Thank you, Mary Franklin, for sharing her photo.
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Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews, Fenway Park
by: Patrick Doyle
On September 13th, Farm Aid is returning to Raleigh, North Carolina. Dave Matthews first played the event in 1995 and now sits on its board of directors alongside Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp. Matthews spoke with Rolling Stone for our Nelson cover story, on stands now. We edited Matthews’ words into an appreciation of one of his favorite songwriters that covers weed, why he likes Nelson’s version of “Gravedigger” more than his own and why he considers Nelson a folk hero.
I don’t know if I have a favorite Willie story; a lot of times they’re too X-rated. I wonder if he would say, “Hey man, don’t give my jokes away to Rolling Stone.” I remember the first time that I met him, the band and I got on his bus and he started rolling joints and passing them around the bus. And at some point, I got this sort of warm dull hum in my head I think everybody was sharing. We’d been chattering, and I don’t know how many joints had been going around the bus, but he raised his hand and said, “Is everybody high?” And then everyone laughed. It was a great moment.
“I don’t know if I have a favorite Willie story; a lot of times they’re too X-rated.”
I had to go from there to do a whole bunch of Farm Aid press, and I was just useless. I don’t know if I’m any better ever [when I do press], but I just remember I couldn’t be more stoned than I was. I just remember Willie going, “Is everybody high?” Every time I go to visit my mom, who is a huge Willie Nelson fan – as much for the person as for his music – there’s a photograph that we took on the bus and he just looks as bright-eyed as ever, but the rest of us just look as if we are so fucking high. But my mom proudly displays this photo of me cross-eyed on Willie’s bus.
He has so many great lines. He’s not at all on a high horse about his political beliefs. It’s not boring to listen to him talk about what he believes. At Farm Aid, in respect to the corporate invasion of farming and the poisonous method of modern farming, he said, “We’re not happy until you’re not happy.” Anytime I’m sitting in a room with him, I’m sitting in awe. When you meet him, like when he said hello to my mom once, you just walk away feeling like you’re worth it, like you matter and that he’s not just blowing smoke up your ass. Which is not the case often with people that are in a position like his.
He really is revolutionary and I wish more people would pay attention to things he says and be a little more cynical of the people in power in this country and a little more cynical of corporate influence and the almighty dollar. I wish we’d look a little further into what really makes this country great. I think that if we don’t fight for it the way Willie has spent the majority of his life fighting for it, we’re gonna lose this country to a bunch of money. Although you can make a lot of money, if that’s all it’s about, then we’ll lose everything that’s worth it, and we go up our fundamental orifice.
“Crazy” is one of my favorite songs; I lifted the phrasing of the first line for “Crush.” That was not as great a song as “Crazy,” but I just loved it. I also couldn’t believe his version of “Gravedigger.” I felt really good about it when I wrote it. When I found out he was going to sing that on his record, it was maybe one of the highest points of my life. Now, whenever I sing that song, I’ve kind of turned the phrase to favor his version of it over mine. I don’t know if it’s ever noticeable, but there are a couple moments when I try to emulate him more than I do me.
by Nick Murr
In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Willie Nelson discusses the joys of touring with his sons: “I’ve been hearing my licks come back better than they went out,” he says. Now, one of his sons’ bands, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, who have also opened for stars like B.B. King and John Fogerty, are bringing some of those licks to a new LP – their third – titled Love Yourself. Below, listen to an exclusive stream of one of its tracks, the casual, swaying “Find Yourself.”
“This is my favorite song on the record – the most personal to me and yet I think anyone can relate to it,” says Nelson. “I always feel like I’m cleaning my soul out when I sing it. It’s my tribute to the soul musicians I grew up idolizing, and it’s really fun to play live.”
Currently, the band is in the middle of a late-summer tour that includes a stop at Raleigh’s Farm Aid and closes in Folsom, California.
