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Willie Nelson Opens Season 3 at the BackYard (April 21, 2012)

Sunday, April 21st, 2019
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“Let’s Face the Music and Dance” — Willie Nelson (April 16, 2013)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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  1. Let’s Face the Music and Dance
  2. Is the Better Part Over?
  3. You’ll Never Know
  4. Vou Et Moi
  5. Walking My Baby Back Home
  6. Matchbox
  7. Twilight Time
  8. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
  9. I’ll Keep on Loving You
  10. I wish I didn’t Love You So
  11. South of the Border
  12. Nuages
  13. Marie (the dawn is breaking)
  14. Shame on You

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, and friends, “We’re All For the Hall” Fundraising Concert (Nashville) (April 16, 2013)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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by:  Stephanie Pendergrass

With a lineup that included Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Kid Rock, Jason Aldean and Eric Church, a multitude of country’s rowdiest entertainers were along for the ride Tuesday night (April 16) when the fourth annual We’re All for the Hall concert made its way to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Benefitting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the concert series had previously raised $1.5 million for the museum’s operating expenses. The latest packed house no doubt helps the cause.

Keith Urban and Vince Gill served as musical directors for the three-hour concert which was aptly-titled Rebels and Renegades: The Outlaws Are In.

“We’ve got a hell of a lineup,” Urban promised

In the past, Urban and Gill have performed several of their own hits before sharing the stage with their guests. Because of this year’s lengthy list of entertainers, they kept their own opening performances brief.

Afterwards, Montgomery Gentry soon arrived and performed “One in Every Crowd” and “Gone,” followed by Brantley Gilbert, who sang “Country Must Be Country Wide” and his take on David Allan Coe’s “If That Ain’t Country.”

Trace Adkins took the stage after Gilbert, and the “Rough and Ready” star seemed to truly revel in having Urban and Gill backing him onstage.

“I gotta take a picture of my guitar players,” he said before snapping a photo and promising to tweet it, even though the shot included a one-finger salute from Gill.

Adkins’ set included his meaningful track “Just Fishin’” along with “Ladies Love Country Boys.”

Next up, Rosanne Cash performed “Long Black Veil,” a Lefty Frizzell hit she described as “one of the greatest country songs ever written,” along with her own “Seven Year Ache.”

In true Outlaw fashion, there wasn’t a great deal of chit-chat between sets. Each performer simply did what they do best. Billy Joe Shaver, for instance, walked out to sing “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal” and “Live Forever,” then subtly strolled off stage to make way for Church. Instead of performing his own hits, Church opted for The Band’s “Ophelia” and a more obscure song, Jim Ford’s “Big Mouth USA.”

Before beginning her set, Jessi Colter, wife of the late Waylon Jennings, explained, “I’m here to represent Waylon, a man who personified the Outlaw.” The timeless artist glowed as she performed “Why You Been Gone So Long,” “I’m Not Lisa” and the first song she wrote after Jennings passed away, “You Were My Mountain.”

Kicking off the third hour of music, Kid Rock filled the arena with energy with “Born Free” and “All Summer Long.”

The screaming fans stayed on their feet as Aldean then arrived to sing “Take a Little Ride” and “My Kinda Party.”

Tim McGraw won the award for most elusive entrance of the evening. Walking out before Urban had a chance to introduce him, fans went crazy when they saw him dressed in a white button-down shirt and his signature tight jeans. From there he belted out “How Bad Do You Want It” and “Real Good Man.”

Perhaps one of the most memorable moments of the night was a solo performance from Hank Williams Jr. Giving Urban, Gill and the rest of the band a break, Williams sang an acoustic medley of “Whiskey Bent and Hellbound,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” “Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard” and “I Walk the Line.”

“If you go to the Hall of Fame, you’re going to learn a lot, like June Carter Cash is my godmother,” Williams said as he strummed the first few chords of the song. At first listen, Williams’ delivery of “I Walk the Line” sounded so close to Johnny Cash, I had to look at the big screen to make sure he wasn’t actually lip-synching.

Although Loretta Lynn was originally scheduled to perform, she was forced to cancel her appearance due to a close associate’s illness.

“The role of Loretta Lynn will be played by Sheryl Crow,” Urban explained. She came out to perform “Picture” with Kid Rock and her 1996 hit “If It Makes You Happy.”

After Crow, legendary singer-songwriter Kristofferson took centerstage and belted out “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

The night’s final solo came from Nelson. As the audience jumped to its feet to welcome the country icon, he sang “On the Road Again” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”

Urban and Gill then brought all the night’s entertainers back onstage for a rousing rendition of Hank Williams Jr.’s “Family Tradition,” which included the back-and-forth, question-and-answer chorus fans can’t help but sing along to.

