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‘Willie Nelson’s Love Child Band’ Tour and Ukelele give away program in Australia

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Sandra Beynon of Willie Nelson’s Love Child at the Red Hill guitar shop with some of the donated ukuleles. Photo: Sandra Beynon
by: Drew Creighton

Forty ukuleles have been donated to Thursday Island children in hope of sparking a passion in music.

Husband-and-wife duo Willie Nelson’s Love Child inspired by famous guitarist Keith Richards and singer Willie Nelson, have embarked on the project.

And it’s not the first philanthropic venture Sandra and Sean Beynon have undertaken – they previously helped raised funds on tour for drought affected farmers in Queensland.

“Last year we went to outback Queensland for 38 days and we were raising money for Aussie Helpers Drought Relief as part of our tour,” Sandra said.

“After the success of that tour, I thought I’d like to do another remote area and maybe bring some ukuleles for the kids.”

The duo put together a tour of the Torres Strait, Cape York, Bamaga, Thursday Island and managed to ask friends, family and associates to donate so they could take 40 ukuleles up north.

“The owner of The Guitar Shop at Red Hill started it off by donating 10 and then I texted all my friends and associates to sponsor a whole uke for $40 or a half uke for $20.

“Before I knew it we had enough money to pack up 40 of the ukes to take to Thursday Island.

“We’re going to be doing some classes with the school Tagai College and have a little get together with the families after school and have a play.”

Sandra said the idea for the ukuleles came from her own love of the instrument and from how easy it is to play.

“There’s so much bad press about what happens in remote communities with kids and I think if someone can give them an interest and a real love of something, that would be great.

“If a couple of lives are saved by something like music, then that is a great achievement.”

Taking leave from her own show, the primary students at Tagai College will be starting their music lesson with the 1920s classic Corrina Corrina.

“By tuning the uke in open tuning, like Keith Richards guitar, it’s really easy to play, you don’t have to learn chord position, you just lay your finger across the bars and you can play.

“We were looking for something the kids could have a good success rate with and they could learn all together.

“Islanders have a really great built in sense of rhythm, so to play the ukuleles would be really achievable for them.”

Bid on Guitars signed by Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Train,

Sunday, June 12th, 2016


Here is opportunity to bid on guitars signed personally by @Willie Nelson, @WillieNelson, @MichaelFranti, @SammyHagar & @Train, with proceeds to benefit Music Heals International.

Benefiting Music Heals International

Willie Nelson Autographed Epiphone Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar and Case

For information, and to bid on the items click here.


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Our mission –

Music Heals International works to bring music and musicians to the children of Haiti and other parts of the world. MHI is designed to teach and inspire children, using music as a powerful force for education, creativity and healing.

Benefiting Music Heals International

Willie Nelson Autographed Epiphone Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar and Case


Get your Raelynn Nelson Band-ana wrapped Guitar Strings in Nashville at “Two Old Hippies” (or her website)

Saturday, June 11th, 2016


One of the coolest stores in #Nashville **Two Old Hippies**@twooldhippies will now carry Raelyn Nelson Band-Ana Wrapped Guitar String Bracelets!!! A portion of each bracelet sold will be given to the Save the Tongass Rainforest Campaign in honor of Molly and Sheila of 2 Old Hippies !!!

Or you can get yours at her website:

Everybody’s wearing them.



Help Keep Family Farmers on the Farm in North Dakota — vote against Measure 1

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

by:  Willie Nelson and Sarah Vogel

BISMARCK—Each year in nearly every part of the country, swaths of farmland are turned over as yet another family farm is pushed out by tightening profit margins, rigged markets and the ever-constricting power of a few corporations.

In a year of falling farm prices, the fight to keep family farmers on the land is as urgent as ever.

Why fight for family farmers? Because family farmers are stewards of the land, key threads in the fabric of our rural communities and local economies. They support us in ways that can’t be done by distant corporations that are looking out first and foremost for their own bottom line.

North Dakota is unique in its commitment to family farm agriculture. For 84 years, that commitment has been enshrined in a state law affirming that our land belongs in the hands of people, and that farming should stay in the family—not corporations.

Measure 1 attacks that commitment and the very soul of North Dakota.

Efforts to undo long-standing laws such as North Dakota’s anti-corporate farming law are about increasing corporate profits and the control of corporations over our farm and food system. It’s about hastening farm consolidation and squeezing every profit possible out of the soil, water, animals and people of rural America in order to fill Wall Street’s coffers.

It is yet another step in a long push to remove family farms from the American landscape.

