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Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Willie Nelson at Mammoth Gardens (Jan. 16, 1982)

Sunday, June 28th, 2015


This picture was taken in Denver at the Mammoth Gardens, which is now The Fillmore, on January 16, 1982, by Larry Lazlo:

Willie Nelson and Laura

Saturday, June 20th, 2015


Thanks to Laura H for sharing this sweet photo of her and Willie Nelson. Always so sweet to see Willie with his fans.

Willie Nelson and Don Johnson (Miami Vice)

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Willie Nelson, Miami Vice
Universal Television / Courtesy Everett Collection

Nothing evokes words like “dated,” “seminal” or “Lamborghini” quicker than über-sleek Eighties buddy cop series Miami Vice. But Willie Nelson is always Willie Nelson — timeless both in sound and style. Never is that more apparent than in the 1986 Vice episode “El Viejo”,  Set against the backdrop of Miami’s fast and furious Reagan Era drug war (and a soundtrack of New Wave synthesizers), Nelson — sporting a cowboy hat, bushy beard, bolo tie and a stoic, thousand-yard-stare — plays Jake Pierson. A rough-hewn retired Texas Ranger who lives on a diet of cat food, the mysterious Pierson helps Crockett and Tubbs take down a Bolivian cocaine kingpin and his goons in a gunfight, taking a bullet in the process. Ever the cowboy, he shuffles off Miami’s mortal coil in death scene worthy of Shane.

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Willie Nelson and Jody Payne

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015


Willie Nelson, Briarclff, Texas (7/4/1979)

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

photo:  Scott Newton

Willie Nelson on stage at “Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic” in Briarcliff, Texas, July 4, 1979.


Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015


Willie Nelson, Bostonian Inn, New Boston, Texas, 1976.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Me and the Red-Headed Stranger


“Me and Willie Nelson in a room at the Bostonian Inn, New Boston, Texas, 1976. I’m wearing a Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic T-shirt from 1975’s picnic in Liberty Hill, Texas. My hat is behind me. Willie is wearing sneakers! My friend Gary Duffie of Texarkana snapped the picture after I set it up with my Nikon F2 camera. I was a photographer for the Texarkana Gazette at the time, but when this picture was made, I was an alt country music fan!” —

Willie Country (December 1986)

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


Willie Country
By Don Holland

Howdy!  Willie Nelson came to Abbott on Wednesday, December 3, and it was not so long  before he was surrounded by a lot of friends and fans who turned out to greet him.  Willie was accompanied by his sister Bobbie who plays the piano when they perform with the band.  They had come to Abbott to shoot some publicity photos to be used on the cover of a gospel music album that will be released in the future.  The reason why they came to Abbott is to have the photos taken in front of the Methodist Church that Willie and Bobbie attended when growing up here in Abbott.

Willie and Bobbie were dressed in their Sunday-go-to-meeting finest.  You can see for yourself how sharp they looked in the photos that have been placed on various pagers of the paper.


Rev. Wayne Dunson, the present preacher at the Methodist Church, is the same one that preached there when Willie and Bobbie attended in their youth.  He was in the area when Willie and Bobbie showed up and asked me to take a photo of him and Willie.  “But, he whispered in my ear, I need to go over and change my coat before you take the picture.  I don’t think it would look right with Willie looking more like a preacher than I do.”


Yours truly really enjoyed seeing Willie in Abbott.  He had come through town several times during the past month or so and I was always out of town and missed him.  Again, true to form, I was out of town, but Jan got on the telephone and had me located in Waco.  My brother Ben found me as the screen printers where I was picking up some new T-shirts of Willie as the Red Headed Stranger, and got the message to me.  I returned to Abbott immediately and was able to get the photos that you see in this issue.


While chatting with Willie, I asked him whether the movie entitled “The Red Headed Stranger” would be released.  He said, “Plans are made to release it February 19, 1987.”  So all of you fans stay on the lookout for the movie and remember you can get tee shirts and pictures of Willie as the Red Headed Stranger right here through the Souvenir Shop, either in person or by mail order.

Some of you no doubt read about the Susie Nelson Show that we had booked at the VFW Club in Cameron, Texas, this past November 15th.  The show was very successful as the folks there enjoyed the music and singing of our stars Susie Nelson and her band and Chris Robbins with Stagecoach Symphony.

Several phoots that I took are included in thgis issue (page 7) for your eyeballs’ pleasure.  Enjoy!  Also, we appreciated a big fan of Willie’s coming to the show — Ann Willis of Temple.  Ann showed me a lot of photos that she has taken around the countryside and we will try to run some of them in future editions.

Other recent visitors to Willie Nelson Country have come from Robards, Kentucky, Prag, Oklahoma; St. Joseph, Missouri; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Battle Creek, Michigan; Judsonia Arkansas; Jacksonville, Illionois; and Dallas, Garland, Red Oak, Mesquite, Austin, San Antonio, Temple Branson, Corsicana, Crossroads and Springtown, TX.  Coming the longest distance was Lucas Wegmann from Newcastle, Main.  We really enjoy meeting and visiting with Willie’s fans from all over the country!


blues greats

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Three blues greats
photo from Brian Smith

Willie Nelson @Rosenblatt Stadium (9/18/1982)

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

photo: Robert Taylor

Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell

Friday, May 29th, 2015


Willie Nelson @Rupp Arena (5/13/1979)

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

photo:  Christie Porter

Country music singer Willie Nelson performed at Rupp Arena on May 13, 1979. The concert that night included Waylon Jennings, Emmy Lou Harris and Leon Russell. Nelson has played Rupp Arena seven times, including four years in a row from 1977 to 1980. His last appearence at Rupp was in 2000 with the Dixie Chicks, Patty Griffin, Ricky Skaggs and Vida & Joe Ely.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015


Friday, May 22nd, 2015