Archive for the ‘Fans’ Category

Fourth of July fun at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015


Looking forward to Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic in Austin!   Great music and seeing all the fans and friends.



Thank you, G-Ma Jane, for your picture of Cherie, Tex Willie Willie Doll, and Mary Waller Collins.




Monday, April 27th, 2015


Thank you, Lord (for making it a hoax) #WillieNelsonisaliveandrockingit #meanpeoplesuck

Monday, April 13th, 2015


I wasn’t going to deign to acknowledge the most recent mean-spirited rumor about Willie that was spread on the internet, but then Chris Nelson, a friend and Willie Nelson fan from Michigan, sent me this poem he wrote. Thanks, Chris, about says it all.

Thank you, Lord (for makin’ it just a hoax)

I’d be lyin’

If I said

I wasn’t cryin’.

And when I heard the news

My entire soul felt the blues

And I could feel

The blues they were playin’

And what the blues were sayin’.

And even after I read it was all a hoax

I thought, ‘Them mother fuckers

And their fucked up jokes’.

I filled one up

And had a beer

And a couple of (big, long) tokes

And a couple of (big, long) tokes.  

Thank you, Lord,  

for makin’ it just a hoax.

— C. N. Nelson

Stick Horse Races at the Rodeo, with Willie Nelson (I think that’s him)

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

photo: Jason Fochtman

Judah Swonke competes in the stick house races during the youth rodeo at the Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo Friday.

Other rodeo fun:


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Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard @ Whitewater (Mar. 26, 27, 28th, 2015) (SOLD OUT!)

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

March 27, 2015 Whitewater in New Braunfels,Tx-3889

March 27, 2015 Whitewater in New Braunfels,Tx-3882

The loyal fans get in line early, really early, for a chance at those front row seats. Well worth the wait.

March 27, 2015 Whitewater in New Braunfels,Tx-3880

March 27, 2015 Whitewater in New Braunfels,Tx-3909

The folks in VIP can come later, ’cause they pay extra so they don’t have to stand in line for these good seats, raised above the crowd.

Another Willie Nelson fan, Juul de Graaf (Amsterdam)

Saturday, April 4th, 2015



“Zojuist gekocht bij cd/dvd-speciaalzaak Evelyn Novacek de dubbel LP van Willie Nelson” — Juul de Graaf, The Netherlands.

Thanks, Dutch Willie Nelson fan Juul de Graaf, for sharing photo of your latest find!   He purchased this specially boxed, limited edition, coloured vinyl double LP of Honeysuckle Rose.

Nice collection, Juul!


Here is a picture of Willie Nelson and Juul taken in Amsterdam, at the Paradiso, in 1998.

“Me and Willie in Paradiso – Amsterdam 1998 

Another Willie Nelson fan: Kacey Musgraves

Friday, April 3rd, 2015


“I’m kind of in my own little corner, you know?” Kacey said during an interview with America’s Cosmopolitan magazine. “I’m inspired by traditional country music. I love Willie Nelson. A lot of this record was inspired by Glenn Campbell, Roger Miller, he was really humorous. I’m just trucking along in my own lane.”

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Kacey Musgraves is scheduled to perform at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Austin.

Magic and Love at a Willie Nelson Concert (Whitewater Amphitheater)

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

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This woman’s son and his girlfriend wheeled her by the front of the stage where she could see Willie Nelson up close last night.  Then, Janis offered her chair to the woman, and the son carried her back so she could sit in the front row.  She wanted to stand at the fence, with assistance, right in front of Willie.  Willie sang to her all night, and gave a bandanna to a security guard to bring to the woman.  Another sweet moment at a Willie Nelson & Family concert.

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Willie Nelson and his fans

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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Willie Nelson fans at the Heartbreaker Banquet (3/19/15)

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015


Thanks so much to Jenny Begley Bransford for this great photo of beautiful music fans at the Heartbreaker Banquet. (With Patricia Lopez Wiggs, Terry Thompson, Janis Tillerson, Rhonda Quillin, Douglas Milford and Jenny Thompson)


Don’t know who took this photo, but I love it!



Willie Nelson and Family at the Ryman (Nashville, TN) (

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015


Thank you Mike Cowal for sharing pictures of Willie and his family at the end of last night’s show at the Ryman.

Willie Nelson and fans

Saturday, February 28th, 2015


Thanks to Tina Butler Martin for sharing this lovely photo of Willie Nelson with her mom Pat Butler and Virginia Lucas.

Willie Nelson and Stewart Patton

Thursday, February 26th, 2015



Thanks to Stewart Patton for having a picture of this illustration of him and Willie Nelson, by Noah Van Sciver.  Stewart has an amazing collection of illustrations, he asks his favorite illustrators to draw Willie Nelson.  I love this one.

Willie Nelson and his fans

Friday, February 20th, 2015


“One of my readers sent in this wonderful photo of her grandmother, Faye Parker McKee with Willie at the Stardust Club in Odessa back in 1964. I don’t think she’d mind me sharing it with y’all. Willie’s looking sharp! You’ve gotta love that narrow tie and the slicked-back hair.” —

“All My Favorite Singers are Willie Nelson” — new Astral Swans Album

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015


Not only is Dan Mangan our current cover star, but his Arts & Crafts imprintMadic Records is about to release its very first full-length. Astral Swans‘ album All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson will be out on February 24, and it’s available to stream right now on

These 12 tracks are extremely minimal, with barebones strumming and hushed singing supporting by a few pattering rhythms, avant-garde synths and psychedelic production touches. There’s a hint of buoyant brightness to the acoustic groove of “Beginning of the End,” but the morbid lyrics set a dark mood that’s typical of songwriter Matthew Swann.

Elsewhere, each line in “September” is punctuated with a disorienting blast of echo, while “Attention” trades out the usual synth abstractions for strings to create an ominous orchestral soundscape. Swann used to perform as Extra Happy Ghost!!!, and this album acts as a natural successor to 2011’s Modern Horses.

Hear it all below. Astral Swans will be touring with Mangan in the coming weeks.