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Willie Nelson’s Talented Family

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Willie Nelson, Paula Nelson, Lukas Nelson at Farm Aid 2007 in NYC
by Lynne Margolis

AS HARD as it is for the offspring of famous performers to try following in their talented parents’ footsteps, some of them find it even harder not to.

Take Paula Nelson, one of Willie Nelson’s two daughters from his third wife, Connie Koepke. She did try to escape. Really, she did. After a few years of kicking around Austin with various players, she became a masseuse and fled for Evergreen, Colo.

“You just need to get away sometimes and just look at things from a different perspective and reevaluate,” Paula explains. She admits now that she was also trying to escape the particular kind of pressure that’s unique to creative types, regardless of who their parents are.

“If I write a good song and people really like it, then I’m afraid of, ‘Oh, God, what if I can’t write another one like that? What if this is it, I’m tapped out?’ … So I just decided all right then, I’m going to take an even bigger gamble and take some time off. I realized I wanted to be doing it for all the right reasons, and to write songs and play music, I wanted to be having a good time. If you’re not having a good time doing anything, it’s kind of pointless to do it.”

While in Colorado, she got married, and divorced, then decided it was way too cold there and headed home at the end of 2005, full of inspiration for new songs and ready to get to work on turning them into an album. She released the bluesy/Southern rock-tinged Lucky 13 at the end of February. It would have been done sooner, but new songs kept coming and she wasn’t about to halt the flow. “When I got back I had all kinds of experiences to write about,” she explains, “so I think it’s a good thing to take some time off from time to time and just look at your stuff.”

Not only was she able to reunite with old bandmates/pals Matt Hubbard (her co-producer), guitarist Landis Armstrong, drummer Kevin Remme and bassist Chris Johnson, she also pulled guitarist George DeVore into the Paula Nelson Band fold.

Paula performed at Farm Aid 2007 in New York with her father, and she and several other family members joined him in song when he accepted the first Bridging Divides Award from the University of Texas Project on Conflict Resolution in October. The moment was particularly significant because they sang “A Peaceful Solution,” which he co-wrote with his other daughter by Koepke, Amy Lee Nelson.

Amy Lee’s a performing songwriter, too. She’s half of the folk duo Folk Uke (get it?) with Cathy Guthrie, daughter of Arlo “Son of Woody” Guthrie. Folk Uke’s self-titled debut, released in 2005, featured the two women sweetly harmonizing on quirky originals like “Knock Me Up,” “Shit Makes the Flowers Grow” and “Motherfucker Got Fucked Up.” That last tune was in contention for 2007 Song of the Year on the Red Peters Comedy Music Hour, heard on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Howard 101 channel (one of two Howard Stern frequencies on the network).

Proud father Willie makes an appearance on both Paula’s Lucky 13 and Amy’s Folk Uke album. The two sisters also sang on their father’s 2001 album The Rainbow Connection, with Amy singing her own composition, “Wise Old Me.” The same album also featured Willie’s two oldest daughters, Lana and Susie, both from his first marriage, to Martha Matthews. Neither Lana nor Susie performs for a living, though; Susie writes children’s books, while Lana has her hands full working as her road-warrior father’s “right-hand lady,” according to Paula.

And then there’s Willie’s two youngest children, by his latest wife, Annie D’Angelo: sons Lukas Autry and Jacob Micah. The Nelson brothers, have their own psychedelic blues rock band, 40 pts., which digitally released its debut album via Pedernales Records in August. (Lukas sings and plays lead guitar and Micah plays drums.) Though based in Hawaii, where the boys were raised, 40 pts. has already played in front of thousands of Willie fans as the old man’s opening band.

So much for forsaking the family business or straying far from home. When your Dad runs an outfit called the Family Band, it just can’t be done.


Willie Nelson and Son

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Willie Nelson’s Picnic, July 4, 1987

Thursday, February 28th, 2008


by Carl Hoover
July 5, 1987

CARL’S CORNER — The head count for the first Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic held here was varied and its benefit to America’s truckers unknown, but the turnout was enough to please Carl’s Corner owner Carl Cornelius and Nelson who promised to bring his picnic back next year.

