Archive for the ‘40 Points’ Category

Lukas Nelson, and the Promise of the Real

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Get your Willie Nelson 75th Birthday Shirts

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009


Willie Nelson’s fan club is having a sale, and among other things, the store is selling tee shirts celebrating Willie Nelson’s 75th birthday.  And hats, cds, and so much more. 


Visit see all the fun stuff.  You don’t have to be a member of Club Luck to visit the store.

40 Points: The Sound of Your Memory

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Thanks to for posting this video of the band (where’s Tato?) recording this beautiful song.   There is a 30 sec. commercial in the beginning, but it’s worth the wait to watch the video.  At the end, the boys give a nice psa for the family farmers and Farm Aid. 

Lukas Nelson:  Guitar and Vocals
Micah Nelson:  Drums
Merlyn Kelly – Bass
Alan Waddington – Percussion

Produced by Don Was
Engineered and Mixed by Krish Sharma
in Henson Studio A, LA
Assisted by Keith Greitlein

Video Directed & Edited by


Willie Nelson & Family at Bonnoroo 2008 (Lukas Nelson: Texas Flood)

Thursday, October 9th, 2008


40 points, at San Juan Capistrano, CA

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Thanks to HawsieGirl, from California, for sharing this picture of Lukas Nelson, with Willie’s Fan Club,  She and her daughter saw 40 Points  at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.

The band posed with daughter Lynn.  It looks like everyone’s enjoying their kodak moment.

[btw, has anyone ever seen bassist Merlyn Kelly when he wasn’t smiling?]

40 Points in Redondo Beach in August

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

40 Points at Carl’s Corner 7/3/08 reports that 40 Points will be the band-in-residence for the month of August at the revamped Brixton Club on Redondo beach.  Lukas, Micah and the boys will open for several acts and do their own sets next month.   For more info:

 Here’s the full article, by Mark McDermott:

Harvelle’s, the music club launched a year ago at the foot of the Redondo Beach pier, is re-launching with a new plan and a new name, Brixton. The club intends to book national music acts and help revive a long-vanished chapter of the pier’s history, hearkening back decades to when Redondo Beach was known for its music venues.

Club owner Dennis Needleman said Brixton will bring in a level of talent similar to two legendary former local clubs, the Strand and Concerts by the Sea, the latter of which was actually a part of the same leasehold occupied by Brixton.

The club will present live music six nights a week, including a regular 1980s band night that has proved popular at the Canyon Club. Harvelle’s format was largely rhythm & blues. Needleman said that Brixton will feature a more eclectic mix of “classic rock,” reggae, jazz, international music, and blues. Among the acts already booked are “Rockstar: Supernova” members Lukas Rossi and Gilby Clark, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Skatalites, Eddie Money and Joe Bonamassa. Up-and-coming bands will also serve month-long “residencies” from time to time. In August, 40 Points, a band led by Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, will serve Brixton’s first residency, opening for several acts and doing occasional sets throughout the month.


I saw miles of smiles, in Texas

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Janis took these pictures at Carl’s Corner on 7/3/08.  Thanks, Janis! It was so much fun to travel around seeing Willie with you and Cherie.



J. M Nelson Artwork

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Many of us know Micah Nelson as a kick-ass drummer, who plays with the band 40 Points, along with his brother Lukas, bassist Merlyn Kelly and Tato Melgar on congas/percussion.  And we’ve all enjoyed him playing with his father at concerts, rotating with Paul English and Billy English on the snare drum, and all those instruments Billy English has at the back of the stage, that nobody seems to know what they are.

But Micah is a graphic artist, and you may have seen some of his posters promoting Willie Nelson and Family shows, and 40 points shows.  In Lubbock, he was at Scooterville, and selling some of his prints.  And he was hanging out with fans, and signing anything they presented to him to autograph, taking pictures with fans (just like his dad does.)   I talked to him about his artwork, and he told me that he enjoys creating art as much as playing music, that they go together well.  And I found out the J stands for Jacob.

I fell in love with this poster and purchased it, and he kindly signed it for me.  (But unfortunately I left it at the security checkpoint flying from Houston to Denver Sunday, and am working on getting it back, but that’s another story.) 

Within the Cloud Large
by J. M. Nelson

You can view his artwork at, and you and also purchase several of his prints at the site.  Visit the site; he has a nice art gallery, and writes about the pictures, too; poetry.

J. M. Nelson in Lubbock, Tx
July 2, 2008

Willie Nelson and 40 Points

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Willie Nelson joined 40 Points on the outdoor stage at Carl’s Corner 7/3/08

The Ruby Jane Show

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson, and Ruby Jane, on stage at Carl’s Corner 7/3/08 

Ruby Jane, a 13-year-old fiddler from Austin, has been playing with Willie Nelson and family at recent shows.  Willie introduced her as “Sweet Ruby,” at the Carl’s Corner show, and her skills are very sweet and very kick-ass at the same time.  She was a crowd pleaser, and plays like someone who has been playing the fiddle a lot longer than five years, as reported on her web site.   And she didn’t just come out and play on the gospel set near the end of the show, either, but she was there from the first strains of Whiskey River until the last strains of Whiskey River. 


