Buddy plays Forty-One Miles of Golf in One Day

September 29th, 2014



“On July 7, 1988, I was 38….. seems like yesterday.

We teed off at 12:01 AM and played non stop until 10 PM (22 hours).

We played with glow balls till the sun came up.”

— Buddy

Thank you Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, for sending along this story from the past.  Check out his website for more of his unique collection:

Budrock is still home in Texas, recovering from a work-related accident last June.  Here’s the latest.

Update on the Great Illuminator.
(Thanks Margie Lemons)


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New Willie Nelson album “December Day” due out in December 2014

September 29th, 2014


Following his not so distant release of Band of Brothers (in June), Willie is back at it again! More original songs and collaborating with Sister Bobbie, Willie has a new album set for a December release – December Day.


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Harvest the Hope Concert (9/27/14)

September 29th, 2014


photo:  Dave Tunge
Bold Nebraska

The “Harvest the Hope” concert featuring headliners Willie Nelson and Neil Young took place on Sept. 27, 2014 at the Tanderup farm near Neligh, NE.

Proceeds from the event will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, and small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal.

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Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and friends, “This Land is Your Land” (Harvest the Hope Concert) (9/27/140

September 29th, 2014

Thank you, Jenny from OK, for the video!

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Willie Nelson, Neil Young, support the Keystone XL Pipeline fighters (9/27/2014)

September 28th, 2014

photo: Mark Davis

by: Joe Duggan

NELIGH, Neb. — Music legends Willie Nelson and Neil Young delivered Saturday on a promise to comfort opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline while also pleasing a few project supporters who ventured into a crowded Nebraska farm field.

A familiar duo in the Farm Aid series of benefit concerts, Nelson and Young teamed up to give a musical assist to pipeline fighters. They performed just one number together, incorporating a few anti-pipeline verses into the folk anthem “This Land Is Your Land.”

“That tar-sand oil ain’t good for drinking,” Young sang.

Even those who didn’t sing along as the chorus railed against new fossil fuel development and corporate influence said the concert offered an all-around good vibe.

Mike Nash of Omaha said it was easier for him to overlook politics that he doesn’t necessarily agree with when the politics come from two music icons in such a unique venue.

“Love the people here, love the show, everybody’s getting along,” he said as Nelson strummed the opening of “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”

During a pre-concert press conference, Young said the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline symbolizes the larger choice that the world faces between fossil fuels and renewable energy. A native of Canada, Young, 68, urged the United States to take decisive action on climate change.

“America has a chance to stand up and lead the world like we used to,” Young said to a throng of reporters covering the event. “So we’re not just standing here complaining about problems, but finding solutions.”

Jane Kleeb, the lead organizer of the Harvest the Hope concert, said Nelson and Young helped the show sell 8,000 tickets at $50 each. The proceeds, after roughly $100,000 in expenses are deducted, will benefit three pipeline opponents: Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy and Indian Alliance.

“These boots and moccasins are going to stop this pipeline,” said Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, an environmental advocacy group.

The day’s events brought together leaders from several of the seven bands of the Great Sioux Nation in South Dakota and the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma. The proposed path of the pipeline crosses historical tribal lands in South Dakota as well as the Ponca Trail of Tears in Nebraska, the path the Ponca people following during their forced march to Oklahoma’s Indian Territory.

Nelson, 81, suggested his participation in the event was motivated by his longstanding advocacy for farmers and his admiration for Native American people.

“We’re here for the farmers and ranchers, the cowboys and Indians,” he said. “And we’ve always been there. Thank you for coming out to help us help them.”

Sunny skies and a strong southerly breeze settled over the day as thousands made their way down a gravel road north of Neligh to the concert site in a farm field.

Art and Helen Tanderup, whose 160-acre farm lies on the path of the pipeline, hosted the event. The Tanderups are among roughly 100 Nebraska landowners who have refused to sign easement agreements with pipeline company Trans­Canada Corp. About 400 other Nebraska landowners have signed easements.

For six years, TransCanada has been seeking approval from the U.S. State Department to build a 36-inch-wide pipeline that would carry 830,000 barrels a day of mostly heavy Canadian oil to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The southern part of the project is done, so now the company wants to build a 1,200-mile stretch between western Canada’s oil sands region to Steele City, Nebraska.

