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Willie Nelson launches new marijuana business, “Willie’s Reserve”

Monday, April 20th, 2015
by: Patrick Doyle

Smoking Willie Nelson’s weed is a lifelong ambition of stoners everywhere, enjoyed only by a few lucky fans and friends like Snoop Dogg and Merle Haggard. Not anymore, though. On Monday, Nelson announced his own cannabis company, Willie’s Reserve, which will bring “Willie Weed” to the masses. The product will be grown and sold by local businesses in Colorado and Washington and more as state regulation allows.


Rolling Stone recently caught up with Nelson on his bus backstage near San Antonio, Texas, where he discussed the product. “I will make sure it’s good or it won’t be on sale,” the singer says. “There should be a menu just like in a restaurant because there’s so many different kinds of pot that do many different things. It’s a good idea to have everything labeled for what it does, what it don’t do [and] how powerful it is.”

Nelson says the business will also include stores with “menus of products” and edibles. “It fell together like evolution wants it to,” Nelson says. “It’s just a matter of time in this country before it’s legal. I feel like I bought so much, it’s time to start selling it back!”


The singer said in a statement that Willie’s Reserve “is an extension of [my] passion and appreciation for the many varieties and range of the plant’s qualities. Some of the best master growers in America will collaborate…to define quality standards so that fans can expect clean and consistent products.”

Nelson has been an advocate for legalization and has been involved with National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) for decades. He was arrested as recently as 2010, when he memorably created “The Teapot Party.” “They mostly want autographs now,” Nelson says of police officers. “They don’t really bother me anymore for the weed, because you can bust me now and I’ll pay my fine or go to jail, get out and burn one on the way home. They know they’re not stopping me.”

Nelson says the company will emphasize environmental and social issues to “support the gradual end of marijuana prohibition across America.” “Seeing the power of legalization, regulation and taxation to impact how Americans view cannabis is a life’s work realized for Willie,” a rep for the singer said in a statement.

“I am looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market,”  Nelson added.

The singer has also teamed with friend Merle Haggard for the pro-marijuana video “It’s All Going to Pot,” which premiered Monday on Conan O’Brien’s website.

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Willie Nelson Presents, “Red Headed Stranger” (Paramount Theater, 9/7/1975)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015



Thanks, Phil Weisman, for finding this poster.

Willie Nelson and Leon Russell, “The Early Years” DVD

Monday, April 13th, 2015


Willie Nelson and Leon featured in DVD of collection of their hits, from concerts in the 1970’s.

Heartbreak Hotel
Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away
White Lightning
Life and Love
My Cricket (And Me)
Trouble In Mind
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way

Willie Nelson in “Barbarosa”

Monday, April 13th, 2015



Thanks Phil Weisman, for digging up these cool Barbarosa movie still photos.

Filming completes for new Willie Nelson movie, “Miracles” with Sophie Lowe and Charlotte Rampling

Saturday, April 11th, 2015


Filming has completed on the new movie starring Willie Nelson, Sophie Lowe and Charlotte Rampling.  The movie was written and directed by Lian Lunson.   Stay tuned for release date for the movie.
by: Beville Dunkerley

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is about a young girl, played by fellow Aussie Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate, Adore), who finds a letter from her late father directing her to a goldmine in a remote area of the California desert. That’s where she meets two retired vaudeville stars, played by Nelson and acclaimed British actress Charlotte Rampling (Stardust Memories, The Duchess). In their talks, the couple enlightens the girl, an aspiring trapeze artist, to findings more valuable than gold.

“I wrote this script for Willie Nelson; his presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else,” says Lunson. “And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me.”


Sophie Lowe, is an amazing young talent.   Check her out:

Director: Bonnie Wright and Sophie Lowe
Editor: Iain Pettifer
Assistant editor: Ricky Gibb

Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon, “Two Sides to Every Story”

Friday, April 10th, 2015

“A Poem is a Naked Person” Leon Russell documentary, featuring Willie Nelson, George Jones, friends

Thursday, March 12th, 2015


by:  Michael Corcoran

In 1972, when he was one of the biggest rock stars on the planet, Leon Russell hired up-and-coming filmmaker Les Blank to shadow him at home in Oklahoma and on the road for a full-length documentary. Russell had loved Blank films on bluesmen- The Gospel According To Lightnin’ Hopkins (1969) and A Life Well Spent Life (1971) about Mance Lipscomb- and envisioned the same cinema verite used to portray his own life.

