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Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker @ Hofheinz Pavillion for KPFT Fundraiser (June 22, 1975

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Willie Nelson’s “Immigrant Eyes” Video showing at #CarefortheCaravan Event, (May 19, 2019)

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Willie Nelson is no (red-headed) stranger to speaking up for the downtrodden. In the ’80s he rallied to keep family farmers on their land with the Farm Aid concert series. In 2017, he led an all-star benefit for Hurricane Harvey relief. Now, the Texas music icon is raising his powerful voice to address the humanitarian crisis on the border.

Nelson is one of several Texas artists lending their support to #CareFortheCaravan, a grassroots mobilizing effort and donation drive organized by social justice group, Buffalo Tree Presents. The group is collecting donations at a series of Texas events. They plan to deliver essential supplies and clothing items to refugees at the South Texas border.

Austin audiences can catch a sneak peak of the video for Nelson’s new song “Immigrant Eyes” at the #CareFortheCaravan event at Still Whisky Company on May 19.

The event kicks off at 1 p.m. and includes an appearance from local television personality, Olga Campos Benz and performances from Kiko Villamizar, Atash, Bamako Airlines, Leti Garza, Tiarra Girls, and Grupo Massa. There is no cover to attend, but organizers urge attendees to bring donations from the list below.

Buffalo Tree Presents is also hosting a kickoff event in Dallas with Polyphonic Spree on May 18. They plan to drop off supplies in McAllen on May 20.

Buffalo Tree Presents is also hosting a kickoff event in Dallas with Polyphonic Spree on May 18. They plan to drop off supplies in McAllen on May 20.

Requested items include (new items only):

· Toiletries including deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, feminine hygiene products, etc

· Tennis shoes for men, women, children and infants of all sizes

· Clothes (pants, t-shirts, blouses, underclothing) for children and adults of all sizes

· Baby supplies for toddlers (diapers, baby wipes, baby bottles)

· Gift cards to purchase food items

· Resealable plastic bags (ziplock, etc)

· Phone cards

· Jugs of water

Willie Nelson sings on tribute to J. J. Cale (2014)

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

“Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale” features reinterpretations of 16 Cale tracks, performed by Clapton and cohorts like Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler and more.

Last July, Cale died in 2017 of a heart attack in San Diego. He was 74 years old. In 2006, Clapton collaborated with Cale for the first time in his career on the 2006 original album “Road to Escondido.” Clapton called it “the realization of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember.”
JJ Cale, Musician and ‘After Midnight’ Writer, Dies at 74

Track List:

1. Call Me The Breeze (Eric Clapton)
2. Rock And Roll Records (Eric Clapton & Tom Petty)
3. Someday (Mark Knopfler)
4. Lies (John Mayer & Eric Clapton)
5. Sensitive Kind (Don White)
6. Cajun Moon (Eric Clapton)
7. Magnolia (John Mayer)
8. I Got The Same Old Blues (Tom Petty & Eric Clapton)
9. Songbird (Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton)
10. Since You Said Goodbye (Eric Clapton)
11. I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Don White & Eric Clapton)
12. The Old Man And Me (Tom Petty)
13. Train To Nowhere (Mark Knopfler, Don White & Eric Clapton)
14. Starbound (Willie Nelson)
15. Don’t Wait (Eric Clapton & John Mayer)
16. Crying Eyes (Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland)

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, and friends, “We’re All For the Hall” Fundraising Concert (Nashville) (April 16, 2013)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
by:  Stephanie Pendergrass

With a lineup that included Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Kid Rock, Jason Aldean and Eric Church, a multitude of country’s rowdiest entertainers were along for the ride Tuesday night (April 16) when the fourth annual We’re All for the Hall concert made its way to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Benefitting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the concert series had previously raised $1.5 million for the museum’s operating expenses. The latest packed house no doubt helps the cause.

Keith Urban and Vince Gill served as musical directors for the three-hour concert which was aptly-titled Rebels and Renegades: The Outlaws Are In.

“We’ve got a hell of a lineup,” Urban promised

In the past, Urban and Gill have performed several of their own hits before sharing the stage with their guests. Because of this year’s lengthy list of entertainers, they kept their own opening performances brief.

Afterwards, Montgomery Gentry soon arrived and performed “One in Every Crowd” and “Gone,” followed by Brantley Gilbert, who sang “Country Must Be Country Wide” and his take on David Allan Coe’s “If That Ain’t Country.”

Trace Adkins took the stage after Gilbert, and the “Rough and Ready” star seemed to truly revel in having Urban and Gill backing him onstage.

“I gotta take a picture of my guitar players,” he said before snapping a photo and promising to tweet it, even though the shot included a one-finger salute from Gill.

Adkins’ set included his meaningful track “Just Fishin’” along with “Ladies Love Country Boys.”

Next up, Rosanne Cash performed “Long Black Veil,” a Lefty Frizzell hit she described as “one of the greatest country songs ever written,” along with her own “Seven Year Ache.”