Willie gave her lots of opportunities for solos, and she awed the crowd with her skills.  She was great.  See how focused she is in the pictures?  That’s how she was every night; her eyes never left Willie, except to acknowledge the applause from the audience with a smile.  

Born on November 17, 1994, in Dallas, TX, Ruby Jane is one of the world’s premiere junior fiddlers and a fast-rising star in country and bluegrass-Americana music. With deep familial and cultural ties throughout the South, especially Mississippi, where she lived after her birth until she was 12 years old, she now resides in Austin, TX, with her mama, when not traveling as a musician, actress, or model.

Ruby Jane exhibited a strong connection to music as early as age one and began classical violin instruction at age two. At age eight, she was introduced to the sounds of Americana music in Santa Fe, NM, leading to a complete devotion to old-time and bluegrass music. Subsequently, she began old-time fiddle lessons, which included the study of its unique bowing techniques, archaic tunings, and depth of expression. After only six fiddle lessons, she won first place in the first fiddle competition she entered, beginning a run of victories and increasing notoriety that continues today.

She was granted an apprenticeship by the Mississippi Arts Commission at age eight to
apprentice with Charles T. Smith, one of the last great Mississippi old-time fiddlers. For the past three years, she has competed in dozens of prestigious music competitions and performed with many bluegrass and country greats, including Marty Stuart, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Asleep at the Wheel, Rhonda Vincent (“The Queen of Bluegrass”), Mike Snider, Jesse McReynolds, Jim Brock, James Monroe, Carl Jackson and many others.

In 2005, at age ten, Ruby Jane acted in her second film, contributed an original song to a film soundtrack, performed as the youngest invited fiddler in the history of the Grand Ole Opry, played at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop three times, and won the National Beginners Fiddle Championship (which ranked her first nationally under twelve). She was also a subject of artist James Patterson’s state-commissioned, permanent photography exhibit at Mississippi’s Jackson International Airport; her image hangs alongside Eudora Welty and Marty Stuart. Also in 2005, she won Second Place on the mandolin in the National Beginner Country Musician Competition, performed and modeled clothes for Project Alabama in New York’s fall fashion week, and won a second consecutive First Place in her category at the TN Valley Fiddle Convention in Athens, AL. At the 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association convention, she was invited to perform as “Kids on Bluegrass”.  IBMA invited her again in 2006 and 2007.

Ruby Jane is featured in a documentary about her legendary fiddle instructor Jim Brock. She also contributed to the film’s soundtrack. In October 2005, at age 10, she won First Place in her category and then won the Fiddle-Off at the Mississippi State Fair Southern
Championship Fiddle Contest, establishing her as the Mississippi State Fiddle Champion of 2005 for all age groups. She was the youngest state champion in the competition’s history.

In 2006 alone, media outlets and programs including the CBS Evening News, American Airlines In-Flight “Eye on America” News, Christian Science Monitor, W magazine, British Vogue, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and award-winning publications in Russia and Australia have featured stories about Ruby Jane. Selections from her eponymous first full-length album are played on bluegrass radio in the United States, Canada, and the Australian Radio Network while she continued to perform regularly around the U.S.A consummate performer, when asked what to identify a single highlight of 2006, she mentioned playing on stage with Marty Stuart at “Marty’s Late Night Jam at the Ryman.”

For more information about Ruby, visit her websites (she has three): 

Thank you, Willie Nelson

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Willie Nelson joined 40 points on the outdoor stage at Carl’s Corner on 7/3/04.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Willie Nelson and Family for such great concerts in Texas.    I’m going to miss my bus to work if I don’t walk out the door right now, but I have so many great photos and stories to share, later.

Lukas Nelson

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Lukas Nelson, in Kettering, OH.

Thanks, Carol, for sharing your photos!

Lukas Nelson Look Alike Contest

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

I used to think Lukas looked like Bob Weir:

But now, look at this:

Lukas Nelson             Neil Young, Farm Aid ’92

Congratulations, Micah Nelson

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
by James Joyce III
Yakima Herald-Republic

It was hard to miss the braided ponytail hanging to the waist of Willie Nelson on Saturday at the Yakima Area Arboretum.

The famed country singer and his wife, Annie, were in town to honor their son, Micah Nelson, who graduated from Christa McAuliffe Academy, a Yakima-based Internet school.

Micah was chosen as co-salutatorian of Christa McAuliffe’s 28-student graduating class.

Based in Paia, Hawaii, Micah spends much of his time traveling and doing humanitarian work while still attending high school through Christa McAuliffe’s time-flexible courses over the Internet.

Allan Korvola, Christa McAuliffe’s director of education, said he thought the guy with the ponytail looked familiar at first, but didn’t realize until later that it was Willie Nelson.

“He didn’t want to sing or anything. He sat there quietly. He was there for his son’s graduation. It was his son’s time to shine,” Korvola said. “I just thought that was neat.”

Willie’s low-key demeanor may also be attributed to the fact that he’s no stranger to the Yakima area.

He’s played several shows here and had purchased a home for his late mother, Myrle Harvey, in the Gleed area.

During his latest visit, the braided ponytail wasn’t the only signature to identify the singer-songwriter/actor. Korvola and a handful of others in the estimated crowd of 110 people also walked away with Willie’s “John Hancock” in their graduation programs.

Willie Nelson and Son

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Willie and Lukas Nelson