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Willie Nelson & Family at Yogi Berra Stadium (June 24, 2005)

Monday, June 24th, 2019
Willie Nelson @ Yogi Berra Stadium

Thanks to BrooklynVegan Staff  for  pics and review from WN&F show in June 2005. Yesterday (Friday, June 24th, 2005) I took a road trip to NJ which included a show by Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan @ Yogi Berra Stadium @ Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ.

Willie opened for Bob at the packed stadium. I was on the ground. The bleachers were full too. Here are the photos of Willie.

Willie Nelson @ Yogi Berra Stadium
Willie Nelson @ Yogi Berra Stadium
Willie Nelson @ Yogi Berra Stadium
Willie Nelson @ Yogi Berra Stadium
Willie Nelson @ Yogi Berra Stadium
Willie Nelson @ Yogi Berra Stadium
Willie Nelson @ Yogi Berra Stadium

Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker @ Hofheinz Pavillion for KPFT Fundraiser (June 22, 1975

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Willie Nelson & Family at the Apollo Theater – London, England (June 17, 2010)

Monday, June 17th, 2019


Willie Nelson on ESPN Sports Nation (June 16, 2014)

Sunday, June 16th, 2019
Bristol, CT - June 16, 2014 - Digital Center 2 Plaza: Country singer Willie Nelson performs during an ESPN Newsmaker Luncheon (Photo by John Atashian / ESPN Images)
Bristol, CT – June 16, 2014 – Digital Center 2 Plaza: Country singer Willie Nelson performs during an ESPN Newsmaker Luncheon (Photo by John Atashian / ESPN Images)

Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, legendary musician Willie Nelson drops by to chat about his love of sports and his latest album “Band of Brothers” which hits stores Tuesday.

