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Win a chance to meet Willie Nelson on his Tour Bus at Austin City Limits Music Festival (Oct 9, 2016)

Sunday, September 25th, 2016


Help support an American-made petroleum alternative and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and you could meet Willie Nelson at Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)…/meet-willie-nelson-on-his-tou…


Courtesy of Willie Nelson, you and a guest will receive 2 single day passes to the Austin City Limits Festival, for Sunday October 9th, a special guided tour of the festival’s backstage and artist compound area and then meet with the man himself, Willie Nelson on his tour bus ‘The Honeysuckle Rose’.

You and your guest will be allowed to get a photo with Willie and bring one personal item each to be signed by Willie at the meeting.

Proceeds benefit Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance

Donated by: Willie Nelson

Empowering Urban Communities Through Food #TakingAction #FarmAid

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Meet some of the people growing DC’s urban agriculture scene and healing communities with urban gardens.

Each year on the Farm Aid stage, before the concert kicks off, Farm Aid artists Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews join rockstar farmers who are changing the farm and food system to talk about their work. This press event/pep rally allows us to highlight the farmers and food system changemakers – the unsung heroes – who do their work on the ground each and every day without the spotlight they deserve.

In this video from the press event, meet some of the people growing Washington, DC’s urban agriculture scene and healing communities with urban gardens.


– Chris Bradshaw of Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.

– Sumayyah Muhammed, a grower at Dreaming Out Loud’s community garden in Washington DC’s Ward 6

– Xavier Brown of @soilful city Soilful City

– Boe Umar and Ms Mary Morgan of Dix Street Garden in Washington, DC’s Ward 7

Bid on Bedell Guitar, autographed by Willie Nelson and benefit Reverb

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016


Help the non-profit work of Reverb and you could take home a sustainably produced Bedell Guitars signed by Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is not just a singer and song writer. Willie Nelson is an American Legend whose musical style has crossed every boundary. Now is your chance to own a beautiful Bedell Acoustic Guitar signed by the man himself. This elegant instrument comes complete with hard shell case, certificate of authenticity and a photo of Willie Nelson signing the guitar at his ranch in Texas.

The Bedell Earthsong Orchestra proves it is possible to create a guitar with incredible tone while honoring a complete commitment to forest stewardship. The Earthsong Orchestra is inspired by the beauty and wonder of the American landscape: the streams and deserts, swamps and forests, beaches and valleys, and all the natural wonders that grace this vast and diverse country, from shore to shore.

The Bedell Earthsong Orchestra isn’t just sustainable, it is also built using only American harvested woods: a salvaged Sitka spruce soundboard, Western bigleaf maple back and sides, an Eastern hard rock maple neck, and a walnut fretboard, bridge and peghead overlay. Bedell craftsmen have achieved unparalleled tone and projection from these plentiful American woods for a truly planet-friendly guitar made from ethically harvested trees.

Donated by: Willie Nelson


Willie Nelson gives autographed guitar to help raise funds for new documentary, “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed”

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Denver, CO, September 12, 2016 – DVA Productions unveiled the film teaser for its new documentary motion picture, MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED, at a private Teaser Premiere Party in Denver, CO.

MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED, the third documentary by award-winning filmmaker Windy Borman, follows female “ganjapreneurs” as they navigate the “budding” marijuana industry in the United States. Their combined experience with the medical, legal, technical, scientific and business aspects of cannabis paint a multidimensional portrait of what it really takes to be “The Women of Weed”.

Borman writes, “When I moved to Colorado in 2014—the same year adult use of marijuana became legal—and started meeting successful women in the weed business, I knew I needed to share their stories to inspire audiences about how gender parity, social justice and environmental sustainability lead to greater success for all.”

Borman began production on MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED in Feb. 2016 in Denver at the Women Grow Leadership Summit. She has since filmed in DC, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California. Filming in Oregon, Washington and Alaska will occur this fall.

According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, women account for over 40% of annual cannabis users. This means 13.1 million women used cannabis in the United States in 2015. “When you also consider that women purchase over 50% of movie tickets, it just makes sense to produce a film where women get to speak about their experience,” writes Borman.


Willie Nelson once saved his guitar from a burning building and they have spent a lifetime traveling the world together. Willie and “Trigger” have a love story for the ages. They hope a MARY JANES’s supporter can start a friendship like that with their own Willie’s Reserve guitar signed by the legend himself. The Fender Guitar (with acoustic pack) signed by Willie Nelson, along with a Willie’s Reserve T-shirt and hat, will be delivered to one lucky winner.

