Archive for the ‘Fans’ Category

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Willie Nelson responds to Florida Fan

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

LAKELAND, Fla. – Country singer legend, Willie Nelson, reached out to an ill Lakeland grandmother as one of her last wishes through social media.

Nelson was recently in the Tampa area when he performed at the Florida Strawberry Festival, but one of his biggest fans was hospitalized for a severe brain tumor.

Shirley Kidd has been battling brain cancer for the past six months. The diagnosis has put her in and out of the hospital since December.
Kidd, a grandmother and great grandmother, goes by MooMoo to her grandchildren.

On Friday, ABC Action News spoke with Kidd about hoping to hear from Nelson before she passes.  During the interview, Kidd sang through her favorite song by Nelson — his rendition of Amazing Grace.  Over the weekend, Nelson posted a personalized video message on a Twitter feed to Kidd, addressing her by MooMoo before singing a portion of Amazing Grace to her.

Along with the video, the person who tweeted the reply said Kidd can expect a gift in the mail for MooMoo.

The tweet said “Hey Lucas! Give this to MooMoo Tell her we have some gifts coming!” Along with the video, the person who tweeted the reply said Kidd can expect a gift in the mail for MooMoo.

The tweet said “Hey Lucas! Give this to MooMoo Tell her we have some gifts coming!”


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Willie Nelson fan’s dying wish: to see Willie Nelson

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

LAKELAND, Fla. – MooMoo, the Lakeland grandma, has one last wish as she battles brain cancer — to see Willie Nelson.
Shirley Kidd, was looking forward to her chance to see the country singer legend at the Florida Strawberry Festival in March, but she was hospitalized for a severe tumor in her brain.

“That would have been so much fun,” she chuckled.

The Lakeland grandmother has seen the country singer on a couple of occasions, and can even recall the time she stood in a line of fans to have him autograph a case for her gun.

“He probably wouldn’t even remember,” said Kidd.

But her grandson, Lucas Styron, is trying to get everyone to share his social media posts to get a message to Nelson himself.

Kidd was diagnosed with brain cancer a week before Christmas and would spend the holiday, New Years and many others day at the hospital.
Styron says they are trying to cross off as many of her wishes as possible, but the biggest one is coming face to face with Nelson again.
“I would give anything to make this happen,” he said.

The two, sat in their Lakeland home during the interview hand-in-hand while they sang to Nelson’s rendition of Amazing Grace.

“I wonder if people even really realize what he just said,” talking about the words to the song.

The family knows they may not get an in person visit — so they’re hoping for some sort of connection, even if it’s just a cowgirl hat.
“I wouldn’t mind a hat with his name on it,” said Kidd.

The Lakeland family gets closer by the day, and most of those times include Nelson’s tunes serenading in the background.

Doctors originally gave MooMoo 18 months to live, however, the tumor has grown in size.

Another Willie Nelson fan, another kiss

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Willie Nelson and his fans

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Willie Nelson & Family in Minnesota (June 9, 2017)

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Thanks so much to Beanie, Janine Holter from Minnesota for sharing her great photos from last night’s Willie Nelson & Family show at Treasure Island.

Willie Nelson fans in Minnesota (Janine and Linda)

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

 “Waiting on Willie with fellow fan Linda!” — Janine Holter
@willienelsonofficial @williesreserveofficial #willienelsonandfamilylive #willienelson #godblesswillienelson — with Linda Ekstrum at Treasure Island.

Willie Nelson Art

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Randy Wealth with his signed Willie Nelson painting in Indiana.

Willie Nelson & Family in Horseshoe Southern Indiana Elizabeth, IN last night

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Thanks to Doris Smith for sharing her great photos from last night’s Willie Nelson & Family Show.

Mickey Raphael

“We had such a fun time with Franks brother and sister in-law Chad and Alliss Smith at the WILLIE concert tonight.” — Doris

Another Willie Nelson Fan: Pat Green

Friday, June 2nd, 2017
by: Catalina Campos

It WASN’T every day an artist sold out the Astrodome, let alone twice. But Grammy-nominated country singer Pat Green, best known for his hits “Wave on Wave” and “Carry On,” has done just that.

Green’s new single “Drinkin’ Days,” released May 26, embraces his Texas roots with an acoustic set, fiddle, and laid-back chorus co-written by Jaron Boyer, Ben Burges, and Phil Barton. Houstonia caught up with Green to talk about performing live post-Manchester, his dream of collaborating with Johnny Cash, and why Willie Nelson knows best.

“Wave on Wave” has to be one of your biggest tracks. Do you ever feel the pressure to top that, especially with your new single?

I think I did when I was on the big record label and going for national attention. I tried to match that success but now, at this point, I’m really just trying to write great material and put that out and enjoy myself.

You’ve toured with Willie Nelson in the past. What’s one piece of advice from him that you carried with you throughout your career?

In showbiz, it’s carefree. Still, there is a lot of work involved and Willie was always the hard working guy. He would go out and sign autographs after a three-hour show like it was nothing, and he would sign until after the last guy left. I try to keep that up and take as many. Nowadays it’s more a line of selfies and Snapchat and so forth. That’s the biggest thing he passed on to me, you gotta love the work and do it.
Apart from your success as a musician, you’re known to love your fans. In the wake of the Manchester attack, how has the issue of security changed for you?

I play live a lot, and you can’t predict acts like the one in Manchester and other places. And life must go on. If you cower to it, it’s more detrimental to give them what they want. I feel like I’m driven by a higher force and if it’s my time, then it’s my time. I’m obviously not stupid either, but I’m not going to sit there and wait for it. I don’t think it’s lurking around, I don’t think there’s danger around every corner.

How would you like to see your music evolve?

I think the answer is naturally. I don’t want to force any issue, I don’t have an agenda. When I say that, I hope it just continues to evolve. I hope it just continues. I don’t want it to stop moving because then you end up putting out the same song over and over.
If you could collaborate with any musician that you haven’t in the past, who would it be?

You know, Eddie Van Halen if he’s still in the game. I’m just teasing!  The ones that I want to collaborate with are all dead. I wish I could have gotten with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Those are the ones that got away from me. That’s what I wish I could have done.
Should we be anticipating a new album and who are you planning to collaborate with?

We have five songs done now, so I don’t know if it will be an EP or if we will continue recording and will put out a full-length album. Yeah, something is coming.

Is Houston in your sight for your upcoming tour?

Oh absolutely, Houston is always in my sight. It’s a matter of timing and that stuff happens naturally.

Another Willie Nelson Fan

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Tobi G? @tobidrae

My pup Willie Nelson loves falling asleep to his namesake, @WillieNelson . Next step, see him in concert! #lullabies #willienelson

How it feels when Willie Nelson is about to come on stage

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Willie Nelson – @ The Puyallup Fair

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

photo:  Andrew Shapter

Have a Willie Nice Day

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017


Willie Nelson and his fans

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017