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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

www.Mauinews.com

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.”

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Willie Nelson and others salute Buddy Emmons

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

www.countrymusichalloffame.org

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

#6630507

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

www.instatree.com
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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

Lukas Nelson & Promisee of the Real at benefit concert in San Francisco tonight

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Willie Nelson boxes Tex Cobb for charity

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson Boxes for Charity (December 1996)

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Country Weekly
December 1996
by Andrea J. Fine

In this corner, wearing blue and purple Everlast trunks, is Randall “Tex” Cobb, 46, a former heavy weight boxer who once went 15 rounds with Larry Holmes.

In the other corner is…. Willie Nelson.

The 63-year-old, 5-foot-9-inch Willie Nelson, a country music heavyweight but a prizefighting novice, squared off for three rounsds against Cobb in Philadelphia.  While the match ended in a draw, it succeeded in raising more than $100,000 for scholarships and boxing charities.

No betting was permitted, but Willie was clearly the favorite of the Boxer’s Ball crowd at the Belleview Hotel.

As soon as he entered the hall, the room filled with shouts of, “Take it easy on him, Willie!” and “Go, Willie!”  And when he removed his short, black silk robe, with yellow trim, revealing his black boxing shorts and sleeveless Farm Aid T-shirt, the crowd clapped and cheered.  Ignoring his opponent, Willie reached through the crowd and picked up a glass of white wine from a nearby table and ceremoniously lifted it in a toast to the onlookers.

Maybe Wille’s nonchalance resulted from his training for the fight.  At a black-tie cocktail party before the main event, he told Country Weekly he’d been “training for the past few months, and Texas we have sparred a few times, too.  And I run a lot, anyway.”

Any special diet to gt in shape?  “Yeah,” Willie said, “I have a see-food diet:  I see food, and I eat it!”  Though the country singer estimated his opponent outweighed him “by a good 60o pounds,” he said that in the end, he would iwn.  “This is a survival, endurance test,” he said.

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Tex had been a championship-level boxer, but he left the ring in the early 1980s and began a television and film career, appearing in almost 20 movies, incluidng Uncommon Valor, Diggstown and Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.

He predicted an easy win over Willie.  “He’s not going to be able to carry his golf clubs or his guitar in here,” Tex said, “so he’s going to have a lot more trouble than he might imagine.”?

The Boxer’s Ball supports amateur boxing.  Last year’s event attracted a ringful of boxing stars, including Holmes and ex-champion Joe Frazier.  This year, Cobb suckered Willie into the fray.

“Tex Cobb is a good firend of mine,” said Willie, a champion frundraiser.  “He called me a few months ago, told me about the event and his involvement and wanted to know if I’d come help him with it.”

Tex tells a slightly different story:  “I said, ‘Willie, how’d you like to hit me in the mount?’  Now, Willie thought this was a great idea.  So I said, “Well, do you mind if people come and watch?’ So we went at it from that angle.”

Why Willie Nelson?

“I needed a win,” Tex said, grinning.

But when the referee called both men to the center of the ring so the fight could begin, it was clear Tex was nervous.  “I don’t care if he hits me,” he told the official, “just as long as he don’t kick me.”

That’s just want WIllie did.  While ex waited for the right punch, Willie danced around him, swung and kicked.  Tex managed to dodge the blows.  Several times, both men fell into the ropes together.

When the bell rang for the end of the first round, Willie’s team tried to get him into his corner, but the singer reached back through the ropes in an attempt to retrieve that glass of wine.

The biggest drama came in the third round, when both men pulled the referee down.  Willie held him on the mat with his foot, while both fighters and the crowd counted to 10.  The two then lifted thier arms together and declared tehmselves both winners.

Tex got the Second Boxer’s Ball Belt for his efforts, then a gold medal was presented to “the gallant warrior:  Willie – On the Road Again – Nelson.”  Then everyone joined Wilile singing his signature song.