Willie’s Reserve wrote: “Upon the debut of Willie’s Reserve in Colorado and Washington, Willie Nelson told us all, ‘Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there’s a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people.’ Willie’s Reserve has set out to uphold these values, so we are so proud to support the motion picture MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED. It will take a community working together to create an industry where women are duly respected as leaders in marijuana. This film will be a cornerstone in the story and together we will pay tribute to a tradition of sharing, caring, and toking.”

Borman (THE EYES OF THAILAND and THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA) is on track to wrap principal photography on Election Night in Nov. 2016, making MARY JANES eligible for major festivals in Spring 2017. Finishing funds will be primarily raised through, the popular online crowd-fundraising source. Donations to MARY JANES are tax-deductible through Green Planet Films, a 501(c)3 organization, at: <>.



Twitter and Instagram: @MaryJanesFilm


MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED follows female “ganjapreneurs” as they navigate the “budding” marijuana industry in the United States. Their combined experience with the medical, legal, technical, scientific and business aspects of cannabis paint a multidimensional portrait of the what it really takes to be “The Women of Weed”.

Along the way, we meet authors, lawyers, doctors, patients, Congresswomen, legalization advocates, parents, and teachers who demystify the legal marijuana industry. We’ll learn about the evolution of theCannabis Sativa plant, its Schedule I drug status with the DEA, and its eventual legalization for medical use. We’ll discuss how the “War on Drugs” created new “Jim Crow laws”, and the parallels between women leading the way to overturn alcohol prohibition and ending marijuana prohibition. Finally, we’ll highlight female-led businesses that are instilling social responsibility into their foundations and the successes these garner. By the end, we hope female and male audiences become educated voters and empowered entrepreneurs in any industry they choose.

About Windy Borman:

Windy Borman, MST, is a multi-award-winning film Director and Producer, as well as the founder of DVA Productions. Her recent projects include directing and producing the 10-time award-winning film, THE EYES OF THAILAND (narrated by Ashley Judd), and producing THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA, which premiered at Sundance and on HBO. Other credits include producing performances for Dr. Maya Angelou and Margaret Cho, directing “The Vagina Monologues”, and writing for and Indiewire: Women and Hollywood.

From 2003-2005, Ms. Borman dedicated two years of her life to Teach For America, teaching middle school Drama and Dance in the South Bronx. In 2006 she opened DVA Productions to use her gift of storytelling to produce film and digital media that give a voice to the voiceless and promote peace, justice and equality.

Windy has been an active member in Women in Film chapters since 2008. She served as the Vice President of Bay Area Women in Film and Media (BAWIFM) and was member of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT). She moved to Colorado in 2014 and is thrilled to serve as the Founding Board Chair of Women in Film and Media Colorado (WIFMCO).

About Willie’s Reserve:

For decades, Willie Nelson has served as the face of responsible marijuana use in the United States, while speaking out in favor of legalization for medical and recreational purposes. The nation’s most renowned aficionado has awaited the opportunity to share the pleasures of fine quality cannabis with his legions of fellow fans, and now, with top-grade, meticulously grown and beautifully packaged Willie’s Reserve, he can. Willie’s Reserve signature Ready Rolls and high quality flower are currently available at select purveyors in Colorado, Washington and future legal states for connoisseurs who appreciate the best. Willie’s Reserve will continue to support Nelson’s goals and celebrate his legacy by constantly seeking innovative ways to develop and curate the brand, while seeking an end to marijuana prohibition in America.

Willie Nelson to perform at Bridge School Benefit (Sat. Oct. 22, 23, 2016)

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016


Willie Nelson  will perform at this year’s Bridge School Benefit Concert on October 22 & 23 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA, along with Neil Young, Matthews & Tim Reynolds Metallica, Roger Waters and others! Visit for details.

Willie Nelson speaks out in support of the US Postal Service

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Willie Nelson and Jim Hightower join lobby to save and protect our public Postal Service.

Willie Nelson to Perform at 2016 Bridge School Benefit

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Bridge School Concert 2014

Neil Young will host the 30th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert on October 22–23 with music from Dave Matthews, Metallica, Roger Waters, My Morning Jacket, Willie Nelson and more.

