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Vote for your favorite Willie Nelson sculpture; support the North Texas Food Bank

Friday, October 24th, 2014

“If Willie Can, So Can You” by GS-Andrade Architects


“Willie Nelson” by Perkins + Will

Vote for your favorite food sculpture and support the North Texas Food Bank, with your vote and $5.00 donation. People are so creative.

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Willie Nelson to perform at Musicares Person of the Year honoring Bob Dylan (2/6/15)

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014



Bob Dylan will be honored as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Bill Silva, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week two nights prior to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide essential support for MusiCares.

Performers at the tribute concert include GRAMMY winners Beck; the Black Keys; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Norah Jones; Tom Jones; Los Lobos; John Mellencamp; Willie Nelson; Bonnie Raitt; Eddie Vedder; Jack White; and Neil Young; as well as singer/songwriter John Doe. Three-time GRAMMY-winning producer and recent Emmy winner Don Was will be the evening’s musical director. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

The 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled 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 dinner, the award presentation and a tribute concert by renowned musicians. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week.

For information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, please contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares, 310.392.3777.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week. The celebration culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Lukas Nelson, Promise of the Real (with Micah Nelson) “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes”

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Lukas Nelson, and Promise of the Real, with Micah Nelson, at Harvest the Hope Concert, Neligh, NE (9/27/14)

Sorry for the poor quality.

Undisclosed Bidder buys Willie Nelson’s Braids for $37,000

Friday, October 10th, 2014


Kudos to you, undisclosed buyer: You may be out $37,000, but you’re now the proud owner of Willie Nelson’s hair.

Two braids, cut back in the 1980s when the country singer’s locks were still red, were sold at auction Sunday, organizers from Guernsey’s auction house told Reuters. They were up for sale in an Arizona auction of items owned by the late Waylon Jennings.

Jennings was gifted the braids at a party thrown by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash to celebrate Jenning’s sobriety. Nelson’s then-wife, Connie Nelson, “brought the braids from Willie, who was on tour,” Jenning’s widow, Jessi Colter, told USA TODAY. “It just tickled Waylon.”

We hope their new owner is just as tickled. (OK, so the proceeds from the auction go to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, but still — that is a lot of money for human hair.)

“Harvest the Hope” shirts available

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” commemorative concert shirts will go to Bold Nebraska to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects! All designs will be printed on organic cotton.



Frank Wahn, with Sampson Brothers, “Harvest the Hope” concert (9/27/14)

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Frank Waln, “Harvest the Hope”


great selfie from state of Harvest the Hope concert
Frank Waln and Frank Waln, and performers Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson, the Sampson brothers, performed at the concert in Neligh, NE last Saturday.  Waln is a rapper, and sings about his life growing up on an Indian Reservation by a single mother.

Frank Wahn was accompanied by amazing dancers.





Frank Waln, and performers Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson.


Frank brought his mother on stage, and sang a song to her that he had written.


Willie Nelson, Neil Young raise funds and awareness against Keystone XL Pipeline

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

by:  Carolyn Cunningham

The setting may seem strange, but this past Saturday, Willie Nelson and Neil Young transformed the middle of a cornfield into Harvest the Hope benefit concert. The concert organized by Art and Helen Tanderup at their farm in Neligh, Nebraska hosted 8,000 people who flocked to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young sing in protest of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline would travel 1,179 miles from Alberta to southern Nebraska, would go straight through the Tanderup farm, and the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears”.

Six years ago is when TransCanada first proposed the Keystone XL pipeline and since then farmers, ranchers, Native Americans, and environmentalists have held multiple meetings to oppose the pipeline. The biggest fear is that there would be a spill that would cause irreversible harm to the Ogallala Aquifer. “As caretakers of our land, family farmers know best what’s good for it,” said Willie Nelson, Farm Aid co-founder. “We stand with these family farmers fighting for their land, livelihood and community.”

Both Nelson and Young have fought for the rights of farmers through out their careers.  Between the two men they have thirteen Grammys, nine Juno awards, an Oscar nomination, one induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and one induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Nelson and Young along with John Mellencamp started Farm Aid in 1985. Farm Aid is a non-profit organizations whose main goal is to help farmers stay on their land. With that in mind Nelson and Young’s opposition to the pipeline does not come as a surprise, because of how it would displace farmers like the Tanderups’.

