Archive for the ‘Advertisements, Commercials’ Category

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.”

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic (1983)

Saturday, May 7th, 2016


Willie Nelson, “I’ve Loved You All Over the World” (Suburu Commercial)

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Willie Nelson, “Little Old Fashioned Karma”

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016


Willie Nelson, “I’ve Loved You All Over the World” for Suburu

Monday, February 29th, 2016

The bond between a man and his dog is as strong as the Subaru Impreza. In his furry best friend’s golden years, the pair finish the dog’s bucket list while Willie Nelson’s “I’ve Loved You All Over the World” plays in the background: filling shopping carts up with tennis balls, 14 and 3/4 birthday cakes, a brand new leather shoe to chew on and fixing mends with old girlfriends. Make the most out of every mile with Subaru.

Dogs are the best. No, this isn’t a subtle shot at cat lovers, but dogs make loyal companions who will form a bond with you that you’ll never be able to find anywhere else. Besides, the feelings you get when you walk through the door and a dog sees you is amazing. Imagine being greeted by your dog for the very first time, only this happens every time. So whether we see a laundry basket full of puppies or an older dog with a little salt and pepper on his face, it warms the heart and makes you feel all fuzzy inside. Dogs are pretty awesome.

This is the case in this 30-second ad from Subaru highlighting the Subaru Impreza. Willie Nelson’s “I’ve Loved You All Over the World” plays in the background setting the right mood. We see a man and his best friend going through a bucket list, full of items and to-do experiences. From one hundred tennis balls, an almost-there birthday cake, a brand new leather shoe to chew on, to even breaking a few rules and getting a swim in at the local motel pool that doesn’t allow dogs, the owner doesn’t hold back on his list. He even sets up a reunion between his dog and the dog’s old girlfriend! That deserves some kind of awesome owner award doesn’t it? It’s sweet to see an owner provide as much happiness and joy as he can for his beloved companion, just like the dog has provided for his owner all his life. Editorial

This day in Willie Nelson history: Superbowl 2004 H & R Block “Tax Advice” Ad (2/1/2004)

Monday, February 1st, 2016

On February 1, 2004, Superbowl XXXVIII was played in Houston, Texas, and during the show H & R aired their Willie Nelson Tax Advice Doll commercial.

Willie Nelson: A Legend in Jeans

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016


Willie Nelson and Ryan Adams, for the GAP

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

In August 2002, the GAP launched a television and print campaign, “For Every Generation.” Willie Nelson and Ryan Adams performed a Hank Williams song, and Willie also appeared in print ads.



Willie Nelson, “The Scientist”

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

June 12, 2012

Chipotle’s “Back To The Start” tallied the most honors, five—four at the AICP Show, The Art & Technique of the American Commercial, and one from the Show’s Next Awards—this week at ceremonies presented by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP). The 21st annual AICP Show debuted on Tuesday evening (6/12) at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, drawing some 2,000 members of the ad, marketing and production industries.

Earlier in the day, the Next Awards took place at MoMA, replete with case studies of Integrated Campaign winners. Each year the honored AICP Show and Next work becomes part of the archive of the Department of Film at MoMA. The Art & Technique of the American Commercial, which honors the best in commercial advertising, and the Next Awards, recognizing marketing that crosses boundaries and media channels, comprise the overall AICP Show.

The nearly two-and-a-half-minute Chipotle short, which debuted on air as a commercial during this year’s Academy Awards, took the AICP Show’s Advertising Excellence/Single Commercial category. Each category of the Show may have up to three honorees, with the exception of Advertising Excellence/Single Commercial, Advertising Excellence/Campaign and the brand new Most Next, which may have only one honoree each, making those pieces Best in Show. Promoting the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, “Back To The Start” was directed by Johnny Kelly of Nexus Productions, London, for Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles. “Back To The Start” centers on a misguided farmer who slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the error of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. The beautifully executed stop motion animation is all contained in one long panning “shot.”

Besides Advertising Excellence/Single Commercial, “Back To The Start” garnered AICP Show honors in the Visual Style, Musical Arrangement (Duotone Audio) and Animation categories, as well as a Next Award for Viral/Web Film While “Back To The Start” took Best in Show for a Single Commercial, Best in Show distinction for Advertising Excellence/Campaign was bestowed upon Google Chrome’s “The Web Is What You Make Of It” which consists of the spots “Dear Sophie,” “It Gets Better” and “Bieber” out of BBH New York and Google Creative Lab. “Dear Sophie” and “Bieber” were directed by Henry & Rel of Moxie Pictures. “Dear Sophie” scored an additional AICP Show honor in the Agency Art Direction category.

Meanwhile the Next Awards featured for the first time a Most Next winner, which best exemplifies from among the year’s Next winners the most innovative and forward thinking work of the year. This Next Best in Show honor also entails a $5,000 grant, drawn from the AICP Foundation, to an educational organization selected by the entrant. The inaugural Most Next award went to Sony & Nissan’s “GT Academy” out of TBWA\Chiat\Day, Los Angeles, and directed by Jeff Zwart of TBWA\Chiat\Day chose to direct the grant to Room 13, an international network of student-driven creative studios founded as a single room in 1994 in Caol, Scotland. Sony & Nissan’s “GT Academy” was additionally honored in the Next Product Integration category.

Most honored work After the five honors earned by Chipotle’s “Back To The Start” came Little Monster’s “Take This Lollipop” which registered four….

Read the complete list of winners, and entire story

Willie Nelson and Family at Treasure Island

Friday, January 8th, 2016


Thanks so much to Phil Weisman for finding the coolest posters and ads.  I love them.

Only Willie Nelson can do it like this

Sunday, December 13th, 2015