Archive for August, 2011

Willie Nelson, on guitar

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

photo: Carol Sidoran, NY

Willie Nelson pays tribute to Merle Haggard @ Kennedy Honors

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Jamie Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Raphael, and others pay tribute to Merle Haggard, when he received the Kennedy Honors in Washington DC.

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow performed at the Kennedy Centers honors show, as part of the tribute to Merle Haggard.

Neil Young, “Comes a Time” (Farm Aid 2011, 1986)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Farm Aid 2011, Kansas City, Missouri

Farm Aid 1986, Austin, Texas

People in the News: Willie Nelson throws his hat in for Texas Rebels

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


Willie Nelson recently tossed in his hat with a group of 51 Democrat legislators from Texas who went AWOL to protest a Republican-backed bill which would redraw the congressional district lines of the state.  The 51 politicins hit the road aboard two buses from Austin and camped out in a motel in Oklahoma, 30-odd miles outside of Texas — thus out of the jurisdiction of Texas law enforcement, which was dispatched to look for them — for four days.

With the 51 Democrats missing, the bill died.  Willie Nelson, who hails from the Lone Star State — and was recently named “a treasure of Austin and the state of Texas” — sent the Texan politicos a case of whiskey, a box of red bandannas (which some wore) and a note in which the 70-year-old country music icon wrote:  “Way to go.  Stand your ground.”

“Don’t Blame Me, I voted for Willie Nelson” by the Humans and the Other Humans

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


Win Tickets to the Sold Out Willie Nelson Show in Greeley, Colorado on Labor Day (9/5/2011

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The Greeley Tribune is giving away two tickets to the sold-out Willie Nelson & Family show Monday at the Union Colony Civic Center.   To find out how to win, go to their Facebook page at and find the Tuesday post on  their wall about the contest.   Scroll down to the Willie Nelson contest, and follow the instructions there, and with a little  help from your friends you could be spending Labor Day with Willie.  And me!  I’m going, too.

Good  luck!

Santana eyes project with Willie Nelson, John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

“Willie Nelson’s impact on American music is indelible. He stands at the crossroads of all the sounds and colors of this country. What he reflects is true soul and sincerity. He’s also a pretty mean guitar player.”

— Carlos Santana

According to ABC News, after Carlos Santana’s current tour winds down, that he has no fewer than  “five-to-seven”  recording projects — either in the planning stages or in the works. He hopes to put  together an  eclectic-sounding collaboration with jazz/prog-rock  guitarist John  McLaughlin, blues-rock icon Jeff Beck and country  legend Willie Nelson that  he describes as “funky swamp music  from Africa.  First up, though, will  be Shape Shifter, an  all-instrumental effort with “no guests and no  vocals” that Santana he says  “should be out by October [or] November”, and also plns an album with his son Salvador and his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, who’s also Santana’s drummer.

Read Santana’s tour schedule and entire article On ABC News Radio

Willie Nelson, ‘the Scientist’ (Coldplay cover, for Chipotle)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Chipotle Mexican Grill has produced a new stop-motion animated short film called “Back to the Start” that depicts a farmer’s journey to sustainable farming. The film — a first for Chipotle — was directed by London-based Johnny Kelly and features a cover of the Coldplay song “The Scientist,” sung by music icon and family farm advocate Willie Nelson.

Chipotle plans to show the two-minute film nationally beginning in September. It will appear on nearly 5,700 movie theater screens in advance of feature films and will educate consumers about Chipotle’s favored farming methods, and demonstrate the differences between industrial farming and more sustainable methods. It can also be viewed online at or on Facebook at

“We have always understood the importance of serving food that is raised right,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “We produced this film to help illustrate the choices people face in deciding what to eat, and hope that it will encourage people to choose food that is raised with respect for the land, the animals, and the farmers that produce it.”

The film’s subject matter is enhanced by Nelson’s cover of Coldplay’s song, “The Scientist.” It follows the story of a farmer whose family farm has evolved over time into a factory farm. In a moment of self-reflection, the farmer realizes that his animal factory is not consistent with his vision for the farm. As the song lyrics suggest, the farmer goes “back to the start” by ridding his farm of its factory qualities and returning to more sustainable farming methods.

