Archive for February, 2011

Paula Nelson & the Guilty Pleasures, Midland, Texas (2/20/2011)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011


Photo:  Craig Wallace

A different, languid type of heat exudes from Paula Nelson and her band. She has a casually seductive, but undeniably powerful voice that moves easily from ballad to country rock. Nelson was wearing a cap that hid the top third of her face in deep shadow — I was expecting her to take it off about half-way through her set, as her father tends to remove his cowboy hat. But disappointingly, this did not occur. Nelson has such an open and natural demeanor — friendly with the audience without being cloying — that she should show her face openly. Perhaps it is something about being one of Willie Nelson’s children — her brother hides under a large hat when playing his blues guitar. Nelson’s songs included a beautiful version of “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” and a spirited “Riddles and Rhymes.” Her anthem to past boyfriends managed to be both funny and melancholy. She is backed by a solid band, including consummate lead guitarist Landis Armstrong, and a deceptively reticent bassist, Chris Johnson. Obviously being the offspring of a music legend does not hinder a musical career, but Paula Nelson neither relies upon this foundation nor milks it. She has a silky voice and songwriting ability that would have assured her success without that last name.

—  By Graham Dixon
     www.mywesttexas.com

See more Craig Wallace photos here.

Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real CD Release party in Redway, CA (3/22/2011)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

www.redwoodtimes.com

Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real will celebrate release of their new, self-titled album, on Tuesday, March 22, the Mateel Community Center in Redway Already a local favorite and fast becoming an international star, Lukas Nelson is currently touring in support of his new album, “Promise Of The Real,” and is gearing up for a big summer tour as part of Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown. 

The Reflectacles, who play original, alternative Americana, will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is at the door only and is priced at $18 for MCC members and $20 general. Beer and wine will be available and the kitchen for this event will benefit Kiwanis of the Redwoods.

For more information, call the Mateel at 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org.

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If you can’t make the party, thir great album is available through iTunes, Amazon or through their website at:
http://www.promiseofthereal.com/store/ 

****   Bonus!  Album includes art by Micah Nelson!

Track List:

  1. Four Letter Word
  2. Peaceful Solution
  3. Toppers
  4. Sound of Your Memory
  5. Pali Gap/Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
  6. Don’t Lose Your Mind
  7. L.A.
  8. The  Truth
  9. Start to Go
  10. Making a Case for Love
  11. Fathers and Mothers
  12. All the Pretty Horse

For more info on their tour dates:
www.PromiseoftheReal.com

Former Arizona Attorney General tells his Willie Nelson story

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

www.abc15.com

              By: Katrina Schaefer

 Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods discussed how he handled a case involving country singer Willie Nelson.

Tickets on Sale for Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown,Waldorf, Maryland. (June 18, 2011)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Willie Nelson plays at the Calvert Marine Museum in June. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
http://voices.washingtonpost.com

Country music legend Willie Nelson is coming to Calvert County this summer,  June 18 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland, along with 13 bands on three stages at the Calvert Marine Museum as part of the Willie Nelson Country Throwdown. Supporting acts for the June 18 show include Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice and Brantley Gilbert. Tickets are $40-$75 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through the museum’s site.

Willie Nelson, 4th of July Picnic, Luckenbach, TX (1999)

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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Austin American-Statesman

Willie Nelson & Family, Clearwater, FL., (2/16/2011)

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Photos by: Andrew Silverstein

http://blogs.creativeloafing.com
by:  Gabe Echazabal

For all the disappointments and letdowns that are all too prevalent in music nowadays, it’s nice to know that certain artists will never let you down. Living in a time of false idols, auto tune and manufactured overnight sensations, the favorite son of Texas and country music legend Willie Nelson still has plenty left in his bag of tricks as he proved at last Wednesday night’s sold-out show at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. [Photos by Andrew Silverstein]

Nelson, the consummate outlaw and the true maverick of country music, has been dazzling his adoring legion of fans for close to 50 years now and judging from last week’s show, he shows no signs of slowing down. His 90-minute set was chock-ful of every Nelson classic any fan, from the casual to the diehard, would want to hear. Sure, his signature songs were there; “Crazy,” “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground” and “One The Road Again” drew wild responses from the mixed-age crowd, which ranged from teenagers to senior citizens.

Quite a showman and an entertainer, Willie always manages to make his performances as personal and intimate as possible by sharing his own brand of witty anecdotes and involving his loyal audiences as much as possible. Whether encouraging fans to sing along to the tunes they know so well or taking time after his performance to sign countless autographs at the lip of the stage, Willie Nelson’s goal is to reach out to the folks who’ve paid good money to see him and give them a night to remember.

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Playfully cavorting through his truckload of hits, Nelson and his band touched on his 1984 monster smash duet with Julio Iglesias, “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” and luckily for us, Willie handled all of the vocals himself. “Good Hearted Woman” was dedicated to Willie’s late partner in crime and fellow outlaw, Waylon Jennings. Nelson also managed to sneak in some newer material (”Superman,” “You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore”) and the crowd ate it up.

It’s rare to see someone who’s had a career as long and fruitful as Willie Nelson still out there doing what he does best night after night. He’s not only provided his loyal followers with a wealth of great music for half a century, he’s also passed along his musical genes to his children.

Nelson’s 22-year-old son opened the evening backed by his own hotshot band, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Straddling the line between straight up outlaw country and Allman Brothers-styled jam rock, Lukas and his three-piece got the crowd rowdy and riled up. The younger Nelson took the stage barefoot and ready to rock. His long stringy hair was a whirlwind as he maniacally flung his head around while wielding a mighty mean axe. Lukas even reappeared as part of his dad’s backup band and took center-stage for a mean version of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Texas Flood” and didn’t miss a lick.
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There were no fancy gimmicks or tricks to speak of; just an awesome display of sheer talent and showmanship from one of the business’ very finest and the son he’s taught to walk in his footsteps. And, judging from the loud and appreciative crowd in attendance, that’s more than enough for them.
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More photos by Andrew Silverstein HERE

Paula Nelson, Fille de Willie, in France (3/12/2011)

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

www.CountryMusicFrance.com

Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown 2011 (Sneak Preview)

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Thanks to Budrock for finding this preview of Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown

Willie Nelson’s Third of July Picnic and Throwdown, Osage Creek Ampitheater (Arkansas) (7/3/2011)

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Remember when we told you that Willie Nelson and his Country Throwdown were coming to the new Osage Creek Amphitheater this summer?

Well, tickets to the show, scheduled for July 3 at the new outdoor venue, officially went on sale this morning.

The Country Throwdown Tour features Willie, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Jack Ingram, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell and Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real.

We also learned this morning that the show has also been combined with Willie Nelson’s annual 4th of July Picnic, and that more artists will be announced soon.

Osage Creek officials have not confirmed that former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada and his new band The Departed will also be on the bill July 3, but the show is still listed on the artist’s website.

Tickets range from $43-$95, and can be purchased at osagecreeklive.com, or by calling 479-239-4041

Willie Nelson

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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Willie Nelson Art

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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“My Mama is an artist and one of her very favorite things to do is create Willie Nelson out of wood. She has several and everyone is always trying to talk her out of one but she won’t part with them…”

— Tanya Patterson

Poodie Locke, Farm Aid

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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Thanks to Margie Lemon, for sharing this picture she took of Poodie at Farm Aid II, in Austin, in 1986. Margie and her family and business continue to support www.FarmAid.org.

And then Steve Brook writes:

“Great picture of Old Randy, but I really think this is at Farm Aid III (take a close look at his shirt). And the revolving stage was first used at Lincoln, Nebraska.”

Willie Nelson, ‘Shotgun Willie’

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Thanks to Alice from Georgia for finding this gem.