Though he’s unsure what next year’s theme might be, before giving his farewells for the night Urban promised fans, “Here’s to All for the Hall Five.”

Willie Nelson & Family in Cape Girardeau, MO (April 15, 2018)

Monday, April 15th, 2019

“Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind” (April 9, 1991)

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

On April 9, 1, Willie Nel992son and Kris Kristofferson star in CBS-TV’s “Another Pair Of Aces: Three Of A Kind”.

December 14, 1990

“Aces” Sequel Draws Nelson, Kristofferson

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson — the stars of CBS TV’s ‘A Pair of

Aces’ will return to Austin, early next month for a sequel and the producers are seeking numerous extras for the filming.

A variety of ages and types are needed for several scenes in the movie, including a courtroom and press conference, and scenes at a political fundraiser garden party in which extras will need to be well-dressed, according to Helen Griffiths of Third Coast Casting.

Clean shaven men in thier 40?s are being sought to pay Texas Rangersm as well, she said. Extras are p;aid $40 a day and they could be needed on the set for several days.

A casting call for extras is scheduled Wednesday, December 19th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Sabine Room of the Stouffer Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd. Griffiths said applicants should bring a recent photograph of themselves.

The movie will be called, ‘Another Pair of Aces’ and will begin production at various locations in Austin, and Pflugerville on January 7, according to Griffiths. It will be directed by Bill Bixby, who has appeared in several movies in addition to television work in ‘My Favorite Martian,’ ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk.’

Nelson plays Billy Ray Barker, a con man and Texas Ranger Rip Metcalf is portrayed by Kris Kristofferson. Rip Torn stars as retired Ranger Jack Parsons.

‘A Pair of Aces,’ which aired last January to excellent ratings, was written by Austinites Bud Shrake and Gary Cartwright, who are executive co-producers for the sequel.

Willie Nelson & Family and Friends in Springfield, MO (April 8, 2016)

Monday, April 8th, 2019

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Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, and Ryan Bingham performed in front of a packed house at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University Friday night.  Merle Haggard was originally on the ticket with Willie promoting their new album together titled Django and Jimmie but failing health had kept Merle off the tour and he cancelled all upcoming concert dates just a few weeks ago.  Merle Haggard died this past Wednesday, April 6, 2016, due to complications with pneumonia.

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willieeww2 willieww  Jamey Johnson performed an entire set of Merle’s songs and Willie closed out the show with Johnson and Bingham singing Merle’s famous song Okie from Muskogee.  Willie’s son Lucas Nelson was a great addition to Willie’s band playing some backup rhythm guitar and he electrified the audience when he took center stage to sing Texas Flood with some incredible guitar work.

Artists gather to honor Merle Haggard in Nashville (April 7, 2017)

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

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Dozens of country and rock artists turned out Thursday night for “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” a salute to the country legend on the one-year anniversary of his death and what would have been his 80th birthday.

From Keith Richards’ heartfelt “Sing Me Back Home” to Miranda Lambert’s aching “Misery and Gin”

Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, John Mellencamp, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr. and Dierks Bentley were among the performers who interpreted songs from Haggard’s more than 50-year career at the concert in Nashville.

Willie Nelson and Miranda Lambert, especially, delivered moving tributes. Nelson sang “Reasons to Quit” with the Rolling Stones guitarist, and then duetted with Kenny Chesney on “Pancho & Lefty,” while Lambert turned in a devastating rendition of “Misery & Gin.”

The concert was filmed for broadcast on a network and date to be announced.

Here’s the set list to “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard”:

Ben Haggard & the Strangers – “What Am I Gonna Do”
Ben Haggard, Aaron Lewis & the Strangers – “Heaven Was a Drink of Wine”
Tanya Tucker & the Strangers – “Farmer’s Daughter”
Bobby Bare & the Strangers – “The Fugitive”
Connie Smith & the Strangers – “That’s the Way Love Goes”
John Anderson & the Strangers – “Big City”
Toby Keith & the Strangers – “Carolyn/Daddy Frank”
Jake Owen and Chris Janson – “Footlights”
Miranda Lambert – “Misery & Gin”
Rodney Crowell – “You Don’t Have Very Far to Go”
Jamey Johnson – “Kern River”
Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss – “If I Could Only Fly”
Alison Krauss – “Sing a Sad Song”
Alabama – “Silver Wings”
Hank Williams Jr. – “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”
Loretta Lynn – “Today I Started Loving You”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Honky Tonk Nighttime Man”
The Avett Brothers – “Mama Tried”
John Mellencamp – “White Line Fever”
Kacey Musgraves – “Rainbow Stew”
Ronnie Dunn – “It’s All in the Movies”
Billy Gibbons – “The Bottle Let Me Down”
Warren Haynes and Billy Gibbons – “Workin’ Man Blues”
Dierks Bentley – “If We Make It Through December”
Lucinda Williams – “Going Where the Lonely Go”
Sheryl Crow – “Natural High”
Keith Richards – “Sing Me Back Home”
Keith Richards and Willie Nelson – “Reasons to Quit”
Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney – “Pancho and Lefty”
Willie Nelson and Toby Keith – “Ramblin’ Fever”
Willie Nelson and cast – “Okie From Muskogee”

