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“Saving Myself for Willie” — Donna Beckham

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Writing about Willie Nelson (Judy Redditt)

Sunday, February 12th, 2017


Read Judy’s article here.

Thank you so much to Judy Redditt, for sharing her stories.  You can read the Country Song Roundup article HERE.

“This takes me back. Willie was a good friend. I really enjoyed sitting down with Willie from time to time and just talking. I wrote several articles with him, but it was the stories that weren’t published that I loved the most. The ” road stories” that had me rolling on the floor, the stories behind the songs, and the family stories.

Jeannie Seely was my roommate for several years, and the only reason we stopped being roommates was that she left to marry Hank Cochran. Hank was at our apartment much of the time and he would often bring his buddies with him. I was always delighted when he brought Willie. They would sing and often bring out their latest new song they had written. I was privileged to hear so many of the classics in their infancy or shortly after they were finished.

I loved the songs that both Hank and Willie wrote and bugged Ray Price to record them, since Ray was my favorite singer of all time. Nobody had better control of their voice or could put more feeling into a song, or sang more beautifully than Ray. It got to the point that when he came into town to record, he would call me to ” find me the songs for this album, and have them by tomorrow.” All I generally had to do was look at Hank and Willie’s catalogs.

I picked a lot of songs for Ray, and one of them, NOT written by Hank or Willie, turned out to be the biggest of his career. Bonnie Guitar had been in town, and we were hanging out together. She was getting ready to record and was looking for songs. One night, we were in her hotel room and Kris Kristopherson and Mickey Newberry came to sing her some of their songs. Kris sang a song that night that I heard Ray singing in my mind. Ray had called me a few days before and told me to be on the look out for some songs for him, he would be in the next week to record. I asked Kris for a copy of the song, and of course, he wanted to know who I was taking it to. I told him just to get it for me and I would tell him who it was for later. The next day, Kris gave me a demo of the song and when Ray got to Nashville the following week, I gave him the demo of “For The Good Times”. The rest is music history. I went to work for Pamper Music as P.R Directer and the company was owned by Willie and Ray Price at the time, so for the time I worked there, I had my two favorite singers of all time as my boss’.

Talk about the ideal job! It afforded me the opportunity to hear Willie’s stories, and Ray’s recordings, often and usually first hand. Stories from Willie like the one about the time he came home drunk, and passed out, only to wake up to find Shirley had sown him up in the bed sheet and was beating him up with the broom stick. It was while I was working there that Willie’s house burned down and being frustrated that no one in Nashville would let him make music his way, Willie decided to pull up stakes and return to Texas, and to do music ” his way.” Once again, music history was made. I could go on telling stories of those days, but I think I will save them for the book I plan to write. But I will say this, I am proud and happy to have formed a lasting friendship with one of the all time musical genius’, the awesome and amazing, Willie Nelson!”

— Judy Reddit

Fans line up to buy Willie Nelson tickets

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
by: Haley Rustvold

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was definitely busy Friday morning.

Fans were waiting outside of the Rock Shop for Willie Nelson tickets to officially go on sale.

Big fans of the country music legend waited patiently in line to purchase their tickets.

Willie Nelson and his fans

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Willie Nelson fan letters (1983)

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Country Rhythms
July 1983

Letters to the Editor

We just had to write to thank you for your great cover issue and interview with “the man,” “the entertainer of the years,” Willie Nelson!  We enjoy your magazine very much, but the May edition and “Willie” puts the icing on the cake.  We will never forget you for featuring Willie on your premier issue, either.

From “Hello Walls” and “crazy,” up to Tougher than Leather, Willie has always been the best and will be “Always on My Mine!”

Carole & Willie Farkas
Ontario, Canada


My mother brought home the Country Rhythms magazine today and I was so excited to see Willie Nelson on the cover.  I wanted to write as soon as possible.  I read the Willie Nelson article part I and I can’t wait for part II

Thanks to Country Rhythms article I will now be able to start my third photo album of articles on Willie.  I have loved Willie and his music for 10 years now.  WIllie has given me so much happiness and doesn’t even know it.  Willie has autographed my boots, shook and kissed my hand and wore my bandanna during his concerts.

I want to thank Country Rhythms for the great part I interview and thank you ahead of time for part II.

I would also like to thank Willie Nelson for all the happiness and may he be as happy as he has made me!

