Willie Nelson & Family to perform at BeachLife Festival next May (Redondo Beach, CA)

December 11th, 2018


We were lucky enough to grow up in Southern California on the beach, surfing, hanging out with sand between our toes, vibing with friends — living the beach life. So we thought it only fitting to create a huge beach party celebrating our way of life with all our friends in Los Angeles. Join us for the first coastal festival ever to be held in Los Angeles on the Pacific Ocean — BeachLife Festival. Grab your friends and head to Redondo Beach from May 3rd through May 5th. We’ll be watching the sunset and our favorite bands play LIVE on the beach. Come honor the Southern California BeachLife with live music, great food, great drinks, great surfing, and everything beach. #WeLiveTheBeachLife.

To purchase tickets, visit BeachLifeFestival.com.

The General Admission ticket includes:

  • Festival Admission to 3-days of music, beach & sun
  • 40+ Bands on 3 music stages
  • An expansive selection of culinary delights and drinks
  • Large-scale art installations across the site
  • Curated Food Trucks
  • Access to the Activation Village
  • Craft Local Brewery Bar
  • Full-Service Bars (Spirits, Beer, Wine)
  • Scratch Cocktail Bars
  • Access to our Boutique Wine Village


Willie Nelson, “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone”

December 11th, 2018

This day in Willie Nelson history, “Stardust” recorded (December 11, 1977)

December 11th, 2018

While it wasn’t released until April 1978, tracks to Willie Nelsons award winning album “Stardust” were recorded on this day in 1977.  Produced by Booker T. Jones, all the songs on the album consist entirely of pop standards that Nelson picked from among his favorites. Executives of Columbia Records were not convinced that the album would sell well, because the project was a radical departure from his earlier success in the outlaw movement. When released, Stardust was on Billboard’s Country Album charts for ten years – from its release until 1988.

December 10th, 2018

Willie Nelson, the Columbia Record interview (12/10/1982)

December 10th, 2018


The Columbia Record
Columbia, SC
December 10, 1982
by Tom Connelly

Willie Nelson repeatedly waved aside my apologies.  “Don’t go.  We have plenty of itme.  I am not giving any other interviews.”

Interviews with Willie Nelson are hard to obtain, because of his obvious shyness, the pressing schedule and other matters. Bob Horning of Carolina Coliseum had intervened with bearded, burly Alex Cooley, promoter of the concert.  Nelson was told the facts — I was researching a book on the Southern mind and wanted his ideas.

He agreed even though the timing seemed very tight.  A limo brought him to the Coliseum only 40 minutes before is appearance efore a 12,000 plus sell-out crowd.

The automobile had scarcely halted before big Alex Cooley escorted me to a bus.  “He is waiting or you inside,” he said.  It is one thing to talk with a Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette or even an old waylon. Willie Nelson was something else entirely.

Willie Nelson sat quietly at the front of the bus, talking with some friends.  A pair of steely eyes searched me out as he rose, shook hands and suggested we move to the back of the bus.

The back of the bus was something like a railroad observation car where padded sofas surrounded a glass-topped coffee table.

“You go on in 30 minutes,” I said.  “I only want to take up a little time.”

“I have nothing else to do,” he said.  “So we have a half-hour.”

So we talked for almost a half-hour and ended scarcely 5 minutes before he went onstage.  In the process I learned more about Willie Nelson than I had intended.  First, it was obvious that Nelson himself did not understand why he had become such a superstar.  here was a guy who arrived in Nashville over 20 years ago, scrounged while living in Dunn’s Trailer Park on Gallatin Road, ate at Linebaugh’s Cafe, peddled his songs and now is a national idol.  Later, when he came onstage and broke into “Whiskey River,” the audience stood and screamed.

Arrogance can accompany great success but arrogant Willie Nelson is not.  He is far more humble, relaxed and direct than many other lesser artists I have interviewed.  Nelson obviously does not grasp why a Columbia audience turns out in sell-out fashion for a guy with a bandanna, trousers and jogging shoes.

Or maybe he does know.  Ninety percent of our conversation was about Southern religion, one of Willie Nelson’s favorite subjects.  “Don’t leave,” he said.  “I don’t get many chances to talk about this.”  We found some common friends like songwriter Bob McDill and Singer Tom T. Hall.  “I’d sure like for all of us to sit up some night and talk about religion,” Nelson mused.

“Back in the ’50’s, when I was playing some clubs in Fort Worth, I was teaching Sunday school and playing clubs at night.  The church leaders told me I could not do both.  So I quit Sunday School.”

Obviously he never really left.  No Southern boy ever does.  On the surface he has moved far from the wooden church upbringing in a dusty Texashamlet.  Now he is a firm believer in reincarnation and claims membership in a faith which ascribes to this.

“So what is the South to you, in one sentence,” I asked.

Nelson looked off in the distance for a moment.  “It is the music and the religion of course.  And it is also the land.  The land in Texas where I grew up had such scarcity and vastness .  It taught me not to be afraid, to know you can do anything you want to do.”

