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Mardi Gras in the SuperDome, featuring Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett (February 18, 1980)

Sunday, February 18th, 2018


This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson performs for soldiers @Brooke Army Medical Center (2/17/06)

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Staff and patients gather on three levels to watch Willie Nelson and his band perform Feb. 17 at Brooke Army Medical Center.  — Photo by Brian Guerra
by Nelia Schrum and Andricka Hammonds

When the 2006 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo pulled up stakes Feb. 19, it left the wounded warriors recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center here and hospital staff with fond memories of Texas and cowboy hospitality.

Texas legend Willie Nelson and his family band treated the hospital to a concert in the Medical Mall Feb. 17, playing to a packed audience of staff and patients. Opening with his hit, “Whiskey River,” he sang signature ballads like “On the Road Again,” “Crazy” and “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.”

Nelson played for 90 minutes. Following his performance, he signed autographs and posed for pictures with patients and staff for another hour.

The Willie Nelson band played at BAMC in February 2005 performing 11 numbers. But Nelson had to cut his performance for the 2005 Stock Show and Rodeo because he was suffering from laryngitis.

“I wanted to come back again and play for the soldiers because I didn’t feel I had performed at my best last year,” Nelson said, adding his throat since has recovered.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “King of the Hill” (February 16, 1996)

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Willie Nelson made a special guest voice appearance as himself on the ‘King of the Hill’ episode ‘Hank’s Got the Willies’ which aired Sunday, Feb. 16, 1996 on FOX.

Hank’s Got The Willies
Episode KH105

Bobby attempts to make amends after he accidentally wallops Hank’s idol, Willie Nelson, in the head with a golf club.

Hank catches Bobby furiously windmilling his beloved Guild guitar, “Betsy.” Bobby explains that he was playing the instrument with a piece of cheese, like his favorite comedian, Celery Head. After examining the guitar, Hank realizes his son chipped Betsy’s bridge. The next day, Bobby crashes Hank’s lawn mower into the front of his truck. Shortly thereafter, the boy uses Hank’s pitching wedge to hit clumps of dog excrement. When Hank tells his wife that their son seems bent on destroying everything he owns, Peggy suggests he take Bobby golfing. At first, Hank dismisses the idea outright. But when Bobby tells his father that his two heroes are Gameboy champ Eddie Stillson, and Howard Adderly, the father of bizarre worm-child Jason Adderly, Hank decides he needs to take his son golfing immediately.

Before he takes his son golfing, Hank drives Betsy to a local guitar shop. Along the way, Hank tries to think of a suitable hero for Bobby. Hank tells his son that his own idol has always been Willie Nelson, as he was born in Texas, plays the guitar, and loves to golf. After dropping Betsy off for repairs, Hank joins Dale, Bill and Boomhauer for a game of golf. Bobby pulls his father’s club from a bag and chips a ball right into a cup. Impressed, Hank allows Bobby to tee-off on the next hole. Bobby takes a mighty swing…and lets go of the club, which gracefully tumbles through the air until it strikes another golfer in the head. The foursome rush to the hapless victim’s side, only to discover the man is none other than Hank’s hero, Willie Nelson.

After apologizing for the accident, Hank asks Nelson for his autograph. Nelson takes a pencil in hand, but still suffering from his injury, he slumps forward into the steering wheel of his golf cart, leaving a signature that is nothing more than a straight line. Before Hank has a chance to tell Willie that he is his hero, the singer’s cart picks up speed and races down a hill.

Convinced he cost his father the opportunity of a lifetime, Bobby rides his bicycle (with a guitar case strapped to the handlebars) to Willie Nelson’s mansion (now property of the United States Government). He finds Nelson playing Gameboy in a nearby trailer. Bobby phones his father with news that Nelson has invited him to a barbecue party. When Hank arrives, he finds the singer strumming Betsy.

Willie flips the guitar around and shows Hank that he autographed the instrument (the signature is identical to the straight line autograph from the golf course). Hank telephones his wife and invites her over to the barbecue. When she arrives, Peggy meets Dennis Hopper, who begins to flirt. Furious at Hank for showing the guitar so much attention, Peggy stomps towards her husband. But she melts when she hears Hank singing a song about how much he loves her.

This Day in Willie Nelson History: Willie Nelson releases “Cowboys are Secretly, Frequently Fond of each other (2/14/06)

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018


On February 14, 2006 Willie Nelson released the song “Cowboys are Secretly, Frequently (Fond of Each Other).” The country music icon premieres the track on Howard Stern’s Sirius Satellite Radio show as it is being made exclusively available via Apple’s iTunes music store.

