Archive for 2007

Willie Nelson, Entertainer of the Year (1995)

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Willie Nelson receives the TNN/Music City News Entertainer of the Year Award (1995) 

Willie Nelson, City of New Orleans billboard

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

by Sam Yeates and Danny Garrett, 1981

Favorite Pictures of 2007

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

These are some of my favorite pictures I posted this year:

I took this picture of Annie Nelson at the Willie Nelson and Family show in Choteau, Montana, on July 3, 2007.  This one made my list because she was so focused on her boys and filmed the entire 40 Points set.  It was really hot, too.

This picture was taken at the BMI Awards Banquet on November 6, 2007, when Willie Nelson was honored with the BMI Icon Award.   Willie’s sister Bobbie, friend and drummer Paul English, and daughter Lana Nelson were all on hand for the tribute.  I don’t know when I’ve seen such beautiful smiles.

Cherie, of Texas, took this picture of the Honeysuckle Rose IV, and horses rescued by Willie Nelson, in Luck, Texas, on August 9, 2007.  It was such a beautiful day, and this is such a beautiful picture.

This star-studded photo was taken at Luck, Texas, during filming of video for Willie’s song, ‘You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore,” which is on Willie’s new album ‘Moment of Time,” set to be released on January 29, 2008.  The video will be released after that in February.  They all looked like they had so much fun making the video.  Kevin, of Spicewood, TX, was a guest in Luck that day, and took this picture, and kindly let me post it here.

Janis, of Texas, took this picture of Willie at Luck, Texas, on August 9, 2007.  We got to spend a couple hours walking around Willie’s western town and then Willie came down and spent some time with us.  He showed us around, and we all had such a nice time.

These pictures are more from the BMI Award show in Nashville on November 6, 2007.
Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, at the BMI Award Show

PhotographerTodd Wolfson took this beautiful picture of Willie and his sister Bobbie.

I took this picture at Floores on October 11, 2007.  Willie introduced Sister Bobbie, and talked about the release of her new album, ‘Audiobiography.’

Lana Nelson posted the picture of Willie Nelson and David Anderson, taken somewhere in Oregon last July.  You can see all Lana’s pictures, and stories from the road at Willie’s Official Web Site


This picture was posted at, of Willie in Ireland in February.

This picture of Willie at Farm Aid on 9/9/07 was taken by David Atlas.

And of course, I love these pictures Janis of Texas took of Willie and me, in Luck, Texas, on 8/9/07 when Janis, Cherie, Caroline and I got to spend some time there.  We know what it feels like to be lucky!

Willie Nelson, Leon Russell sing Heartbreak Hotel

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007


Willie Nelson, Double CD

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Feb. 23, 1999
Classic World Productions, Inc.

Track listing

1. I Just Don’t Understand
2. Why Are You Picking On Me
3. Healing Hands Of Time
4. I Feel Sorry For Him
5. Home Is Where You’re Happy
6. Pride Wins Again
7. Broken Promise
8. New Way To Cry
9. Waiting Time
10. Happiness Lives Next Door
11. Slow Down Old World
12. I’m Gonna Lose A Lot Of Teardrops


1. No Tomorrow In Sight
2. Go Away
3. Things To Remember
4. You’ll Always Have Someone
5. Any Old Arms Won’t Do
6. And So Will You My Love
7. Right From Wrong
8. I’ll Stay Around
9. Suffer In Silence
10. December Days
11. I Can’t Find The Time
12. One Step Beyond

Willie Nelson, by Casey and Dusty

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
Willie Nelson  – Austin’s Leading Songwriter
by Casey and Dusty
Kirby Hall School

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, in RIP (Another Pair of Aces)

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

by Claudia Perry
Houston Post
November 1, 1989

Austin — See if any of this sounds familiar.  A criminal, who has been harassed by the Fort Worth law enforcement community because he was on the fast track, is taken for a ride by a Texas Ranger who wants to extract information from him the old-fashioned way.  The Fort Worth police have conveniently pinned a crime on this rampant careerist that he probably didn’t commit, which is why the Ranger needs to pry a confession out of him.

However, the Ranger comes to rely on the wily con’s skills to help him solve a murder in Austin so he has to keep him more or less in one piece until he does that.

It could be the plot for 48 Hours or The Defiant Ones, but this time the tale is told in a  movie called Rip.  Willie Nelson plays Billy Roy, a retired safecracker who helps the title character, played by Kris Kristofferson, solve the murder.  Along the way, the pair encounter a former Texas Ranger played by Rip Torn, and a motel owner played by Helen Shaver, who falls for Kristofferson’s character.

“We wrote this before 48 hours,” Bud Shrake said.  “If anyone asks, they stole it form us.”