Estimates of the crowd size varied from 25,000 by the Associated Press to roughly 40,000, the latter figure announced from the stage.  However, Cornelius said the bottom line was happy people and he said he saw plenty of those.

“I think it’s a total success ’cause every body’s happy,” he said.  “It didn’t cost me anything — except $1,071.000.

Nelson, speaking at an impromptu press conference midway through the picnic, said it that he planned to return to Carl’s Corner next year with another picnic.

“I really feel at home here,” he said, noting that his hometown of Abbott was only a short drive down Interstate 35 from Carl’s Corner.  “The house I’ve been living in lately is about one block from where I grew up… I’m having a lot of fun.”

Much of Nelson’s remarks to the press concerned his Farm Aid III, which will be held Sept. 19 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and will feature a tentative lineup of Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Bon Jovi, Neil Young, John Cougar Mellencamp, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Emmylou Harris.

He said the first Farm Aids had raised roughly $8 million that was disbursed in loans, grants and supplies for needy farmers.

Although this year’s Fourth of July picnic was dedicated to the truck drivers of America.  Nelson noted, “Truckers are having the same sort of problems making a living.”

Drawn by a lineup promising Bruce Hornsby and the Range, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe Ely, Asleep at the Wheel, Roger Miller and Kris Kristofferson, thousands of spectators showed up hours before the picnic officially kicked off at 10 a.m.

Among the celebrities int he audience, according to pronouncements from the stage, were McLennan County District Attorney Vic Feazell and State Attorney General Jim Mattox.

Security personnel stationed at the numerous ticket entrances kept spectators from bringing in alcohol, as well as metal and glass containers — a policy that forced some groups to finish off their beverages outside the gates before the concert started.

Welcoming the crowd to “Willie What’s-His-Name’s Picnic,” Nelson, dressed in a black Farm Aid T-shirt, black jeans and a headband, took the stage shortly after 10 a.m..

Before starting the music, however, he introduced Wayne Johnson, pastor of Abbott United Methodist Church, the church Nelson attended as a boy.

Johnson led thousands of concert goes in the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer punctuated by whoops and applause from those agreeing with the sentiments, if not the spirit, of the prayer.

Nelson and his band then rolled into “Whiskey River,” the start of a 30-minute set that featured “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Good Hearted Woman,” “Blue Eyes Crying’ in the Rain,” a romping, rollicking instrumental for “Under the Double Eagle” and “Blue Skies.”

Texas bands filled much of the days’ schedule with headliners playing during the night, a fact that irritated many spectators who endured a day of sun and heat in order to hear the likes of Bruce Hornsby, Roger Miler, Kris Kristofferson and Asleep at the Wheel.

Temperatures were in the 90s for much of the afternoon, but occasionally overcast skies and a constant breeze kept the heat bearable for almost of the picnic goers.   Free cups of Gatorade were provided on tables near the rear of the audience, but 150 water spigots drew the biggest crowds, as hot listeners loaded up cups with free water and doused themselves and neighbors.

By late afternoon 110 persons had received first aid, primarily for heat-related problems, said Bruce Whitten, a medical supervisor from Allyn Ambulance Service in Houston.  For were taken to area hospitals for treatment, one for a drug overdose, one for an ankle injury and the others for dehydration, he said.

Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, and 40 Points on the Ellen Degeneres Show

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Here is a link to Willie Nelson singing ‘Gotta Get Over You Again,’ with 40 Points Band (with sons Lukas and Micah), and his sister Bobbie on the Ellen Degeneres show last Thursday.

I can’t figure out how to post the video here.  Sorry!

Willie and Micah Nelson

Friday, January 11th, 2008


This picture was taken by Carol, of NY, who was a lucky girl and got to go see Willie Nelson and Family, and 40 Points at Columbus, Georgia (or Dothan, AL?).  We all love when we hear that Carol is going to a show, because we know when she comes back she will share her pictures.

Thanks, Carol!

