Looking forward to Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic in Austin! Great music and seeing all the fans and friends.
Thank you, G-Ma Jane, for your picture of Cherie, Tex Willie Willie Doll, and Mary Waller Collins.
I wasn’t going to deign to acknowledge the most recent mean-spirited rumor about Willie that was spread on the internet, but then Chris Nelson, a friend and Willie Nelson fan from Michigan, sent me this poem he wrote. Thanks, Chris, about says it all.
I’d be lyin’
If I said
I wasn’t cryin’.
And when I heard the news
My entire soul felt the blues
And I could feel
The blues they were playin’
And what the blues were sayin’.
And even after I read it was all a hoax
I thought, ‘Them mother fuckers
And their fucked up jokes’.
I filled one up
And had a beer
And a couple of (big, long) tokes
And a couple of (big, long) tokes.
Thank you, Lord,
for makin’ it just a hoax.
— C. N. Nelson
Judah Swonke competes in the stick house races during the youth rodeo at the Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo Friday.
Other rodeo fun:
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“Zojuist gekocht bij cd/dvd-speciaalzaak Evelyn Novacek de dubbel LP van Willie Nelson” — Juul de Graaf, The Netherlands.
Thanks, Dutch Willie Nelson fan Juul de Graaf, for sharing photo of your latest find! He purchased this specially boxed, limited edition, coloured vinyl double LP of Honeysuckle Rose.
Nice collection, Juul!
Here is a picture of Willie Nelson and Juul taken in Amsterdam, at the Paradiso, in 1998.
“I’m kind of in my own little corner, you know?” Kacey said during an interview with America’s Cosmopolitan magazine. “I’m inspired by traditional country music. I love Willie Nelson. A lot of this record was inspired by Glenn Campbell, Roger Miller, he was really humorous. I’m just trucking along in my own lane.”
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Kacey Musgraves is scheduled to perform at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Austin.
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.
“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.” —
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 Exclaim.ca.
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.