Opening for Willie Nelson and Neil Young was Frank Waln a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.  The pipeline would also go through the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s land.  Waln was there to show his opposition to the pipeline as well as perform.  The twenty five year old Columbia College grad credits his roots as a major influence in his music. Waln, who was raised by a single mother, brought his mother on stage to perform a song that he wrote for her called “My Rock”.  All of the songs Waln performed were inspired by some part of his life growing up as a part of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Performing in front of 8,000 excited fans Willie Nelson and Neil Young performed songs from their earlier albums as well as newer material.  Neil Young wrote a new song specifically for the occasion rightfully titled “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”.  Young’s new song was the finale of the concert where he asked the crowd to join together and sing with him.  As the final notes closed out the song a sense of hope filled the corn field as 8,000 people stood together to fight against the pipeline.

“Harvest the Hope” (Press Conference) (9/27/14) (#NO_Keystone_Pipeline)

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The press was well represented at the press conference outside the barn of Art and Helen Tanderup, the landowners who hosted last Saturday’s “Harvest the Hope” concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, on their farm north of Neligh, Nebraska.  The coverage has been great, google Willie Nelson, Neil Young or Harvest the Hope and real all the fine stories, and great photos from this event.

The strong, growing coalition protesting the movement of crude black tar from Alberta, Canada, through Canada and the United States, to the gulf of Mexico was represented,  including Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Cowboy & Indian Alliance, Sierra Club,Farmers, Ranchers, Artists, people in the suburbs, people in the city, unions (one at least), politicians, Canadians, people around the world — all protesting the movement of crude black tar from Alberta, Canada, through Canada and the United States, to the gulf of Mexico.

A lot of people worked very hard to make that concert happen, and work to fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, and work in support of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal land.

Read about what is happening, the dangers to the air, water and quality of life of citizens living near the pipeline carrying the crude tar when it breaks, and support their work, if you can.


Jane Kleeb, of Bold Nebraska, escorted Willie Nelson and Neil Young.  They hold the ceremonial blankets presented them at a ceremony honoring them, before the press conference.



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Elaine Shock, Willie Nelson’s publicist, arrives with Willie Nelson and Neil Young for the press conference.





The youth were well represented, and makes you feel optimistic about the future


Lukas Nelson, Frank Wahn, Micah Nelson




Willie Nelson, Neil Young sing in support of Keystone Pipeline Fighters

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

photo:  Mark Davis

by: Anastasia Pantsios

Willie Nelson and Neil Young, whose Farm Aid concerts have been raising money for family farmers since 1985, demonstrated their support for the agricultural heartland in another way this weekend, headlining the Harvest the Hope: A Concert to Protect the Heartland. The sold-out event, hosted by Art and Helen Tanderup at their farm in Neligh in northeast Nebraska, was intended to call attention to the destruction the Keystone XL pipeline would wreak on farms like theirs as well as nearby tribal lands.

Nelson and Young played separate sets for the crowd of 8,000, joining together to sing the Woody Guthrie anthem “This Land Is Your Land,” to which they added some lyrics about the pipeline. Lakota hip hop artist Frank Waln, Lukas Nelson and sons of the Real with special guest Micah Nelson (Lukas and Micah are Willie Nelson’s son) and the Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars, a group of local Nebraska musicians, warmed up the crowd with opening sets.

In addition to the headlining acts, the event featured music, dance and storytelling performances from area tribes and pipeline fighters, a tipi encampment, a kids area and booths hosted by local community groups and candidates active in the fight against the pipeline.

“The day’s events brought together leaders from several of the seven bands of the Great Sioux Nation in South Dakota and the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma,” reported the Omaha World-Herald. “The proposed path of the pipeline crosses historical tribal lands in South Dakota as well as the Ponca Trail of Tears in Nebraska, the path the Ponca people following during their forced march to Oklahoma’s Indian Territory.”

The paper also wrote that at the pre-concert press conference, Young tied the pipeline opposition to the choice between fossil fuels and clean energy and its impact on climate change.

