Archive for May, 2007

Willie Nelson to Play at Texas Music Festival in October

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Today the Houston Chronicle posted news about a two-day music festival in in Bryan-College Station, at the Texas World Speedway on October 13 and 14th, which will feature Willie Nelson, Los Lonely Boys, Lyle Lovett, Flatlanders, Robert Earl Keen, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Trace Atkins, Los Lonely Boys, Drive by Truckers, Leon Russell, Dirks Bentley and over 40 other mostly country and Americana acts.

The festival is being put together by C3 Presents, which also organizes the Austin City Limits Festival and Lollapalooza.  Two-day passes will go on sale at 7 a.m. Saturday. Prices and other information are available at

I guess this will send the message — Don’t mess with Texas, California! Coachella or not, Texas is the Country Music Capital of the world!

No Willie Nelson Show at Red Rocks this Year? Please, say it isn’t so

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

(Willie Nelson at Red Rocks, 2006)

My annual query to Red Rocks illicited this sad response:

At this point, Willie does not have any dates on hold, so I doubt if he will be back this year.  He still holds the record for number of shows though!

Ron Garrison
Guest Services Manager
Denver Coliseum – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
720.865.2477 voice
720.865.2467 fax

Willie Nelson in Half Baked

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

One of the most redeeming features of the movie is the endless parade of cameos. Many of the guest stars portray classic figures in the pantheon of potheads: Jon Stewart is the enhancement smoker, convinced that every activity is better while high; Snoop Dogg is the scavenger, the chronic mooch; Willie Nelson plays the “back in the day” smoker who spends his time recalling how in his day a dime bag actually cost a dime; Steven Baldwin is the MacGuyver smoker able to make smoking implements out of ordinary items; Janeane Garofalo is the artist who’s only creative when she smokes.

Willie Nelson, on Tour

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

06/11 – Torrington,CT
06/13 – Providence,RI
06/14 – Hyannis,MA
06/15 – Gilford,NH
06/16 – Deansboro,NY
06/18 – Thunder Bay,Ontario
06/19 – Winnipeg,Manitoba
06/20 – Regina,Saskatchewan
06/22 – Calgary,Alberta
06/23 – Edmonton,Alberta
06/25 – Grande Prairie,Alberta
06/26 – Prince George,British Columbia
06/27 – Kamloops,British Columbia
06/28 – Victoria,British Columbia
06/29 – Vancouver,British Columbia
06/30 – Ridgefield,WA
07/04 – George,WA
07/06 – Eugene,OR
07/07 – Bend,OR
07/08 – Jackpot,NV
07/10 – West Wendover,NV
07/12 – San Diego,CA
07/13 – Costa Mesa,CA
07/15 – Pala,CA
07/16 – Saratoga,CA
07/18 – Rapid City,SD
07/19 – Sioux City,IA
07/20 – Waterloo,IA
07/21 – Peru,IL
07/22 – Fort Wayne,IN
07/24 – Bayfield,WI
07/26 – West Bend,WI
07/27 – Wisconsin Dells,WI
07/29 – Lake Ozark,MO
07/31 – Joplin,MO
08/01 – Kansas City,MO
08/03 – Council Bluffs,IA
08/04 – Detroit Lakes,MN
08/17 – Oklahoma City,OK
08/18 – Memphis,TN
08/20 – Atlanta,GA
08/21 – Sevierville,TN
08/22 – Concord,NC
08/24 – Roanoke Rapids,NC
08/25 – Huntington,WV
08/26 – Canandaigua,NY
08/28 – Holmdel,NJ
08/29 – Bethel,NY
08/31 – Atlantic City,NJ
09/01 – Presque Isle,ME
09/02 – Essex Junction,VT
09/04 – Boston,MA
09/06 – Columbia,MD
09/07 – York,PA
09/08 – Reading,PA

Merle Haggard, in Luck, Texas

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Merle Haggard, in Luck, Texas, 2000, singing Motorcycle Cowboy Song  

What do you get when you combine allot of beer, 30 big Harley Motorcycles, 50 leather clad bikers (with their ladies), 125 guests dancing to country music and Rudy Mikeska’s Bar-B-Q ??

