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Generations: A Concert to Benefit Aids (March 26, 1994)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson honor Johnny Cash, “Forever/I Still Miss Someone”

Monday, March 26th, 2018
Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson recollect on the influence of Johnny Cash in a new video for the Cash project ‘Forever Words.’

It’s more than two decades since the Highwaymen regrouped for The Road Goes on Forever, the final album from the country supergroup. Even so, three of the band’s members – two living and one deceased – team up in a way on “Forever/I Still Miss Someone,” the kickoff track from next month’s Johnny Cash: Forever Words.

A uniquely collaborative album, Forever Words matches Cash’s elegiac poetry – much of which was discovered after his death in 2003 – with musical performances from his contemporaries, followers and family members. Opening the album is a moving performance from Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, both of whom collaborated with Cash throughout their careers. Led by Nelson’s acoustic guitar and Kristofferson’s narration, the song features an instrumental version of Cash’s 1958 single “I Still Miss Someone,” which is repurposed as the backdrop for the final poem the Man in Black ever wrote.

“My father, toward the end of his life… was dealing with the loss of my mother, and was very much alone,” says Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, who co-produced the record with Steve Berkowitz. “There was a folder of letters that my father had written for my mother, and within this folder, there were a few poems, many of them very sad. But right in the middle of them was this poem ‘Forever,’ that spoke of life continuing on. Even in the face of my father’s own mortality, he still saw the vision ahead for where his legacy would go.”

Honest and unflinching, “Forever/I Still Miss Someone” contrasts the finite nature of one’s life with the indestructibility of one’s art. “The songs that I sang will still be sung,” Kristofferson reads during the final moments of the video above, which takes a quick look at the song’s creation. The clip also finds Cash’s fellow Highwaymen talking candidly about their bandmate.

“He may be the most spiritual person I’ve known,” Kristofferson adds, “because he was conscious of his own mortality and his own weaknesses, but used his life to raise the perception of other people into the infinite.”

Johnny Cash: Forever Words, featuring contributions from Chris Cornell, Elvis Costello and others, will be released April 6th.


Concert for Our Lives Maui (March 24, 2018)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

On Saturday, March 24th, people all over the country made a stand to end gun violence in schools at March for our Lives events at over 30 locations nationwide. In Hawai’i artis joined students, musicians and local community members for ‘The Concert for Our Lives Maui’, a star-studded event in support of ending gun violence in schools at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.   Performances included Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Kriistofferson, Mick Fleetwood, Steven Tyler , Landon McNamara, Lily Meola.

“Concert for our Lives” Concert with Willie Nelson, Jack JohnSon, Kris Kristofferson, Willie K Today

Saturday, March 24th, 2018


Concert on March 24th at Maui Arts & Cultural Center for Students (must have Eventbrite ticket).  Only $10  for the General Public Concert for Our Lives with Willie Nelson Jack Johnson Kris Kristofferson Landon McNamaraWillie K. Lily Meola and more…

Coming together with Students of Maui to #standwithparkland in support of common sense gun laws #neveragain, They will be giving away a signed Tony Hawk skateboard, Surfboards and lot’s of stuff from RVCA Outerknown Sanuk Mizu Life THE LUCKY HONEY ALOHA Collection KIPA BEACH please go to Eventbrite for important information… \

“Concert for Our Lives” in support of common sense gun laws, with Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Landon McNammara, Willie K, Lily Meola (March 24, 2018)

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

As if living on Maui wasn’t great enough — here’s news of a free event on March 24th at Maui Arts & Cultural Center for Students (must have Eventbrite ticket).  Only $10  for the General Public Concert for Our Lives with Willie Nelson Jack Johnson Kris Kristofferson Landon McNamaraWillie K. Lily Meola and more…

Coming together with Students of Maui to #standwithparkland in support of common sense gun laws #neveragain We will be giving away a signed Tony Hawk skateboard, Surfboards and lot’s of stuff from RVCA Outerknown Sanuk Mizu Life THE LUCKY HONEY ALOHA Collection KIPA BEACH please go to Eventbrite for important information… \

Willie Nelson Family honor Ben Dorcy, King of Roadies — Fundraiser at Friday, March 16 at High Brew Coffee in Austin

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018


Nelson Family Passion Project Comes to Life With High Brew Coffee-Powered Roadie Lounge

High Brew Coffee celebrates the men and women who bring SXSW to life with a lounge, fundraiser and a glimpse at the documentary about the original roadie and longtime friend of Willie Nelson, Ben Dorcy III.

