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Willie Nelson and Family

Thursday, August 31st, 2017


Willie Nelson and Nelly, a lot in common

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

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Who: Nelly
When: 6 p.m. (gates) Sunday, Sept. 3
Who: Willie Nelson
When: 6 p.m. (gates) Tuesday, Sept. 5
Where: Both concerts are at The Shell, 10 Harnett St., Wilmington.
Info: Tickets to Nelly range from $35 to $150. Tickets to Willie Nelson range from $70 to $150.
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by:  Bridget Callahan

The rapper performs at The Shell on Sept. 3, and country legend Nelson plays there Sept. 5.

This week, Wilmington’s newest concert venue, The Shell, brings some September star power.

With rapper Nelly coming back to town Sunday, Sept. 3, and the legendary Willie Nelson returning on Tuesday, Sept. 5, downtown bartenders beware — the crowds are gonna get weird. But that’s why we love this city, right?

You might think no two musicians could be further apart than an aging country songwriter and a young(ish) rap superstar. And you might be right. But let’s see what they have in common.

1. They’re both Grammy winners

Nelly has won three Grammys and has been nominated 12 times. He scored those Grammys for some particularly catchy singles, including 2003 classic “Hot in Herre,” which can still be heard every single time a bachelorette party goes to the jukebox.

Nelson has eight Grammys, but has been nominated 49 times. At the venerable age of 84, he’s exactly twice the age of the 42-year-old Nelly. So get cracking, Nelly. You still have time.

2. They both like to party

Everyone knows that Willie Nelson likes weed. The singer/songwriter has been arrested three times for possession, which is 15 times less than I would have guessed. One time, a prosecutor famously tried to settle the case for a small fine if Nelson agreed to sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” for the court, but the judge didn’t go for it.

Nelly has only been arrested once for possession, famously after leaving his Wilmington show at the Azalea Festival two years ago. Busted in Tennessee for faulty bus tags, state troopers found drugs and several guns on his tour bus, including a gold-plated pistol. Nelly was released on bail, but the lesson is clear — make sure your tags are up to date before you drive through Tennessee, and don’t take your nicest pistol on tour with you.

I mean, this is something we all have common with them, but these two take it to the extreme. Nelson’s assets were seized by the IRS in 1990, who claimed he owed them $32 million. He eventually came to a creative settlement with them where he released a double album, “The IRS Tapes,” with almost all the profits going towards the debt.

In 2016, Nelly was called before the feds to the tune of over $2 million in back taxes owed. To help, fans cooked up a scheme under the hashtag #SaveNelly, where they streamed “Hot in Herre” over and over on Spotify, with each play sending $0.006 back to the artist.

4. They love their signature looks

In 2015, Nelly’s famous Band-Aid, which he wore on stage for years in support of his jailed friend Lavell Webb, sold at auction in Atlanta for $100,000. Nelly has gone through lots of Band-Aids, but supposedly that particular one was the very first one he wore on stage. That’s a long time to keep a Band-Aid.

Nelson is known, of course, for his long, red-now-gray braids. He did cut them off once, in 1983, when he gave them to Waylon Jennings at a party to celebrate Jennings’ sobriety. The gift was apparently appreciated, because years later when Jennings’ estate was auctioned off in 2014, those braids were still around, and sold for $37,000.

Note to my friends: Do not ever give me your hair for my birthday. I don’t want it.

From “Crazy” to “Whiskey River” to “Momma Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” Willie Nelson has either written or recorded some of the most influential outlaw country songs of all time. He is a country king. If people ever try to argue that with you, just walk away, because they’re idiots.

Nelly is known for his association with St. Louis, but like Nelson he was born in Texas, and he’s got a little country in him too. From the title of his hit debut album “Country Grammar,” to his 2004 collaboration with Tim McGraw on “Over and Over,” his cover of Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” and his 2013 remix of “Cruise” with country group Florida Georgia Line, Nelly’s been dipping his toe in the country crossover waters for while. Rumors in 2015 pointed towards a country-style EP in the works, but that never made it to fruition.


