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Willie Nelson and his fans

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

“Nancy You are Always on My Mind”

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019


Willie Nelson signed my album saying, “Nancy you’re always on my mind.”  #love #willienelson #storyteller #singer #songwriter #musiclover #legend #countrymusic #willienelsonofficial

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Thanks, Phil Weisman, for another great Willie Nelson and his fans photo.

Another Willie Nelson fan, Drew Holcomb

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
by:  Drew Holcomb

Every artist has heroes. Heroes who made the art they loved as a younger person that inspired them to make their own art. For me as a young songwriter, the list was pretty long: Tom Waits, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Patty Griffin, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson, Marvin Gaye, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, and many others. By the time I got around to having my own fans, a lot of my idols had passed away. A few years ago, my manager and booking agent had me make a dream list of artists I would love to open for. On the top of my list was Willie Nelson.

In November of 2017, that dream came true. Almost every singer and songwriter alive today would put Willie Nelson on their Mount Rushmore of living legends. I have been a huge fan of Willie’s since I was in college. I love his jazz singing, his inimitable songwriting, the loyalty of his band and family, his deep love of his home state of Texas, and the way he never stops touring. My wife Ellie and I saw him for the first time at Farm Aid in 2005, then again with BB King down on the Gulf Coast, and every time if feels like a family reunion. With his sister on keys for nearly half a century, and mostly the same band members since he was a kid, it really is “making music with my friends” for Willie Nelson.

So, when I got the call that Willie had invited us to do a 10 day tour with him, I was speechless. Not only did we get to tour with him, we decided to take the whole family. The first show was at the historic and infamous honky tonk Billy Bob’s, in Fort Worth. Then we made a big circle through Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and back to Texas. We played honky tonks, regional small town theatres, casinos, and and an arena in Houston, a little taste of everything. No matter the room, everyone adores Willie Nelson. They sing along to his songbook of American classics, and even at 84 he was still able to stand on his feet the whole time and give the audience a glimpse of his legend.

Since he’s in his mid-80s, we were told by his band and crew that getting to spend time with him would probably be short and sweet, but they would do their best to make it happen. About halfway through the tour, they told me he wanted me to come up and sing with him that night. I got to sing onstage with him three of the next five nights of the tour, singing harmonies to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “I Saw The Light.” It was a thrill.

My final memory from the tour was after our last show with him. We decided to let our 5 year old daughter, Emmylou, stay up late and watch Willie’s entire set sidestage. After watching me sing with him for the last time, the band was still playing and Willie was shaking hands and signing posters and bandanas at the front of the stage. My wife Ellie was holding Emmylou, and as Willie walked offstage, he stopped, gave Emmylou a kiss on the cheek and says, “Goodnight princess.” Of course, she might not remember this when she is older but it is a moment we will remind her about for the rest of our lives.

Being on the road with Willie left a big impression on me in a lot of ways. The loyalty of his crew and band made me want to be a better bandleader, and hopefully be the kind of person who deserves that sort of loyalty in our band. I dug deeper and deeper into his vast catalog and even found a heart-wrenching cover of The Muppets’ “Rainbow Connection” that I play to help our newborn son Rivers go to sleep at night. The older two kids have become accustomed to our vagabond troubadour lifestyle and “On the Road Again” is an anthem of sorts in our home and in our cars. So, in honor of those magical 10 days spent on the road with the living legend, and in honor of our kids, who have been strapped on to the backs of our dreams, we recorded our own version of “On the Road Again.” Nothing will ever have the magic of the original, but it feels good to give it our own spin. We hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

LeAnn Womack’s Willie Nelson Playlist

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019


“Willie Nelson’s music is the great American soundtrack,” Womack says. “He’s an incredible writer and singer and his voice has become so recognizable. I’ve traveled all over the world and I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t know and love Willie’s music.”

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard’s Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.

Even more than 20 years into her career, Lee Ann Womack is still going strong. The country star received her 11th and 12th Grammy nominations for the 2019 awards, with her ninth studio album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone receiving a nod for best Americana album and its lead single “All the Trouble” earning one for best Americana roots song.

But before she finds out her Grammy fate on Feb. 10, Womack will first be participating in a special tribute to Willie Nelson, “Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw,” on Jan. 12 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. She’ll perform hits from the country legend alongside fellow country artists like Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Alison Krauss and George Strait; as well as stars of other genres such as The Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett and John Mellencamp. Ahead of the special night, Womack dedicates her Takeover Tuesday playlist to the country legend.

“Willie Nelson’s music is the great American soundtrack,” Womack says. “He’s an incredible writer and singer and his voice has become so recognizable. I’ve traveled all over the world and I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t know and love Willie’s music.”

Coincidentally, Womack won her sole Grammy with Nelson for their 2002 collaboration “Mendocino County Line,” which is one of the 24 songs Womack selected for her Willie Nelson-inspired playlist. The songstress also included some of Willie’s biggest hits such as “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind” and “Whiskey River,” along with some deep cuts such as “Hello Walls” and “The Great Divide.”
Get your Willie Nelson fix with Lee Ann Womack’s playlist below.

“A guitar solo from Willie Nelson is as pleasing as you’d ever want to hear” — Billy F. Gibbons

Monday, January 7th, 2019

by:  Andy Langer

ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons brought in 2019 onstage, playing guitar with his normal New Year’s Eve running buddies: Willie Nelson & Family. Gibbons has been a not-so-surprise special guest at a half-dozen of Nelson’s annual new year’s performances at Austin’s ACL Live. And while this year Gibbons unfurled a long solo on Nelson’s version of “Texas Flood,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he’s generally just happy to have the best seat in the house to watch Willie play guitar.

