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Willie Nelson, new tour, new book, new movie

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


by:  Mary Andrews

Not only can you find Nelson on the road this year, but he’ll also stay busy acting in an upcoming film. Plus, a new memoir on the country singer, “It’s a Long Story: My Life,” is due out May 5,

The new flick, “Waiting For the Miracle to Come,” is being filmed on Nelson’s private ranch in Luck, Texas. The film tells the story of a young woman’s quest for gold. One of the interesting characters she meets on the journey is a vaudeville performer played by Nelson. U2 frontman Bono is writing an original song for the movie, which Nelson will perform, according to Country Weekly.

New stops added to the routing include Brooklyn; Columbia, Md.; Boston and Gilford, N.H. Check out the schedule below.

Feb. 27 – Atlanta, Ga., The Tabernacle
Feb. 28 – Cherokee, N.C., Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
March 1 – Savannah, Ga., Johnny Mercer Theatre
March 3 – Nashville, Tenn., Ryman Auditorium
March 4 – Nashville, Tenn., Ryman Auditorium
March 6 – Biloxi, Miss., IP Casino, Resort & Spa
March 7 – Biloxi, Miss., IP Casino, Resort & Spa
March 8 – Birmingham, Ala., Iron City
March 14 – Austin, Texas, The Expo Center (Rodeo Austin)
March 26 – New Braunfels, Texas, Whitewater Amphitheatre
March 27 – New Braunfels, Texas, Whitewater Amphitheatre
March 28 – New Braunfels, Texas, Whitewater Amphitheatre
March 30 – Columbia, Mo., Missouri Theatre
March 31 – Springfield, Mo., Shrine Mosque
April 2 – Saint Charles, Mo., J. Scheidegger Center For The Arts
April 3 – Newkirk, Okla., First Council Casino
April 4 – Thackerville, Okla., WinStar World Casino & Resort / Global Event Center
May 18 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Paramount Theatre
May 20 – Kalamazoo, Mich., James W. Miller Auditorium
May 22 – Hammond, Ind., The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
June 17 – Missoula, Mont., Ogren Park at Allegiance Field
June 19 – Nampa, Idaho, Ford Idaho Center
June 20 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Usana Amphitheatre
June 25 – Bend, Ore., Les Schwab Amphitheater
July 18 – Los Angeles, Calif., Greek Theatre
July 19 – Costa Mesa, Calif., Pacific Amphitheatre (OC Fair)
July 21 – Paso Robles, Calif., Vina Robles Amphitheatre
July 22 – Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Barbara Bowl
July 23 – Berkeley, Calif., Greek Theatre
Aug. 12 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Prospect Park Bandshell
Aug. 14 – Nelson, Ohio, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
Aug. 15 – Moosic, Pa., Pavilion At Montage Mountain (The Peach Music Festival)
Aug. 16 – Atlantic City, N.J., Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Ctr.
Aug. 19 – Columbia, Md., Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 21 – Boston, Mass., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Aug. 23 – Gilford, N.H., Meadowbrook

Merle Haggard appears March 26-28 and April 4. Alison Krauss + Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas plays June 17 through July 23. Old Crow Medicine Show joins the tour Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 16-23.

Tickets for many shows are available now. Presales for select dates are ongoing with general onsales scheduled Friday, Feb. 27.

For more information visit

Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Randy Travis, Willie Nelson, “Birth of the Blues”

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015


Randy Travis
Heroes and Friends

1.  Heroes and Friends
2   Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
3   Birth of the Blues
4   All Night Long
5   The Human Race
6   Shopping for Dresses
7   Waiting on the Light to Change
8   A Few Ole Country Boys
9   Walk Our Own Road
10  We’re Strangers Again
11   Smokin’ the Hive
12   Come See About Me
13   Happy Trails
14   Heroes and Friends (reprise)

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, “Reason to Quit”

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson at the Oscars 1984

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
by: Stephen L. Betts

Hollywood’s elite gather this weekend to celebrate the best in film for 2014, as the 87th Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Throughout the long history of the Oscars, country music has made its presence known relatively few times.

The 1980s was one of the more fertile decades when it came to country music and the movies. It started with Sissy Spacek’s flawless, Oscar-winning portrayal of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Dolly Parton’s Best Song nomination, for “9 to 5,” with both films released in 1980. In 1984, Robert Duvall earned the Best Actor trophy playing fictional country singer Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, and by 1985, a trio of “heartland” films earned a dozen nominations: “The River,” “Places in the Heart,” and “Country.”

That same year, Kris Kristofferson earned a nomination in the Best Original Song Score category, for Songwriter, the film in which he starred with one of his fellow Highwaymen, Willie Nelson. The film is loosely based on Nelson’s own career as a tunesmith.

The frisky “How Do You Feel About Foolin’ Around,” performed by the two friends, was released as a single, although it barely scratched the Top 50 on the country chart. Songwriter‘s soundtrack split the rest of the songs down the middle, giving half to each of the country legends.

When it came time for the 57th Academy Awards in 1985, host Jack Lemmon introduced Nelson and Kristofferson in a musical segment that featured the pair performing the above-mentioned “Foolin’ Around” and Nelson going solo for “On the Road Again,” another song from a 1980 film, Honeysuckle Rose, in which he once again portrayed a country singer.

