Archive for the ‘Good causes’ Category

Willie Nelson to Perform at 2016 Bridge School Benefit

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Bridge School Concert 2014

Neil Young will host the 30th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert on October 22–23 with music from Dave Matthews, Metallica, Roger Waters, My Morning Jacket, Willie Nelson and more.

Rounding out the lineup will be supergroup case/lang/veirs, Norah Jones, Cage the Elephant and E Street Band guitarist and former member of Crazy Horse Nils Lofgren. The concert will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and tickets will go on sale August 29. See the announcement video above.

The Bridge School was co-founded by Pegi Young, former wife of Neil, in 1986 and has been helping children with sever speech and physical impairments since, with Neil Young curating the benefit concert annually to raise money for the organization.

Bridge School Benefit Concert Lineup

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Willie Nelson
Roger Waters
Dave Matthews
My Morning Jacket
Norah Jones
Cage the Elephant
Nils Lofgren

Willie Nelson will perform at Neil Young’s 2016 Bridge School Benefit (Oct 22, 23)

Monday, August 22nd, 2016


Willie Nelson interview for e-town Radio Broadcast

Friday, August 12th, 2016


photo:  Danny Clinch
Willie Nelson and Nick Forester

Nick and Helen Forester interviewed Willie Nelson before his concert in Denver, for an upcoming broadcast of of eTown, a national radio show they broadcast from Boulder, Colorado,  The show features music, interviews and also introduces a person or groupf for good works they have done in their community.  For information on when their show will air on public radio, visit their websit where they have their schedule.


Helen Forester and Willie Nelson
photo:  Danny Clinch

“It was truly a thrill to visit with Willie Nelson when he was in Denver. I’d met him in passing many years before, when he came to do an eTown radio show. This time around, there on the bus with Nick and our crew to tape an interview with Willie, I was struck by what a sweet and gentle presence he has, really kind and welcoming. Incredible man. His lovely wife Annie was also there, as well as Elaine who was so helpful to us. These photos were taken by the talented photographer Danny Clinch (check out his amazing work at, who was kind enough to share these with us ”

— Helen Forester


photo:  Danny Clinch


Mickey Raphael: #1 Harmonica Player (you can get a shirt too!)

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
“I might not have worn it best, considering how hot it is now…but I certainly wore it first.#shirtofthesummer @mickeyraphael
Get yours at @shopmidnightrider all proceeds that would go to Mickey, he is donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center to fight racial intolerance and injustices. #BestShirtEver #great4good ?? Go Mickey! ??
— in New York, New York.”

‘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