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Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

All Willie, All Weekend at KUTX celebrating Willie Nelson’s birthday

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

All Willie, all weekend.

That’s what you’ll hear if you tune to 98.9 KUTX-FM April 29-30.

In honor of Willie Nelson’s 84th birthday, the radio station will air “wall-to-wall” Willie from 6 a.m. April 29 to 6 p.m. April 30. That’s 36 straight hours of Nelson’s music – everything from the classics we all know to deep album tracks and even two airings of “Amazing Grace: The Story of Willie Nelson,” a documentary.

From a KUTX news release: “Were it not for Nelson, the Austin music scene would not be as vibrant. As Joe Nick Patoski wrote in the ‘Texas Music Almanac,’ ‘… it wasn’t until the night of Aug. 12, 1972, when Willie Nelson walked onto the stage of the Armadillo (World Headquarters) that everything changed. That performance in front of a mixed crowd of hippies and rednecks is recognized as the starting point of the modern Austin music scene.’”

The full schedule:

Saturday, April 29

  • 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Wall-to-wall Willie Nelson
  • 6 to 7 p.m.: “Amazing Grace” documentary
  • 7 to 11 p.m.: Willie Nelson tribute with Rick Daddy

Sunday, April 30

  • 6 to 7 a.m.: “Amazing Grace” documentary
  • 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Gospel/jazz Willie Nelson with Jay Trachtenberg
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Wall-to-wall Willie Nelson

RELATED: Details on the 2017 Willie Nelson’s Picnic


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Willie Nelson interview with Charley Rose (1999)

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Willie Nelson & Family to perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion 50th Anniversary Concert (July 15th)

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Merriweather Post Pavilion will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a July 15 concert featuring Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne and Father John Misty, the Columbia music venue announced Friday. The night’s host, singer Grace Potter, will also perform solo acoustic songs.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. April 28 via and the Merriweather Post Pavilion box office, along with the box offices of Washington, D.C., venues 9:30 Club and Lincoln Theatre.

Farm Aid 2016 (Bristow, VA)

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Willie Nelson On the Road Again

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Thanks, Phil Weisman, for finding this rare photo.

We Love Willie Nelson

Friday, April 21st, 2017


Happy Shoeshine Friday

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Tickets to Willie Nelson’s 2017 Fourth of July Picnic on Sale Now

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Willie Nelson & Family (photos from the tour)

Friday, April 21st, 2017

See more great photos from Willie Nelson & Family’s recent Tour on their FaceBook Page


Another Willie Nelson cover: Chris Stapleton, “The Last Thing I Needed (first thing this morning)”

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Willie Nelson on the dangers of marijuana

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Sneak Preview of Willie Nelson’s new album, “God’s Problem Child” (NPR)

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

photo:  David McClister
by:  Jewely Hight

If Willie Nelson hadn’t fashioned himself into the artist he is over the course of thousands of performances and some hundred-plus albums, who could’ve dreamed him up? He’s been the epitome of consistency, each of his shows an easygoing epic, each album loosely held together by a narrative or stylistic thread, each project expanding on country’s troubadour tradition. And yet, he’s also the most capricious of musicians, willing to let himself be guided by his whims, so wily and jazz-bent in the phrasing of his vocals and guitar figures that trying to match his wavering rhythms is a fool’s errand.

On his rich, new album, God’s Problem Child, Nelson likewise attributes an incongruous range of qualities to the passage of time itself. Where some artists embrace somber, late-career meditations on mortality as a way to make a final case for their depth and burnish their legacies, at age 84, Nelson reflects on this season of his life with a mischievousness and equanimity that already feels familiar coming from him.

Bookending the album are songs that convey nostalgia for places and people: the gospelly country-blues romp “Little House on the Hill” — a first-time cut for songwriter Lyndel Rhodes, the nonagenarian mother of Nelson’s seasoned producer, Buddy Cannon, who’s been on quite the roll this year — and “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” a twangy, Gary Nicholson-penned tribute to Nelson’s late peer and comrade, Merle Haggard.

Between those two numbers, Nelson unfurls gentle, but unsparing insights. “It Gets Easier” might bring to mind the similarly titled string of confessional videos aimed at reassuring troubled LGBTQ tweens and teens that they have plenty to look forward to, but Nelson’s tone is hardly optimistic; he’s singing, with elegant empathy, about how easy it is to withdraw from living a fully engaged life as you get older. The classic country waltz “Your Memory Has a Mind of Its Own” — one of seven songs on here that he co-wrote with Cannon via text message — is haunted by a loved one’s inescapable absence, while the ruminative ballad “True Love” lifts up a romanticism that endures despite the bruises of experience. “I’ll leave this world believing, true love, you’re still my friend,” Nelson murmurs.

Since there have been so many internet rumors of his impending death over the years, he makes a wry joke of his mortality in “Still Not Dead,” the album’s most energetic number. He also channels the soulful scoundrel side of his persona into “God’s Problem Child,” which features the late Leon Russell and whose authors, Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, take turns singing lead. A ruminative blues number, it’s a chance for Nelson to play guitar solos in impish spurts. But he’s not interested in maintaining an illusion of invulnerability. During “Old Timer,” a stately piano ballad laced with his longtime harmonica player Mickey Raphael’s reedy, disconsolate notes, Nelson conveys melancholy awareness of the contradiction between a lively mind and deteriorating body. He still sings with grace, and it’s moving to hear his vocal instrument finally beginning to betray a bit of frailty in his ninth decade. Temperate, fickle and revelatory in turns, his is truly a voice to trust.

First Listen: Willie Nelson, ‘God’s Problem Child’

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