Archive for June, 2015

Only Four More Days

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015


Raeylyn Nelson’s counting the days. Everyone’s excited!

Willie Nelson song in new Subaru commercial

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Willie Nelson’s, “I’ve Loved You All Over the World” is soundtrack for this sneak preview of new video about the joy the story of a Subaru Impreza owner taking his loyal, old dog on one more amazing trip.

About This Commercial:

DescriptionThe bond between a man and his dog is as strong as the Subaru Impreza. In his furry best friend’s golden years, the pair finish the dog’s bucket list while Willie Nelson’s “I’ve Loved You All Over the World” plays in the background: filling shopping carts up with tennis balls, 14 and 3/4 birthday cakes, a brand new leather shoe to chew on and fixing mends with old girlfriends. Make the most out of every mile with Subaru.

Dogs are the best. No, this isn’t a subtle shot at cat lovers, but dogs make loyal companions who will form a bond with you that you’ll never be able to find anywhere else. Besides, the feelings you get when you walk through the door and a dog sees you is amazing. Imagine being greeted by your dog for the very first time, only this happens every time. So whether we see a laundry basket full of puppies or an older dog with a little salt and pepper on his face, it warms the heart and makes you feel all fuzzy inside. Dogs are pretty awesome.

This is the case in this 30-second ad from Subaru highlighting the Subaru Impreza. Willie Nelson’s “I’ve Loved You All Over the World” plays in the background setting the right mood. We see a man and his best friend going through a bucket list, full of items and to-do experiences. From one hundred tennis balls, an almost-there birthday cake, a brand new leather shoe to chew on, to even breaking a few rules and getting a swim in at the local motel pool that doesn’t allow dogs, the owner doesn’t hold back on his list. He even sets up a reunion between his dog and the dog’s old girlfriend! That deserves some kind of awesome owner award doesn’t it? It’s sweet to see an owner provide as much happiness and joy as he can for his beloved companion, just like the dog has provided for his owner all his life.

Willie Nelson sings on hidden track of Kacey Musgraves album, “Are You Sure”

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015


by: Annie Reuter

Read entire article, listen to interview here.

Kacey Musgraves credits Willie Nelson as being a huge supporter. In fact, Nelson not only took Musgraves on tour with him last year, he even sings on a hidden track, “Are You Sure,” at the very end of the album.


The collaboration came about while she was on Nelson’s tour bus and asked him why he doesn’t play the song live anymore.

“He couldn’t believe I knew it,” she recalls of the song, which Nelson first recorded in the 1960s. “I just really loved it. It’s very honest and very country, [and] it’s a neat perspective. He seemingly pulled a guitar out of a cloud of smoke and started strumming. I was of course dying inside a little bit.”

Nelson told Musgraves that he’d love to sing on the track with her and even brought his iconic guitar Trigger to play on the song.

“It was meant to be a hidden track at the end. A little nugget for people who make it to the end of the record,” she says.

Just as much as her hidden track is a surprise for fans, it’s also something she cherishes.

“I had so much fun creating this record and wanted to convey a classic, even tone throughout the whole thing,” she concludes. “I hope the live spirit we wanted to capture came across.”

Another Willie Nelson Fan, in Bend, Oregon (every picture tells a story, don’t it)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015


Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard on NPR’s best songs of 2015 (so far) list

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015


…2015…so far

NPR Music is launching an online radio station today with the best songs of 2015 (so far), and Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard’s “He’s the Only Man Wilder Than Me” is on the list.

Give the station a listen here:

Neil Young donates tickets to Lincoln, NE concert with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real to support Bold Nebraska — July 11, 2015

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015


Click here to buy tickets to see Neil Young in concert + Bold Nebraska’s “Politics & Pints” on July 11th.

Our hero and fellow Pipeline Fighter Neil Young is coming to Lincoln on Saturday, July 11th to perform a concert at Pinnacle Arena with the band Promise of the Real — which includes Lukas and Micah Nelson.

For anyone who attended the “Harvest the Hope” concert last fall, Promise of the Real stood out as a force. Rock legend Neil Young teaming up with the Nelson boys is a show that cannot be missed!