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This day in Willie Nelson History: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, NYC (Dec. 5, 2014)

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson, Yoko Ono, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty celebrate in NYC #JohnLennon75

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photo:  Theo Wargo

www.rollingstone.com
by:  Sarah Grant

Kevin Bacon hosted the tremendous, star-packed event — airing on AMC on Saturday, December 19th at 9:00pm ET/PT — which hit every note of Lennon’s songwriting personality, his interests, concerns and loves. In the first half of the show, Sheryl Crow played a rollicking serenade of “A Hard Day’s Night,” the Killers’ Brandon Flowers conducted an effervescent sing-along to “Instant Karma,” Latin pop sensation Juanes sang “Woman” wearing Lennon’s famous New York City shirt, and Train frontman Pat Monahan impressed the crowd with an acrobatic rendition of “Jealous Guy.” John Fogerty, the biggest Beatlemaniac in the room, kicked off the night with a striking one-two acoustic punch of “Give Peace a Chance” and “In My Life.”

“Rock & roll is here to stay!” Yoko Ono asserted on the stage of the Theater at Madison Square Garden Saturday night, telling the audience that’s what her late husband would have said in response to “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert.” Steven Tyler, Eric Church, Aloe Blacc, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and Tom Morello were just a few of the multi-generational luminaries who came together onstage to pay homage to the revolutionary Beatle — the Liverpool songwriter, lionhearted political activist, peacemaker and musical treasure, who would have been 75 years old on October 9th and who died 35 years ago this month. Put on by Blackbird Presents and AMC, the show benefited the poverty-fighting organization

The most memorable performances were by the least-well-known artists. R&B artist Aloe Blacc held the notes of “Steel and Glass” for breathtaking stretches. The song, from Lennon’s dark 1974 solo album, Walls and Bridges, is about psychological extremes. “How does it feel to be off the wall?” Blacc wondered with gravitas, standing in a zippered leather jacket with arms folded behind his back. Nashville singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton, who made a splash at this year’s CMAs, gave a titillating, bluesy take on “Don’t Let Me Down,” flanked by Crow and Flowers. Alt-rock band Spoon offered 10 minutes of full-octane rock & roll.

Lennon’s activist anthems shone especially bright. The Roots gave “Julia” a hip-hop treatment, while working-class heroes Kris Kristofferson, Tom Morello and harmonica legend Mickey Raphael performed a sobering, stripped-down set in front of a picture of Lennon towering over them with his arms crossed. Morello came back for an anthemic rendition of “Power to the People” with the New York Freedom Choir, which includes representatives of nine different charity organizations in the state. This was the peak performance for so many reasons. Morello’s guitar playing was incendiary. He raised his fist to the crowd in solidarity, and, more movingly, simply pointed upward toward the sky. He played his guitar flipped over so it revealed the word “IMAGINE” in all capital letters on the back, and then, after a climactic, toe-curling solo, rested the instrument on the stage in a symbolic gesture of laying down arms.

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photo:  Kevin Mazur

“John Lennon wrote music that mattered because it said something,” said country star Eric Church, who called the evening a ‘bucket list’ night before launching into one of Lennon’s moodiest songs, “Mind Games.” Church rekindled the declamatory spirit with his new Nashville brother, Steven Tyler, his partner on a blazing “Revolution.” Everyone went wild for Tyler’s reprisal of his druggy role as frontman of Future Villain Band from the 1978 musical film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

“Every song has a story,” Ono said to the audience, sporting a whimsical bowler hat and Sgt. Pepper–style blazer with golden epaulets, after a clip played of the Plastic Ono Band singing “Attica State” on a talk show. Lennon and Ono sat on the show’s red step, singing about freedom with razor-sharp intent. The archival footage seemed to foreshadow 2015, a year marked by social violence in the United States. The song, like so many others shared that night, carried a message of brotherhood, solidarity and peace: “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” brought cheer with a children’s choir and a Peter Frampton–Crow-Blacc trio. Legendary storyteller Willie Nelson offered a magnificently serene “Imagine,” conveying the lyrics in a such a stark, plainspoken way, it was as if the song were being sung for the first time.

