October 16th, 2018

Willie Nelson duets with Ronnie Milsap on “Ronnie Milsap: The Duets” (out Jan. 18th, 2019)

October 16th, 2018


For his upcoming album, Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap has enlisted the help of Dolly Parton, George Strait, Kacey Musgraves and more to help him sing some of his biggest hits.

“Ronnie Milsap: The Duets” is due out Jan. 18. The album finds Milsap and his guests collaborating on crossover classics like “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “Stranger in My House” and “Lost in the Fifties Tonight,” as well as a handful of new songs.

Two songs from the forthcoming project were released Monday: Milsap’s duet with Musgraves, “No Getting Over Me” (Milsap won a Grammy for the original version of the 1981 chart-topper), and “A Woman’s Love,” a collaboration with Willie Nelson. Nelson recorded a solo version of the song for his 2017 album, “God’s Problem Child.” 

“The Duets” also contains what may be some of the last recordings by the late Leon Russell and Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry.

Milsap is slated to perform on the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 26. Tickets for both shows (7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) are available at opry.com.

“Ronnie Milsap: The Duets” track listing
1. “Southern Boys and Detroit Wheels” featuring Billy Gibbons
2. “Stranger in My House” feat. Luke Bryan
3. “Smoky Mountain Rain” feat. Dolly Parton
4. “Prisoner of the Highway” feat. Jason Aldean
5. “A Woman’s Love” feat. Willie Nelson
6. “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” feat. Lucy Angel
7. “No Getting Over Me” feat. Kacey Musgraves
8. “Lost in the Fifties Tonight” feat. Little Big Town
9. “Houston Solution” feat. George Strait
10. “What a Woman Can Mean to a Man” feat. Jessie Key
11. “Misery Loves Company” feat. Leon Russell
12. “You’re Nobody” feat. Steven Curtis Chapman
13. “Shaky Ground” feat. Montgomery Gentry

Willie Nelson, “Funny How Time Slips Away”

October 16th, 2018

by:  Patrick Doyle

At his show at Forest Hills Stadium this summer, Willie Nelson did something unusual: He played his classic “Funny How Time Slips Away” in full. Regulars of his shows might have noticed that he usually plays a short version of the 1961 song as part of a medley alongside “Night Life” and “Crazy,” but because he was playing a shorter set, he decided to drop some other songs and switch things up. “I like to keep it in [my set] if I can,” he told Rolling Stone afterward.

The performance was reminiscent of another excellent version: In 1997, Austin City Limits threw a songwriter special with several old-school legends: Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Porter Wagoner, Mel Tillis, Billy Joe Shaver, Ralph Emery, Mickey Gilley, Bobby Bare, Kimmie Rhodes and more. It was intimate and full of moving moments, like Kristofferson opening up about a profound religious experience that led him to write “Why Me Lord.”

But one musical performance stood out — Willie picking up his guitar, Trigger, and playing “Funny How Time Slips Away.” He wrote the song during a dark period, when he was living in Houston in the early Sixties, working as a radio DJ, trying to support his family. By the time of this performance, he’d played the song thousands of times. But it quickly became clear that this was not a normal performance. “Well, hello there,” Nelson sang, hitting a dissonant chord that he quickly resolved, launching into a performance that perfectly combined his unique phrasing and acoustic jazz escapades (listen to the solo). In the clip, you can see the effect of the performance: Kristofferson has tears in his eyes; Shaver moved in deep meditation.

Nelson just released a new song, “Vote ‘Em Out,” and will bring his Outlaw Music Festival to L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl this Sunday, playing alongside Phil Lesh & Friends, Sturgill Simpson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Particle Kid and more.

Willie Nelson & Family at the Fillmore in New Orleans (February 27, 2019)

October 16th, 2018

photo:  Joe Del Tufo

by:  Doug MacCash

Willie Nelson, Gucci Mane, the Avett Brothers, and other stars are headed to New Orleans in 2019, where they’ll perform at the new second-floor nightclub at Harrah’s Casino. Inspired by San Francisco’s fabled hippie-era Fillmore theater, the new Fillmore New Orleans venue is set to open with a pair of shows by the Foo Fighters on Feb. 15-16 (both shows are already sold out).

The 2,200-capacity club will be operated by the Live Nation music production company. In a June interview, Live Nation chief operating officer for theaters and clubs Ben Weeden. Explained that though New Orleans has similarly sized venues, such as the Saenger Theater (which has a 2600 seat capacity) and the Mahalia Jackson Theater (which has room for 2,243), they are sit-down theaters that don’t provide the wide-open dance floor experience some traveling bands and music fans seek.