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“The revolution starts with us.” — Neil Young

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from Farm Aid co-founder and board member Neil Young.

Beautiful, Beautiful Texas — how we can help

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Singing Legend Willie Nelson delights Asheville crowd

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson, “Just Breathe”

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Support Family Farmers, Support Farm Aid

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Words of #WednesdayWisdom from #jameyjohnson. Eating good food from family farmers will make both you and your doctor happy! Watch Jamey and the rest of the #FarmAid2017 lineup on @axstv and on September 16!

“Willie Nelson is my spiritual Guru” — Margo Price

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Margo Price calls Willie Nelson “like my spiritual guru,” and she aims to emulate his “calming energy.” To that end, “I feel a lot better when I’m smoking [weed] and not drinking so much,” she says. “It’s not as taxing on my body. I get on with my day.  “I can’t go out and party like I used to,” admits Price. Self-care is her priority: healthy eating, exercise “and, honestly, smoking a lot of weed.” Years on the road meant lots of time eating at truck stops, getting very little sleep, “so the biggest thing for me now is staying well-rested and healthy. It sucks to have to cancel shows because you’re burned out.”

Read entire article and tips on life from Margo Price here.

Lukas Nelson, “I see songs everywhere.”

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

photo:  Gary Miller
by:  Lauren Tingle

Lukas Nelson talks about  Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Working with Neil Young, Lady Gaga and His Musical Lineage
When Lukas Nelson, 28, is asked a question about his creative process, he is reminded of some words of wisdom passed down to him from his father, country icon Willie Nelson.

“I see songs everywhere in everyday life,” Lukas tells “My dad told me a long time ago when you’re a songwriter, you can’t force the song because songwriting is like rain water. If you’ve got a well, and it’s dry, you have to wait for it to rain. Sometimes it rains hard, and you’ve got plenty of water to drink. The songs that you try and write when the well is dry are forced, and that’s not right.”

Lukas’ songwriting well sounds like it’s brimming with ideas at the moment. Although his band Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real just released its self-titled album, he is already sitting on approximately 40 songs to sort through for the next project.

And there was no rushing Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Recorded over 18 months at Los Angeles’ Village Studios with producer John Alagia, the music is a stunning collection of cosmic country soul that it is full of vivid storytelling inspired by loss, love, friendship, commitment in the country, moving on and living for high times.

Lucius vocalists Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe lend powerful backing vocals throughout the collection, while Lady Gaga appears on “Carolina” and “Find Yourself.” On the rolling “Just Outside of Austin,” Willie offers a stylish jazz guitar solo from his famous acoustic named Trigger, while Lukas’ 86-year-old aunt Bobbie Nelson can be heard on piano.

“My goal is to create a new world and when people come and listen to the music, they feel good,” Lukas says. “I do try and keep the subject somewhat personal to me. I always try to write something I can relate to, even if I bring myself in someone else’s shoes.

“There’s really no subject that’s off limits. Wherever the source of inspiration is in general, you can’t really limit that. You can’t really put chains or bars on that because if you do, you might snuff it out.”

The music kicks listeners in the teeth from the first notes of the mournful opener, “Set Me Down on a Cloud,” a song inspired by a request from a fan who had experienced a family tragedy.

“It’s a sad story actually,” Lukas reveals of the inspiration behind “Set Me Down on a Cloud.” “This lady, her and her husband accidentally somehow ran over and killed their four-year-old daughter. They came to one of my shows, and they said it was the first time they were able to feel happy since that occurrence, and they asked me to write song about it. I was very honored to be able to write about that situation and try and capture it in the art. I felt like a spirit was guiding me.”

