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Neil Young, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real The Monsanto Years (video)

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson on Tour in Paris

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

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Lukas and Micah Nelson are sharing pictures on Facebook from Paris, where they are on tour with Neil Young and Promise of the Real.

Watch Lukas and Micah Nelson with Neil Young help honor Willie Nelson #GershwinPrizeConcert (PBS tonight)

Friday, January 15th, 2016

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Lukas Nelson on Facebook:

My band #promiseofthereal with #neilyoung will be on #PBS today doing a tribute to my father #willienelson for his Gershwin Award at 9/8pm central time today. Don’t miss it

Willie Nelson and Family @ ACL Live, Austin (Dec. 29, 2015)

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

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Thank you, Janis Tillerson, for your great photos from the show in Austin on December 29, from the first night of Willie Nelson & Family’s 3-day run at the Moody Theater, at ACL in Austin.

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Neil Young & Promise of the Real continue tour in 2016

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

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Neil Young & Promise Of The Real finds the legendary rocker joined by a backing band featuring Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real. The group embarked on two legs of the Rebel Content Tour in 2015 and it appears they will hit the road once again next year.

German fan site Rusted Moon found ticketing links showing Neil Young & Promise Of The Real will play two shows in Germany next summer as part of the band’s debut European Tour. The first of the two performances will take place at Völkerschlachtdenkmal in Leipzig on July 20, while the second is set for Berlin’s Waldbühne on July 21. As for now, the two German performances are the only confirmed 2016 shows for Neil Young & Promise Of The Real but look for additional announcements soon.

Young seemed revitalized by his time on the road with Lukas and the members of Promise Of The Real. Neil dug deep into his back catalog and seemingly busted out a gem for the first time in years at nearly every show of the tour. “Alabama,” “Vampire Blues,” “L.A.” and “Walk On” were just a few of the songs that returned to the fold in 2015 after decades on the shelf. Beyond that, Promise Of The Real brought a fiery spirit that helped reinvigorate Neil in concert and the pairing led to a bevy of extended “Cortez The Killers,” “Down By The Rivers” and “Cowgirl In The Sands” that blew past the 15-minute mark. Here’s hoping 2016 will bring more of the same with multiple legs of the Rebel Content Tour once again.

Willie Nelson, Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson, “Just Breathe”

Monday, December 21st, 2015

“Just Breathe”

Yes, I understand that every life must end, uh-huh
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go, uh-huh
Oh I’m a lucky man, to count on both hands the ones I love
Some folks just have one, yeah, others, they’ve got noneStay with me…
Let’s just breathe…

Practiced are my sins, never gonna let me win, uh-huh
Under everything, just another human being, uh-huh
I don’t wanna hurt, there’s so much in this world to make me bleed

Stay with me
You’re all I see…

Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me

As I come clean…
I wonder everyday, as I look upon your face, uh-huh
Everything you gave
And nothing you would take, oh no

Nothing you would take
Everything you gave…

Did I say that I need you?
Oh, did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me
And I come clean, ah…

Nothing you would take
Everything you gave
Hold me ’til I die
Meet you on the other side…

 

Love and peace and good will from the Willie Nelson family

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

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Annie Nelson kindly shared this with fans on Twitter and Facebook.  Thanks, Annie.

See Micah Nelson and Insects vs Robots with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in concert

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
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Last shows of the year this week with @lukasnelsonpotr

Dec 10 – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
Dec 11 – Malibu Inn, Malibu
Dec 12 – Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown
Dec 13 – Coach House, San Juan Capistrano

Micah Nelson artwork on Grateful Dead Dave’s Picks’s Volume 16

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

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Micah Nelson’s artwork was selected for the latest edition of Dave’s Picks Volume 16 (Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, MA   3/28/73).

You can order one at www.dead.net/

Neil Young, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson perform at Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Concert for Willie Nelson

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

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All these photos are by Janis Tillerson.

Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson and Promise of the Real (Tato Melgar, Anthony Logerfo and Corey McCormick), performed at the tribute concert for Willie Nelson. They opened the show, appropriately with ‘Whiskey River’ and ‘Stay All Night.

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Congratulations, Willie Nelson for being honored with Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Song

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

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Janis Tillerson, took all these great pictures for us to enjoy.

Something great happened in Washington DC this week.  History was made, and it had nothing to do with any bills pending or anything else the lawmakers did this week, if anything.   This week Willie Nelson was honored with the the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.  He is only the seventh artist to receive the prestigious award, and the first and only country music artist to receive it.  The presentation came in the middle of a musical tribute to Willie Nelson, by over a dozen artists.    The concert and award presentation were filmed, and will air on PBS on January 15th.

The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, named after songwriting team George and Ira Gershwin, celebrates a living performer and/or composer’s “lifetime achievement in promoting song to enhance cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations,” according to the Library of Congress website.

