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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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Willie Nelson and his fans

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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Willie Nelson fans at the Heartbreaker Banquet (3/19/15)

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015


Thanks so much to Jenny Begley Bransford for this great photo of beautiful music fans at the Heartbreaker Banquet. (With Patricia Lopez Wiggs, Terry Thompson, Janis Tillerson, Rhonda Quillin, Douglas Milford and Jenny Thompson)


Don’t know who took this photo, but I love it!



Willie Nelson and Family at the Ryman (Nashville, TN) (

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015


Thank you Mike Cowal for sharing pictures of Willie and his family at the end of last night’s show at the Ryman.

Willie Nelson and fans

Saturday, February 28th, 2015


Thanks to Tina Butler Martin for sharing this lovely photo of Willie Nelson with her mom Pat Butler and Virginia Lucas.

Willie Nelson and Stewart Patton

Thursday, February 26th, 2015



Thanks to Stewart Patton for having a picture of this illustration of him and Willie Nelson, by Noah Van Sciver.  Stewart has an amazing collection of illustrations, he asks his favorite illustrators to draw Willie Nelson.  I love this one.

Willie Nelson and his fans

Friday, February 20th, 2015


“One of my readers sent in this wonderful photo of her grandmother, Faye Parker McKee with Willie at the Stardust Club in Odessa back in 1964. I don’t think she’d mind me sharing it with y’all. Willie’s looking sharp! You’ve gotta love that narrow tie and the slicked-back hair.” —

“All My Favorite Singers are Willie Nelson” — new Astral Swans Album

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015


Not only is Dan Mangan our current cover star, but his Arts & Crafts imprintMadic Records is about to release its very first full-length. Astral Swans‘ album All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson will be out on February 24, and it’s available to stream right now on

These 12 tracks are extremely minimal, with barebones strumming and hushed singing supporting by a few pattering rhythms, avant-garde synths and psychedelic production touches. There’s a hint of buoyant brightness to the acoustic groove of “Beginning of the End,” but the morbid lyrics set a dark mood that’s typical of songwriter Matthew Swann.

Elsewhere, each line in “September” is punctuated with a disorienting blast of echo, while “Attention” trades out the usual synth abstractions for strings to create an ominous orchestral soundscape. Swann used to perform as Extra Happy Ghost!!!, and this album acts as a natural successor to 2011’s Modern Horses.

Hear it all below. Astral Swans will be touring with Mangan in the coming weeks.

Another Willie Nelson fan: Miss Tess and the Talkbacks

Friday, February 13th, 2015

photo:  Shervin Lainez

The female chip off the Willie Nelson block of songwriting had no problem settling into Brooklyn’s Flatbush section.

“A lot of people think of Willie as a country guy, but he has a lot of styles mixed in,” Miss Tess, who covers Nelson’s “Night Life” on “The Love I Have For You,” says. “I don’t like to pigeonhole myself into one style. I guess it started with a rock ’n’ roll background.”
by:  Jeff Harrell

Of the seven songs on Miss Tess & The Talkbacks’ new release, “The Love I Have For You,” six are covers of some of her favorite songwriters — Willie Nelson, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, the original Hank Williams and even the enigmatic Mississippi songwriter Ted Hawkins, whose “Sorry You’re Sick” leads off the record.

“Part of that was to, first of all, kind of shed some light on some of our influences that people might not have picked up on,” Miss Tess says by phone from her home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“The bands in my interest level were more country influenced, more rock ’n’ roll, more ’50s,” she says. “I like Neil Young, I like Willie Nelson … I thought this would be a cool little project, and it’s nice to sometimes do a recording project and not to have all the pressures of a songwriter.”

The songwriter, who insists on using her stage name both onstage and off because her last name “doesn’t flow,” is the daughter of musical parents from the Maryland side of the Washington, D.C., area who first began taking piano lessons at the age of 4.

Things got serious for Miss Tess as a teenager when she started playing guitar to records and exploring the sounds of a range of influential guitarists, from Charlie Christian to Joe Pass.

“And I really love Chet Atkins and Les Paul, and all those guys in the ’50s, when country and jazz and blues and rock ’n’ roll were kind of like melding together,” she says.

As for applying the guitar to her first songwriting effort,  “I think it originally stemmed from severe boredom,” she says. “I was working at an art gallery doing administrative stuff and selling oil paintings. My boss would leave me alone for real long periods of time, and I remember just sitting there at the desk, fooling around and saying, ‘I’m just gonna write a song.’”

Then she hit the road in her car by herself, which resulted in more songs.

“Being in the car with yourself for long periods of time is great for songwriting,” Miss Tess says. “I had my guitar, and I would stop … it was an introspective time.”

Miss Tess formed her first band in Boston, where she moved in 2006. With a horn player and a sound that leaned toward jazz and folk with a New Orleans flavor, Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade performed regularly at local clubs and established Miss Tess as one of Boston’s premier songwriters until 2010, when she took her act to New York City.

The female chip off the Willie Nelson block of songwriting had no problem settling into Brooklyn’s Flatbush section.

“A lot of people think of Willie as a country guy, but he has a lot of styles mixed in,” Miss Tess, who covers Nelson’s “Night Life” on “The Love I Have For You,” says. “I don’t like to pigeonhole myself into one style. I guess it started with a rock ’n’ roll background.”

So how do the country jazz stylings of Miss Tess & The Talkbacks go over in Brooklyn?

“Actually there’s a big scene for old-time string band music, bluegrass, swing music,” Miss Tess says.