One of Lukas’ favorite songs on the album is the philosophical closer, “If I Started Over.” “It’s a matter of what if we have to start over and do the same things until we get it both right and we both learn a lesson,” Lukas says of the song. “It’s a romantic song, too, because there are one or two people I’ve met in this life that I would definitely hope to meet in the next.”

Lukas first connected with Lady Gaga through their work on the upcoming remake of A Star Is Born, which is due sometime in 2018.

“We were writing songs together, and we just became good friends,” he says of his first impression of Gaga. “She’s just a gem of a human being and one of the best musicians of all time.”

That’s high praise coming from a musician like Lukas. His earliest childhood memories are of being around legendary artists like the Highwaymen’s Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and his father Willie (Lukas started touring with his father at age 13, and he started touring with his own band at around 17). When Lukas was 11, Kristofferson told him he should be a songwriter, and as a guitarist, he grew up emulating blues rockers like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

But Lukas believes that Promise of the Real probably wouldn’t be what it is today without Neil Young. He first connected with Promise of the Real drummer Anthony Logerfo at a Young concert a decade ago, and they named the band after a line in Young’s 1973 song, “Walk On.” Years later, Young hired Promise of the Real as his touring and studio band for his two most recent albums, including 2015’s The Mansanto Years.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - OCTOBER 25: Lukas Nelson (L) and Neil Young perform during the 29th Annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 25, 2015 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images) Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

“I pictured myself playing with him ever since I was a little kid,” Lukas says. “The first show we did with him with the band was in Nebraska, and it was like we had been playing together for years. Working with Neil has added a lot of weight, and the energy that we absorb from being around Neil carries over into the music that we put down afterwards.”

Promise of the Real’s current six-piece lineup includes longtime bandmates Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums) and Corey McCormick (bass, vocals), along with new members Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) and Alberto Bof (piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3).

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real is on tour through November. The band will continue the Outlaw Music Festival tour Sept. 8 in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

photo:  Janis Tillerson

Willie Nelson in the Northwest

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

by:  Jay Horton

Searching for Willie Nelson’s Lost Northwest Roots

If officially Texas’ favorite son, Nelson’s early artistry first took flight only after fleeing the Lone Star State for a roadhouse just this side of the Columbia River.

Oregon has always thought of Willie Nelson as one of our own.

He lobbied the state legislature on behalf of medical marijuana. He invested in a local biodiesel plant. Block 15 brews Willie Nelson Blazey Pale Ale. And this week, Jackpot Records will reissue his debut album, the first time it’s ever been re-released on vinyl.

…And Then I Wrote was recorded in 1962, well after several songs, such as “Crazy” and “Hello Walls,” had already become hits for established artists. But Nelson’s first single was actually cut five years earlier inside the studio of a Vancouver, Wash., radio station employing “Wee Willie Nelson” as their top country-music DJ.

If officially Texas’ favorite son, Nelson’s early artistry first took flight only after fleeing the Lone Star State for a roadhouse just this side of the Columbia River, where his mother worked as a bartender.

He had left the Pacific Northwest behind by the time his songs began climbing the charts, and his local lineage has been drowned out by the official histories. But the poet laureate of the American honky-tonk remains bound by blood to a tavern still serving the blue-collar locals of Goble, Oregon.

An unincorporated community midway between Portland and Astoria, Goble entered the 20th century as a vital timber hub featuring the second largest railroad ferry in the country. But the sole surviving remnants of past glories are the century-old grange hall and a bustling tavern not much younger.

From the back-patio stage to framed news articles commemorating the closure of the nearby Hanford nuclear plant, every inch of the Goble Tavern betrays some hint of a long and colorful past. At the behest of veteran bartender Phil Walker, Kathy Dalton Showalter, the daughter of the establishment’s original owners, wrote out the story of the bar’s single brush with greatness in the margins of an old menu stuck inside a photo album that usually floats around the barroom.

“My folks owned the tavern from 1952 until maybe 1964,” the statement reads. “Mom ran the tavern and Willie Nelson’s mom worked for her.”

