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Mickey Raphael on Writing

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
  • mickeyraphael on Instagram:

  •  “In a world filled with all kinds of digital communication it’s nice to see the FINE ART OF WRITING making a come back at a Willie show@bestfansintheworld

Willie Nelson fans waiting for a show in Georgia

Friday, May 20th, 2016


Thanks to Andy Bush for sharing photos from the Willie Nelson & Family Show in Georgia tonight.  Andy said that President Carter was in the audience.

Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers, Merle Haggard’s band, also performed, in celebration of Merle.


Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Saturday, May 7th, 2016


Willie Nelson and his fans, in Nashville

Friday, May 6th, 2016


This is what happens at every show where fans can get to the stage, and Willie Nelson can get to his fans.  At the Schermmerhorn in Nashville there were no security barricades in front of the stage, and as efficient and firm as the ushers were, fans made it to the stage.  The symphony plays there, and their fans probably don’t rush the stage like us.  Willie is so kind.





Thursday, May 5th, 2016


Alice Kaufmann has extra tickets for the Atlanta, Georgia show tomorrow night!

It appears I’ve ended up with 4 extra tickets for Willie Nelson at Chastain Park Amphitheatre for tomorrow night. Seats are located in Orchestra section, Row L, very near center of row.

Opening act is Aaron Lewis. Face value of each ticket is $74.40.

Would love to sell to some Willie or Aaron fan!”

Alice is on Facebook, if you want to send her a message.   I wish I could go!

Globe Hall Celebrates Willie Nelson’s birthday in Denver

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016


I love that they celebrate Willie Nelson’s birthdays all over the world.  The big stars go on Youtube and send him a message; music lovers and fans gather in small bars across the country to sing his music.  I love those fans.

Globe Hall
1037 Broadway
Denver, CO
by Aaron Thackery

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys. But if you do, make sure they learn how to play plenty of Willie Nelson songs on a beat-up old guitar. That’s what a whole posse of denim-clad musicians did at Globe Hall on Friday, April 29, where the Texas song smith’s birthday was celebrated in style. All photos by Aaron Thackeray.


See more photos of folks having fun at the Globe:

Happy birthday Willie Nelson, from Dan Rather

Monday, May 2nd, 2016


Dan Rather
April 29  ·

“I can’t let the day go by, or the weekend start, without wishing my friend Willie Nelson a heartfelt happy birthday. May he have a health and happy year ahead full of continued creativity.

I first met Willie through his music but have had the good fortune over the years to interview him many times. There are so many wonderful things you can say about him as a person and an artist. Yet what always sticks with me is that he seems to embody the best traditions and impulses of our great land and her people.

He is kind and authentic. His words speak to the human struggles and joys that battle within all of us. And you can tell by the air with which he carries himself that he has seen so much through the eyes of a poet.

May Willie’s tour bus keep racking up the miles as he brings his music to his fans across America, and around the world. In a time of such tumult and complexity his work is a potent reminder that a seemingly simple tune with evocative lyrics can be both beautiful and profound.”

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
by Billy Dukes

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson! But don’t take it from us. Nearly two dozen country stars gathered to wish the country legend a happy 83rd birthday recently. See special messages from Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Charles Kelley and more.

Cole Swindell, a Thousand Horses, Clay Walker and Dustin Lynch are a few more who were eager to wish Nelson a Happy Birthday. The “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” singer was born on April 29, 1933. His country music career began after a short stint in the military and some time as a radio deejay. First he was a burgeoning songwriter, but beginning with “Willingly” in 1962, Nelson became a hit recording artist, as well.

Lynch and Mickey Guyton were sure to thank for all he has done for country musicians. Rhett and Swindell say meeting the legend tops their bucket lists. Kelley and Jana Kramer refer to Nelson’s favorite habit — you know the one. In all, eighteen country hitmakers took time during the 2016 ACM Awards to offer well-wishes for a country music original in his seventh decade of recording and touring.

Nelson has a lot ahead in 2016. His tour schedule begins in May with a show in Florence, S.C. and he’ll stay busy through the summer. New music is always on the horizon. Just last year he released the Django and Jimmie album with Merle Haggard. The critically acclaimed project inspired a tour with two country icons. Sadly, Haggard became ill before he was able to finish the tour.


Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson

Friday, April 29th, 2016


Friday, April 29th, 2016


Willie Nelson and his fans

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016


Thanks to Patricia Lopez for sharing her picture of Willie Nelson spending time with his fans after a Willie Nelson & Family Concert.

Sunday, April 24th, 2016


Willie Nelson Art (by Janine Holter)

Sunday, April 24th, 2016


Thanks to Janine “Beanie” Holter, of Minneapolis, for sharing a photo of the painting she made of Willie Nelson spending time with his fans after a Willie Nelson & Family show.

Lil Wayne’s Guitar Lesson from Willie Nelson, “Sweet Home Alabama”

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Lil Wayne reveals that he learned how to play “Sweet Home Alabama” from Willie Nelson on the fly right before the 2008 Country Music Awards
by: Althea Legaspi

Nothing like learning how to play a song on the guitar on the fly from a country legend – that’s what happened when Lil Wayne was tapped to perform with Kid Rock and Willie Nelson during the 2008 Country Music Awards. According to Weezy, who shared the story while participating with 2 Chainz in a multi-part video series on their ColleGrove collaboration for Genius and WorldStarHipHop, he didn’t have much time to pull off Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” live onstage. However, Nelson came to his rescue.

In the clip, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz are backstage at Atlanta’s the Tabernacle in March. “I got a real funny story about Kid Rock. I did the Country Music Awards with him before,” Wayne tells 2 Chainz, adding that he showed up five minutes before they were to take the stage, literally, as they were behind the curtains before they were about to go up.

Wayne was told that they would be playing “Sweet Home Alabama.” However, there’s a slight problem. “[Kid Rock’s] like, I know you know that, right?’ I was like, ‘I’m black,'” Wayne says, laughing.

“What he don’t know is I don’t know how to play the guitar. I just made a song called ‘Leather So Soft’ and it worked,” he explains. “That’s all I know how to play is ‘Leather So Soft.’ You feel me? Is that going to work for ‘Sweet Home Alabama’? I’m not sure.”

And while Wayne says that it was becoming obvious to others onstage that the situation might go south quickly, the Red Headed Stranger steps in to save the day. “Willie Nelson walks up. He comes up, he says, ‘Let me show you,'” and then Wayne mimics the chords that Nelson quickly teaches him. “I played it with him” and then boom, the curtains go up and it’s show time. “I got to play ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ with Kid Rock and Willie Nelson.”

The pair also discussed presumably one of their favorite pastimes. “I told Willie Nelson, I said, ‘I heard you smoked Snoop under the table. He said, ‘Right under that motherfucker.’ I said, ‘I ain’t Snoop.’ Know that, know that,” Wayne concludes.