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Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor join Texas Strong concert for Harvey relief (9/22/2017)

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges and others will come together on Friday, September 22 for the largest live benefit concert in Texas.

Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief will take place at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
Performers include:

Willie Nelson
Paul Simon
James Taylor
Bonnie Raitt
Leon Bridges
Lyle Lovett
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Ryan Bingham

The evening will include special appearances by Matthew McConaughy, Dan Rather, Renée Zellweger, Luke Wilson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo and many more. Charlie Sexton will serve as Music Director, with Asleep at the Wheel sitting in as the houseband.

Tickets go on sale today at 3:00 p.m. CT at, with prices ranging from $30-$199.

Eleven Texas stations will exclusively broadcast a one hour, commercial free special, “Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas,” from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. CT. The concert will also live stream internationally during the broadcast hour on

Google will match the first $500,000 of donations through a pledge challenge. Volunteers from Google’s Austin office and our station employees will staff the phone banks at select station locations across the state.

Austin Artists sing Willie Nelson songs to raise money for Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (Sept. 12, 2017)

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Peter Blackstock

September 12, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Threadgills, 301 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX

Hundreds of shows will support the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians all over town on this annual mega-fundraiser day, but this event organized by the House of Songs stands out. Host Graham Weber has brought about 20 local musicians to sing the songs of Austin’s most famous musical visionary, including Monte Warden, Suzanna Choffel, Colin Gilmore, Carson McHone and Jonathan Terrell. Check out our list of additional HAAM Benefit Day shows on

— Peter Blackstock

About HAMM:

Health care shouldn’t be a luxury for musicians in the Live Music Capital of the World. The mission of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income, working musicians with a focus on prevention and wellness.

Many of Austin’s musicians juggle two jobs on top of music, and still struggle to pay for food and shelter. With no money for health care, issues with teeth, hearing loss, heart health and more get ignored, and become expensive emergencies.

HAAM and our partners provide care to improve musicians’ health and save lives while preserving their careers and quality of life.
Full up to date listing of music below or CLICK HERE to view our digital version, courtesy of the Austin Chronicle

Farm Aid Family Farm Disaster Fund to help Texas Farmers

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Refugio County, Texas farm destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

Farm Aid has more than 30 years of experience responding immediately to family farmers in the face of disasters. Donations to this fund help Farm Aid directly address the needs of farmers affected by weather disasters.

Right now Farm Aid is working with our partners in Texas and Louisiana where record rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey has wiped out crops and fences, stranded livestock and left fields covered under feet of standing water.

While it is still early and many farmers have not been able to fully assess the damage Hurricane Harvey wreaked, we know the impacts will be deep. Our long experience in responding to farmers who have experienced major natural disasters tells us that there will be a need for immediate emergency aid and mid- and long-term assistance. In addition to the financial loss caused by weather disasters, many farmers suffer the emotional toll of disasters long after flood waters recede. Mental health services to support these farmers are critically important.

What Farm Aid is doing to help

Farm Aid has partnered with local and national organizations, including Texas Organic Farmers & Ranchers Association, Texas Center for Local Food, Sustainable Food Center, Urban Harvest, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Louisiana Interchurch Conference, and Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA to:

— Make emergency grants to farm and ranch families in Texas and Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Harvey;

— Help farmers and ranchers understand their farm recovery options;

— Support local and state farmer service providers to help farmers navigate farm recovery options, from mental health resources to federal funding opportunities;

— Advocate for needed disaster recovery funds and resources from the federal government.

Please contribute to the Family Farm Disaster Fund today.

Donate to farm aid here

Willie Nelson speaks out to keep horse slaughterhouses closed in United States

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Ten years ago, the last horse slaughter plant operating in the United States closed its doors.

This September, however, an amendment set to reach the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives will determine the fate of America’s horses and whether taxpayers will be funding the return of this cruel, unnecessary and predatory industry.

In a letter to Congress, the Humane Society Legislative Fund and The Humane Society of the United States, along with William Shatner, Kaley Cuoco, Willie Nelson, Jill Rappaport, Nikki Reed, Sebastian Roche, Ian Somerhalder, Arielle Kebbel and others, urged policy makers to pass an amendment in the Agriculture Appropriations bill that prohibits the use of federal funds to inspect horse slaughter facilities.

“Horse slaughter is a dark and predatory industry. It has never provided a solution for unwanted horses or abuse and encourages overbreeding by providing an artificial disposal option for irresponsible breeders and owners,” wrote the group. “When horse slaughter existed in this country prior to being shut down in 2007, the USDA documented a variety of abuses, so there is no reason to believe that bringing slaughter back to the U.S. will make the process humane. It is a brutal end for animals we have trained to trust us.”

U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., offered the bi-partisan measure to block spending to inspect the slaughter plants in the upcoming FY18 Agriculture Appropriations package.

“This country was built on the back of horses and Americans view horses as companion animals and athletes, not food animals,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “Americans do not want their hard-earned tax dollars funding slaughterhouse inspections for a product that Americans don’t eat and a process they deplore.  Americans like their horses alive and well, not hung upside down in a slaughter plant.”

Source: Humane Society of the United States



Willie Nelson will record your personal voice mail for you — and help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Bid on this opportunity here


Luck Reunion: Helping after Harvey

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey…and as a staggering number of survivors begin their long road to recovery, we would like to do what we can for people and organizations close to our community.Beginning today, the Luck Store will donate 30% of Luck Reunion merch, and 15% of Ebbetts Field “Luck Hat” sales directly to non-profit organizations helping members of our Texas community rebuild and start to heal. If you have had your eye on any Luck Store item, please consider purchasing in this period of time to contribute to so many in need. Funds will be donated to two organizations benefitting hard-working Texans working around the clock to serve our beloved state:

The State of Texas Agricultural Relief Fund Assisting farmers and ranchers in rebuilding fences, restoring operations, and paying for overall agricultural disaster relief.
The Texas Workers Relief Fund Supporting the workers and their families in times of need, taking extra care to stabilize their wellbeing as they begin to recover from disaster.

Our friend Kevin Cocca aka The Hungry Outlaw knows that music and BBQ are good for the soul, so he and a few friends have worked up a plan to provide & serve BBQ to Hurricane Harvey impacted shelters around the Texas Gulf Coast region. If you would like to help, they are accepting donations through their PayPal donation link at The money will go directly to providing slow smoked Texas BBQ to as many people as they can possibly feed. We are 100% non profit, and all proceeds go directly to support our efforts. The more money we can raise, the more people we can feed.
Lastly, we have set up a fund for a special Luck Family member who has been on the ground doing extremely important work for survivors. Ben Stephanou, our longtime artist catering master, is continuing his rescue mission – coming to the aid of so many Texans in need – despite his truck being destroyed as a result of his efforts. His catering business depends on this transportation, and it is important to us to help him rebuild as he selflessly presses on in his hands-on relief support. If you can, please visit to contribute funds for a new truck to help continue to fuel Ben’s business.
Our fellow Texans are in our thoughts, and we know that together we will all do what we can to help the affected communities as they begin to heal.#luckfamily

Beautiful, Beautiful Texas — how we can help

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

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.