Danny has a new photo book out, too:
Willie & Annie Nelson accepted the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, while standing under their lemon tree, so it would benefit from the water. They will be making a donation to ALS Association, as well as to these other organizations: The Waterkeeper Alliance, Blood: Water Mission, and A Drop in the Bucket.
For more information or to make a donation for any of these organizations, visit:
Dr. Eric Olson, the Chair of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern and Annie and Willie Nelson Professor in Stem Cell Research, accepts the #ALSicebucketchallenge from his lab and miRagen Therapeutics and challenges his friends Willie Nelson and Dirk Nowitzki to follow in his footsteps.
Dr. Eric Olsen sent this video and challenge to Annie Nelson today. Dr. Olsen is the doctor who holds the Willie & Annie Nelson Stem Cell Professorship at UT Southwest in Dallas.
Annie Nelson responded:
“I may do the ice bucket, but it will be over my lemon tree & be the water for the day, and we will be donating not only to ALS, but to the following;
The Waterkeeper Alliance is a network of sustainable organizations across the U.S. Each organization is the voice for its community, made up of people who defend their local watershed by tracking down polluters, speaking out in courtrooms, classrooms and town meetings for every person’s right to clean fishable, swimmable, drinkable water. The Alliance keeps local Waterkeepers connected and provides them with legal support and the educational resources they will need to defend their local waterways. The website provides an opportunity for anyone to get involved by making a donation or becoming a Waterkeeper. Visit the Save our Gulf website to make a donation toward the Alliance’s effort to save the Gulf Coast from the recent BP oil disaster.
Blood: Water Mission was founded by the Grammy award-winning band, Jars of Clay. The water charity works to promote sustainable solutions to both the HIV/Aids crisis and the water crisis in Africa. Through community empowerment, Blood: Water Mission has succeeded in creating and maintaining several HIV/Aids clinics along with thousands of water projects, including drilled wells, rain catchments and Biosand filtration. Fundraising campaigns include walks for water and sacrificial commitments to drink only water for two weeks or forty days, donating the money that would normally be spent on other beverages to Blood: Water Mission’s efforts. The organization also advocates creating your own campaign to raise funds.
A Drop in the Bucket seeks out innovative technological solutions to water and sanitation problems. Started by a group of ordinary people in Los Angeles, this non-profit organization works to provide water wells and sanitation systems to schools in Africa. A Drop in the Bucket is a water charity that encourages people to get involved by making donations and by spreading awareness.
Aloha & Peace,
The title track from Willie Nelson’s new ‘Band of Brothers’ album could be a theme song for his motley group of players and friends. The singer has released a video for the song that showcases the crew having fun backstage and off stage. During this ToC video premiere, fans get a look at a more relaxed — almost silly — country music legend.
Much of the ‘Band of Brothers’ video is focused on a high-stakes game of dominoes that involves family, friends and actor Woody Harrelson. A few dollars get tossed around during the contest, and creative stop-motion camera work shows the game’s pieces turning into various characters, like a peace sign.
“We’re a band of brothers and sisters and whatever / On a mission to break all the rules / And I know you love me cause I love you too / But you can’t tell me what to do,” Nelson sings during the ‘Band of Brothers’ chorus. Poker and chess are also played, and one woman takes to skateboarding.
The new album — released on June 17 — features nine new songs co-written by Nelson. In total there are 14 tracks, including a cover of Vince Gill‘s ‘Whenever You Come Around’ and Billy Joe Shaver’s ‘The Git Go,’ a collaboration with Jamey Johnson. The album comes after the success of ‘To All the Girls,’ Nelson’s first Top 10 album in 30 years. The 80-year-old continues to tour and shows no signs of bringing his studio work to an end.
Read More: Willie Nelson’s ‘Band of Brothers’ Video Goes Backstage | http://tasteofcountry.com/willie-nelson-band-of-brothers-video/?trackback=tsmclip
Bobbie Nelson and Annie D’Angelo Nelson
photo: Janis Tillerson, Abbott, Texas
Lukas Nelson shared this sweet photo of his parents on his facebook page.
Kelly King and her husband Bob’s pioneering vision created American’s first biodiesel refinery in Maui in 1996. Pacific Biodiesel became the first private company to divert and refine thousands of tons of municipal grease trap waste and waste vegetable oil into clean-burning, premium biodiesel.
Years later, along came country music legend Willie and his wife Annie Nelson. They became very interested in the King’s vision of sustainable biodiesel and eventually they formed a strong partnership that exists to this day. Ready for this? In a very short time after that, Willie and his good friend Bill Mack would single-handedly use satellite radio to talk to truckers and farmers about biodiesel, and thus elevated the renewable fuel into mainstream recognition. Want to hear more? I know I do. This show sponsored by The Fairfax Companies
Willie Nelson, Austin’s hometown musician, returns to ring in the New Year with Ryan Bingham on 12/30 and Delbert McClinton w/ Glen Clark on 12/31. Andy Langer will host the show on the 31st, where there will be an appearance by Father Time Texas and champagne toast by Woodbridge Sparkling at midnight.
The W Austin will also be offering room night packages, which include two tickets for two to the show, cocktails, daily parking and a hotel room for one night. For more information on W Hotel packages please visit http://www.whotelaustin.com/willie.
This photo, posted at journalist Andy Langer’s facebook page, is from last year’s festivities. Once again, Willie Nelson & Family will bring the year to a close in style in Austin, with family in friends.