“I love him and this song made me cry” — Jimmy Fallon

June 21st, 2019

Willie Nelson on NPR

June 21st, 2019

by: John Myers, Talia Schlanger

It’s been about a year since World Cafe caught up with Willie Nelson, and he’s been busy! Willie just released his latest album called Ride Me Back Home, made with his producer-collaborator Buddy Cannon. In February, Willie won a Grammy Award for his Frank Sinatra tribute album My Way. And he’s recently expanded his health-and-wellness brand Willie’s Remedy to include new CBD-infused coffee.

In this session, Willie told stories about some new songs and some classics, including “Crazy.” He reminisced about hanging in Amsterdam with Snoop Dogg, visiting The White House with President Carter and meeting his wife, Annie, on the set of a movie he was shooting with his fellow Highwaymen. We also got to meet some of Willie’s crew backstage before the show, including “Tunin'” Tom Hawkins who takes care of Willie’s famous guitar, Trigger, on the road.

Episode Playlist

World Cafe: 6/21/19

Bandera” – Red Headed Stranger

“Whiskey River” (live) – The Essential Willie Nelson

“Ride Me Back Home” – Ride Me Back Home

“It’s Hard to Be Humble” – Ride Me Back Home

“Family Bible” – The Essential Willie Nelson

“Crazy” By Patsy Cline – Showcase

“Crazy” – And Then I Wrote

“Stay Away From Lonely Places” – Words Don’t Fit The Picture

“Roll Me Up” ft Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson – Heroes

“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” – 16 Biggest Hits

“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” – 16 Biggest Hits

“My Favorite Picture of You” – Ride Me Back Home

Happy Shoeshine Friday

June 21st, 2019

A great day for new music

June 21st, 2019

Thanks, Richard N Phyllis Rademacher for sharing your photo of the two new albums from Willie Nelson and Lukas Neslon & Promise of the Real.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real new album debuts at #3 CMSMusic

June 21st, 2019

June 20th, 2019

“Loving Her Was Easier” — The Highwaymen, Aberdeen, Scotland 1992

June 20th, 2019

Willie Nelson, Chief Testing Officer for Willie’s Reserve

June 20th, 2019

Willie Nelson & Family (Choctaw Casinos & Resorts) (March 10 2019)

June 20th, 2019

Loretta Lynn to Tabloids: ‘I Ain’t Dead and Neither is Willie’

June 20th, 2019

Well, through the years they've said I'm broke, homeless, cheating, drinking, gone crazy, terminally ill, and even dead! Poor things can't ever get it right. I guess if those old pesky tabloids are harassing me then they're giving someone else a break……but I'm about an inch from taking 'em to Fist City! #raisinghell #yourmommashouldataughtyoubetter #tellthetruth #fistcity #trashtalkingtabloids #fakenews #liarliarpantsonfire

Posted by Loretta Lynn Official on Friday, June 14, 2019

by: Bobbie Moore

Negative reports about Loretta Lynn’s health clearly miss the mark, as the queen of country music feels well enough to put the tabloids in their place.

“This says I’m in a nursing home and on my death bed. You’re kidding me!,” she says in a Facebook video. “I’m not dead and neither is Willie. Both of us are going to come back to life and we’re going to raise hell.”

Although the video has a jovial tone, Lynn and many of her peers have ample reason to be fed up with

tabloid gossip. For decades, fans and loved ones of Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and others have read false and often mean-spirited headlines while waiting in line at the supermarket.

Lynn’s video description addresses years of rumors with a heaping helping of Southern-fried snark: “Well, through the years they’ve said I’m broke, homeless, cheating, drinking, gone crazy, terminally ill, and even dead! Poor things can’t ever get it right. I guess if those old pesky tabloids are harassing me then they’re giving someone else a break… but I’m about an inch from taking them to Fist City!”

She caps off her rant about spreaders of falsehoods with perhaps the greatest hashtag of 2019: #yourmommashouldataughtyoubetter.


June 20th, 2019

Willie Nelson on World Café tomorrow (June 21, 2019)

June 20th, 2019

Willie Nelson Pick of the Day: Outlaw Festival

June 20th, 2019

See Red Headed Stranger Movie, Meet Willie Nelson in Luck, Texas (July 6, 2019)

June 20th, 2019

by: Reid Jowers

The Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow and Luck Productions announced they are teaming up to host a screening of Willie Nelson’s Western Red Headed Stranger on Saturday, July 6.

The screening will take place in Luck, Texas (1100 Bee Creek Rd, Spicewood), aka “Willieville,” the town built in 1983 specifically for the movie. Luck sits proudly on the grounds of Willie’s ranch and rarely hosts events outside of the Luck Reunion that happens every year as counter-programming to SXSW.

Red Headed Stranger follows the story of Willie’s 1975 album of the same name, where Nelson plays the role of a preacher seeking revenge on a man for taking off with his wife played by Morgan Fairchild. The Austin Genre Film Archive remastered the movie digitally for the first time after two decades of the original print being lost.

After the screening, fans will get the chance to meet Willie and other key players of the movie for a Q&A. Memorabilia from the the movie will also be on display courtesy of the Wittliff Collections. The writer/directer of Red Headed Stranger, Bill Wittliff (who founded the collections with his wife, Sally), recently passed away.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 20. General admission costs $100, or all-inclusive tickets for $350 include a pre-screening dinner hosted by the Austin Food and Wine Alliance and cooked by Dai Due chef Jesse Griffiths. That meal will be capped at 50 people, so Willie superfans only need apply.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic (1986)

June 20th, 2019