Neil has generously donated a batch of tickets to his July 11th concert to Bold Nebraska, which we have put on sale as a part of a fundraiser that also includes admission to our pre-concert “Politics + Pints” event with speakers, local musicians, and Special Guests.

Click here to purchase tickets.

(**Your concert tickets will be held for pick-up at Vega during the pre-concert “Politics & Pints” event**)


  • 1 ticket to the Saturday July 11th Neil Young & Promise of the Real concert at Pinnacle Arena in Lincoln, NE
  • Admission and a guaranteed seat at the Bold Nebraska Pre-Concert “Politics + Pints” event at Vega (2-minute walk from Pinnacle Arena)
  • 1 “Harvest the Hope” concert poster (must be picked up at Vega pre-concert event)
  • WHAT: Bold Nebraska “Politics + Pints” Event
  • WHERE: VEGA: 350 Canopy Street #220, Lincoln, NE 68501
  • WHEN: Saturday, July 11th 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • MUSIC: The Bottle Tops and more to be announced soon
  • SPEAKERS: Jane Kleeb (Bold Nebraska); Shane Davis (founder; Greg Grey Cloud (Wica Agli); Art Tanderup (farmer and host of Harvest the Hope); Special Guests; more to be announced soon
Neil’s new album is called “The Monsanto Years,” and his current tour is focused on the risks that corporation brings to farms and our food system. The “Politics & Pints” event will focus on issues around Monsanto and other threats to our land and water.

(You may also RSVP to attend the “Politics & Pints” event if you’re not going to the Neil Young concert, but the only way to be guaranteed a seat is to purchase a ticket through the Bold Nebraska website.)

Click here to buy tickets to see Neil Young in concert and attend Bold Nebraska’s “Politics & Pints” pre-concert event at Vega.

Looking forward to rocking out again together with Neil!

Jane Kleeb and the Bold Nebraska team

Willie Nelson leads star-studded Waylon Jennings tribute in Austin (July 6, 2015)

Monday, June 29th, 2015


The star-studded lineup of performers also includes Alison Krauss, Robert Earl Keen, Chris Stapleton, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, son Shooter Jennings, widow Jessi Colter, and Billy Joe Shaver. Producers Buddy Cannon and Don Was will serve as musical directors; the latter will lead the backing band as well.

The event is being filmed and recorded for release at a future date.

—Juli Thanki,

Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss at Marymoor Park in Seattle (6/27/15)

Monday, June 29th, 2015

marymoorphoto:  Gary Miller

Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss Enchant Seattle Stage

Two very different bands form an enjoyably mismatched partnership on summer tour
by:  Mike Seely

While their frequent bluegrass jams leave plenty of room for musical imagination, Alison Krauss and Union Station are the portrait of technical precision live. Krauss is a virtuosic fiddle player who boasts a voice that flutters high above her band’s well-choreographed ballet of strings, with Jerry Douglas’ Dobro piercing through the pine.

Saturday night at tree-lined Marymoor Park in suburban Seattle, Krauss, dressed like a classical musician in a black dress shirt and slacks, relayed a remark that an anonymous observer made about Douglas’ connection to his lap guitar. “I always forget it’s an instrument,” said the onlooker. “I always think it’s his voice.”

As for Krauss’ voice, dry air had rendered it nearly inoperative in Utah a week ago. Fortunately for the Seattle crowd, which cooled itself with portable fans in the midst of 90-degree heat, her pipes had regained their strength by Saturday. Kicking off their set with the tender “Let Me Touch You for Awhile,” the band quickly showed its range by delving into “Who’s Your Uncle?”, a rip-roaring instrumental composition from Douglas that Krauss told the crowd she’d nicknamed “Ride the Donkey.”

“If you knew my uncle, you could call it that,” joked Douglas in reply.

