Archive for September, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday, Tony Sizemore! (September 28th)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


Tony Sizemore, Willie Nelson’s bus driver,  celebrated a birthday on September 28th.  Tony has worked for Willie Nelson and Family for over twenty-five years.  That’s a lot of miles!

As it turns out, Tony shares a birthday with Kenny Koepke.    I hope you both had a nice day.

Scooterville at Night

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Thanks to Dee/WillieTattoos for this picture 


    Congratulations, Dallas Wayne, named DJ of the Year, by AWA-Awards

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

    photo by John Payne

    Dallas Wayne, of Willie’s Place and Outlaw Country,Sirius/XM Radio was presented the DJ of the year award by the Academy of Western Artists Awards.  The 14th Annual Academy of Western Artists “Will Rogers Awards” were held on September 22, 2009, at Garland, Texas.

     Well deserved, Dallas!

    Dallas Wayne can be heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio, on Willie’s Place, and at Outlaw Country.  He is also a singer/songwriter and   I’ll Take the Fifth is his most recent album.   He continues to tour with his music around the U.S. and world, and you can learn more about Dallas and his music, and purchase his albums at

    Dallas Wayne: I’ll Take the Fifth

    Track List:

    All Dressed Up
    Crawlin’ Is Easy
    I’m Gonna Break Some Promises Tonight
    Not A Dry Eye In The House
    Fixin’ To Fall
    I’ll Take The Fifth
    If These Walls Could Cry
    Invisible Man
    Straighten Up (And Lie Right) w/Sunny Sweeney
    In No Time At All
    God Only Knows
    I Never Did Like Planes
    Something Inside

    Support Farm Aid! Text your donation to FARMER at 90999

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

    You can text a $5.00 donation to Farm Aid, by texting FARMER to 90999.

    Or if your carrier isn’t participating (like Verizon) you can visit, purchase a ticket (even if you can’t make it to Farm Aid) or to make a donation.   American Farmers need our help more than ever before.

    It’s Willie Wednesday on Willie’s Place Sirius/XM Radio!

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


    Bill Mack just announced that Willie Nelson is expected to call in to his show today on Willie’s Place and talk to him and Cindy Mack, and to take calls from fans.

    He usually calls in about 12:00 Colorado time.   If you want to try and talk with Willie, call:  877-394-5543; start dialing about 11:30, and don’t give up if you get a busy signal.

    Thanks to Jeremy Tepper of Sirius/XM Radio, for the use of this picture.

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    Turk Pipkin’s moving tribute to Poodie Locke: “I still can’t believe you’re gone”

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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    “It’s Willie Wednesday, a good day for a sneak preview of my  tribute to Poodie Locke, which will be in the  Austin City Limits Festival program this weekend. Thanks to ACL; love to all of Poodie’s family and friends.”  

    — turk

    Turk Pipkin has written a moving tribute to Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson’s stage manager who passed away last May.   His article will be in half a million copies of the Austin City Limits Festival Program this weekend. in Austin.  He is kindly letting us read it first

    It’s Friday night at Poodie’s Hilltop, the Spicewood, Texas roadhouse founded by Texas music legend, Randall “Poodie” Locke. For over three decades, Poodie has been Willie Nelson’s stage manager, a great friend of up-and-coming Texas music acts, and the most popular party animal since Norm on Cheers.

    To read the entire article:


    Author/film maker/producer/humanitarian Turk Pipkin co-authored “The Tao of Willie,” with Willie Nelson.   You can read about his movie “One Peace at a Time” and other humanitarian work he is involved at

    Enjoy Farm Aid 2009 on TV, the computer, the radio (if you can’t be in St. Louis on 10/4)

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


    Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic will take place this Sunday, October 4, 2009 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO.   Again this year, Farm Aid will be broadcast live on DIRECTV.   A 6-hour live show will air on DIRECTV’s 101 Network from 4:00 – 10:00 pm Central Time. 

    The DIRECTV Farm Aid concert coverage will be repeated several times during the week ending October 11, 2009. The DIRECTV show will also stream live on the Farm Aid website, and can be viewed during the week after the concert.  Farm Aid will also be broadcast on satellite radio.  SIRIUS XM Radio will be broadcasting the live Farm Aid concert on Sunday beginning at 2:00 pm Central Time on Willie’s Place, SIRIUS  Channel 64, XM Channel 13. 

    Working to keep family farmers on their land, Farm Aid brings together family farmers and citizens to guarantee family farm food is available to you. Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant family-farm centered system of agriculture in America.  New this year, Farm Aid will be running a text-to-donate campaign. 

    Cell phone users can now support Farm Aid with a $5 donation by texting the word FARMER to 90999.

    To watch the Farm Aid 2009 webcast, visit

    Last Chance to Sign Farm Aid’s Petition to Stop Giving Tax Money to Factory Farms

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009



    This is your last chance to act — we’re collecting your signatures until Friday!