Read article here. and Listen to new song, “Find Yourself”
In addition to the imposition the proposed pipeline would have on tribal land, farm owners in the area are also concerned about the environmental footprint if energy company TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is approved, from contaminating groundwater to pollution. A handful of farmers along the pipeline’s planned route have refused to sell their land to TransCanada, including Art and Helen Tanderup, whose Neligh, Nebraska farm will host the 10,000 attendees.
“Farmers, ranchers and tribes that have been standing up to TransCanada are rock stars in my eyes,” Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb said in a statement. “Now we will have the honor to have music legends Neil Young and Willie Nelson stand with us against this risky pipeline that threatens our water and our livelihoods. It is our hope that President Obama in the end stands with us over Big Oil.” Because the proposed pipeline also would cross international borders, President Obama would have to sign off on the project, Omaha.com reports.
Young has long been one of rock’s most environmentally conscious rockers – the front page of his website currently features an essay on organic cotton T-shirts and the smart laundry practices – and he’s previously lent support to Native American tribes in his native Canada who are also fighting against Big Oil. Last spring, Young traveled to Washington D.C. to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which is where he met Art Tanderup and the “Harvest for Hope” concert was conceived. Young and Nelson hadn’t performed together in Nebraska since the third annual Farm Aid visited Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium in 1987.
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Thanks, Clem, for sharing the cover of Texas Monthly, with Billy Joe Shaver on the cover.
Don’t forget, Billy Joe Shaver has a new album out, too! Willie Nelson joins Billy Joe Shaver on a song on the new album, “It’s Hard to Be an Outlaw.”
“Check out my gig poster that I got to design for Billy Joe Shaver! The Honky Tonk Hero will be here in Jackson on the 22nd of June. Yall come on out and see this outlaw legend! ” — Joni Stevens Dunbar
How cool would that be, to tell your friends to check out the new Rolling Stone, ’cause your dad is on the cover (again).
“Dad has the cover of the new rolling stone!!! Nice job dad!” #willienelson – Lukas Nelson, on Instagram
Willie Nelson, America’s most beloved outlaw, opens up about his craziest weed stories, the IRS, his pal George Clooney and the death of his close friend Ray Price in our new issue: http://rol.st/1pO1lqf
“In Nashville, I was taking advice from the experts — they were telling me what to do. It wasn’t that they were wrong, it’s just that it was wrong for me. Someone said one time that a leader is a guy who sees a lot of people going in one direction and then jumps out in front of them. I don’t know if this is what was happening or not. I might have seen the young people going for the kind of music that I played, so I went to that audience, to get the energy from those young people and it got the attention of the rest of the world.”
– Willie Nelson
Thank you so much to Ruth Hegley, of Scooterville, the Franks Brothers Traveling Willie Nelson & Family Store, for sending me a beautiful collection of brochures and pamphlets from Willie Nelson & Family shows around the country. Willie plays in some incredibly beautiful venues, and Ruth collects show programs and magazines announcing Willie’s shows, and kindly shares them.
Santa Clarita Valley
A Legend Comes to Town
By: Stephanie Struyck Elgin
Photos: David McCuster
He’s the longhaired, bandana-wearing guitarist who captured the hearts of audiences worldwide and changed the face of country music. A pioneer of outlaw country, Willie Nelson’s rough and tumble grit, coupled with raw emotion and honesty, breathe life to his songs, making him a legend in his own right.
Born in Abbott, Texas, Willie Nelson has an impressive six-decade career with over 60 studio albums in addition to live recordings, soundtracks, and collaborations with other artists and more. One of the most decorated musicians of all time, Willie is a seven-time Grammy Award winner, and has received numerous accolades for his work.