In true Outlaw fashion, there wasn’t a great deal of chit-chat between sets. Each performer simply did what they do best. Billy Joe Shaver, for instance, walked out to sing “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal” and “Live Forever,” then subtly strolled off stage to make way for Church. Instead of performing his own hits, Church opted for The Band’s “Ophelia” and a more obscure song, Jim Ford’s “Big Mouth USA.”

Before beginning her set, Jessi Colter, wife of the late Waylon Jennings, explained, “I’m here to represent Waylon, a man who personified the Outlaw.” The timeless artist glowed as she performed “Why You Been Gone So Long,” “I’m Not Lisa” and the first song she wrote after Jennings passed away, “You Were My Mountain.”

Kicking off the third hour of music, Kid Rock filled the arena with energy with “Born Free” and “All Summer Long.”

The screaming fans stayed on their feet as Aldean then arrived to sing “Take a Little Ride” and “My Kinda Party.”

Tim McGraw won the award for most elusive entrance of the evening. Walking out before Urban had a chance to introduce him, fans went crazy when they saw him dressed in a white button-down shirt and his signature tight jeans. From there he belted out “How Bad Do You Want It” and “Real Good Man.”

Perhaps one of the most memorable moments of the night was a solo performance from Hank Williams Jr. Giving Urban, Gill and the rest of the band a break, Williams sang an acoustic medley of “Whiskey Bent and Hellbound,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” “Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard” and “I Walk the Line.”

“If you go to the Hall of Fame, you’re going to learn a lot, like June Carter Cash is my godmother,” Williams said as he strummed the first few chords of the song. At first listen, Williams’ delivery of “I Walk the Line” sounded so close to Johnny Cash, I had to look at the big screen to make sure he wasn’t actually lip-synching.

Although Loretta Lynn was originally scheduled to perform, she was forced to cancel her appearance due to a close associate’s illness.

“The role of Loretta Lynn will be played by Sheryl Crow,” Urban explained. She came out to perform “Picture” with Kid Rock and her 1996 hit “If It Makes You Happy.”

After Crow, legendary singer-songwriter Kristofferson took centerstage and belted out “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

The night’s final solo came from Nelson. As the audience jumped to its feet to welcome the country icon, he sang “On the Road Again” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”

Urban and Gill then brought all the night’s entertainers back onstage for a rousing rendition of Hank Williams Jr.’s “Family Tradition,” which included the back-and-forth, question-and-answer chorus fans can’t help but sing along to.

Though he’s unsure what next year’s theme might be, before giving his farewells for the night Urban promised fans, “Here’s to All for the Hall Five.”

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

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

“They’re the luckiest horses in the world”

Monday, March 25th, 2019

BRIARCLIFF, Texas – A world away from the stage, and with the steering wheel of his old pickup truck instead of a guitar in hand, Willie Nelson loves few things more than to go on a drive around his 700-acre chunk of the Texas Hill Country near here.

He calls his ranch “Luck” and smiles as he explains, “When you’re here, you’re in Luck, and when you’re not, you’re out of Luck.”

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Over 70 horses roam Nelson’s ranch, most of which he rescued before they could be sent to slaughterhouses.

“My horses are probably the luckiest horses in the world,” Nelson said. “They get hand-fed twice a day, and they were just ready to go to slaughter is probably the last thing they remembered, so they’re happy horses.”

Nelson has included his love for horses in a CD that will be released in early summer. It’s a song entitled “Ride Me Back Home.”

As he approaches his 87th birthday, Nelson is still touring and spending about 200 days on the road.

“It’s a lot of traveling and being away from home,” Nelson said. “But that’s what we do.”

With the exception of a benefit performance in 2018 for then-senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, Nelson’s shows are void of politics.

“We leave all of that at home,” Nelson explained. “I think that’s why a lot of people show up, because they don’t have to worry about what they’ve been watching on TV all day.”

Though in good health and living a relatively stress-free life, Nelson noted that it hasn’t always been that way, as reflected in troubles he had with the IRS.

Nelson said, “I remember that I remember those guys.” He’s since settled his debt and moved on.

“You’re supposed to get a little smarter as we get older,” Nelson said with a smile. “Every now and then, I think I’m getting a little smarter, but I’m not sure.”

Among the things he remains focused on are advocating for the legalization of marijuana, marketing his brand of marijuana, called “Willie’s Reserve,” where it’s legal and raising money for American farmers during his annual Farm Aid Concerts.

Retirement, Nelson says, is not a part of the conversation.

“I retire after every show,” Nelson said. “I say, ‘That’s it, I’m not goin’ no more,’ but then we hang out awhile and people (his band) feel like playing, and so we go play again.”

The making of “We Are the World”

Monday, February 25th, 2019

This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson performs for soldiers @Brooke Army Medical Center (2/17/06)

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Staff and patients gather on three levels to watch Willie Nelson and his band perform Feb. 17 at Brooke Army Medical Center.  — Photo by Brian Guerra
by Nelia Schrum and Andricka Hammonds

When the 2006 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo pulled up stakes Feb. 19, it left the wounded warriors recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center here and hospital staff with fond memories of Texas and cowboy hospitality.