    Dear Friend:

    As a Farm Aid supporter, you know that nobody is more committed than we are to helping family farmers keep their land and their livelihood. While we encourage federal efforts to assist farmers, the fact is that not all government policies are created equally — and neither are all farms.

    That’s why we need you to join the thousands of others that have already taken action. Urge the federal government to stop giving taxpayer money to destructive factory farms today!

    The basic problem is: a current USDA program funnels taxpayer money to fund new and bigger factory farm operations. This lending is leading to the gross overproduction of hogs and poultry. So much livestock is being churned out that it has caused a long-term depression of prices paid to farmers, forcing many family farmers out of business. Since 1987, we have lost close to 70% of our hog farmers in the US! Meanwhile, the average number of hogs per farm has skyrocketed as factory farms dominate the industry.

    Not only that, but these factory farms pose a real danger to our communities, our natural resources, and the livelihood of hardworking family farmers who dedicate their lives to raising poultry and livestock in ways that safeguard our air, water and public health.

    Tell Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to stop using our money to prop up factory farms.

    Along with partner groups Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Land Stewardship Project, Missouri Rural Crisis Center and Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, we’ve collected nearly 15,000 signatures to put pressure on Secretary Vilsack. He needs to hear from us to end this destructive lending and focus USDA resources on helping those who need it most: the family farmers who have been supplying us with healthy, safe food for generations. Click here to sign our petition now — and thanks for standing up for family farmers.

    Hilde Steffey, Program Director
    Farm Aid


    Countdown to FarmAid 2009: Four Days!

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

    Visit, to be part of the Farm Aid excitement.

    Willie Nelson and Family in Concert tonight in Kansas City

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


    Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real and the Dave Matthews Band will perform tonight at the Sprint Center, in Kansas City.

    Willie Nelson & Family, The Patsy Cline Theater Dedication (10/29/09)

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


    Thanks to Christian Schweiger, Schweiger/Dearing Production, for sharing artwork  for the dedication of the Patsy Cline Theater in Winchester, VA next month.   

    The artwork is beautiful. These are for passes, I think, but they sure would make beautiful posters, too.


    Willie Nelson, on guitar

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


    Honky Tonk Hampton Inn, in Hillsboro, Texas

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


    Welcome to the Hampton Inn Hillsboro, Texas hotel. We are conveniently located off I-35 just north of the Outlets at Hillsboro featuring over 60 brand name stores. Hillsboro is 30 miles north of Waco, just south of the I-35 East and I-35 West junction.


    Photo Credit:  Bart Fields

    Want to go to Willie’s Place at Carl’s Corner?  Stay the night with us in a brand new Hampton Inn located six miles from the famous Carl’s Corner.  We will treat you to a night of country music and Texas Two Steppin’.  Package includes admission and dinner for two at Willie’s Place Theater.   After a fun night of entertainment return to the comfort of our Cloud Nine beds and snuggle down for a great night’s sleep.

    Willie Nelson, the Fillmore, San Francisco (January 2009)

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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    Anvil Knitwear official t-shirt supplier for Farm Aid 2009

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


    You can purchase this shirt at

    Anvil Knitwear announced today that it will be a sponsor and the official t-shirt supplier of Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic in St. Louis on October 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization that has raised nearly $36 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.

    Farm Aid’s mission of sustaining family farms is extremely important to us. We are the largest domestic buyer of organic cotton grown in the United States, and most of our organic cotton comes from family farms,” said Anthony Corsano, Anvil Knitwear CEO. “We have made a commitment to U.S. organic cotton farmers that we will buy only U.S.-grown organic cotton for our AnvilOrganic® t-shirt line as long as there is enough of it to supply our needs, and our new AnvilSustainable(TM) t-shirt supports farmers that are transitioning their fields to organic. Hopefully it will encourage other farmers to do the same.”

    Farm Aid is offering tees from Anvil’s Eco Collection as part of its fundraising initiatives on its Web site,, and at the concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

    Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews headline the event, along with Wilco, Jason Mraz, Gretchen Wilson, Jamey Johnson, Billy Joe Shaver, Phosphorescent and more.

    Anvil® will demonstrate how its AnvilSustainable(TM) and AnvilOrganic® tees are made featuring a working model of Eli Whitney’s original cotton gin at an on-site booth as part of the HOMEGROWN Village at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Sunday afternoon from 12 to 6 p.m.

    Anvil Knitwear, Inc., a socially and environmentally responsible manufacturer of sportswear and accessories, is a leader in the sustainable apparel industry with its AnvilOrganic®, AnvilRecycled(TM) and AnvilSustainable(TM) brands. Anvil was recently ranked the world’s sixth-largest organic program and the largest domestic purchaser of U.S.-grown certified organic cotton. Anvil offers 15 affordable eco styles made from a variety of fibers such as certified organic cotton, transitional cotton, recycled cotton, and recycled PET bottles and blends in addition to its over 90 traditional styles.

    For more information, please visit and

    Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family-farmed food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised nearly $36 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, create and strengthen connections between farmers and eaters, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

    For more information, please visit