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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

Willie Nelson rocks shades and braids for John Varvatos in Fall 2013

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

by:  Rachel Haas

Fresh off a pretty cool 80th birthday  celebration, country star Willie Nelson shows off his stylish side in some sleek black-and-white photos for John Varvatos’ Fall 2013 campaign.

The music legend poses beside his sons—Lukas Nelson, 24, and Micah Nelson, 23—in a Danny Clinch-snapped shot, while Willie is also featured solo in two portraits. No stranger to the advertising world, Nelson has also lent his voice to a Chipotle ad (covering Coldplay’s tearjerker “The Scientist”) as well as taking part in a commercial with Ryan Adams for Gap.

See more photos for the “Willie Nelson & Sons” campaign on the brand’s website, and watch the YARD-created video below to listen to the guys talk about music, growing up with Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash and perform “Still Is Still Moving to Me.”

Willie Nelson sings on Nissan commercial, “The Party’s Over”

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

When Willie Nelson tells you the same old story, it’s not the same old story any more

Thursday, November 5th, 2015


I’ve loved you all over the world — Willie Nelson for Suburu

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Subaru Impreza Commercial 2015 Make a Dog’s Day Song by Willie Nelson. Subaru Impreza TV Spot, ‘Make a Dog’s Day’ Song by Willie Nelson. 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.


Willie Nelson Country Peach Cobbler Ice Cream from Ben and Jerry’s

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
by Chris Boeckmann

With his warm demeanor and many contributions to the farming community, Willie Nelson has developed a reputation as a sweet man.  In 2007, Ben & Jerry’s matched that sweetness when it debuted Willie Nelson’s Country Peach Cobbler ice cream.  As both a tribute to Nelson’s charity work and Ben & Jerry’s support of community farming, a portion of the profits are given to the not-for-profit Farm Aid, the organization Nelson helped establish in the 1980s.

“There’s a lot more than just music to him,” Ben & Jerry’s spokesperson Sean Greenwood said of Nelson.  “I think it”s the same thing when you look at our history.”

The idea for peach cobbler ice cream started in the Research and Development Department, where researchers had been fielding requests for the return of Georgia Peach ice cream. Once the flavor was perfected, Ben & Jerry’s pitched the idea to Nelson.

“He tasted it and loved it from the beginning,” Researcher and ‘Flavor Guru’ John Shaffer said of Nelson’s reaction.  “It really made it easy for us; we don’t always get that lucky.”

There are no set rules on celebrity flavors, but to the farm-supporting company, Nelson seemed like an ideal candidate who could gracefully deal with the fame that comes with flavorhood.


Willie Nelson fans came up with some other ice cream flavors:

1        Bloody Mary Sunday
2.      On the Rocky Road Again
3.      Whiskey River
4.      Milk Cow Bluesberry
5.      Willie Nelson’s Crazy for Chocolate
6.      Rainbow Connection Sherbet
7.      Turn Out The Lights, Dark Chocolate
8.      I Gotta Get Drunk Pina Colada Sherbet
9.      Yesterday’s strawberry wine
10.    Moment of Forever Marshmallow Swirl
11.    Worry B Gone Butter Pecan
12.   Gravedigger Mudslide

“The Sound in Your Mind” (#1)

Thursday, August 27th, 2015


Willie Nelson and Dusty Rhodes, and Florida Wrestling

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Its unfortunate that people remember Dusty Rhodes more for his dreadful polka dot wearing WWE run or his stint booking Jim Crockett Promotions than anything else. In his prime, no one could cut a promo like Big Dust. He may have hung on too long (a common malady in the pro wrestling world known as ‘Gagne-itis’) but during the 1970’s and 1980’s he was the real deal. No one oozed charisma (or, for that matter his own blood) more than Dusty. He’s never been given a lot of props for his skill as a worker, but don’t forget that much of pro wrestling is being able to make your opponent look good. No one absorbed a beating like Dusty Rhodes.

This is probably my all time favorite Dusty Rhodes promo. We’re treated to a clip of him against the One Man Gang (who would later be Akeem in the WWE) followed by a classic promo where he evokes the memory of the great Elvis Presley as he co-opts ‘The King’s’ trademark slogan of ‘TCB–Takin’ Care of Business’. As if that weren’t enough, the video ends with Big Dust on stage with the iconic Willie Nelson singing ‘Whiskey River’.

by Jim Murphy

This Subaru Impreza Commercial Featuring Willie Nelson and a Dog Will Make You Cry

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

subaru impreza dog commercial

Subaru is on a roll this year with advertisements of the emotional variety. First, the automaker launched a 2016 Forester commercial called “Making Memories,” which put us in the eyes of a father watching his daughter slowly grow up, until the time came for him to hand her the keys to his old Subaru Forester (and take delivery of his own new 2016 Forester). The nostalgic commercial gave us all the feels, and, if we can be honest, some of us in the office may have cried the first time we watched it.

Now, Subaru has put out a commercial for the 2016 Impreza, titled “Dream Weekend.” The new ad is just as moving as the first and features the musical styling of Willie Nelson, performing “I’ve Loved You All Over the World.” Watch below, but be warned, you’ll probably cry:

The ad takes us on a journey with a man and his 14-and-¾-year-old dog as they cross off items on the dog’s bucket list, which includes meeting up with his old girlfriend, a massage at a hotel, chewing a shoe, sky diving, and, of course, the road trip in the Impreza that opens them up to completing all the other experiences.

Subaru Impreza commercial - willie nelson - dog bucket list

The commercial truly embodies the spirit of Subaru: “safety, reliability, and adventure,” and, of course, the brand’s dedication to all things living—human or not. In fact, one of the aims of this commercial, aside from selling us on the Impreza, iss to challenge pet guardians to determine how they can possibly repay their dogs for the love and dedication they have shown their whole lives. See, we told you—you’re crying right now.

subaru impreza commercial - dog on beach - willie nelson

Subaru even launched a new social media campaign around this idea, called #MakeADogsDay. The campaign challenges dog lovers to “do even more for their pets” and then share those idea on social media outlets.

The commercial was produced by Agency of Record Carmichael Lynch and directed by Noam Murro, a Directors Guild of America award winner.

Willie Nelson song in new Subaru commercial

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Willie Nelson’s, “I’ve Loved You All Over the World” is soundtrack for this sneak preview of new video about the joy the story of a Subaru Impreza owner taking his loyal, old dog on one more amazing trip.

About This Commercial:

DescriptionThe 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.