Archive for July, 2010

Willie Nelson in San Francisco (2008)

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Ancient History

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Parade Magazine
January 13, 2002

Willie Nelson’s Country Music

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Country Music –  2010 (Rounder)
Willie Nelson
by Steve Guttenberg

Willie Nelson sings country music

Willie Nelson sings country music, and, and that’s pretty much all you need to know.  Song selection never falters, but “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” is stunningly beautiful, thanks to the no-frills, utterly honest sound of Nelson’s vocals and guitar.

“Country Music” was recorded in Nashville, Tenn., and produced by T Bone Burnett. This record is an understated gem, so what you get is just the sound of Nelson, surrounded by his pick of great pickers. What’s not to like?

Willie Nelson Picks of the Day: Europe and UK 2010

Saturday, July 31st, 2010


Thanks to Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt for sharing these guitar picks from the 2010 European tour.  What a beautiful set of guitar picks.


About the picks, Buddy wrote:

These picks were done by the Guthrie Thomas Company and graphic design by Zak Wilson.  The pictures were taken by me.
The Gutherie Thomas Company prints picks for all occasions and
you don’t have to order 10 gross like we do. He will print your design on 1 or 1,000.
Visit his website for more details 
Zak Wilson is an artist who works out of Berkeley, California. You can learn more about Zak at 

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Guitar for Vets, at

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Alan Harrison, E6 Boatswains Mate 1st Class, is a 21-year US Navy veteran who’s taking part in the Guitars for Vets program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Tim Evans
by Elianne Halbersberg

In the time it takes to read this story, another US serviceman or servicewoman will lose their life. It won’t be to an IED on the battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan. It will be to suicide on the battlefield of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression—right here at home. Every day, 19 soldiers take their own lives. Fifty percent of our homeless population is made up of veterans, and more than 250,000 veterans now suffer from PTSD. A 2004 Department of Defense study estimates that 17 to 20 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq “suffer from major depression, generalized anxiety, or PTSD.” And according to a 2008 report cited in Tears of a Warrior: A Family’s Story of Combat and Living with PTSD—a book the Veterans Administration uses in its PTSD treatment program— roughly 40,000 troops have been diagnosed since 2003.

It’s easy to slap a “Support Our Troops” magnet on the back of a vehicle to show solidarity in times of deployment, but where is that support when these men and women come home physically and emotionally broken? Where do they turn when society is not informed or empathetic enough to understand their state of mind, or when they are shamed into silence by the stigma of “mental illness”?

These are crucial questions too often left both unasked and unanswered. However, two guitarists with their hearts in the right place are doing their best to make a difference. Guitar instructor Patrick Nettesheim and guitar-playing Vietnam War veteran Dan Van Buskirk decided to take matters into their own hands by creating Guitars for Vets (G4V), a unique form of music therapy they’re taking to VA medical centers.

Founded in 2008, Guitars for Vets is a nonprofit that provides six free, one-on-one guitar lessons and a new acoustic guitar to veterans in recovery. Its mission is simple: Turn the guitar into a source of healing, communication, and self-expression. Veterans enrolled in the program receive their own new Oscar Schmidt acoustic guitar at their sixth lesson, and thereafter they can continue learning through group lessons. G4V began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but has chapters in several other states—as well as one in Afghanistan—and it’s receiving requests from VA centers across the country. Six strings at a time, it’s working miracles

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Willie Nelson, on Willie Nelson Boulevard, Austin, TX

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Last May the City of Austin honored home town hero Willie Nelson by naming a downtown street after him.   The Austin City Council voted to change the name of Second Street  to Willie Nelson Boulevard, as a tribute to Willie, who has lived in the Austin area nearly 40 years. 

And here’s Willie Nelson, on Willie Nelson Boulevard, hard hat and all.  This picture is so cool. 

I wonder if anyone walked by him thinking he was a construction worker, and doing a double take, then telling his wife later, ‘I saw this guy today who looked just like Willie Nelson.”


Janis took this picture of the sign at night last month.

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Ann Willis from Texas took this picture.

