Archive for July, 2011

Willie Nelson, Snoqalmie, Washington (July 30, 2011)

Sunday, July 31st, 2011


Lane and Katrina continue on their excellent vacation, and sent some photos from the Willie Nelson and Family Show at the Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Washington, last night. Thanks, friends, for sharing your great photos, with all of us fans!



Mickey Raphael and Lee Oskar, on harmonicas

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Harmonica player Lee Oskar joined Willie Nelson and Family on Stage in Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Washington last night.


Thanks to Lane and Katrina for their photos from the show last night!

Willie Nelson and Family, Snoqualmie, Washington (7/30/11)

Sunday, July 31st, 2011


More great photos shared by Lane and Katrina. Thanks, friends


Bobbie Nelson


Lane and John Selman

Willie Nelson and Family in Troutdale, Oregon (7/29/2011)

Saturday, July 30th, 2011


Thank you so much to Lane and Katrina for sharing photos from last night’s Willie Nelson and Family show in Troutdale, Oregon. You gotta love fans who go to a show, and then send me photos in the middle of the night! Those two rock.




“Willie was all smiles and so were we.  He did not want to stop playing.  We could have stayed all night!!!”

— Lane and Katrina

Paul English, on drums (Troutdale, OR, 7/29/2011)

Saturday, July 30th, 2011


Thanks to Lane and Katrina for sending this photograph of the handsome Paul English playing at last night’s Willie Nelson & Family show in Troutdale, Oregon.


And Lane got a nice ‘me and Paul’ picture for Katrina. Everyone loves their me and Paul picture.

Willie Nelson and his fans in Troutdale, Oregon (7/29/2011)

Saturday, July 30th, 2011


Willie Nelson makes his fans happy last night after his show at the Historic Edgefield Manor, in Troutdale, Oregon.



And the Honeysuckle Rose IV and it’s precious passengers head off to their next show tonight at the Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Thanks to fans and friends Lane and Katrina for sharing their photos from the show last night.

Willie Nelson Art: Austin City Limits Live (Feb 13, 14, 2011)

Friday, July 29th, 2011


Willie, and Waylon and the Boys: Farm Aid II in Austin, Texas (July 4, 1986)

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Support Family Farmers; Support Farm Aid

Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings perform “I Can Get Off On You” at Farm Aid II in Austin, Texas on July 4, 1986.

Willie Nelson is a co-founder and President of Farm Aid, along with Neil Young, and John Mellencamp. The three agreed that family farmers were in dire need of assistance and in 1985 planned the first Farm Aid concert for American farmers. The following year, Farm Aid II was held on July 4 with performances by Alabama, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Julio Iglesias, Waylon Jennings, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many more.

Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s Board of Directors in 2001 to help further Farm Aid’s mission of keeping family farmers on their land.

Willie Nelson in Airway Heights, Washington (July 31, 2011), with some reviews through the years

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Willie Nelson & Family
When: Sunday, 7 p.m.
Where: Northern Quest Resort and Casino’s outdoor venue, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights
Cost: $55, $70 and $100

Willie Nelson arrives Sunday for an outdoor show at one of the rare places in the Inland Northwest he hasn’t played – the Northern Quest Resort and Casino.

Over nearly four decades as one of the nation’s top tour-bus cowboys, Nelson, 78, has played The Gorge, Riverfront Park, the Festival at Sandpoint, the old Spokane Coliseum (three times), Albi Stadium, Playfair Race Course and even the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds in Colville.

It was back in 1977 that a (relatively) fresh-faced Willie played his first show at the Coliseum.

This paper’s reviewer described him as a “middle-aged country hippie … sporting long hair under a cowboy hat, dressed in dark blue denims.”

She wrote that people “cheered, applauded and danced in the aisles” as Nelson “transcended the gap between rock and country.”

That was only the first of a long string of adoring reviews of his local shows. Here are just a few excerpts:

1980, Spokane Coliseum: “Nelson puts on a masterpiece … a voice of exceptional quality and emotion … a staggering two-hour set.”

1981, Spokane Coliseum: “Nelson began his set with a rousing version of ‘Whiskey River,’ sung to the unfurling of a gigantic Lone Star flag behind the band. When he brought things to a close two hours later, it was ‘Whiskey River’ again, as Old Glory dropped to full length at the back of the stage, obscuring the Texas state flag.”

1983, Albi Stadium: “(In the crowd of 16,000) there were drinkers, dancers and singers-along. There were brawlers and sunbathers, dope-smokers and football players. … Blue-shirted security guards rushed to quell a series of disturbances. … It was a typical Willie Nelson performance, ragged and uneven at times, alternately melancholy and jubilant, brilliantly paced and, in the end, galvanizing. … Bikers and grandmothers, doctors and bartenders stood together and roared their adulation.”

1993, Northeast Washington Fairgrounds: “Another incredible moon, another unforgettable concert. … The legendary master must have sung just about every song he ever recorded. … There wasn’t a bad song in the bunch.”

1994, Festival at Sandpoint (The Ranch venue): “Last night he played with the passion and enthusiasm of a man half his age. With a set that highlighted his timeless classics, Nelson held the audience in the palm of his hand for nearly two hours.”