But maybe Blank’s camera unveiled more truth than Russell was comfortable with. Blank’s Leon doc A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974) has never been officially released, though there have been rare and random screenings in hotel rooms and arthouses where the marquee said 400 Blows. On Monday at 9:30 p.m. at the ZACH Theater, A Poem Is a Naked Person (whose title comes from a Bob Dylan quote) will have its official world premiere as part of SXSW.

“Leon is the only person who knows for sure why the film didn’t come out,” says Harrod Blank, whose father Les died in 2013. “And he doesn’t like to talk about it. I think it could have been mutual thing. Les didn’t always communicate well. And he did not compromise. He considered (the Leon doc) one of his best films and so he took it personal.”

When his father was in the hospital, dying of bladder cancer, Harrod Blank tried to reach Leon, but couldn’t find a contact. Then he messaged Russell on Facebook and was surprised to get a reply. Four decades had passed and Leon was ready to talk about A Poem being released. Sadly, Les Blank succumbed just 11 months after being diagnosed, before the deal was finalized. Janus Films bought distribution rights and will give the doc (which also features Austin artist Jim Franklin) a limited release in the summer. Next year, Criterion will put out A Poem on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Besides lotsa Leon, the film includes musical appearances by George Jones, Willie Nelson (singing “Good Hearted Woman” at Floores Country Store) and Sweet Mary Egan fiddling on “Orange Blossum Special.” Willie has acknowledged Russell as a major influence in his decision to go outlaw. They’re still very close.

Read Michael Corcoran’s entire article here:

Willie Nelson, “Hell and Back” (soundtrack)

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Hell and Back Again
Director: Danfung Dennis
2011 Sundance Film Festival

In 2009, U.S. Marines launched a major helicopter assault on a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. Immediately upon landing, the marines were surrounded by insurgents and attacked from all sides. Embedded in Echo Company, filmmaker Danfung Dennis captures the action with visceral immediacy. As he reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris, Dennis’s film evolves from being a war exposé to becoming a story of one man’s personal apocalypse. From the bloody battlefields of Afghanistan, to his home in North Carolina, Harris struggles to conquer the physical and mental fallout of war. A shell of the man he once was, will Harris ever return to the happy life he shared with his loving wife, Ashley?

Contrasting the horrors of the battlefield with the battle back home, Hell and Back Again is a transcendent film that comes full circle as it lays bare the true cost of war.

Sundance Film Festival Awards
World Cinema Cinematography Award Documentary
World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary

Willie Nelson: My Life

Friday, February 27th, 2015


“Everything in this video, both the good and the bad in my life, is the absolute truth.” – Willie Nelson

“Willie Nelson: My Life” is the close-up portrait of America’s favorite singer/songwriter, from the days he sold one of his early hits, Family Bible, for $50 to buy milk for his children through his long struggle to superstardom.

Included in the video are interviews with Willie and his friends Ray Charles (who duts with Willie on the song “Seven Spanish Angels”), Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Sydney Pollack, Gary Busey, Mel Tillis, Ray Price, Jerry Jeff Walker and others.


Willie Nelson, new tour, new book, new movie

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


by:  Mary Andrews

Not only can you find Nelson on the road this year, but he’ll also stay busy acting in an upcoming film. Plus, a new memoir on the country singer, “It’s a Long Story: My Life,” is due out May 5,

The new flick, “Waiting For the Miracle to Come,” is being filmed on Nelson’s private ranch in Luck, Texas. The film tells the story of a young woman’s quest for gold. One of the interesting characters she meets on the journey is a vaudeville performer played by Nelson. U2 frontman Bono is writing an original song for the movie, which Nelson will perform, according to Country Weekly.

New stops added to the routing include Brooklyn; Columbia, Md.; Boston and Gilford, N.H. Check out the schedule below.

