December 8th, 2017

Roy Orbison Live in Concert with Special Guest Willie Nelson (Atlanta, GA) (Sept. 19, 1969)

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Photo: Jamie Kingham

We still miss you, Bee Spears (1949 – 2011)

December 8th, 2017


Photo:  Jay Janner

Bee Spears passed away on December 8, 2011.

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Gifft of a Lifetime! Willie Nelson & Robert Earl Keen at Whitewater Amphitheater April 20, 21st, 2018 (Tickets on sale today!)

December 8th, 2017

Willie Nelson & Family with Robert Earl Keen at Whitewater Amphitheater, in New Braunfels, TX, on April 20, 21st.  Tickets on sale today.

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Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

December 8th, 2017

Rolling Stone’s 40 best country albums of the year (Willie Nelson #8)

December 7th, 2017

www.RollingStone.com

While a number of country veterans released their strongest albums in years – Willie Nelson’s God’s Problem Child and Brad Paisley’s Love and War, among them – 2017 belonged to new artists. Fresh faces like Carly Pearce, Luke Combs, Midland and RaeLynn delivered debut LPs that both looked forward and revived the tenets of the genre: personal stories, smart lyrics and sing-along hooks. After a few years of awkwardly wandering in the trend-chasing wilderness, Nashville is once again finding its footing, realizing that pop, rock and hip-hop influences can fully exist in country if they’re allowed to occur naturally. Elsewhere, the Americana world was also reliably on point, with LPs from David Rawlings, JD McPherson, Becca Mancari and Rhiannon Giddens illustrating the scope of modern roots music – there were records of introspective folk, twangy country, early rock and even Sixties protest songs. Herewith, our picks for the 40 best albums of the past year.

No. 8

It’s no small feat when a tried-and-true legend delivers some of his most masterful work in the latter years of his career. Released the day before his 84th birthday, Nelson uses humor, introspection, wistfulness and even a bit of optimism to address mortality (both the listener’s and his own) head on in nearly every one of the album’s 13 tracks.  Nelson’s  inimitable spirit and one-of-a-kind musicality shines as bright as ever on “Still Not Dead,” “Delete and Fast Forward,” “Little House on the Hill” and the Merle Haggard tribute “He Won’t Ever Be Gone.” However, it’s Nelson’s ever-present romantic side on tracks like “True Love,” “Your Memory Has a Mind of Its Own,” and “A Woman’s Love” that provide God’s Problem Child with some of its most distinct moments of heartfelt vitality. W. Hodge

See Rolling Stone’s Entire List of 40 albums here

Another Willie Nelson cover — Brandi Carlisle and Amos Lee, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

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December 7th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “It’s All Going to Pot”

December 7th, 2017

Support Family Farmers, Support Farm Aid

December 7th, 2017
2017 has been an especially difficult year for family farmers. With wildfires and devastating hurricanes, farmers across the country have been hit hard, if not completely wiped out. Though the disasters have passed, and the headlines have disappeared, Farm Aid continues to help farmers tackle the immense recovery effort ahead of them. Your support means we can be there for farmers every day.
Michael, Caroline and their daughter Luna with their water pump, rebuilt after the flood on Bootstraps Farm. Photo courtesy of Michael Buttrill.
Let me tell you about two farmers who know all too well what a natural disaster can mean. Michael Buttrill and Caroline Smith of Bootstraps Farm in Renick, West Virginia, faced catastrophic flooding in 2016 that wiped out their farm. With the farm lost, Caroline said that they were ready to throw in the towel. But Farm Aid and their community had their backs.
Caroline and Michael joined us at the Farm Aid concert this year and they talked about the community that has grown around their farm—the same community that rallied around them when they needed help. Farm Aid was there, too.
Caroline and Michael (right) join (from left) host Kara Holsopple, Farm Aid artist Valerie June, and farmers Lisa Freeman and Tara Rockacy at Farm Aid 2017.
On the Farm Aid stage, Caroline said, “We got a Farm Aid check in the mail and it was like, ‘We don’t have to worry about paying the bills.’ It really meant a lot to have an organization step up and say, ‘We don’t want to lose you, we want you to be able to come back and grow next year.’ Because we weren’t getting any relief from FEMA or the USDA right away.” Michael agreed, “With Farm Aid and our community, who turned out with donations and rakes and shovels, I knew, OK, we’re going back to work!'”
This is what Farm Aid is about: showing farmers we stand with them, especially in tough times. And we’re there for the long run, too, not just in times of trouble.
All of us gain when we strengthen family farm agriculture. Nothing is more crucial to our well-being than a healthy food supply that sources directly from family farmers who care for our soil and water.
Stay Strong and Positive,
Willie Nelson
Farm Aid President and Founder
P.S. Thank you for your support. I’m glad to know I can count on you.

Willie Nelson receives American FFA Degree

December 7th, 2017

December 7th, 2017

WIllie Nelson at the Golden Nugget

December 7th, 2017

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Thanks, Phil Weisman.  I love these billboard photos.