40 Points News

Friday, January 11th, 2008


40 Points keeps their fans updated on what’s going on with them at their myspace account at  You can sign up for their blog, and they keep in touch.  Here’s a couple recent blogs: 

Check oUt 40 Points’ new bass pLAyeR MERLYN KellY! hes a real wizard…really. he’ll take your ass out…with a bass guitar. he can play with his MIIINNNDDD MAAAANNNN..! omg.

but seriously he’ll kick your ass. he can make your ears ejaculate with the flick of a finger. he picks up his magic OranGE BasS and youre completley at his mercy…of which he has NONE!!!

so watch your bottom end!!! ….heheh…


>(*arrow pointing doowwnward)>/


40 POINTS opening for WILLIE NELSON this month! CHECK OUT OUR UPDATED ITINERARY FOR TOUR DATES! FIND A SHOW NEAR YOOOOOOUUUUU!!! SHOW UP NAKED TO ONE OF THE SHOWS AND GET A FREE SHARPIE TATTOO FROM MICAH WHEREVER YOU WANT IT!!! HOLY SHIT RIGHT?? yes. DON’T BELIEVE IT??? TRY ME!!! you might want to bring some good running shoes too though….and a backup overcoat and hat for when security kicks your ass out…and plus its kinda chilly this time of year…


Lukas Nelson, House of Blues, New Orleans (1/3/08)

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Here is a picture of Lukas, another great picture taken by Katie, at the New Orleans House of Blues Show on 1/3/08.  Thanks!

Willie Nelson and Family, House of Blues, New Orleans (1/3/07)

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Thanks to Katie, for sharing the pictures she took at the concert last night. Good job, Katie!

40 Points, at Charley’s (1/27/07)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

2007 Artwork by J.M. Nelson and Katie Pipkin

Willie and Lukas Nelson, NYC (9/07)

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Willie Nelson, at the Maui Music Festival (11/24/07)

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Thanks to Tom Conway for sending in this photo taken by his wife Sandra, from her great front row seats, at the Maui Music Festival last Saturday (11/24/07).

Tom Conway, Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson

7th Annual Maui Music Festival (11/24/07)

Monday, November 26th, 2007

artwork by Micah Nelson.  Tee-Shirts ($20) and Posters ($10) available for sale at

Thanks everyone

I just have a second but didn’t want this day to go by without thanking everyone who worked on and attened this year’s Maui Music Fest. The concert was a big success for the school in addition to being a very entertaining evening. Keep us posted here on your comings and goings as we look toward 2008 to do it all over again.

Big thanks to all the musicians, staff, crew and volunteers.

And an especially big thanks to those of you who came out and spent your money to support this great cause.

Aloha in peace. 

Micah Nelson designed and created the poster (again) for the 7th Annual Maui Music Festival.   It is so beautiful. 


The MauiFest MySpace posted this:

“Also, this year’s poster is so hot that people want to take them home rather than post them. So if you’d like a copy of this killer artwork, let us know. They can be purchased at

Willie Nelson and his wife, Annie, in association with Montessori School of Maui, brought together an eclectic group of artists Saturday (11/24) for the 7th Annual Maui Music Festival. The concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater–reminiscent of the early days of Neil Young’s yearly Bridge School Benefit concert in California–lived up to its promise of being a home grown family affair that kept the focus on the cause: the school’s tuition assistance program.

Among the acts joining Nelson this year were his sons’ band 40 Points, Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers, Maui’s reggae ambassador Marty Dread and a teenage Joan Baez/Bob Dylan-esque acoustic duo, Pat Simmons Jr. and Sebrina Barron. Simmons and Barron opened the show with a cover of “Me and Bobby McGee,” that was very well received. Sixteen-year-old Barron’s bluesy voice was one of the evening’s highlights, bringing to mind Janis Joplin–minus the drugs and cigarettes.

Shifting gears, “Big Pat” Simmons–joined by 40 Points, Dread and Donny Smith–got into the groove with a soulful hybrid of blues, rock, reggae and Latin sounds. The set culminated with Dread conducting a three part sing-along during the uplifting “Pray For Them,” dedicated to the men and women fighting for their country in foreign lands.      

