Archive for the ‘Fans’ Category

Another Willie Nelson fan: June Lockart

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018


June Lockardt, Timmy’s mom in “Lassie”, with  Willie Nelson in Northridge, California.  Lassie would have liked Willie, too.

Mrs. Martin and Lassie

Another Williie Nelson fan, David Letterman

Sunday, June 10th, 2018


Sticking with Willie

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
by: Scott Hollifield

I went to a Willie Nelson show and a news event broke out.

In Charlotte, thousands of us hooted and hollered our way through the second stop of the 2018 Outlaw Music Festival, waiting for Willie to close out the festivities with “Whiskey River” and “Amazing Grace” and a bunch of Willie standards in between.

Willie appeared, then disappeared. A little time passed and Willie appeared again, picked up his guitar, set down his guitar, whipped his cowboy hat into the crowd and left. An hour later, the disembodied venue voice informed us that, due to illness, Willie would not return that evening, drive safely, Uber wisely and adios.

The part about whipping his cowboy hat into the audience I later confirmed through a YouTube clip because I was seated far back on the lawn in the only seats journalists can afford when they don’t have press credentials.

“What just happened?” asked one of my lawn mates.

“It’s hard to tell, but I think someone walked onto the stage — might have been Willie or maybe even Crystal Gayle — and threw something into the audience,” I said, squinting toward the stage. “Maybe a hat or a small dog.”

It didn’t take long for the non-show to become a news event. The Youtube clip went viral and media outlets were all over it, some noting that Willie looked more angry than sick in the clip.

The reason doesn’t much matter to me. At 85 years old, Willie has earned the right to stay all night, stay a little longer or turn around and get back on the road again. I stood by Willie more than 40 years ago and I don’t mind standing by him again, especially since I got a refund.

Willie released the “Red Headed Stranger” album in 1975. I had never heard much by Willie Nelson before, but the song “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” on the radio got my attention and I soon acquired the album, likely from the Columbia Record Club, which I probably still owe.

It was one of the most remarkable records I had ever heard, a concept album that tells the tale of a gun-toting, broken-hearted preacher turned fugitive.I nearly wore it out on my turntable.

“I can’t wait for my friends to hear this,” said young Scotty, flashing a gap-toothed grin and holding the album cover aloft like the Holy Grail. “They are going to love it.”

Turns out that in 1975, western concept albums with sparse arrangements weren’t big with the 11- and 12-year-old set. The top pop songs of the day included “Mandy” by Barry Manilow, “Love Will Keep Us Together” by the Captain & Tennille and “Jive Talkin” by the Bee Gees.

Willie didn’t impress them at that point, but just like the Red Headed Stranger, I stuck to my guns and I kept listening. Eventually, most of the naysayers came around to my way of thinking.

So, I’m sticking by Willie, in sickness and in health. And if by chance Willie somehow reads this and would like to reimburse my lawn mates and me for the $250 we spent on beer, that would be fine, too.

Willie Nelson Fans

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Janis from Texas drove me all over Austin after a show, in the middle of the night, to get our hands on the Life Magazine with Willie Nelson’s photo.   It was worth it.  Janis is the best.

Another Willie Nelson fan, Jacki catches the bandanna

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Happy birthday, Miss Tex

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Happy birthday to Pat Wiley Keeney.

Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Sunday, May 13th, 2018


Another Willie Nelson fan, Lauren Gilcrease

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Willie Nelson fans

Monday, April 30th, 2018

So much love from everyone in the band for Willie, from the audience, from me.”

Jenny Dowd

“Happy birthday mi amigo!” – Chris Stapleton @willienelson

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Happy birthday, Willie Nelson

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

“Happy 85th Birthday Willie!!!! Thank you for always being there for me. You are the medicine in my life that keeps me sane. I remember how nice you were to me, when I met you the first time. I knew then, that I would see you every chance I got. I have bought every album you’ve released since that day long ago as well. I keep them close in case I need some healing. I feel so lucky that your still around to share with my Daughter. I’ve been lucky enough to take her twice to see you. I even got to see you with my Brother, Mom, Nephew, Daughter and Fiancé. You have been there for me in the most difficult times in my life, but also the best times. I can’t thank you enough for bringing me so much joy and helping me understand the true power of music. I Love you Willie!!!!!????” — Stewart Patton

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson, from all the you’ve loved before

Sunday, April 29th, 2018


Happy birthday, Willie Nelson

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Beanie’s Annual Willie Nelson Birthday Celebration in Minneapolis

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Yay, Beanie sent photos of her annual celebration of Willie Nelson’s birthday at work in Minneapolis again this year.

“It is my delight every year to celebrate the life of my HERO, Willie Nelson!” — Beanie

For years, Beanie, a/k/a Janine, from Minnesota, has celebrated Willie Nelson’s birthday in fine style. Every year, she throws a party at her work, and the whole company celebrates. She has music, cakes, bandanna table cloths, and party favors!






And here’s some pictures from past birthday celebrations: