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Willie Nelson and Michael Bowman, Colorado Hemp Flag

Sunday, March 6th, 2016


Michael Bowman and Willie Nelson

The Hemp Flag on Colorado Day.

Hemp Flag Flew Over US Capitol Building
by:  Emily Heil
July 2, 2013

In a screenshot from the farm bill debate Rep. Jared Polis holds the hemp flag. (Courtesy C-SPAN)

Colorado hemp advocate Michael Bowman is the man responsible for getting the flag, made from Colorado-raised hemp and screen-printed with the stars and stripes, up there.

He cooked up the idea while lobbying Congress this year to include pro-hemp measures in the farm bill. That legislation failed, of course, but the seed of the hemp flag had been planted.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) gave Bowman an assist with the details, which included working with the Capitol’s flag office. (The flag program allows people to buy flags flown over the Capitol, so they rotate in new Old Glories nearly every day.)

“It’s a powerful symbol,” Bowman says, adding that the red, white and blue flying over the Capitol is a reminder of the role that hemp played in the founding and early days of the country. Betsy Ross’s flag was made of hemp, he notes, and Colonial settlers even paid their taxes in the crop — it was used for all kinds of goods, from rope to fabric to paper. Those Conestoga wagons heading west were covered in canvas fashioned from hemp fibers.

So, he thought having it fly on America’s birthday seemed pretty appropriate.

After its Capitol flight, the flag will make its way back to Colorado, where it will fly over the state capitol building in Denver. After that, Bowman is sending it out on a tour of state houses in states where there’s legislation pending that would legalize hemp. One of the first up: Vermont.

And while advocates are quick to point out that hemp lacks the THC content beloved by stoners, this will still be one high-flying flag

Willie Nelson and Family at Red Rocks (June 21, 2011)

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016


New Non-Fiction: Willie Nelson, “It’s a Long Story: My Life” @BoulderBookStore

Saturday, February 6th, 2016


Always fun to see Willie Nelson’s book on the shelf.  Boulder Bookstore has it front and center, so you walk by  and there he is.

Willie Nelson in Red Rocks

Monday, January 25th, 2016


Morrison and Red Rocks and everyone in Colorado loves Willie Nelson.  Red Rocks Amphitheater put him in their Hall of Fame.


photo:  Lana Nelson

“We drove 550 miles overnight to get here but it was so worth it. No music star has ever out shined the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Its sheer beauty and perfect acoustics make it the ultimate American venue. We were all happy to be here on the warmest night we’ve ever seen at The Rocks. Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses followed Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the real. Brother Lukas later  joined Dad on stage for a classy ending to a classic evening.” — Lana Nelson

We Legalized it: Willie Nelson 420 Club

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016



New shirts for the new year at  And not just for those of us lucky enough to live in the great state of Colorado, either.

Get yours here:

Happy Willie Nelson Fans in Telluride

Thursday, January 7th, 2016


This family had so much fun at the Willie Nelson & Family show at Telluride in 2011.


They were loud, they were excited.


And Willie tossed bandannas to two of them!



This little guy was so cute. He made Willie giggle in the middle of a song he was singing.


He was tired, and ready to go long before the rest of his family. Someday he will realize what a special night that was.


Willie Nelson and Family in Colorado

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Life Magazine

“I guess I’m still playing cowboys and Indians,” says Willie Nelson here in Colorado with his tribe (from top) Connie, 39, Paula, 13; and Amy; 10. “I love to hang out in the tepee and climb the mountains around here. There’s a million places to be alone in the woods and I need that occasionally.” Nelson moved his family from Texas in 1977 “To get ’em out of the line of fire a little bit,” when his growing popularity made made quiet time with the family difficult.

Willie Nelson at Red Rocks (9/3/2006)

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Dear friend and Willie fan Janis took this picture at Red Rocks on 9/3/06.

