Willie Nelson Art

March 17th, 2018

Thanks, Stewart Patton for finding this cool Willie Nelson pin on Etsy.  You can see it here.

Willie Nelson, Last Man Standing, Luck, Texas

March 16th, 2018


March 16th, 2018

“Still not dead again…. Willie Nelson #Luck Reunion at Willie Nelson’s Ranch”

Michael Tackett?

March 16th, 2018

photo: Angela Betancout

Held on Willie Nelson’s family ranch, Luck Reunion returned with its intimate, down-home congregation of indie, folk, and country artists performing on small stages throughout the day on the rustic Luck, Texas property. In a slow-living, Old West atmosphere, artists like Kurt Vile, Hiss Golden Messenger, Kevin Morby, Cut Worms, and ceremoniously, Willie Nelson, performed in the buildings of the makeshift town preserved from the 1980s for the film adaptation of “Red Headed Stranger.”

Luck, Texas

March 16th, 2018

Luck Reunion 2018

March 16th, 2018

Thanks to Janis Tillerson for photos from the concert in Luck, Texas last night.

Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Margo Price



Willie Nelson sings on Elton John Tribute Album

March 16th, 2018

Willie Nelson is joining other artists to pay tribute to Elton John, who has announced that he is preparing to retire from touring.  The project will be a double-album called Revamp and Restoration.  The album is set to be released on April 10, and will include performances by Willie Nelson,

Elton John said in a statement: “Restoration was Bernie’s project, and he’s a huge country fan. On Revamp, I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them, and to my surprise, most of them said yes, and we have quite an astonishing eclectic crew.”

The album is set to be released on April 10, and will feature . It will feature performances from John, Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Chris Martin, Kesha, John Legend, and more.

See the full Revamp and Restoration tracklists below.


1. “Bennie and The Jets” – Elton John, P!nk, Logic

2. “We All Fall In Love Sometimes” – Coldplay

3. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” – Alessia Cara

4. “Candle In The Wind” – Ed Sheeran

5. “Tiny Dancer” – Florence + The Machine

6. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” – Mumford & Sons

7. “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” – Mary J. Blige

8. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato

9. “Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” – The Killers

10. “Daniel” – Sam Smith

11. “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” – Miley Cyrus

12. “Your Song” – Lady Gaga

13. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Queens of the Stone Age



1. “Rocket Man” – Little Big Town

2. “Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris

3. “Sacrifice” – Don Henley and Vince Gill

4. “Take Me To The Pilot” – Brothers Osborne

5. “My Father’s Gun” – Miranda Lambert

6. “I Want Love” – Chris Stapleton

7. “Honky Cat” – Lee Ann Womack

8. “Roy Rogers” – Kacey Musgraves

9. “Please” – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton

10. “The Bitch Is Back” – Miley Cyrus

11. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” – Dierks Bentley

12. “This Train Don’t Stop” – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris

13. “Border Song” – Willie Nelson

Luck Reunion 2018

March 16th, 2018

photos:  Suzanne Cordeiro



March 16th, 2018

An Evening with Farm Aid with Willie Nelson on March 14, 2018

March 16th, 2018

photo: Suzanne Cordeiro

photos: Suzanne Cordeiro


Lukas Nelson, Promise of the Real

Anthony LoGerfo, Promise of the Real

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”

March 16th, 2018

In 1982, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings took their version of the Otis Redding classic, “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” to the country charts.

by: Stephen L. Betts

R&B singer Otis Redding played California’s Monterey Pop Festival in the middle of 1967’s hippie-and-flower-powered “Summer of Love,” he was one of only two soul singers to perform at the three-day festival. The event would be a turning point in Redding’s career, expanding his fan base to include white audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe. California would play a major role in the single that would become his biggest solo hit, an enduring R&B-pop classic which hit Number One 50 years ago today and has since been covered by dozens of artists, including a legendary pair of country outlaws. Redding, however, would not live to experience its success or its enduring legacy.

Days after the festival ended, Redding was on rock promoter Bill Graham’s houseboat, which was docked in Waldo Point Harbor in Sausalito, California. From the boat, looking out at Richardson Bay (not the more poetic-sounding “Frisco Bay” as depicted in the lyrics), Redding began writing the first verse to the tune that would become his signature song. Songwriter-musician Steve Cropper, guitarist with Stax Records house band Booker T. & the M.G.’s, co-wrote “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” with Redding, but when the musicians went into the studio in late November of 1967 to cut it, the end result represented a stylistic change for Redding, veering into mellow, yet sophisticated, pop territory.

