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Another Willie Nelson fan, Ed Jurdi, Band of Heathens

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
by: Annie Zaleski

Austin, Texas’ own Band of Heathens are road warriors who have played shows with the Drive-By Truckers, Hayes Carll and Old 97’s — and that’s just in the last few years. Ask vocalist / guitarist / songwriter Ed Jurdi who’s left on his band’s concert wish list, however, and he doesn’t hesitate before answering: Willie Nelson.

“I do want to make that happen,” he says, calling The Boot from (where else?) the road, on the eve of the band’s performance at June’s Mountain Jam. “We’re pretty good friends with Lukas [Nelson], his son — he has a really great band — but we haven’t quite gotten to do a show with Willie yet. We have a lot of friends who have done it, too. So we’re putting our names on a list.”

When told he should pull the Texas card to make that happen, Jurdi laughs: “That’s right,” he says. “Willie’s everyone’s now, though. He’s really a man of all people.”

With the release of January’s Duende, the Band of Heathens are increasingly in the same boat. The record is a distillation of everything that makes the band great; its songs encompass meditative folk-rock (“Keys to the Kingdom,” “Last Minute Man”), bluesy soul (“Sugar Queen,” “Daddy Longlegs”), Wilco-esque pop (“Deep Is Love”), loping twang (“Cracking the Code”) and swaggering rock ‘n’ roll (“Trouble Came Early”). Better still, these disparate songs hang together seamlessly.

“I feel this is the best record we’ve ever made, and I feel like the band is the best that it’s ever been.”


Willie Nelson fans at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Fun times at Red Rocks, with Janis from Texas, Jodi from Texas, Miss Tex (Pat) from Texas and Gary from Texas.  And that’s Ben and Eddie from Colorado behind them.

Another Willie Nelson fan: Roger Crowe

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Thanks to Roger for letting me share his photo, looking good in his WN shirt, way over in Hawaii, gifted from his friend Rebecca in Austin.

Another Willie Nelson fan: Rita Ora wants a ride with Willie Nelson

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Rita Ora wants to go on a road trip with Willie Nelson.

The ‘Your Song’ hitmaker is an unexpected fan of the 84-year-old country music legend and would love to get a chance to spend some time with him so she could pick his brain and be regaled by his tales of life on tour and in the studio.

Rita, 26, thinks there would be no better place to pump Willie for his knowledge than in a car driving across the ‘On The Road Again’ singer’s native America together.

When asked who she would most like to go on a road trip with, Rita answered: “I would probably go on a road trip with Willie Nelson, he probably has the best stories of all time.”

Rita was being quizzed for a segment called Spilled Tea on the ‘Elvis Duran Show’ on US radio station Z100 and she also spilled she would love to work with Miley Cyrus in the future.

She said: “I think it would be fun to work with my friend Miley Cyrus, I’ve already worked with Charli XCX whose my friend. It’s always good to work with your friends.”

If Rita is serious about going on a road trip with Willie she could be in luck as the songwriter recently revealed he has no intention of retiring even though he is now an octogenarian.

He said: “What do people want me to quit? I just play music and a little golf and I don’t wanna give up either one of those! Everything’s going good. I think age is just a number. I’ve heard it all my life: It’s not how old you are, it’s how you feel. And I’ve been lucky with [everything], health-wise and career-wise. I haven’t really got anything to bitch about!”

Rita though will have to run her ride with Willie past new boyfriend Tyrone Wood – who is Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood’s 33-year-old son – who she is believed to have been dating for a few months.

Willie Nelson Art, by Janine Holter

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
Branching out on my Zentangles. Paper coaster all Zentangled up with a picture of Willie Nelson Mod Podge on it. @zentangle @willienelsonofficial @williesreserveofficial @stillisstillmoving #zentangle #doodlesofinstagram #modpodge #creative #artist #godblesswillienelson #willienelson

Thanks, Janine Holter, from Minnesota, for your cool rendition.

“Branching out on my Zentangles. Paper coaster all Zentangled up with a picture of Willie Nelson Mod Podge on it.”@zentangle @willienelsonofficial @williesreserveofficial @stillisstillmoving #zentangle #doodlesofinstagram #modpodge #creative #artist #godblesswillienelson #willienelson

“Bee you don’t know how cool this picture is yet, but you will…”

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Kind of epic. #itsgoodtobebee? thank you @gailprusslin for catching this moment for this mom. @beatrixcheer you don’t know how cool this picture is yet…but you will. ??
#gratitude #bestfamilyever #thankyouwillie ?? thank you @mickeyraphael ??Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael, Jackson Browne, Grace Potter, Billy English, Paul English, and Bee
thank you @mickeyraphael ??Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael, Jackson Browne, Grace Potter, Billy English, Paul English, and Bee”

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival in Milwaukee (July 9, 2017)

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Thanks so much to Paul Martell for sharing his great photos from the Outlaw Music Festival in Milwaukee.   Paul has been sending me photos from concerts for years.  This is show #47! for Paul.

Hello again Linda,

I enjoyed the Outlaw Music Festival this past weekend and felt I should pass on some photos for you and others to enjoy again. It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. Amongst all of the memories created, I recognized Mickey Raphael casually moving through the stands with a few others. I approached him and asked if I could get a picture with him. He was very gracious and so it was done.

Later in the early afternoon, after Lukas had performed he too was mingling amongst those in the stands stage left. I approached him as well and he too was very receptive and gracious. Those photos are on my phone and I will try to transfer them later as they are great demonstrations of how we love them and they care for and appreciate us. (I jokingly tell all of my friends that I believe I am now part of Willie and Family. Acceptance into through commitments to his shows. That was #47 for me 🙂


Another Willie Nelson fan in Cary, NC

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Tom Songs:

“This is my brother in law, Gaylan. He’s on the healing side of some bad luck but Willie just made his night in Cary with a bandana and that music. We love you guys.”

Willie Nelson, American Treasure

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Great Catch, Nathan

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson fans on the Fourth of July 2017 in Austin

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Thank you, Janis from Texas, for sending photos of fans at Willie Nelson’s picnic today.  Look at these fans, lined up so early in the morning, waiting in the heat for doors to open to Willie Nelson’s picnic 2017.

Willie Nelson and his fans

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Willie is my Spirit Animal

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Willie Nelson and his fans

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Willie Nelson and his fans

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Thanks to Phil Weisman for sharing this photo.