Similar measures have cropped up in states across the country, and North Dakotans are rightly asking who is behind initiatives such as Measure 1 — and who profits from them. One can find a few clues in the case of Missouri.

In 2013, Missouri state legislators—spurred by hefty donations from the meatpacking giant Smithfield Foods—dissolved the state’s long-held law banning foreign corporations from owning Missouri land. This happened at the same time as Smithfield’s buyout by Hong Kong-based Shuanghui International.

Today, the Chinese-based company legally owns 42,000 acres of farmland in Missouri, which are being used for mega-industrial confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and processing facilities.

These corporate-backed measures ultimately pit people against each other. They roll back the ability of local communities to determine what’s best for them. They grant corporate interests the right to extract wealth from local communities, with little regard for the quality of life, the caliber of jobs or the health of the soil and water upon which local people depend.

Citizens are told that their long-held values are getting in the way of progress, or that the family farm is obsolete. But the truth is just the opposite: Corporate farming is destroying our present; the family farm is our future.

On June 14, Herald readers’ “No” votes will protect North Dakota’s proud legacy of family farm agriculture. It’s a legacy worth preserving.

Singer, songwriter, actor and activist Nelson is president of Farm Aid, In 1989, he was named an honorary North Dakota Centennial Farmer.

Vogel is a former two-term North Dakota commissioner of agriculture and has been working as a lawyer for family farmers and ranchers in North Dakota and elsewhere since the 1980s.

This day in Willie Nelson History: USO Show in Germany with Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey (May 23, 2005)

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

In 2005 Willie Nelson joined Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey on a USO tour to entertain the troops overseas at the Ramstein Airbase in Germany.  The show was filmed, and broadcast on television as  “Nick and Jessica’s Tour of Duty.”  Also on the tour:  Big and Rich,  and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.   Willie and Jessica treated the crowd to a duet from movie ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’,  the movie they starred in together, ‘These Boots are Made for Walking.”

Jimmey Kimmel talked about Willie at the show, and said, “I got to meet Willie Nelson.  He’s such a nice guy, he even let me carry his bags through customs for him.!”

“Don’t Mess with Texas”, featuring Lukas Nelson

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016




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Willie Nelson Artwork for sale to benefit the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Sunday, April 17th, 2016



Painting by Leonard Peltier

Get more info on the case and find out how you can participate at

Native American activist Leonard Peltier has spent nearly 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Prosecutors and federal agents manufactured evidence against him (including the so-called “murder weapon”); hid proof of his innocence; presented false testimony obtained through torturous interrogation techniques; ignored court orders; and lied to the jury.

People are commonly set free due to a single constitutional violation, but Peltier — innocent and faced with a staggering number of constitutional violation — has yet to receive equal justice.

Leonard Peltier at Leavenworth. 6/92 ©Jeffry Scott

Leonard Peltier at Leavenworth.
6/92 ©Jeffry Scott

Behind bars, Peltier has become an outstanding artist. His artwork depicts traditional Indian scenes and soaring visionary imagery. Recently, he painted this iconic portrait of Willie Nelson lighting up. As we gear up for a massive 4/20 holiday, this stirring portrait of Willie Nelson, one of our cannabis legends, can be yours. Order here!

11 x 14 – $150 print or $250 mat & framed
16 x 20 – $200 print or $300 mat & framed
18 x 24 – $300 print or $400 mat & framed

The asking price for the original oil painting is $7500 (open to offers).

T-Shirts $25 plus $5.99 shipping

All proceeds from purchases benefit the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) to carry on his clemency campaign. Purchases and donations are tax deductible.

 Get more info on the case and find out how you can participate at

(ILPDC is a project of the Indigenous Rights Center 501 c 3. (

Willie Nelson guitar, signed artwork up for auction to benefit REVERB

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016


Bid to win this Willie Nelson signed Martin 00-DB (Jeff Tweedy signature series). This guitar is FSC certified.

This guitar was designed in collaboration with Grammy Award winning Wilco front man, Jeff Tweedy. The 00-DB Jeff Tweedy is Martin’s first Custom Artist model that is FSC® Certified, an important distinction for both Tweedy and Martin. The guitar is also Rainforest Alliance Certified™ and comes with a hard case.

“Despite the weather, Reverb had a great time at the Luck Reunion event with Willie Nelson and friends.

There is some incredible memorabilia from the event up for auction online to support the work of REVERB, including limited edition artwork signed by Willie Nelson and a beautiful Martin Guitar, also signed by Willie Nelson.