Union Station doesn’t feature a drummer, with Krauss’ rhythmic violin-tapping the closest the band gets to percussion. On Saturday, they took a plodding ballad, “Ghost in This House,” and relaxed the tempo even more. After Krauss shared an anecdote about being starstruck while singing alongside Seattle native Ann Wilson during the taping of the Heart concert special Night at Sky Church, Dan Tyminski stepped in on lead vocals for the foot-stomping “Rain Please Go Away” and the tragicomic “Wild Bill Jones,” glowering at the crowd like a territorial bulldog, no matter how sweetly he sang.

Among the highlights of any Union Station show are Krauss’ quirky introductions of her longtime bandmates, most of whom she’s been playing with for upwards of 20 years. Introducing banjo player Ron Block, she revealed that he’s from Torrance, California, “where they like to make a lot of vegetarians, but not our Ronnie.” She later engaged in a hilariously nuanced conversation about fowl hunting with bassist Barry Bales, and remarked of Tyminski’s strange-bedfellow collaboration (“Hey Brother”) with the Swedish DJ Avicii, “We didn’t know who Avicii was. We though it was a mysterious skin growth or something.”

After Krauss and Union Station’s short encore that included a gorgeous, a cappella version of “Down to the River to Pray,” co-headliner Willie Nelson and his family band quickly got joints blazing and toes tapping on a more earthbound kind of grass. (Kenny Chesney was simultaneously playing at a football stadium a few miles away, but the amount of shoeless feet at Marymoor doubtless had No Shoes Nation licked.) A Lone Star flag was dramatically unfurled as Nelson and his disarmingly casual crew started their set with “Whiskey River.” In stark contrast to Krauss and her collaborators, fully half of Nelson’s band consists of percussionists, with a drumline fronted by Paul English, a real-life outlaw who doubles as the group’s enforcer. Whereas Krauss and Union Station present themselves as the best musicians that could possibly have been curated for inclusion in their band, Nelson’s sidemen, while perfectly competent, appear as though they’ve been enlisted simply because the braided legend likes having them around.

Most aging musicians who choose to stay on the road justifiably recruit younger players who compensate for whatever artistic shortcomings advanced maturation might wreak. Not Nelson. At 82, his guitar-playing remains nimble and adventurous, to the point where it could qualify as free jazz; he never plays the same solo twice, straying far from a tune’s rhythm before miraculously finding his way back to the beat.

While Nelson’s set featured most of his classic hits, including “Always on My Mind” and “On the Road Again,” he played nearly as many covers as originals, with Mickey Raphael’s harmonica buoying Lefty Frizzell’s “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time.” Like most of his bandmates, Raphael, a tall, striking presence clad in black denim, meanders around the stage as though he’s oblivious to the thousands of faces staring back at him.

Toward the end of the set, after Nelson introduced “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” as a “new gospel song” he’d written, two of his offspring, Micah and Amy, stepped to a microphone near their dad, slung their arms around one another and sang call-and-response backing vocals while Amy recorded the proceedings on a smartphone. At that point, attendees must have felt as though they’d crashed a raucous family party, with the coolest granddad ever leading sing-alongs on a resin-stained guitar.

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Monday, June 29th, 2015


Willie Nelson Pick of the Day: 4th July Picnic 2014

Monday, June 29th, 2015


Thank you Guthrie Thomas and Budrock Prewitt, for the cool 2014 Picnic Guitar Picks!

To see more picks, and see if you would like to order some for your band or business:

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2015 (Austin, Texas)

Monday, June 29th, 2015


Mardi Gras in the SuperDome, featuring Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett (February 18, 1980)

Monday, June 29th, 2015



Thanks, Budrock Prewitt, for sharing another poster from your cool, rare collections.

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, “Alice in Hululand”

Monday, June 29th, 2015
by: Chris Parton

Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard team up for some pickin’ & grinnin’ in paradise in their new video for “Alice in Hulaland.” Filmed in Hawaii, Nelson’s home-away-from-the-road, the clip is filled with sunshine, sand and smiles from the pair of longtime buddies.

The track comes from their recent Number One album, Django and Jimmie — named after Nelson and Haggard’s respective musical heroes, jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and country pioneer Jimmie Rodgers — and features a sound heavy on beachy steel guitar and carefree harmonica.

