Archive for September, 2015

Willie Nelson & Family, Farmers & Friends: Pick of the Day

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


30 years and close to 100 Million Dollars is what this one man, his Family, and his Friends have raised to help the farmers of America. It took 30 long days to make these picks.  That’s nothin’. It takes up to 100 longer days, every day, to grow one ear of corn. That’s somethin’. Designed by Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt and a guy that knows that being a farmer is one of the most difficult jobs on this earth. Here’s to you Willie and every single Farmer in America. Enough said.” — Guthrie thomas

Thanks so much, Guthrie.  They are beautiful.

Willie Nelson, “You Ought to Hear Me Cry”

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


Willie Nelson, Farm Aid 30 (Chicago)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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Thanks to Mary Francis Andrews for these great photos she took at Farm Aid in Chicago on September 20th.

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Austin Dining Experience Includes Ride in former Willie Nelson & Family Tour Bus

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


A new dinner series from Apis Restaurant and Apiary introduces an entirely immersive experience for fans of the Red Headed Stranger.

The restaurant, known for its bee and honey motif, is launching Willie Wednesdays, a Hill Country excursion in the former Willie Nelson’s Family Band tour bus followed by a succulent supper at Apis.

Apis has partnered with vehicle rental company Vintage Innovations, which not only owns and operates the bus but also employs Nelson’s granddaughter, Rebecca Thomas.

“When we heard about Willie’s Family Band bus and what Rebecca, Willie’s granddaughter, was offering through Vintage Innovations, we saw an opportunity to welcome people in Austin to what Spicewood has to offer,” said Apis Co-owner Casie Hall in a statement.

The journey begins at the Willie Nelson statue in front of ACL Live in downtown Austin. Guests are picked up by the tour bus — the same one that madeheadlines when it popped up on Craigslist — and escorted to Spicewood for a guided tour of the Apis property. Once at the restaurant, guests are greeted with a drink and treated to a three-course dinner designed by Chef Taylor Hall.

“Guests are able to experience a little taste of Willie Nelson’s life,” notes a release, by riding on the bus, interacting with his granddaughter, and visiting the city where his ranch is located.

The price per guest for this unique experience is $150, which includes transportation, dinner, one drink, tax, and gratuity. There are only 20 spaces available each week, so reservations are required.

The Willie Wednesdays series begins Wednesday, September 30, and runs through November 18.

I’ve loved you all over the world — Willie Nelson for Suburu

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Subaru Impreza Commercial 2015 Make a Dog’s Day Song by Willie Nelson. Subaru Impreza TV Spot, ‘Make a Dog’s Day’ Song by Willie Nelson. The 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.


Stop Factory Farms

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


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Thanks to Alice from Georgia, for taking this picture.

“Old Wore Out Cowboys” — by Ward Davis, with Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


Album Release: September 18, 2015

Ward Davis Singer Songwriter

From the heart and hands of singer, songwriter Ward Davis, “15 Years in a 10 Year Town” is a gritty compilation of Americana music that tells a story of redemption. The album takes a step away from the Nashville “Bro Country” culture and gets back to the traditional American music roots. The captivating acoustic experience embraces the mistakes of the past, questions the soul, and finds salvation in love.

 Singer/Song writer Ward Davis, from Nashville, Tennessee,  co-wrote, “Unfair Weather Friend”, with Marla Cannon-Goodman.   The beautiful song appears on Willie Nelson’s album that he recorded with Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie.”   The duet is beautiful, and one that Willie and Merle have been singing on their tour together.
Ward  Davis also wrote the song , “Old Wore Out Cowboys”, and recently Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson recorded the song for Ward’s new album, “Fifteen Years in a Ten Year Town”
You can purchase Ward Davis’ new album here.

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Here are Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard singing, “My Unfair Weather friend”

Three Nights with Willie Nelson & Kacey Musgraves (Dec. 29, 30, 31st) (ACL) Austin

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

at The Moody Theater

310 Willie Nelson Blvd
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 225 7999

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Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
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SECOND NIGHT!WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY NEW YEARwith Kacey Musgravesand special guest Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

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THIRD NIGHT!WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY NEW YEARwith Kacey Musgravesand special guest Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

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Willie Nelson’s California Picnic (8/2/1980)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015




See Folk Uke in Austin at the Saxon Pub — October 10th, 2015

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


How would you like your coffee? With Willie Nelson, of course

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015



or in a Willie Nelson coffee mug, at least.  I’ve never seen this one.  Thanks, Phil.  This is a nice one.

Willie Nelson @ 1st annual Pilgrimage Music Festival

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015


photo:  Terry Wyatt
by:  Kris Rutledge

The Pilgrimage Music Festival had many people scratching their heads in its inaugural year. Not only was the Tennessee-based festival taking place in late-September, it was set to end at 7:30 p.m. both nights. The headliners didn’t follow any sort of musical pattern (except that their names all begin with the letter W), and the location was a place most people had never heard of. So how exactly did Pilgrimage Festival end up being one of the best festivals of 2015?