Willie Nelson launches Outlaw Music Channel (February 14, 1991)

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Willie Nelson to Launch Outlaw Satellite Station (2/14/1991)


Austin, TX
Cox News Service
February 2, 1991

Willie Nelson will stage a live broadcast Feb. 14 to launch a new satellite television channel to replace his planned Cowboy Channel cable network, the entertainer said Wednesday.

After the debut show at the Austin Opera House plans are for the channel to air daily from 6 p.m. to Midnight, Nelson said.  The channel will be called the Outlaw Music Channel.

Programming will include a weekly songwriter’s showcase hosted by Nelson, a music video program, vintage performances by Porter Wagoner and other country music pioneers and musical clips from old movies.   Nelson also said some programming will originate from Antones, an Austin blues club.

“We’re just going to fire at it and see what happens.  This way we can do it, and do it quickly, and if viewers like us, they can leave us on,” Nelson said.

Nelson pulled his name and support from the Cowboy Channel in November after a dispute with one of the principle investors.  The channel, based in Austin, was to have been marketed to cable systems throughout the country.

Film maker Doug Holloway, former president of the Cowboy Channel, is helping to launch the Outlaw Music Channel.  The name of the new music channel comes from the “outlaw” country music genre inspired by Nelson, singer Waylon Jennings and a loose knit group of other musicians.

Nelson said the Outlaw Music Channel will be beamed to North and South America by the Westar 4 satellite, transponder 17, which can only be received by households and businesses with satellite dish antennas.

The premier show has already created enough interest nationwide to warrant high hopes.  At 6 p.m. Texas Time, on Valentine’s Day, a gala kick-off concert at the Austin Opera House will initiate the Outlaw Music Channel.


Turk Pipkin

The talent assembled at press time inclued Nelson, Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes, the Geezinslaw Brothers, Butch Hancock and Turk Pipkin.    Also announced in the press release were Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.  More acts will be booked and added to the show.

In addition to the Opera House in Austin, some segments of the show will originate from the Music Village USA in Hendersonville, Tenn.  David Allan Coe will host these slots.

Tickets for the Opera House portion of the show are reasonably priced, and are available at all Star Ticket Outlets.

Willie Nelson at Austin City Limits Theater (2/13/2011)

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
by Steve Albert

Willie Nelson graced the stage of the new ACL Live at the Moody Theater Sunday night.
He opened his concert playing with an orchestra and later his band.

The new venue is connected to the W Hotel. In honor of Willie, the W sported a pair of his trademark braids. People captured the historic event with their cameras.

Willie Nelson Boulevard was bustling with more activity than usual for a Sunday. Before the concert, a crowd of people gathered inside the hotel– waiting in anticipation for Willie to take the stage.

“I’m so excited,” exclaimed Lorie Keaton. “I just bought my first pair of boots ever and they even have lots of bling on them.”

Gerald Kucera was at the first ACL taping more than 30 years ago as a U.T. college student. He remembers Willie taping the pilot episode of “Austin City Limits”

“There’s nothing like Willie,” he said. “Willie is great. You can’t miss this. I am looking forward to a fantastic evening and an ostentatious atmosphere; there’s nothing like it anywhere.”

“35 years ago Willie was the first opening band to do the show, and we’re here to open it up for February 13, 2011,” said Tosco Gruber.

Fans came prepared to hear a great show and their favorite songs.

“I want to hear Whiskey River,” said Sid Hurley.

His wife Elizabeth said she is waiting for Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.

The state of the art theater will seat more than 27-hundred people. More than double the size of the old studio. It will host 75-100 concerts a year with a wide range of acts.

“I’m so excited to be in this venue. I’ve read all about it,” said Hurley.

The venue will be a mixture of the old and the new Austin City Limits. The TV Show– The longest-running music series in U-S history– will share the space with ACL Live.

“Austin the live music capital of the world,” said Rocky Navarro. “We have more live music than anyone else in the United States and this is just the cherry on the cake.”

A new chapter in Austin’s music history begins.

Willie Nelson isn’t the only big name to play ACL Live at the Moody Theater.

This spring, you’ll see Diana Ross, Janet Jackson and John Mellencamp.

This day in Willie Nelson history, Willie Nelson on Piano Jazz show, NPR (February 12, 2002)

Monday, February 12th, 2018


On July 23, 2001, Willie Nelson was a guest on Piano Jazz, with Marian McPartland.  The show was recorded at Manhattan Beach Recording studios, New York, NY, and broadcast on  NPR.    The show aired on February 12, 2002.

