Archive for the ‘This Day in Willie Nelson History’ Category

This day in Willie Nelson history: Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (Oct. 14, 1973)

Sunday, October 14th, 2018


On October 14, 1973 Willie Nelson was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, along with Jack Clement (“Ballad Of A Teenage Queen”), Don Gibson (“I Can’t Stop Loving You”), Harlan Howard (“Busted”), Roger Miller, and Ed and Steve Nelson (“Bouquet Of Roses”).

Willie Nelson, inducted 1973

Former Occupations:
cotton picker, encyclopedia salesman,
farmer, saddle maker, plumber,
vacuum cleaner salesman, disc jockey,
U.S. Air Force (during the Korean War)

High School–Abbott High School (graduated in 1951)
College–Baylor University (studied agriculture and business)
College–Waco University (from 3/54 to 7/54)

This day in Willie Nelson history “The Highwayman” certified platinum (10/13/2000)

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

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

On October 13, 2000, The Highwayman album by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson certified platinum

Willie Nelson and Friends, Grand Opening of Sirius/XM Radio Studio in Austin (October 12, 2012)

Friday, October 12th, 2018


SiriusXM Radio celebrated the opening of its new studio at ACL Live on Willie Nelson Blvd. in Austin, TX with a historic broadcast on SIRIUS XM Willie’s Roadhouse. Host Dallas Wayne was joined in-studio by Willie Nelson, as well as Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Melissa Etheridge, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kinky Friedman, Johnny Bush, Junior Brown, Amber Digby, Darrell & Mona McCall, Justin Trevino and Tommy Alverson.

See more great pictures of Willie Nelson and others at Sirius/XM Radio’s Willie’s Roadhouse Facebook page.

Jerry Jeff Walker, Kinky Friedman, Jesse Dayton. —

Willie Nelson, Melissa Ethridge

Dallas Wayne

“She Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” Willie Nelson contributes to Barbara Mandrell tribute album (10/10/06)

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

On October 10, 2006 BNA releases “She Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool: A Tribute To Barbara Mandrell.” Contributors include Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Shelby Lynne, Terri Clark, Lorrie Morgan, Randy Owen, Dierks Bentley and Sara Evans.

This Day in Willie Nelson History: Merle Haggard & George Jone’s “Yesterday’s Wine” is #1 on Billboard (10/9/1982)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

On October 9, 1982, Merle Haggard & George Jones recording of Willie Nelson’s, “Yesterday’s Wine,” to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

Willie Nelson is the King @ACL Fest (October 9, 2016)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Willie Nelson plays the Samsung Stage at ACL Fest weekend on Sunday October 9, 2016.  Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

photo:  Dave Creaney
by: Eric Webb

I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, the live music capital of the world. I had never seen Willie Nelson in concert until Sunday.

It wasn’t too hard a feat to accomplish. I am not from a country music family. I am not from the kind of folks who drink from the well of our city’s reputation — we did not do “weird,” nor red-headed strangers and cosmic cowboys. I did not know what weed smelled like until I was 18.

But I know the score. Willie’s legend looms as large over Austin as the spirit of Texas itself. I should know; I write about him all the time for work. With a reputation to protect and a soul to save, my sole wish for Austin City Limits Music Festival’s 15th year could only be granted at 6 p.m., Sunday, weekend two. Willie, or bust. And it looked like a lot of ACL had the same idea.

A cult assembled at the Samsung stage, and shortly after the hour struck, the video screens piped in adulation from fellow fest acts Conor Oberst, Raury, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Local Natives, RZA (most strangely) and Ray Benson (most sweetly). Kind as it was, that presentation soon evaporated from memory with the only celebrity appearance that could top the inherent excitement of pending Willie.

Matthew McConaughey, doing his best John the Baptist. Not long after he rolled out the burnt orange carpet, bidding the crowd to give a “big, badass rowdy hello and welcome,” the main event sauntered out, doffed his hat and got to business. For such a milestone, it felt as casual as a bandana wrapped around braids.

Trigger and Willie, who’ve obviously been down the road with each other more than a few times, shot out of the gate with “Whiskey River” and “Still Is Still Moving To Me.” The sweet fight in Willie’s voice was unmistakable. The tumbling twang of his strings, even if I hadn’t heard them from guitar to ear before, lit up deeply felt memories of a Texas life, from Gruene Hall trips to Hays County fairs at Christmas to radio waves in my grandpa’s truck on trips from Round Rock to Luling. Even the clouds of pot smoke tasted just like I’d always hoped they would.

What, you thought the sun wouldn’t noticeably go down when Willie gave it a lyrical nudge on “Night Life”? I heard a woman many yards away cheering with so much frenzy that she was gargling her screams into the golden hour. Willie threw one out for Merle — “It’s All Going To Pot” — and one for Waylon — “Good Hearted Woman.” He played the songs you want him to play, like “Crazy” and “Georgia On My Mind.” A streak of Austin hymns moved with the spirit: “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” “On the Road Again,” “Always On My Mind.” On the second song, two little girls in front of me braided their hair. Did they know …?

I didn’t listen to these songs growing up, but they must have seeped in by osmosis. The words formed in my mouth as surely as Willie sang ’em.