Thanks, Janis from Texas, for one of my favorite photos of Willie, in plaid.  Remember at the show, after Willie warmed up he took off the flannel shirt and girls cheered.  Or was it just you and I who cheered?  No, there were a lot of us.

Willie Nelson Red Rocks 2006

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Janis took this picture of Willie at Redrocks

Willie Nelson @ Colorado

Friday, May 29th, 2015


Just one more Red Rocks photo, I’m just missing getting to see the band at Red Rocks.   This photo is from book by G. Brown, “Colorado Rocks”.

Willie Nelson, Red Rocks, September 5, 2010

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Willie Nelson at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Friday, May 29th, 2015


photo:  Lana Nelson

“We drove 550 miles overnight to get here but it was so worth it. No music star has ever out shined the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Its sheer beauty and perfect acoustics make it the ultimate American venue. We were all happy to be here on the warmest night we’ve ever seen at The Rocks. Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses followed Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the real. Brother Lukas later  joined Dad on stage for a classy ending to a classic evening.” — Lana Nelson



Willie Nelson received this  Hall of Fame award from the City of Denver and Red Rocks Amphitheater.


Willie Nelson Guitar and Braids Shirt

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015


New shirt!   You can get your here:

Willie’s Reserve

Monday, May 4th, 2015



Music legend Willie Nelson is pleased to announce a unique American enterprise: Willie’s Reserve, a cannabis brand reflecting Nelson’s own longstanding experience and his commitment to regulated, natural, and high quality strains of marijuana in U.S. legal markets. As one journalist has already noted, “The marijuana world is about to get its first connoisseur brand, edging it farther from an illegal substance and closer to the realm of fine wines.”


Willie’s Reserve is an extension of Willie’s passion and appreciation for the many varieties and range of the plant’s qualities. Some of the best master growers in America will collaborate, along with Willie, to define quality standards so that fans can expect clean and consistent products.

Willie’s Reserve will be grown, distributed and sold by local businesses in Colorado and Washington, and will become available in other markets when state regulations allow.

Somewhat controversially, Willie has spent a lifetime as an outspoken supporter of cannabis for personal use and for industrial hemp production.

Building on Willie’s community of friends and experts who share his values, Willie’s Reserve will seek ways to further support and celebrate aspects of the singer-songwriter’s journey with cannabis. Willie and his family, and a few close friends developed the brand with emphasis on environmental and social issues, to lend support to the gradual end to marijuana prohibition across America.

“I am looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market,” stated Willie Nelson.

Collaboration is at the center of plans for Willie’s Reserve. Willie has been an outspoken supporter of the front line efforts of store owners, growers, and citizens who have been pioneers and advocates of cannabis policy improvements. The company will work with businesses that are making smart and sustainable choices for the environment, have demonstrated leadership in their markets, and are committed to encouraging safe, legal use.

Seeing the power of legalization, regulation and taxation to impact how Americans view cannabis is a life’s work realized for Willie. As many have noted, his involvement is no surprise, and in the end, it’s no surprise that Willie’s Reserve will reflect his life.


About Willie Nelson

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of CrazyRed Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered eight new album releases (of which one resulted in a Grammy Award win), released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 2013, Willie’s albums included Let’s Face The Music And Dance, an album of deep pop country repertoire classics performed with transformative patented ease by Nelson and Family, his long-time touring and recording ensemble; and To All The Girls… which features 18 duets with music’s top female singers. In 2014, he released Band of Brothers, a 14-track studio album of new recording that debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and #1 on Billboard’s Country album chart, and December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1, an eclectic album collaboration of intimate new recordings from Willie and Sister Bobbie Nelson. This year he will add two more titles. On May 5, 2015, “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of Willie, will hit bookshelves. Later in the year he will release a new album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie.

Red Rocks ’76 (Willie Nelson/Waylon Jennings/ Flying Burrito Brothers (June 1st)

Saturday, April 18th, 2015


Tickets:  $6.00