“America has a chance to stand up and lead the world like we used to,” said Young. “So we’re not just standing here complaining about problems, but finding solutions.”

Young has just released a new song “Stand Up and Fight,” a potential anthem for the climate movement, which follows the title lyric with the words “and save the Earth.”

The proceeds from the concert will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Peoples Network, the Cowboy & Indian Alliance. and local community clean energy projects. Sponsors included the Nebraska Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Growing Coalition opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014


A strong, growing coalition of concerned citizens are uniting in opposition of the proposed Trans Canada Keystone XL Pipeline through the United States: Native Americans, Farmers, Ranchers, Unions (one at least), Environmentalists, Scientists, professionals, music lovers.

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Nearly 8,000 gathered near Neleigh, Nebraska, at concert headlined by Willie Nelson and Neil Young, to raise funds to support groups working to oppose the Trans Canada Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada, through US to Gulf Coast.



Neil Young, “Comes a Time” (Harvest the Hope Concert) (9/27/14) #NOKXL

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Nebraskans oppose Keystone XL Pipeline

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

By Mitch Smith

NELIGH, Neb. — From the edge of a rye field teeming with grasshoppers, Willie Nelson and Neil Young sang on Saturday in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL project, warning through lyrics that a “company wants to build a tar sand pipeline where it don’t belong.”

The site of the concert — a patch of farmland where 26 acres of corn were harvested early to create a makeshift parking lot — was as unlikely as the coalition of Nebraskans who have united against Keystone XL and made this state the legal and emotional center of the pipeline opposition.

“I’ve told them, ‘You’ll have to haul me out from in front of that bulldozer, because I’m going to protect this farm,’ ” said Art Tanderup, who with his wife, Helen, hosted the concert. Their land in the rolling hills of northeast Nebraska would be directly along the pipeline route.

It has been six years since TransCanada, an energy company, first proposed this 1,179-mile crude-oil pipeline to southern Nebraska from Alberta. In that time, a group of Nebraska farmers, ranchers, Native Americans and city-dwelling environmentalists has held meeting after meeting to rally opposition to the pipeline and forge a delicate trust as it worked toward a common goal.


Before, during, after: 8,000 Gather in Nebraska to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline

Monday, September 29th, 2014



For more information why nearly 8,000 cowboys, Indians, farmers, ranchers, young, old citizens of the earth gathered Saturday at a farm in the sandhills of Nebraska, to express their objection to the proposed pipeline of tar sand oil from Alberta, Canada to the U. S. Gulf coast, visit:  Visit the sight, and learn the truth, the dangers of this pipeline.







Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and friends, “This Land is Your Land” (Harvest the Hope Concert) (9/27/140

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Thank you, Jenny from OK, for the video!

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, support the Keystone XL Pipeline fighters (9/27/2014)

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

photo: Mark Davis
by: Joe Duggan

NELIGH, Neb. — Music legends Willie Nelson and Neil Young delivered Saturday on a promise to comfort opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline while also pleasing a few project supporters who ventured into a crowded Nebraska farm field.

A familiar duo in the Farm Aid series of benefit concerts, Nelson and Young teamed up to give a musical assist to pipeline fighters. They performed just one number together, incorporating a few anti-pipeline verses into the folk anthem “This Land Is Your Land.”

“That tar-sand oil ain’t good for drinking,” Young sang.

Even those who didn’t sing along as the chorus railed against new fossil fuel development and corporate influence said the concert offered an all-around good vibe.

Mike Nash of Omaha said it was easier for him to overlook politics that he doesn’t necessarily agree with when the politics come from two music icons in such a unique venue.

“Love the people here, love the show, everybody’s getting along,” he said as Nelson strummed the opening of “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”

During a pre-concert press conference, Young said the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline symbolizes the larger choice that the world faces between fossil fuels and renewable energy. A native of Canada, Young, 68, urged the United States to take decisive action on climate change.

“America has a chance to stand up and lead the world like we used to,” Young said to a throng of reporters covering the event. “So we’re not just standing here complaining about problems, but finding solutions.”

Jane Kleeb, the lead organizer of the Harvest the Hope concert, said Nelson and Young helped the show sell 8,000 tickets at $50 each. The proceeds, after roughly $100,000 in expenses are deducted, will benefit three pipeline opponents: Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy and Indian Alliance.

