Archive for February, 2011

Willie Nelson filming movie in Bastrop, Texas

Monday, February 28th, 2011

When Angels Sing:  A Christmas Story
by Turk Pipkin

From the Inside Flap

When Michael Walker was a child, he’d wished that every day could be Christmas. But that was thirty years ago, before a tragic accident changed his life one Christmas morning.

He still can’t muster any spirit for the holidays–and he doesn’t want to. For him, it will always be a time of pain, a memory of that day. He scowls at his neighbors’ fervent holiday traditions and even at his own children’s joyful anticipation of the season’s celebrations.

But when his young son faces a sadness as profound as his own, Michael is the only one who can save him. It takes nothing short of a miracle to give Michael the courage to make peace with his past and find the hope, joy, and spirit that he lost.

Willie Nelson and Family are not on tour right now, but Willie Nelson has  not been on vacation.  He’s using his time off the road on a movie set in Bastrop, Texas,  filming scenes for the movie “When Angels Sing”, based on the book written by Turk Pipkin.   Also in the movie are Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett and Harry Conick, Jr.  

Author Joe M. O’Connell has posted pictures from the film set at his blog.

You can see the pictures from the set on Joe O’Connell’s set here.

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Nora Jones sing Ray Charles (“Here We Go Again”) (3/29/2011)

Monday, February 28th, 2011

On March 29, Blue Note Records will release an album of music performed by Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Nora Jones and their bands, in New York City on in February 2009. The concert, billed as “Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles,included “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” “Cryin’ Time,” “Hit the Road Jack,” “Busted,” “Makin’ Whoopie” and arguably his greatest hit, “What’d I Say.”

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, on tour

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Lana Nelson,
by Wade Tateangelo

Deciding on a birthday present for Dad can be tough. Especially if he’s Willie Nelson.  At age 11, Lukas Nelson opted to ask his famous father what he wanted. “Learn how to play guitar,” Willie said.

And Lukas did. Fast.

Three years later, Father asked Son to join his Family Band. Lukas, now 22, has been touring with him pretty much ever since.

“I love being with my dad,” Lukas said by phone from a tour stop in Lafayette, La. “On the road is really the only chance to be with him.”

In addition to becoming an ace guitarist like his father with a taste and talent for jazz, country, blues and rock, Lukas excels at writing deftly detailed lyrics that incorporate a myriad of musical styles. Soon after picking up that first guitar, the 11-year-old penned “You Were It.” He played it for Dad’s approval.

“That’s some good songwriting,” said the author of such American classics of “Crazy,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Hello Walls” and “On the Road Again.”

Lukas’ “You Were It” — a bitter breakup ballad that recalls Dad’s gripping, early 1960s work — appears on Willie’s well-received 2004 album “It Always Will Be.”

“I was very happy, I was stoked when he recorded it,” Lukas said. “It made me feel like I could do this.”

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real recently issued its eponymous debut, full-length album. The disc features everything from searing Texas-style blues to vintage country and fiery folk-rock.

Lukas’ singing has a similar nasal and behind-the-beat quality as Dad’s. But it never sounds like he’s aping one of the most well-known and distinctive vocalists alive.

When he opens shows for his father, the crowd is not always in the mood for hearing something new.

“My dad has crazy good fans,” Lukas said. “And sometimes we’re up there and they’re yelling, ‘Where’s Willie?’

“It gets to me, but I try and be professional. It doesn’t bother me that much. It used to bother me more.”

Willie Nelson

Monday, February 28th, 2011


Willie Nelson, ‘Always on My Mind”

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Willie Nelson

Sunday, February 27th, 2011


Photo: Carol Sidoran

The Willie Nelson Burger, from Your Mom’s Burger Bar, Austin, Texas ($7.75)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The Willie Nelson:
1/2 pound beef paddy, wrapped in bacon, stuffed with American cheese, dipped in honey barbeque sauce, topped with a fried onion ring on Texas Toast

Your Mom’s

1701 E Cesar Chavez St Ste B

Austin, TX 78702


“There is NOTHING even slightly healthy here, but OMG is it amazingly delicious. I think this was the best burger I’ve ever enjoyed. I had the Willie Nelson – topped with BBQ sauce and an onion ring.  The sweet potato fries were truly unbelievable! Oh – pack your expectations for ambiance at the door.  No air conditioning – almost all outdoor seating.  The outside could use a good hose down also.  This definitely goes into the keep Ausin Weird category.”


Willie Nelson, Country Rhythms Magazine (Sept. 1981)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Willie Nelson, singing cowboy

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

1989 Enviromental Defense Fund Ad

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Willie Nelson and Family, Seaworld in Orlando (2/21/2011)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Lana Nelson posted these great pictures, and stories from the road, at

Bobbie Nelson

All photos by Lana Nelson.

Win Tickets to see Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown in Columbia, Missouri (6/10/2011)

Saturday, February 26th, 2011
KTTS is giving away ticket’s to see Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour in Columbia, Missouri on June 10th. The show also features Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert and more! 

Tickets start at $44.00 and went on sale on February 25th at 10 am CST.  You can purchase tickets through Pipeline Productions, by phone 785-749-3434  or through regional ticket outlets.   

Click Here to log into your KTTS Insiders page to register. 

For more info,   Click Here

On this day in Willie Nelson History: Grand Marshall, Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras Parade (2/26/2006)

Saturday, February 26th, 2011


On February 26, 2006, Willie Nelson rode in the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans as Grand Marshall.   Willie Nelson and Family performed at the Bacchus Ball.

Friday, February 25th, 2011


Photo: Carol Sidoran