Archive for June, 2007

Welcome home, Willie Nelson, Family and Crew

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Willie and family and crew are back in the U.S.A.   Tonight they are doing a show at the Amphitheater At Clark Co. in Ridgefield, Washington.  Welcome home, so glad to have you all south of the border.

Google hits for 40 Points Band

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

One of the statistics that my web hosting company gives me is what search word brings people to my site.  And wow, after 40 Points opened for Willie Nelson’s tour in Canada, searches for ’40 Points band’,  ‘Lukas Nelson’, ‘Micah Nelson’, ‘Willie Nelson’s kids” have skyrocketed.  Those boys are getting googled big time!  People want to learn about that hot young band they saw.

The band 40 Points have launched their new website at  They have their tour schedule listed, and also you can sign up to be on their mailing list. 

They still have their myspace account at

Also, if you missed it, the guys kindly did an e-interview with me and I posted it at

Willie Nelson @ Paradisio 2, Amsterdam (2007)

Saturday, June 30th, 2007



Willie Nelson @ Paradiso 2, originally uploaded by daHaas.

This is one of several pictures of Willie in Amsterdam taken by Jelmer de Haas, and posted at his flikr account.. See them all at

Grtz, Jelmer, for sharing your wonderful pictures with us Willie Nelson fans.

Willie Nelson on television tonight

Saturday, June 30th, 2007


7:00 P.M.
Director: Michael Mann

Cast: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, James Belushi, Robert Prosky, Tom Signorelli


Willie Nelson co-stars with James Caan in this movie.  Caan is at his very best as a tough, wisecracking professional thief, trapped between Chicago organized crime families and corrupt police in this gripping drum-tight tale. Filmed on rain-slicked Chicago streets, Thief captures the chilling suspense and human drama of professional crime with incredibly realistic details.

God Bless Willie Nelson

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Jan, a/k/a RailRoad Lady, of Texas, took this picture on the wall of the White Elephant Saloon, in the Stockyards, Fort Worth.  Thanks for sharing, Jan.

Here’s Jan, with Willie, on a movie set at Poodies Hilltop Bar, in Spicewood, Texas.  Almost everytime I have been at a show near Jan, she yells out to Willie, “Are you still going to marry me?”  “And Willie has shouted back, “You’re next.”   So she’s waiting. 

Willie Nelson fuels tour buses with Island bio-diesel during Victoria stop

Saturday, June 30th, 2007
Andrew A. Duffy
Times Colonist

Willie Nelson is no stranger to environmental causes.

And the country star didn’t stray from the green path while he was in Victoria as he took the opportunity to fill the fuel tanks of his four tour buses with Island bio-diesel.

Nelson rocked the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Thursday night, and then got on the road again and rolled out of town heading to Vancouver yesterday with 2,000 litres of  bio-diesel on board from Columbia Fuels.

“We knocked on his door and he showed up on ours,” said Kees Schaddelee, Columbia’s bio-fuels coordinator. “We knew Willie was a big bio-diesel advocate and knew he was coming to town so we got in contact with his people a month ago, made the arrangements and lined it up.”

Columbia is used to providing a five-per-cent bio-diesel blend for cardlock customers and a 20-per-cent blend for fleet customers, Schaddelee said.

But Nelson wanted his fuel uncut.

“Willie wanted pure, B-100, that’s pure bio-diesel as there’s no diesel in it at all,” he said. “Most engines can run on it just fine, especially in the summer months, and that’s what he runs on.”

So Columbia made it happen, driving a tanker to Nelson’s hotel to fill the buses. (more…)

Hey! Ray Wylie Hubbard blogged my blog!

Saturday, June 30th, 2007


Or someone using his screen name, either way, welcome.  It”s posted under the Mickey Raphael article post below. 

‘We are all going to go to Ft Worth and pretend that there is a picnic. Then at the end we will tell the crowd that Willie got larangitis from some bad pot and can’t sing….the crowd will understand and all of us will still get to play the picnic! ”

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Ray Rylie Hubbard has a nice myspace account at  You can download and purchase his music there, and also buy cool other stuff.  He has tour information posted, too.  Or, if you just need a nice strong dose of “Snake Farm”, go there, ’cause he’s got it playing real loud.

I’ll miss seeing you on the 4th, but look forward to the next time I get to see your show.  Thanks for stopping by.

(Thanks to Kevin, of Spicewood, Tx, for sharing this picture of magazine he got signed by RWH.)

Willie Nelson, at the Armadillo World Headquarters

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Thanks to for sharing his great collection of Willie Nelson posters, pics, pictures, and more.

There is a Peaceful Solution: It’s a Peaceful Revolution!

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Every visit to the Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute inspires and motivates me.  There are so many of us out there who want peace in the world, and when we come together it’s a powerful thing.  Peace on earth, the end of war, seems like an impossible thing, but it’s like throwing seeds in the snow, and never believing they will sprout, and then come Spring, you have blossoms.  Corny analogy, but you get my drift.

