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Farm Aid Supporters

Sunday, September 25th, 2016


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.


Terry, Dot, Dee, Jenny, Alice


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


Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sending along this ad.

Friday, September 2nd, 2016


Willie Nelson for the Gap

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Don’t Mess With Texas (Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson)

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
by: Kevin Reece

The “Don’t Mess with Texas” anti-litter campaign is one of the most recognized slogans in the Lone Star State.

But after 30 years, the Texas Department of Transportation believed the campaign needed a reboot for a new generation. So the original 1986 pitchman, one Mr. Willie Nelson of Abbott, Texas, makes way for his son.

Nelson was the original voice of the campaign, seated on a stool in the middle of a rural Texas highway, singing a re-written version of his “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.” Research shows Nelson’s star power, and that of subsequent Texas artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lyle Lovett and others actually worked. Surveys showed 98 percent of Texans knew the slogan, recognized the problem, and litter rates did start going down.

But 30 years later, and with a population that increases by the day, Texas is still plagued with an estimated 500 million pieces of roadside litter a year. People ages 16 to 34 are considered the most common culprits. So when TxDOT needed a new voice for the next generation, they just called the Nelson family again.

This time, in public service announcements that have already started running on KHOU and other TV stations across the state, Willie Nelson’s son, and a successful musician in his own right, Lukas Nelson, was seated on a stool on that same yellow stripe in the middle of a bend in the same rural Texas highway to be the “Don’t Mess With Texas” troubadour for his generation.

“To be able to do this and follow them is a huge honor, and I’m happy to be able to spread the message ‘Don’t Mess with Texas,’” Lukas Nelson said of the original stable of artists.

The new campaign also includes the Eli Young Band and Grupo Fantasma.

The hope is that one of the most recognized slogans in Texas history will remain part of the mindset for a new generation. So whether it’s Willie or Lukas Nelson sitting and singing on that road again, that you will pay attention and help keep Texas roads clean.

Willie Nelson in Boulder

Sunday, July 31st, 2016


Spotted at Pasta Jay’s in Boulder, after the Willie Nelson & Family at Fiddler’s Green, last night.


“Always on My Mind” (have a coke and a song)

Sunday, July 17th, 2016



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Willie Nelson’s Old Whiskey River

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Willie Nelson on King of the Hill

Friday, June 17th, 2016


Thanks, Phil Weisman, for finding this cool ad of Willie Nelson’s portrayal on King of the Hill in 1997.


Willie Nelson at Madison Square Gardens May 24 – 29, 1984) (All Shows Sold Out)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Official Willie Nelson Bandannas Mail Order

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016


thanks Phil Weisman, for finding this and sharing it with me.

WIllie Nelson @ Gilley’s Club, Pasadena, TX (Oct. 7, 1971)

Monday, May 30th, 2016


Thanks, Phil Weisman.  I love this cup.

Willie Nelson sings on Suburu “Dream Weekend”

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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.”

The spot evolved as Carmichael Lynch’s ad writers pondered how to tell a story about loyalty and longevity in 60 to 90 seconds. They wanted it to reflect Subaru vehicles’ durability, Hughes said. A writer came up with the spot’s tag line: “It’s not just the miles in life; it’s what you make of them.”

“We thought, “What can you do with miles?'” said Hughes. “What about paying back a dog? They don’t live long enough. So how can you pay them back for their service?”

The resulting ad was a big departure from the sight gags of Subaru’s 6-year-old “Dog tested. Dog approved.” series featuring driving dogs, said Alan Bethke, senior vice president of marketing at Subaru of America. “It was more the idea of man’s best friend and how does a dog fit into your life.”

The creative team also found inspiration in the canine star of the ad, an 11-year-old rescue dog named Monkey who had recently retired from acting. Despite her age — and the fact that the story line called for a male dog — Monkey’s trainer felt she could handle the job.

“That dog was really something,” said Hughes. “This is where great work, if you’re open to it, can get better.”

The Willie Nelson touch was another gamble that paid off. The agency showed the spot to the country singer, who is an avid animal rights activist, before seeking permission to use the song. Nelson liked it enough, Hughes said, to “cut us a deal” on rights to the song, titled “I’ve Loved You All Over the World.”

“We could have never afforded it,” Hughes said. “And a lot of artists won’t let their work be used in commercials.”

Subaru launched the spot in July. It inspired a Subaru social-media initiative that encourages dog lovers to do special things for their pets and share scenes on social media. And it’s an example of how small budgets can have a big impact, said Hughes.

“We don’t have to spend a lot for people to notice our work,” Hughes said. “When it’s good, it jumps out.”