Weeden said that New Orleans sometimes loses out on shows that hop across the country because there’s no space available. The Fillmore New Orleans is meant to fill that void. Weeden also pointed out that Live Nation produces shows of all sizes in New Orleans, from 300-fan concerts at the House of Blues, which they operate, to occasional mega tours at the Superdome. Adding their own mid-sized venue completes the company’s “vertical integration” ladder.

Here’s the rest of the upcoming lineup:

  • Feb. 19 – Duran Duran
  • Feb. 21 – Blackberry Smoke
  • Feb. 22 – Gucci Mane
  • Feb. 25 – Cypress Hill / Hollywood Undead
  • Feb. 27 – Willie Nelson
  • March 1 – Dropkick Murphys
  • March 4 – Steel Panther
  • March 15 – The Avett Brothers
  • March 16 – The Avett Brothers
  • March 19 –  Nothing More and Of Mice And Men
  • March 29 – Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
  • April 5 – STS9
  • April 6 – STS9
  • April 19 – Chevelle
  • April 26 – The Disco Biscuits
  • April 27 – The Disco Biscuits
  • May 10 – Garbage

For tickets and more information visit the Fillmore website.

October 16th, 2018



WIllie Nelson & Family on Tour

October 15th, 2018

October 15
McCallum Theater
Palm Desert, CA

October 17 (rescheduled from Jan 10)
Graton Resort and Casino
with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Rohnert Park, CA

October 19, 20 (rescheduled from Jan 12, 13)
The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Las Vegas, NV

October 21
Outlaw Music Festival
with Phil Lesh, Phil and Friends, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price and more
Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood, CA

November 9th (rescheduled from Feb. 9)
IP Casino Resort
Biloxi, MS

November 10 (rescheduled from Feb 7)
Macon City Auditorium
with Los Lonely Boys
Macon, GA

November 12 (rescheduled from Feb 12)
Germain Arena
with Los Lonely Boys
Estero, FL

November 14 (rescheduled from Feb 10)
Marina Civic Center
with Los Lonely Boys
Panama City, FL

November 16, 17
Billy Bob’s Texas
Fort Worth, TX

November 23
Horseshoe Riverdome
Bossier, LA

November 24
Winstar World Casino and Resort
Thackerville, OK

November 25
Smart Financial Center
Sugarland, TX

Dec 13
Fox Theater
Oakland, CA

December 29, 30, 31
ACL Live Moody Theater
Austin, TX

Feb 27
The Fillmore
New Orleans, LA

October 15th, 2018

October 15th, 2018


Toby Keith and Scott Emmerick, “I’ll never smoke weed with Willie Again”

October 15th, 2018

October 15th is Willie Nelson Day in Lake Charles, LA

October 15th, 2018








Thanks to Cherie for sending these picture from Lake Charles, LA. :

“October 15, 2010 is Officially Willie Nelson Day in Lake Charles, La.   Willie was declared an honary citizen of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Then Willie dazzeled us with music and magic as only Willie and Family can deliver.

God Bless Willie & Family”

Willie wore it first

October 15th, 2018

by:  Marcy de Luna

What do a music legend and a supermodel have in common? Other than celebrity status, how about a Houston Astros sweater jacket with rainbow stripes?

That’s the case with two of the ‘Stros famous fans: supermodel Kate Upton and country icon Willie Nelson.

The retro Astros rainbow sweater jacket flew off the shelves when Upton, who is married to Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, wore it to Game 7 of the 2017 American League Championship Series, and again to Game 6 of the Justin Verlander, wore it to Game 7 of the 2017 American League Championship Series, and again to Game 6 of the 2017 World Series.

But it was 85-year-old country icon Willie Nelson who first wore the colorful clothing item. Willie’s affinity for eye-catching knitted garments includes a red and green marijuana-themed sweater with “smoke weed everyday” printed in white letters gifted to Nelson by Snoop Dogg.

In the autographed photo at top, Nelson is pictured donning the old-school jacket while standing next to Southwest Airlines founder and former CEO Herb Kelleher, who was chief executive officer of the company from 1982 to 2001.

Local TV station KPRC reached out to Southwest Airlines for more background on the image, and while the archivist for the Dallas-based airline was able to share that the photo was taken between the 1970s and early 1980s, no other information was available.

If you’ve got the money, honey you can score Upton’s $200 Astros sweater jacket, by Philadelphia-based Mitchell and Ness Nostalgic Co., but you’ll have to act fast as the coveted garb will sale out quickly.

