Archive for June, 2017

Willie Nelson on guitar

Friday, June 30th, 2017


Willie Nelson, “Butterfly”

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Pick of the Day: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Austin (2016)

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2017

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Posters and History, by Dave Thomas

Friday, June 30th, 2017


I’m happy to have a copy of Dave Thomas’ history of Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnics and  learning more about Willie’s annual summer music celebrations.  He really brings the picnic to life with stories and pictures of posters from the past 40 plus years.  It brings back great memories for fans lucky enough to be there, and enjoyable  for new fans just learning about the Picnics.  It’s  an amazing list of artists that have played the event over the years.   Some of the picnic posters are very  rare.

PREFERRED*** Alicia Mireles/ Austin American-Statesman 04/30/08 Mug of staffer Dave Thomas for a blog.

“About halfway between attending my first Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic in 1995 and my 17th in 2015, I became obsessed with chronicling the history of Willie’s Picnic and collecting Picnic posters.”

— Dave Thomas

I’ve been following Dave Thomas’ year-by-year  reports on Willie Nelson’s picnic concerts for years in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.  Each year the paper’s music blog publish a slideshow with Dave’s collections and stories about the Picnic’s history.  In his new book, he includes pictures of posters, along with a brief story about each year’s picnic.  It’s very informative and fun to read.  You will learn a lot, even if you’ve been to lots of picnics or if you have never been and are a fan of Texas music.


There is an extra section on Steve Brooks, a Dallas artist known for his work with Willie Nelson & Family in the 1980’s.  Steve designed many concert posters, as well as holiday posters.  Dave’s book includes some of Steve’s artwork and puzzles portraying Willie’s 4th of July picnic, too.

This book’s a great gift – for another fan, or for yourself.

I couldn’t find it on e-bay;  we can e-mail Dave Thomas to see about getting a copy, at


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“Songwriter”, with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson showing on Monday at Belcourt, in Nashville

Friday, June 30th, 2017
by: Jason Shawhan

Songwriter Is the Best Movie About Country Music — See It Monday at the Belcourt

The 1984 Kris Kristofferson/Willie Nelson film screens July 3 as part of Music City Mondays

Alan Rudolph’s Songwriter is one of the 10 best films ever made. It’s a musical that’s big on diegesis, a heist caper, a rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches epic, a whiskey-soaked and bawdy picaresque, and a deeply funny meditation on trying to leave your mark on a world that’s passing you by. There have been a lot of great films made on those subjects and circumstances, but Songwriter is a movie I love like family.

Most folks who still have chips on their shoulders about Altman’s Nashville don’t even acknowledge this film, as Songwriter’s portrayal of Nashville reduces it to a business center where art is an afterthought. Indeed, other than some second-unit shots, Austin, Texas, plays the part of Nashville as needed. And while Nashville remains the best film ever made about America, Songwriter is both the best movie about the mechanics of country music, and the best movie made by country musicians. Some aspects of the biz never change, and it’s in recontextualizing a lot of the hokier, traditional narrative elements that Rudolph and the cast make something truly special. 

Doc (Willie Nelson), caught on the horns of a bad deal, calls upon his old friend Blackie Buck (Kris Kristofferson) to unleash a caper of ’70s-thriller intricacy and ’80s-success-porn scope. Along the way, scores get settled, fortunes are won and lost, careers end with a whimper and launch with fireworks, and just about everybody has two or three killer songs. It’s awesome. Everybody loves Willie as a character actor, but here he really gets to put it all out there, the shaky swagger and the eternal humanist in an uneasy balance. 

Nelson’s then-manager Bud Shrake evolved the screenplay along the emotional and financial roller coaster that Nelson was going through at the time, and the end result is a film that anybody who’s been on the business end of a terrible deal can relate to. When he sings “Who’ll Buy My Memories” to Melinda Dillon — who brings heart and soul to the role of “the ex-wife” that could have been wallpaper in the wrong hands — it’s as devastating a moment as movies can give.

And damned if Kristofferson isn’t just as good, drinking and sexing his way across the country with a smile and a panoply of hits. The two together make a comic duo of irresistible goofy charm — Beckett via vaudeville — and they find the breezy in the brutal just as easily as they find the harsh in the hilarious. The rest of the supporting cast fits into this world effortlessly, with Lesley Ann Warren as ingenue/next big thing, Rip Torn as Machiavellian promoter and Richard Sarafian as the corrupt business honcho Rodeo Rocky. All take no prisoners with their performances.

What ultimately makes Songwriter the best film about country music, and the one I will recommend to anybody and everybody for as long as I live, is that you don’t have to give a shit about country music to love it. Really, you don’t. This is a textually rich film, one that gets better and funnier with each viewing. But if you love country music and the people who make it, there’s not going to be another movie that scratches those itches like this one does.


Sister Bobbie

Friday, June 30th, 2017

photo:   David Oppenheimer

Happy Shoeshine Friday

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Hank Snow, “Brand on My Heart”

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Willie Nelson Art by Billy Ray Mangham

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

by Billy Ray Mangham
Eye of the Dog Art Center
405 Valley View West Rd
San Marcos, Texas

Willie Nelson and his fans

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Alan Jackson’s Goodtime Bar

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

“He Won’t Ever Be Gone”, by Willie Nelson

Thursday, June 29th, 2017


1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)

Micah Nelson, Particle Kid on Tour

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

on tour ??Performing with @insectsvsrobots :
July 4 – Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic – Austin 360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX

On the Outlaw Music Festival with @promiseofthereal :
July 6 – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, Outlaw Music Festival – Rogers, AR
July 8 – Joe Luis Arena, Outlaw Music Festival – Detroit, MI
July 9 – Summerfest, Outlaw Music Festival – Milwaukee, WI
July 16 – Lakeview Amphitheater, Outlaw Music Festival – Syracuse, NY (solo acoustic set)
Sept 8 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmes’s, NJ
Sept 9 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Jones Beach, NY
Sept 10 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA
Sept 15 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
Sept 16 – BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ

(More shows TBA)