Although Nelson and his wife lived in Vancouver, he became a frequent guest. While Nelson had already begun sketching out the first few chapters of a legendary songbook, there’s no report of any early performances, though that likely says more about the spirit of the age. Showalter told Walker that “everyone played in those days, everybody had a musical instrument—and it was just the employee’s son, you know? Nobody would’ve paid attention because everybody was playing something.”

Of course, he hadn’t yet grown into the Willie Nelson we now know. According to Goble resident Harvey Meyers, whose father, Rusty, led “the best Western swing band in the Northwest,” and often played at a defunct dance hall out on 82nd Avenue, Nelson expressed interest in sitting in with his dad’s band, but his father refused because “he just couldn’t stand Willie’s voice.”

“Now, a couple years go by, my dad’s a disc jockey at KVAN over in Washington, and so is Willie Nelson. And my dad hated his guts,” Meyers says. “No, really. I remember one time, sitting at the dinner table, my dad was just bitching. ‘Goddamn, Willie—that whiny voice. He sounds like a stuck hog!’ His voice, when he was a young kid like I was, just didn’t appeal to anybody.

“God, it took a long time—really it did—but he wrote all these good tunes!” he continues. “A few years later, my dad’s working three jobs as always, when I hear Patsy Cline sing ‘Crazy,’ and, man, I tell you what—that son of a bitch did it!”

Oregon clearly wasn’t made for Willie Nelson.

Nelson’s first single, 1957’s “No Place For Me,” sunk without a trace despite a lumberjack-themed B-side expressly pandering to Oregonian pride. The floundering talent confronted the limitations of a middling Portland market.

The saga of Boxcar Willie, whether fluffed by memoir or detailed in ever-more-derivative biographies, has always been spun as the lurid tour journal of an itinerant hell-raiser turned weed-puffing messiah. His sainted path toward enlightenment overflows with dives high and low. And yet, the Goble years have been formally disappeared from the public record.

Three years ago, when Howard Stern brought up his time in Portland, Nelson immediately corrected him with “Vancouver, Wash., right across the river.” In a 1980 autobiography doubling down on his rough-and-tumble origins, he admits arriving in the Northwest largely to cadge money from his mother but glosses over the circumstances, merely noting she lived in Portland.

It’s a baffling omission from the legend—all the more so because the Goble Tavern has not only survived the passing of the honky-tonk era but, until quite recently, emerged essentially unchanged.

But many decades after leaving the region, Nelson would have one more encounter with his Northwest past, though he’d never know it.

During their off-hours as Marines stationed at the Bremerton, Wash., submarine base, Ty Titus and Mark Engram jammed Nashville standards at the Goble Tavern on Sunday nights. Their country-rock band Lock Stock and Barrel soon turned that residency into gigs at the Crystal Ballroom, Hawthorne Theater and, in 2012, an opening slot for Willie Nelson at what’s now Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash.

“Oh, we were absolutely thinking about the Goble connection,” Engram says. “We’d talked about it. We were all ready.”

Alas, they never got the chance to bring it up—their only interaction with Nelson involved their bassist asking about his golf game as he walked onstage.

From a certain perspective, the Goble contingent’s most meaningful interaction with the legend that night came from longtime bartender Phil Walker’s failed attempt at garnering a signature upon a hat that read “Historic Goble Tavern.”

“There’s a portion of the concert where Willie walks around the stage and signs autographs for everybody,” Walker says. “I remember he was signing the bandana for the lady next to me when the security guy put the Goble hat on the stage. He was kinda looking down at it. And then he stood up straight, handed the bandanna back to the security guy, said, ‘Goodnight, everybody,’ and walked off stage.”

“I know Phil was right up there with a Goble Tavern hat and Willie did not sign it,” Engram recalls. “If it was something he didn’t like, I’m not judging the dude.”