The filming of Rip started in Austin last week.  The movie is a reunion of sorts for Nelson, Kristofferson and writers Gary Cartwright and Shrake.  The four worked together on Songwriter, a 1984 theatrical release directed by Alan Rudolph.  Torn was also in Songwriter and his role in Rip is similar to Dino, the wily but crazed promoter Torn portrayed in Songwriter.

“A lot of people called that a black comedy,” Shrake said.  “We just thought it was a documentary.”

Shrake, who co-wrote Nelson’s autobiography Willie and is now at work on a book with former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer, and Cartwright, a frequent contributor to Texas Monthly, are an unlikely pair. Shrake’s lanky and his hair is mostly gray.  Cartwright is a little rounder and shorter.  Both wear glasses and sport the rumpled-khaki fashion sense found in newsrooms and among dedicated golfers.

In fact, the basic plot of Rip grew out of Shrake and Cartwright’s experience as police reporters for the Fort Worth Press and Star-Telegram, respectively.

When Cartwright and Shrake first wrote the screenplay for MGM Pictures, they envisioned Lee Marvin and Warren Oates as the stars.

“Some people had problems with the whole premise of the move,” Cartwright said.  “The Texas Rangers used to take guys out and ride ’em around to get a confession out of them.  We had people telling us, ‘They wouldn’t do that even in Texas.'”

The script was rewritten to make Nelson’s charactger more of a flimflam man rather than a man of brute force.  Nelson does some magic tricks in the part and is being coached by Austin magician Turk Pipkin, who co-wrote a book on magic with Night Court’s Harry Anderson.

“Kept me alive,” Nelson says, jokingly when sleight of hand is mentioned.

“He’s kind of a scoundral,” Shrake said of Billy Roy.

“But an all-around gentleman.” Nelson added.

Monday’s shooting was confined to the inside and outside of a small bar on South Congress Street callled Beverly’s. For the movie, it’s been renamed the Pirate’s Roost.  Nelson has to go into the bar to get some information and has a less-than-friendly encounter with one of the bikers there.  Kristofferson comes to his aid but not before Nelson has embarrassed the biker with some sleight-of-hand during a game of pool.

All the bikers you will see in that scene are Austin bikers.  While a cold rain spattered their Harley’s on Monday, they filled Bevery’s in shifts as the scene was shot where Fat Sam, played by Fort Worth actor Weasel Forshaw, gives Nelson some guff.  When the bikers weren’t in the shot, they joined their machines outside under a makeshift tarpaulin.  During a break in the rain, Kristofferson had his picture taken with the bikers.  Everyone was lined up like an elementary school photo, but few elementary school photo, but few elementary school students sport dagger earrings and black leather hot pants.

Some of the smaller parts in Rip are cast affectionately.  Fellow writer Bill Witliff, who wrote the screenplay for the CBS adaption of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove.

Witliff and Shrake had small parts in Dove.  Also part of the cast is the near legendary movie cowboy, Lash Larue.  One of Larue line’s gave the production company, Cream Gravy Productions, its name.  He appears in a scene where Kristofferson and Nelson go into a store.  Larue and another oldtimer are talking about a friend who went West to see a guru and find the meaning of life.  Larue says, “I know the meaning of life.  Good boots and cream gravy”

Movie was released as ‘Another Pair of Aces’

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Janis of Texas, took this picture of Willie at Red Rocks 8/06.

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Merry Christmas, from Willie Nelson

Monday, December 24th, 2007


I don’t know who this fan is, but I posted her Christmas Wishes video of Willie.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Willie Nelson

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Willie Nelson, at the Back Yard, in Austin, Texas

Willie Nelson Pick of the Week

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Thanks to Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt, Lighting Director for WN&F, for sharing his pick collection at

Willie Nelson, Crazy: The Demo Sessions

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Sugar Hill

Ever wonder what Willie Nelson sounded like before he grew a beard? In the Sixties, Nashville didn’t know what to make of this Texan with the conversational singing style, so they buried his idiosyncratic phrasing underneath horns and string sections. Although Nelson’s own records consistently flopped, he did well as a songwriter, penning hits such as Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.” This album collects fifteen demos Nelson made of his songs, hoping to persuade other people to sing them. Half were recorded acoustically, half with a crack band, and all have the relaxed mood of a first take — a casual feel that Nelson would pursue for decades. Without a beard or an audience, the young Nelson had already figured out how to be both sly and sad.

Gavin Edwards
Rolling Stone
March 6, 2003

  1. Opportunity To Cry
  2. Three Days
  3. Undo The Right
  4. What Do You Think Of Her Now
  5. I’ve Just Destroyed The World
  6. Permanently Lonely
  7. Are You Sure
  8. Darkness On The Face Of The Earth
  9. Things To Remember
  10. A Moment Isn’t Very Long
  11. Crazy
  12. The Local Memory
  13. I Gotta Get Drunk
  14. Something To Think About
  15. I’m Still Here