As he has done over the past few years, Willie Nelson returns to ACL Live for a New Year’s Eve extravaganza. This year the party extends to three nights with shows on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Wednesday, Dec. 30 and Thursday, Dec. 31. New country sweetheart Kacey Musgraves will join Willie for the party on all three nights, and his son Lukas Nelson will also perform.
Musgraves was a standout at Willie’s Fourth of July Picnic earlier this year and she shot the lovely video above at the White Horse while in town.
“But beyond the sermonizing, it’s clear that Young has terrific chemistry with Promise of the Real, which is fronted by Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson. The collaboration seems to have sparked something in Young – maybe it’s their youth, maybe it’s their uncanny grasp of his back catalog – and he seemed particularly spirited onstage.”
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will star in the upcoming comedy Rock the Kasbah, and in this exclusive video, we get the rocking backstory on the comedian’s character. The faux-documentary Richie Lanz: The Man and the Music provides a glimpse into the life of Murray’s audacious, hilariously unstable rock manager, who after years of being out of the spotlight travels to Afghanistan to visit his last remaining client but ends up stumbling on “music’s next gamechanger.”
As the mockumentary shows, Lanz was once at the center of many of music’s greatest moments, from giving Madonna her famed moniker and saving Woodstock (“Jimi Hendrix played ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ because I asked him to,” Lanz boasts) to telling Slash he should wear a top hat onstage. “He looked at me like he was gonna hit me,” Lanz says. The video also features Lanz remembrances by Willie Nelson and Steven Van Zandt, who reveals that the idea to wear a bandana came from the manager.
However, the ensuing decades aren’t kind to Lanz as he alienates his huge stable of talent. “Richie changed my life. Actually, he ruined my life,” Jenny Lewis tells The Man and the Music. Lanz’s downfall takes him to Afghanistan –”I go to Afghanistan to do something for our troops,” he says – which then sets him on a path to redemption after discovering a young Afghan girl with a superstar voice.
“Rock n’ roll has certainly been very, very good to me,” Lanz says. “If you’re really looking for something that is pure and sacred, you’ll converge with other pure and sacred people.”
The Barry Levinson-directed Rock the Kasbah was penned by former Crawdaddy writer (and Rolling Stone contributor) Mitch Glazer – Glazer and Murray previously teamed for the Christmas classic Scrooged – and co-stars Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Bruce Willis and Kate Hudson. Rock the Kasbah is set to hit theaters October 23rd through Open Road Films.
On the morning of Farm Aid’s 25th anniversary concert in Milwaukee, as rain pelted his tour bus, Willie Nelson reminisced about how it began. “I remember hearing Bob Dylan say at Live Aid, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if some of this money stayed here for the farmers?’” said Nelson, holding court at the dining table, with a pack of Zig-Zags and a lighter in his left hand. “I said, ‘The man’s right! We should take care of our own!”
Eleven hours and 16 acts later (including fellow Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, as well as Jeff Tweedy, Nora Jones, Band of Horses and Kenny Chesney, Nelson closed the 25th Farm Aid with a surprise guest: Steven Tyler, who injected life into the marathon concert and inspired the loudest roar of the day from the 35,000. The pair dueted on the Tyler-penned country ballad, “One Time Too Many” and Aerosmith’s “Once is Enough” as their Farm Aid co-stars watched from the wings. “Just to sit on the side of the stage and watch Willie is the coolest,” said Matthews. “He’s my hero.”
With rain falling and temperatures in the 40s, a decision was made early to close Miller Park’s retractable roof. “It’s like playing in a giant plastic ball,” Matthews remarked, but Young used the staium’s booming acoustics to his advantage, creating swirls of feedback during his solo electric set on classics like “Down by the River,” “Ohio” and “Long May You Run.”
“Factory farms are the reason we have food alerts,” Young told the crowd. “They are the reason why we have dying people and disease.” Young — joined by Matthews, Mellencamp and Nelson — closed his set with the 1970’s jam, “Homegrown,” a Farm Aid staple.
Matthews — in his 13th Farm Aid performance since 1995 — appeared with guitarist Tim Reynolds and hit on “All Along the Watchtower,” “Don’t Drink the Water” and cuts from his 2003 solo album, “Some Devil.
“There is a sincerity in this organization that is unlike a lot of charitable concerts,” Matthews said, hanging out in his tour bus. “Like Live Earth — that left a bad taste in my mouth. But with Farm Aid there’s an honesty and a real clear goal that is to raise awareness about the unforgivable way that the government treats the small farmers in America, where a majority of subsidies go to giant corporations and big agribusinesses.”
