Photo by john davis taken 8/16/2014
photos: John Davis
Photo by john davis taken 8/16/2014
photos: John Davis
by: John Papendick
Here is a by-the-numbers look at Willie Nelson, who will perform tonight at the Brown County Fair in Aberdeen:
• 16,391: Days between Nelson concerts in Aberdeen (Oct. 1, 1969-Aug. 16, 2014), or 44 years, 10 months and 16 days.
• 150: Albums (69 studio, 42 compilation, 28 collaboration, 11 live)
• 81: Years old (born April 29, 1933).
• 57: Years ago his first single “No Place For Me” was released.
• 36: Years between being on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (July 1978-August 2014).
• 33: Dollars difference in some ticket prices to see Nelson in Aberdeen. In 1969, $2. In 2014, $35.
• 28: Years between No. 1 country albums (2014 with “Band of Brothers”-1986 with “The Promiseland”).
• 25: Songs have hit No. 1 on the U.S. music charts.
• 22: Years ago, Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson recorded The Highwaymen in Aberdeen, Scotland.
• 15: Albums have hit No. 1 on the U.S. music charts.
• 10: Nelson shows this month in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and South Dakota.
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We’re pretty excited here in Colorado! The Paula Nelson Band is coming back for two shows next week, Friday and Saturday.
Friday, they are playing at Longmont’s annual, big summer street fair. This is the 14th year of the festival, and thousands gather to celebrate the end of summer. Lots going on for family and kids, culminating in free concert at 7:30, with the Paula Nelson Band!
4th Ave and Main St, Longmont, CO 80501 (United States) – Map
Tickets: FREE SHOW
Saturday, August 23, 2014
1578 S Broadway, Denver, CO
21+Tickets: $10, or VIP box (six seats = $132.00)
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“My old man finally hit the big time….
He probably won’t be comin to our super secret D&D gatherings anymore…
Hey man don’t forget your friends!”
– Micah Nelson
by Scott Waltman
Willie Nelson will step onto the stage tonight at the Brown County Fair as an undisputed legend of American music who has released more than 200 albums, 15 of which have topped the charts.
He’s a seven-time Grammy winner and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He’s the writer of Patsy Cline’s smash “Crazy” as well as many of his own hits, including “On the Road Again” and “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time.”
He’s sold more than 40 million albums in his home country alone.
He’s recorded with Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Paul Simon, Sinead O’Connor, Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Waylon Jennings, Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow and countless others.
He’s sold Bibles, spent a stretch in the Air Force and been in trouble with the law for failure to pay taxes and lay off marijuana.
He’s a fifth-degree black belt in the martial art of GongKwon Yusu and sometimes lives in a green community in Hawaii in a home that gets its energy from solar panels.
And he’s a vocal advocate of rural America, family farms and biofuels, issues that bind him to the residents of the corn-covered Dakota prairies almost as much as his iconic music.
Chuck Beck, director of communications for the Sioux Falls-based American Collation for Ethanol, said it’s nice for the biofuel and ethanol industry to have a proponent as popular as Nelson.
“It’s very helpful when you have advocates like Willie Nelson who have a broad stage and are well-known throughout the world and can talk about their (support) of biofuels,” Beck said.
The ethanol industry would like to expand in southern markets, in places such as Texas, Alabama and Louisiana, where country music is king. Nelson’s chatter about biofuels could be a boon to that endeavor, Beck said.
In 2012, under an agreement between Nelson and Pacific Biodiesel, a biofuel called BioWillie was made available at a retail pump in Maui, Hawaii. A previous Nelson-themed biofuel endeavor wasn’t particularly successful, but it didn’t cool Nelson’s support.
“Biodiesel seems to answer a lot of our prayers,” Nelson wrote in his 2007 book “On the Clean Road Again: Biodiesel and the Future of the Family Farm.”
“Not only can it help the U.S. economy, our unwanted dependence on foreign oil and the gasping environment, it could also help the family farmers out of this tragic dilemma they have found themselves in through no fault of their own,” he wrote.
“We hope his endorsement doesn’t go up in smoke,” Beck quipped.
Ah, yes. Consider that an acknowledgement of Nelson’s vocal support of the legalization of marijuana — a cash crop, of sorts.
While South Dakota will likely be one of the last states to ease marijuana laws, 21 states and the District of Columbia have, as of April 22, legalized pot in some way, mostly for medical use, according to the websitegoverning.com. It reports that Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
Not a big drinker nowadays, Nelson doesn’t hide the fact that he regularly smokes marijuana.