President Barack Obama must approve the project because it crosses international borders. His administration has put the project on hold while the Nebraska Supreme Court reviews the legality of the state law used to route the pipeline. The court is not expected to issue an opinion until after November’s elections.

Pipeline supporters say it will provide well-paying construction jobs as it is built and property tax revenues to counties along the project’s path. And they say it will reduce America’s reliance on offshore oil by tapping into Canada’s vast oil reserves.

Opponents argue that a major spill would contaminate water in the continent’s largest underground aquifer and devastate private property. They also say mining and burning the heavy Canadian oil, known as bitumen, adds significantly to the greenhouse gases affecting global climate change.

“I think jobs are fine, but jobs are temporary. The environment is permanent,” said Susie Chandler, 66, a rancher who drove to Neligh from her home near the western Nebraska village of Keystone.

Michael Whatley of the pro-pipeline Consumer Energy Alliance said last week that Nelson and Young are hurting farmers with opposition to Keystone XL. Whatley said the transportation of oil by trains — oil that could be moved instead by the pipeline — contributes to rail congestion and blocks farmers from getting crops to market.

During the roughly 30-minute session with reporters before the show, Young and Nelson did not address the criticism.

Robert Johnston, an Antelope County landowner whose property also is crossed by the pipeline, said he backs the project. He said his support is tied to his use of petroleum products on his corn, soybean and alfalfa farm and the property tax benefits that the county would receive if the project were built.

Johnston didn’t plan to attend the show, but when his combine broke down while harvesting soybeans, he decided to head down to the Tanderup farm.

“I think it’s great, really,” he said. “What the heck. It’s just another example of the economic activity TransCanada has brought to Antelope County.”

The Tanderups harvested a good portion of their corn early to provide space for the concert­ and parking. Crews erected a stage in the corner of a plot of oats, and a stand of towering cottonwoods provided a sweeping backdrop for the stage and a jumbo screen.

Out in the field, people sat in bag chairs and on blankets. Some concertgoers sported cowboy hats, while others wore eagle feathers. Some danced in flip-flops while people next to them scooted in knee-high cowboy boots with jeans tucked inside. The audience ranged from infants to grandparents.

Performers such as Frank Waln, a Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist from Rosebud, South Dakota, and Lukas and Micah Nelson, sons of Willie Nelson, warmed up the crowd.

Willie Nelson then took the stage and ran through most of his popular titles, such as “On the Road Again” and “You Are Always on My Mind.” He played for about 45 minutes.

Young’s set, which extended beyond an hour, included the well-known “Heart of Gold” and a new version of “Who’s Gonna Stand Up,” which he wrote about the Keystone XL pipeline.

With his guitar in hand and harmonica around his neck, Young urged Nebraskans not to give up. “This is never going to end, until we get it right.”

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Willie Nelson, Neil Young, honored, before Harvest the Hope Concert #NOKXL

September 28th, 2014

Honoring of Willie Nelson and Neil Young at Harvest the Hope Concert

Willie Nelson and Neil Young were honored at a private ceremony on Saturday, before the Harvest the Hope concert, near Neligh, Nebraska. Tribal presidents Scott, with the Rosebud Sioux and President Brewer, with the Oglala Sious, honored the two artists/humanitarians with a Buffalo Hide wrapping.  Introductions were made by the Ponca Nation family.

photo: Bold Nebraska

photo: Bold Nebraska






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Willie Nelson, Neil Young, “Harvest the Hope” concert (9/27/14)

September 27th, 2014



Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young and country music star Willie Nelson teamed up with anti-Keystone XL group Bold Nebraska for a fundraising concert called Harvest the Hope, to raise money and awareness of the fight against the Canadian oil pipeline.


photos by Matt Ryerson


photo: Mayy Ryerson


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Write President Obama; ask him to keep his promise to stand with citizens to protect our land, water, climate #NOKXL

September 26th, 2014


Send a letter or post card to President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama, and Sec. John Kerry.

The President still has the final word on Keystone XL. Tell him to keep his promise to stand with citizens to protect our land, water and climate. Ask Michelle Obama to bring the girls to Nebraska to see the wildlife (like the Sandhill Cranes) that is at risk with this pipeline.

Sec. Kerry is a key decision maker and a long-time climate champion. Show him support, and invite him to visit Nebraska to hear our concerns and see the pipeline still crosses the Sandhills, Ogallala Aquifer and other key bodies of water like the Platte River.

President Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

John Kerry
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Stage for Harvest the Hope concert.


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“Harvest the Hope”

September 26th, 2014


Photo by Mark Hefflinger / Bold Nebraska)

Greg Grey Cloud + crew setting up the “Reject + Project” tipi at the Tanderup farm in preparation for the “Harvest the Hope” concert on Saturday with Neil Young + Willie Nelson!

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Willie Nelson wows them in Webster

September 26th, 2014

Willie Nelson
photo: Steven King


by: Walter Bird Jr.

Some concerts go by fast. The really, really good ones last a while. They become great when the performer leaves fans begging for more. Consider it mission accomplished, then, for Willie Nelson, who stopped by Indian Ranch with his “family” for a special show Saturday, Sept. 20 – one day before the venue hosted its last concert of the season.

Playing and sounding not at all like his age – he turned 81 in April – and sporting his trademark pigtails and bandanas, Nelson strode unassumingly, if a little slowly, onto the stage about a half hour after the scheduled 2 p.m. start time. He would not leave for another hour and a half. Twenty-eight songs later, Nelson stood with his beaten up, but fine-sounding acoustic guitar raised aloft in his right hand. He basked for a moment in the last of several standing ovations earned through a set that had an audience of young, old and everything in between clapping, cheering and singing along pretty much start to finish. He certainly left Chris Young, once again wrapping up the concert season at Indian Ranch with a Sunday, Sept. 21 appearance, with big shoes to fill.

Nelson’s almost 90-minute-on-the-nose set before a sellout crowd of 3,000-plus had something old, something new, and even something blue, considering he sang the somber “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” He is backed by one of the most trusted and reliable bands in the business, the “family,” featuring Nelson’s sister, Bobbie Nelson, on piano; brothers Paul and Billy English on drums (Billy joined the band to help on drums after his brother suffered a stroke four years ago; Mickey Raphael on harmonica; and bassist Kevin Smith, who came on board in 2011 after the death of former bass player, Bee Spears. The band requires no set list, no nod from Nelson, no cue to know what comes next. In concert, it is song after song after song, save for maybe a “Thank you very much” or “Here’s a little Hank Williams.” The members all know which song comes next, when to do their thing and when to just sit back and let Nelson do his thing.

Oh, and how Nelson does his thing. When talking about great guitarists, Nelson’s is not a name often mentioned, but when it comes to acoustics, it is hard to imagine many coming close to the mastery exhibited by the man in pigtails. Nelson had ample opportunity to show off some fine finger picking on songs such as “Nigh Life” and “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” the latter from the 1980 film, “Honeysuckle Rose.” He earned several standing ovations, and for much of the last part of the concert, had fans on their feet – even under the pavilion, where signs reminded them there was “No Standing” were rightly ignored. How can you sit when Nelson and family are rolling their way through “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “I’ll Fly Away” and, quite fittingly, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die?”

The latter was appropriate, as the familiar scent of marijuana was detectable during the show. The song also led into the closing number – and the 28th song of the set – “I Saw the Light.”

By that point, the crowd had become putty in Nelson’s hands; it did not take long, actually. From the opening number, “Whiskey River,” which took fans on a time machine back to 1973 and the album “Shotgun Willie,” Nelson proved he wasn’t just showing up. He appeared genuinely psyched to appear at Indian Ranch for the first time in about 20 years. He strummed his way into 1993’s “Still is Still Moving to Me” and had the crowd hootin’ and hollerin’ with “Beer For My Horses.” Nelson then paid homage to his friend and fellow Highwayman Waylong Jennings, with “Good Hearted Woman” (Nelson and Kris Kristofferson are the two lone surviving members of The Highwaymen, with Jennings and Johnny Cash now passed). Pacing the show with precision, Nelson slowed things down with “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Crazy,” the song he recorded, but was most famously sung by Patsy Cline. Things picked up with “Nightlife,” before Bobbie Nelson treated the fans to “Down Yonder” on piano. “Me and Paul” came next, with no truer words spoken as Nelson crooned, “It’s been rough and rocky travelin’, but I’m finally standing upright on the ground.”

