Archive for the ‘Birthdays’ Category

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Hau’oli La Hanau,Willie Nelson, from Hawaii

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Hi Linda,

We have been celebrating Willie Nelson Month here at Kailua Public Library, and today staff took a photo in front of our homage to him. Hau’oli La Hanau means Happy Birthday in Hawaiian.

We hope to see Willie and Family back in Hawaii soon!
Shelly Brown

Celebrate Willie Nelson’s Birthday Tomorrow

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
We’re Invited To Willie Nelson’s Virtual Birthday Party Tomorrow — April 29th at 4:20 PM CST

Tune in for a discussion with Willie, a cooking segment from James Beard winner Mason Hereford (Turkey and the Wolf), and musical performances from Marcus King, Devon Gillfillian, The Flaming Lips, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Billy Strings, Parker Millsap, and Los Coast

Luck Reunion is cordially inviting all Willie Nelson fans to join the celebration for the patron saint of weed’s birthday on April 29th at 4:20 PM CST. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will be donated to the Cannabis Voter Project, an organization that informs, registers and turns out voters who are interested in cannabis policy. 

The broadcast will feature a conversation between journalist Patrick Doyle and the birthday boy, as well as Nathanial Rateliff’s rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Viewers are encouraged to hang out in the chat room with other Willie fans to share favorite Willie moments and stories.

Musical performances by Nathaniel Rateliff, The Flaming Lips, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Marcus King, Billy Strings, Parker Millsap, and Los Coast. Additionally, James Beard winner Mason Hereford (Turkey and the Wolf) will give a cooking tutorial and Micah Nelson (Particle Kid) will give an at-home demo all about hempcrete. And a very special surprise birthday message from Jay and Silent Bob.
Willie’s party is the capstone event of Luck Summit: Planting the Seeda 4 day deep-dive into the cannabis plant and its many benefits, showcasing the plant through history, science, entertainment, and culture.
Additionally, team Luck has partnered with the much-loved podcast, 

Great Moments in Weed History. These episodes released—in partnership with Planting the Seed—will dive deep into humanity’s 10,000+ year relationship with cannabis to find the humor, heart, and historical importance of this very special plant.

As part of the Luck Summit, hosts Abdullah Saeed and David Bienenstock proudly present five short films tracing Willie Nelson’s sixty-year love affair with cannabis—from his first toke in Fort Worth, Texas in 1954 to the creation of his very own cannabis company. Click here to watch. 

Click here to join the party. For more information, please visit For media comps, please reply to this email.

NPR Wichita celebrates Willie Nelson’s Birthday (April 29)

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
by: Chris Heim

Night Train continues the April Siblings feature with some of the most prominent brothers in jazz. We’ll hear Robin Eubanks (with brothers Kevin and Duane), the Cannonball Adderley Sextet (with brother Nat), Elvin Jones (with Hank), the Dorsey Brothers (Tommy and Jimmy), the Heath Brothers (Percy, Jimmy and Albert), the Marsalis Family (father Ellis with sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason), Art Farmer (with twin Addison), the Montgomery Brothers (Wes, Buddy, and Monk), and the Clayton Brothers IJeff and John). There’s also new music from Behn Gillece, Nelson Riveros, Raul Gutierrez, Lisa Hilton, and Ian Hendrickson-Smith.

Thursday, April 29

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the 88th birthday of Willie Nelson. We’ll hear the jazz side of his work in albums he did in tribute to Frank Sinatra, in a track he did with Dr. John, some instrumental Cole Porter, and a music and interview special with Nelson in hour two of the show. 

It’s also the birthday of Duke Ellington, and Latin jazz greats Dave Valentin and Ray Barretto. New releases tonight include the Brianna Thomas Band, the Le Coq All Stars, and the Uptown Jazz Tentet.

Read entire article here.

Celebrate Willie Nelson’s birthday in Houston at Eight Row Flint (4/29/2021)

Monday, April 26th, 2021

Willie Nelson’s 88th Birthday at Eight Row Flint |

Eight Row Flint
1039 Yale Street
Houston , TX 77008

No Cover – Celebrate a Texas legend with drink specials, a look-a-like contest, and a live performance from a tribute band when Eight Row Flint in the Heights commemorates singer-songwriter Willie Nelson’s 88th birthday. 11am to midnight.

Sunday, April 25th, 2021

Happy birthday, Micah Nelson


photos: Janis Tillerson

Janis Tillerson took this photo, in Luck, Texas

Micah and his big brother, at Red Rocks.


Texas Music

November 2014

Micah Nelson: When It Comes to Willie Nelson’s Youngest Son, expect the unexpected
by Steve Uhler

Micah Nelson has been screwing with everyone’s expectations since before he was even born.

His dad originally wanted to name him Jake — a “cowboy name” — but the still-gestating prodigy had other ideas. “Apparently, when my mother was pregnant with me, she had a dream in which I came to her and said, “Hey, listen. I’m gonna be showing up soon, so I want to let you know ahead of time. My name is Micah. You can call me whatever you want, but that’s my name. Micah. OK, great — see you soon.” Then she woke up and turned to my dad and said, ‘Hey, uh… so his name is Micah, apparently.”

