Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, old friends

August 12th, 2018
Old friends

Jessica Simpson joins Willie Nelson on stage last night (her first performance in 9 years)

August 11th, 2018

The fashion designer and mom of two returned to her singing roots as she joined Nelson for a duet at the Orange County Fair on Thursday. “My good buddy Jessica Simpson and I are gonna sing a song together,” the legendary singer — who co-starred with Simpson in The Dukes of Hazzard — told the crowd during his set, as they shared a sweet hug.

Simpson, who has been a longtime fan of Nelson, couldn’t contain her excitement over the event on Instagram. “It’s not every night that a legend invites you to join him on his stage. And my husband and kids got to see me perform for the first time! I love you @willienelsonofficial @kristingram,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself and Nelson on stage. 

Willie’s Pool Hall

August 11th, 2018

Willie Nelson’s new album “My Way” availble on blue vinyl at Barnes &Noble

August 11th, 2018

 

Barnes & Noble has a limited edition marbled blue vinyl version available of My Way, Willie’s upcoming tribute to Frank Sinatra, available for pre-order now.

https://WillieNelson.lnk.to/MyWayFA/barnesnoble

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Honeymoon in Vegas” soundtrack released (8/11/1992)

August 11th, 2018

On August 11, 1992, Epic Records released the soundtrack to “Honeymoon in Vegas”. In addition to Willie Nelson’s recording of “Blue Hawaii”, the album features remakes of Elvis Presley songs by Trisha Yearwood, Billy Joel, Travis Tritt, Ricky Van Shelton, Bono, Dwight Yoakam, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, among others.


Honeymoon in Vegas

Track List

1. All Shook Up – Billy Joel
2. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck – Ricky Van Shelton
3. Love Me Tender – Amy Grant
4. Burning Love – Travis Tritt
5. Heartbreak Hotel – Billy Joel
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Bryan Ferry
7. Suspicious Minds – Dwight Yoakam
8. (You’re The) Devil in Disguise – Trisha Yearwood
9. Hound Dog – Jeff Beck, Jed Leiber
10. That’s All Right – Vince Gill
11. Jailhouse Rock – John Mellencamp
12. Blue Hawaii – Willie Nelson
13. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Bono

Sister Bobbie

August 11th, 2018

Willie Nelson & Family @Outside Lands Music Fest (August 11, 2013)

August 11th, 2018

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Thank you James Franks, for the poster picture.

The Contagious Philosophy of Willie Nelson

August 11th, 2018

www.FarmAid.org

photo: Paul Natkin

Willie Nelson, Farm Aid
Memorial Stadium, University of Illinois
Champaign, Illinois
September 22, 1985t

This guest post was written by Joe Schroeder and David Senter

We’ve both always known that Willie Nelson was a good guy.

Throughout the years, listening to his music, we knew he must be good. But after working with Willie on issues affecting family farmers and having the chance to listen to Willie speak from the Farm Aid stage, we know his character is unquestionable.

He understands the struggle on the ground — the daily economic and political struggle facing so many in the countryside and elsewhere — and he isn’t afraid to take a stance against the powerful and the greedy.

In 1985, Willie realized that, through music, he and several dozen of his artist friends could take a stand and bring attention to the struggle family farmers were facing at the time. Farmers were being forced off their land by the hundreds every day. There were no legal resources available for folks, even though they had legal rights.

Someone needed to take initiative and support their struggle. So he started Farm Aid.

Willie stood up then and he’s still standing with family farmers today.

He often says that he was naïve to think that one concert would be enough to solve the problems facing family farmers. So 30 years later he continues to use the power of music for family farmers through his work with Farm Aid.

Since the farm crisis of the 1980s, Farm Aid keeps confronting new issues. Today, it represents the resilience and creativity of farmers who are facing a deck stacked against them. Farm Aid has given all family farmers the ability to have a voice. Willie has given many of us the strength and inspiration to continue the fight. He understands the fight and he isn’t afraid to join his friends and family farmers on the front lines. That makes a difference to all of us.

Willie Nelson is one of the greatest songwriters in the world. His songs tell his life’s story, which is a story that the average person can relate to. He’s an innovator who brought different strains of music — from gypsy jazz to hippie concept albums — to Nashville, while sustaining his outlaw credibility and genuine southern charm. He honestly represents the best of American music and the grit of rural culture.

And despite his talent, Willie’s humility is second-to-none; he takes time at his concerts to get to know his fans and hear their stories. At the annual Farm Aid concert and when he’s on the road throughout the year, Willie sits down with family farmers to discuss the challenges they are facing. The time he has spent meeting fans for autographs, taking pictures with fans or engaging in conversations is immeasurable. He shows people that they are important and remind them that they are not alone.

One time, before a Farm Aid concert in Tinley Park, Ill., Willie and Neil Young wanted to know more about what was happening with farmers. When they heard that farmers were marching to oppose factory hog farms, Willie grabbed his hat and said, “They don’t need to be marching by themselves. I’m going to march with them.” Willie and Neil headed out of their buses and joined the farmers in protest. As they met with farmers and listened to their stories, the farmers’ faces showed gratitude: They were not alone.

That’s how Willie is. He gets off the bus and stands with his friends.

Last week, Willie received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, because he is a talented songwriter. We celebrate him, too because he is a tireless advocate for family farmers.

His commitment gives us hope for the future. With Willie Nelson beside us, we feel unstoppable.

Joe Schroeder is a Kentucky farmer and farm advocate. David Senter is a retired farmer from Texas and the former executive director of the American Agriculture Movement.

Who says we never hear any good news? New Willie Nelson album out soon, “My Way, Tribute to Frank Sinatra”

August 11th, 2018

Happy birthday in heaven, Bee Spears. We still miss you

August 11th, 2018

Lana Nelson shared this photo of  Willie Nelson and Family  at the Aalborg Kongress & Kulturcenter, in Aalborg, Denmark on April 25, 2008.

 

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Lukas Nelson in “A Star is Born” with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga,

August 11th, 2018

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are in the move backing up Bradley Cooper in this movie.

Farm Aid 2018 in Hartford, CT (September 22, 2018)

August 10th, 2018

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Willie Nelson & friends, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write yself a Letter” (1997)

August 10th, 2018

Willie Nelson and his fans

August 9th, 2018

photo:  David Oppenheimer

Willie Nelson Slot Machines

August 9th, 2018

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Las Vegas-based gaming technology provider Everi Holdings reported its second straight profitable quarter Tuesday, exceeding analysts’ expectations for revenue and hitting the forecast for earnings.

“Ongoing customer demand for products across the spectrum of our games and financial technology solutions portfolio is driving growth across the key performance indicators of our business,” Everi President and CEO Michael Rumbolz said in a release issued Tuesday afternoon.

He said adjusted cash flow increased 10 percent to a record $59.5 million for the quarter.

The company produces a series of reel slot machine games called “Super Jackpot” and themed slot machines using the imagery of country star Willie Nelson.

Executives said new offerings would be demonstrated at October’s Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas and details of some of the company’s capital expense goals would be outlined at Everi’s first-ever analyst day on Sept. 26 in Chicago.

Everi raised its projected adjusted cash flow for 2018 from $228 million to $231 million.