Archive for November, 2009

Bob Dylan, ‘Must be Santa’ Music Video

Monday, November 30th, 2009


Thanks to Budrock “Buddy the Illuminator” Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson and family, for sending this video, from a  song on Bob Dylan’s Christmas Album.  I love this video; looks like they had a lot of fun making it.

Christmas In the Heart

All proceeds will go to charities for the homeless and hungry in the United States, Britain and 80 poor countries.

Asked why he picked those organizations, Dylan told the interviewer: “They get food straight to the people. No military organization, no bureaucracy, no governments to deal with.”

Dylan — born Robert Allen Zimmerman — said that although Jewish, he never felt left out of Christmas as a boy growing up in Minnesota.

He recalled “plenty of snow, jingle bells, Christmas carolers going from house to house, sleighs in the streets, town bells ringing, nativity plays.”

His idea of a good Christmas dinner was roast turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, collard greens and all the trimmings.
by Angus MacSwan

Monday, November 30th, 2009


Willie and the Wheel back on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart

Monday, November 30th, 2009

 Willie and the Wheel

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheels’ Willie & the Wheel re-enters the chart fray at No. 64.

Bobbie Nelson, on Piano

Monday, November 30th, 2009


Did that key chain belong to Willie Nelson?

Monday, November 30th, 2009


In the season premier of the History Channel’s tv show, ‘The Pawn Shop,’  a man brings in a key chain that he believes belonged to Willie Nelson.   The pawn staff will have to verify the authenticity of this claim.

The show first airs tomorrow, November 30, 2009,  at 10:00 p.m. on the History Channel.

You’re Invited! Turk Pipkin’s One Peace at a Time Opening Night Celebration in Austin (12/4/09)

Sunday, November 29th, 2009


The Nobelity Project, Austin Film Society and Manuel’s Arboretum celebrate the national theatrical launch of One Peace at a Time.

Two Parties/Two Screenings:

5:30 – Reception at Manuel’s Arboretum (9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin) followed by:
7:00 p.m. Screening at the Arbor


7:30 – Reception at Manuel’s Arboretum followed by:
9:00 p.m. Screening at the Arbor

Tickets: $50 at – Great food by Manuel’s, music by Kat Edmondson, and your ticket to the movie.

Proceeds benefit construction of Mahiga Hope High School in Kenya.

One Peace at a Time looks at the possibility of providing basic rights to every child: food, water, shelter, opportunity and peace. With Muhammad Yunus and Steve Chu, Willie Nelson and many others. And a killer soundtrack by Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson,Cat Stevens, Eric Johnson, Bob Schneider and more.

This day in Willie Nelson History: (11/28/64) Grand Ole’ Opry

Saturday, November 28th, 2009


On November 28, 1964, Willie Nelson made his Grand Ole Opry debut, 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, having been broadcast on WSM since November 28, 1925.  It is also televised and promotes live performances both in Nashville and on the road.

Willie Nelson Pick of the Day: Willie and Trigger Since 1969

Saturday, November 28th, 2009


Janis from Texas sent this picture of the new guitar pick, featuring Willie Nelson and Trigger.    Janis picked up this pick in Oklahoma, I think.  Thank you for sharing,  Janis!

This is the new design, by artist Steve Brooks, and Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson and Family.

To see pictures of Buddy’s collection of picks, visit:

Willie Nelson and Family on Tour

Saturday, November 28th, 2009


Nov 28, 2009

Winstar Casino

Thackerville, OK
Nov 29, 30, 2009

The Grand Opera House

Galveston, TX
Dec 2, 3, 2009

Desert Diamond Casino
with Asleep at the Wheel

Sahuarita, AZ
Dec 4, 2009

Fantasy Springs Casino
with Asleep at the Wheel

Indio, CA
Dec 5, 2009

Planet Hollywood Resort &
with Asleep at the Wheel

Las Vegas, NV
Dec 6, 2009

San Jose Civic Auditorium
with Asleep at the Wheel

San Jose, CA
Dec 7, 2009

Majestic Fox Theater
with Asleep at the Wheel

Bakersfield, CA
Dec 8, 2009

Club Nokia
with Asleep at the Wheel

Los Angeles, CA
Dec 9, 2009

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plza
with Asleep at the Wheel

Thousand Oaks, CA
Dec 10, 2009

San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino
with Asleep at the Wheel

