Archive for August, 2012
Farm Aid Board Member Dave Mathews and his Band featured on Sirius/XM Radio September 1, 2012 (Yeah, that’s tomorrow)Friday, August 31st, 2012
SiriusXM presents Dave Matthews Band Radio, a special limited-run channel for the month of September, to celebrate the band’s upcoming eighth studio album, Away From the World. The channel will launch with an exclusive live broadcast of the Dave Matthews Band concert from the historic Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State on Saturday, September 1 at 11pm ET, which will be rebroadcast throughout the month.
Dave Matthews Band Radio will feature music, interviews and live recordings from the band’s archives. Listeners will also hear a special album preview in which the band members personally introduce each song on the new album — scheduled to be released on September 11 — and share their stories about the songs, each other and their 20-year career on the road.
by: Jennifer Fahy
In 1994, a severe drought across the Southeast spurred Farm Aid to organize a farmer-to-farmer emergency haylift to bring donated hay to farmers who had nothing left to feed their livestock. Willie Nelson himself helped to unload the trucks stacked with hay and it was then that he made the acquaintance of Ms. Fannie Simnacher, an Austin, Texas, cattle rancher who was feeling the effects of drought on her own farm. She and Willie were even featured in a 60 Minutessegment on TV about the drought.
In August, Ms. Simnacher, who still lives in the farmhouse she was born in and still has cattle with the help of a hired hand, celebrated her 100th birthday. Her birthday wish was to see Willie Nelson again. The good folks at Meals on Wheels made sure one of their favorite clients got her wish, contacting Farm Aid to see if we could help make Fannie’s 100th birthday a special one.
Willie, of course, was more than willing to make that happen and the meeting took place last weekend, just before Willie’s show at The Backyard in Austin. Willie and Ms. Simnacher chatted backstage for a bit, and then she and her granddaughter got to watch the concert from backstage.
Ms. Simnacher, with Willie, her granddaughter Joan, and Joan’s boyfriend Jeff.
We are so happy to not only know that a farmer we met back in 1994 is still keeping cattle down there in Texas (including a prized bull named after Willie!), but that we were able to be a small part in making her 100th birthday wish come true!
In a news story about her 100th birthday, the centenarian said that the secret to living old is loving God and getting outside to enjoy the sunshine. Possibly being a life-long Willie Nelson fan helps too!
Ms. Simnacher, from all of us at Farm Aid, happy birthday! You are an inspiration!
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MOBILE, Alabama – It seems BayFest organizers saved some of their biggest names for last, and some of their freshest.
Planners responsible for Mobile’s annual fall music festival unveiled the remainder of their lineup on Thursday. In addition to a long list of local and regional acts, they filled in the blanks for several top spots on main stages.
Superstar Willie Nelson will headline the festival’s AT&T/Southern Ford Dealers Stage on Saturday, Oct. 6, topping a slate that also includes Big & Rich, one of the most successful (and flashiest) pop-country breakout acts of the last decade, as well as critically acclaimed songwriter Randy Houser. Other top acts previously announced for that evening are Charlie Wilson, Mary Mary, Bush and Buckcherry.
The other major vacancy was Sunday, Oct. 7, on the Coca-Cola Stage. That’ll be filled by the bluesy, strutting rock of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, who’ll headline, and the uplifting reggae-influenced music of Michael Franti & Spearhead.
Both acts have enjoyed critical acclaim and popular success on the festival circuit recent years. Potter was a standout performer at the Hangout Music Fest in 2010 and 2011. Franti has appeared at the Hangout Fest all three years, where he’s been singled out for praise by organizers and even been given the key to the city of Gulf Shores.
The other major acts on Oct. 7 are Al Green, Tank, and Luke Bryan. Top acts on the festival’s first day, Oct. 5, also previously announced, are Ledisi, Eric Benet, Ruben Studdard, Journey, Pat Benatar and Pretty Lights.
Bobby Bostwick, president of the BayFest board, said the lineup might not leave everyone satisfied — it includes no rap headliners, for example — but that he was pleased overall. “I think we have a great variety this year,” he said.
Bostwick said newer Gulf Coast festivals with more tightly focused lineups have created high expectations among some music fans. BayFest is sticking to a broad spectrum that includes urban, country and gospel music, he said.
“I’m trying to hit a little something for everybody, within our price range,” he said. “We’re just not going to change and be one type of concert. That’s just not what BayFest is about.”
