Archive for April, 2008

Willie Nelson, Europe ’08

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
May 1, 2008

Oslo Concert Hall

Oslow, Norway
May 2, 2008

Hamar Olympic Arena

Hamar, Norway
May 3, 2008

Halden Music Festival
Halden Place D’Armes

Halden, Norway
May 4, 2008

Fibo Trespo Hallen

Lyngdal, Norway
May 6, 2008

Aberdeen Music Hall

Aberdeen, UK
May 7, 2008

Caird Hall

Dundee, Scotland
May 8, 9, 2008

Clyde Auditorium

Glasgow, Scotland
May 11, 2008

Manchester Apollo

Manchester, UK
May 12, 2008

Wolverhampton Civic

Wolverhampton, UK
May 13, 2008

Appollo Hammersmith

London, England
May 15, 2008

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Antwerp, Belgium
May 16, 2008

Grand Rex

Paris, France

Happy Birthday, Willie, from the9513

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

They have been celebrating Willie Nelson’s birthday all week over at, and maybe longer.  I think lots of folks have been celebrating all week.  I think it’s because Willie has two birthdays (4/29, 4/30), so automatically people are going to celebrate those two days, and then it just stretches out to all week.

Brothers Brody and Brady, yes they’re twins, produce the site, and have crafted an informative, engaging site, a source of information about music and artists, sometimes books.  I have come to rely on it for their news, reviews, interviews, and lively comments written by all the educated music lovers who visit the site.  And on top of it all, they are nice guys and have helped me out more than once, i.e., because of Brody I can post youtube videos here.  So, thank you Brody and Brady. 

Today they posted Ten Songs Inspired by Willie Nelson:

1.   Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me” – Billy Joe Shaver
In the 1970’s Billy Joe Shaver and Willie were close–best friends as Shaver describes their relationship in his autobiography, Honky Tonk Hero. It was during that time Shaver says he saw a part of Willie that he was able to put in “Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me,” a romanticized song about the essence of Willie.

Go to to read the rest of their list.

Happy Birthday, Willie

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Hope you golfed today and had some fun.

The Willie Nelson Birthday Party Continues

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The Willie Nelson Birthday Celebration is going strong over at KGSR Music/News.  The night honoring Willie began at 6 p.m, broadcast live from the KGSR Music Lounge at 8 p.m.   To listen, tune in to the 107.1 or visit them online. 

Ruthie Foster and Jimmy LaFave just finished singing Ain’t it Funny How Time Slips Away. and then Jimmy LaFave sang, ‘It’s Always Now.’  Talented Austinites honoring one of their own, singing his music.  That’s a party! 

Some of the participants will include Willie’s daughter Paula Nelson, Patty Griffin, Bob Schneider, Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Benson, Ruthie Foster, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Fastball, Jimmy LaFave, The South Austin Jug Band, Future Clouds & Radar, Ian McLagan, The Resentments, The Band Of Heathens, Charlie Sexton, Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel, Carolyn Wonderland, Joe Ely, Kelly Willis and many more of Willie’s friends! Since Mr. Nelson will be on tour in Amsterdam for his birthday, KGSR will have a bash for Willie here.

Happy Birthday, Willie, from CMT

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008  

Willie Nelson celebrated his 75th birthday on Wednesday (April 30) in a foreign country with a day away from the stage and the spotlights before a performance Thursday (May 1) in Oslo, Norway.

Nelson, born April 30, 1933 in Abbott, Texas, is in Europe for a concert tour that has already taken him to the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. He’ll perform in England, Scotland and Belgium before the overseas tour ends on May 16 in Paris. Earlier this month, Sony/Legacy released One Hell of a Ride, a four-CD, 100-song boxed set containing highlights from his career. Also coinciding with his birthday is the publication of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, a comprehensive biography written by veteran Texas writer Joe Nick Patoski.

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson!

Happy Birthday, Willie!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Dallas News Editorial: Happy Birthday, Willie

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Willie Nelson, one of the greatest living Texans, turns 75 today. Wherever sons and daughters of the Lone Star state find themselves today, let them lift their ice-cold longnecks high in honor of the gentleman from Abbott.

In a state that has produced more than its share of legendary American musicians, perhaps no Texan is as artistically consequential as Willie Hugh Nelson, whose grandmother taught him to play the guitar.

Beyond his peerless artistic legacy to the state and the nation, there is Willie’s status as a cultural icon – indeed, the iconic Texan of our time, beloved by all. Despite his eccentric political opinions, his tax problems and his marijuana busts, if you harbor hardness in your heart towards Willie Nelson, that says more about you than it does Willie.

Willie Nelson is like Louis Armstrong, a deeply American artist whose simplicity, decency and generosity of spirit, conveyed in a voice as clear and sweet as branch water, illuminates the finer parts of our common humanity. Speaking in the current issue of Texas Monthly, Austin singer-songwriter Bobby Earl Smith has this to say about Red-Headed Stranger, Willie’s visionary breakthrough 1975 album that assured his place in music history: “It’s got that mysterious quality that you kind of feel the meaning of more than you can say what it’s all about.”

What’s true of the songs is true of the singer. It’s hard to say what Willie Nelson is about, but it’s easy to say this: Willie Nelson is Texas. With his old, battered heart and Trigger, his old, battered guitar, he makes us all – rednecks, hippies and the whole Lone Star lot – proud to be from here. Good Texans honor Willie Nelson on this milestone because he has honored them with his music and with his life.