Click the link and check it out.


Willie Nelson autographed limited edition poster for Luck Reunion 2016


Willie’s Reserve print autographed by artist J. Micah Nelson and Willie Nelson

Dinner With Willie Nelson: Chef’s Pot Luck @Luck Reunion (Stories and photos by The Simple Sol)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016


It isn’t a secret that I love Willie Nelson and when I got invited to a dinner he was hosting on his iconic Luck, TX ranch outside of Austin it was the perfect excuse to escape after three crazy days of SXSW. It was an intimate gathering and truly a hidden gem tucked away from the downtown hustle and bustle, apparently Adrian Grenier thought so too —  he was sitting across the table from me.  It was also the kick-off for Willie’s one-day music festival, Luck Reunion, held the next day.  Sadly I didn’t get to take part in the festival because I was in Mexico City.


Read the article, and see all the great photos here.

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Willie Nelson, “The Love of Horses”

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

photo: Andrew Shapter

Chef Leonardo Maurelli III at Willie Nelson’s Chef’s Pot Luck Fundraiser Banquet

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Allison Negron, Giada Chiarello, Chef Leonardo Maurelli III, Willie Nelson, John wood, Daniel Tackett.
by:  Sonya Balaam

The Chefs’ Pot Luck was part of The Luck Reunion Festival. The festival showcased more than 35 acts on three stages, but the night the before the festival on March 17 was the Pot Luck, an event that brought together celebrity chefs preparing a family-style Texas meal. The proceeds from Pot Luck supported Wholesome Wave, a non-profit that has as one of its initiatives to make healthy food options more accessible to low-income families. In addition to Nischan, the other celebrity chefs were Chef Dean Fearing, Chef Scott Conant, Chef Michael Chiarello and Chef John Mitchell.

“It’s a pretty big honor to have a chef like Michel Nischan, who’s a highly decorated, three-time James Beard Award winning chef to ask you to come assistant him and be his executive sous chef on the road while he does events,” Maurelli said. “…Very humbling.”

One of the dishes Maurelli helped prepare was a vegan chili called “Willie’s Chili.” Nelson’s wife is vegan, and Maurelli said they wanted to make sure there was a dish she could eat and enjoy. Maurelli also helped prepared the Use a Spoon Chopped Salad, which was to serve with chili. Chefs’ Pot Luck brought 200 guests to Nelson’s ranch.

This was Maurell’s third event with Nischan. The first was the 2015 Hospitality Gala at The Hotel at Auburn University.

“It (was) a super fun trip…I had a great time with all the chefs. I learned a lot. I got to talk about Auburn and the hotel and the university and what we do here. It’s really a great opportunity to be able to spread the gospel of our little town

Willie Nelson raises $125 for West Texas and Abbott Texas Fire Departments (May 2013)

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Willie Nelson Raises $125K For West & Abbott Volunteer Firefighters

WEST (CBS 11) – At the West Volunteer Fire Department, a day of mixed emotions. As they continue to mourn their seven firefighters killed when the West Fertilizer Company plant exploded, they take comfort in the generosity of country superstar Willie Nelson.

He held a benefit concert for West last month, and on Monday, one of his life-long friends, Donald Reed, presented the fire department a check for $80,900. “Heroes they were, even though they are not here, we should never forget them.”

Reed says Nelson was deeply touched by what happened. “Willie is so benevolent, so loving, so gracious.”

West Mayor Pro Tem Stevie Vanek says, “What he (Nelson) has done for us — with our fire department, and our fundraising, it would have taken us ten years to raise that kind of money.”

For the first time since the blast that claimed the lives of his volunteers, Chief George Nors was overcome with emotion. “Can’t express it — it’s emotional for me.”

He was injured while responding to the fire at the plant and is still wearing a brace.

“I’m doing better, I’m doing better. I got hurt in the blast, I’m still recuperating.”

The good news wasn’t isolated to West.

Nelson and the Abbott Methodist church also presented a check to the town of Abbott for $46,551.

Three of their volunteer firefighters also lost their lives.

“Willie’s always been generous to help us out anything we need in Abbott, he’s always been willing to donate or help.”

Back at the West fire department, the money will go for new equipment, such as pagers, beepers and radios.

The department has also received two donated firetrucks — a used pumper truck, and a brand new tanker that can hold 3,000 gallons of water.

It’s worth $250,000.

Vanek says, “This is a great donation for us,” according to Vanek, who explains the money will be used to buy radios, beepers, and pagers to replace those lost during the blast.

Some money will also go to the families of the firefighters killed.

