Starting bid:Â $5.00
Starting bid:Â $5.00
Cheryl Crow, Willie Nelson
Check your local listings for tonight, when PBS will broadcast footage from the Crossroads Guitar Festival held in Chicago on July 28, 2007:
Grammy AwardÂ®-winning guitar superstar Eric Clapton once again teams up with fellow “guitar gods” to present another Crossroads Guitar Festival, this time from Chicago, America’s blues capital. Like its predecessor, the concert was a benefit for Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a drug and alcohol education and treatment facility. “The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage,” says Clapton, who remains on stage virtually throughout the entire concert. “The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.”
Hosted by comedian and actor Bill Murray, the program features a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of guitar superstars, including Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Robbie Robertson, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Steve Winwood, and more.
Eric Clapton’s autobiography, CLAPTON THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was released in October 2007, and here’s what he writes about first encountering blues music:
“It’s very difficult to explain the effect the first blues record I heard had on me, except to say that I recognized it immediately. It was as if I were being reintroduced to something that I already knew, maybe from another, earlier life. For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall. This was the feeling I had when I first heard the Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee song on Uncle Mac, and the same thing happened when I first heard Big Bill Broonzy.”
Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, and Tampa Red were among the early blues artists who migrated from the South to Chicago and began performing and recording in the city before World War II. Discover more about the events and individuals who helped make Chicago a mecca for the blues, especially during the 1950s, in the essay by contributor Robert Santelli.
Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Toby Keith, at the 2007 BMI Awards in Nashville, TN.Â Willie was honored as an American Icon.
November 28, 1964Â Williie Nelson debuted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee. It is the oldest continuous radio program in the United States,Â having been broadcast on WSM since November 28, 1925.Â It is also televised and promotes live performances both in Nashville and on the road.
One of the nicest things about belonging to Club Luck, Willie Nelson’s offical fanÂ association is that you have the chance to purchase tickets to Willie’s shows before they go on sale to the public. That is worth the $30.00 a year, that and getting to hang out with other Willie Nelson fans. Today All Access, the company who manages the web site, announced the following pre-sale tickets going on sale.
February 2, 2008,Â Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, Presale begins 12-3 at 10am CST.
February 11, 2008,Â Â Â Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa, Presale begins 11-28 at 12pm CST.
February 13, 2008,Â Â at Nokia Theatre in L.A., Presale begins 11-29 at 10am CST.
More Feb. and March dates for ’08 coming soon…
To join Club Luck, and purchase pre-sale tickets, visit: http://www.clubluck.willienelson.com/
Thanks to Tom Conway for sending in this photo taken by his wife Sandra, from her great front row seats, at the Maui Music Festival last Saturday (11/24/07).
Tom Conway, Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson
The new Austin Music Hall, still under construction, was unveiled at a charity benefit Monday evening.
Direct Events, owners of Austin Music Hall, worked overtime to have the hall, located on Nueces Street, ready for the event benefiting The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and The SIMS Foundation. Much work still must be done on the exterior and interior. Bartenders at the kickoff event wore hard hats.
“Over many years Direct Events has presented music to and for the Austin community. DE’s goals have always been geared towards creating a better forum to present great music from Austin and all around the world,” says Tim O’Connor, owner Direct Events. “Our team has created a space that the city of Austin can be proud to call their own.”
Ikhana, Del Castillo, Bobbie Nelson and Carolyn Wonderland will be performing at tonight’s event. The event starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $10.
Construction on the new 43,000-square-foot building began in May 2007. Several events were canceled because of delays in construction.
The new building is nearly twice the size of the original hall. The music and events venue has a capacity of 4,400, a climate control system, multiple full-service bars, and exclusive club and box seating.
I had the opportunity to play with Willie this past weekend at the Maui Music Festival and it was the absolute highlight of my musical career! He played two songs with Gypsy Pacific and later I got to be onstage as part of the backing band during his set. Standing behind him looking out at the audience was a surreal experience; something I’ll never forget. Willie sounded and played better than ever and the crowd just loved his show – as usual!
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving,
Willie Nelson, with Gypsy Pacific
Tom has a myspace account at:
www.myspace.com/tomconwayguitarÂ , and Gypsy Pacific’s is www.myspace.com/gypsypacific.Â You can hear their beautiful music their and see for yourself why Willie Nelson admires their music.Â WillieÂ talked about themÂ on the Bill Mack xm satellite radio show, and mentioned that he and Lukas took guitar lessons from Tom.
Buy their album; it’s great.
artworkÂ byÂ Micah Nelson.Â Tee-Shirts ($20) and Posters ($10)Â available for sale at www.momi.org.
I just have a second but didn’t want this day to go by without thanking everyone who worked on and attened this year’s Maui Music Fest. The concert was a big success for the school in addition to being a very entertaining evening. Keep us posted here on your comings and goings as we look toward 2008 to do it all over again.
Big thanks to all the musicians, staff, crew and volunteers.
And an especially big thanks to those of you who came out and spent your money to support this great cause.
Aloha in peace.