Known as a songwriter of rare and precise elegance, Willie was the mastermind behind 1960’s classics like Crazy (Patsy Cline), Hello Walls (Faron Young), and Night Life (Ray Price), to name a few. In the 1970’s, however, Willie’s unique style didn’t fit the traditional classic country mold, making him an “outlaw” in the country music scene. Despite his resistance to confirm, Willie’s popularity continued to grow, and in 1975, his first album for Columbia Records titled The Red Headed Stranger, catapulted Willie into stardom. Just a few years later, he released Stardust, a multi million dollar album and contributed to the compilation Wanted: The Outlaws, which featured legendary greats like Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. Willie and Waylon’s popular collaboration Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be cowboys earned the two artists a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1978.
By the end of the decade, Willie was a musical phenom, revolutionizing outlaw country His success continued into the 1980′s, topping country charts and also making a name in pop music. On the Road Again and Always on My Mind were some of the many songs that emerged during this decade. Willie collaborated with Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash to form the group The Highwaymen. The group recorded and toured for a number of years.
While Willie Nelson has etched his name in music history, he is also the co-founder of Farm Aid, an annual series of fundraising events, which began as an all star benefit concert in 1985, to raise money for American family farmers. Having grown up on the farm himself, Willie continues to lobby against horse slaughter and produces his own blend of biodiesel fuel.
Throughout out the years, Willie has continued to make music, collaborating with other musicians, and in 1993, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Willie has also appeared on the big screen, starring in many films including The Electric Horseman and Honeysuckle Rose, to name a few.
In May of 2012, Willie released Heroes, his first album for Legacy Recordings. The album spent five weeks at a number one on the Americana Radio Chart. The same year, he released his book, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” which landed in the Top 10 on the New York Times’ Best Seller List.
Recently, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center announced that one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Willie Nelson, will be coming to the Santa Clarita valley for the special event, “Willie Nelson and Family: Live in Concert”.
“The PAC will be the place to be on April 5, and we are thrilled to have him in Santa Clarita, if only for just one night,” states Evy Warshawski, Executive Director of Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.
College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook adds, “Featuring an icon like Willie Nelson at the Performing Arts Center demonstrates our commitment to bringing the best in entertainment to Santa Clarita.”
With his 1969 Martin N-20 named “Trigger” in tow, signature braided ponytails, bandana and outlaw country tunes, I, too, look forward to welcoming the legendary music icon to our stage.
On April 28, 2014, Wilie Nelson – the musician who’s known for his renditions of On the Road Again, To All the girls I’ve Loved Before and Always on My Mind, among other songs — received his fifth-degree black belt in the modern Korean martial art of gong kwon yu sul. the ceremony took place at Master Martial Arts in Austin, Texas, a studio operated by Sam Um. The following day, the country music legend turned 81.
Nelson, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has practiced martial arts for much of his life. He began with Kung Fu lessons when he was a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. The past 20 years have seen him focus on the Korean arts, including tae kwondo and gong kwon yu sul. Nelson often can be seen practicing his techiniques, even when he’s on tour.
Farm Aid is coming to Raleigh, North Carolina’s Walnut Creek Ampitheater on September 13th, and this year Jack White will be joining board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews on the bill. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots are also playing. Tickets go on sale August 1st at 10:00 am EST.
“In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability,” Farm Aid president Willie Nelson said in a statement. “This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system. On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, September 13, we’ll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they’re growing for all of us.”
The first Farm Aid, which was inspired by offhand comments Bob Dylan made about struggling family farmers at Live Aid, was held September 22nd, 1985 at Champaign, Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. With the exception of 1988 and 1991, it’s been held every year since, attracting everyone from Guns N’ Roses to Phish to Lou Reed.
“There is a fair-like feeling when you go to Farm Aid,” John Mellencamp said in a statement. “All day long, people are performing onstage and food from family farmers is being served. It’s a great occasion for families to come listen to great music and teach their children about where their food comes from. We’re proud to bring Farm Aid 2014 to North Carolina for the first time to feature the family farmers whose hard work and innovations are essential for all of us.”
Last year’s Farm Aid was held at the Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center, and featured the last major public appearance by Pete Seeger.