Archive for March, 2010

Sold Out Willie Nelson & Family Minnesota Shows Re-scheduled

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Photo by:  R Tilden

People planning to attend either of the Willie Nelson concerts at Mystic Lake Casino this weekend will have to change their plans. The two shows have been postponed until October.
Willie Nelson and Family were originally scheduled to perform March 26-27. Tickets for the Friday, March 26 show will be honored Friday, October 8 and tickets for the Saturday, March 27 show will be honored Saturday, October 9. You can return tickets for a refund through July 31.

In addition to the Minnesota reschedule, Nelson has had to reschedule four other planned stops in the Midwest. The dreaded scheduling conflicts has been cited as as to why the last-minute date changes were necessary. 

For more info on the tour, visit

Willie Nelson, ‘What was it you wanted?’

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Thanks to Elianne, for sending me this video.  I’ve never seen it before.  I don’t think that Dylan tribute show ever made it to DVD — am I wrong?

Willie Nelson and Luck Films

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
by Christopher Campbell

He’s been acting for 30 years and recently even became part of a franchise (Dukes of Hazzard), but I would never think of Willie Nelson as a movie star. Yet the country music icon and star of 1980s Honeysuckle Rose has launched a production company called Luck Films, which will produce 3-5 films a year, many featuring Nelson and/or his music. Nelson isn’t going at this alone, though. Joining him are actor/producer Kerry Wallum, actor/filmmaker Norman Macera and producers Scott Macauley and David Von Roehm. According to Variety, each release will have a budget under $3 million.

The company’s first movie, which I can’t find any info on except that it will star Nelson and start shooting in May, is called The Dry Gulch Kid. The next, titled Shoot Out of Luck, will feature Nelson and Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb as sideshow cowboys who “tangle” with the mob for a comedic hybrid of the Western and gangster genres. The film’s IMDb page adds that it will be “a dramatic, suspenseful journey that ends with a musical celebration.” Sounds to me like Stir Crazy meets The Cowboy Way meets … well it doesn’t really matter because it’s Willie Nelson and Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb going up against the mob. My 1980s-dwelling adolescent self would have been all over it.

Luck Films seems an ambitious little production company — they’re also looking into producing documentaries, subscription-based Internet distribution and music events, the latter of which seems more Nelson’s expertise (he co-organized the Farm Aid concerts). I guess there could be an audience for small movies centered around Nelson. Maybe he’s developed a new generation of pothead followers through cameos in films like Half Baked and Beerfest? I loved him in Wag the Dog, too, and I’m happy that his music has been getting a lot of play on film soundtracks of late, but Willie Nelson is the last person I would have expected to launch a venture like this in these times. I wish him luck

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2010

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Willie Nelson is bringing his Fourth of July Picnic back to Austin this year, and has just announced the first round of artists that will join him on stage at The Backyard at Bee Cave.

So far, the performers that will appear include Asleep at the Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell, Paula Nelson, the Randy Rogers Band, Ray Price and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Expect more artists to be announced as the Fourth of July Picnic draws closer.  Meanwhile, tickets are already on sale for $55 each.

No Willie Wednesday on Sirius/XM Radio Today (… technical difficulties)

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Bill Mack just announced on Willie’s Place, Sirius/XM Radio, that due to a bad telephone connection, that Willie Nelson will not be able to call in for Willie Wednesday today, to talk with him and Cindy, and take calls from fans.

Let’s hope for a Willie Wednesday next week!


Willie Nelson and Family Concert in Morgantown, WV (4/30/2010)

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Willie Nelson and Paul English

MORGANTOWN — Ten-time Grammy winner Willie Nelson will put on a concert in Morgantown, West Virginia University Arts & Entertainment officials announced Wednesday.  Nelson will perform at the WVU Creative Arts Center on Friday, April 30 at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets for the show will go on sale on Tuesday, April 6 at 9 a.m. and will range in price from $42 to $82, depending on seat location.

WVU students will receive a $10 discount.

Tickets will be available at the Mountainlair Box Office, ticketmaster outlets, and at 304-293-SHOW.

Cyrus Miley had her Willie Nelson Doll (not Barbie Doll)

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Lane and Katrina sent me this picture of Willie Doll (not Miley).

Miley Cyrus had a Willie Nelson doll as a kid growing up.  Instead of Barbies, and My Little Ponies, the singer revealed she had a cuddly version of the country singer.

“Most people have Barbie, but my Dad made me get Willie instead,” she told US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel.“Someone made it for my Dad because he was friends with Willie I guess at one point.  Then that doll just became my best friend.   It was a really cool doll.  I still have it, although I don’t carry it around any more.”

Willie Nelson honors Kris Kristofferson (11/10/2009)

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

photo by:  Rick Diamond

On November 10, 2009, Willie Nelson performed in celebration of BMI’s new Icon Kris Kristofferson during the 57th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI in Nashville, Tennessee.

Willie Nelson for President

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Happy Birthday, Lefty Frizzell (Mar. 31, 1928)

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Lefty Frizell sings, “Smoking Cigarettes and Drinking Coffee Blues.”  That’s Fiddlin'” Kate Warren” beside him.

Lefty Frizzell,  born on March 31, 1928,  in Corsicana, Texas.

He influences Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley, Randy Travis and so many others through such hits as “If You’ve Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time” and “Always Late (With Your Kisses)” on his way to the Country Music Hall of Fame. — CMT

Yes, we do

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010


Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Willie Nelson in Albuquerque, NM (12/12/2009)
Another great photo by Steve Snowdon.

Playing for Change: Stand by Me

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This is so enjoyable, I’m posting it again.

Willie Nelson talks about “Fresh Choices” by David Joachim, Rochelle Davis

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Fresh Choices is a breath of fresh air.  Finally, there is a clear explanation of the connection between the choices you and I make about the food we eat and the farmers who are growing it for us.  Food grown by family farmers is a good choice and David Joachim and Rochelle Davis provide some great recipes and easy solutions for finding fresh, healthy food to feed your family.”

–Willie Nelson, president and founder, Farm Aid

Do you want to enjoy the best food nature has to offer? It’s easier than you might think with Fresh Choices: More Than 100 Easy Recipes for Pure Food When You Can’t Buy 100% Organic, the indispensable cookbook that helps you bring the best food possible to the table–even when organic isn’t an option. Packed with more than 100 inspiring and satisfying dishes, Fresh Choices confronts the issues consumers face when they want to know where their food comes from.

Willie Nelson in Albuquerque, NM (12/12/2009)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Willie Nelson in Albuquerque, NM, at the Route 66 Casino (12/12/2009)

Photo by Steve Snowden