Micah Nelson designed and created the poster (again) for the 7th Annual Maui Music Festival. Â It is so beautiful.Â
The MauiFest MySpace posted this:
“Also, this year’s poster is so hot that people want to take them home rather than post them. So if you’d like a copy of this killer artwork, let us know. They can be purchased at www.momi.org”
Willie NelsonÂ and his wife, Annie, in association with Montessori School of Maui, brought together an eclectic group of artists Saturday (11/24) for the 7th Annual Maui Music Festival. The concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater–reminiscent of the early days of Neil Young’s yearly Bridge School Benefit concert in California–lived up to its promise of being a home grown family affair that kept the focus on the cause: the school’s tuition assistance program.
Among the acts joining Nelson this year were his sons’ band 40 Points, Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers, Maui’s reggae ambassador Marty Dread and a teenage Joan Baez/Bob Dylan-esque acoustic duo, Pat Simmons Jr. and Sebrina Barron. Simmons and Barron opened the show with a cover of “Me and Bobby McGee,” that was very well received. Sixteen-year-old Barron’s bluesy voice was one of the evening’s highlights, bringing to mind Janis Joplin–minus the drugs and cigarettes.
As Gypsy Pacific neared the end of its set, the crowd began to hoot and holler as Willie Nelson walked on stage, dressed in black from his cowboy hat to his toes–legendary braids hanging well past his waist.
Willie thanked everyone for supporting the school before telling the story of one of his newest songs, “Peaceful Solution.” The song was written after his sister told him she dreamt he was on stage singing a song called “Peaceful Solution.” Nelson said he couldn’t sleep that night until the song was written. As a side note, Nelson has posted the song on the Internet and encourages others to record it without having to pay any royalties. All versions submitted–audio and video–are posted at willienelsonpri.com.
40 Points then came back to the stage with a sound they say is influenced by Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, The Allman Brothers, Los Lonely Boys, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, The Beatles and Santana. It’s not too often a unique style of music comes along, but this psychedelic, jazzy, jammin’ band with a twang certainly has something new–kind of like Willie Nelson as a teenager on acid in the year 3000. It certainly was the best set of the night for contemporary music fans.
The band shared some originals and a cover of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” before bringing Simmons Sr. back out, who kicked off his set with the Doobie Brothers’ hit “Black Water,” followed by “Listen to the Music” and “Long Train Running.” Simmons wailed on guitar, but his voice seemed a bit strained; yes, it seems they do get head colds in Hawaii in the winter. It didn’t bother the crowd one bit, however. Even the most cynical of audience members was singing along like it was the band’s 1982 “farewell show” at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA. The enthusiasm and love for Simmons’ music was obvious as everyone from seven to 70 stood on their feet in ovation after each song.
There was a brief pause in the action before Simmons broke into an improv song, “We’re waiting on Willie.” When Nelson came back on stage, the affection from the crowd kept flowing as the first notes of “Whiskey River” were played.
Nelson is the kind of entertainer who can reach out to anyone despite their individual tastes in music. Whether it’s the upbeat rocking sound of “Still Is Still Moving to Me,” or the classic country blues of standards like “Crazy” and “You Were Always on My Mind,” it’s easy to understand why so many love the country icon.
When Nelson broke into “On the Road Again,” it seemed like the show was going to end after a brief set. But to the contrary, more tunes came along, including several new songs and a version of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” featuring a talented practitioner of the stumpf fiddle, a folk instrument made of a bouncing stick, noisemakers and wood blocks.
www.willienelson.com has posted that the music video to Willie Nelson’s song, You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore will be released in February 2008.Â The all-star video was filmed last month at Willie Nelson’s western movie set in Austin,Texas.
photos:Â Derek Hatley
The Willie Nelson Peace ResearchÂ has received another beautiful submission of the song ‘A Peaceful Solution’, written by Willie Nelson and daughter Amy.Â You can watch and hear this version, submitted by Jane and daughters Marley and Michelle at http://willienelsonpri.com.
The artists’ statement:
“I am passionate about peace because if people were fighting for peace instead of just plain fighting, a lot more would get accomplished. We could concentrate on the important things like caring for our planet as a whole, and striving for understanding each otherâ€™s differences.
I feel I have been working for peace since I was a young child, when I was quite young the Vietnam War was going on, and I remember my family praying every night for the war to end. I had an older brother and sister that both marched for peace in Washington D.C. So this was something that I grew up with and was one of my main concerns.
The thing that motivates me to work for peace is seeing young children grow up and wanting the future to be a better one for them.”
We have discussed different Solutions for peace:
Number #1 would be to vote in Government officials that feel a strong need for understanding and striving for peace.
One thing that we all can do is make a conscious effort to try to get along with people ourselves.
And set a good example by listening, understanding, and respecting others.
This is a good lesson to live by and if everyone did it the world would automatically be a better place.”
Thanks to Janis from Texas for giving the heads up that tickets are on sale for the Bobbie Nelson concert in Austin on December 8, 2007, at Antones.
Saturday – 12/08/2007
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show:Â 8:00 PM
Paula Nelson and Friends Live at the Saxon Pub has been selected as one of the nominees for ME Televisionâ€™s inaugural awards â€“ 2007 Music and Entertainment Viewer Choice Awards.
Click this link to vote, and a chance to win a FREE Philips 42 in Widescreen Flat Panel LCD TV and more! Winners will be announced on-air Dec. 21st.
Be sure to sign up on the email list at www.paulanelsonband.com to stay in tune and in touch withÂ the latest news and information about Paula and the band andÂ the anticipated release of her new album, as well as news of upcoming shows near you.