In the video, 82-year-old Nelson and 78-year-old Haggard relax with their acoustic guitars, looking totally at ease. Haggard even sports a pot-leaf-adorned hat, while Nelson — whose frame of mind needs no identifying symbols — kicks back in shades and a straw cowboy hat.

The lyrics to “Alice in Hulaland” are all about a sweet girl whom some might describe as a groupie. Naturally, the clip includes some pretty ladies, but it’s made to look more like an innocent home movie, not the pseudo peepshows that have become so common in modern country videos. Adding to the home-movie feel are scenes of beachfront shops and colorful locals, giving the impression that viewers might actually be getting a glimpse into what Nelson’s life on the green islands is really like.

After a pair of dates with Alison Krauss & Union Station this weekend, Nelson will adjourn to his home in Austin to prepare for his annual Fourth of July Picnic. Haggard is also on the bill, along with Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell. Many of those same artists, led by Nelson, will participate in a July 6th tribute to Waylon Jennings, also in Austin.

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Willie Nelson meets with Idaho ranchers

Monday, June 29th, 2015
by:  John O’Connell

Photo submitted Idaho ranchers Mabel and Grant Dobbs meet with musician Willie Nelson prior to his June 19 concert in Nampa, Idaho, to discuss concerns about agriculture. Nelson is an original founder of Farm Aid, which works to keep family farms in business.
A Weiser, Idaho, ranching couple got to visit with musician Willie Nelson about agricultural issues as part of his Farm Aid program.

NAMPA, Idaho — Idaho ranchers Mabel and Grant Dobbs had 15 minutes inside of Willie Nelson’s tour bus to discuss pressing challenges in agriculture while one of their favorite entertainers nodded in agreement.

The brief meeting prior to Nelson’s June 19 concert here was arranged by staff with Farm Aid, an organization devoted to protecting the family farm, founded by Nelson and fellow musicians Neil Young and John Mellencamp.

According to Farm Aid staff, Nelson was concerned about the stories of struggling farmers he met on the road in the 1980s when he formed the organization and still prioritizes meeting with agricultural producers when he tours.

Mabel and Grant, of Weiser, spoke with Nelson on behalf of the Idaho Organization of Resource Councils and its parent organization, the Wester Organization of Resource Councils. Mabel said Farm Aid has offered grants to both organizations, including for an Idaho campaign to enact legislation governing sales of home-produced “cottage” food products.

That bill stalled in the Legislature, so IORC is backing a rule-making process by Idaho’s health districts to clarify which cottage products are allowed and policies regarding their production. A public comment period on the rule-making process ends July 24.

Mabel became involved in WORC in the late 1980s, assisting in its efforts to help farmers cope with credit challenges, prompted by personal experience. She and her husband had struggled to stay in business, having expanded their ranch property just before a farm credit crisis. They advocated for legislation to force banks to mediate with producers and seek to find alternate means to resolve credit issues before foreclosure.

Mabel said the bill failed and “thousands of farmers and ranchers went down.” As they seek to transfer their farm and ranch to their youngest daughter, Mabel said producers still face many of the same challenges.

Mabel told Nelson, “You started Farm Aid 30 years ago. I got involved 28 years ago, and the fight goes on. You and I are getting much older, but the need is still there.”

Mabel and Grant also addressed water quality, the need for more transparent deliberations regarding trade agreements, the lack of transparency in livestock markets and country of origin labeling on meat.

Mabel opposes ongoing efforts in Congress to repeal country-of-origin labeling, believing it provides useful information to the consumer, while the law’s critics fear trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico.

Farm Aid spokeswoman Jennifer Fahy said her organization provides grants to like-minded organizations and also does its own work, including operating a hotline that directs producers to resources in their regions.

“We’ve worked quite a bit on crop insurance to make sure farmers have that security net,” Fahy added.

Fahy said roughly 60 percent of Farm Aid’s revenue comes from sales of concert tickets and merchandise, with the rest coming from donations. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

The next Farm Aid concert, featuring the four member musicians and guests, is scheduled for Sept. 19 at a location yet to be named.


Willie Nelson, Tab Benoit, “Rainy Day Blues”

Monday, June 29th, 2015