You can get yours at the Astros team store at Minute Maid Park, which has a limited supply, at R&A Sports in Conroe, which has two boxes of the sweater in size large only, or online at Mitchell and Ness, which has around 100 left in stock.

If you miss out, there’s always a Nolan Ryan 1980 authentic jersey, available online at Mitchell and Ness for $300.

October 14th, 2018

New Willie Nelson Slot Machines in Las Vegas

October 14th, 2018

by:  Mick Akers

A new slot machine featuring Willie Nelson and references to marijuana is on display at the Global Gaming Expo on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Las Vegas.

A new Willie Nelson-themed slot machine really puts the pot in jackpot, with electronic reels featuring images of marijuana leaves and other nods to the cannabis subculture.

Las Vegas-based slot maker Everi Holdings debuted the machine featuring the pot-loving country music legend this week at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. It should hit casino floors early next year.

With recreational marijuana now legal in nine states, including Nevada, game developers figured it was high time for such a machine, which also includes images of Nelson smoking what appears to be a joint and a maximum bet of $4.20 — a number symbolic of getting high.

“We made this choice because it’s Willie Nelson and it feels true to his brand,” said Allison Pope, senior vice president of game development at Everi. “It will be something that we think our players will find a little bit funny.”

Nelson is an upfront advocate of marijuana and its legalization and has his own brand of marijuana products — Willie’s Reserve — available at select dispensaries, including in Las Vegas.

While marijuana is legal in some form in more than 30 states, it is still banned under federal law. But Pope doesn’t think the new slot machine will run into much resistance from state gaming regulators.

“We’ve got our compliance team looking at regulations,” she said. “Right now, we don’t have a lot of pushback as it goes through the gaming labs. The feedback is it shouldn’t be much of a problem.”

The Nevada Gaming Control Board doesn’t specifically prohibit marijuana references in games, though they can’t feature anything primarily targeting minors, that is obscene or is offensive based on race, religion, origin or sexual preference.

For casinos that may have reservations about the machine, the company is also making a version without the marijuana references, Pope said.

“After we place it in the market, we’ll really see what the response is,” she said. “We’re not trying to make a statement with it. We just wanted to stay true to Willie and have some fun with it.”

October 14th, 2018

photo:  Neil Preston

by:  Sandra Gonzalez

(CNN)Something major has happened in Lukas Nelson’s life, and he’s elated.
“I couldn’t be better,” he says over the phone, with an enthusiasm that displays how true his statement is. “Honestly, the last minute has been especially great. The last, last minute of my life has been just fantastic. So it’s just incredible.”

He declines to share more about those very important, very exciting-seeming 60 seconds of his life when prompted. He says he’s not at liberty to say more, out of respect for the privacy of his friends.
But Nelson has had a lot to be thrilled about these days.
Ever since Bradley Cooper saw Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real, performing with Neil Young at 2016’s Desert Trip, Nelson has been in a whirlwind of good fortune. The latest chapter being last week’s release of “A Star Is Born,” a film for which Nelson helped write songs and coached Cooper, who plays a grizzled rock star named Jackson Maine in the film. (Nelson and his band appear as Maine’s band, too.)

Nelson was there as Cooper went through different “iterations” of his character, eventually landing on the wounded showman who ended up on screen. There’s a little bit of Neil Young in Jackson Maine, and a little bit of Nelson. (“I think he took a few mannerisms from me, frankly,” he says, almost trying to not sound vain.)

Rave early reviews for “A Star Is Born” — accompanied by a trail of Oscar buzz — helped propel the film to an impressive opening weekend and its soundtrack, on which Nelson has credits for songs like “Out of Time” and “Music to My Eyes,” is a chart-topper.

“That was like the highlight of my life at that point,” Nelson says of being singled out by Cooper from an all-star lineup at what he lovingly refers to as “Oldchella.” “And then, you know, another sort of highlight was born from that.”

Read rest off article here.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (Oct. 14, 1973)

October 14th, 2018


On October 14, 1973 Willie Nelson was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, along with Jack Clement (“Ballad Of A Teenage Queen”), Don Gibson (“I Can’t Stop Loving You”), Harlan Howard (“Busted”), Roger Miller, and Ed and Steve Nelson (“Bouquet Of Roses”).


Willie Nelson, inducted 1973

Former Occupations:
cotton picker, encyclopedia salesman,
farmer, saddle maker, plumber,
vacuum cleaner salesman, disc jockey,
U.S. Air Force (during the Korean War)

High School–Abbott High School (graduated in 1951)
College–Baylor University (studied agriculture and business)
College–Waco University (from 3/54 to 7/54)