“That wasn’t enough convincing, however. “They settled on Jacob, Jake for short,” he continues. “But then I showed up and said my name is Micah. Only doctors and cops and people at the DMV call me Jacob.”

Anyone expecting Willie Nelson’s youngest son to reflect the spitting image of his iconic father is likely to be simultaneously disappointed and amazed. Flying in the face of preconceptions — ore -re-anything — is a lifelong motif for the 24-year-old musician. his music is as similar to his dad’s as John Cage is to Johnny Cash. Same canvas, wildly different colors. “Micah has never followed the herd in anything he odes,” says his older brother, Lukas. “To follow any formula would limit him, which he knows. He’s as unique as he is creative.”

Even as a toddler, Nelson was messing with people’s heads. “I started playing harmonica in my dad’s band when I was about three,” he recalls. “I thought I was just getting harmonica lessons. I was oblivious to the thousands of people watching. My Aunt Robyn asked me if I was nervous in front of all those people? I said, “If I don’t see them, they can’t see me.’ Eventually I got pretty decent at the harmonica, and my dad would throw me the nod to take a solo or two.”

Like his iconoclastic father, Nelson does things his own way — and he does a lot of things. In addition to being a full-time musician, both with his band, Insects vs Robots, and as a solo artist, he’s an accomplished painter, photographer, filmmaker and animator. Imagine H.R. Giger channeling John Audobon at a seance with David Lynch, and you’ll get some idea of Nelson’s vision.

As a musician, he eschews the formulaic and polished in favor of the ragged, unformed and spontaneous. As such a conduit as a creator, Nelson conjures “found sounds” into complex musical works of astonishing depth, imagery and surprising humor. An intuitive sonic forager, he finds inspiration in serendipitous places: the rhythm drip of a leaky faucet, the arthritic, groan of an old rocking chair, the distant howl of hungry coyotes in the night. “When I was in high school, every morning on Maui I’d wake up to the most psychedelic bird calls right outside my window,” he recalls. “the weirdest riffs. A human couldn’t write those melodies. I had a growing suspicion that all birds were just musical robots flying around with little tape decks built into them with old warped tapes that would loop the strangest, tweekiest sounds.”

So do inanimate objects, “I know a guy named Lewellyn with an old creaky rusty cat,” he continues. “Every time he opens his door it sings the strangest creaky melodies. I”ve ripped his car’s riffs off countless times. Sometimes I see music as this mysterious forest to be explored. Or like archeaology. You never know what treasures and artifacts you might find, but you can’t know unless you start digging.”

Nelson meticulously builds layers of tracks, weaving a tapestry of songs that are often otherworldly. Anyone expecting echoes of his dad’s distinctive voice and mainstream op sensibilities will find Nelson’s oeuvre disorienting. It’s a beguiling mash-up of traditional folk, psychedelia and world beat, peppered with guileless vocals, dissonant chordings and shifting time signatures. It’s musical Chaos Theory.

“A lot of popular music is so safe, so predictable, like it was processed in a factory,” he explains. “You can literally go in and buy it at Target next to the Tupperware. Not that there’s anything wrong with that .. except that a lot of it tends to sound like Tupperware. Some folks want ot make a pop hit that sells deodorant and plays every five minutes at Walgreens and gets them a Super Bowl halftime show. I tend to get bored with that intention. It spooks my horse.” Perhaps the closest he’s ever come to a traditional love song is “Mosquito,” his bizarre ode to the pesky insect.


Happy Birthday, EmmyLou Harris

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Happy Birthday, Budrock “the Illuminator” Prewitt! (March 28)

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Happy birthday, Budrock.

Happy happy birthday Budrodk  

Buddy is the lighting director for Willie Nelson and Family,  and has worked with the band for over thirty years.    I took this picture of him in Denver, during the Democratic National Convention in 2008, when WN&F were performing at a private concert.

Hard at work

DSC_0346 by you.

Budrock worked hard at Poodie’s Picnic on 6/28/09 in Austin, making sure things went smoothly.  I never saw him sit down once all day.  

Taking in the sites on the ride to Sturgis, SD  

Buddy is generous with his pictures and sharing his collections, and lets me share them here, for us all to enjoy.  You can see more of his collections, at

Happy birthday, Rachel Fowler

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Best wishes  for a happy birthday to Rachel Fowler.





Happy Birthday, Bobbie Nelson

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Happy birthday, Bobbie Nelson

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Willie Nelson leads the audience in singing happy birthday to his sister Bobbie.

Thank you Janis Tillerson for sharing your photos from that New Year’s Eve show at ACL Moody Theater.


Happy Birthday, Lukas Autry Nelson

Friday, December 25th, 2020

photo: Jim Eckenrode

Happy Birthday, Lana Nelson

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020


Happy birthday Mickey Raphael, Joni Mitchell, Steve Bruton (November 7)

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

Mickey Raphael, Joni Mitchell and the late Stephen Bruton shared a birthday — November 7th.  This is a picture taken in 1992 at their birthday dinner, in Los Angeles.