April 15th, 2018

Super Troopers inspect Willie Nelson’s bus

April 15th, 2018

Happy Birthday, Ernie Sinclair

April 15th, 2018

Happy happy birthday Ernie, a valuable member of the Scooterville team, the travelling Willie Nelson and Family merchandise store.

April 15th, 2018

April 15th, 2018

“Everything’s Bigger in Texas: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman” by Mary Lou Sullivan

April 15th, 2018

“It’s not the pot of gold that matters, it’s the rainbow.” — Kinky Friedman

Read entire article here.

www.sandiegouniontribune.com
by:  George Varga

Never tell author, singer-songwriter and former Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman you’re sorry for being late. Not even if you’re calling him a full day after a scheduled phone interview.

“Don’t apologize! That’s for Catholics and Democrats!” quipped Friedman, whose several dozen books include “Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola” and “Kill Two Birds & Get Stoned: A Novel.”

More examples of his brashness — and his remarkably colorful life — are highlighted in the new book “Everything’s Bigger in Texas: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman” by Mary Lou Sullivan.

The 332-page biography includes a two-page foreword by Friedman, who writes: “I have no regrets about what I told Mary Lou or what she may have written. Like I say, there’s a fine line between fiction and nonfiction and I believe Jimmy Buffet and I snorted it in 1976.”

Here are edited excerpts of our interview with Friedman, whose songs were recorded by Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam and other admirers on the 1999 tribute album, “Pearls in the Snow.”

Question: Is happiness good or bad for a songwriter — or any writer, for that matter?

Answer: I think that if you’re happy and well-adjusted, you can forget it. You have to be miserable to write a good song. I’m kind of at a point of happiness right now, but I don’t want it to influence me too much. I really don’t want to be happy — and I’m a little too happy right now.

Q: You’ve had success in your life and you’ve had failure. Which has been a bigger impetus?

A: Well, my shrink, Willie (Nelson), says if you fail at something long enough, you become a legend. I like that one; that’s pretty accurate. … Unbounded success is much harder to deal with than failure. Failure is easy and anybody can deal with that. But success — I’ve noticed with the success I’ve had — is a harder thing to work with.

Read entire article here.

Thank you, Willie Nelson

April 15th, 2018

Just when you think it’s over, it’s only begun.

A salute for all the help you’ve given to America’s family farmers.

— Mark Rothbaum
Gay Harrah
Lisa Reiss

 

Willie Nelson, “Last Man Standing” — the outlaw king’s still got it

April 15th, 2018

www.theguardian.com
by:  Neil Spencer

To celebrate his 85th birthday, Willie Nelson releases an album of 11 original songs… there are very few pop luminaries of whom one could write that sentence, perhaps only country’s outlaw king. Nelson has responded to his advancing years by being ever more prolific, spraying out albums by favourite composers, albums of archive material (Willie’s Stash), and albums of new songs, plus countless guest appearances.

This 73rd studio album stands out, a winning mixture of confessionals, nostalgia and humour, co-written with producer Buddy Cannon. .  You can rely on Willie to come up with defiant, wisdom-of-age pieces such as Something You Get Through and Bad Breath (“is better than no breath at all”), but there’s also sly wit in the New Orleans shuffle of the title track (“I don’t want to be the last man standing/ Oh wait a minute, maybe I do…”) and Don’t Tell Noah, where Nelson admits he’s “been crazy all the time”.

Nelson and Cannon mix up the musical styles, with a brace of cuts that hark back to the ballroom Western Swing of Nelson’s youth. Willie rattles off his lines with trademark insouciance, as much spoken as sung, and still plays an acoustic guitar with jazzy panache. What a legend.

Willie Nelson & Family (New Braunfels, TX) (April 15, 2016)

April 15th, 2018

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Thanks so much to Janis Tillerson, for sharing her great photos from the Whitewater Amphitheater Willie Nelson & Family Show.

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Willie Nelson with daughters Paula Nelson and Amy Nelson

April 14th, 2018

Willie Nelson, “Summertime”

April 14th, 2018

April 14th, 2018

Do you have any resolutions for 2018? With this #WednesdayWisdom from @willienelsonofficial, may we suggest visiting a farm?

Willie Nelson art, by Stewart Patton

April 14th, 2018

Great job, Stewart!

Paula Nelson, Connie Nelson, Amy Nelson, Scooter Jennings and friends

April 14th, 2018

April 13th, 2018

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photo: Janis Tillerson