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Willie Nelson and Coach Darrell Royal

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

 
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AUSTIN, Texas — This last time Coach came to Willie.  The music drew him in. Just like that first time.

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Darrell Royal had won three national championship by the time Willie Nelson hosted his first Fourth of July Picnic.

It’s been 60 years since that first time back in the old City Coliseum on the south side of Town Lake. Darrell Royal, anonymous then with all the wins still to come, finding a seat in the back, remembering finding himself in the words. Willie Nelson, no red-headed stranger, not for years yet, on stage, finding his voice, tuning his stories.

The friendship, all 60 years, will be over soon. What will be left is silence and grief only to be soothed by the healing hands of time.

Darrell Royal won both games and recognition. He became the Coach, a soon-to-be icon at the University of Texas. As such, he was found in the front of the house and ushered to the back to meet Willie Nelson.

It was so simple, as all things would turn out to be in their friendship: Willie in a small room far behind the curtain, Royal introducing himself, sitting and talking music for awhile.

That they cross paths now, six decades later, on a tour bus, parked behind a church on a Sunday night in Austin is not the work of fame or some promoter or even the music. It goes beyond that.

It’s their friendship, ever-lasting, uncompromising and unquestioned. That has brought them back together. Just as it did six weeks ago with Willie showing up at Querencia Barton Creek, the assisted living facility just down the road where the Coach and his wife, Edith, live now, playing a few sad songs and a few gospels for his friend.

The Coach’s memory has faded. Dementia has taken hold. He needs help. There are good days, bad days and even worse ones, those around the 88-year-old coach said. Willie and the music calm his restless mind.

So it is these meetings, these talks and these few songs that serve as the final act for a friendship that has endured time and space.

It has been a friendship that was born of two like-minded men each with his own way of expression, neither ever taking the other for granted. Instead they appreciated the times they had together and the friendship that was never forced and has never been forgotten as each took his own separate path to fame.

“We just sort of ran into each other along the way,” Nelson said.

They were always there for each other as well.

In 1971, when Nelson’s Nashville home burned, Royal was there renting out the Back Door, an old Austin venue, making sure the place was full at $25 a couple with all the money going to Nelson’s out-of-work band members.

In ’73 when the Coach’s daughter Miriam died in a bus accident, Nelson was there with what he knew to give, a song ‘Healing Hands of Time.’ Nine years later he would sing it again to the Coach and Edith Royal when their son, David, was taken in a motorcycle accident.

There were lighter times, of course. Times when Willie played and Coach listened. After home games it was at the Villa Capri, Willie would pick and sing a few sad songs. Coach would be as close as he could get, trying to get in the music without being in the way.

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Willie Nelson was a football, basketball and baseball player in high school in Abbott, Texas.
 
“The best part of it was seeing somebody who had never been a part of those picking parties come in and next thing you know the singer or writer is over there signing one of their songs and they would get a little bit noisy drinking and having fun and Coach would calm them down right quick,” Nelson said. “He would go ‘Shhh,’ and when he did that you knew to shut up, the music was playing. I always got a big kick out of him closing down the room so people could hear.”  

“The words meant something to him,” said Spike Dykes, an assistant on Royal’s staff from ’72-’76. You had these two people who you would think, by looking at them were complete opposites. But they both grew up in the Depression in small towns. So they had similar backgrounds.

 “And then you listen to the words and they will get to you.”

 So too did the values each had.

 “Coach Royal is the most loyal person you will ever meet,” said Joe Jamail, a longtime friend to both. “If you need something and he can help, he is going to do everything he can to help. Willie is the same way.” 

The exterior of either — one bespectacled and stiff, the other long-haired and rebellious — didn’t matter. At least not to them. 

“Coach Royal is really big into being who you are and not something you’re not,” Dykes said. “So many people are playing games and telling you what you want to hear. Willie would tell it the way it is. [Royal] admired that Willie was always true to his form on his stance on anything. He may not agree with everything, but Coach respected that.” 

Each respect that they could be real and true with the other, that each was famous for who he had been on the sideline or stage didn’t matter. There was certainly admiration for the accomplishments, but there was more respect about how those accomplishments were earned. 