Feb. 27 – Atlanta, Ga., The Tabernacle
Feb. 28 – Cherokee, N.C., Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
March 1 – Savannah, Ga., Johnny Mercer Theatre
March 3 – Nashville, Tenn., Ryman Auditorium
March 4 – Nashville, Tenn., Ryman Auditorium
March 6 – Biloxi, Miss., IP Casino, Resort & Spa
March 7 – Biloxi, Miss., IP Casino, Resort & Spa
March 8 – Birmingham, Ala., Iron City
March 14 – Austin, Texas, The Expo Center (Rodeo Austin)
March 26 – New Braunfels, Texas, Whitewater Amphitheatre
March 27 – New Braunfels, Texas, Whitewater Amphitheatre
March 28 – New Braunfels, Texas, Whitewater Amphitheatre
March 30 – Columbia, Mo., Missouri Theatre
March 31 – Springfield, Mo., Shrine Mosque
April 2 – Saint Charles, Mo., J. Scheidegger Center For The Arts
April 3 – Newkirk, Okla., First Council Casino
April 4 – Thackerville, Okla., WinStar World Casino & Resort / Global Event Center
May 18 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Paramount Theatre
May 20 – Kalamazoo, Mich., James W. Miller Auditorium
May 22 – Hammond, Ind., The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
June 17 – Missoula, Mont., Ogren Park at Allegiance Field
June 19 – Nampa, Idaho, Ford Idaho Center
June 20 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Usana Amphitheatre
June 25 – Bend, Ore., Les Schwab Amphitheater
July 18 – Los Angeles, Calif., Greek Theatre
July 19 – Costa Mesa, Calif., Pacific Amphitheatre (OC Fair)
July 21 – Paso Robles, Calif., Vina Robles Amphitheatre
July 22 – Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Barbara Bowl
July 23 – Berkeley, Calif., Greek Theatre
Aug. 12 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Prospect Park Bandshell
Aug. 14 – Nelson, Ohio, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
Aug. 15 – Moosic, Pa., Pavilion At Montage Mountain (The Peach Music Festival)
Aug. 16 – Atlantic City, N.J., Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Ctr.
Aug. 19 – Columbia, Md., Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 21 – Boston, Mass., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Aug. 23 – Gilford, N.H., Meadowbrook

Merle Haggard appears March 26-28 and April 4. Alison Krauss + Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas plays June 17 through July 23. Old Crow Medicine Show joins the tour Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 16-23.

Tickets for many shows are available now. Presales for select dates are ongoing with general onsales scheduled Friday, Feb. 27.

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Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling to Star in ‘Waiting for the Miracle to Come’

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

by:  Dave McNary

Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and Sophie Lowe will star in winter-director Lian Lunson’s fantasy-drama “Waiting for the Miracle to Come,” with production set to begin next month at Nelson’s ranch in Spicewood, Texas.

Lunson is producing through her Horse Pictures banner with Molly Mayeux and Terence Berry. Executive producers are Cave Pictures’ Dale Brown and Mark Rodgers along with Lunson’s collaborators Bono and Wim Wenders.

Fabrica de Cine is also producing with Gaston Pavlovich set as a producer and Matthew Malek serving as an executive producer.

Set in a magically surreal world, the movie tells the story of an aspiring trapeze artist who discovers a cryptic letter her father once wrote directing her to a goldmine in the California desert. Upon arriving in a mysterious town, she finds herself at the gates of “The Beautiful Place,” a house occupied by retired vaudeville stars — played by Nelson and Rampling.

The film will also feature an original song written by Bono and performed by Nelson.

Lunson and Nelson worked together previously on the documentary film “Willie Nelson: Down Home.” She also produced, wrote, and directed “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.”

Nelson has appeared in two dozen films dating back to 1979’s “Electric Horseman.” Rampling won best actress at the Berlin Film Festival last week for “45 Years.”

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson at the Oscars 1984

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
by: Stephen L. Betts

Hollywood’s elite gather this weekend to celebrate the best in film for 2014, as the 87th Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Throughout the long history of the Oscars, country music has made its presence known relatively few times.

The 1980s was one of the more fertile decades when it came to country music and the movies. It started with Sissy Spacek’s flawless, Oscar-winning portrayal of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Dolly Parton’s Best Song nomination, for “9 to 5,” with both films released in 1980. In 1984, Robert Duvall earned the Best Actor trophy playing fictional country singer Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, and by 1985, a trio of “heartland” films earned a dozen nominations: “The River,” “Places in the Heart,” and “Country.”

That same year, Kris Kristofferson earned a nomination in the Best Original Song Score category, for Songwriter, the film in which he starred with one of his fellow Highwaymen, Willie Nelson. The film is loosely based on Nelson’s own career as a tunesmith.

The frisky “How Do You Feel About Foolin’ Around,” performed by the two friends, was released as a single, although it barely scratched the Top 50 on the country chart. Songwriter‘s soundtrack split the rest of the songs down the middle, giving half to each of the country legends.

When it came time for the 57th Academy Awards in 1985, host Jack Lemmon introduced Nelson and Kristofferson in a musical segment that featured the pair performing the above-mentioned “Foolin’ Around” and Nelson going solo for “On the Road Again,” another song from a 1980 film, Honeysuckle Rose, in which he once again portrayed a country singer.