HEAR IT: Jackpot Records’ reissue of Willie Nelson’s …And Then I Wrote is out Friday, Sept. 1. Preorder here.

Willie Nelson Wows 78,000 (Farm Aid 1985)

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Thanks, Phil Weisman for this newspaper clipping.  I framed it and hung it on my wall, it is so cool.

Chicago Sun-Times
Willie Wows 78,000
by:  Andrew Herrmann

CHAMPAIGN — Some 78,000 field hands heard the calling of farm distress and lent a hand here yesterday.

And after 14 hours of nonstop country and rock music, the crops of Farm Aid were harvested.

They called it the biggest country-and-rock concert ever, but the music was merely the plow that tilled the minds of Americans to open them to problems of many of the nation’s farmers.

Backer’s hoped to raise some $50 million from the concert, the media coverage and a toll-free hotline set up to take donations.

Willie Nelson, who organized the event, said at midnight that the hotline had generated $5 million.

More than 55 entertainers played from 10 a.m. until past midnight, encompassing a rare blend of country music and rock n’ roll.  And a rare blend of fans, too.

Willie Nelson honored with Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Willie Nelson brings the crowd to its feet at the close of the 2015 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Neil Young, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss and others paid tribute to Nelson Wednesday night in Washington. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Back in November, 2015, the Library of Congress honored Willie Nelson in a tribute concert, awarding the country music legend with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Willie Nelson has weighed in on the debate over Syrian refugees.

In front of a Washington, D.C., crowd, including a smattering of lawmakers, the 82-year-old “outlaw” musician sang that there’s “room for everyone” in America, after accepting the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on Wednesday night

“I think this is one of the most appropriate songs that we could do for this period in America,” Nelson told the crowd at Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall. “Many years ago, I recorded this song and I felt like this might be a good time to kind of try to bring it back.”

Bookended by his sons Lukas and Micah, Nelson then eased into 1986’s “Living in the Promiseland,” where he sang, “Give us your tired, your weak, and we will make them strong … There’s still a lot of love, living in the Promiseland.” At center stage, Nelson gave his variation of the poem found at the Statue of Liberty’s feet.

Video by PBS NewsHour

“Leave it to Willie: Only he can bring together Republicans and Democrats,” host Don Johnson said.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) gave Nelson a big thumbs-up, while GOP congresswoman Candice Miller smiled warmly. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) also smiled and clapped generally throughout, but House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), as spotted by NewsHour’s political director Lisa Desjardins, watched expressionless, mostly thumbed through his cell phone until the end of the song, when he clapped with the rest of the audience.

Only a man who once smoked weed atop the White House, according to Willie lore, could make a room with politicians slightly uncomfortable.

There was a standing ovation, but the crowd didn’t sit back down because Nelson ended the night with the thematic one-two punch, following up “Promiseland” with “On the Road Again,” one of his signature hits. If “Promiseland” was the plea for acceptance, Nelson’s proclamation that “The life I love is making music with my friends” is the goal realized.

Longtime friends and performers who paid tribute to the red-headed troublemaker at the beginning of the concert joined Nelson on stage to sing along in solidarity, including Neil Young, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Leon Bridges, Paul Simon, among others.

Wednesday night’s concert was a snapshot of the musician’s storied discography of more than 100 albums.

The Library of Congress awarded Nelson its pop music prize, saying that the singer-songwriter was a “musical explorer.”

Country music legend Willie Nelson backstage at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Photo by Joshua Barajas/PBS NewsHour

“Like America itself, [Nelson] has absorbed and assimilated diverse stylistic influences into his stories and songs,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said in a statement. “He has absorbed and assimilated diverse stylistic influences into his stories and songs.

Raised during the Great Depression in a small Texas farming town, Nelson has documented the weight of poverty, heartache and regret in a career that continues into its sixth decade.