Although Songwriter earned some good buzz from critics, audiences were slim. Kristofferson lost the Oscar to a young upstart named Prince, whose Purple Rain film and soundtrack were among the biggest hits of 1984.

Willie Nelson & The Family Band and Alison Krauss & Union Station tour

Friday, February 20th, 2015


The six dates announced thus far include co-bills in Salt Lake City, Utah; Bend, Oregon; Los Angeles; Costa Mesa, California; Paso Robles, California and Santa Barbara. Ticketing information will be posted on Willie Nelson’s website.

Willie Nelson & The Family Band and Alison Krauss & Union Station Co-Headlining Dates

6/20 – Usana Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
6/25 – Les Schwab Amphitheater – Bend, OR
7/18 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
7/19 – The Pacific Amphitheatre – Costa Mesa, CA
7/21 – Vina Robles Amphitheatre – Paso Robles, CA
7/22 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA

Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss in Concert in Utah (6/20/15)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015


Music legends and Grammy-winning artists Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will perform at the Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City on June 20, concert officials announced Tuesday.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. at Smith’s Tix outlets,, 801-467-TIXX or 1-800-888-TIXX. Ticket prices have not yet been announced.

Utah is one of 14 stops on the summer tour, which also features guitarist Jerry Douglas.

The show is a continuation of a successful 2014 tour that paired the country music of Nelson and Family — the country singer’s longtime touring and recording ensemble — with the rootsy Krauss and her Union Station Band.

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, “Just Breathe” (Farm Aid 2013)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson perform a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe” at the Farm Aid concert in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21, 2013. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit:

This day in Willie Nelson History: Grammy Awards (1979)

Sunday, February 15th, 2015


On February 15, 1979, Willie Nelson was awarded a Grammy for Best Country Vocal performance, Male, for “Georgia On My Mind”; and Best Country Vocal Duo or Group, with Waylon Jennings, for “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys

Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss Concert in Paso Robles, California (July 21, 2014)

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

by:  Sarah Linn

The Red Headed Stranger returns to the Central Coast this summer with a few of his famous friends.

Willie Nelson and Family will reunite with Alison Kraussand Union Station — featuring dobro player Jerry Douglas — on July 21 at Vina Robles Amphiteatre in Paso Robles. They’re reprising a joint tour they undertook last year.

The winner of 11 Grammy Awards and countless other accolades, Nelson has forged his reputation as one of the leaders of the outlaw country movement over a six-decade career as an actor, author, activist and singer-songwriter. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and received Kennedy Center Honors in 1998.

Nelson is also a frequent visitor to the Central Coast, having played at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo in April. He’s also performed at the Alex Madonna Expo in San Luis Obispo, the Pozo Saloon and the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.

Krauss, whose unique blend of roots, rock, pop and country music has netted her a whopping 27 Grammys, is a newcomer to local stages. But Douglas, her dobro player, headlined Live Oak Music Festival in northern Santa Barbara County in 2013.

Tickets for the July 21 concert cost $60 to $135 and go on sale Feb. 21.

Vina Robles Amphitheatre is on the grounds of Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery, 3800 Mill Road in Paso Robles. For more information, call 227-4812 or visit

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Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, “Whiskey for My Men (and beer for my horses)”

Friday, February 13th, 2015

best short movie ever

Willie Nelson on Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Show (PBS, Saturday Feb. 14, 2015)

Friday, February 13th, 2015
by:  Stephen L. Betts

Since Austin City Limits made its TV debut in 1974, the genre-busting PBS music series has gone from celebrating the music of the Lone Star State to spotlighting country, folk, blues and rock acts from around the world. To cap off the Peabody Award-winning show’s 40th season, on Saturday, February 14th, PBS will air a special hour-long finale featuring highlight from the first-ever Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation.

Hosted by Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey on April 26th, 2014, the ACL Hall of Fame ceremony included performances from inductee Willie Nelson, along with Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph and more. Also inducted into the Hall of Fame were blues-rock pioneers Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, with show creator Bill Arhos and Texas Longhorns football head coach Darrell Royal honored, as well.

Among the songs Texas native Nelson performs during the special is “Crazy,” featuring Emmylou Harris on lead vocals as he plays his trusty guitar, Trigger. (Watch the exclusive premiere of their collaboration above.) Nelson’s longtime harmonica player Mickey Raphael and members of Lyle Lovett’s band are also featured during that performance. Nelson penned the now-classic tune in 1961 for Billy Walker to record, although Walker turned it down. In spite of initially hating it, Patsy Cline recorded it the following year, and hers remains the definitive version of the tune, although it has since been covered by hundreds of artists (and attempted by karaoke singers across the globe).

Nelson also performs his concert favorite, “Whiskey River,” during Saturday’s special, and is joined by Lovett for a performance of another of his most enduring tunes, “Funny How Time Slips Away.” (Watch below.) A song embraced for the past five decades by country and R&B acts, the melancholic song has been recorded by Billy Walker, Elvis Presley, Al Green, the Supremes and Lulu, among many others. Nelson, Lovett and Harris also perform “Pancho and Lefty” and “On the Road Again” during the show, which also features Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, Doyle Bramhall II and recent Grammy winner Mike Farris.

Austin City Limits‘ season finale premieres Saturday, February 14th, at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis (New York City, 2008)

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015


Willie Nelson, Dickey Betts, Edgar Winter, Leon Russell

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Thank you, Janis from Texas for finding this rare video.