Nora Jones, alternating between guitar and piano, sauntered through “Come Away With Me,” Johnny Cash’s “Cry, Cry, Cry” and “How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart” (Hank Williams’ lyrics set to music by Jones). After celebrating her first Farm Aid in the dugout with a vodka cocktail, Jones re-emerged for the all-star finale of “Good Hearted Woman,” a song Nelson wrote with Waylon Jennings.
This year’s event raised more than $2 million, bringing Farm Aid’s 25-year total to $39 million. “I was seven when I watched the first Farm Aid on TV,” marveled Band of Horses singer Ben Bridwell backstage. “I’ve known about it longer than I’ve known my colors or how to do long division. You say yes to just be in these dude’s company, but the fact that we’re in this for the most noble of causes makes it so fucking cool.”
“As the family farmer goes, so goes America,” John Mellencamp said, before tearing through “Pink Houses,” “Save Some Time to Dream” and “Scarecrow,” which he also performed at the inaugural benefit, held in Champaign, Illionis in 1985.
Before his set, he puffed on American Spirits in his Airstream trailer outside the venue. Mellencamp reminisced about that first show, “Everybody in the fucking world was there,” he said. “And I remember, for 45 minutes after the show, I had to wait on the bus for Willie, who was out there signing autographs. When he finally got on the bus, I asked, ‘What the fuck took so long, Willie?’ And he goes, ‘Something you should think about. I’ve got to take care of the people who take care of us.’”
Jen Bronenkant took this great photo of Willie Nelson and Steven Tyler at the Farm Aid concert in Milwaukee, on October 2, 2010.
Mellencamp, who noted taht Farm Aid is the longest-running music charity in history, also had a request. “Willie deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. We’re all just Willie’s little helpers.”
I encourage you to purchase the November 2010 Rolling Stone.
“The Voice”, Vern Gosdin, was born August, 5, 1934 in Woodland, Alabama. He began singing in church where his mother played piano. As he grew up, Vern sang in a gospel quartet called The Gosdin Brothers. When he was in his late teens, his family moved to Birmingham, Alabama and began hosting The Gosdin Family Gospel Show on a local radio station.
In 1961, Vern and his brother, Rex, moved to California and began performing bluegrass music. They joined a group called The Golden State Boys who then had two top 40 country hits with “Hangin’ On” and “Til the End”. They frequently opened for the iconic pop group, The Byrds.
In the 1970’s, Vern moved to Georgia where he worked a day job but he never gave up his music. In 1976, he signed with Elektra Records. His first hit was a remake of “Hangin’ On”,which featured Emmylou Harris singing harmony vocals. His next single was “Yesterday’s Gone” in 1977 which also featured Emmylou Harris and became his first Top Ten Hit. Several more hits followed between 1977 and 1979 with the biggest of these being a remake of “Til the End” and a cover of The Associations’ hit record, “Never My Love”, which also featured harmony vocals from Janie Fricke.
In 1982, Vern had a Top Ten hit with “Today My World Slipped Away”. In 1983, Vern co-wrote “Tennessee Courage” with Max D. Barnes and Louis Brown. The song was also recorded by Keith Whitley.
In 1983 Vern teamed up with songwriter Max D. Barnes once again. They penned two Top 5 hits; “If You’re Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right) and “Way Down Deep”. Vern released the album, “There Is a Season” in 1984. This release was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as Best Country Album of the Year. Also in 1984, Vern had his first #1 single, “I Can Tell By The Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight)”. Vern traveled from coast to coast opening shows for George Jones. During this time, George’s manager, Gerald Murray, of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, maintained the same home office for both singers. Muscle Shoals became a pivot location for great writers and other entertainers, including Hank Williams, Jr.
In 1987, “Do You Believe Me Now” went to #4, then “Set ‘EmUp Joe” was released and went to #1. Vern and Max D. Barnes co-wrote “Chiseled in Stone” and it won the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year. In 1989 Vern had another #1 hit with “I’m Still Crazy” and over the ensuing years,he had numerous Billboard Top 10 songs such as “Right in the Wrong Direction”, “That Just About Does It” and “Is It Raining at Your House”.
In 2007, Gerald Murray, wrote “True Life Stories About ‘The Voice'”. The book tells of the life and times the two had together and about some other people in Vern’s life. Murray was a part of Vern’s life for some 30 years and referred to him as a father, brother and friend.
In December 2008 Vern announced the release of “40 Years of The Voice”. This would be his final music project showcasing 40 years of his remarkable career. The compilation contained 101 pure country songs hand selected by Vern. 11 new songs recorded in 2008, 14 songs from his 1968 album, “Sounds of Goodbye”, recorded with his brother, Rex, and 77 of his favorite country and gospel classics.
When we lost Vern on April 28, 2009, we lost a legendary singer, a role model, a mentor and a dear friend.
Everyone please take a moment to sign this petition and help put Vern Gosdin where he belongs–in the Country Music Hall Of Fame.