Rounding out the lineup will be supergroup case/lang/veirs, Norah Jones, Cage the Elephant and E Street Band guitarist and former member of Crazy Horse Nils Lofgren. The concert will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and tickets will go on sale August 29. See the announcement video above.

The Bridge School was co-founded by Pegi Young, former wife of Neil, in 1986 and has been helping children with sever speech and physical impairments since, with Neil Young curating the benefit concert annually to raise money for the organization.

Bridge School Benefit Concert Lineup

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Willie Nelson
Roger Waters
Dave Matthews
My Morning Jacket
Norah Jones
Cage the Elephant
Nils Lofgren

Willie Nelson will perform at Neil Young’s 2016 Bridge School Benefit (Oct 22, 23)

Monday, August 22nd, 2016


Willie Nelson interview for e-town Radio Broadcast

Friday, August 12th, 2016


photo:  Danny Clinch
Willie Nelson and Nick Forester

Nick and Helen Forester interviewed Willie Nelson before his concert in Denver, for an upcoming broadcast of of eTown, a national radio show they broadcast from Boulder, Colorado,  The show features music, interviews and also introduces a person or groupf for good works they have done in their community.  For information on when their show will air on public radio, visit their websit where they have their schedule.


Helen Forester and Willie Nelson
photo:  Danny Clinch

“It was truly a thrill to visit with Willie Nelson when he was in Denver. I’d met him in passing many years before, when he came to do an eTown radio show. This time around, there on the bus with Nick and our crew to tape an interview with Willie, I was struck by what a sweet and gentle presence he has, really kind and welcoming. Incredible man. His lovely wife Annie was also there, as well as Elaine who was so helpful to us. These photos were taken by the talented photographer Danny Clinch (check out his amazing work at, who was kind enough to share these with us ”

— Helen Forester


photo:  Danny Clinch


Mickey Raphael: #1 Harmonica Player (you can get a shirt too!)

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
“I might not have worn it best, considering how hot it is now…but I certainly wore it first.#shirtofthesummer @mickeyraphael
Get yours at @shopmidnightrider all proceeds that would go to Mickey, he is donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center to fight racial intolerance and injustices. #BestShirtEver #great4good ?? Go Mickey! ??
— in New York, New York.”

‘Willie Nelson’s Love Child Band’ Tour and Ukelele give away program in Australia

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Sandra Beynon of Willie Nelson’s Love Child at the Red Hill guitar shop with some of the donated ukuleles. Photo: Sandra Beynon
by: Drew Creighton

Forty ukuleles have been donated to Thursday Island children in hope of sparking a passion in music.

Husband-and-wife duo Willie Nelson’s Love Child inspired by famous guitarist Keith Richards and singer Willie Nelson, have embarked on the project.

And it’s not the first philanthropic venture Sandra and Sean Beynon have undertaken – they previously helped raised funds on tour for drought affected farmers in Queensland.

“Last year we went to outback Queensland for 38 days and we were raising money for Aussie Helpers Drought Relief as part of our tour,” Sandra said.

“After the success of that tour, I thought I’d like to do another remote area and maybe bring some ukuleles for the kids.”

The duo put together a tour of the Torres Strait, Cape York, Bamaga, Thursday Island and managed to ask friends, family and associates to donate so they could take 40 ukuleles up north.

“The owner of The Guitar Shop at Red Hill started it off by donating 10 and then I texted all my friends and associates to sponsor a whole uke for $40 or a half uke for $20.

“Before I knew it we had enough money to pack up 40 of the ukes to take to Thursday Island.

“We’re going to be doing some classes with the school Tagai College and have a little get together with the families after school and have a play.”

Sandra said the idea for the ukuleles came from her own love of the instrument and from how easy it is to play.

“There’s so much bad press about what happens in remote communities with kids and I think if someone can give them an interest and a real love of something, that would be great.

“If a couple of lives are saved by something like music, then that is a great achievement.”

Taking leave from her own show, the primary students at Tagai College will be starting their music lesson with the 1920s classic Corrina Corrina.

“By tuning the uke in open tuning, like Keith Richards guitar, it’s really easy to play, you don’t have to learn chord position, you just lay your finger across the bars and you can play.

“We were looking for something the kids could have a good success rate with and they could learn all together.

“Islanders have a really great built in sense of rhythm, so to play the ukuleles would be really achievable for them.”