“These boots and moccasins are going to stop this pipeline,” said Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, an environmental advocacy group.

The day’s events brought together leaders from several of the seven bands of the Great Sioux Nation in South Dakota and the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma. The proposed path of the pipeline crosses historical tribal lands in South Dakota as well as the Ponca Trail of Tears in Nebraska, the path the Ponca people following during their forced march to Oklahoma’s Indian Territory.

Nelson, 81, suggested his participation in the event was motivated by his longstanding advocacy for farmers and his admiration for Native American people.

“We’re here for the farmers and ranchers, the cowboys and Indians,” he said. “And we’ve always been there. Thank you for coming out to help us help them.”

Sunny skies and a strong southerly breeze settled over the day as thousands made their way down a gravel road north of Neligh to the concert site in a farm field.

Art and Helen Tanderup, whose 160-acre farm lies on the path of the pipeline, hosted the event. The Tanderups are among roughly 100 Nebraska landowners who have refused to sign easement agreements with pipeline company Trans­Canada Corp. About 400 other Nebraska landowners have signed easements.

For six years, TransCanada has been seeking approval from the U.S. State Department to build a 36-inch-wide pipeline that would carry 830,000 barrels a day of mostly heavy Canadian oil to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The southern part of the project is done, so now the company wants to build a 1,200-mile stretch between western Canada’s oil sands region to Steele City, Nebraska.

President Barack Obama must approve the project because it crosses international borders. His administration has put the project on hold while the Nebraska Supreme Court reviews the legality of the state law used to route the pipeline. The court is not expected to issue an opinion until after November’s elections.

Pipeline supporters say it will provide well-paying construction jobs as it is built and property tax revenues to counties along the project’s path. And they say it will reduce America’s reliance on offshore oil by tapping into Canada’s vast oil reserves.

Opponents argue that a major spill would contaminate water in the continent’s largest underground aquifer and devastate private property. They also say mining and burning the heavy Canadian oil, known as bitumen, adds significantly to the greenhouse gases affecting global climate change.

“I think jobs are fine, but jobs are temporary. The environment is permanent,” said Susie Chandler, 66, a rancher who drove to Neligh from her home near the western Nebraska village of Keystone.

Michael Whatley of the pro-pipeline Consumer Energy Alliance said last week that Nelson and Young are hurting farmers with opposition to Keystone XL. Whatley said the transportation of oil by trains — oil that could be moved instead by the pipeline — contributes to rail congestion and blocks farmers from getting crops to market.

During the roughly 30-minute session with reporters before the show, Young and Nelson did not address the criticism.

Robert Johnston, an Antelope County landowner whose property also is crossed by the pipeline, said he backs the project. He said his support is tied to his use of petroleum products on his corn, soybean and alfalfa farm and the property tax benefits that the county would receive if the project were built.

Johnston didn’t plan to attend the show, but when his combine broke down while harvesting soybeans, he decided to head down to the Tanderup farm.

“I think it’s great, really,” he said. “What the heck. It’s just another example of the economic activity TransCanada has brought to Antelope County.”

The Tanderups harvested a good portion of their corn early to provide space for the concert­ and parking. Crews erected a stage in the corner of a plot of oats, and a stand of towering cottonwoods provided a sweeping backdrop for the stage and a jumbo screen.

Out in the field, people sat in bag chairs and on blankets. Some concertgoers sported cowboy hats, while others wore eagle feathers. Some danced in flip-flops while people next to them scooted in knee-high cowboy boots with jeans tucked inside. The audience ranged from infants to grandparents.

Performers such as Frank Waln, a Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist from Rosebud, South Dakota, and Lukas and Micah Nelson, sons of Willie Nelson, warmed up the crowd.

Willie Nelson then took the stage and ran through most of his popular titles, such as “On the Road Again” and “You Are Always on My Mind.” He played for about 45 minutes.

Young’s set, which extended beyond an hour, included the well-known “Heart of Gold” and a new version of “Who’s Gonna Stand Up,” which he wrote about the Keystone XL pipeline.

With his guitar in hand and harmonica around his neck, Young urged Nebraskans not to give up. “This is never going to end, until we get it right.”

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