Nashville, is next on Miss Tess’s list of places to settle into. When she takes the stage with her Talkbacks — guitarist Thomas Bryan Eaton, bassist James Gascoyne, and drummer Sam Zucchini — Friday at The Livery in Benton Harbor before returning to South Bend for a show Feb. 24 at LangLab, Miss Tess will be in the midst of planning her move to the country music capital of the world in April.

This time, she won’t be alone.

“We have a bunch of friends, including people from New York, moving to Nashville,” Miss Tess says. “We’re gonna have our own little built-in community there. It’s gonna feel like the Brooklyn of Tennessee.”

• Who: Miss Tess & The Talkbacks

• When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24

• Where: LangLab, 1302 High St., South Bend

• Cost: $10-$8

• For more information: Visit the

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Another Willie Nelson fan: Jamie Oliver, of Big Tobacco and the Pickers

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Paradise Blog:  There’s this picture of you with Willie Nelson.  When was that taken and what were the circumstances?

Jamie Oliver:   That picture was taken across from Tootsie’s, on Broadway, in Nashville, last year. I was in town to see Willie play at The Woods at Fontanal, formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell. My little bro had arranged for some special treatment at the show (backstage, food/drinks – you know, the royal treatment) as he knew the promoter well. I flew in a couple days ahead of my bro early because a)

I love Nashville b) I like vacationing alone. It wasn’t my first time in Nashville so I really took advantage by soaking up as much music as I could, on my own clock. The concert was on a Friday night. That Friday I woke up early, and got myself happy. I headed out onto the street for a coffee and smoke or two. Bands start early there, full 6 or 7 piece bands, so I thought I’d sit down and listen until my bro arrived. Watching those Broadway St boys pick and sing, is always a treat for me.

Anyways, at about 11AM I stumbled out of Tootsie’s and saw Willie’s bus, but no action around it. I figured that they were picking him up from a hotel or what have you. I thought that it would either be minutes, or hours before he came out, so I walked the other way thinking I’d probably get to meet him later that night at the show. I had only ever shook his hand once in Toronto, and was so awe struck at that time that I don’t think I made any sense – I don’t think mattered to Willie anyway, he had a smile on his face and some squinty eyes.

At any rate, by chance, I smoked my last cigarette. That meant I had to turn back around and walk back to the hotel to go get a fresh pack. As I was walking back, I looked up – coming out of the rink where the Nashville Predators play, 20 feet from me, was Willie! He was standing there talking to Bee Spears (his bass man). I had met Bee before. So I walked up and just started talking to them. I remember that he made me feel like I was talking to a couple of old friends that I had just run into on the street. It was early enough in the day that the tourists weren’t out in droves yet, so we chatted for about 10 minutes without him being swarmed – I told him I’d see him at the show that night, asked for a picture and walked away with a buzz that lasted a year so far.

He smelled like how I remember my grandpa smelled. My little bro missed him by about an hour, and was happy for me, but a little beat up that I got to meet him an hour earlier. At the show that day, we hung on the bus with my friend Budrock, who has done Willie’s lights for 40+ years, and Bee, and few of the other road crew guys, until Willie went on. I sat and watched the show side stage with my bro – it was incredible. For part of the show, I sat on an amp, with Paul English (Willie’s long-time drummer who now only plays a few songs per show). It was a memorable day. If I’d died in my sleep later that night, it would have been with a smile on my face.

Paradise Blog:  Why would fans of Willie Nelson and his brand of music be entertained by a Big Tobacco and the Pickers show?

Jamie Oliver:   The one thing I have always loved so dearly about Willie Nelson’s performances was his relationship and on-stage camaraderie with his band. The fact that they are called Willie Nelson and the Family speaks volumes. As a band, we have always felt that to be of the utmost importance. We are a family. We’ve been together a long time, we fight, we laugh, we are truthful with each other, we are best friends. If even an ounce of that comes through in our live show, then I’m happy. Every time I have seen Willie play, I smile. I think our shows are lighthearted enough to make people laugh and smile. We are having an enormous amount of fun and hope to keep on doing that for many years. I think that Willie fans would pick up on that.

Paradise Blog:  You do several Willie Nelson songs in an average Big Tobacco and the Pickers set, is it just because you love the songs, or because they fit in with the aesthetic of the band, or what?

Jamie Oliver:   We do Willie songs because we love Willie songs. The fact that they fit with the aesthetic of the band helps, but plays no part in what we play on. I know bits and pieces of too many Willie songs to count, and I typically drag the poor band through as many of them as I can finish, when we get together. Don’t get me wrong though, the band loves Willie too, but they each have their favorite writers/performers.


Willie Nelson and his fans

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015



So cool to see this photo (taken by Stuart Levine), of Mary Jane Lane front and center at the Willie Nelson & Family Show at the Center For the Arts in Grass Valley, California.

Willie is signing her Willie Nelson & Promise of the Real poster from the Fillmore show in San Francisco, on Inaugeration Day.  It was her first POTR show.

Happy Birthday, Ruth Boggs

Sunday, January 25th, 2015


Happy birthday, Ruth Boggs, pictured here with another Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real fan.

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Willie Nelson, “I appreciate that you remember me”

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015


A woman approached Willie Nelson after a concerrt.

“I met you in San Antonio five years ago. But I don’t suppose you remember me.’, she said.

Willie Nelson said, “No, I’m sorry, but I don’t. But I sure appreciate that you remember me.”



Bud Fulginiti

photo:  Bud Fulginiti


Patricia Lopez Wiggs


Willie Nelson and Mickey Raphael

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

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Thank you, Janis Tillerson, for her photo of Willie Nelson and Mickey Raphael, at the Woodlands, in Texas.