“I think he’s underrated as a soloist,” Gibbons told us on the first National Podcast of Texas episode of 2019. “A guitar solo from Willie Nelson is as pleasing as you’d ever want to hear.”

A few days after New Year’s, Gibbons left Austin for Houston to join bandmates Duty Hill and Frank Beard to rehearse for the band’s first-ever residency in Las Vegas—an eight-show series at The Venetian that runs through early February. The Vegas gigs are the first real acknowledgment of the band’s 50th anniversary for 2019. Indeed, short of the first few singles and tours, it’s been what Gibbons describes as the “same three guys, same three chords” for a half-century.

“Someone asked recently, ‘How did you three guys manage to stay together for longer than most marriages?’” Gibbons says. “Two words come to mind: separate buses. It’s made it all go all right. It’s a good team.”



“Tonight I saw Willie Nelson. My mind is blown, it’s official”

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

“Willie is Still Kicking Ass” (Dec 30, 2019) (Austin)

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Bryce Dubee
Bryce Dubee
Had a great time at the Willie Nelson show tonight, my three big takeaways from the concert:

– even at 85
Willie is still kicking ass,
– his sons are also SUPER talented,
– Boomers cannot hold their booze at all, and if anything we need to introduce a maximum drinking age too.

Seeing Willie Nelson, such an awesome experience

Friday, December 21st, 2018

“The Willie Song”, by the Madisons

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Today Glide is excited to premiere one of the EP’s standout songs, “The Willie Song”. This tune in particular stands out because it was contributed by Jaz Lee Short, a Fort Worth based singer-songwriter who the band adores. The song melds the energy of a rootin’ tootin’ jamboree with that of a raucous punk rock show complete with plenty of pedal steel twang, loose banjo picking, and a fun fiddle jam. The band sings along to the lead vocals in their loose hootenanny style as the lyrics tell a tale of moving to Austin and worshipping at the altar of the Red-Headed Stranger himself, Willie Nelson. With enough pot smoking to make Willie smile and plenty of late-night shenanigans chronicled – not to mention a kick ass little guitar solo – the song takes on an alt-country meets cowpunk sound with a healthy dose of Texas swagger. It also romanticizes hippie redneck vibe that put Austin, Texas on the map and is increasingly tough to find as the city sells its soul one condo at a time.

Madisons are an 8-piece garage-folk band based out of Austin. Founded by lead singer and main songwriter Dominic Solis in 2011, the band is known for their deeply personal lyrics, vivid and honest storytelling containing equal parts profound misery and inescapable joy, and their jubilantly raucous live shows. This, combined with touring all over the U.S. has earned the band a small but dedicated national following. Many local fans affectionately refer to them as “Austin’s best kept secret”. Madisons have released four full length albums to date and will be releasing an EP, Country Music Sunday!!!, in January 4, 2019.

With their new EP, however, they take a step sideways to a genre of music they’ve long adored but never really attacked head on. COUNTRY MUSIC SUNDAY!!! offers a hint of what the Madisons can achieve when they try to play it straight, yet it’s filtered through their own offbeat way of making music. Its five songs are traditional, ramshackle, filled with youthful energy, and a downright joy to hear.

COUNTRY MUSIC SUNDAY!!! gets its name from a semi-annual event band leader Dominic Solis and his wife, Denise, hold in their backyard. It started out approximately seven years ago as a way to fight a New Year’s Eve hangover. Initially just a song swap among friends, it’s grown into an early Sunday party, usually in the fall then in the spring around South By Southwest, attended by upwards of 100 people with a beer sponsor, breakfast tacos for everyone, and all sorts of what the Madisons consider country music filling the air.

A follow-up 2017’s well received No Man’s Land and their fifth long player over all, COUNTRY MUSIC SUNDAY!!! remains a testament to the band’s thinking when they first formed. They’re a bunch of friends – some acting as a songwriter and not performers – others standing by for support, all obviously in love with what they do.

In their own words, the band describes the inspiration behind the song:

“Austin, TX is without a doubt the house the Willie Nelson built, but Willie wasn’t born here. Austin has been going through a lot of changes over the years. It might not have the small town charm it once did, but really good people still live here, AND some really great people still move here. They help keep that old spirit alive, and we fancy ourselves part of that tribe.”

Another Willie Nelson fan, Chris Nelson in Kalamazoo

Saturday, December 15th, 2018


KALAMAZOO, MI — A framed, blurry picture of Kalamazoo’s Chris Nelsen and a shirtless Willie Nelson jogging down a Detroit-area sidewalk gives a glimpse into a musical obsession that spans decades.

Nelsen has closely followed the legendary country musician since 1979. He’s attended more than 225 concerts along the way and amassed a staggering amount of Willie Nelson memorabilia. Prior to Nelson’s 1987 concert at Pine Knob Music Theater near Detroit, Chris Nelsen caught up to the country star outside of his hotel as he prepared for an afternoon jog. A shirtless Nelson, decked out in a sunglasses and hair tucked into his hat, set out on what would be a three-mile run. He let his super fan tag along.

“I’m was not a (jogger) at the time and it damn near killed me, but then I really got into it and I ran for five or six years,” Nelsen said.

The grainy image sits in one of three rooms dedicated to Willie Nelson’s career in the basement of Nelsen’s Kalamazoo home. Nelson later signed it: “To Chris, On the Road Again. Love, Willie Nelson.”

Willie Nelson and Scott Newton

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Scott Newton

“…okay, I just can’t resist posting the shot Willie’s wife, Annie D’angelo-Nelson took of me and my role model, Willie Nelson, as we rode the elevator down to the bus, with my camera. I’ve shot Willie posed with many many others, but never got to pose with The Man myself.

Thanks, Annie! It was her idea and I’m glad she had it!”

Friday, November 23rd, 2018