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Willie Nelson and the Wisdom Dancers

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

photo:  Dee Sulenski

“It was a moving honor to hear Starr Swain sing the National Anthem (no pic as I was saluting the flag) and to hear Willie sing & The Wisdom Dancers interpret The Lord’s Prayer, to officially open FarmAid 2016.” — Dee Sulenski, Virginia

Thanks so much to Dee from Virginia.  It was her first Farm Aid, and she’s been sharing her experience with us.  Here’s some photos I took of the opening ceremony.


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Farm Aid Supporters in their Farm Aid Shirts

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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Each year at Farm Aid, supporters proudly wear their Farm Aid shirts from previous years.  It’s always fun to see the shirts, and thanks to Alice, from Georgia, for taking pictures of the folks in their shirts.  And thanks to the fans for being good sports and letting us take their pictures.  Here’s a few and I’ll keep sharing more.



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You can get your very own Farm Aid shirt, and learn about how you can support family farmers:

Farm Aid Supporters

Sunday, September 25th, 2016


Every year at the Farm Aid Festival, several friends help me report about the festival.  There is so much going on, with the workshops, activity tents, speakers and of course the music all day long.  These Farm Aid Supporters, music lovers and friends take pictures, interview people and write about their experiences.  Thanks so much to Alice, from Georgia (that’s her above, on the right, beside Dee from Virginia, and Dot from Florida), for her great photos of this year’s reporters, at  the festival in Bristow, Virginia, on September 17, 2018.


Terry, Dot, Dee, Jenny, Alice


Dot, Dee, Alice, Joanne, me, Pat

Willie Nelson and Family in Canada

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016


Willie Nelson and Family made a lot of Canadians happy with their shows in Windsor and Orillia, Ontario.


“Best concert I have ever gone to! We travelled in from Winnipeg Manitoba for the concert and the opportunity of a lifetime for me…………long story.   Hugs to all that made this possible.” —  Reg Grouch

Farm Aid Friends

Monday, September 19th, 2016


The Farm Aid concerts are always a reunion for friends and music fans.    We see each other (some of us) only at these concerts, when everyone flies in to support Family Farmers, hear some great music and connect with others.  I love these guys.







Willie Nelson and Family in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Thursday, September 8th, 2016


Thanks so much to Willie Nelson fan Jeff Marsh for sharing photos and stories from the Willie Nelson & Family show last Tuesday.

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The concert was in Mt Pleasant Michigan, at the Soaring Eagle Casino. Weather was in low 90’s with 100% humidity. The show opened at 7 pm with John Anderson and the Charlie Daniels band rocked the middle slot with an awesome musical jam type set.

Willie was up next ……same time as the rain :)……Willies voice, song and set list choice, and band performance were all stellar. Quite honestly the best I have heard him sound in years….which is saying a lot cause I am never disappointed. He seemed to play longer than normal also…..a couple of songs from Summertime and one from Ray price tribute…..also 2-3 songs after gospel set.


Attached is pic of my “Wet Willie show”….all of that and Tuning Tom hooked me up with a little something something. ……

From one fan to another
Jeff Marsh

p.s.  One more pic I wanted to share with you that sums up my affection for Willie. Last oct. 20th in Detroit. Willie went out of his way to make sure that he got my daughters attention and waved to her and signed her shirt. She still talks about our adventure almost a year later.


Tuesday, September 6th, 2016


Everyone looks good in a Willie Nelson shirt

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Jessica Simpson looks really good in hers.

Willie Nelson Fan Club Official Newsletter (October 1987)

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

October 1987

Anticipation spills over with the first few notes from Mickey’s harmonica.  Then, as Willie takes the stage and sings “Whiskey River Take My Mind,” the audience responds as if each person there had just won the New York State Lottery.

This rapport increases throughout the show as Willie glides from Kris Kristofferson gems to gospel, cowboy songs to blues, self-penned classics to ballads.  Whatever Willie sings, the people.  Funny how two hours slip away.

Willie and Family Show is felt, not just seen and heard.  It’s a natural high for those lucky enough to be there.  Ad those people will be back for another show.

It’s easy to appreciate the efforts of Willie and the band members on stage.  They have given us top quality entertainment.  Not so visible, i.e. well-known, are the people involved backstage working before and after each show.

Willie and Family roll coast-to-coast on tires.  Five chocolate/tan customized Silver Eagle buses, painted in various Indian and western themes, drive into the shows parking area.  these carry the 27 or so experts, including band members, that work with Willie to keep the show running smoothly.  And smoothly it does.  Also on tour is a motor home with the concessions people, a rental truck, and a semi for equipment.