Next week, the fire department hopes to resume responding to all fire calls in the city.

For now, they’re covering calls that come in only at night.

Willie Nelson to host benefit Chef’s Potluck Dinner for Wholesome Wave (Luck, Texas) (March 17, 2016)

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

photo: Ebet Roberts

Country music legend Willie Nelson has been helping family farmers for more than 30 years. On Thursday, he’s hosting a Chefs’ Pot Luck to raise money for Wholesome Wave, an organization that helps provide farm-fresh produce for low-income communities. It’s a win-win for farmers and the folks who need nutritious food the most.

Nelson is hosting the sold-out event on his ranch in Luck, Texas, and it’s the kick-off for his new one-day music festival, Luck Reunion, being held on Friday, also at the ranch. (Full disclosure: Modern Farmer editors will be attending the dinner and concert.) It was Annie D’Angelo, Willie’s wife, who got the party started last year, as it were, when she asked Michel Nischan, the cofounder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, to cook for the couple’s annual Heartbreaker Banquet. Things went so well, D’Angelo asked him to do it again, but this time as a fundraiser for the charity.

“When you look at what Willie’s been able to accomplish with Farm Aid, it’s powerful,” says Nischan. “And it’s a great connection to be at Luck—to have his home base offered to us as for our fundraiser so people struggling with poverty can afford to support local farmers while putting healthy food on their dinner tables.”

Nischan, a three-time James Beard Foundation Award winner, will be manning the kitchen for the event, along with several other celebrity chefs, including Dean Fearing, the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” John Mitchell, a pioneer in the sustainable food movement, James Beard Award-winner Scott Conant, and Food Network star Michael Chiarello. Fleisher’s Craft Butchery and Niman Ranch will be providing the sustainably-sourced meat for the event.

The more than 200 guests will be treated to a performance from singer-songwriter Aubrie Sellers followed by a concert featuring Nelson. Not a bad way to spend an evening.

“Farm Aid raises money to help farmers in need, to give them grants and loans, create meaningful networks—but Wholesome Wave raises money so people struggling with poverty can actually buy their food,” says Nischan. “Farmers would prefer to never take a loan or write a grant. They just want customers who can pay a fair price and keep them in business, which is what we help make happen. So there’s a real continuity of intent, and a great spiritual alignment.”

Paula Nelson at Peace, Love, Happiness concert in Austin (Friday, April 8, 2016)

Sunday, March 13th, 2016


The Peace*Love*Happiness Charity Motorcycle Ride was conceived in 2002 while two bikers were riding through the Texas Hill Country. During a pit-stop at Poodies Hill Top, John Paul Dejoria, “Captain of Industry” and “Steward of the Planet”, along with his long time friend and riding buddy, Gary Spellman, decided to take a stand after hearing how horribly an Austin Police Officer was being criticized for risking his life to save another. That day, the Peace*Love*Happiness was born. They would go on to create an event that helped and supported the families of fallen peace officers and any and all abused and neglected children.

Willie Nelson hosting Chef’s Pot Luck Dinner on Texas Ranch to benefit Wholesome Wave (3/17/16)

Friday, March 4th, 2016


The Red Headed Stranger is no stranger to charitable causes. The Texas legend is hosting a Chef’s Pot Luck dinner at his ranch in Luck, Texas on March 17 that benefits Wholesome Wave, a non-profit organization that works to increase affordable access to healthy food for members of under-served communities.

The Abbott, Texas native will team with Wholesome Wave founder, chef Michel Nischan, the 2015 James Beard Award Humanitarian of the Year winner for an event that will welcome celebrity chefs including the Southwestern cuisine pioneer Dean Fearing, Scott Conant, Food Network star Michael Chiarello and sustainable food trailblazer John Mitchell.

The menu for the family-style dinner will feature “Willie’s Chili,” a collaborative dish from Nelson and Nischan, Conant’s fried Chicken,and Fearing’s wood-grilled meat with West Texas mop.

Will there be music? Of course. Singer/songwriter Aubrie Sellers, Green River Ordinance and Lily Meola will perform, along with the legend himself. The evening event kicks off the Luck Reunion festivities, which continue on the 18th, featuring a day of music from Billy Joe Shaver, Jenny Lewis, Blitzen Trapper, Jack Ingram, Willie Nelson and many more.

Dinner Patron tickets, which include the meal and private performance on the 17th, cost $550. For $600, guests get access to the dinner and performance on the 17th, as well as the Luck Reunion Festivities the following day. Visit for tickets and more information