NPR is re-broadcasting it now, as an podcast now, and you can listen to it here —

Jackie King is on the show with Willie, and they perform”Heart of a Clown”, “Gypsy”,  “Rain Day Blues”, “All of Me”.  Willie talks about playing and singing blues and Jazz, and growing up listening to gospel music.

Another fan uploaded the songs, and you can download them.  I haven’t tried to download them yet, so I don’t know how they work.


Track 01. The Heart Of A Clown (5.6MB)
Track 02. Gypsy (6.0MB)
Track 03. Rainy Day Blues (5.9MB)
Track 04. Nuages (Django Reinhardt) (5.1MB)
Track 05. All Of Me (5.7MB)
Track 06
. Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael) (6.1MB)
Track 07. The Great Divide (impromptu solo of Hotel California riff) (5.9MB)
Track 08
. Crazy (5.7MB)
Track 09
. There Will Never Be Another You (4.6MB)

This day in Willie Nelson History: Always on My Mind Released (2/11/82)

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

On February 11, 1982 Willie Nelson’s album, ‘Always on My Mind’ released on Columbia Records.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Highwaymen” goes gold (February 10, 1986)

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

On February 10, 1986, “The HighwayMan” album, is certified gold for Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson

1. Highwayman
2. The Last Cowboy Song
3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today
4. Big River
5. Committed To Parkview
6. Desperados Waiting For A Train
7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
8. Welfare Line
9. Against The Wind
10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over

Patsy Cline sing’s Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” on Grand Ole Opry debut (Feb 7, 1962)

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel at the Broken Spoke, Austin (Feb. 4, 2016)

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

by:  Donna Marie Miller

About 200 very lucky country music fans were treated to a private concert by Willie Nelson, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel February 4th at the famed Broken Spoke; Thursday nights in February will never feel so hot again in Austin, Texas. The founder of Girling Home Health Care Inc. sponsored the city’s biggest private event of the year at its oldest and most beloved honky tonk. Unable to attend her own birthday party due to the onset of sudden illness, Bettie Girling, the widow of the late Robert Girling, watched the party via Skype from her bed at home across town.

Nevertheless, Nelson and Benson sang “Happy Birthday” to Bettie together with all of her invited guests who also enjoyed a barbecue feast and spirited drinks. For about an hour and a half and just inches away from his audience, Nelson sang a hit parade of songs that marked more than 50 years of his professional music career, beginning with the 1961 number one hit, “Hello Walls,” followed by “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” (1975) and “On The Road Again” (1980).

The 82-year-old Red Headed Stranger closed the night with an intimate crowd sing-along on “The Party’s Over,” a song Nelson wrote and Claude Gray first recorded in 1959. All evening Benson accompanied Willie on guitar and backup vocals together with keyboard player Emily Gimble, the daughter of the late Texas Playboy Johnny Gimble. Other Asleep at the Wheel members included fiddler Katie Shore, steel player Eddie Rivers, mandolin and fiddle player Dennis Ludicker and David Sanger on drums.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, also made a brief appearance together at the celebration, flanked by several Travis County deputies. Dozens of other local celebrities, including writer/actor/filmmaker Turk Pipkin sat on the dance floor to take photos up close and personal. Closing time came early– 10 o’clock– at the red, rustic and barn-like Broken Spoke, a 51-year-old icon that has withstood the test of time and new development along a one-mile stretch of South Lamar. Its 76-years young founders, James and Annetta White, both waved goodbye from the porch as dust settled in the Broken Spoke’s dirt parking lot and Nelson’s tour bus left for a Feb. 9 appearance in Charlotte, N.C. at The Fillmore.

Willie Nelson and Jerry Jones (Feb. 3, 1992)

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

1992 JONES
by:  Louis deLuca

February 3, 1992 –Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones (left) talks with country singing legend Willie Nelson during a news conference at Texas Stadium, announcing the stadium as the location for the fifth Farm Aid concert.

(Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

This day in WIllie Nelson history: settlement with IRS (February 2, 1993)

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

On Feb. 2, 1993, 25 years ago today, Willie Nelson reached an agreement on how to settle his outstanding debt with the IRS. The deal involved both cunning negotiations and clever repayment methods, and was a long time in the making.

Nelson had originally been slapped with an eye-popping $32 million back taxes bill in 1990. The legend managed to get that amount reduced to $16.7 million, a number Rolling Stone notes included $10.2 million in interest and penalties.