On tour with Willie can be 200 shows a year, covering up to 100,000 miles.  The buses soak up to 200 gallons at truck stops and that translates to about 6 or 7 miles per gallon.

Your ticket might give the show’s starting time as 8 p.m., but the first of Willie’s crew starts long before that.  The sound and lights technicians are setting up by 11 in the morning for an 8 p.m. show.

By 3 p.m. the security staff and stage manager are at work.  Look for the Wrangler bus around the same time.  the fourth bus, with the band members, comes over about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hour before the show starts.

The big question is, of course, When Does Willie Get Here?  It varies.

It’s not unusual for Willie to arrive 30 minutes to an hour before show time.  Or, it just might be any time from 11 a.m. to 7:45; each show has it’s own circumstances.

Eventually the evening ends, Willie waves goodbye and exits the stage.  the audience also heads for home.

Willie’s crew, the same people that set up that morning, have another 2 to 2 1/2 hours of work to tear it all down.  When you have the best sound and light equipment available, it takes that long before everything is loaded and ready to roll.

One by one the Silver Eagles and trucks hustle down the highway to the next show and another city.

Many thanks to Wrangler’s Mell Parkhurst who took time at the Salem, Ohio show to answer all our questions.

Jean and Beth Dolezal
Evanston, Indiana

Willie Nelson and a fan in Iowa

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

photo:  Mark Peterson
by:  Matthew Leimkuehler

Dean Thomann “will fight to the bloody end” as he battles cancer, but a life-changing moment occurred for the 60-year-old Iowa farmer on Saturday at the Hinterland Music Festival in St. Charles.

Thomann, who is battling Stage 4 colorectal cancer, met country music icon and seven-time Grammy Award winner Willie Nelson on the second day of the music festival. Thomann made the trip with his wife, Susan, following chemotherapy treatment that lasted five weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and just days before an impending surgery that will remove a cancerous spot near his spinal cord.

“He’s my favorite of all time,” Thomann told the Register earlier in the week, before Hinterland began. “He’s been there. He’s done it. He’s been through the school of hard knocks like I have. He’s done his time, and he’s still doing it. I look at him as a classic icon.”

Thomann went backstage and met with the 83-year-old performer.

Thomann was able to secure backstage VIP tickets thanks to his daughters, who shared their father’s story when Hinterland ran a contest dedicated toward music-loving dads. There were more than 150 submissions, and the Thomanns were one of the two winners.

“When it comes to music, politics and new ideas, my pa’s mind is never closed,” Dana Thomann wrote in the note for the Hinterland contest. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized he is a rare gem among his farmer cohort.”

Hinterland’s creative director, Brooke Summers, said it was Dean Thomann’s evident passion for music and his effort to pass that along to his children that made Dana’s post stand out among the rest. Dean Thomann saw Nelson perform once before in the 1970s. The meeting between Thomann and Nelson was arranged by Farm Aid after the organization read the story published by the Register.

About 1 in 21 men and 1 in 23 women have a chance of developing colorectal cancer in their lifetimes, according to the American Cancer Society.

Willie Nelson gives Tara Kundson a bandanna in Sturgis

Saturday, August 6th, 2016


Thanks  to Janis Tillerson for sharing this picture of Tara Kundson wearing her Willie Nelson bandanna from last night’s Willie Nelson & Family show at the Sturgis, South Dakota Motorcycle Rally Concert.  Tara was standing behind Janis at the show, and when Janis saw her, she asked her mother if Tara would like to stand in front of her.  Tara’s mom explained that Tara is legally blind, and would not be able to see Willie even if she was in the front row.  Janis told her, “Yeah, but Willie will be able to see Tara.”  Janis wrote:

“Tara is a very special lady.  At the concert last night, Willie walked over and put this bandanna in her hands. Tara may not have been able to see Willie on stage but that did not stop her from rocking to the music. Tara has a vision problem and did not know for sure if I just told her it was Willie who handed her the bandanna, so she kept asking if it truly was Willie that touched her hand. As Tara said, ‘this is the best thing that has ever happened to me! I can’t believe he came to me.’  I don’t think she will ever stop smiling.” — Janis Tillerson

Willie Nelson fans and friends in Denver at Fiddler’s Green

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016






Willie Nelson and his fans

Thursday, July 21st, 2016


Happy Birthday, Bean

Friday, July 15th, 2016


Sweet picture of Janine, from Minnesota, Willie Nelson fan, artist and nice person, on her birthday.

Willie Nelson and his fans

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016