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Willie Nelson: Old Whiskey River

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Willie Nelson honored (11/1/1986)

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

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Willie Nelson honors Chicago Cubs in Nike commercial

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

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Country legend Willie Nelson lent his voice to a Nike commercial honoring the Chicago Cubs World Series Championship. The commercial aired right after the Cubs stunning win against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

The Cubs were on a 108-year championship drought. Their last World Series win was in 1908. In a nail biting game that stretched into an extra tenth inning, the Cubs pulled off what many had deemed a long-overdue victory.

The commercial uses the song, “Funny How Time Slips Away.” The song was originally penned by Billy Walker in 1961. It has since been covered by numerous artists including The Supremes, Elvis Presley and George Jones. Nelson’s version was a big hit for him and was the one chosen for the Nike commercial. The commercial, which features a young boy in a Cubs uniform practicing on his pitching and batting, includes the sentimental and timeless lyrics in the background. The ad was the latest installment by the Nike “Make Someday Today” campaign, which ran throughout the World Series.

Another Willie Nelson Impersonator

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

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by:  Shane Newell

Roger Hegyi of Laguna Niguel is a musician and Willie Nelson impersonator. He was recently featured in a Volkswagen commercial as Willie Nelson. Friday, October 14, 2016. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The scene lasts but a few seconds, but as Laguna Niguel musician Roger Hegyi recalls, it took hours to get ample footage for the commercial shoot on Pacific Coast Highway.

A lifelong musician and frontman for the “True Willie” tribute band, Hegyi appeared as Nelson’s doppelganger last month in a national commercial for Volkswagen. Since his brief cameo in the 30-second commercial, Hegyi has received hundreds of calls, emails and texts from friends expressing support.

“I love the response,” he said, “hopefully they’re selling some cars from it.”

With a red bandana covering the top of his braided brown hair, Hegyi reminisced on his life in music and recent appearance on television in his living room. A piano and two acoustic guitars sat by his side.

As Heygi remembered, he got the call to film the commercial in August. Volkswagen had paid to use Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” he said, and was looking for someone on the West Coast who could fit in the commercial.

He then went up to Point Mugu near Pacific Coast Highway and spent hours filming his passing scene in a yellow Beetle, which felt familiar since he learned to drive a stick shift with the same model as a teen.

“It was just another thing that happened to me that was meant to be,” he said.

Hegyi’s television appearance has capped a wave of good fortune. For more than three years, Hegyi has toured as a singer and guitarist with the True Willie tribute band playing before hundreds and sometimes thousands of fans who often believe he looks and sounds just like the 83-year-old Texas musician who wrote classics like “Crazy,” “Hello Walls” and “Funny How Time Slips Away.”

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A Willie Nelson double and -“On the Road Again” for Passat

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

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www.nashcountrydaily.com
by Jim Casey

Willie Nelson has gotten a lot of mileage out of his 1980 No. 1 hit “On the Road Again.” In addition to winning a Grammy for Best Country Song in 1981 and earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song in the movie Honeysuckle Rose, the tune has been featured in Forrest Gump, South Park, Family Guy and more.

With gas prices hovering around $2, Willie is getting a little extra mileage out of “On the Road Again” in a new commercial for the Volkswagen Passat—and there’s even a Willie lookalike who gets behind the wheel of a vintage VW Beetle.

Winners Wear Wrangler

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

 

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Car owner Richard Childress and his then-driver, Dale Earnhardt, participated in an advertising campaign back promoting Wrangler jeans back in the 1980s that also featured country-music star Willie Nelson.

In the ad, a beaming Nelson, complete with guitar, is flanked on one side by Earnhardt and on the other by Childress underneath the slogan , “Winners wear Wranglers.”

Now, more than 30 years later, Childress can tell why he thinks Nelson was smiling so mightily in the ad.

“I came in from hunting in British Columbia and Dale and I ate at one of those really neat seafood restaurants there,” Childress said Wednesday during a promotional event at Wrangler corporate headquarters. “We got up early the next morning for the photo shoot. Dale and I were sitting there waiting. I was expecting Willie to come out with a cowboy hat and everything.”hat isn’t what happened. And although Childress admitted perhaps he should not have been surprised, what happened next also caught him off-guard.

“He came out with a baseball hat on and wearing a black Member’s Only jacket. That was his disguise back in the day,” Childress said. “So he jumps in the limo and we shake hands. That was the first time I had met him. I’m not sure if it was for Dale.

“But he sat over there and fired up a (marijuana) joint, and started smoking on his joint. He leaned over (as if to offer it to his fellow passengers) and Dale said, ‘No, we’re going to drink some whiskey later.’ But that’s the story behind that photo shoot right there. That’s why he’s smiling.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was just a kid at the time and had no idea any of that was going on.

“Dad had ‘One tough customer’ on the back of the car and they were cross-promoting that with Willie’s tour. So it was a pretty neat deal for me at that age,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I didn’t look at dad as famous or any sort of celebrity. … We were all pretty giddy that Willie Nelson was involved in anything we were doing.”

Apparently, Willie was pretty giddy at the time, too.

Here’s to a Texas Icon

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

“Dream Weekend”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

www.autonews.com
by: Jamie LaReau

Leaders at Subaru of America’s advertising agency Carmichael Lynch knew they had something special last year with a TV spot called “Dream Weekend.”

Even the production of it was a tear-jerker.

“Yeah, boy — that was a special shoot,” recalls Randy Hughes, executive creative director at Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis. “We were all choked up shooting it, and we knew it would be really something.”

The spot for the 2016 Impreza tells the story of a young man and his aging dog, experiencing one last journey. Together, they complete a “bucket list” of treats for the dog, including a ride through the countryside with the window open, a decorated birthday bone, an illicit dunk in a motel pool, a brand-new shoe to chew on, a tray of carryout barbecue and a reunion with a long-lost love. The soundtrack is a folksy Willie Nelson, singing, “You’re my buddy, my pal, my friend/It will be that way until the end.”

Great Performers

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Willie Nelson, in Wrangler Jeans

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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Farm Aid Supporters

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

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Every year at the Farm Aid Festival, several friends help me report about the festival.  There is so much going on, with the workshops, activity tents, speakers and of course the music all day long.  These Farm Aid Supporters, music lovers and friends take pictures, interview people and write about their experiences.  Thanks so much to Alice, from Georgia (that’s her above, on the right, beside Dee from Virginia, and Dot from Florida), for her great photos of this year’s reporters, at  the festival in Bristow, Virginia, on September 17, 2018.

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Terry, Dot, Dee, Jenny, Alice

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Dot, Dee, Alice, Joanne, me, Pat

“On the Road Again”, Willie Nelson and the Passat Commercial

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Family Tequila Nights Concert Tour

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Watch Willie Nelson Singing to the Country

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sending along this ad.

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

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