Not to be afraid to do anything you want to do.  Not even to be afraid to be a superstar after yars of hard times.  He walked onstage amid the vast roar…

Enter to Win Tickets to Willie Nelson’s New Year’s Celebration in Austin

December 10th, 2018


Austin’s hometown musician, WILLIE NELSON, continues the tradition of ringing in the new year at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater with three unforgettable nights of music, family, and friends on Saturday, December 29th, Sunday, December 30th, and Monday, December 31st. Joining him for all three performances is very special guest LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL.

New Year’s Eve also features extra festive elements as we count down to 2019, including appearances by Father Time Texas and Baby New Year!


Willie Nelson and Toby Keith, “Whiskey for My Men (and Beer for my Horses)

December 10th, 2018

December 10th, 2018

Willie Nelson nominated for Grammy

December 10th, 2018

This is has been a very big — and very busy — year for country, Americana, and hip-hop music. This week, the Recording Academy announced this year’s GRAMMY nominations, and they are stellar.

Our pal Willie Nelson has secured nominations for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Best American Roots Performance, and a Best Arrangement nod. Kacey Musgraves is riding her newest album Golden Hour to greater heights with four nominations, including one for Best Country Album. The mighty Chris Stapleton, a fixture on many a Blackbird show, is also up for Best Country Album with for his record Songs From A Room: Volume 2.

Brandi Carlile has grabbed a whopping six noms, including one for Record Of The Year and Album of the Year. Carlile’s fellow Outlaw Music Festival alum, Margo Price, was nominated for one of the most coveted awards — Best New Artist — alongside Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, Dua Lipa and others.

Check out the nominations visit GRAMMY.com for the full list.

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December 9th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Friends Live, “Georgia”

December 9th, 2018

This day in Willie Nelson History: Jimmy Carter in Plains on CMT (12/8/04)

December 8th, 2018

On December 8, 2004, “CMT Homecoming: Jimmy Carter In Plains” premieres, featuring a Willie Nelson concert, taped in the former president’s hometown.

On September 9, 2004 Willie Nelson performed a concert in Plains, Georgia, for an upcoming TV special, “CMT Homecoming: Jimmy Carter In Plains”

The concert was filmed in September, for a special airing in December 2004, when CMT featured a special homecoming event, with the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, for an intimate look at the small town that he still calls home and where he spends the holidays with wife Rosalynn, his children and grandchildren – Plains, Ga.

In this one-hour documentary, CMT Homecoming: President Carter In Plains, President Carter welcomes his longtime friend, country legend Willie Nelson, to Plains for the reunion. Nelson joins President Carter for a tour of his childhood home, his boyhood haunts, and the town that holds a special place in President Carter’s heart. The two friends swap stories of what it was like growing up in small towns and reminisce about their friendship that has lasted decade.

In honor of Plains, Nelson performs for everyone in the town, and the fans get a surprise when President and Mrs. Carter join Nelson on stage.

Thanks to Alice from Georgia for sending pictures.

Tickets on sale to see Willie Nelson & Family at the Bomb Factory (February 16, 2018)

December 8th, 2018

December 8th, 2018

Willie Nelson & Family at Carmel, CA (Dec. 10, 2018) SOLD OUT

December 7th, 2018


Prior to Merle Haggard’s final Monterey performance in 2015, the late Outlaw Country great reflected on the forces that brought Willie Nelson and him together to make music for more than 50 years.

“I think we have a deep respect for each other, we both appreciate the music that we write and it’s an enjoyable task to go record with Willie,” Haggard told the Weekly. “It’s a strange deal when we work together, because we also entertain each other; it’s a combination of a job and a concert.”

Haggard and Nelson met during a poker game in Nashville in the 1960s. They had remained tight ever since, and recorded several albums together.

In 2016, the pair’s final work together, Django and Jimmie – inspired by a mutual adoration for gypsy-jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and country legend Jimmie Rodgers – resonated deeply with Haggard. And it really didn’t have to with the songs or the overall feel of the album. It was something much deeper.

“We’ve recorded four times together and I don’t listen to the other three [albums], but I’ve listened to Django and Jimmie 50 times,” Haggard said. “It’s not spectacular, but Willie sounds like he’s a teenager. He came in there singing so good, it inspired me.”

Haggard nailed it.

Nelson’s immense body of musical work features some of the greatest records ever released by a Texas native. The Library of Congress honored Nelson with a Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (the first country artist to receive the honor).

Following an album of newly recorded interpretations of Ray Price tunes, Came For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price, Nelson released God’s Problem Child in 2017, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts.

Most recently, Nelson released My Way, a collection of Frank Sinatra standards performed like you’ve never heard them before, but Nelson’s masterful 2018 Last Man Standing – featuring all new original tracks – is the soulful work of a prolific troubadour looking mortality right in the eyes as he sees all his best buddies drop like flies around him:

“It’s getting hard to watch my pals check out/it cuts like a wore out knife/one thing I’ve learned about running the road/is forever don’t apply to life,” Nelson sings on the title track.

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY 7pm Monday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 11. Sunset Center, San Carlos at Ninth, Carmel. Sold out. 620-2048, sunsetcenter.org