Unfortunately, that bit of good news was only a reprieve. Because Nelson was unable to pay up, the government placed liens on his property and then, in November of 1990, seized his assets — including gold records, a piano and his Texas ranch. (His beloved guitar, Trigger, was saved after Nelson’s daughter smartly sent it to Hawaii before the property seizures.)

Although his studio was also locked up, Nelson had a plan on how to generate money: a new album. Enter 1991’s The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories, a stripped-down acoustic record.

“It’s no overproduced album with millions of dollars of studio costs,” Nelson told the New York Times that same year. “But I think it’s the best stuff I got. I’ve always wanted to put out an album with me and my guitar doing my original songs. And my fans like it because it sounds like it’s just me in my living room singing.”

In an interesting twist, Nelson sold The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories via a heartstrings-tugging TV commercial. Fans could purchase the 24-song effort for just $19.95 (plus $4 shipping and handling). Readers can watch that ad above.

“Willie Nelson: He’s been there for those who’ve needed him,” says a voiceover in the spot. “And he’s helped thousands of people across this land. Now, Willie needs your help — and he’s reaching out the best way he can: through his music.”

Of the $6 Nelson received from the sale of each album, half went to the IRS, and $1 went into a fund to pay for a lawsuit Nelson filed against his ex-accountants — the people who allegedly got him in this financial mess in the first place, because they put his money in shady tax shelters. (According to the New York Times, that firm, Price Waterhouse, issued a statement that read, “Mr. Nelson and his advisers made all of the decisions regarding tax shelters in which Mr. Nelson invested. Those decisions and the economic consequences that resulted from those decisions were Mr. Nelson’s responsibility and not that of Price Waterhouse.”)

“We try to work with taxpayers, not just Mr. Nelson,” IRS spokeswoman Valerie Thornton told the New York Times about the intriguing deal with Nelson. “And if we have to come up with some creative payment plan, that’s what we’re going to do, because it’s in everyone’s best interest.”

Sales of The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories helped chip away at the amount Nelson owed, and his debt also decreased after the IRS auctioned off his assets and property. In another fortuitous move, the Washington Post reported in 1993 that “Nelson’s friends organized and bought up much of the booty with low-ball bids, and held it for him so he’ll eventually get it back.” That included his Texas ranch, which a fan bought as a way of thanking him for Farm Aid.

Finally, after years of this wrangling, Nelson and the government reached a payment agreement in 1993. He would pay $2.4 million, spread out over three years, and then tack on a final lump sum payment of $3 million. The Chicago Tribune reports that Nelson coughed up this last payment in 1995. The total Nelson eventually paid? A cool $9 million.

It would be understandable if this turmoil caused Nelson issues. But as he told Rolling Stone in 1995, he wasn’t affected that much by his financial headaches.

“By the time everybody else heard about it, I was already on to other things,” he said. “Mentally, it was a breeze. They didn’t bother me, they didn’t come out and confiscate anything other than that first day, and they didn’t show up at every gig and demand money. I appreciated that. And we teamed up and put out a record.”

read article here


Disc 1

  1. “Who’ll Buy My Memories?”
  2. “Jimmy’s Road”
  3. “It Should Be Easier Now”
  4. “Will You Remember Mine”
  5. “I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone”
  6. “Yesterday’s Wine”
  7. “It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way”
  8. “Country Willie”
  9. “Sound in Your Mind”
  10. “Permanently Lonely”
  11. “So Much to Do”
  12. “Lonely Little Mansion”

Disc 2

  1. “Summer of Roses/December Day”
  2. “Pretend I Never Happened”
  3. “Slow Down Old World”
  4. ‘Opportunity to Cry”
  5. “I’m Falling in Love Again”
  6. “If You Could Only See”
  7. “I’d Rather You Didn’t Love Me”
  8. “What Can You Do to Me Now”
  9. “Buddy”
  10. “Remember the Good Times”
  11. “Wake Me When It’s Over”
  12. “Home Motel”

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

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

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

Willie Nelson and Family in Japan (February, 1984)

Thursday, February 1st, 2018


Willie wrote this letter to his fans in his fan club newsletter:


Thanks, Phil Weisman, for this poster of the ’84 Japanese tour.


Feb. 21, 1984

American country western singer Willie Nelson, surrounded by a troop of photographers, speaks to the press in Tokyo, as he kicked off his five-city tour in Japan.  He said he intends to offer “both standard and original jazz” to the Japanese audience.