Nelson, 81, is in his sixth decade in the music industry that began when he started writing songs that included hits like Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.” “Band of Brothers” marks Nelson’s first album of mostly new, original content since 1996, whose single “Bring It On” can be heard here. Send your questions now and join Nelson Monday at 1:45 p.m. ET! Buzzmaster Willie will be here in a few minutes to take your questions!
 Willie is here!
Lenny (San Diego)
You’ve had a long, legendary career, but is there still any spot on the globe that you haven’t played yet that you want to get to? Willie Nelson Well, I want to go back to Italy and play. For a lot of different reasons. I haven’t been there for a long time. I haven’t toured there much. I want to go back to Amsterdam too.
Tim (DC)
What is your songwriting process like? Are you able to write anywhere or do you need to have a certain surroundings?
Willie Nelson
I think a good songwriter should be able to write something about anything any time. Whether it’s any good or not, I don’t know. But if he’s a good writer, he should be able to come up with some rhymes.
Kevin (Boston)
what keeps you motivated to keep on touring and putting out albums?
Willie Nelson
I enjoy touring. I enjoy playing the music. As long as the fans keep showing up, we’ll keep doing it.
Daniel (Kansas)
Anyone in particular you would like to use your black belt skills on?
Willie Nelson
I’m making out a list!
willie wilbanks [via mobile]
What made you decide to do this new album? Are your kids on it as well?
Willie Nelson
I hadn’t had an album of a lot of original songs in a while. We got lucky writing and it just sort of happened.
Keith (Baltimore)
what do you think about the current state of country music? Anyone out there you enjoy listening to?
Willie Nelson
I am of the old school. I haven’t heard too many of the new guys. I’m sure there are some guys I should have heard about. Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgrave are great. Really some great talent out there. I hear Billy Jo is good on the new album.
Carly (Denver)
What do you do on those long bus rides when you’re on tour?
Willie Nelson
I sleep a lot.
Donna Wilbanks Tower [via mobile]
How do you keep that amazing voice? How do you keep going?
Willie Nelson
I use it, it helps, like the old commercial says, if you don’t use it, you lose it. It goes for anything.
Jason (Philly)
What was your friendship with Texas coach Darrell Royal like? Do you think we will see a relationship like that with a big-time head coach and a musician again?
Willie Nelson
Darrell was a good friend. We hung out and jogged together. He was the biggest country music fan ever. Another coach that is a good friend of mine is Don Nelson, we play poker a lot. He’s another good guy.
Ray/Indiana [via mobile]
Have you ever lost or misplaced “Trigger?” What will happen if you outlive Trigger or vice versa?
Willie Nelson
I don’t know. I’ve never lost him. A lot of people keep their eye on him all the time. I don’t even want to think about what I’d do without him.
Mary Benedict (Maryland)
Have you ever thought about making a new Highwayman album? Maybe having the newer bad boys of Toby Keith and Trace Adkins and maybe adding Shooter Jennings and John Carter Cash to honor their Dads, so the Highwayman songs can keep on living.
Willie Nelson
I thought about doing one with maybe me and Merle and Kris, Jamey. I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve thought about it.
Neal (Miami)
What is one of your favorite memories of Johnny Cash?
Willie Nelson
Johnny Cash, he called me a lot and wanted me to tell him jokes. He liked my jokes. He was another good friend.
Jenny (Chicago)
What kind of athlete are you now? What about back in your youth?
Willie Nelson
I played all kind of sports, I wasn’t great in any of them but I enjoyed them. It’s still the same way. I run, walk, bike. Do martial arts. I just do enough to keep me going. I try not to overdo it. I think it’s important to do something.
Victor (Monroe)
What,s It Like Being in the country music hall of fame?
Willie Nelson
It was a great honor to be inducted into the hall of fame. It’s one of the best things that’s happened to me in my career.
Kevin (Miami)
How many songs do you think you’ve written in your life?
Willie Nelson
I don’t know. 3,000, 4,000.
Wally (KC)
What do you still remember about being on Miami Vice. Did you enjoy acting? Do you still enjoy it?
Willie Nelson
I had fun doing that. I saw that on rerun the other day. With Don Johnson. It was pretty funny. I enjoy acting. It’s a lot of fun.
Tampa Red (Parkersville)
Which late musician do you wish you done a duet with?
Willie Nelson
I would have loved to have played with Django. I am pretty lucky, I got to sing with a lot of the people I wanted to. I’ve been pretty lucky.
Erika (NYC)
Did you come up with the term “Outlaw Country”? If you didn’t, do you like that title?
Willie Nelson
That was started by somebody else in Nashville. I thought it was funny. I liked it from the beginning.
Will Emery (Texas)
Willie, thank you for the years and years of great music. How is your health? 81 going on 18?
Willie Nelson
Pretty much. I feel pretty good. I had a good show last night. Everybody showed up. Was healthy. Can’t ask for much more than that.
Derrick (Chicago)
Hey Willie, I gotta ask you, does too much marijuana ever impact your singing voice? Any long term issues you’ve noticed?
Willie Nelson
It makes me sound too much like Frank Sinatra. I can’t tell if it’s helped or hindered.
Clem Brown (Mineola, TX)
Any surprises for this year’s Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic in Ft. Worth? What’s the lineup this year? Good luck with your new album, can’t wait to hear it.
Willie Nelson
I don’t know. We have a lot of favorites from Texas. We have a lot of other acts booked. David Allan Coe. Ray Wylie Hubbard. If you have three names, I’ll put you on the list.
TimmyJim (Metter)
Even though everything’s better in Metter, which city is your favorite tour stop?
Willie Nelson
I am from Texas. I always look forward to playing in Texas.
QABill (V town)
Besides your own songs, what is your favorite song of all time?
Willie Nelson
My favorite all time song is “Moonlight in Vermont.”
Chris (Kenova, WV)
Your favorite NFL Team?
Willie Nelson
Dallas Cowboys.
Willie Nelson
I’m glad the fans are still all out there. Thanks for the questions.
Willie Nelson
And the USA has a good shot at winning in the World Cup. Good luck USA. Go get ’em!

Willie Nelson & Family at Taste of Country Fest (6/13/2013)

Thursday, June 13th, 2019
By Timothy Malcolm

Some of the biggest names of country music past, present and future will grace the stage at Hunter Mountain for the inaugural Taste of Country Music Festival.

The festival, June 13-15 on Hunter Mountain, is produced by Townsquare Productions, and is a collaboration between Townsquare Media Group and Chet-5 Festivals, founded by Gary Chetkof, president and general manager of Radio Woodstock WDST (100.1 FM in Woodstock). Chet-5 produces Mountain Jam and the past Bluestock Festival.

Lady Antebellum is headlining act of Taste of Country. Currently Lady A has a planned show June 14 in North Lawrence, Ohio. The band’s June 21 concert and later summer dates are canceled because Hillary Scott is expecting her first child.

Also headlining the festival is country legend Willie Nelson. The Texan is well known as an ambassador of the genre, singing songs such as “Always on My Mind,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and “On the Road Again.”