Now, as time has strengthened its grip on both, these moments — the Coach draped in a burnt orange jacket, assisted by several sets of hands making his way onto the tour bus and Willie, black shirt, back jeans, the red gone to gray but still back in a ponytail waiting for his friend — start to mean more because there won’t be many more. 

The friendship, all 60 years, will be over soon. What will be left is silence and grief only to be soothed by the healing hands of time. 

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Willie Nelson to Perform at Concert to benefit U.S. Veterans, Tampa, Florida (Aug. 29, 2012)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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Those near the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions this year can show support for the troops while getting entertainment from Willie Nelson and Flo Rida, courtesy of a new organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families.

Got Your 6, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for veterans and military families, announced the fundraising concerts today in a statement to The Huffington Post.

“This election cycle is extremely important for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, making it especially important for Got Your 6 to bring increased awareness of veteran issues to both parties at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions,” said Chris Marvin, the organization’s executive director. “With the support of this amazing line-up of artists, our two concert events this fall will bring a national spotlight to the urgent need for programs that bridge the gap between military service and civilian life.”

Country artists Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker will be performing at the concert on August 29, 2012, during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. And Grammy-nominated rapper Flo Rida will perform a week later, on September 5, near the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“These are not a political concerts,” said Greg Propper, a spokesman for Got Your 6. “They are awareness events that celebrate this generation of veterans, while making people realize the talents and skills they bring to the table. We’re happy to be hosting these at both conventions, because we believe this is one issue where both sides can agree.”

Got Your 6, which is sponsored by consortium of movers and shakers in the entertainment industry, began this year with the mission of improving the lot of military families and soldiers as they return home. The organization recently released a PSA that included Tom Hanks, Pharrell, Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker and Tracy Morgan.

More than a million members of the military will be re-entering civilian life over the next five years, according to the organization, and Got Your 6 is organizing efforts to ensure successful reintegration into their communities.

Willie Nelson, Tucson (2012)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Willie Nelson at the Fox Theatre, Tucson

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Willie Nelson interview “Country Music” (February 1976)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Country Music Magazine February 1976 by Patrick Carr

We begin with an ending of sorts. We are in Nashville on a drizzly night, packed into the Municipal Auditorium like so many high-rent sardines approaching the strung-out finale of the Disk Jockey Convenion 1975.

Taken together tonight, we are perhaps the most professional audience any of these Columbia/Epic acts are likely to play for at least another year: all of us are Somebodies in the country music business, and we’are all hip to the score. The Columbia/Epic actes bounce on stage and do whatever thing they do, three numbers each, one after the other. Tammy Wynette, Mac Davis, Barbara Fairchild, David Houston… it’s very democratic but pretty soon it becomes obvious which artists are getting corporate nod right now because all you really have to do is watch the company personnel pay or not pay attention. Nevertheless, it’s a subtle affair.

But when Willie Nelson and his band of gypsies make their entrance backstage, looking for all the world like some flying wedge of curiously benign Hells Angels, subtlety goes by the board and it’s plain that this year’s Most Likely To Succeed slot has just been taken with a vengeanance: a great shaking of hands begins.

The impression is confirmed when Willie proceeds to get up onstage with his full band (all the other acts were backed by the Columbia band) and play a 40-minute set that, except for a qute seemly absence of illegal drugs and teenage nudity among the audience, might just have well be happening in Texas on the 4th of July. This is the ending of sorts, and what it means is that after telling the Nashville powers-that-be to get lost and leaving town just three short years ago, Willie Nelson has become the country music wave of the future and is now accepting Nashville’s praise and promotional efforts on his own terms.

There is a postscript, though. Three or four hours later — after another couple of hundred handshakes, after attending a very high-rent Columbia party to which his band was not invited, and after behaving like a perfect gentleman through it all — Willie gets himself down to Ernest Tubb’s Record Store and plays for two hours while most every other star in town is out at Opryland all gussied up to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry amid great pomp and ceremony of the By Invitation Only Kind.

It isn’t that Willie couldn’t have shown up at the Opry — with his current Columbia-backed status, that’s a silly notion — and it isn’t that he’s trying a reverse-chic move like one of Nashville’s several dozen I’m-so-hip-isn’t-this-earthy tipes might attemps. It’s just that his old friend and musical hero Ernest was gracious enough to invite him, and that Ernest Tubb’s Record Store is still the best place in town to get down and play straight honky tonk music for the friends and neighbors.

