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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.

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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

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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

“We took the train to NYC and back in one day. We used to do crazy things like that……..”

Monday, November 19th, 2018

November 19, 2012

“We took the train to NYC and back in one day. We used to do crazy things like that……..”

— Carol Sidoran

Lukas Nelson with Margo Price, at the Rustic in Dallas (11/15/2018)

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Lukas Nelson performed a solo set at the Rustic tonight in Dallas, an acoustic set.   Janis Tillerson took these great photos.

He gave his hard working Promise of the Real bandmates a well deserved vacation: Corey, bass player, is in Japan with his family, Tato’s in Maui, Anthony’s in southern California. So respectful of him, “I want to give my band their props.  I wish they were here, ’cause I love them.”

Lukas wore a Davey Crocket coonskin cap for the show, and he wore it well.

Lukas invited Margo Price on stage to play several songs together.  They were so great together.  So fun to see two young people, so talented, at the top of their game, having so much fun doing what they love.

 

 

Jenny, Janis, GMa Jane, Karen and me, getting excited about the show tonight

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

“I opened for Willie Nelson”

Friday, October 26th, 2018

All photos by:  Rick Foster
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The Hilltop Singers, of Winchester, Virginia, opened for Willie Nelson and Family last night in Winchester, Virginia, at the dedication of the Patsy Cline Theater.  Gloria Law is the choral director for the group.

Monday, October 15th, 2018

autographs

Farm Aid Friends and Willie Nelson Fans

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Thank you JoJo from Jacksonville for great photos you took at Farm Aid yesterday.

 

 

Farm Aid 2018

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Waiting on Willie…and some beautiful music today!!!
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Woo Hoo!

Happy birthday, sweet Janis from Texas

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Happy birthday to Janis Tillerson, a wonderful, generous person.  So lucky to know her and experience fun adventures following Willie Nelson.  Her photos of Willie Nelson and Family  continue to make us fans happy.