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Willie Nelson and family in Life Magazine (August 1983)

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Life Magazine (8/83)
Photography: Harry Benson
Text: Cheryl McCall

“I’ve about forgotten what a private life is,” says Willie Nelson, padding around his kitchen with a mug of tea. “But when I really want to get away, this is the santuary.”

Here, 40 miles outside Denver, a contented Nelson is secluded with his wife, Connie, and their daughters, Paula and Amy. In the largest of four houses on a 122-acre spread. (One house is an office, the others for rare guests.) The Nelsons’ family life is anchored here; it’s where the girls go to school (public).

But they have another big house near Austin, Texas., site of the country superstar’s personal recording studio. During the summer, Connie and the kids adopt a gypsy lifestyle to keep up with the perapathetic. Willie., who, at 50, shows no sign of setting a more sensible pace. He logs over 200 days a year on the road for as much as $500,000 per concert, and often takes his family along in a customized bus.

“The kids don’t mind the traveling because it’s all they’ve ever known,” says Connie. When she married Willie in 1971, she recalls, “We had to search for pennies before we could go to the grocery store.” In the years since, the royalties form a dozen gold and six platinum albums have made them land barons.

Besides their two “hideouts,” they own a 400-acre ranch in Utah, a 200-acre farm near Nashville and two houses in Hawaii. Their holdings in the Austin area include a 44-acre ranch, an 80-unit town-house complex, the 1, 700-seat Austin Opry House, a motel and a small catfish restaurant called Mona’s.

“That’s a lot of doorknobs,” Nelson says with some satisfaction. What’s it all worth? “It would take a week of inventorying to figure that out,” says his business manager. Recently the Nelsons’s gave LIFE a first-ever look at their homes in Colorado and Texas.

“The most important thing I do for Willie is make sure he gets rest. He doesn’t even realize when he’s running himself into the ground,” says Connie, soaking with her old man in their king-size tub. “I keep the people to a minimum, or before we know it, our time together is gone.”

“When I have time off the road, I try to split it between Colorado and Texas,” says Nelson. To shuttle back and forth, he bought a $1.7 million, seven-passenger Learjet this winter. “The plane makes a difference,” says Paula. “Dad gets home more, and we go to Texas a lot when we’re not in school.”

West of Austin, the family as an eight-room house overlooking the 775 acre Pedernales Country Club, which Nelson owns outright and permits his band, staff and friends to use. His clubhouse office, filled with tapes, awards and a six-foot feathered headdress given him by an Oklahoma Indian tribe, is next to his state-of-the-art recording studio. “I like being able to go in there in the middle of the night,” he says. When fellow muscicians drop by, the beer and tequila flow.

“It can be a continuous party,” Connie sighs. “When one set of people gets worn out, there’s another set ready to go. But there’s only one Willie.” In Austin, Nelson also does some fatherly fence-mending with his children by his first marriage. (Lana, 29, Susie, 27, and Billy, 26, live nearby.) “I was too busy trying to pay the rent when they were small,” he says. “I spend more time with them and my six grandkids now than I ever did before. I like being a father.”

Happy birthday, Amy Lee Nelson

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Happy birthday to the beautiful and talented Amy Nelson.

Happy Father’s Day, Willie Nelson

Sunday, June 21st, 2020
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Folk Uke Drive In Show (July 3rd, 2020) in Austin

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Small News from Folk Uke

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Small News! ??? Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie of Folk Uke have new song which premieres @Rolling Stone, plus Folk Uke’s got some small news—coming soon…

Folk Uke Stomp Out Toxic Masculinity on ‘Small One’
Their new single SMALL ONE
debuts today at RollingStone.com •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Great news! Folk Uke on Tour 2020

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

Even more 20/20 dates— Arlo Guthrie with Folk Uke:
Apr. 16 Belly Up; Solana Beach, CA
Apr. 18 Soka Performing Arts Center; Aliso Viejo, CA
Apr. 21 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre; San Francisco, CA
Apr. 23 The Center for the Arts; Grass Valley, CA
Apr. 24 Bankhead Theater; Livermore, CA
Apr. 26 Mondavi Center; Davis, CA
May 6 Boulder Theater; Boulder, CO
May 8 Lensic Performing Arts Center; Santa Fe, NM

See Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie, Folk Uke, at Saxon Pub in Austin (Dec 21, 2019)

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Willie Nelson & Family at Billy Bob’s

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson take over Deep Elm in Dallas (10/7/2019)

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Thank you, Janis from Texas.

Happy Father’s Day, Willie Nelson

Sunday, June 16th, 2019


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See Folk Uke at the Saxon Pub in Austin, with Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie (July 27, 2019)

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Folk Uke is touring with the band EX at several cities around the Midwest and south, check out their tour schedule at www.FolkUke.com to see when they’re coming near you.

And don’t forget the group will be on the Outlaw Country Cruise out of Miami next January 2020.

Happy Birthday, Cathy Guthrie

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Happy happy birthday to one half of Folk Uke, Cathy Guthrie.

Willie’s Kids

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Outlaw Country Cruise 5

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

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