Archive for January, 2015
On January 31, 2004, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform live installment of CMT Crossroads from Houston, Texas.
Ben Dorcy is once again being honored with the “Third Annual Ben Dorcy Day” concert and celebration on February 22, 2015, at Floores Country Store.
Wade Bowen and William Clark Green will headline, along with other surprise guests. There are a group of folks in the music business who care about Ben and help support him. This is one of those efforts , and all the artists who will play, will play for free. It will be a great show, and chance to honor a long time member of the Willie Nelson & Family crew.
You can purchase tickets on line at www.liveatfloores.com
The Third Annual Ben Dorsey Day
February 22, 2015
John T. Floores Country Store
Doors at 7PM; Show starts at 9PM.
If you live outside Texas, but want to support the fundraising efforts, you can purchase tickets through Floore’s website. Then, e-mail email@example.com and let them know you bought tickets you won’t be using. Let’s join the Ben Dorsey Team.
Ben was honored with Green Room at Floores Country Store.
Also, Ben was inducted into Bandera Music History Project Hall of Fame earlier this year.
How many people can claim the first induction into the Roadie Hall of Fame during Nashville’s 2009 “Roadie Palooza,” or have an annual day in their name at Floore’s Country Store? How many have an “Ode” written to them by Waylon Jennings? How many can boast a lifetime spanning a stint in the United States Navy, time with the Ice Capades and a turn with Hollywood’s Nudie Cohn, the man who put rhinestones on rhinestone cowboys like Porter Waggoner, and a valet for John Wayne
The man is a rock star. If you can make it to Floores, show up and honor the legend.
On January 30, 2004, the movie “The Big Bounce”, opened.
Thank you, Mark, from Willie Nelson’s Museum and General Store, (www.WillieNelsonMuseum.com), for finding this gem, a still from the movie, “The Big Bounce” released in 2004, also starring Owen Wilson, Gary Sinese, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Sheen, Bebe Neuwirth, Harry Dean Stanton, Gregory Sporleder, Steve Jones, Director: George Armitage
by: Tony Sauro
Willie Nelson quite probably is the only musician whose image ever will appear “on the cover of the Rolling Stone” at age 81.
Not too many country musicians — with Nelson’s long-haired hippie/cowboy look and vibe — have established that level of cultural universality.
It might be ironic. “Cover of the Rolling Stone,” a sardonic 1972 song recorded by Dr. Hook (Dennis Locorriere) & the Medicine Show — from Union City, N.J. — was written by Shel Silverstein (1930-99), who supplied country singers with hit songs and children with timeless books (“The Giving Tree,” “A Light in the Attic,” “Where the Sidewalk Ends”).
Nelson, from Abbott, Texas, has developed the same kind of multi-tiered, permanently faithful audience and mainstream familiarity.“At Home With America’s Most Beloved Outlaw” and “All Roads Lead to Willie” is how Rolling Stone’s editors expressed it in the Aug. 28, 2014, edition. That destination is Luck (Willie World), Texas, a tiny town west of Austin that Nelson had built for a movie version of “Red-Headed Stranger.”
A 1975 concept album, it swept him to a rarefied level of artistry — and new, younger audience — rarely conceded to “country-western” singer-songwriters.
He’ll join Ed Sheeran, Usher, Janelle Monáe and Coldplay’s Chris Martin for a Feb. 10 concert dedicated to Stevie Wonder. It’ll be televised Feb. 16 on CBS. Nothing “country” about that.
Of course, Nelson’s infamous bus keeps rolling him down those roads — where he’s developed a familial following of loyalists with The Family Band.
He returns to Stockton on Tuesday, bringing his equally loyal band to the Bob Hope Theatre. In recent years, he’s performed there as well as Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, the San Joaquin County Fair and Stockton Ballpark. Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys, too.
When Nelson plays his two-hole acoustic guitar — with signature headband or hat — in front of a huge Texas state flag, his followers always get to hear Mickey Raphael, 64, one of the world’s primo harmonica players. Genuine outlaw Paul English — profiled in the Oxford American’s winter 2014 issue devoted to “Texas Music” (“The Man Behind Willie Nelson”) — Billy English, Kevin Smith and sister Bobbie Nelson have stayed with him, too. Jody Payne (1936-2013) and Bee Spears (1951-2011) were there until the end.
Nelson is one of the most prolific artists in any genre — 17 albums in the past 10 years — has released 117 albums and 110 singles, 25 of which reached No. 1, during a 59-year career.
That includes “Band of Brothers” and “December Day,” the first volume from his “Stash” — a sly reference to his marijuana diet and IRS issues — of material he recorded with Bobbie Nelson, The Family Band keyboard player.
In recent years, The Family Band ethic has spawned recording careers for son Lukas Autry, 26, who leads his own L.A.-based group (Promise of the Real). They’re opening for Neil Young on his 2015 tour. Daughter Paula Nelson, 44, has her own band and a new album (“Under the Influence”).
Nelson’s shows are laid-back, generous, almost informal — covering major songs (“Crazy,” “Night Life,” “Always on My Mind,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground” and, naturally, “On the Road Again.”
He’s received almost every available award and is widely respected for helping found Farm Aid, which supports American family farms nearing extinction.
Once “Homeless and Broke” in the estimation of a 1991 National Enquirer headline, Nelson told Rolling Stone’s Patrick Doyle in a 10-page story:
“I just like to keep moving. I could lie down and go to sleep and not go anywhere or do anything real easy. I’m lazy. I have to make myself do it. But once I do, I’m happy.”