Indeed, Nelson did not sit or rest once during the show. He took off his black cowboy hat after one or two songs and did not put it back until the end. In between, he tossed out some bandanas – only after wearing them first, of course – and kept the crowd under his spell. When he launched into “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” 10 songs into the show, Nelson let the audience fill in the chorus. He went into “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” “On The Road Again” and “You Were Always On My Mind,” before performing a three-song tribute to Hank Williams with “Jambalaya [on the Bayou]“, “Hey, Good Lookin'”, and “Move it on Over.”

From there, it was time for a little “Georgia on My Mind,” which gave way to “Band of Brothers,” from Nelson’s latest, self-titled album earlier this year. Nelson pulled out Billy Joe Shaver’s “Georgia on a Fast Train” and his own “I Never Cared for You” before hitting the homestretch, which included “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” an instrumental interlude and “I’ll Fly Away.” As he tore through the final two songs, “Roll Me Up …” and “I Saw the Light,” one couldn’t help but wonder whether Nelson was gracing the Indian Ranch stage for the final time. What better way to do it than by walking off with arms raised triumphantly. One expects the younger bands and musicians to play long and hard, but Nelson schooled them on this day – 81 and going strong, and yes, “standing upright on the ground.”

Willie Nelson

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September 25th, 2014


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Willie Nelson, “The Last Thing I Needed” (the first thing this morning)

September 25th, 2014

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September 25th, 2014


This is the sign that greets you when you enter the great state of Nebraska.  Saturday, thousands will gather at a farm owned by Art & Helen Tanderup, outside of Neligh, Nebraska, to attend a concert by Neil Young and Willie Nelson, to help raise funds and awareness about the efforts to prevent a permit being issued for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to cross Nebraska, and the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.”

Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” concert will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal land. The afternoon concert will take place in a field on a farm owned by a family who are part of a strong collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, and a sacred tribal ceremony will be included in the day’s events.

Also performing will be Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real with special guest Micah Nelson (sons of Willie!), and the “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars,” some of the local Nebraska artists who recorded a benefit album in the solar-powered barn built inside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline last summer.





(with special guest MICAH NELSON)






Bold Nebraska
Indigenous Environmental Network
Nebraska Sierra Club
Natural Resources Defense Council



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Billy Joe Shaver Birthday Bash in Austin (Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014)

September 25th, 2014


Lots of special guests are confirming for the concert this Sunday in Austin. Get your tickets quick!


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At the Movies, with Willie Nelson

September 25th, 2014


Whether playing a vengeful preacher in Red Headed Stranger or a killer version of himself on USA’s Monk, Willie Nelson is as at home in front of a camera as he is onstage. With a natural charisma and a drawling way with dialogue (his phrasing is as unique as the way he sings), Nelson has been casting bait for directors since Sydney Pollack first placed him opposite Robert Redford in 1979’s The Electric Horseman. We count down a dozen of his most memorable roles, including his epic 1986 Miami Vice appearance and — run for the border! — a Taco Bell commercial in 1991. By Adam Gold, Joseph Hudak and Andrew Leahey


Electric Horseman 1979

“I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna get me a bottle of tequila, find me one of them keno girls that can suck the chrome off a trailer hitch and just kind of kick back.” With those lines, Willie Nelson made his feature-film debut unforgettable. Costarring as Wendell, the cowboy buddy of washed-up rodeo champ Sonny Steele, played with verve by Robert Redford, Nelson stole his scenes. Whether encouraging Steele to saddle up after one too many drunken nights or ruminating on how media folks — like Jane Fonda’s Hallie Martin — use people to get what they want, Nelson’s Wendell was full of Western wisdom. Of course, director Sydney Pollack couldn’t have a country star on his set and not find a reason to have him sing. When an argument turns heated between Steele and another rodeo pal, Wendell defuses the situation by belting out a few bars of — what else? — “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”


Barbarosa 1982

Nelson plays a horse-riding, pistol-twirling, double-braid-rocking outlaw in this overlooked western from 1982. Gary Busey, still fresh from his Academy Award-nominated turn in The Buddy Holly Story, is his bumbling sidekick, and writer William D. Wittliff — who also worked with Nelson on Honeysuckle Rose and Red Headed Stranger — handles the script. Barbarosa didn’t exactly shoot ‘em up at the box office, but the movie currently boasts a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes — proof that it’s aged rather well, much like ol’ Willie himself.

Read about all the movies and see the clips: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/willie-nelsons-12-most-memorable-acting-roles-20140815#ixzz3EIRsI9mX

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