The song is available for purchase on iTunes, with proceeds ($.60 per download) benefitting the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which provides funding to support sustainable agriculture, family farming, and culinary education.

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for Willie Nelson, both as a musician and for his extraordinary efforts to support family farming,” said Ells. “We are thrilled to have his support for this project and hope that working together, we can help people understand the importance of food that is raised right.”

Here is Coldplay’s version:

Coldplay tweeted and posted on FaceBook that they liked Willie Nelson’s cover of the song.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011


Willie Nelson & Family, DuQuoin State Fair, llinois — Friday Night! (9/2/2011)

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

DuQuoin State Fair

There are voices that define each generation. Watching Willie Nelson perform you’ll realize that willie Nelson is one. Nelson become an American icon during the 1970s – the outlaw cowboy, the real thing, that millions of urban cowboys dreamed they could be, and cowgirls fell in love with.

The words “country music superstar” don’t come anywhere near describing Willie Nelson. Neither does “living legend.” He’s more like a walking, talking, singing history book. Hits include: “Good Hearted Woman”, “Remember Me”, “If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time” and “Uncloudy Day”.

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Nora Jones: “Here We go Again” celebrating the genius of Ray Charles

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Hallelujah I Love Her So
Come Rain or Come Shine
Unchain My Heart
Cryin’ Time
Losing Hand
Hit The Road Jack
I’m Moving On
Here We Go Again
Makin’ Whoopie
SwingI Love You So Much (It Hurts)
What’d I Say

I don’t know if you have this album or not, but it has some real gems on it. Once again, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis collaborate at the Rose Theater in New York City, and this time they invited their friend Nora Jones to sing with them. The album is recording of their live performances on February 9th and 10th, 2009, featuring the music of the great Ray Charles. I’ve been listening to it again, all week, and it’s a special event to get to hear.


Tuesday, August 30th, 2011


Willie Nelson sings Coldplay’s, ‘The Scientist’ (for Chipotle)

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Attention, industrial farmers. Willie Nelson wants you to stop drugging your pigs and smashing them into compact, easily shippable pork cubes. So does Chipotle. So, the country icon and champion of family farms covered Coldplay’s hit “The Scientist” for this two-minute-plus pseudo-PSA, commissioned by the sourcing-conscious burrito chain. It will start running in theaters come September. (The song is also on iTunes.) Created by animator Johnny Kelly, whose portfolio also includes work for brands like Bacardi, the spot tells the story of a farmer who, after cramming his livestock into pens and pumping them full of hormones, suffers a crisis of conscience and returns to his roots as a sustainable farmer. Hence the video’s title, “Back to the Start.” —

Coldplay’s haunting classic ‘The Scientist’ is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, “Back to the Start.” The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the film and the soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of developing a sustainable food system

Farmers are helping farmers survive the drought; we can help the farmers, too

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011



Farm Aid urgently needs your help.

Record-setting drought is devastating farms in the High Plains, South and Southwest. For two months, the region has endured 100-degree heat and little or no rain. Farmers and ranchers are struggling to feed their livestock, pastures and crops are decimated and hay is nearly impossible to come by.

Without help, farmers will have to make the painful choice to sell off their livestock and give up on the hard work they’ve put in to build their farms and livelihoods.

When major disasters strike, farmers in need call Farm Aid. Farm Aid has already taken action, and last week the first truckloads of hay donated by Wisconsin farmers arrived to help drought-stricken farmers in Oklahoma.

Farm Aid has a long history of helping farm families survive disasters. We’ve had experience organizing haylifts like this one — but we need your donation right now to do more. Can you help by making a tax-deductible donation of $25, $100, $500 or $1,000?

Farmers are generously donating hay, but it’s going to take your help to deliver that hay to where it’s needed most. Your donation to Farm Aid right now will provide support for the haylifts, making that connection between farmers in need and farmers willing to lend a hand to help their fellow farmers.

Please make a contribution to Farm Aid’s Family Farm Disaster Fund right now and we will put that money to good work, helping family farms and ranches by feeding their hungry animals. Thank you for your generosity.

Stay Strong and Positive,
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Ray Price, Farm Aid 2011, ‘For the Good Times’ (8/13/2011, Kansas City, KS)

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011