Although Songwriter earned some good buzz from critics, audiences were slim. Kristofferson lost the Oscar to a young upstart named Prince, whose Purple Rain film and soundtrack were among the biggest hits of 1984.

Willie Nelson filming new movie at Luck, Texas, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come”

Friday, February 20th, 2015

by:  Tyler White

Willie Nelson is on the road again and heading for a theater near you starring in a new film that will be shot at his iconic Luck, Texas ranch.

The film, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come,”will begin filming in March, with Nelson playing one of two retired vaudeville stars, alongside British actress Charlotte Rampling, according to Rolling Stone.

The ranch where the movie will be filmed works as both Nelson’s personal ranch and a small Western town originally built for the 1986 film “Red Headed Stranger,” which was also the name of one of Nelson’s albums.

In June, several buildings at Nelson’s ranch were severely damaged in heavy storms. Some of those damaged buildings included a church, opera house and Willie’s World Headquarters, among others.

Director and producer Lian Lunson said she wrote the script specifically for Nelson, telling a fantasy story about an aspiring trapeze artist who goes to the California desert and meets the two vaudeville stars.

“His presence and stillness as an actor are unlike anyone else. And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me,” Lunson said in a press release.

Along with the star power of Nelson, U2 frontman Bono will write an original song for the movie and Nelson will perform it.

Last year, the town was the locale for the Heartbreaker Banquet, a one-day music festival held during South by Southwest, according to Culture Map.

“Our beautiful Luck wasn’t so Lucky recently,” Nelson’s Facebook post at the time read. “Last week’s tornado force winds ripped several buildings apart, including the bank, the post office, and left World Headquarters holding on by a splinter. We are happy to report no one was hurt and the church only had a few windows blown out. Some towns got it a lot worse, so we aren’t complaining.”

Willie Nelson to star in “Waiting for a Miracle to Come” movie

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

photo: Kevin Winter
by:  Beville Dunkerley

Willie Nelson’s “Luck, Texas” — the Old West film set that sits on a corner of his sprawling Hill Country ranch — is opening its saloon doors to Hollywood once again. Waiting for the Miracle to Come, a fantasy adventure flick starring the country icon in one of its lead roles, will be filmed in the same Lone Star spot built for 1986’s Red Headed Stranger, with production set to begin in March.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is about a young girl, played by fellow Aussie Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate, Adore), who finds a letter from her late father directing her to a goldmine in a remote area of the California desert. That’s where she meets two retired vaudeville stars, played by Nelson and acclaimed British actress Charlotte Rampling (Stardust Memories, The Duchess). In their talks, the couple enlightens the girl, an aspiring trapeze artist, to findings more valuable than gold.

“I wrote this script for Willie Nelson; his presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else,” says Lunson. “And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me.”

Joining Lunson on the film’s six executive producer credits is legendary U2 lead singer, Bono, who will also write a song for Nelson to sing on the movie’s soundtrack. Lunson has a history with both musicians: She wrote and directed the 1997 documentary, Willie Nelson: Down Home, and she featured Bono in her 2005 documentary, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man. (In fact, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is titled after Cohen’s haunting ballad, “Waiting for the Miracle.”) Nelson and Bono’s pairing is a reunion decades in the making. The rock star wrote “Slow Dancing” for the country crooner back in 1989. They also recorded the song together for U2’s 2011 Duals album.

The 81-years-young Nelson has somehow balanced nonstop touring with an impressive acting career. He made his feature film debut in 1979’s The Electric Horseman and has since starred in such blockbusters as Honeysuckle Rose, Barbarosa, Wag the Dog and The Dukes of Hazzard. The “Luck” set has remained in tact since Red Headed Stranger, the film based on his classic concept album of the same name. Robert Redford was originally set for its leading role but pulled out, making way for the country star to log one of the most memorable performances of his second career.

David Amram: The First 80 Years (featuring the music of David Amram) Screening in Boulder, CO (2/12/15)

Sunday, February 8th, 2015


February 12, 2015
DAVID AMRAM: The First 80 Years
A film about the life and times of Classical composer/conductor/jazz french hornist/world musician, author and Jack Kerouac’s first musical collaborator, David Amram.

Boulder, CO
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

If you live in Colorado and can make it to Boulder, come to eTown Hall next Thursday, and see the film about David Amram.