Apart from being a rebel against Nashville’s creative restrictions, a culture hero, a real sweetheart, a person blessed with a highly sophisticated sense of humor, and the man who first made it possible for hippies and rednecks to co-exist under the protection of his music — all of which he is — Willie Nelson has always been one other thing. He has always been a wrtier and singer of the classic country honky tonk song, which is to say that he has always had a very precise, lonely, realistic understanding of the hard ways of this vale of tears in which we all live and suffer form time to time. This is the juke box Willie.

Historicallly, this music came out of more or less, his whol career up to today (which seems somewhat more optimistic when you consider the conclusions of the Red Headed Stranger album). It’s the kind of stuff — like “Hello Walls,” “Ain’t It Funny (How Time Slips Away),” “Pretty Paper,” “Touch Me” and all those other perfectly songs — that really say it to you when you’re down and getting kicked. Willie wrote most of it in Nashville when he was a highly-reputed songwriter trying to be a singing star, simultaneously going through the usual business of divorce, marriage, divorce, marriage and consequent craziness (or is that vice versa?) and running with the likes of Faron Young, Roger Miller, Mel Tillis and other distinguished crazy people.

A segment of my Willie Nelson interview:

Willie (laughing): “I think a lot of people got to thinking that everybody had to do the same thing Hank Williams did, even die that way if necessary. And that got out of hand. I always used to think George Jones got drunk because Hank Williams did, like he really thought that was what he was uspposed to do.”

Me: “You ever do that?”

Willie: “‘Course I did. That’s the reason I know it’s done.”

Me: “You still do it?”

Willie: “I still get drunk, but I’m not really mimicking anybody now. I have my own drunken style.”

These days, see, Willie won’t talk about the personal agonies of those Nashville years without humor, but it’s all there in the songs which made him one of Nashville’s most sought-after songwriters, and it came to a head during the years — his last year in Nashville — that gave rise to his Phases and Stages album. That year was a turning point, and it is chronicled in Phases and Stages. The album is an excruciatingly universal account of the way one man and one woman deal with their divorce (”That was the year I had four or five cars totalled out and the house burned down,” says Willie), but it ends with a very significant song called “Pick Up the Tempo.” It goes like so:

People are sayin’ that time will take care of people like me And that I’m livin’ too fast, and they say I can’t last for much longer But little they see that their thoughts of me is my savior And little they know that the beat ought to go just a little faster, So pick up the tempo just a little, and take it on home….

For a man hitting the crucial age of forty, those are important lines. They speak of an affirmation of life and a determination to triumph over its emotional problems, and they represent Willie’s decison to leave Nashville, move back home to Texas, and finally realize his potential which is, in fact, exactly what he did. “I knew I only had a few years left to do what I was gong to do, and I had to make a move,” says Willie. “I wasn’t going down there to quit. I was going down there with a purpose.” the purpose, quite simply, was first to make himself a national recording star, and then to use that power base to make damn sure that people like him could be free to make their own music their own way without having to starve in the process.

Remember, Willie has a history in this department. It was he who first chaperoned Charley Pride into the country music concept scene, bringing him on stage in Louisiana — actually kissing him right there in the spotlights – and risking God only knows what kind of backlash in the process. The risk, once taken, paid off: Charley was accepted because Willie was behind him. Similarly, Willie, used his high prestige and general likeability in country music artist circles to ease Leon Russell into the Nashville scene by surrounding him with Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, Jeanne Pruett and a whole galaxy of main-line performers when he was cutting the sequel to his “Hank Wilson” album.

Willie can get away with heresy because more than any other artist occupying the often-queasy ground between because more than any other artist occupying the often queasy ground between country and something else, his country credentials are in order — more to the point — he has never betrayed his roots.

So Willie arrived in Austin (where he was already a star), formed his present band around himself and his old compadre drummer Paul English (of “Me and Paul” fame), began booking his own dates and managing himself, set up that first media-shocking Picnic at Dripping Springs, connected with the local power elite in the person of Darrell Royal (coach of the University of Texas football team and a very influential citizen), and quickly assumed the role of main Godfather in the Austin scheme of things. That, incidentally, is some gig: you don’t know what a loyal crowd is until you’ve been to Austin and watched a whole clubful of liberated young things worship the ground good ol’ Willie walks on to quite embarrasing excess.

