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Happy Pride Month

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017


Micah Nelson, “With God on Our Side”

Monday, May 29th, 2017

“Happy to have my version of “WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE” featured on this compilation Save Your Prayers!

Thanks Rachel Fannan ! Also many thanks to Megan Pfefferkorn for lending your haunting harmoniees, Paul Bushnell for the melodic low end, Anthony Lo for banging some minimal skins, and Hen House Studios Harlan Steinberger for capturing it all…


— Micah Nelson

Save Your Prayers
Various Artists
1.Meet Me at Standing Rock
2.Let Em In
3.Glitch in the System
Unfurled (feat. Parker Law, Rachel Fannan & Jeff Smith)
5.Fight Back (feat. Rachel Fannan)
6.Hold On
7.This Is War
8.Bible Belt (feat. Rachel Fannan)
9.Nothings Gonna Change My World
10.Outlaw Rebulicants (feat. Jeremy Sandi, Todd Coleman & Hector Lee Heaviside)
11.The Passenger (feat. K. Franklin, Beau Wiley & Graham Spillman)
12.Not Gonna Say Your Name (feat. Guy Blakeslee)
15.With God on Our Side

Abbott Methodist Church Announces 2017 Student Scholarships

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Photo of Abbott Methodist Church, by Monique Claus

“One mission of the church is to provide scholarships to students who might not otherwise be eligible or receive financial assistance to further their education.”

Since  the Abbott Methodist Church was rededicated by Willie and Bobbie Nelson in 2006, the church has given over $109,000 in scholarships to local area students.

They have announced the scholarship recipients for 2017:

Aaron Blanton – China springs

Jake  Brown –  Abbott

Nicole Winters – Hubbard

Cassie Pavlas – West

Hayden Sinkule – College Station

Kyle Langford – Abbott

Dustin Gant – Clifton

Lauren Heckard  – Whitney

Matthew Reed  – Whitney

Brady Brunett – Aquila

Trevlon Winder – Aquila

Willie Nelson’s biggest little fan gets to meet her hero, thanks to Make A Wish Foundation

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

AMARILLO, Texas — A 5-year-old from Amarillo got to rock out with Willie Nelson as part of a wish granted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Ava, who has a gastrointestinal disorder, wished for the opportunity to meet and play guitar with Willie Nelson. According to Make-a-Wish, Ava wanted to meet the rock legend because his songs helped her get through her treatments.

The family told the foundation that the songs would put Ava in a better mood on hard days.

We started playing that [music] all the time and she loved it,” Ava’s father said. “Any time she was having a bad day, you could play Willie Nelson and her stats would come up. She would start doing better almost immediately.”

Now Ava is Willie Nelson’s biggest littlest fan! Thank you to Willie and everyone who made Ava’s wish come true.


Another Willie Nelson fan, “his songs helped her get through her treatments”

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

“Five-year-old Ava, who has a gastrointestinal disorder, wished to meet and play guitar with Willie Nelson.  Ava chose this wish because his songs helped her get through her treatments”.

Make-A-Wish North Texas

Willie Nelson and Neil Young

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Farm Aid: “Family farmers impacted by fires need our help”

Monday, March 20th, 2017
All of us gain when we create a strong, family-farm centered system of agriculture. Family farmers offer us health by bringing us good food, and they protect our future by caring for our soil and water. If we want good food from family farms, we need…

Wildfires have ravaged more than 2 million acres of farm and ranch land in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Family farmers and ranchers face damaged homes, charred land, burnt fences, and dead or injured animals. In response, Farm Aid has activated our Family Farm Disaster Fund to raise funds in support of local recovery efforts and to directly address the needs of family farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfires.

You can help! Please click the link below to donate today to support farmers and ranchers in the affected areas.

Family Farm Disaster Fund – March 2017

Bid on chance to meet Willie Nelson, and show at Luck Reunion (Mar. 17, 2017)

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Meet Willie Nelson at His Texas Ranch with 2 Seats at the Celebrity Chefs’ Pot Luck Feast and an Intimate Concert By Willie Himself, on March 15th

Break bread with Willie Nelson in his own backyard to benefit Wholesome Wave, a leader of the sustainable food movement.