Willie Nelson and his daughter Amy Nelson wrote a song called ‘A Peaceful Solution,’ and you can hear Willie sing several wonderful versions at  But that’s not all, he and Amy have offered up this song for other people to be part of the peaceful revolution and record a version of this song, or make a video using one of Willie’s versions.  Then, submit it to the site, and they will post it for others to read it and be inspired to join the peaceful revolution.  And that’s how it’s done, peace:  one heart at a time.  Also, the site reports that they send the videos/songs to Willie, and he listens to them all.  How cool is that?

Here are the new entries:

A new video:
One from the hempsters.
A remix:
And another woman for peace submission:
Thanks Willie, Liz and Jay for all your work for peace.

Another satisfied Willie Nelson fan

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Thanks to Hugh for his review posted at his blog at

Willie Nelson Rocked Me All Night Long

Thanks to some third hand connections with the concert organizer, I got to go see Willie Nelson last night. It’s the kind of show I would never think (or pay) to go see, but it was great. That guy is great. And half way through we got to go up and watch from the side of the stage. What a view. What a show.
Afterward he played his last number we went back and watched him part the curtains, roll down into the big open space in the back, shake hands with a couple of fans, then walk out to his big ‘ole airbrushed tour bus. A couple of other musicians came through and the bus rolled out. And that was the man.

Willie Nelson: the legend lives up to his name (Review 6/26/07)

Friday, June 29th, 2007


By Teresa Mallam
Jun 29 2007

The Red Headed Stranger is a stranger no more. Not to the crowd who almost filled to capacity the seats at the CN Centre Tuesday night – Willie Nelson let them feel like they’d known the legendary singer songwriter all their lives. Fans I’m sure got fuzzy vibes from the country music icon and the genuine warmth spread over to family and friends brought along for the ride.

I still have a sore back from where a frenzied fan in the seat behind me was expressing his appreciation for the one and only Willie Nelson. His enthusiasm was shared by 4,400 other concert goers who clearly loved him. Concert is probably a misnomer. Seeing Willie Nelson live is more like a regular town hall meetin’ in the Cariboo.

The country crooner’s been around a long time of course. So you expect a polished performance. Still, his style is more about people pleasing than polish. Though I don’t know if he’s ever recorded it, he has a “Take Me As I Am” approach on stage. He may have reached his greatest fame during the “outlaw country” movement in the 1970’s but as one of the last of great outlaws, Nelson, at 74, is still spry. His face lights up with smiles. He has a spring to his step and often twirls to face his band with his acoustic guitar. He sounds just as good as ever and as always, is in no rush with his songs. No old man jokes for him. Still, it was like he was calcified in time. Same red hair, parted into braids, same look – plaid shirt, cowboy hat, faded blue jeans. Same guitar called Trigger.

The evidence that time has passed came with a proud introduction of his offspring, two sons: Micah on bongos and Lucas who rocked on electric guitar – meet the next generation of talented song writer/musicians. Willie and Lucas delighted the audience with a duet, mixing guitar styles and sounds and taking turns with vocals. Dynamite. (more…)

Dave Lavender on Bobbie Nelson’s Autobigraphy

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Her story right in time
Dave Lavender

“When I get eight shades of blue, I have been known to reach for the musical therapy of “Spirit,” the sparse and wonderful brother and sister record of Bobbie and Willie Nelson, so I was pretty stoked to hear from the good folks at Shock Ink that Bobbie, who has spent a lifetime playing piano with Willie, will release a solo CD called “Audiobiography.

It is due out in September on the Austin indie label, Justice Records.

You can hear four cuts (including “Pinetop’s Boogie”) from that 12-song CD on her MySpace site,

Bobbie, of course, is here with brother Willie on Saturday, Aug. 25, along with Ray Price and Merle Haggard as part of the Last of the Breed Tour at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.”

Another Happy Willie Nelson Fan

Friday, June 29th, 2007


Sarah posts today at her blog today at

I can now die a happy girl, I saw Willie Nelson sing Poncho and Lefty live last night, and it was all I hoped it would be.

The man is 74 freaking years old, and jammed for 2 hours straight. Plus he had his two sons in his band, who couldn’t have been more than 21. One of them was the most amazing guitar player.
Anywho, the show was amazing. I was really tired and didn’t really want to go, but I’m so glad I sucked it up.

And the band who opened for them are called Shaye but they were also fabulous.

Alas there was no doobie smoking at the show, in fact when one was lit up, security made a certain someone put it out.

Willie Nelson in Vancouver Tonight!

Friday, June 29th, 2007

June 29, 2007 PNE Pacific Coliseum Vancouver, British Columbia  Canada

Mickey Raphael talks about the Fourth of July Concert

Friday, June 29th, 2007

YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLICAs the saying goes, don’t mess with Texas.And, jokes Mickey Raphael, when the Willie Nelson tour winds its way back to the Lone Star State, it’ll be a bit sheepishly.“We’ll come back to Texas and beg for forgiveness,” says a laughing Raphael, the longtime harmonica player in Nelson’s band.That’s because for the first time since its inception more than 30 years ago, Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic won’t be held in Nelson’s native Texas, but at the Gorge Amphitheatre.

And that’s fine by Raphael. (more…)