High Brew Coffee®, an Austin-based beverage company, is taking their “for those who do” mantra to the next level with the Roadie Lounge, a unique experience built exclusively for the hardworking men and women essential to making each SXSW show happen. In addition to providing a sanctuary for roadies to recharge, High Brew Coffee has been working with the Nelson family to host a special event and fundraiser, on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 1-6 p.m., celebrating the life of Ben Dorcy III, known as the first roadie and longtime family friend. In addition to giving guests a glimpse at the highly anticipated “Lovey: King of the Roadies” documentary produced about Dorcy’s life by Willie Nelson and family over the last thirteen years, the event will serve as a fundraiser for the Live Like Lovey Foundation, which was formed to support retired roadies. Dorcy passed in September 2017 before the documentary could be completed.

Ben Dorcy, aka, Lovey, worked with all the great entertainers; Hank Thompson, Ray Price, John Wayne, Waylon, Cash, and yes, even me.  But he was more than just a guy who helped set up gear. He was a friend when you needed one and even when you didn’t. Ray Price said he kept him around for spare parts, and Ray needed a lot of those. Ben could find you things you didn’t even know you had lost. He was the first roadie ever and one of the best,” said friend and musician, Willie Nelson.

The Roadie Lounge is part of the three-day Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion being hosted at The Historic Scoot Inn March 14-16, 2018 that will feature live performances from 24 artists, both emerging and established. Willie’s daughter and fellow musician, Amy Nelson, and legendary promoter and Brooklyn Bowl founder, Peter Shapiro, will host the March 16 Relix event, which will be open to RSVP’d guests and SXSW credentials. In between musical sets performed by The Texas Gentleman featuring special guests Rayland Baxter, Christopher Porterfield (Field Report), Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards), Nicole Atkins, Billy Strings and The Accidentals, 15-minute musical vignettes from the documentary will be screened showing the colorful, enigmatic personality of Dorcy that won over so many musicians, like Texas legends Kinky Friedman, Dallas Wayne, and Billy Joe Shaver, who will all be in attendance. In addition, guests can participate in a silent auction of musician autographed memorabilia and instruments.

“We are busy having so much fun that it’s easy to overlook those working tirelessly to produce the concerts and festivals we love. As a company that was built specifically for those giving it their all, we wanted to express our gratitude for helping bring us so much joy,” says David Smith, co-founder and CEO of High Brew Coffee. “By paying tribute to Ben Dorcy, the man who started it all, we knew we would be honoring the entire community because he was a man who absolutely gave his all during the 92 years the music industry was blessed to have him.”

Building upon last year’s High Brew Coffee deliveries to crews working behind the scenes at the festival, the Roadie Lounge kicks off High Brew Coffee’s national initiative to provide touring bands with complimentary cold brew coffee, keeping them fueled while on the road. High Brew is also collaborating with the Nelson family to finalize completion of the documentary in the coming months so it can hit the film festival circuit and tour just like Dorcy loved to.

“We made the film “Lovey: King of the Roadies” to honor Ben and roadies everywhere.  Thanks to Brooklyn Bowl, High Brew Coffee, and “The Live Like Lovey” foundation for paying homage to these unsung heroes who are literally the backbone of the music industry,” added Willie Nelson.