On its website the fest says it’s inspired by friendship, history, and the desire to create a meaningful experience. So it only makes sense that the lineup and festival grounds would reflect that. In terms of history and meaningful experiences, you can’t go wrong with Wilco, Weezer and Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson played a smooth set heavy on hits and cover songs.  Country’s greatest living legend always lives up to his name.  This was my sixth time seeing Nelson and along with Neil Young he’s the most consistent classic act around, and as exciting of a performer today as he ever was.

Read ‘s complete review of the festival here:


2nd Annual Poodie’s Party Golf Tournament and Music Festival (Oct. 3, 2015) (Spicewood, Tx)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015



It’s time for the 2nd Annual Poodie’s Party No Bad Days Golf Tournament & Music Festival benefitting Helping Hand Crisis Ministry of Spicewood and towards the purchase of Musical Instruments benefitting the students of Spicewood Elementary!!

Please make plans to join us Saturday, October 03rd, 2015 at Willie Nelson’s Cut-N-Putt, Pedernales Golf Club,
807 Paisley Drive, Spicewood, Texas 78669 (512)264-1489

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• $75 per Player/$300 per Team of 4 Players (includes the Music Festival)
• 4 man 9 hole scramble
• 8am Check-In for a 9am Tee Off of 11 Teams that includes Breakfast
• 12pm Check-In for a 1pm Tee Off of 11 Teams that includes lunch

• $20 Admission for Music Festival Only
• 12 and under FREE!!!
• Live Music from 12 Noon-7pm
* Waylon Payne, Ru Coleman, Bobby Boyd, Jimmy Lee Jones, The Troubadillos, Bad Rodeo, Fabrizlo Poggi & Chicken Mambo, and THE LARRY BUTLER SHOW featuring Larry Butler, Greg and Denny Coleman, Carl Wats, Brian Collins, Loretta Turner, Mike Samuels, Joe Butler, Janet Lynn, Brent Wilson
• Hosted by the Totally Terrific Troubadillos

• Food and Refreshments (BYOB No Alcohol Sales)
• Crafts
• Face Painting



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Willie Nelson, “Still is Still Moving To Me” (Farm Aid 30) (Chicago, IL)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Farm Aid 30: Why Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews are still involved

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

by:  Nick Krewen

CHICAGO — To say that Farm Aid, the annual music festival fundraiser for family farms and farmers, “celebrated” its 30th anniversary this month at Northerly Island would be a bit of a misnomer.

Certainly, there were some festivities, as an impressive lineup of top musicians including Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews, rock band Imagine Dragons, R&B legend Mavis Staples and singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, provided nearly 12 hours of music, entertaining an estimated 27,000 in attendance at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Sept. 19. But the truth of the matter is that 30 years after Nelson organized the first Farm Aid in Champaign, Illinois — raising more than $48 million towards the cause over the last three decades, excluding the most recent event — the plight of the U.S. farmer remains in crisis.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) lists the current number of U.S. farms at 2.2 million; it also admits that less than 1 percent of the country’s 313 million citizens “claim farming as a profession;” that farm production expenses average $109,359 per year per farm and that “fewer than 1 in 4 of the farms in this country produce gross revenues in excess of $50,000.” Foreclosures, deep debt, industrial agriculture muscling in and manipulating prices to the point where non-corporate agriculturalists are lowballed for less-than-market crop prices, and high-level stress that often leads to depression and suicide.

The situation is still dire, warned the non-profit charity’s co-founder Neil Young at the Farm Aid 30 press conference.  “The American farm is disappearing. This is a reality,” Young stated. “We keep saying, ‘We’re fighting…we’re fighting,’ but it is disappearing.”

Young says a dearth of younger generation farmers isn’t helping the cause, especially when aging farmers hand over their livelihoods to their kin, only to watch it be sold to corporate interests. “We’ve only got a few young people involved. The farms are going to change hands.  We know when the farms change hands; that’s when the corporations come in and grab another slice.”

Still, war wages on, fighting commercial behemoths like agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology giant, and genetic seed modifier Monsanto and Tyson Foods Inc., the world’s leading processors of poultry, pork and beef, two companies whose multi-billion-dollar deep pockets and alleged government collusion have transformed them into formidable foes, said Young, whose latest album The Monsanto Years particularly takes one company to task.

“We’re up against a gigantic force that keeps coming at us from everywhere,” Young stated. “It’s centered in our government, and it’s backed up by multinational corporations who have taken over the farmland of the United States, who produce 90 percent of the corn.”

Farm Aid 30 press conference — photo credit: Nick Krewen.Young says the latest crisis farmers are facing is “seed control.”

“Seeds are owned by these companies, so farmers can’t trade the seeds,” he explained. “Currently, there’s a bill in the Senate that, if it passes, will make it illegal to trade seeds farther than 3 to 5 miles.