You get a Merle Haggard Party at Willie Nelson’s “Luck Texas Ranch” near the Perdenales River northwest of Austin.
I received a call about 3 weeks ago from my friend Billy Minick, the proprietor of the famous “Billy Bob’s” nightclub in Forth Worth. He told me that Merle would be in Austin in January to have a wedding & music video shot at Willie Nelson’s Ranch.

Later, Rick Smith the record producer called to finalize the plans. So, I told both Billy and Rick that I could handle this party and that I would spread out a fancy buffet for this occasion. They just wanted the basic’s …… Beef Brisket, Mikeska’s Homemade Sausage, Boneless Smoked Pork Loin, and Smoked Chicken Halves. Along with this we had our Bar-B-Q Sauce, Hot Buttered Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Spicy Red Beans, Pickles, Onions, Peppers, Homemade Bread and of course….. Banana Pudding!

Tim Mikeska and Mrs. Haggard

Willie Nelson’s Astrological Chart

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Born April 20, 1933 at 11:55 PM in Abbott, Texas
Taurus 9°57 AS Leo 16°26

Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute Video Contest

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Thie Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute is offering a contest to create a video for peace, using the song written by Willie and daughter Amy.

Willie Nelson offers you a contest where EVERYONE WINS!!!

It’s FREE to enter!!!

Would you like to have your video featured on The Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute website?

Make your own peace video using “A Peaceful Solution” soundtrack performed by Willie Nelson a cappella.

You can get an audio file of “A Peaceful Solution” written by Willie and Amy Nelson here.

Please DO NOT ALTER the song.

Post your video on Youtube, Google Video or any other video hosting site.

Send us a link to your video here.

We’ll give you a credit and embed it in a post here.

See the original Willie Nelson “A Peaceful Solution” video here.

Feel free to send the soundtrack and/or video to as many people and organizations as possible.

Please NON-COMMERCIAL use only.

Let’s help PEACE go viral!

Last of the Breed Tour in Boston, Mass (9/4/07)

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price at the Bank of America Pavilion Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, $35, $50, and $60, on sale Monday at 10 a.m.

On Willie Nelson’s Appearance in LA Criminal Court

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Unfair actions by two beloved towns

The Norman Transcript
Two towns I know well have been messing with friends I love, and I don’t like that a bit.

A prosecutor in beautiful little St. Martinville, La., recently made Willie Nelson appear in criminal court. Willie was handed his first-ever conviction for marijuana possession in the same parish where I spend most of my winters and pay property taxes. I am hurt.

“I think the way this was handled, St. Martin Parish ought to be proud,” prosecutor Chester Cedars told the local newspaper. “We did not give him a free pass. A free pass would have been just to let him pay a fine without having to come to court. I made him come in just like everybody else.”

Excuse me? Willie Nelson is not just like everybody else. Willie Nelson is Willie Nelson, for heaven’s sake, great and rare American, a hero to millions, the only addition we need ever make to Mount Rushmore. (more…)

Happy Birthday, Johnny Gimble (5/30/26)

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

(Merle Haggard and Johnny Gimble, in Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas)

Johnny Gimble, born May 30, 1926, in Tyler, Texas

Honky Tonk Hero Guitar, Nashville

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Everyone Looks Good in those Willie Nelson Braids!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Willie Nelson, on the Big Screen, Coachella 2007

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Willie Nelson at Dukes of Hazzard Movie Premier

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Oh, I love seeing Willie in a Grateful Dead Shirt.  Now I want a picture of Bob Weir in a Willie Nelson shirt.

Willie Nelson Grammies

Monday, May 28th, 2007


1975    Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain  (18th Annual GRAMMY Awards)

2002    Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Mendocino County Line, with Lee Ann Womak (45th Annual GRAMMY Awards)

1982    Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, Always on My Mind (25th Annual GRAMMY Awards)

1980    Best Country Song, On the Road Again (23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards)

1978    Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, Georgia on My Mind (21st Annual GRAMMY Awards)

1978    Best Country Vocal Performance, by a Duo or Group:  Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys, (21st Annual GRAMMY Awards)  (with Waylon Jennings)