If you were born on April 30th

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Lady Love changes signs today, and hearts forego the heady rush of Aries for the natural ease of Taurus. What is love? For Taurus, love is obvious, unpretentious and true. Love is reliable, uncomplicated.   You’re romanced by the comfort of love, proving love is a quality of appreciation and presence.

Happy Birthday, Willie!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Willie, I hope you are having a great time in Europe, and that you have a wonderful birthday.  Have fun, but come home safe and sound.

We love you, Willie.

Willie Nelson and Family and Friends, in Amsterdam

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 

Willie Nelson: Best in Texas

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson, from Merle Haggard

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

by Merle Haggard, as told to Jason Hardison
Texas Music, Spring 2008

So we’re gonna do Willie’s 75th birthday again, are we?  [laughs].  I don’t really know how old Willie is, but 75 would put him four-years older than me, so that’s about right.

Congratulations, Willie — you’ve outlived your dick!

Seriously, though, I’d like to ask Willie to tell me what it’s like, because he’s beat the devil up over the back fence.  I’m glad he’s made it, and I hope I make it, too.  He’s my hero.  He’s always been right there beside me, joined at the hip in a way.  We’ve both been through a lot of the same things together; our mothers even hailed from the same part of Arkansas and probably came over on the same ship from Ireland.

I first met Willie in a poker game in Nashville in 1964.  That started a long history of him and I playing poker together, both in cards and our careers.  Nearly 45 years later, and we’re still playing together.  i enjoy playing Texas Hold ‘Em with Willie.  Don’t underestimate him, I’ll tell you that.

At the time, I had just released my first record and was looking to meet whoever I could to promote it.  I knew that Willie was a writer and I knew he was playing in a side band for other players.  Well, that’s what I did then, too.  Both of us loved to play lead guitar and sing, and we loved to write songs.  So we wound up on the road together entertaining the same people over the years.  But Willie and I knew each other a long time before we ever actually got onstage together.  Just about the time that he left Tennessee, started letting his hair grow long and became Willie, my career was in full gear.  So I hired Willie and his band for $800 a day to open my show going up to New England where they had never heard of Willie.  He went up tehre and just tore their ass up.  I think he picked up my whole audience and attached it to his own.  And we’ve been doing each other that way ever since.

Willie and I both made the same choice a long time ago that we weren’t going to be afraid to bound over a few barbed wire fences to do what the hell we wanted with our lives.  But I’ve learned a lot from Willie.  When I came along, Nashville represented the ugly head of the music industry and the home of screwing young musicians out of what they had written.  Willie was a step or two ahead of me in the game.  He might not know it, but I went to school on his life.  He saved me the mistake of going down there and losing my first songs and getting caught in the shuffle.

Of course we’ve had a lot of fun together, too.  There was a time when Willie and I regularly worked at the Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe and Renol  We were seen a lot together then because of ‘Pancho and Lefty,” which was the period we were going through at the time.  So we made a life-size dummy of Willie with his pigtails and a hat and some glasses.  A lot of times I’d be playing in town with my band, and we would put that dummy in our car to let people see it going up and down the street, and everybody would swear that Willie was in town, too.  Other times, we’d bring the dummy backstage and lay it on a massage table that had black sheets on it, and if you put the light just right, it looked like was levitating.  One night we had this girl who brought us sandwiches before the show, and she wanted to know if she could meet Willie.  We said, “Well, he’s meditating right now, and you dont’ want to bother him.  When he meditates, sometimes he levitates.  So she kinda grins out of the corner of her mouth, and we said, ‘No, we’re serious!  Peek around the corner if you don’t believe us, but don’t disturb him”.  So she leaned around the corner to see Willie levitating in a deep state of mediation.  [laughs] We never did get caught.

Those are just the kind of things we did when we were young.  We’re older men now, sailing along here on our reputations and fortunate that we can still go up onstage and create something close to what we’ve done all our lives.  I think it’s a miracle that WIllie at 75 is able to put on the hot energy show that he does.  I mean, it takes more energy to sing that it does to run. But I think that winds up being what’s keeping you alive.  If we quit doing what we’re doing, we’d be dead in five months.  When you quit squirming, man, it’s over.

Willie and I, we’re part of the same circus.  It’s been, and still is, quite a party.  Willie says, “We’re the last of the breeders.”  [laughs]  I do think we’re both better looking that we used to be because goddam we were ugly!  But we have spent two wonderful lives traveling around the world at other people’s expense.  We were given an opportunity to soak up everything we can, and we have.  I’ve lived ruing the greatest period of time in history.  I’ve know Elvis.  I’ve know the Rat Pack.  And I have known Willie Nelson.  What else can a person hope for?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Willie Nelson, they say it’s your birthday!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008


Free Drawing to win a copy of ‘Willie Nelson: An Epic Life,’ by Joe Nick Patoski

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Google this book, and you won’t believe all the good reviews this book is getting!  It is such  a thoughtful, well written, thoroughly researched book about Willie.  It is ordered so naturally, and easy to read.  Even though it is nearly 500 pages, I was sad when it ended.  But, lucky for us, the Willie Nelson story is still being written, and he’s invited us fans along for the ride.

Thanks to Joe Nick Patoski and the nice folks over at Hatchette Book Group, I have two more copies of this book, duly signed by Joe Nick himself, and am having a drawing for the books tomorrow.   All you have to do is leave a comment here wishing Willie happy birthday, or e-mail me at FlorenceEm @ (get rid of spaces) and I will put your name in a hat and draw out two names and announce the winners tomorrow night. And the winners will win a copy of Joe Nick’s great book!

Thanks for playing.