Mary Morning”

August 12th, 2017

August 12th, 2017

Another Willie Nelson fan

August 12th, 2017

Willie Nelson inducts Allman Brothers into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995)

August 12th, 2017

Bobbie Lee Nelson, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

August 12th, 2017

Thanks so much, Janis Tillerson, for sharing photos from tonights induction ceremony at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.  Tonight, Bobbie Nelson is inducted, along with Kenny Rogers.

Lots of cool souvenirs

and the lovely Jo Albers, supporting husband Dallas Wayne

 

August 11th, 2017

Willie Nelson & Family in Washington (review)

August 11th, 2017

www.inlander.com
by: Dan Nailen

At his sold-out show Tuesday at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, the 84-year-old country legend ran through upward of 30 songs, or at least pieces of 30 songs, over the course of about 75 minutes. Along the way, he and his Family Band paid homage to Hank Williams, nodded to departed peers like Merle Haggard and friends like Tom T. Hall, and showcased why Nelson remains an American treasure after decades in the spotlight.

Nelson took the stage in his customary cowboy hat, bandana and long braids in his grey hair, sporting a “Craft Cannabis” T-shirt and a wide grin as he waved at the audience. He then launched into his customary show opener, “Whiskey River,” before segueing into “Still is Still Moving to Me,” a song that featured his first extended solo on his trusty acoustic guitar, Trigger.

One of the best features of Tuesday’s show was the camera’s near-constant focus on Trigger and Nelson’s hands, projecting his guitar work on the large screens on either side of the stage. Even at 84, his rapid-fire picking and strumming is something to behold, and watching him find subtle new approaches to classic old songs was a treat. Nelson’s not a jukebox; he and his band don’t regurgitate the hits as close to their recorded forms as possible. Rather, he’s a lot like Bob Dylan, constantly tweaking his own tunes to find new ways to express himself, and to keep his band on its toes.

Read entire review here.

Willie Nelson Mini Art, in Houston

August 11th, 2017

The Willie Nelson mini mural at the corner of Ella and 34th streets, commissioned by real estate developer Chris Hotze, was created by w3r3on3.
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by:  Molly Glentzer

When Todd Romero and his two young sons ride through their East End neighborhood on the way to school or soccer practice, they make a game of picking their favorite mini-murals — the popular artworks painted on traffic control signal boxes across the city.

Romero, a University of Houston history professor, appreciates the lessons mini-murals can offer about significant characters from the area’s past, including Staff Sgt. Macario Garcia, the first Mexican immigrant to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor; and Mason Park founder John P. Mason.

Eight-year-old Alec and 5-year-old Elias, however, love anything colorful and fun. Their hands-on favorite mini-mural depicts the cartoon character Speedy Gonzales, who is the mascot of “Los Bomberos de Houston,” the firemen of Station 20 on Navigation.

Because that one has Spanish language on one side and English on the other, Romero concedes, “It does a nice job of encapsulating the neighborhood.”

As happens with any public art, however, the mini-murals also have detractors.

Read rest of article, see more photos of mini-art here.  

 

Willie Nelson, “Countryman”

August 11th, 2017

 

1.  Do you Mind Too Much If I don’t Understand
2.  How Long is Forever?
3.  I’m a Worried Man” (featuring Toots Hibbert)
4.  The Harder They Come
5. Something to Think About
6. Sitting in Limbo
7. Darkness on the Face of the Earth
8. One in a Row
9. I’ve Just Destroyed the World I’m Living In
10.  You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago
11.  I Guess I’ve Come to Live Here
12.  Undo the Right

Willie Nelson, “The Harder They Come”

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