In early December, Redding and his backing band the Bar-Kays flew to Nashville for the first of three scheduled shows that weekend. On the morning of December 10th, Redding and all but two of the Bar-Kays were killed when their twin-engine plane plummeted into Lake Monona, just three minutes from their destination in Madison, Wisconsin. Redding was 26 years old.

“(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” was released in January 1968 and would become the first posthumous single to top Billboard‘s Hot 100, ascending to Number One on March 16th and holding the top spot for four consecutive weeks. Other contemporaneous versions, by King Curtis and Latin-flavored band Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, were minor hits, while artists including Cher, Peggy Lee and Glen Campbell also covered it at the time. Others who have cut it include David Allan Coe and Garth Brooks.

Willie Nelson, Luck Reunion 2018

March 16th, 2018

photo:  Gary Miller

by: David Menconi

Lilly Hiatt had just led her quartet through a rocked-up set at the seventh annual Luck Reunion, the eclectic festival held at Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch outside of Austin, when she paused to take in her surroundings. She was on the Chapel Stage, a tiny and cozily crowded church with an overflow crowd outside pressed against the windows.

“What a cool thing,” Hiatt marveled, nodding at the scene. “We’re at Willie’s ranch – Shit!”

Truly, Nelson’s world has become one of the coolest hangouts during South by Southwest, the annual mega-festival that draws six-figure mobs to Austin every March. About 3,000 in-the-know attendees make this pilgrimage to Nelson’s country spread about 45 minutes from town, to get a slice of the “old” Austin that fell to bulldozers and skyscrapers years ago.

Luck Reunion, produced by Ellee Fletcher and Matt Bizer, happens on what was originally a movie set, a small town’s worth of houses, barns and saloons constructed for the 1986 film version of Nelson’s classic mid-Seventies concept album Red Headed Stranger. And with some three-dozen acts playing on four stages over the course of 12 hours, it was impossible not to feel like you were missing something every single moment.

Bucolic splendor was the order of the day, courtesy of the ruggedly beautiful Texas Hill Country. At the same time Hiatt was playing the Chapel Stage, an acoustic song swap was in progress over at the nearby Revival Tent Stage with Kevn Kinney, Caleb Caudle, Sam Lewis and Courtney Marie Andrews. An inquisitive horse wandered over from a nearby pasture to nose through the fence behind the stage as longtime Drivin’ N Cryin’ frontman Kinny sang about the “Sun-Tangled Angel Revival.”

Other highlights included Margo Price’s set in the Chapel, complete with a solo piano reading of her “All American Made”; Nashville’s Devon Gilfillian, an old-school soul man with the perfect knack for salting each sweet song with just the right amount of guitar grit; the superhumanly multi-talented Aaron Lee Tasjan, who closed his set with a great guitar duel with cameo guest Kinny; and the high-volume atmospherics of Liz Cooper & the Stampede.

Of course, you don’t build a lasting empire like Nelson’s without tending to the details. A highlight of this year’s Luck Reunion was an on-the-bus listening party for Nelson’s upcoming album Last Man Standing – which is terrific, equal parts heartfelt and funny, and often both at the same time. But the kicker was that Nelson’s organization also used that listening party to unveil the new strain of Willie’s Reserve brand marijuana, with a representative passing samples around the bus.

Like the album, it’s also called “Last Man Standing.”


Luck Reunion SOLD OUT

March 15th, 2018

“The Eyes of Texas” — Willie Nelson (Luck, Texas)

March 15th, 2018

Thanks to Janis Tillerson for sharing video from Luck, Texas last night. Nathaniel Rateliff joined the band for the song.

Willie Nelson, 2018 Luck Reunion

March 15th, 2018


Willie Nelson is the Star

Willie Nelson will once again headline the Luck Reunion lineup — a single-day showcase of Nelson and an array of rising music stars, held in Luck, Texas.

The showcase features more than 15 alternative country and Americana artists and is geared to attract all kinds of artists — musicians, artisans, chefs — and others who appreciate the old-school “outlaw” culture of country music and more. Nelson, who is heralded as one of the early country music outlaws, first hosted the Luck Reunion event at his Luck, Texas, ranch in Spicewood, where the event is still held today. The private ranch, which was built in the mid-1980s, is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Austin and resembles a makeshift town that was used as the set for the film adaptation of Nelson’s 1975 album The Red Headed Stranger.

The full lineup includes Nelson, son Lukas Nelson and his band the Promise of the Real, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nikki Lane, Kevin Morby, Hiss Golden Messenger, John Paul White, Kurt Vile, Ezra Furman, Blank Range, Paul Thorn, Kevin Kinney, Lily Hiatt, David Ramirez, Waxahatchee, Josh Ritter, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Son Little and more.