It was magical night, watching the  amazing group of artists gathered to honor Willie Nelson and show their respect and love to him.  Each sang a song written or recorded by Willie Nelson.

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The event was held in the Daughters of Revolution Constitution Hall.  Built in 1928, it is the only structure ever erected in tribute to the Constitution.  It’s the largest concert hall in DC, too.

Willie and Annie were seated in the hall to watch the concert, from a private box, close to the stage.  They came out about 10 minutes before the show started, and as soon as they sat down the audience on the floor under them surged over to take pictures with their cell phones.  It was such a familiar site, fans drawn close to Willie when he shows up.  But it was fun to see the movers and shakers  and law makers of Washington DC wanting to be close to Willie. I get it. Boots and cowboy hats, or three-piece suits and women in pearls — it doesn’t matter. Everyone loves Willie Nelson. There was a stream of fans who came over and lined up by Willie in his private box, and he kindly signed programs, agreed to selfies and hugs. That would have gone on forever, if they hadn’t made an announcement and asked people to take their seats the show was about to begin.

It was so moving to see all these amazing, talented, artists come out and bow to Willie, throw kisses and tip their hats, if they have a hat.  There was so much respect. Don Was was the musical director, and played stand up bass for the event.  He had a familiar group of Nashville artists on stage with him, and Mickey Raphael, Willie’s harmonica player stood in, too.  Mark Rothbaum, Willie’s Management, was one of the producers of the event.   I don’t know which musical genius selected the songs that the artists performed, but it was great.  They dug deeper and dug way back into his massive catalog and picked songs not as often covered by other artists.

Slide shows were played between some of the songs.  Starting in Abbott, Texas, the slide show takes us through Willie’s musical legacy, family and good causes.  Willie wife Annie talks about they met on the filming of a movie.  Friends Kris Kristofferson and Owen Wilson were in the film, telling stories about Willie Nelson and of their love and appreciation for their friendships.  Owen’s brother Luke, and a few other famous faces I recognized were in the audience, along with other celebrities and law makers.

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Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson and Promise of the Real kicked off the festivities with a rambling spriited version of “Whiskey River”, just like Willie Nelson  kicks off his dance parties.  Then they sang a favorite, “Stay All Night”, a nod to Bob Wills and his music, who Willie names as one of his musical influences.

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Master of Ceremonies Don Johnson was introduced next.  “Only Willie Nelson an bring together Republicans and Democrats.”

Like most of the artists, the actor, singer,  told stories about Willie Nelson, their friendship and their projects together.

Leon Bridges performed next, with a beautiful, soulful rendition of ‘Funny, How Time Slips Away”.

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Mickey got long extended applause and cheers for his beautiful solo in the song.

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The third performer to honor Willie was Raul Malo, of the Mavericks.   What a beautiful voice!  He sang ‘Crazy’,  with the person who wrote ‘Crazy’, sitting right above him watching.  How crazy is that.

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Paul Simon and Edie Brickell sang a beautiful selection from Willie Nelson’s ‘Red Headed Stranger’ album, “Remember Me”.  Paul was last year’s recipient of the award.

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Rosanne Cash threw kisses at Willie Nelson and called him, “Maestro”.   Then she sang, “Pancho and Lefty” the big hit from Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

After Rosanne sang, they  read a letter from President Carter, talking about their friendship.

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“Although we regret we couldn’t be with you today, Rosalynn joins me in congratulating you on receiving the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, a prestigious and well-deserved award.  Your music has enriched the lives of people far and wide for decades, and it is only fitting that your life’s work be honored in this way.

Your friendship has been important to us for over 30 years, and we were proud to host you at the White House and in Plains. We also loved having you in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Price concert in 2002. Your music has become the soundtrack of our lives, and we are pleased to see your tremendous talent recognized today.

Please know you have our warm best wishes on this special occasion, and we hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

Jimmy Carter

Appropriately after President Carter’s letter was read, Jamey Johnson performed, “Georgia.”

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Jamey looked handsome in his tuxedo and braided beard.

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All the performers paid their respects to Willie Nelson when they came on stage. It was really moving.

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Mickey Raphael’s solo on “Georgia” was so beautiful, drew a long extended applause.

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Up Next, Harry Weinstein,  multi-platinum-selling, entertainer, shared a Gershwin Moment, and broke into a few acapela verses of “Someone to Watch Over Me”.  Willie recorded the song on the Stardust album in 1978 and it sold millions, and stayed on the charts for several years.   Weinstein, dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, spoke of the  Stardust album, and how Willie Nelson helped bring back popularity of America’s songbook.  Weinstein serves on the Library of Congress‘ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and safeguarding  of America’s musical heritage

Recognizing that Willie Nelson has done many other great and important things as well as his musical gift to the world, they played a video of Willie Nelson’s involvement with Farm Aid, with footage from the concerts.