Willie Nelson is joined by a group of musicians performing at the festival and special guests to sing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," as the finale for his performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9, 2016.  (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

Willie Nelson is joined by a group of musicians performing at the festival and special guests to sing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” as the finale for his performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9, 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

photo:  Dave Creaney

“Here’s a new gospel song we wrote,” Willie said toward the end of the hour. Of course, it was “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” But fittingly for this church boy, such a religious experience ended with a little gospel. Willie got his own choir, sans robes, for “I’ll Fly Away.” Rateliff, Margo Price and members of Local Natives and Mumford & Sons came on stage for back-up. Couldn’t steal the man’s show, though. He saved “I Saw the Light” for himself, the audience and the Good Lord.

With a few red bandanas flung, a red-white-and-blue guitar strap tossed, goodbye waves distributed to the park and hands shaken with McConaughey and Mayor Steve Adler, Willie was off. He wasn’t a headliner at this year’s ACL, but he was a king.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Johnny Cash Music Festival (Oct 5, 2012)

Friday, October 5th, 2018


On October 5th, 2012 Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash and The Civil Wars performed at the Johnny Cash Music Festival, a benefit in Jonesboro, Arkansas, that raised $200,000 toward the restoration of Johnny Cash’s boyhood home.

The second annual Johnny Cash Music Festival raised approximately $200,000 to help fund the restoration of his boyhood home in Dyess, Ark., and to support a scholarship fund established in his name. His daughter, Rosanne Cash, hosted second annual festival at Arkansas State University.

For more information on the projects and fundraiser:


On August 16, 2014, after years of fundraising and restoration work, Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas was opened to the public as a museum. Hundreds turned out for the dedication ceremony at the Dyess Administration Building. Featured in the video are Arkansas State University System President Chip Welch, daughter Rosanne Cash, brother Tommy Cash and Dr. Ruth Hawkins, who oversaw the project as executive director of ASU’s Arkansas Heritage Sites program. Johnny Cash often spoke about the impact his childhood in Dyess had on him and many of his songs, including “Five Feet High and Rising” and “Pickin’ Time” were set there.

This day in Willie Nelson History: Glen Autry 100th Birthday Celebration (9/29/07)

Saturday, September 29th, 2018


On September 29, 2007, Willie Nelson joined Glen Campbell and other to celebrate Gene Autry’s 100th Birthday, in L.A.




Actor and singer Gene Autry was born on September 29, 1907, in Tioga, Texas, to a horse trader who also worked as a Baptist minister.

During his boyhood, Gene’s family moved from Texas to Oklahoma. In high school, Autry worked as a railway telegrapher at the local railroad depot, where he spent slow moments strumming his $8 guitar and singing. Passing through the depot one day, a stranger-who turned out to be Will Rogers-suggested that Autry try singing on the radio. Inspired, Autry traveled to New York City to look for a singing job but had no luck. Back home, he began working for a local radio station and found success as “Oklahoma’s Yodeling Cowboy.”

Eventually, Autry and railroad dispatcher Jim Long wrote several country songs, including the world’s first gold record, “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine.” Autry became a regular on Sears Roebuck’s National Barn Dance, the forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1934, producer Nat Levine was looking for an actor who could sing and ride a horse. Autry wasn’t an actor but had already established a loyal radio audience, so Levine put him in numerous B-grade westerns. Playing the lead role in a long-running series of Saturday matinee films, Autry became America’s favorite singing cowboy.

In 1940, his musical-variety radio show, Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch, debuted; it ran until 1956. He became America’s favorite television cowboy in 1950 when he debuted The Gene Autry Show, which ran through 1956. In each episode, he and his sidekick, Pat Buttram, rode from town to town, maintaining law and order.

From “Back in the Saddle Again” to yuletide mainstays like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” Autry’s music became part of American life. He was also an entrepreneur, owning hotels, gas stations, and the California Angels baseball team, among other ventures. He also owned a television production company and was proud of discovering “Annie Oakley” star Gail Davis, whom he featured in dozens of his movies and television program episodes. Her appearances spun off into her own series, which Autry’s company produced. Autry was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1969. He died in 1998.

Harvest the Hope (September 27, 2014) (Neligh, NE)

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, “Harvest the Hope” Concert (Sat., September 27, 2014) SOLD OUT!


Poster design by Justin Kemerling


Two music legends — Neil Young and Willie Nelson — will perform a benefit concert on Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.”

Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” concert will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal land. The afternoon concert will take place in a field on a farm owned by a family who are part of a strong collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, and a sacred tribal ceremony will be included in the day’s events.

Also performing will be Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, Lukas Nelson (son of Willie!) and the “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars,” some of the local Nebraska artists who recorded a benefit album in the solar-powered barn built inside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline last summer.

WIllie Nelson & Family at (September 21st)

Friday, September 21st, 2018


Willie Nelson @ Soap Creek (September 20, 21, 22, 23, 1976)

Thursday, September 20th, 2018


Farm Aid 2016 (Bristow, Virginia) (September 17, 2016)

Monday, September 17th, 2018



Willie Nelson on QVC (September 12, 2013)

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

On this day in Willie Nelson history in 2013 performed livhe e on QVC in support of his album, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”

Willie Nelson & Family Outlaw Music Festival in Hershey, PA (September 10, 2017)

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Willie Nelson & Family in Concert (Rocky Mount, Virginia) (September 6, 2017)

Thursday, September 6th, 2018