Weekend passes are $45 and are on sale now at www.bayfest.com with no service charge. Organizers said that starting Friday they also will be available at Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore and Regions Bank branches in the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama and Mississippi. By Sept. 7 they also will be available at Circle K stores throughout south Alabama and in the Florida Panhandle.
Single-day passes will be available again this year, costing $30 at the gate. They weren’t sold last year due to concerns about overcrowding, but Bostwick said that decision had proven unpopular with fans and had cost the festival money.
This year, public safety officials and festival organizers will monitor crowd levels closely and suspend sales if necessary, Bostwick said. A cap of 50,000 on weekend pass sales will again be in place, he said.
For more information, visit www.bayfest.com.
Premiere Tue, Sep 4th 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM
Dan Rather Reports travels to Austin, Texas, for an in-depth conversation with music legend Willie Nelson, along with other rising stars, about the current state of the music industry.
by Ron Hart
Perhaps the most arresting and thought-provoking commercial on television right now is for the Mexican grill chain Chipotle.
In spite of being funded primarily by McDonalds, one of the worst offenders of the kind of factory farming the ad is rallying against, the message conveyed in the animated spot transcends such inter-corporate catch-22s by “going back to the start” as dutifully stated in country legend Willie Nelson’s gorgeous cover of Coldplay’s “The Scientist” played during the broadcast. It is also just one of several winning songs featured on Heroes, the Texas outlaw’s anticipated return to Columbia via their intrepid catalog imprint Legacy Recordings.
In addition to his commandeering of Coldplay’s finest single, the Red Headed Stranger also takes ownership of several other beloved Generation X chestnuts across this fourteen cut collection, produced by veteran country luminary Buddy Cannon and featuring prominent appearances by sons Lukas and Micah as well as several of the singer’s most famous compadres. Particularly poignant is his heartened reimagining of Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe” that fills the soul in ways that Eddie Vedder’s baritone could never reach. Also of note, and seemingly out of left field, is a spin on Tom Waits’ Mule Variations ballad “Come On Up to the House” featuring guest vocals by Sheryl Crow that leaves you with a residue of hope that one day these two great songwriters could one day come together in collaboration in the near future. Heroes also finds Nelson pairing up with fellow C&W titan Ray Price for “Cold War With You”, a Floyd Tillman song the two friends originally recorded as a b-side for their “Faded Love” single back in 1980. Elsewhere, fellow seasoned senior Merle Haggard rides in for an update of Willie’s 1989 tune “A Horse Called Music”, while the great Billy Ray Shaver hangs with Nelson and future outlaw legend Jamey Johnson for the LP’s title track.
The songs penned by Lukas Nelson also prove to be particularly affecting as well, namely “Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her” and “The Sound of Your Memory”—two compositions that prove Daddy’s unshakable family ethics were not lost on his boy. And while Willie’s love for smoking the good old Mother Nature is about as famous as he is, never has it been prominently celebrated with such fuck-all elation as it is on “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die”, where he forms a posse with Johnson, longtime pal Kris Kristofferson and fellow brother of the sweet leaf Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) to express the wishes of what Keith Richards allegedly did with his dad’s ashes in the afterlife.
To place Heroes along with the likes of Shotgun Willie, Stardust and Teatro among Willie Nelson’s most revered masterpieces might be a bit of a stretch. But just a few months shy of his 80th birthday, it’s great to see the man as playful and poignant as he’s ever been in all his half-century-plus in the business.
Music video for ‘Just Breathe’, with Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson, from Willie Nelson’s new album, ‘Heroes’.
Willie Nelson – Heroes tracklist:
1. “A Horse Called Music”Merle Haggard & Lukas Nelson
2. “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die”Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson
3. “That’s All There Is To This Song”
4. “No Place To Fly”Lukas Nelson
5. “Every Time He Drinks He Thinks Of Her” Lukas Nelson
6. “Come On Up To The House”Lukas Nelson & Sheryl Crow
7. “Hero”Billy Joe Shaver, Jamey Johnson
8. “My Window Faces The South”Lukas Nelson
9. “The Sound Of Your Memory”Lukas Nelson
10. “Cold War With You”Lukas Nelson & Ray Price
11. “Just Breathe”Lukas Nelson
12. “My Home In San Antone”Lukas Nelson
13. “Come On Back Jesus”Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson
14. “The Scientist”