Archive for the ‘Fans’ Category

Happy Birthday, Miss Tex

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Best wishes to Pat Wiley Keeney, celebrating her special day today.  Here she is pictured with Willie Nelson at a Texas Roadhouse, in Houston.

Another Willie Nelson fan in Kansas City

Monday, May 18th, 2015


“This little girl just went to her 1st Concert ever in KC …. God Bless Willie Nelson & the Family Band.
I think she’s ready for the fan club now Linda”. — Bad Wheeler

Thanks to Brad Wheeler, longtime on air personality  and  host of Salt Lake City’s public ratio station, KRCL’s weekday afternoon drive-time show, for sharing this photo of Kirayla, at last night’s Willie Nelson and Family concert in Kansas City.


He is also an exceptional and well-known local musician.

His radio show is great.  He has Mickey Raphael on a lot, along with many other artists.  One time, Mickey Raphael took over Brad’s show!  His interviews are great.

Don’t live in Salt Lake City?   You can stream his shows:

Personally, I’m a big fan of harmonica players.



Willie Nelson and his fans

Monday, May 18th, 2015



Thanks, Dandy

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

This was from a show at Carl’s Corner, Texas, @WilliesPlace.  Dandy at the table, with someone I don’t know, I’m sorry, and Janis from Texas and me.

Gwyneth “Dandelion” Seese passed away, after a long illness.   Dandy, as many of us fans and friends shortened her name too, was a great friend of Willie Nelson, his family and fans.   Fans, historians, archivists, we all have a lot to thank Dandy for.  Before the internet and Willie Nelson’s websites, and before FaceBook, that’s how we found out tour schedules, heard about new albums coming out, and saw pictures and read stories of other fans. Her “Willie’s World”, published by her and her niece, were anticipated monthly, by fans around the world:




Willie would send her letters to his fans to publish:

Willie Nelson and family posted this on his website:

Gwyneth “Dandalion” Seese passed away yesterday after a long and painful illness. Fellow country disc jockeys, once Willie and Dandalion they met they hit it off right away. She was also a genuine fan of his music, playing his songs regularly on the air.

Dandy became the first official president of the Willie Nelson Fan Club, and remained with the fan club until her death. She kept thousands of fans in touch with Willie Nelson and Family long before social media made it easy. She was old school; writing articles, reading fan mail and caring about the fans. She typed, cut and pasted all the fan club newsletters and faithfully mailed them out to fans for over 30 years.

Dandalion was loved by many who knew her and she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.


One of my favorite Dandy and Willie Nelson stories is this one she told:

Dandy said that on the day that Selena  (famous Texan, “The Queen of Tejano music,”) got shot in 1995, she got a call from Willie.

“Dandy.  Willie,” he said, very serious.

“Hi Willie, how are ya?,” Dandy said.

“Dandy, how are you and I doing?  We’re doing all right, aren’t we?”

“We’re doin’ fine, Willie.  Why?”

“Well, you’re my fan club president, aren’t you?”

“Yes, I am.”

“Well,  I just heard Selena’s fan club president shot her, so I wanted to see if you and I were doing okay, or if I needed to worry.”


I knew Dandy only through her connection with Willie Nelson & family.  To learn more, read the article by Erik Starck, published in 2009: –>


Willie Nelson & Family and Fans at Mystic Lake Casino (5/16/15)

Sunday, May 17th, 2015



“Thank you Willie Nelson, for a beautiful evening of music! Thanks for showing the love and autographing my book.”

— Janine, from Minnesota.


Thanks to Janine, from Minnesota, for sharing photos from her Willie Nelson & Family concert adventure, with her family and friends.



Beanie, as she is affectionately known, has been celebrating Willie Nelson’s birthday in Minnesota for years.  Here’s pictures from this year’s party.


Favorite from another show


“It’s a Long Story: My Life” — Willie Nelson’s new memoir in stores now!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015


The book is out! Thanks to Janine from Minnesota for showing us her copy.

Lake Tahoe (circa ’79, 80′)

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015


Thanks so much to Budrock Prewitt, for sharing more photos from his collection.


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:


read article, see more photos:

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.”

Read entire article:

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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