Willie Nelson, Austin, TX (1/26/1996)

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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Photo:  Kevin Virobik-Adams
www.austin360.com

Willie Nelson played to sold out crowd at the Hang ‘Em High Saloon on Sixth Street, in Austin, Texas on January 26, 1996. Bruce Springsteen and Joe Ely joined him on his bus after the show.

Willie Nelson & Family on Tour

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Mammoth Gardens, Denver (now The Fillmore)
January 16, 1982, by Larry Lazlo:
www.PhotoLaszlo.com

March 9, 2011 Bartlesville Community Cntr. Bartlesville, OK
March 10, 2011 The Cotillion Wichita, KS
March 11, 2011 Orpheum Theater Omaha, NE
March 12, 2011 No. Iowa Comm. Auditorium Mason City, IA
March 13, 2011 Adler Theater Davenport, IN
March 15, 2011
Show Me Center
CANCELLED
Cape Girardeau, MO
March 15, 2011
Riverside Theater
Milwaukee, WI
March 16, 2011 Coronado PAC Rockford, IL
March 18, 2011 Chicato Theater Chicago, IL
March 19, 2011 Prairie Capital Conv. Cntr. Springfield, IL
March 20, 2011 Morris Performing Arts Center South Bend, IN
March 22, 2011 Louisville Palace Louisville, KY
March 24, 2011 Emens Auditorium Muncie, IN
March 25, 2011 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
March 26, 2011 Marat Theater Indianapolis, IN
April, 18, 2011 State Theater New Brunswick, NJ
April 26, 2011 Martin H. Meyer Center Dallas, TX
April 28, 2011 Verizon Theater Houston, TX
April 30, 2011 The BackYard Austin, TX
May 5, 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest. New Orleans, LA
May 27, 2011
Country Throwdown Tour
The Mann
Philadelphia, PA
May 28, 2011
Country Throwdown TourMeadowbrook Pavilion
Gilforad, NH
May 29, 2011
Country Throwdown TourChampaign Valley Expo
Essex Junction, VT
May 30, 2011 Sovereign Bank Stadium York, PA
June 3, 2011
Country Throwdown Tour
Woods of Fontanel
Nashville, TN
June 4, 2011
Country Throwdown Tour
No. Shore Park @ Arkansas
Little Rock, AR
June 5, 2011 Country Throwdown Tour
Amp at the Wharf
Orange Beach, AL
June 9, 2011
Country Throwdown Tour
Snowden Grove Amphitheater
Southaven, MS
June 10, 2011
Country Throwdown Tour
Midway Expo Center
Columbia, MO
June 11, 2011
Country Throwdown Tour
World Shooting and Rec Complex
Sparta, IL
June 12, 2011
Country Throwdown Tour
Coolray Field
Lawrenceville, GA
June 16, 2011
Country Throwdown Tour
The Rapids Jam
Roanoak Rapids, NC
June 17, 2011
Country Throwdown Tour
Charter Amphitheater at Heritage Park
Simpsonville, SC
June 18, 2011
Country Throwdown TourRegency Stadium
Waldorf, MD
June 19, 2011
Country Throwdown TourWorld’s Fair Park
Knoxville, TN
June 21, 2011
Country Throwdown
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Morrison, CO
June 23, 2011
Country Throwdown TourGrandstand
Delmar, CA
June 24, 2011
Country Throwdown TourCitizens’ Business Bank Cntr
Ontario, CA
June 25, 2011
Country Throwdown TourPozo Saloon
Pozo, CA
June 28, 2011
Verizon Wireless
Houston, TX
June 30, 2011
Country Throwdown TourLas Palmas Race Track
Mission, TX
July 1, 2011
Country Throwdown Tour Concrete Street Amphitheater
Corpus Christi, TX
July 2, 2011
Country Throwdown Tour Eufalla Cove Amphitheater
Eufala, OK
July 3, 2011 Osage Creek Perform. Arts Cntr. Siloam Sprgs, AR

Always check with venue, or www.WillieNelson.com to confirm any thing listed here.