After a quick costume change, 40 Points’ drummer Micah Nelson and percussionist Tato Melgar returned to the stage with La Migra, a Maui-based Argentinean rock band with a heavy metal feel. The band, singing primarily in Spanish, sported the look of US government immigration officials while adding some edgy spice to the evening.      

Switching to a groove of another color, acoustic string quartet Gypsy Pacific treated the audience to a set of gypsy jazz, a sound that might not be familiar to a lot of people. However, the high quality of musicians in Gypsy Pacific made up for the lack of familiarity as the band brought to life songs dating from the ’30s forward.      

As Gypsy Pacific neared the end of its set, the crowd began to hoot and holler as Willie Nelson walked on stage, dressed in black from his cowboy hat to his toes–legendary braids hanging well past his waist.

Willie thanked everyone for supporting the school before telling the story of one of his newest songs, “Peaceful Solution.” The song was written after his sister told him she dreamt he was on stage singing a song called “Peaceful Solution.” Nelson said he couldn’t sleep that night until the song was written. As a side note, Nelson has posted the song on the Internet and encourages others to record it without having to pay any royalties. All versions submitted–audio and video–are posted at

40 Points then came back to the stage with a sound they say is influenced by Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, The Allman Brothers, Los Lonely Boys, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, The Beatles and Santana. It’s not too often a unique style of music comes along, but this psychedelic, jazzy, jammin’ band with a twang certainly has something new–kind of like Willie Nelson as a teenager on acid in the year 3000. It certainly was the best set of the night for contemporary music fans.

The band shared some originals and a cover of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” before bringing Simmons Sr. back out, who kicked off his set with the Doobie Brothers’ hit “Black Water,” followed by “Listen to the Music” and “Long Train Running.” Simmons wailed on guitar, but his voice seemed a bit strained; yes, it seems they do get head colds in Hawaii in the winter. It didn’t bother the crowd one bit, however. Even the most cynical of audience members was singing along like it was the band’s 1982 “farewell show” at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA. The enthusiasm and love for Simmons’ music was obvious as everyone from seven to 70 stood on their feet in ovation after each song.

There was a brief pause in the action before Simmons broke into an improv song, “We’re waiting on Willie.” When Nelson came back on stage, the affection from the crowd kept flowing as the first notes of “Whiskey River” were played.

Nelson is the kind of entertainer who can reach out to anyone despite their individual tastes in music. Whether it’s the upbeat rocking sound of “Still Is Still Moving to Me,” or the classic country blues of standards like “Crazy” and “You Were Always on My Mind,” it’s easy to understand why so many love the country icon.

When Nelson broke into “On the Road Again,” it seemed like the show was going to end after a brief set. But to the contrary, more tunes came along, including several new songs and a version of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” featuring a talented practitioner of the stumpf fiddle, a folk instrument made of a bouncing stick, noisemakers and wood blocks.

Willie Nelson, Family and Friends at 7th Annual Maui Music Fest (11/24/07)

Friday, November 23rd, 2007


Willie Nelson, country music superstar, will be part of an eclectic musical mix at the 7th Annual Maui Music Festival set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the A&B Amphitheater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.Willie Nelson and Friends, the featured act, will be joined by 40 Points, Gypsy Pacific, Argentian musicians La Migra, the duo of Pat Simmons Jr. and Sebrina Barron, Donnie Smith, Marty Dread and guest artists such as Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers.

Proceeds will benefit Montessori School of Maui’s tuition assistance program.

Tickets: $40 general, $50 reserved; limited $150 premium table seats, include a buffet dinner and a gift, available through Montessori Schoool, 808-573-7568 or

Reservations: 808-242-7469 or online at

Willie and Lukas Nelson

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

photo:  AP

Willie Nelson joined sons Lukas and Micah Nelson and The Harmonic Tribe at the Civic Center of Anderson in South Carolina July 18, 2006.

Willie, Annie, and baby Lukas Nelson (1989)

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007