Willie, Connie, Paula and Amy Nelson
Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson, Younston, Ohio
“you guys I AM DONE !!!! I got great feedback at zeega so looks like you all are gonna hang in a major museum this week in SF!!! I hope I got everyone (plus a few Larry and Joy and Zack ) from our magical weekend I heard that it will be featured part of the exhibit XOXOXOXOXOXOOXO you guys my love letter to everyone – thanks for letting me go through your pictures (I think I asked everyone) let me… know if you see one that belongs to you that I didnt mention you I tried !! ) Lindsey I did not ask but I took one of you because you were missing from the collage. My concept is the relationships and lives that are touched by the Nelson family music and the love it generates in the world that we take with us in our hearts and spread like wildfire until we need another recharge from our next show! You either understand it or you don’t but you cannot deny how REAL the bond is. LOVE YOU ALL!!! — Mary Jane Lane
Promise of the Real fan and music lover Mary Jane Lane from California shared this photo of her video installation on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. How cool is that? The video features a Gathering of Promise of the Real Fans in Austin last month. The installation will be up for next couple of days. Here is link to slide show: here
Willie Nelson – Heroes tracklist:
1. “A Horse Called Music”Merle Haggard & Lukas Nelson
2. “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die”Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson
3. “That’s All There Is To This Song”
4. “No Place To Fly”Lukas Nelson
5. “Every Time He Drinks He Thinks Of Her” Lukas Nelson
6. “Come On Up To The House”Lukas Nelson & Sheryl Crow
7. “Hero”Billy Joe Shaver, Jamey Johnson
8. “My Window Faces The South”Lukas Nelson
9. “The Sound Of Your Memory”Lukas Nelson
10. “Cold War With You”Lukas Nelson & Ray Price
11. “Just Breathe”Lukas Nelson
12. “My Home In San Antone”Lukas Nelson
13. “Come On Back Jesus”Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson
14. “The Scientist”
Willie Nelson’s 80th Birthday Celebration Hosted by Hard Rock Cafe New York on June 6th to Support the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Animal Welfare Institute
Purchase Tickets Tuesday May 21st at www.ticketweb.com
See Four Generations of The Nelson Family sharing the same stage for the first time ever. Performances to include Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Insects vs Robots- Official Paula Nelson Band – Raelyn Nelson Band – Lechuza – Folk Uke with Toad the Wet Sprocket – Robert Randolph – and Special Guests.
Janis Tillerson took these great photos of Paula Nelson’s set at the Back Yard on April 28, 2013, as part of the Willie Nelson Birthday Celebration/ West Texas Fire Fighter Fundraiser. Paula and her band were joined by Paula’s brothers and sister, and their adopted sister Cathy Guthrie, and daughter.
Willie Nelson is joined by family and friends during the gospel set of his show at the Back Yard on April 28, 2013.
David Allen Coe, still recovering from terrible automobile accident, showed up to wish Willie Nelson happy birthday, and support the firefighters of West, Texas.
On his new album, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” Willie Nelson and his musical Family band lay the musical vibe that has kept them on the road for decades across a swath of American classics. The impressive tracklist ranges from the 1935 Irving Berlin title track to a sparse introspective update of the singer’s own “Is the Better Part Over.”
To mark the new album (You can read my review of it here), Nelson has released a video that captures the musicians recording Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages” in the studio. Watch it below. One of a pair of instrumental tracks on the record, the song dances across the smoky jazz riffs from Nelson’s classical guitar, Trigger,” and the musical interplay of his sister Bobbie Nelson’s piano and Mickey Raphael’s resonant harmonica.
The black and white video captures the moment beautifully. At nearly 80 years old (his birthday is next week), Nelson’s face carries the emotions of a life well-lived, but not nearly finished. The band sits at the ready to add their inspiration to the lush track. But, it is Nelson’s hands and Trigger who are the stars here – both cracked and craggy, yet filled with musical vitality. His fingers dance across the strings just above the ragged texture of the guitar’s face. And, it’s all captured gorgeously in remarkable clarity.
This video probably won’t be one of country music’s most-watched of the year, but it is likely one of the best.