Texas legend Willie Nelson and his family band treated the hospital to a concert in the Medical Mall Feb. 17, playing to a packed audience of staff and patients. Opening with his hit, “Whiskey River,” he sang signature ballads like “On the Road Again,” “Crazy” and “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.”

Nelson played for 90 minutes. Following his performance, he signed autographs and posed for pictures with patients and staff for another hour.

The Willie Nelson band played at BAMC in February 2005 performing 11 numbers. But Nelson had to cut his performance for the 2005 Stock Show and Rodeo because he was suffering from laryngitis.

“I wanted to come back again and play for the soldiers because I didn’t feel I had performed at my best last year,” Nelson said, adding his throat since has recovered.

Willie Nelson Performs for the Troops, Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas (February 2006)

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Fan Fueled Auction: Help replace instruments lost in California Fire — bid on items from Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Neil Young and More

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Join us in raising funds to replace instruments that were lost in the Camp Fire in Butte County, CA.

It’s an online auction! Just scroll through the items posted on this page and leave a comment with your bid amount. Each item has a minimum bid listed. The auction will run until 11:59pm (Pacific) on 12/28/2018. Any bids placed after that time will not be considered. Winners will be notified on 12/29/2018 via Facebook Messenger, and will have 24 hours to make their “winning bid amount” donation through this fundraising page.

Upon verification of payment, items will be shipped out. (Our donors will get things out in the mail within 5 days.) After 24 hours, if the winning bid donation for an item is not received, the next higgest bid will be notified and will have 24 hours to make their ‘bid amount’ donation (Please don’t make us go through all that! Check back on 12/29/18!)

You are always welcome to make a direct donation to the cause, but that donation cannot be used towards a bid. Bids MUST be made as a comment on the photo of the item you’re interested in.

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To promote Bluegrass, Gospel & Old Time music in CA

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Support Farm Aid; make a difference in a family farmer’s life

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Photo: Laurie Bonneau

For 33 years, Farm Aid has been a beacon of hope for family farmers — whenever they need it. And we’ve done far more than that. Every day, we connect family farmers around the country with the resources they need to make it through tough times and to gain access to land, credit and markets so that they remain resilient.

When farmers call the Farm Aid Hotline, we’re there to take the call. This year the calls have been non-stop, and we’ve increased our staffing to be sure we’re doing all we can to support farmers who reach out to us. All signs point to another tough year ahead, with falling incomes and rising production costs. As strong as farmers are, Farm Aid will continue to fight for them.

Your gift keeps Farm Aid strong, so that we’ll always be there for farmers when they need us most. Help us continue this critical work.




Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price and friends — “Love and Music” — benefit for Woolsey Fire (Dec 17)

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

December 17
Canyon Club
Agoura, California


Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Reas at Hogs Festival in New Orleans (Mar 30, 2019)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018


Kick New Orleans festival season off right … with BBQ! Hogs for the Cause returns as the best barbecue festival this side of the Mississippi.

New Orleans welcomes over 90 local and regional BBQ masters and the best backyard chefs to compete in seven categories: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpourri, Sauce, Fan Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.

How did Hogs for the Cause get started?

In 2009, Hogs for the Cause hosted a pig roast to raise money for a boy named Ben Sarrat. Li’l Ben had been diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. In that first year, roughly 200 people showed up to watch a pig turn slowly on a spit and raise money to help Ben’s family. Fast-forward a few short years (eight years and counting), and Hogs for the Cause is now one of the largest barbecue competitions and music festivals in the country. Our charitable purpose remains the same: helping families fighting pediatric brain cancer.


Willie Nelson to perform at tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton (Feb 8, 2019)

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Kacey Musgraves, Linda Perry, and Mavis Staples have joined the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton, the Recording Academy announced Thursday. Previously announced performers for the show, which takes place in Los Angeles on Feb. 8 during Grammy Week, include Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, Pink, Mark Ronson and Chris Stapleton; Parton herself will close the evening’s performances.

Parton is being honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of her significant creative accomplishments and longtime support of many charitable causes. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute—now in its 29th year—provide essential support for MusiCares (, the charity founded by the Recording Academy that ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.

Last year’s honoree was Fleetwood Mac; their performance turned out to be the last to feature Lindsey Buckingham, who parted ways with the group just weeks later. Other past honorees include Tony Bennett, Bono, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

The Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive  selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG; a live auction; a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians and other artists; and the award presentation.

Over the course of the last fiscal year, MusiCares provided more than $6.5 million dollars to approximately 8,600 members of the music industry—the largest number of clients served and dollars distributed in a single year in the charity’s history.

Grammy Week culminates with the 61st awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Opening of Patsy Cline Theater, in Winchester, VA (10/29/2009)

Monday, October 29th, 2018

On October 29, 2009, Willie Nelson and Family performed in Winchester, West Virginia, at the official grand opening of the Patsy Cline Theater. Patsy’s husband and daughter attended the festivities.

Thanks again to Christian Schweiger, co-producer of the event, for sharing pictures and info about the show.