Along the way — just before that first Picnic, in fact — Ritchie Albright of the Waylors suggested that he get in touch with Neil Reshen, a New york manager and fixit person who at the time was looking to consolidate his country music holdings. Reshin already had Waylon as a client, and Willie followed suit. This action signified the arrive with the neccessary teeth for the coutlaw allliance Willie had been pondering for years, and it became a classic Beauty and the Beast operation that continues to this day.

An example of the dynamics of that Beauty and the Beast relationship:

Willie on Neil Reshen: “He’s probably the most hated and the most effective manager that I know of. He enjoys going up to those big corporations and going over their figures. He’s so sadistic, he loves to do it.”

And once again, Willie: “At least you know where you’re at with Neil. Nowhere.”

And again: “Anyone who can learn to like Neil can like anyone. It’s a challenge to like Neil.”

“Willie, how are you doing on that?”

“I’m coming along, I’m coming alone. I can stay around him a little while now.”

Althought the mere mention of Neil Reshen’s name has been known to send secretaries to the bathroom and turn grown executives into violent monsters (”He’s another of those guys I don’t understand how he lived so long with somebody really hurting him,” says Willie), you have to admit that while Willie and Waylon (”It’s like having a maddog on a leash,” says Waylon) may have been able to get out of Nashville’s grasp without him. It’s only through this man’s unspeakably vicious yet effective manner of dong business, that the outlaw bid for independent power on country music has avoided bankruptcy and actually shown a profit.

So, with the active assistance of New York Neil, Willie has established the power base he was after. It is now possible for Willie to record with Waylon or Kris or Leon (he’s planning a whole Willie/Waylon joint album), and what’s more, with the formation of Lone Star Records, he can get people like Jimmy Day, Johnny Darrell, Floyd Tillman, Billy C., Bucky Meadows, his sister Bobbie and other Texas worthies into the recording studio and, since Columbia Records pays for promotion and distribution under a joint Columbia/Lone Star deal, actually get the finished product before the public. Like Willie says, “We’re all togethe

hr, and we have the same idea about what we wnat to do, which is to do our thing our own way. I’m trying to get these guys to do for themselves what they’ve been bitching about people not doing for them.”

Willie’s long affair with the business of honky tonk music represents one considerable side of his character which may be traceable to the fact that he and his sister Bobbi (”it’s alwyas been me and her”) were raised without parents. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson divorced when Willie was a baby and Bobbi was there, and so for the first six eyars of his life Wilile was with his grandparents. For the next tne year, he was raised by his grandmoter alone, grandfather having passed away. That of coruse is a vast oversimplification, but the roots of his two divorces and highly creative loneliness must lie buried somewhere in there, just as the roots of his present, almost uncanny serenity must be located in the emotional steps he took to overcome his personal problems. Whatever, it is an absolute fact that the presnet-day Willie Nelson is most definitely not an individual still in conflict with himself.

In a sense, Willie Nelson now is in some sort of still-perceptive, still creative cruise-gear, moving through a world of incredibly high pressure with almost perfect equilibrium. You can hear this feeling on the Red Headed Stranger album (a concept suggested and assisted by his wife Connie, with whom he does in fact seem quite happy) and you can see it when, dead center in the eye of one of this nation’s strangest cultural hurricanes, he drifts through the absolute mayhem of his Picnic and somehow manages to be a rock-like source of calm and competence for (literally) thousands of the most outrageously uncalm, incompetent hustlers, freaks and assorted weirdos ever assembled under one patch of Texas sky.

It also shows when, in the middle of yet another night of pushing his ragged band through a set of half-tragic, half-boogie music and watching with a smile as his audience stumbles and whoops its way towards unconsciousness, it comes down to just him and his Spanish-style, gut-string amplified Martin, and for a while the most carefully emotional, beautifully balanced little collection of mood notes in the world go soaring through the rancid air.

This is the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt, Grady Martin and the other psychological gypsy guitar pickers from whom Willie developed his style; it is also the mark of a man who has really seen it all and can still look it straight in the eye.