1995, Playfair Race Course: “No one can sing like Willie. Few, with exception of Johnny Cash and a couple of others, have distinctive vocals that can stand on their own. … A number of times, people threw their hats on stage. Instead of kicking them aside like most performers, he wore every single one.”

2003, Riverfront Park: “It felt as if he were singing for each individual in the audience. Whether it was the borderline-unruly party animals in the beer garden, or the tamer fans seated in the front of the Lilac Bowl, everyone was thoroughly engaged.”

How can Willie Nelson possibly add to this local legacy? Another adoring crowd will find out when he takes the stage Sunday night.

They love Willie Nelson in Jacksonville, Oregon

Friday, July 29th, 2011

When he sang “I’ll be gone 500 miles when the morning comes” from Steven Goodman’s “City of New Orleans” and the lights came up high, it was an unmistakable comment on the life Willie Nelson still chooses much of each year.

A moment earlier he sang the first line of the song’s chorus — “Good morning, America, how are you?” — and the Britt crowd responded with a full-throated roar. That was fairly early in Thursday night’s show, only the 13th song, I think.

It came just after Fred Rose’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” which ripped your heart out, and just before Albert Hammond’s wry “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before.” If you thought he wrote those two songs, that’s a measure of how the man makes a song definitely, forever his.

Willie Nelson still looks like a man having too much fun. He wrapped up his annual Country Throwdown amphitheater trek, had a lovefest with green groups Amazon Watch and Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance in San Francisco, then got inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Fame alongside Thomas Jefferson, George Washington Carver and John Deere, and that’s just this month.

Consider that it’s been 50 years since he wrote the likes of “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Hello Walls” and “Crazy,” 30-something years since he changed American music when college kids and hippies began turning up at his annual picnics in Texas along with the cowboys and rednecks, fueled by a sense that something new was going on.

Willie isn’t getting any younger, and that gaping hole in his gut-string guitar Trigger isn’t getting any smaller. Nelson’s country-sweet blend of jazz, blues, pop and gospel hasn’t changed. He still sings off the beat in that nasal treasure of a voice. But somehow he’s singing and playing with more passion now than the last time I saw him a couple years ago.

He walked casually onto the stage in a T-shirt and black cowboy hat and played John Shinn’s “Whiskey River” (nope, he didn’t write that one either), moved quickly to his “Still is Still Moving to Me,” jumped into “Whiskey for My Men,” all with that edge of a sound.

This was by way of warm-up, as Nelson and his band — sister Bobbie on piano, harpist Mickey Raphael, bassist Bee Spears and percussionists the English brothers — in turn cranked things up with a trilogy of Nelson classics, “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Crazy” and “Night Life.”

These were delivered with Willie’s iconic, around-the-beat phrasing, the effects of which can range from the enrichment of simple lyric lines with a jazzy nonchalance to a sense of lines other singers would lean hard on being treated as throw-aways. So much attention has been paid to his singing over the years that his guitar-playing is often overlooked. It has been and remains the single best complement to his voice, jazzy, evocative and precise.

Nelson and company delivered the slice-of-life “Me and Paul,” an intimate “Help Me Make it Through the Night,” an upbeat “Me and Bobbie McGee,” and the tribute-to-Waylon “Good-Hearted Woman,” shifting gears on a dime. “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” was sadder than I’d ever noticed, and “On the Road Again” finally got the crowd up and boogying.

A Hank Williams segment had Willie and company doing a herky-jerky “Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” a “Hey Good Lookin’ ” that had even Willie singing almost on the downbeats and a rockin’ “Move it On Over” in which Willie threw his baseball cap into the crowd.

One thing to like about Willie, or not if that’s your druthers, is that he doesn’t draw a song out. It gets its due in his eyes and he’s on to the next best thing. A perfectly rousing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” segued into A.E. Brumley’s “I’ll Fly Away” just as it got going.

When he isn’t touring, recording or collaborating with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones, he’s campaigning on behalf of his favorite causes: sustainable energy (one of his biodiesel plants is in Salem, and his bus Honeysuckle Rose IV is powered by Bio-Willie), marijuana legalization and humane treatment for horses and farm animals.

But much of the time he’s making like a laid-back incarnation of Hank Williams, Hoagy Carmichael and Ernest Tubb all mixed together, on the road again with no end in sight

I hope you are having a Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Get your tickets to Farm Aid now!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Get your tickets to Farm Aid now!  If you can’t make it to Kansas City, go ahead and buy a ticket to support family farmers, support farm aid.

Willie Nelson Art

Friday, July 29th, 2011

” I created Willie Nelson with a pair of blue denim jeans, dark navy blue tee shirt, black faux leather vest, and his hair tied in pigtails with red bandana. Willie also has a tiny beard and mustache and I added a little guitar for him to strum.”

— Debbie

To order yours visit her website. 

This day in Willie Nelson history: @ Eric Clapton’s ‘Crossroads’ Guitar Festival (7/28/2005)

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

sheryl crow

Willie Nelson meets Wyatt Crow, with mama Sheryl backstage at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, in Chicago, on July 28, 2005.  Willie  and Sheryl performed at the show, along withVince Gill, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer and others.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Crossroads Center in Antigua, which Eric Clapton founded to educate and treat chemically-dependent people.  For more information, please visit Crossroads Center.

photo by Sharon Iles