“Because of our government and the money that they’re taking from the multinational corporations, we are being forced to give up the right for our farmers to trade seeds,” he added.  “We need seed justice in this land.”

This public advocacy is one of the crucial differences Farm Aid has made in the lives of farmers: standing up for the little guy.

“The fact that Farm Aid even exists has given every farmer out there a stand against companies like Monsanto where they didn’t have one before,” country artist Jamey Johnson, who was performing at his eighth Farm Aid Festival, told Samaritanmag in an exclusive interview.

“If you don’t have a voice or a vote, there’s no way you can make anybody change. Farm Aid gives every farmer out there a platform to stand on while they make their case. Farm Aid helps farmers that get pushed out by ever growing corporate business and helps them make a new start on their own, helps them stand up against the Goliath.”

Besides offering hope, Farm Aid also supports farmers through third party administration with programs like The Family Farm Disaster Fund — which helps families survive weather-related disasters by providing emergency funds to buy food and cover living expenses, an emergency hotline and provides legal and financial counseling when foreclosure is threatened — and The Farmer Resource Network, a grid of 700 organizations recommended by Farm Aid that provides “resources, tools and opportunities to help (farmers) thrive.”

Every annual Farm Aid concert funds a year of activity, as artists and crews donate their time and talent, with all proceeds going to the cause save for a small amount of production expenses.

Here’s how it breaks down according to Farm Aid website: 41 percent of proceeds go toward promoting “fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns to develop and bolster family farm-centered agriculture;” 39 percent goes toward “helping farmers thrive; providing farmers with the services and resources they need to access new markets and transition to more sustainable and profitable farming practices;” 14 percent to natural disaster and emergency response and 6 percent towards “growing the Good Food movement,” a crusade that espouses finding and shopping for organic, naturally grown farm food rather than the genetically altered stuff.

Willie Nelson launches into “Whiskey River” — photo credit: Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.“When we started Farm Aid, crisis was gripping farm country,” said Willie Nelson, who launched the idea following a remark he heard from Bob Dylan at Live Aid regarding a similar charity for farmers, at the press conference. “Farm Aid called on America to stand up for family farmers. They showed up then and they’re still showing up. All different types of people are coming together for family farmers, and we’re making a difference.”

Farm Aid has also influenced other musicians to lead by example and make a difference.

Jack Johnson, and his wife Kim, for example, have implemented a healthy snack program via their Oahu-based Kõkua Hawai’i Foundation called AINA in 16 local schools, a farm-to-school initiative that promotes childhood health by pushing healthy eating habits, contributes to a healthier local food system by supporting Hawaii’s farming community and their produce, and connects children to the land and water that sustains them.

For this school year, AINA is in 16 schools across the state, where students will experience garden-based learning, compost and nutrition lessons.

“Basically, during the school hours you can come into the classroom with locally grown food,” Johnson explained. “We have parents come down in the morning, they cut it all up, it comes from the farmers, it gets put into the classrooms and kids get to taste it.

“Any kids who don’t want to finish it we get them to put it in a little bin, and we take that off to worm composting. They’re learning about how it goes back into the soil, and what healthy soil is, and we’re happy to be part of it.”

Jack Johnson told Samaritanmag that because his foundation is self-financed, there is a lot more flexibility and direct action in what they’re able to do.

“We’re pretty lucky with our Foundation, it’s all self-funded,” he admitted. “We’ve gotten some grants, but we’ve done music festivals that kind of support it and a lot of the touring I do, I pour money into it from there. So it’s been different than a lot of non-profits that have to rely off the grants, year after year. In that sense, the finances haven’t been a huge challenge but I know it’s been a challenge for other non-profit groups.”

For the Imagine Dragons, Farm Aid is an inspiration to change their eating habits. Guitarist Wayne Sermon, whose grandfather and father were farmers, said the band is doing its part to promote better eating by setting an example and actively searching out farm-to-table restaurants whenever they’re on tour.

“When I first started this band and we actually got successful, was when I first realized that I can’t eat the way I used to eat,” Sermon told Samaritanmag exclusively. “I have to eat fresh meat and vegetables, making sure knowing where my meat comes from, the non-GMO stuff. It became apparent and actually made a difference in my life. We also definitely encourage people to go out to grocery stores that support local farms as well.”

Even Micah Nelson, son of Willie and brother of Lukas, who fronted his own Insects Vs. Robots and joined Lukas’ Promise of the Real to perform with Neil Young at Farm Aid, said he’s going to Kauai this winter to help his cousin start a food forest. “I’m going to go help him out and learn as much as I can and apply it to my own life, instead of just going out there and preaching about it,” he said.

The fact that a trio of second generation artists, Micah and Lukas Nelson, and Ian Mellencamp, all performed at an event that initially took place either before they were born or just after, suggests that the Farm Aid will take the fight for the farmer well into the future. is an online magazine covering the good deeds of individuals, charities and businesses.

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