Archive for October, 2010

Paul English and Bobbie Nelson

Sunday, October 31st, 2010


Thanks to Janis for sharing this picture of Paul English escorting Bobbie Nelson off stage in Minnesota last night, just as he does after every show.    Mickey Raphael and stage manager John Selman are also in the picture, and Bee Spear’s left shoulder.

Willie Nelson and Trigger

Sunday, October 31st, 2010


Willie Nelson in Minnesota

Sunday, October 31st, 2010


More great photos from Janis from last night’s show.  Don’t you love those little braids!


Don’t forget to vote! Especially, if you live in California, you can be part of history!

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Thanks to Lana Nelson,

Willie Nelson and Family in Minnesota last night (10/30/2010)

Sunday, October 31st, 2010


Thanks to Janis for sending pictures from the Willie Nelson & Family show in Prior Lake, MN last night. Janis was in town for both shows, and kindly sent these photos. And we fans who weren’t there appreciate it!



Happy Halloween

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Willie Nelson Halloween

Photo by Steve Hopson

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Some folks are so creative with their pumpkin carving.

Thanks to Jan/RailRoadlady for this pumpkin pic.

Willie Nelson, ‘Grave Digger’ Happy Halloween

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Willie Nelson & Family at the Mystic Lake Casino: Sold Out!

Saturday, October 30th, 2010


Janis knows how I love to see Willie Nelson’s name up in lights!   No luck at Mystic Lake last night, with the big casino sign outside, but she sent these great photos of the lighted Sold Out!  sign in the lobby.  Thanks, friend.



Willie Nelson & Family at the Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MN (10/29/2010)

Saturday, October 30th, 2010


Thanks to Janis from Texas for sharing the photos she took at the Willie Nelson & Family Show at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN last night.



Willie Nelson & Family on Tour

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

October 29, 30, 2010 Mystic Lake Casino Prior Lake, MN
November 1, 2010 Rialto Square Theater Joliet, IL
November 2, 2010 private party Lexington, KY
November 5, 2010 Long Ctr. for the Performing Arts Austin, TX
November 6, 2010 Riverwind Casino Norman, OK
November 7, 2010 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, TX
November 9, 2010 Willie’s Theater Carl’s Corner, TX
November 27, 2010 Winstar Casino Thackerville, OK
December 1, 2010 Gruene Hall New Braunfels, TX
December 2, 2010 Abilene Civic Center Abilene, TX
December 3, 2010 Spirit Bank Event Center Tulsa, OK
December 7, 2010 Ft. Smith Convention Cntr. Ft. Smith, AR
December 8, 2010 Crossroads Arena Corinth, TX
December 9, 2010 Vada heid PAC Mtn Home, AR
December 10, 2010 First Council Casino Newkirk, OK
December 11, 2010 Oil Palace Tyler, TX

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

Willie Nelson contributes to “In Defense”: A benefit album for the Civil Liberties Defense Center

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

A great album for a great cause! Willie Nelson shares his voice to “Take No Part” with Bluetech & Marty Dread. Take a few minutes to show your support and download it today.

  1. Jeff ‘Free’ Luers – Live at the Wow Hall 13:34
  2. Bluetech, Willie Nelson, & Marty Dread – Take No Part (rmx) 05:47
  3. Dr Israel & Seven – Get the F__K Up 04:28
  4. Blackbird Raum – Lucasville 03:21
  5. Heavyweight Dub Champion (feat Killah Priest) – Babylon Beast 04:56
  6. Ramona Africa – Live at the Wow Hall 14:16
  7. STS9 – Equinox (live/acoustic) 08:03
  8. Etheric Double & Emancipator – Jet Stream (rmx) 05:48
  9. Resident Anti-Hero – Systems of Control 06:46
  10. Citizens Band – The FBI Stole My Fiddle 03:23
  11. Remember Me Feral & Ninth Moon Black – Aesthesis (rmx) 06:22
  12. Jorah LaFleur – Harder to Breath (live in the studio) 04:32
  13. Pitch Black – Protect the Grain 03:43


In support of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, we bring you this 13-track compilation of incredible talent. The album is full of variety, featuring music ranging from folk to jazz to rock to reggae and beyond, all while preserving the importance of encouraging positive social change. All of the tracks touch on the politics of our time, offering information as well as tools to empower you to take back your rights.

Willie Nelson & Family in Minnesota (10/29/2010) (review)

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Photo by Joey McLeister
by Jon Bream 

Willie Nelson waltzed onstage at Mystic Lake Casino Friday night wearing a dark business suit and, of course, New Balance running shoes. (Willie wearing a suit makes about as much sense as Willie cutting his hair, which he did earlier this year. Btw, his hair is growing out and he was sporting two short braids now that the locks have reached his shoulders once again.)  

He waved, then took off the suit jacket, revealing his black T-shirt, picked up his famous guitar Trigger and tore into “Whiskey River,” which has been the opening number for probably all 200 of his gigs in 2010.

Willie also was wearing a black cowboy hat, which he took off during a piano solo by his sister Bobbie. Then he switched to a bandana. Throughout the night, he’d toss his bandana to the crowd and put on another one or wear a cowboy hat tossed onstage (even if it was a cowgirl hat).  He seemed to be in a good mood.  He didn’t apologize for twice postponing this two-night stand. Actually, he didn’t talk much between songs, usually starting the next song while the sell-out crowd was still clapping for the previous one.

As I said in my review, Willie never explained why his longtime drummer Paul English (subject of “Me and Paul”) played on only one or two songs and his brother Billy English handled the snare drum the rest of the night (apparently Paul had a stroke a while back). Other than his sister Bobbie, Willie did not introduce the other musicians (bassist Bee Spears, harmonica ace Mickey Raphael) by name.

Willie’s wonderful guitar work on Friday (see the review for details) makes me want to return to Mystic Lake on Saturday night.  Here’s hoping that he makes some changes in the set list.  This is what he played on Friday:

Whiskey River/ Still Is Still Moving to Me/ Beer for Our Horses/ Shoeshine Man/ Funny How Time Slips Away >Crazy > Nightlife/ Down Yonder (piano instrumental featuring Bobbie Nelson)/ Help Me Make It Through the Night/ Me & Bobby McGee/Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain/ Good Hearted Woman/ Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground/ On the Road Again/ Always on My Mind/ Will the Circle Be Unbroken> I’ll Fly Away/ Nuage (Django Reinhardt instrumental)/ Jambalaya/ Hey Good Lookin/ Move It on Over/ Georgia on My Mind/ Superman/ You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore/ These Healing Hands of Time/ City of New Orleans/ Nobody’ s Fault But Mine/Rainy Day Blues/ I Never Cared for You/ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry/ I Saw the Light

Why Willie?

Saturday, October 30th, 2010