Other announced acts include Trace Adkins, young upstart Hunter Hayes, Billy Currington, Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, Gloriana, Justin Moore, Dustin Lynch and Blackberry Smoke.

Camping will be available. Tickets go on sale Feb. 1. For more information, visit

Willie Nelson & Family in Indianapolis (June 12, 2012)

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Photo, thanks to  Darrin Roark

This Day in Willie Nelson History: “Georgia on My Mind” #1 Country Chart (June 10, 1978)

Monday, June 10th, 2019
On June 10, 1978 Willie Nelson’s remording of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind” tops the Billboard country chart.

Willie Nelson at the Boarding House (San Francisco June 7, 1975)

Friday, June 7th, 2019

A songwriter and performer since the early 1960s, Willie Hugh Nelson tasted success early on, having composed ‘Crazy’ and ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’ in the late ’50s, both of which became huge country hits – with the former, in Patsy Cline’s version, reaching No. 2 in 1962 and subsequently becoming a true standard, covered by hundreds of artists across the years.

By the mid-1970s Willie was writing and performing “Outlaw Country”, and his albums Shotgun Willie (Atlantic 1973) and Red Headed Stranger (Columbia 1975) were both perfect examples of the new style, with the latter of reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart, and ultimately achieving double Platinum sales status.

To help promote the LP, Nelson played a series of concerts across the US and Canada, during which he performed a dynamic show at San Francisco’s Boarding House venue on 7th June ’75, recorded for live broadcast. Playing a fine selection of tunes from his recent albums, plus a number of well-chosen covers, this entire show is now available on this CD for the first time.

Track Listing

Whiskey River/Stay A Little Longer
Funny How Time Slips Away/Crazy/Night Life
Bloody Mary Morning
Me And Paul
I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone
Shotgun Willie
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie
Good Hearted Woman
Time Of The Preacher Theme/ I Couldn’t Believe It Was True/Blue Rock Montana/Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain/ Red Headed Stranger

If You’ve Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time/Look What Thoughts Will Do/Truck Drivin’ Man/After The Fire Is Gone/Pick Up The Tempo
If You Can’t Undo The Wrong, Undo The Right
A Song For You
Mr. Record Man/Hello Walls/One Day At A Time/Will The Circle Be Unbroken’/When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
I Gotta Get Drunk
The Sound In Your Mind
Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms

Willie Nelson & Family at the Hard Rock Café, NYC (June 6, 2013)

Thursday, June 6th, 2019


Thanks to for these great photos from the Willie Nelson & Family Family Show at the Hard Rock Café, in New York City, on June 6, 2013. The concert was a benefit for Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and the Animal Welfare Institute.


This Day in Willie Nelson History: US Festival (June 4, 1983)

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

THe US Festival was held over two weekends in 1982 and 1983. Steve Wozniak co founder of Apple Computer, funded the concerts and accompanying technology exposition, as well as the construction of a brand-new outdoor venue in Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernadino, CA. Nearly every musical genre was represented by bands as diverse as U2, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Ozzy Osbourne, Waylon Jennings, Van Halen, The Police and The Clash. Over the combined seven days of the festival, more than one million people passed through the entrance gates.

June 4, 1983, was “Country Day” at the US Festival, and the headliner was none other than the legendary Willie Nelson. Featuring many of his best-loved songs and greatest hits, this concert showcases the country music superstar.


Willie Nelson & Family at FreePress SummerFest, in Houston (June 3, 2012)

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Willie Nelson and his fans in Houston, Texas

Thanks so much to Karl Kuenning for letting me share his great photos that the took yesterday, from his great stage view. Such great photos, Karl.


Karl has lots more photos at his facebook page and also, you can visit his website at


This day in Willie Nelson history: “Django and Jimmie”, with Merle Haggard, released (June 2, 2016)

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

On June 2, 2015, “Django and Jimmie” by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, was released.



Willie Nelson & Friends in in Charleston, WV (May 29, 1983)

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Willie Nelson & Family (Chillicothe, IL) (May 24, 2009)

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Photos: Michael Vujovich from Music Festival at at Chillocothe, IL


Willie Nelson at Madison Square Gardens (May 24 -29, 1984)

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Willie Nelson performed a series of six concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York on May 24 – May 29, 1984. All of the shows sold out, which was the first time for a country western act.