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The amazingly beautiful Alison Krauss performed, “Angel Flying Too Close to the Sun,” that gave everyone goosebumps.

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Then, Jamey Johnson joined Allison on, “Seven Spanish Angels”, the song that Willie Nelson recorded with Ray Charles and made so famous.

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Next, Mexican singer and songwriter Ana Gabriel,  from Santiago de Comanito, Sinaloa, Mexico, was introduced.  She sang one of the most beautiful songs of the night, “I Never Cared For You,” by Willie Nelson, in Spanish.  I don’t know what musical genius had that idea, but it was great.  So beautiful.

Next, a video played about Willie Nelson and his contribution to the long running televisions show from Texas, “Austin City Limits.”  They showed footage of actor Matthew McConnaughy introducing Willie, when he was inducted into the innaugeral Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, with another concert in tribute to Willie Nelson, when EmmyLou Harris, and Lyle Lovett performed.

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The 11th performance of the night was by Buckwheat Zydeco, joined by Paul Simon.  They sang a rousing version of “Man With the Blues”, which  Willie Nelson wrote, and first recorded as a single in 1959  (B-side:  ‘The Storm Has Just Begin.’) He later re-recorded it in 1976.  Buckwheat’s accordians were so perfect on this song, just another demonstration of how universal Willie Nelson’s music is, and how genre-less it really is.

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After another tribute video to Willie Nelson, the award presenters were announced and took the stage.  Official Librarian of Congress, David Mao and several lawmakers  presented the award to Willie Nelson.

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After Willie Nelson accepted the award, he did what he has been doing for over sixty years, he entertained his fans. He first sang the timely song, “Living in the Promise Land.”  At a time when countries all over the world are closing borders and turning away refugees, Willie sang so clearly that there is still a lot of love and room for everyone, living in the Promiseland.  Willie doesn’t only talk about his beliefs, he sings about them and lives them. .

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Then Willie Nelson introduced Cyndi Lauper and told the audience that the two of them recorded a song for a Gershwin Tribute album, ‘Summertime’, that will be released early next year.  They sang a playful version the famous George and Ira Gershwin brothers’ song, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”  After the song, they got a call from the engineer in the sound booth outside who reported a problem and asked that it be sung again.  Everyone loved watching them perform the song again. 11-18-2015 Library Of Congress Gershwin Honors Willie Nelson-188 .

All the artists gathered with Willie at the end of the show for, “On the Road Again.”    It was a little strange, no one in the audience stood up to dance, but maybe they don’t stand up and dance at concerts in DC, I don’t know.  It was hard for me to sit still, but I behaved myself. 11-18-2015 Library Of Congress Gershwin Honors Willie Nelson-161

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At the end of the show, Willie spread his arms and said, “I’m sorry, but there was some trouble with the sound, and we’re going to have to do the show again.”  Everyone cheered, we would have all sat there gladly for a do-over.

Micah Nelson and Lukas Nelson, in Washington DC

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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Willie Nelson’s boys were in town to help honor their father when he received the Library of Congress Gershwin Award.

Willie Nelson Gershwin Prize Concert Finale

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

 

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All the performers came out on stage to sing ‘On the Road Again’ with Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson and Mickey Raphael.  So much love and appreciation on stage .

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 Thanks to Janis Tillerson for her great photos from last night’s show.

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Thanks to Jeremy Tepper for this panoramic photo from the event.

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Willie Nelson goes to Washington

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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Willie Nelson and his family are in Washington DC this week, as Willie Nelson is honored with the United States Library of Congress Gershwin Music Award.

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Nice to see the family having some fun together.

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by: Stephen L. Betts

Willie Nelson will be the first country music artist to receive the prestigious Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The iconic songwriter and performer will be celebrated at an invitation-only gala on November 18th in Washington, D.C. Among those paying tribute to the 82-year-old musician are Rosanne Cash, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo of the Mavericks, Neil Young and Promise of the Real, the band featuring Nelson’s son, Lukas. Also appearing will be Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Ana Gabriel, Paul Simon and Buckwheat Zydeco.

Taking place at DAR Constitution Hall in the nation’s capital, the tribute concert will air on PBS stations January 15th, 2016, at 9:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

The Gershwin Prize was created in 2007, and named after brothers George and Ira Gershwin, whose contributions to popular American music include numerous standards such as “Someone to Watch Over Me,” which Nelson recorded on his landmark 1978 LP, Stardust. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame earlier this year. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Nelson’s first-ever recordings, as a 12-year-old in his hometown of Abbott, Texas.

According to the official description on the Library of Congress website, the Gershwin Prize “celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.”

Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Neil Young (Farm Aid 30)

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

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Thanks again to Mary Francis Andrews for sharing her great photos from Farm Aid 30, in Chicago.

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