Atlanta, Georgia: Willie is on a First Class trip. Laid out in the back of the limousine behind his big spade shades, he is relaxing into the ways of being a star with records on the charts. There’ll be no more no-money dives to play, and for a while there won’t even be any songwriting unless the fancy takes him. Willie explains that he’s not one of those poeple who get headaches when they’re not writing, and since his next two albums — a Gospel album and an album of Lefty Frizzel songs — are already in the can, all he really has to do is keep on showing up for Willie Nelson concerts.

There are also some interesting projects in the wind, and they might even get done. there’s the issue of a Red Headed Stranger movie, for instance (”If I had the money and any idea about how to do it, I’d be somewhere doin’ it right now”,) and the almost equally interesting notion of Willie, Ray Price, Roger Miller, Johnny Paycheck and Johnny Bush getting together to do a couple of original Cherokee Cowboy dates.

Tonight Willie’s nose will be back on the grindstone as once again he takes the stage with his gypsies and plays for the sticky young drunks and dopers of Atlanta. Tonight, once again, he’ll be up there doing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” and “Eileen Goodnight” with whoever wants to join in (this time it’s Tracy Nelson and Linda Ronstadt and Mylon LeFevre), and tonight there’ll be another endless hillbilly amnesia session up in the hotel room.

Tomorrow there’ll be another bloody mary morning when Paul, bless him, has paid the bills and checked us all out and onto the road again. But now, just for a while, Willie is thinking about his Gospel album and remembering that he was asked to quit teaching in Sunday School when they found out that Little Willie played the local Texas beer joints at night.

“Were you a good preacher, Willie?” I ask.

“Yes,” he says. “I really was.”

“Are you a religious man?”

“Yes,” he says, “Probably more than I ever was. Y’know?”

Somehow, when you really get serious about Willie Nelson, the answer is not at all surprising.

Kenny Chesney, Farm Aid 2005

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Kenny Chesney performs “Young” live at Farm Aid 2005 at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois on September 18, 2005. Get this concert on DVD at: http://FarmAid.org/2005DVD

Kenny Chesney adds a lot to a big music festival — he makes it bigger, with all his young, enthusiastic fans that come out to see him. This will be his third appearance at the annual fundraiser concert. His current tour with Tim McGraw was grossing $13 million a night, and his commitment to Farm Aid with his appearance is appreciated. The Farm Aid concert is great that it lets fans hear a wide range of music. I love that concert. Come if you can. I hope somebody broadcasts it on television for those who can’t make it. One year it was on pay per view, and that seemed to be a good fundraising idea. Historically, Sirius XM Radio has broadcast live from the concert, and I hope that’s the case again. Such amazing music! And the HomeGrown Village is packed with booths full of committed people talking and giving demonstrations about sustainable farming and fuel and living, wind and solar power, organic food, how to become a farmer, or how to join in a lawsuit against Monsanto. These are just a few of the booths I can think of off the top of my head. Farm Aid is such an experience, it builds up all week long with events in the host city, at local restaurants and farmers’ markets, culminating with a Farm Aid Eve Event with food and music, and a way to connect with others from around the country, and then the next day is the Farm Aid Concert. It’s quite an experience; you should make it a Family Vacation this September 22, 2012, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For more information: www.FarmAid.org.

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp founded Farm Aid in 1985 and serve on the board of directors. The three agreed that family farmers were in dire need of assistance and decided to plan a concert for America.

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.

For more, visit http://FarmAid.org/youtube

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WiIlie Nelson on the Porter Wagoner Show

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Willie Nelson & Family announce Sioux City, Iowa show (September 18, 2012)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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Willie Nelson & Family return to the beautiful Orpheum in Sioux City, IA, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, officials said Monday.  Nelson’s 2002 show at the Orpheum was sold out. He also appeared at the 520 Pierce St. venue in 2007.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at the Tyson Events Center box office at 401 Gordon Drive, at Tickemaster locations and at ticketmaster.com.

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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Heads up Paula Nelson Fans in Colorado! Paula Nelson Band announces Colorado tour in September

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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Back by popular demand!  Colorado music lovers love this band, and good news — Paula Nelson and the guys are coming back to Colorado in September, so mark your calendars!