As the kickoff & opening night of the annual Luck Reunion, The 2017 Chefs’ Pot Luck will bring 200 very “Luck”-y guests to Willie’s private ranch. The VIP music & culinary experience begins with a Texas feast showcasing local, sustainable ingredients prepared by some of our nation’s most talented chefs. Guests will dine alongside the Luck Family and artists from the Reunion, then Willie Nelson himself will close out the night!

You and a guest will be treated to:

• (2) Tickets to The Chefs Pot Luck Dinner on Weds., March 15, 2017
• Sit at Wholesome Wave Table with CEO & Founder Chef Michel Nischan
• Meet & Greet the celebrity chefs prior to dinner
• (2) Reserved Front-Row Seats for private performance by Willie Nelson
• Meet Willie Nelson the night of the dinner.
• (2) VIP Tix to the Luck Reunion Music Festival on Thurs. March 16, 2017

Donated by: Luck Reunion
Additional lot details
  • This experience occurs on Mar 15-16, 2017.
  • Location: Luck, Texas.
  • Participants must be at least 21.
  • Valid for 2 people
  • Social setting for meet and greet is unknown.
  • The winner may take a photo.
  • A meal is part of the event.
  • The meal cost is included.
  • Alcoholic beverages are included.
  • Cannot be returned or exchanged
  • Experience cannot be resold or re-auctioned
  • Travel and accommodations are not included
  • Approximate duration: 4 Hours.

Enter to win here.  

Be Willie Kind

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Willie is my Spirit Animal

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Project 615 in Tennessee helps raise funds to end child hunger, and are selling this “Willie Spirit” shirt.  Not an official Willie Nelson shirt, but for a good cause.

Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie of Folk Uke at #WomensMarch in Austin today

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie marched in Austin, and joined millions of of other Americans and people around the world at the Woman’s March today. I rode down to Denver with a neighbor, and joined over 100,000 folks in Denver. It was exciting and hopeful. I had to wear my Willie’s Reserve hat.

Save the Post Office

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Bid on chance to see Willie Nelson & Friends on New Year’s Eve in Austin and Meet Willie Nelson in person

Friday, December 2nd, 2016


Willie Nelson returns to Austin City Limits Live to ring in the New Year with two shows, December 30th and 31st.

You and a guest will get to attend the December 31st, 2016 show and meet with Willie Nelson, Austin’s hometown musician, as he returns to ring in the New Year with Delbert McClinton with 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.


Donated by: SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Support Farm Aid #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
hands planting
Dear Linda,
Last month, Farm Aid received a donation along with this note:

In 1985, I pledged $20 through the concert telethon line when I was a college student. Later, I realized that I did not have the money to send in. Last night, my college roommate reminded me that we never sent our donations in. I am a single mom of two college students now and I don’t make a lot of money but I want to pay what I promised I would 31 years ago. Please accept my apologies. I wish that I could afford to do more. Thank you.

This generous sentiment energized all of us here at Farm Aid to keep up the fight for family farmers and good food. Here is a person who, despite her own difficulties, stayed true to her word by honoring a 31-year old pledge to do good in the world. Inspired by the first Farm Aid concert, she continues to believe —  like we do —  that family farmers are essential for the well-being of all of us.

We all have intentions that we don’t always follow through with for various reasons: We get busy, we forget, or our intentions are too big to fulfill at that moment. But the chance to follow through on your promise is always there.

Whether you’ve intended to give to Farm Aid in the past or you donate regularly, we hope you’ll see #GivingTuesday as a chance to fulfill your intention, and strengthen our mission to keep family farmers on the land and grow the good food movement. In 31 years, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture thanks to big-hearted donors like you.
Today is your chance to join millions of people who are using #GivingTuesday as a way to do good in the world! We hope you’ll use this opportunity to support Farm Aid and make a difference in the lives of family farmers and all of us who eat.
Thank you, from all of us at Farm Aid.

PS —  Today only! One of Farm Aid’s generous donors has pledged to match gifts up to the first $2,000 donated. Give a gift to support family farmers right now and see it doubled!
Photo © Lise Metzger

Thank you, Willie Nelson

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

In 2007, Willie Nelson & Family performed at a fundraising concert in Peru, Illinois, for the Peru Catholic School.  This is one of the hundreds of cards and posters presented to Willie Nelson by the students of Peru Catholic School last year. The kids wanted to thank Willie for helping to raise money to help the school build a playground.