“Cigarettes killed my mother, my dad, half my family, so don’t tell me about health when you’re talking about legalizing marijuana, because it’s not dangerous health-wise. I’m the canary in the mine, and I’m still healthy. Had I stayed with alcohol, I would have been dead or in prison somewhere today,” he said in a 2012 story published in The Guardian.
Nelson is also commonly quoted talking about the health benefits of medical marijuana and how legalizing pot could be a revenue stream for the government.
That might not be the type of talk that will garner tons of favor with South Dakota farmers and ranchers. But as a founder of Farm Aid, Nelson’s ag credibility is safe. And it’s not lost on ag-industry organizations.
Mike Traxinger, a Claremont-area native, is the corporate attorney for the Aberdeen-based Wheat Growers cooperative. He’s previously worked for South Dakota Farmers Union and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is a fifth-generation South Dakotan.
Given Brown County’s strong history of farming, it’s nice that the fair’s featured performer is an advocate of family farms and rural issues, Traxinger said.
His new job has given Traxinger the chance to return to the family farm. Without events like Farm Aid, that’s an opportunity that might not be available to many people, he said.
Traxinger said he might go to tonight’s concert. He said his parents, who farm near Houghton, are going.
Nelson appeals to multiple generations of music fans, many of whom make their living on the farms that feed the nation, Traxinger said.
That’s a point that doesn’t seem lost on Nelson, who also understands the importance of agriculture beyond rural states like South Dakota.
“The fight to save family farms isn’t just about farmers,” Nelson is quoted as saying on the Farm Aid website. “It’s about making sure there is a safe and healthy food supply for all of us. It’s about jobs, from Main Street to Wall Street. It’s about a better America.”
States that have legalized marijuana in some measure:
• New Hampshire
• New Jersey
• New Mexico
• New York
• Rhode Island
Willie Nelson sold out both of the shows he performed in Milwaukee without effort. The demand for Nelson, now 81 years young, seemingly never wanes. He’s one of the figures in country music who has always played by his own rules and is respected for doing just that. While legend is a title that one might be quick to adorn Nelson with, it hardly defines him as a whole. Nelson recently returned to songwriting with his new album “Band Of Brothers,” and continues to redefine himself and his legacy.
Nelson opened up the Aug. 14 show with his classic “Whiskey River,” and after jamming it out with his band moved on to “Beer For My Horses,” a song he recorded with Toby Keith that was released back in 2003. Nelson of course was joined onstage by his trusted Martin N-20 guitar he named Trigger after Roy Rogers’ horse. Weathered, autographed, well loved, and a bit broken in all the right places, Trigger is about as iconic as guitars get in country music. Nelson paid tribute to Waylon Jennings in his third song of the night, “Good Hearted Woman.”
Nelson became famous in an era of country music that focused on radio, honky tonks and the Grand Ole Opry. The available avenues for up and coming musicians were limited. In perspective, however, the number of musicians looking for record deals was also limited. Nelson recorded his first single in 1956 and in less than 10 years became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In 1969 Nelson acquired Trigger and the Martin guitar has been with him ever since.
“Over the past 29 years, hundreds of artists have stood with family farmers and electrified Farm Aid audiences,” said Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “Farm Aid is proud to welcome these talented performers to our stage for the first time.”
Gary Clark Jr., Todd Snider and the Raelyn Nelson Band join the already star-studded Farm Aid 2014 lineup, which features Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Jack White, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots.
Tickets for Farm Aid 2014 are available at www.livenation.com, the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. There are a limited number of tickets available.
The all-day music and food festival offers concert-goers family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its
www.FarmAid.orgown HOMEGROWN Concessions and hands-on activities in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village.
Farm Aid is partnering with eBay and Auction Cause to offer concertgoers a chance to bid on premier concert experiences and autographed memorabilia beginning this Thursday, Aug. 14. For more information, click here. Farm Aid is also teaming up with IfOnly to offer unique VIP Packages as well as autographed Gibson guitars to benefit Farm Aid. For more information, click here.
Concertgoers can enhance their Farm Aid experience with the official Farm Aid 2014 mobile app, which will be available soon for iPhone and Android.
For concert updates, visit www.farmaid.org/concert.
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.
by: David Downs
Poet-philosopher and outlaw country music legend Willie Nelson released memoir Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die Nov. 13 in hardcover. The breezy, funny chapbook mixes never-before-heard stories, life lessons, and loads of jokes; with a foreword by author, singer, and cult provocateur Kinky Friedman.