About High Brew Coffee®

After working tirelessly for 13 years to turn his tiny tea company into a household name, David Smith, co-founder of Sweet Leaf Tea, embarked on the sailing adventure of a lifetime. Discovering the benefits of refreshing cold-brewed coffee during warm nights navigating rough waters, the idea for High Brew Coffee® was born. Founded in 2014, High Brew is an all-natural 100 percent Arabica blend ready-to-drink cold brew coffee made from Direct Trade coffee beans. Brewed with zero heat, High Brew Coffee® offers premium low-calorie cold-brews in smooth, delicious flavors such as Double Espresso, Mexican Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate Mocha, Black & Bold and Creamy Cappuccino + Protein. High Brew Coffee is shelf stable to perfectly accompany an active and on-the-go lifestyle. For more information, please visit

About “Lovey: King of the Roadies”After 13 years in the making, Lovey: King of the Roadies is wrapping up its post-production phase and preparing to be shared with the world.  Documenting the life and times of the original roadie, Ben Dorcy lll, this film is just one piece of a bigger movement of recognition and support for the folks who make it possible for the show to go on.  Joel Shoepf and John Selman, two of Dorcy’s friends and fellow roadies took it upon themselves to look after Dorcy, making sure his needs were met up to his last breath.  In that spirit, Joel and John started “Live Like Lovey”, to assist professional road crew with their medical bills.

About Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl, ranked the #1 busiest club in NYC and the #7 busiest club in the world in 2017 (Pollstar), is the ultimate night out, with its groundbreaking integration of premiere music, 16 lanes of bowling, a bar featuring locally crafted beers, and food by the acclaimed Blue Ribbon restaurant group. The venue — aka “rock and roll heaven” (Village Voice) — boasts a sound system and amenities that “no other local rock club can offer” (The New York Times).

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#Stoneman Strong

Monday, March 5th, 2018

“While in Florida we had a visit from some amazing teachers. Thank you for visiting us! #stonemanstrong #msdstrong

Willie Nelson Special Edition Honda auction raises $42,800 to aid in relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

The Central Texas Honda Dealers generously designed and donated this Willie Nelson Special Edition Honda to be auctioned to raise funds to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief. in partnership with United Way helped with the project to raise funds and help to make an impact for those in need after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

United Way of Southeast Louisiana has announced that they received a check for $42,800 from United Way Worldwide from the Honda raffle, and are distributing checks to the following.   As they distribute the checks, they will provide information about the organization receiving the assistance and why they were chosen.

“We will be distributing checks in the amount of $14,266 to the three organizations below:

·        Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

·        Grow Local South Texas

·        Sustainable Food Center Inc.


The Honda features custom art by hood art and the inside cab has been signed by Willie Nelson.

God Bless Our Veterans

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

In 2014 Willie Nelson recorded a PSA for the homeless veterans in America. Production crews set up cameras on the bus before the concert, and the Redheaded Stranger asked that everyone open their hearts to our many homeless vets. A highly decorated Viet Nam veteran, who was also a fan had given Dad his heavy medal hat to wear in honor of those who have served our country with honor and pride. God Bless our veterans and please support them when you can. They have already supported us.

Generations: A Concert to Benefit Aids (March 26, 1994)

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Annie Nelson, activist, hero, resister

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

photo:  Matthew Thayer

Marcher Annie Nelson shouts, “Fake Christian! Fake Christian!” and “God hates hate!” into Darrel Hall’s microphone Saturday morning on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus. The Paia resident was nearing the end of the Maui Women’s March when she joined other marchers expressing disapproval of the three-person counter-protest’s amplified message against abortion, feminism, liberalism, homosexuality and “being obsessed with vaginas.”

KAHULUI — A peaceful Maui Women’s March that had been, in turns, spiritual, a progressive liberal political rally and a venue to denounce President Donald Trump became confrontational Saturday when three counterprotesters showed up with a bullhorn at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Paia resident Annie Nelson, the wife of country singer, songwriter and actor Willie Nelson, joined about 100 marchers who confronted the trio and their loud condemnation of abortion, feminism, homosexuality and “being obsessed with vaginas.”

“Fake Christian! Fake Christian! God hates hate!” Nelson shouted into the mic held alternatively by father and son Darrel and Alex Hall. (A third counterprotester was unidentified.)

Some marchers sang “We Shall Overcome” while others took positions close by the Halls and held signs and skateboards to block their anti-march messages.

Annie Nelson said she could not walk by without speaking up.