Willie Nelson, Cumberland County Arena (April 7, 2006)

Sunday, April 7th, 2019
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Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome (April 7, 1990) (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Sunday, April 7th, 2019
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[Thanks to Phil Weisman for this cool Heartland Newspaper, with Farm Aid IV headlines.]

Willie Nelson will be joined by over 30 performers and entertainers for Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome on April 7.  Their efforts will address the needs of the American farm family.

Willie Nelson in Concert – Harrahs (April 6, 1978)

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

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Legends of the Road: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, in concert (April 4, 2015)

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

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Willie Nelson at Billy Bob’s Texas (April 4, 2002)

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

This day in Willie Nelson History: Nashville Star (April 3, 2004)

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

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EPISODE 5: WILLIE SONGS EPISODE PREMIERE: April 3, 2004

This week’s Nashville Star featured a guest appearance by music legend Willie Nelson, and six of the eight remaining contestants were faced with the daunting challenge of performing some of Willie’s best-loved songs in front of the man himself! The two contestants who received the fewest number of votes after last week’s show were sent home.

Willie kicked the show off with a performance of his classic “Whiskey River” as the contestants watched from the audience, and the BellSouth Acuff Theatre erupted into thunderous applause. The contestants then joined Willie on stage and all had an opportunity to shake the legend’s hand before he took his seat in the theatre.

Later, the contestants shared their thoughts on why Willie Nelson is an icon: “He’s shown us that we don’t have to go through the door that everyone wants us to go through,” George Canyon said. When asked about the pressure of performing in front of Willie, George said “As long as I stay conscious, I’ll be OK.”

“Not only does he write truthful songs from his heart,” Brad Cotter said, “but you feel like he’s lived them.” “This is royalty,” Marty Slayton agreed. “For our business he’s as good as it gets.”

Sheila Marshall commented, “He connects with everyone.” “He’s a storyteller, he’s a singer, he’s a stylist, he’s a writer, he’s an icon,” Matt Lindahl expounded. “You can’t get around it. But I bet you if you really got a chance to sit down and talk to Willie Nelson, he’s ‘just folks,’ too.”

“He just seems like your friend,” Brent Keith agreed. “I’ve waited my whole life to meet Willie Nelson, and oh my God, I’m going to!” Jennifer Hicks exclaimed.

Host Nancy O’Dell announced that the evening’s show would consist of performances only by those contestants remaining in the competition. With only six performance slots and eight performers remaining, tensions ran high each time Nancy read out a name.

Fairfield, Illinois native Lance Miller was selected to perform first. When Nancy asked him how he felt about being the first to perform after Willie himself, he said, “I’ve heard Willie talk about living in the moment and enjoying the now, and I’m gonna enjoy this for a minute.” Lance’s performance was a confident and original version of “On the Road Again,” during which Willie clapped along. Afterwards, Tracy Gershon said, “One of the things I look for is somebody who can perform under pressure. You just sang a Willie song with Willie in the audience. Baby, you just proved yourself!” “I didn’t think you’d be around until the end,” Billy Greenwood said, “but tonight you definitely proved me wrong.” Brett Warren said, “You’re a country star, and I would buy your record.” “Dude, Willie Nelson just opened for you!” Brad Warren added.

The next person who earned a performance slot was the pride of Snellville, Georgia, Matt Lindahl. Wearing dark overalls under a black jacket (and, of course, his trademark red ball cap), Matt took a more serious turn by singing the gospel-flavored “Uncloudy Day,” as Willie clapped along. “I have asked you week after week to show us what you could do, and you just did it,” Billy commented. “You showed America tonight you could really sing,” Brad added. “It’s a tough vocal race right now… you’ve got some tough competition,” Tracy concluded, to which Matt replied, “I know it; I live with them!”

