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Friday, April 13th, 2018

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photo: Janis Tillerson

“Trippy Troubadour” — micah nelson

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

photo:  Janis Tillerson

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by:  Andy Greene

Playing music with Neil Young has been like “getting a masters degree in Jedi training,” the musician says.

A little more than a dozen years ago, Willie Nelson stumbled out of the poker room at his house in Maui in a haze of marijuana smoke to find his then-14-year-old son Micah playing Mario Kart on a Nintendo 64. Micah had just returned from a school trip, and his father greeted him with a elcome home, Particle Kid!” Willie said.

“I thought it was the funniest thing, so I never forgot it,” Micah says. “Years later I asked him about it and he said, ‘I was trying to say “Welcome home, Prodigal Son,” but I was so stoned it came out as ‘Particle Kid.'”

By that point, the teenaged Micah had already started recording his own low-fi, dreamscape music – a slow tumble of guitars, far-off vocals, and washes of rhythm and noise – and when he decided to release it, he used the nom de smoke-plume that Willie had given him. The first Particle Kid collections were limited to 200 cassette tapes on the indie label Dome of Doom, and there was no sign they came from the son of Willie Nelson. “Instead of taking advantage of that I always felt that I had to work twice as hard as everyone else and live up the name, really earn it,” Micah says.

Earn it he has, though he may be working more than twice as hard as everyone else. A musical polymath who, according to Willie, “plays everything,” Micah combines an indie DIY aesthetic with a questing hippie spirit and a relentless work ethic. Over the last few months, the 27-year-old has done everything from open shows for Margo Price – one of Nashville’s sharpest and hardest rocking songwriters – to backing up Neil Young in his older brother Lukas’ band, Promise of the Real. Songs like “Gunshow Loophole Blues” from Particle Kid’s latest, Everything Is Bullshit, were inspired by the madness of Trump’s America. There’s also his adventurous rock quintet Insects vs. Robots, a series of animated short films he’s been working on, the Space Gnome deck of cards he’s designed to benefit the Bridge School (a cause Young has long supported), and an interactive album inspired by the patterns of hotel carpets he’s photographed that. “Whether I’m gardening or working on my car of making music or painting, it’s all part the same entity,” he says. “I’ve always felt like an artist who is using music as a medium.”

His role as integral member of Neil Young’s band began with an impromptu rendition of “Rockin’ in the Free World” at Farm Aid in 2014, which quickly lead to Promise of the Real backing Young on two studio albums and a series tours. Despite the nearly half-century age gap between Young and the band, they’ve become a very tight unit, and Micah and Lukas have coaxed Young to bust out rarities he hasn’t played since the 1970s, like “Alabama” and “Vampire Blues” and “L.A.”

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Micah says playing music with Young has been like “getting a masters degree in Jedi training.” Young has schooled the Nelson brothers with precepts like, “The perfect is highly overrated.” “The main thing he’s taught me about music is, ‘If you think, you’re fucked.’ You have to accept your flaws and embrace them.”

Young cast Micah, Lukas and the rest of Promise of the Real in his trippy western Paradox, directed by Young’s girlfriend Daryl Hannah and shot in the Rockies during a four day tour break, using vintage Super 8 film and Hannah’s phone. “We’re all miners in the future, mining for ancient technology like computers and phones,” says Micah. “It’s a strange, beautiful art film.” He say that Young and Hannah call Paradox “a very loud poem” — perhaps the only such poem streaming on Netflix.

Touring with Young means some nights Micah’s playing for 100,000 fans on a bill with Paul McCartney at Desert Trip, and then just a few weeks later he’s out on his own, singing to a handful of people at a dusty club. It’s a balance that Micah has learned to embrace, though in the future he hopes to gain just a little more traction with his own career. “I wish I had a roadie to help me carry shit around,” he says, then laughs. “I’d like to be able to employ a reliable sound guy and incorporate some of animation into the show. But I feel like I’ve come a long way in the past couple of years and I want to keep the momentum going. Hopefully I’ll hit a nerve with more people without sacrificing or compromising on anything.”

Luck Reunion 2018 (March 15, 2018)

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Thanks again, to Janis Tillerson, for more great photos from the Luck Reunion in Texas.

 

Evening With Farm Aid at Luck, Texas (3/14/2018)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Thanks to Janis Tillerson for her great photos from the special dinner sponsored by Farm Aid, in Luck, Texas before the musical Luck Reunion the following day. Guests were treated to a delicious real food dinner, followed by performances by Willie Nelson and Family and Nathaniel Rateliff. The dinner was a benefit for Farm Aid, and you can learn about their good work at:

www.FarmAid.org

Hanging out on the Porch at Luck Headquarters

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Thanks, Janis from Texas, for sharing photos of the cool, so cool, folks at the Luck reunion.

“You find the cool kids hanging out on the porch at Luck Headquarters.”   — Janis

Luck Reunion 2018

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Thanks to Janis Tillerson for photos from the concert in Luck, Texas last night.

Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Margo Price

 

 

“The Eyes of Texas” — Willie Nelson (Luck, Texas)

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Thanks to Janis Tillerson for sharing video from Luck, Texas last night. Nathaniel Rateliff joined the band for the song.

An Evening With Farm Aid at the Luck Reunion — TONIGHT!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Thanks, Janis Tillerson, for the sneak-preview photos from tonight’s dinner at Luck to celebrate and benefit Farm AId.

www.FarmAid.org

Luck, before the Reunion

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Thanks, Janis from Texas, for sharing photos from Luck, Texas, before the Reunion festival tomorrow.  So quiet today!

Luck Reunion

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

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photo:  Janis Tillerson

Willie Nelson in Luck

Monday, February 12th, 2018

photo:  Janis Tillerson

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

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photo:  Janis Tillerson

Willie Nelson, Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson @LuckReunion

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

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Thanks Janis from Texas, for more photos from Luck, Texas. Fantastic, as always, Janis!

Janis from Texas Photography

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

You can see Janis From Texas Photography Facebook Page

I have been posting pictures that Janis Tillerson has been taking of Willie Nelson and Family for over 12 years, for as along as I have had my blog.  She has contributed to this blog so much.  Her pictures are amazing, like that beautiful photo above of Willie with his Sister Bobbie.  Janis has a FaceBook page, and you can visit it here.  Also, you can search for her name on my page here, and will see hundreds and hundreds of her amazing photos.

 

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Willie Nelson and his fans, in Bossier City, Louisiana (1/14/2012)

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

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Thanks so much once again to Janis Tillerson, for sharing her photos of Willie Nelson, like these she sent from the January 14, 2012 show, at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana.

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