Women, men and children walk across the University of Hawaii Maui College campus at the start of Saturday’s Maui Women’s March in Kahului. - The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Women, men and children walk across the University of Hawaii Maui College campus at the start of Saturday’s Maui Women’s March in Kahului. – The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

“Standing up together and saying we have had enough is the most powerful thing we can do,” she said. “My father fought in the Battle of the Bulge to fight fascism. I’m not going to give up my country to a bunch of fascists. You’ve got to stand up. Nobody else is going to do it for you.”


Willie Nelson and others salute Buddy Emmons

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Born in the wake of a biographical project that Grammy-winning producer and steel guitarist Steve Fishell and Buddy Emmons worked on together, The Big E: A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons pays tribute to the most influential pedal steel player of them all. Buddy Emmons, known for endless musical vocabulary, his ultra clean technique, and his constant mechanical experiments on this complex, Rubick’s cube-like instrument, is a legend amongst musicians and hardcore music fans alike, but remains largely a background figure to the general public. All proceeds benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

1. Country Boy-Vince Gill featuring Paul Franklin & Tommy White
2. That’s All It Took-Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell featuring Seve Fishell
3. Blue Jade-Duane Eddy featuring Dan Dugmore
4. Are You Sure-Willie Nelson
5. This Could War With You-JayDee Manes
6. Half A Mind-John Anderson featuring Buck Reid
7. Wild Mountain Thyme-Greg Leisz
8. Rainbows All Over Your Blues-Albert Lee featuring JayDee Maness
9. Buddy’s Boogie-Doug Jernigan
10. Night Life-Raul Malo featuring Randle Currie
11. Feel So Bad-Chris Stapleton featuring Roosevelt Collier & Steve Fishell
12. Someday Soon-Joanie Keller Johnson featuring Mike Johnson
13. Invitation To The Blues-Norm Hamlet
14. When Your House Is Not A Home-Little Jimmy Dickens featuring Dan Dugmore & Duane Eddy
15. Shenandoah-Gary Carter
Bonus Track-Mansion On The Hill-Duane Eddy featuring Dan Dugmore


Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Yes, it’s true: The US government holds the patent on marijuana #6630507!  AND they collect some serious tax revenue from state-legal cannabis businesses—including Willie’s Reserve. Yet the DEA continues to fight a senseless war on a plant.

In the last year nearly, 5,000 people raised their hand on the hashtag #6630507 to raise awareness about this hypocrisy. Raise your hand with Willie Nelson and post a picture with the hashtag #6630507 to spread the word.

— Micah Nelson

Willie Nelson, Cannabis Activist

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Willie Nelson is an American icon and an outspoken Cannabis Activist. “Whiskey River take my mind…” Everyone knows Willie Nelson. At some point in time you have heard Willie, saw him in a movie on TV, or maybe you were even caught singing one of his tunes.

Hailing from Texas, a state with a notorious hatred towards marijuana, Nelson continues to speak his mind about Cannabis prohibition. We are starting to overcome the fear-mongering and anti-cannabis activism that the “Reefer Madness” generation livedAt the age of 83, Wille still tours and speaks his mind about the wonders of Cannabis.

I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If he put it here and he wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?

Willie has his own Cannabis line available in Marijuana clinics and Cannabis dispensaries where legal. Willie’s Reserve is a way of life to him. As a Cannabis activist, Willie Nelson has never made any bones about it, he has always operated under a simple philosophy: my stash is your stash.

The biggest killer on the planet is stress and I still think the best medicine is and always has been Cannabis.

The points Wilie makes are succinct. He uses his celebrity platform to educate the mainstream on the benefits of marijuana. “The only way Marijuana can kill someone is if a bail of it falls on their head,” jokes Nelson.

We know what we know about Cannabis and about the benefits of the plant. Science backs up what people have known for years, but the people who are making all the money are making all the rules. Big Pharma wants to keep you drugged, not see you get better. People who get better are no longer in need of what Big Pharma produces.

Thank you Willie. Thank you for speaking out on Cannabis prohibition and helping us move towards a union of Marijuana legalization. You are a hero cannabis activist for us here at InstaTree USA. Best said, since Willie is in his 80’s — if Marijuana was a gateway drug, it had better hurry.

Thursday, December 28th, 2017