Next it was time for the latest Hot Spot segment. Last week, the contestants received a phone call from NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, who invited them to sing in front of 160,000 people at the Bristol Motor Speedway during pre-race festivities for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Food City 500. At the race, the contestants had their first experience of fans recognizing them from being on TV, and had plenty of time to sign autographs and hand out merchandise before having the opportunity to meet Johnson in person. There was more on the race later in the show.

At this point there were only four performance slots left, with six contestants hoping to fill them. Alabama’s Brad Cotter, who now lives in Nashville, was called next. Like last week, he played the keyboard, and this time he sang a passionate version of “The Last Thing I Needed.” He also related the story of how he hadn’t been allowed to listen to anything but gospel music while he was growing up, but this song was one of the earliest ones he enjoyed and he used to sneak listening to it on his headphones. His performance earned him a standing ovation from Willie himself! Brett said, “When we were growing up we weren’t allowed to listen to anything but Christian music either. That performance was awesome, and if there’s a jukebox in heaven, I’m pretty sure Willie Nelson‘s on it.” Tracy said, “You are really becoming a front runner… watch the coffee in the morning, because if I were another contestant, I might poison it!”

Canada’s George Canyon was called up next. “I’ve been a Willie Nelson fan and he’s been a hero of mine for 28 years,” he said. His performance of “Seven Spanish Angels” also earned a standing ovation from Willie. “You’re like our resident Boy Scout,” Tracy said. “You’re steadfast, true, and we can always count on you for great performance.” Brad said, “I’d be willing to bet a couple million dollars of Sony’s money that there’s a couple million people who would buy your record.” When Nancy O’Dell asked George what he’d say to Willie, seeing him in the front row, he said, “Willie, please come up and sing with me!”

Next Nancy checked in with Willie to see what advice he would give to the contestants. “They’re all so good,” he replied. “I’m glad I’m not a judge!”

Then it was back to the Hot Spot segment for more coverage of the contestants’ visit to the Bristol Motor Speedway, where they sang “America the Beautiful” as paratroopers with an American flag made a picture-perfect landing on the track. “We watched the race from the best seats in the house,” Brad said. “Richard Petty watched from same place.” Lance added, “I kept thinking they’d ask me to leave, but they never did.” Jennifer commented on the dizzying pace and busy schedules the contestants keep each week. “You get exhausted, but you can’t whine because you’re dying to do it – and you might not get to do it next week!”

Jennifer Hicks was, in fact, the next contestant selected to take the stage, and her performance of “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” also earned a standing ovation from Willie. Billy said, “You belong on the show, and you showed it again tonight.” Brett said, “Jennifer, you cry more than Chris Cagle, but you’re America’s next sweetheart. I think you are awesome – you’re great.” “You can’t make a bad choice when you have the Willie catalog to choose from,” Tracy concluded, “but that was a great choice.”

Now there were only three contestants remaining – and just one performance slot. Nancy brought Marty Slayton, Brent Keith, and Sheila Marshall onto the stage, and they sweated it out through a commercial break.

When we returned, we learned that the first person we would say goodbye to this evening was Sheila Marshall. “You know I’m a big fan, and you have a bright future ahead of you,” Nancy told her. “Thank you, I love y’all, and thanks for your support,” Sheila said. “I want to thank the judges, Nashville Star and USA Network, everyone in Texas that voted, my husband, and my mom.”

Next, Nancy read the name of the final performer for the evening, and it was.. Brent Keith, meaning that Marty Slayton was also eliminated. “I’d like to say thanks to my family and friends and everybody back home,” she said. “I have a great life, and I get to do what I love to do for a living.”

Brent then launched into his performance of “The City of New Orleans,” saying that it always reminds him of his grandfather, who was a truck driver. “I don’t care if you’re pretty – you can sing,” Brad said. Tracy commented, “You did a good job on loosening up and having fun. You’ve got some work to do, but good job.” “Perfect ending,” Billy concluded.

SONG LIST:

Willie Nelson:
“Whiskey River”

Lance Miller:
“On The Road Again” – Willie Nelson

Matt Lindahl:
“Uncloudy Day” – Willie Nelson

Brad Cotter:
“The Last Thing I Needed” – Willie Nelson

George Canyon:
“Seven Spanish Angels” – Willie Nelson

Jennifer Hicks:
“Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” – Willie Nelson

Brent Keith:
“The City of New Orleans” – Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson at Whitewater Amphitheater (March 27, 2015)

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
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Generations: A Concert to Benefit Aids (March 26, 1994)

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019