Highland, CA
Dec 12, 2009

Route 66 Casino
with Asleep at the Wheel

Rio Puerco, NM
Dec 13, 2009

Inn of Mountain Gods Resort
with Asleep at the Wheel

Mescalero, NM
Dec 15, 2009

Austin Music Hall
with Asleep at the Wheel

Austin, TX
Dec 16, 2009

Willie’s Place Theater

Carl’s Corner, TX
Dec 31, 2009


Maui, Hawaii
January 12, 2010

Varsity Theater

Baton Rouge, LA,
January 15, 2010

Horseshoe Casino Riverdome

Bossier City, AL
January 16, 2010

IP Casino Resort

 Biloxi, MS
January 17, 2010

Montgomery PAC

Montgomery, AL
January 19, 2010

Von Braun Center

Huntsville, AL
January 21, 2010

Dothan Civic Center

Dothan, AL
January 22, 2010

House of Blues

Myrtle Beach, SC
January 23, 2010

Bell Auditorium

 Augusta, GA
January 26, 2010

Viking Hall

 Bristol, TN
January 29, 2010

Rome Forum

Rome, GA
January 30, 2010

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Asheville, NC

** All dates subject to change.  Always check with the venue or


Willie Nelson and his fans, in Nashville
All photos: Chris Parton

Pictures of Mickey Raphael

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Another wonderful slide show created by Monique, in the Hague.  These are all pictures from Mickey’s private collection, which you can view at

 Thanks, Monique!  Mickey Raphael fans everywhere are grateful.

Willie Nelson, on guitar

Saturday, November 28th, 2009


picture:  Associated Press

Willie Nelson, Marymoor Park, Seattle, Washington

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

There was only one time I sat this far back from the stage at a Willie Nelson & Family Concert; since then I have been fighting my way, buying  my way, to sit as near to the front of the stage as I can; or at least getting there as soon as I could when the show ended.

I wasn’t at this show, but this video shows what it’s like to sit way up in the stands at one of his shows.  The amazing thing is, the sound is so good.  Everyone who was there got to hear an incredible concert and be moved by Willie’s music; even if you don’t get to make eye contact with him.

This song comforts me, too.

Willie Nelson and Friends; The Great Divide

Saturday, November 28th, 2009


The Great Divide
January 15, 2002

This is one of the greatest albums by Willie Nelson, or by anyone, really.  It definitely contains some of Willie Nelson’s greatest duets, and he mixes genres brilliantly like only he can.   One of my favorites, is ‘Maria’ written by Rob Thomas, who wrote three of the songs on the album.  Bernie Taupin co-wrote three songs.  Willie wrote the great “Great Divide”.

Maria (Shut Up And Kiss Me) (Rob Thomas)
Mendocino County Line (Leanne Womack)
Last Stand In Open Country (Kid Rock)
Won’t Catch Me Cryin’
Be There For You (Sheryl Crow)
The Great Divide
Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
This Face
Don’t Fade Away (Brian McNight)
Time After Time
Recollection Phoenix
You Remain  (Bonnie Raitt)


Rob Thomas, of Matchbox Twenty, did an interview with Willie Nelson; here’s a little bit of it:

Willie:  So Rob, let’s start by telling folks how we met.

Rob:   I met up with you at one of your shows.  You do these damn three-hour sets.  By the time you’re done, I’m drunk.  I get on your tour bus and I can’t get anything out of my mouth, except, ‘I love you!’ In my head it’s all coherent, I want to talk about certain records, but instead I keep going, ‘You know the one with you on the cover? You know that song about the girl?’

Rob Thomas also stars in the video made for ‘Maria’, and it was selected as one of CMT’s sexiest videos.  Here’s a link to it; Universal Music won’t let their videos be embedded on any other sites; they want you to go to youtube to watch it:

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Willie Nelson

The Perfect Gift: Farm Aid Membership

Friday, November 27th, 2009

If you want to give a gift that keeps on giving, give your loved one a Farm Aid membership.  Your loved one will have year round access to the FarmYard, a special members-only area of our web site and you also the chance to buy Farm Aid tickets ahead of the public.

And most of all, the membership fee is also a donation to help keep Farm Aid’s good work with farmers going strong!

Farm Aid members get these great benefits:

  • A chance to access special pre-sale Farm Aid member tickets to the Farm Aid Concert
  • Year round access to members-only web site with exclusive photos and video, including the webcasts from 2006, 2007, and 2008. We also improved the videos to make them higher-quality and easier to watch.
  • 10% discount in our online store.
  • Quarterly drawings for free autographed items like t-shirts and program books.