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“Happy birthday, beautiful boy,” Paul McCartney said in a prerecorded video. It was a touching reminder of one of the last songs Lennon gave to the world, “Beautiful Boy,” an ode to paternal love that ends with Lennon whispering to his young son Julian, “See you in the morning, bright and early.” Hope, joy, and camaraderie filled the theater when the all-star roster joined together to deliver the simplest, truest advice Lennon offered in his lifetime: “Love is all you need.”

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photo:  Kevin Mazur

 

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at “Band Together” concert benefiting fire relief (Dec 14, 2017)

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

 Corey McCormick:  “Absolutely stoked to announce that we are hosting the next #BandTogetherBayArea benefit concert to support #NorthBayFireRelief. I know I’m supposed to be off but this is a close to home gig and it means a lot for me to be a part of it!!
Mark your calendar for a night with us and Red Hot Chili Peppers on 12/14. Tickets on sale Friday, 12/1 at 10am PT: http://bit.ly/2zKUITG

“Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas benefit concert on September 22, 2017

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas is a benefit concert on September 22nd at the University of Texas-Austin’s Erwin Center. The special event features

Willie Nelson
Paul Simon
James Taylor
Bonnie Ratt
Leon Bridges
Lyle Lovett
And More ….

With Special Appearances from
Matthew McConaughey
Renee Zellweger
Luke Wilson
And more …

Event proceeds benefit Rebuild Texas, the fund established by Governor Abbott in partnership with Michael and Susan Dell.

How to Donate:

Online: https://www.rebuildtx.org/
Text: “Rebuild TX” to 91999

Willie Nelson sings for farmers in Vermont

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Rodney Latstetter? @proviewsusa

“Bernie Sanders with Willie Nelson in Essex Jct., Vt at a concert to benefit Vermont farmers. 1990’s

Free Leonard Peltier

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Tickets went on sale on the 17th of Aug – if you’re supportive but can’t attend, please, go to the BOK Center website and buy a ticket – raising funds for Leonard’s defense is our sole purpose! Everything helps!

This day in Willie Nelson history: Lance Armstrong LiveStrong fundraiser, Austin, TX (10/24/2008)

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

On October 24, 2008, Willie Nelson performed at Lance Armstrong fundraiser in Austin.  Photos thanks to: http://www.supertouchart.com.

Brian Dowd, cancer survivor, was at the event, and posted at his blog http://canceradvocacy.blogspot.com:

“After the guest speakers we then made our way out side to sit on bails of hay and listen to country music legend Willie Nelson.  All I can say is WOW!    Willie blew everyone away and I think converted a few people who were not into country music.

After Willie finished his set Lance came on stage to thank Willie and his band for performing and there was a funny moment. Lance said he could not go on Willie’s bus b/c he has a new job (i.e. back to cycling) which made everyone laugh.”

Bid on “Willie Nelson Special Edition” 2018 Honda Ridgeline, and help support Hurricane Harvey Relief

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

To place your Bid Please Call 512-443-4300 and ask for T.J or Cliff

Please bid on a one of a kind “Willie Nelson Special Edition” 2018 Honda Ridgeline that is being auctioned for Hurricane Harvey relief. The Honda features custom art by Martin Bros Customs, exclusive Willie Nelson hood art and the inside cab has been signed by Willie Nelson.

With your generous bid, all proceeds will benefit Harvey recovery efforts and a Family Farm disaster fund. Don’t miss out on this exclusive Special Edition created just for United Way.

If you are a Willie Nelson fan and want to own a part of history while helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey flooding, this is your chance.

Auction Details
• “Willie Nelson Special Edition” 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E
• Proceeds benefit United Way Recovery and Family Farm Disaster Fund
• Custom Art by Martin Bros. Customs
• Custom Willie Nelson Hood Art
• Dual Action Tailgate and In-Bed Trunk
• Truck-Bed Audio System
• Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
• $41,620+ MSRP, with a Priceless Value

To place your Bid Please Call 512-443-4300 and ask for T.J or Cliff