An author of 35 books himself, Kinky took a few minutes to chat with Smell the Truth via phone from his ranch in Texas, where he was preparing for the second phase of his Bi-Polar Tour, which starts Nov. 30 in Kansas City, MO. and ends Dec. 20 in Eugene, OR.
Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die began as a co-writing project with Willie, Kinky says, but Nelson’s editor wanted one star, and Willie didn’t want an editor at all.
“The editor only wanted one voice, then Willie says ‘I’m not going to write it if you’re not going to write it’. It was like Tom Sawyer painting a fence. I had to write 27,000 words of which the foreword is all that survived.
“But that title makes sense and is brilliant and a great statement,” Friedman says. “The book gives you some insights into Willie’s actual mind, which are always interesting and diverting and funny and enlightening. It’s music. It’s jokes. It’s a story about farting on an airplane – things like that. And it’s kind of where he is today.
“He is pushing 80 and he was concerned about his mortality – as anybody would be,” Friedman said. “God knows how you feel at that age. Most of Willie’s friends and contemporaries are dead. He’s got some real wisdom.”
“Something about what he is doing is working. He is really honestly connecting with people in a way that’s different than most artists or entertainers. Everybody thinks that they’re Willie’s friend and that’s true, from the doorman, to the guy loading the garbage truck. I’ve been around with Dylan. People are in awe of Bob Dylan, but they certainly don’t come over and say, ‘Hey, Bob, how are you? My name’s Bill.’ And it’s a good thing they don’t.”
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die is easy to pick up and put down, making it great light reading over the holiday vacation. Here’s Nelson:
“Work out, work out, and work out.”
on drug legalization:
“Addiction should be treated as a disease.”
and on President Obama:
“I think that once you become President, the first thing you realize is that you can’t do shit.”
Friedman shares Nelson’s point of view on legalized pot, saying “we got prisons full of people that shouldn’t be there, meanwhile all the pedophiles and politicians run around free.”
And Friedman echoes Nelson’s contempt for corporate Nashville country music.
“Somebody is recording this shit and somebody is listening to it, I guess, and it must be making money, but I can’t think of any classics, anything great that have been written in the past 30 years in Nashville,” Friedman says.Like the book, Friedman’s Bi-Polar tour – which pulls into San Francisco Dec. 18– mixes songs, stories, jokes, and politics. Friedman says exploring another run for Governor of Texas.
“I think we really got a good shot at it. It’s a giant step down from musician to politician and I would only take it for Texas.”
Friedman’s also hawking a new solo CD, Live From Woodstock, a new tequila Kinky Friedman’s Man in Black Tequila, and branded cigar the Kinky Cristo. The music, the tequila, and the cigar all pack Kinky’s trademark punch and sting.
“It’s something that really got to zing for me to feel it,” he said. “We’re a homogenized, sanitized, trivialized culture already. I only have two tastebuds left but they are having a hell of a party.”
On July 3, 1980, Willie Nelson’s movie “Honeysuckle Rose” makes its world premiere in Austin, Texas.
Hundreds of reporters and Hollywood types converged at a local theater to watch the screening. The gala was complete with celebrities and several shiny limousines. But in his typical unassuming laid-back tradition, Nelson chose not to use a chauffer and drove himself and his wife, Connie, in a silver Mercedes.
Nelson, in the presence of Dyan Cannon and Slim Pickens, comes off well in the movie. But then again he played the role of a country star bandleader who travels the country in a bus with a handful of renegade musicians. There is plenty of singing and plenty of carousing — activities Nelson is not unaccustomed to in real life.
“I don’t think I ever really get nervous about it (filming the movie), but then I was never asked to do anything that hard. I just kind of go where they point me, really,” said Nelson.
Ms. Cannon, who did a splendid job of singing a few country songs herself, said she was impressed with Nelson.
“Willie has a basic honesty,” she said. “The screen just doesn’t lie. It captured that about Willie.”
Nelson said he had two more movies to do in the next year, including one with Kris Kristofferson, but indicated music would continue to be his first livelihood.
“Honeysuckle Rose, actually will do much for Nelson’s music career.”
Part of Nelson’s contract with Warner Brothers called for him to write several songs for the movie. Time went by and Nelson had not written any songs. But then, during a flight with director Jerry Schatzberg shortly before filming began in Austin last year, the director reminded Nelson of his obligations.
Nelson pulled out his plane ticket and a pencil and wrote the movie’s biggest song, “On the Road Again.”