Willie Nelson & Family on Tour

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

July 31, 2010 Ives Concert Park Danbury, CT
August 1, 2010 Community Theater Mayo Cntr Morristown, NJ
August 3, 2010 Filene Center at Wolf Trap Vienna, VA
August 4, 2010 Count Basie Theater Red Bank, NJ
August 5, 2010 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA
August 6, 2010 Ceasars Circus Max Theatre Atlantic City, NJ
August 8, 2010 Mountain Park Holyoke, MA
August 11, 2010 Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME
August 12, 2010 Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis, MA
August 13, 2010 House of Blues Boston, MA
August 14, 2010 Meadows Casino Washington, PA
August 15, 2010 Seneca Allegany Casino Salamanca, NY
September 3, 2010 Meadow Village Pavillion Big Sky, MT
September 4, 2010 Snow King Amphitheater Jackson, WY
September 5, 2010 Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrison, CO
September 7, 2010 Botanical Gardens Boise, ID
September 8, 2010 Knitting Factory Reno, NV
September 10, 2010 Red Butte Gardens Salt Lake City, UT
September 11, 2010 Cannery Casino Hotel North Las Vegas, NV
September 12, 2010 Ironstone Amphitheater Murphys, CA
September 13, 2010 Wente Vineyards Livermore, CA
September 14, 2010 Hanford Fox Theater Hanford, CA
September 16, 2010 Puyallup Fair Puyallup, WA
September 17, 2010 Les Schwab Amphitheater Bend, OR
September 18, 2010 Edgefield Manor Troutdale, OR
September 19, 2010 Cuthbert Amphitheater Eugene, OR
September 20, 2010 The Catalist Santa Cruz, CA
September 22, 2010 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
September 23, 2010 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara, CA
September 24, 2010 Greek Theater Los Angeles, CA
September 26, 2010 Harrahs Rincon Valley Center, CA
October 15, 2010 L Auberge du Lac Casino Lake Charles, IA
October 16, 2010 L Auberge du Lac Casino Lake Charles, LA
October 25, 2010 Grand Theater Wausau, WI
October 26 2010 Potawatomi Casino Milwaukee, WI
October 28, 2010 7 Flags Event Center
Clive, IA
October 29, 30, 2010 Mystic Lake Casino Prior Lake, MN
November 1, 2010 Rialto Square Theater Joliet, IL

Please always check with venue, or to confirm any thing listed here.

Friday, July 30th, 2010

‘Time of the Preacher,’ by Willie Nelson

Friday, July 30th, 2010


Song Name: Time of the Preacher
Artist Name: Willie Nelson
Album: Red Headed Stranger
Songwriter(s): W Nelson
Release Date: January 1, 1975
Label: Legacy Recordings

Time of the Preacher
Lyrics and music by Willie Nelson

It was the time of the preacher when the story began
Of the choice of a lady and the love of a man
How he loved her so dearly, he went out of his mind
When she left him for someone, she’d left behind

An’ he cried like a baby
He screamed like a panther in the middle of the night
An’ he saddled his pony
An he went for a ride

It was the time of the preacher in the year of 01
Now the preachin’ is over and the lesson’s begun

But he could not forgive her
Though he tried and tried and tried
And the halls of his memories
Still echo her lies

He cried like a baby
He screamed like a panther in the middle of the night
An’ he saddled his pony
An he went for a ride

It was the time of the preacher in the year of 01
Now the lesson is over and the killin’s begun

It was the time of the preacher in the year of 01

Willie Nelson, Fort Worth, TX (7/4/04)

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Joke of the Day

Friday, July 30th, 2010

A man was walking home from the market, carrying a goose, a bucket with an anvil inside, and a chicken under each arm.

A woman came up and asked him for directions, and the man told her he was going that way, and why don’t they take a short cut through the alley?

The woman said, “Well, how do I know you won’t grab me when we get in that dark alley, and have your way with me?”

“Ma’am, how could I do that?” the man asked.  “I’ve got a bucket with an anvil in it, a goose and two live chickens?”

“Well,” she said, “You put the goose on the ground, put the bucket on the goose, and put the Anvil on top the bucket.  And I’ll hold the two chickens.”

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, ‘Pancho and Lefty’

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Willie Nelson at Canandaigua, NY (10/29/2010) (review)

Friday, July 30th, 2010
by Frank De Blase

In order to decipher Willie Nelson’s phrasing, you’d have to invent new punctuation: the slow-release comma, the mid-sentence period, the participle (with extra dangle), the endless ellipses… and the total eradication of exclamation points!

Nelson is and was beyond casual as he finally took the stage at CMAC Thursday night. Sporting a kicky new summer bob beneath a 10 gallon hat, the Redheaded Stranger and his modest band – bass, drums, piano, harmonica, and Nelson playing his trademark battered guitar – got things rolling with the classic “Whiskey River.” The crowd seemed ready to boogie and Nelson gave them plenty of opportunities to get rowdy (“Good Hearted Woman,” Jambalaya,” “On The Road Again”) but the night belonged to Nelson the balladeer.

The night’s ultra-syncopated version of “Crazy” proved how beautiful and resilient the tune is. Nelson would cram two lines into one measure, then casually let another phrase slip in just when you thought it was too late. Same goes for “Night Life,” “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,” and “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground.”

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