Steve's Guitars, Carbondale CO

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Steve’s Guitars
19 North 4th Street
Carbondale, Colorado

 

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Thursday, September 6, 2012
Little Bear Saloon
28075 Main St.
Evergreen, Colorado
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Friday, September 7, 2012
Oskar Blues
1800 Pike Road
Longmont, Colorado
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Saturday, September 8, 2012
Oskar Blues
303 Main Street
Lyons, Colorado
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Sunday, September 9, 2012
Nissi’s Live Music Bistro
2675 North Park Drive
Lafayette, Colorado

Monday, September 10, 2012
Crystal Road House
20918 US Highway 24
Woodland Park, Clorado

See the band’s entire tour schedule here

Kenny Chesney signs up for Farm Aid 2012, Hershey, PA (September 22, 2012)

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Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney, Farm Aid 2008, Mansfield, Mass.

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Kenny Chesney has joined the lineup for the 27th annual Farm Aid concertcoming up September 22 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA.

Farm Aid founders Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson will all be back to perform at the event, which benefits and supports independent, family-run farms throughout the U.S.  Other artists slated to play at the concert include Neil’s wife Pegi Young and her group The Survivors, Willie’s son Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real.

Tickets for the event range from $35.75 to $99.75 and are now on sale through Ticketmaster.

Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, ‘Lucky Ole’ Sun’

Willie Nelson & Family and Friends, ‘Roll Me Up! (and smoke me)’

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Willie Nelson and Railroad Revival Tour launch from Duluth, GA

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

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The country music legend will headline first stop on 2012 Railroad Revival Tour in Duluth. Nelson and other performers will arrive in vintage train for fall concert at the Southeastern Railway Museum

The Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth will be the first stop in October for a Railroad Revival Tour concert featuring country music legend Willie Nelson as the headliner.

Also performing will be folk rockers Band of Horses, Grammy Award-nominated Jamey Johnson and actor-musician John C. Reilly and Friends.

Performers will arrive in a vintage train for the Oct. 20 concert at the museum located at 3595 Buford Hwy. About 8,000 to 10,000 fans are expected to attend the Saturday concert.

– What’s your favorite Willie Nelson song? Have you ever attended a Willie Nelson concert? Tell us in the comments below.

“The Railroad Revival Tour is a concert tour which seeks to focus attention on the importance of railroads to our nation’s past, present and future by holding concerts at railroad-affiliated locations and touring by train rather than by the more familiar bus,” acording to Jeffrey Hildebrand, marketing manager for the museum. “The Southeastern Railway  Museum is pleased to have been selected as the kickoff location for the 2012 concert series.”

Concert attendees will be able to tour the museum and see the special train assembled for the tour, Hildebrand said. “The museum will gain considerable publicity, and we hope to be able to turn many of the music fans into repeat visitors to the museum,” he said.

The Duluth City Council in a called meeting Monday (July 23) approved a special-use permit request by David Conway representing the Dripping Springs, Texas-based tour to allow loudspeakers to operate within 1,000 feet of residential areas near the railroad museum from 2 to 11 p.m. for the one-day concert.

During a public hearing on the permit request, Duluth Planning Director Glenn Coyne said the conditions for approval included directing the loudspeakers away from the Palisades and Grove Park subdivisions. Letters were sent to the homeowners by the applicant notifying them of the concert, Coyne said. There were four telephone inquiries from residents, but no opposition, he said. City staff recommended approval of the permit with a list of conditions.

Besides Duluth, the tour 2012 tour will travel to Memphis, TN; Old Town Springs, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; Tempe, AZ; San Pedro, CA; and Oakland, CA.

Early bird discount $55 tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. (EDT) Friday, July 27. For more information click here.

Last year’s inaugural concert traveled between Oakland, San Pedro, Tempe, Marfa, TX; Austin, TX; and New Orleans, LA. Featured performers were Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

All parking for the concert will be off-site. Tour organizers are negotiating to use  a grass River Green lot and parking lots at Gwinnett Center and the Atlanta Athletic Club. Shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from the concert venue for ticketholders.

Duluth Councilwoman Marsha Bomar suggested that “No Parking” signs be erected along Buford Highway to prevent concert-goers from parking there and that nearby merchants be informed about the concert.

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Willie Nelson, Tucson (3/6/2012)

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

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