Bid on Guitars signed by Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Train,

Sunday, June 12th, 2016


Here is opportunity to bid on guitars signed personally by @Willie Nelson, @WillieNelson, @MichaelFranti, @SammyHagar & @Train, with proceeds to benefit Music Heals International.

Benefiting Music Heals International

Willie Nelson Autographed Epiphone Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar and Case

For information, and to bid on the items click here.


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Our mission –

Music Heals International works to bring music and musicians to the children of Haiti and other parts of the world. MHI is designed to teach and inspire children, using music as a powerful force for education, creativity and healing.

Benefiting Music Heals International

Willie Nelson Autographed Epiphone Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar and Case


Get your Raelynn Nelson Band-ana wrapped Guitar Strings in Nashville at “Two Old Hippies” (or her website)

Saturday, June 11th, 2016


One of the coolest stores in #Nashville **Two Old Hippies**@twooldhippies will now carry Raelyn Nelson Band-Ana Wrapped Guitar String Bracelets!!! A portion of each bracelet sold will be given to the Save the Tongass Rainforest Campaign in honor of Molly and Sheila of 2 Old Hippies !!!

Or you can get yours at her website:

Everybody’s wearing them.



Help Keep Family Farmers on the Farm in North Dakota — vote against Measure 1

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

by:  Willie Nelson and Sarah Vogel

BISMARCK—Each year in nearly every part of the country, swaths of farmland are turned over as yet another family farm is pushed out by tightening profit margins, rigged markets and the ever-constricting power of a few corporations.

In a year of falling farm prices, the fight to keep family farmers on the land is as urgent as ever.

Why fight for family farmers? Because family farmers are stewards of the land, key threads in the fabric of our rural communities and local economies. They support us in ways that can’t be done by distant corporations that are looking out first and foremost for their own bottom line.

North Dakota is unique in its commitment to family farm agriculture. For 84 years, that commitment has been enshrined in a state law affirming that our land belongs in the hands of people, and that farming should stay in the family—not corporations.

Measure 1 attacks that commitment and the very soul of North Dakota.

Efforts to undo long-standing laws such as North Dakota’s anti-corporate farming law are about increasing corporate profits and the control of corporations over our farm and food system. It’s about hastening farm consolidation and squeezing every profit possible out of the soil, water, animals and people of rural America in order to fill Wall Street’s coffers.

It is yet another step in a long push to remove family farms from the American landscape.

Similar measures have cropped up in states across the country, and North Dakotans are rightly asking who is behind initiatives such as Measure 1 — and who profits from them. One can find a few clues in the case of Missouri.

In 2013, Missouri state legislators—spurred by hefty donations from the meatpacking giant Smithfield Foods—dissolved the state’s long-held law banning foreign corporations from owning Missouri land. This happened at the same time as Smithfield’s buyout by Hong Kong-based Shuanghui International.

Today, the Chinese-based company legally owns 42,000 acres of farmland in Missouri, which are being used for mega-industrial confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and processing facilities.

These corporate-backed measures ultimately pit people against each other. They roll back the ability of local communities to determine what’s best for them. They grant corporate interests the right to extract wealth from local communities, with little regard for the quality of life, the caliber of jobs or the health of the soil and water upon which local people depend.

Citizens are told that their long-held values are getting in the way of progress, or that the family farm is obsolete. But the truth is just the opposite: Corporate farming is destroying our present; the family farm is our future.

On June 14, Herald readers’ “No” votes will protect North Dakota’s proud legacy of family farm agriculture. It’s a legacy worth preserving.

Singer, songwriter, actor and activist Nelson is president of Farm Aid, In 1989, he was named an honorary North Dakota Centennial Farmer.

Vogel is a former two-term North Dakota commissioner of agriculture and has been working as a lawyer for family farmers and ranchers in North Dakota and elsewhere since the 1980s.

This day in Willie Nelson History: USO Show in Germany with Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey (May 23, 2005)

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

In 2005 Willie Nelson joined Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey on a USO tour to entertain the troops overseas at the Ramstein Airbase in Germany.  The show was filmed, and broadcast on television as  “Nick and Jessica’s Tour of Duty.”  Also on the tour:  Big and Rich,  and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.   Willie and Jessica treated the crowd to a duet from movie ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’,  the movie they starred in together, ‘These Boots are Made for Walking.”

Jimmey Kimmel talked about Willie at the show, and said, “I got to meet Willie Nelson.  He’s such a nice guy, he even let me carry his bags through customs for him.!”