However, any roads of darkness described in his songs were traversed by a cowboy musician with flaming red hair in New Balance tennis shoes. Nelson’s drive has also meant a never-ending touring schedule of Fourth of July picnics, weed politics and small farm activism.

Nelson is the first country music artist to receive the prize. The award has previously been given to Billy Joel, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, who performed two of Willie’s songs for the concert.

Young opened the proceedings with Nelson’s concert staple, “Whiskey River,” a jaunty take on a tragic struggle with the “amber current.” Simon, backed by accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco, did a little jig in the middle of “Man With the Blues.” Krauss sang “Angel Flying too Close to the Ground” with all the fragility of a love lost. And when Mexican singer Ana Gabriel sang the kiss-off “I Never Cared For You” in Spanish, the song’s agony was not lost in translation.

Raúl Malo of the Mavericks took on “Crazy,” the iconic country ballad that Nelson wrote for Patsy Cline, years before he broke out as a solo artist in the 1970s.

Much was made at the concert of how the young songwriter challenged the “Nashville machine” in the 1950s and 1960s. In his autobiography, Nelson said he had trouble selling “Crazy” to Nashville ears because “[i]f a song had more than three chords in it, there was a good chance it wouldn’t ever be called country.”

“Crazy” had at least four chords.

“Not that ‘Crazy’ is real complicated,” Nelson wrote, “it just wasn’t your basic three-chord country hillbilly song.”

Many of the concert’s performers also didn’t mimic Nelson’s trademark off-beat phrasing, which never gelled with the Nashville standard. Especially in a live setting, Nelson is unhurried by the band.

“I could sing on the beat if I wanted to,” Nelson wrote, “but I could put more emotion in my lyrics if I phrased in a more conversational, relaxed way.”

President Carter, who was unable to attend the concert, wrote a letter to Nelson that Johnson read to the crowd.

Carter congratulated his friend of 30 years, saying that the country music legend’s “music has enriched the lives of people far and wide for decades, and it is only fitting that your life’s work be honored in this way.”

“Your music has become the soundtrack of our lives,” he said.

Armed with his weathered, holey guitar Trigger on stage, Nelson, whose hair is now more gray than red, didn’t miss a beat.

Austin City Limits Hall of Fame NYE Special

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Willie Nelson performs Kris Kristofferson’s classic “Me and Bobby McGee” to celebrate Kristofferson’s induction into the ACL Hall of Fame.

Enjoy this bonus track featuring Willie Nelson’s classic hit “Night Life,” which was not included in the broadcast episode.

Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and Kris Kristofferson are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Performers include Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and more. Hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame recognizes both performing artists and special individuals who have been instrumental in making the long-running show a music institution.

The 2016 ACL Hall of Fame inductees were celebrated at a ceremony held October 12, 2016, at ACL’s studio home, Austin’s ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Performers included Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell, Gary Clark Jr., Billy Gibbons, B.B. King Band, Taj Mahal, and Eve Monsees. Comedy super couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally served as emcees for the evening.

The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame is located at The Moody Theater and consists of a photo gallery, timeline/anthology mural, and an interactive online library of Austin City Limits content.

About Austin City Limits
ACL offers viewers unparalleled access to featured acts in an intimate setting that provides a platform for artists to deliver inspired, memorable, full-length performances. The program is taped live before a concert audience from The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. ACL is the longest-running music series in American television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts. Since its inception, the groundbreaking music series has become an institution that’s helped secure Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark. In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. ACL received a rare institutional Peabody Award for excellence and outstanding achievement in 2012.

ACL is produced by KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by Dell, the Austin Convention Center Department, Shiner Beers and Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits. Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at


2016 ACL Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve | Bonnie Raitt & Willie Nelson photo by Scott Newton

Willie Nelson Phone Case

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Lots of cool Willie Nelson souvenirs, like this Phone Cover, at Willie Nelson’s website:

Shirts, guitar picks, bandannas, so many things.  Check them out here.