Lisa McKinney
San Antonio, TX


Every week I look for a magazine or book in hopes of finding a good article on Willie Nelson.  I just had to let you people know the may edition was fantastic.  I’ve never read such a big article on him — and there is still another edition to come in June!  The pictures were the nicest and clearest I’ve ever seen.  I’m probably one of his biggest fans.  Although he doesn’t know me, I feel like we’ve been close friends for a long time.  This man certainly deserves such good interviews and beautiful pictures of him like the ones you published.  I do have a problem though, I was hoping you could help me with.  I’ve never seen a fan club address that I could write to.  Would you please help me find the address of his fan club, because I know I will never be fortunate enough to write to him personally?  Please help me if you can.

Charlotte Patterson
Chatsworth, GA

[To read the interviews those fans loved:

Part I:
Part II:

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Have a Willie Nice Day

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Thanks to Jan “Railroad Lady” Moore for sharing photo of her birthday gift yesterday.  Jan is in hospital, but her family and friends showed her love.


First Willie Nelson & Family Concert of 2017

Sunday, January 8th, 2017
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Way to go Barbara  

Barbara Bettorf Duvall:  “First Willie concert for 2017. Tunica MS just south of Memphis.   Great way to start off the year.”


Willie Nelson and his fans in Austin

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Willie Nelson signed autographs for fans after the Dec. 29 and 30th shows in Austin.  Paintings, posters, hats, bandannas, cell phones, shirts, tickets, hats, he signed them.  I don’t know how he does it, bending over like that for so long, for autographs, photos, kisses and hugs.  He gives so much.  On the last night, New Year’s Eve, the show didn’t start until 11:30, and Willie and his band played well into the New Year, interrupted by signing Auld Lang zine and Happy Birthday to Sister Bobbie.  It was a rowdy crowd, and he would have been there until dawn if he’d started signing autographs and meeting and greeting after the show at the front of the stage.




Willie Nelson, NYE (2014)

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson fan in Temple hopes for wish to come true – to meet Willie Nelson

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
by:  Kurtis Quillin

TEMPLE – When Allison Dickson was 15 months old, she was diagnosed with Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease, a form of muscular dystrophy which affects the respiratory system.

Doctors told her parents she wouldn’t live more than a year after that.

Then, 3 years ago, she ended up on life support and in the hospital for five months.

So, at 37 years old, Allison wanted just one thing for Christmas: to meet Willie Nelson in Belton.

Dickson’s illness leaves her with several restrictions, including travel.  She’s not allowed to go further than 10 miles from home, meaning Nelson’s appearance at the Bell County Expo Center’s 30th anniversary celebration could be her only chance to meet him.

She also has to go through breathing treatments with a nurse three times a day.

“Willie is a legend,” Dickson said.  “He’s a national treasure.  I don’t know who isn’t a Willie Nelson fan.”

Allison’s post, asking for the gift of a meet and greet with one of the biggest music stars in the nation wound up in from of Paula Nelson, Willie’s daughter.

On Tuesday, Dickson said Paula told her it’s a done deal and she’ll get to meet Willie Nelson in Belton.

“We’re looking forward to the show here and it sounds like it’s going to be a great show for her and for everyone else,” Tim Stephens, Executive Director of the Bell County Expo Center, said.  “But certainly a special one for her if she’s going to get to meet him.  That’s great.”

March’s concert, although two months away, for Dickson, it’s a long way from where she was in the hospital.

“I don’t need easy,” Dickson said.  “I just need possible.”

Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Willie Nelson and Family in Austin

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

So this is what it feels like to celebrate New Year’s Eve with Willie Nelson & Family and Friends.

Princesses Terry and Jenny Thompson and nephew Rob in their seats early for the show.

So happy to catch up with the lovely Margie Lemons and hubby Bobby back at the sound boards.

These two lucky fans stood for the entire Willie Nelson & Family show on New Year’s Eve, and one of them caught a bandanna from Willie Nelson.  So much fun to watch.

Sorry I’m in all of them but selfies are so much fun.


Willie Nelson fans at the Willie Nelson Statue, on Willie Nelson Boulevard in Austin

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Cherie met up with another Willie Nelson fan, Henley, at the Willie Nelson statue, at 310 Willie Nelson Boulevard in Austin.  Everyone loves Willie Nelson.  Thanks, Cherie for sharing these fun photos.


Friday, December 30th, 2016

Cherie and I hit the hot spots.  The Willie Nelson statue is a must.  It’s fun to stand there for a while and watch all the people that come up for photographs.  It must be one of the most photographed of Austin sites.