Archive for the ‘Movies, Videos, DVDs’ Category

Willie Nelson, “Angels Sing”

Sunday, November 29th, 2015


Angels Sing starring Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson and Connie Britton available in stores December 2. (CNW Group/Entertainment One)

Angels Sing starring Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson and Connie Britton available on DVD now.   Also, the HallMark channel includes this movie in their holiday lineup.  Check your listings, if you get cable.

Willie Nelson at US Festival (June 4, 1983)

Saturday, November 7th, 2015


THe US Festival was held over two weekends in 1982 and 1983. Steve Wozniak co founder of Apple Computer, funded the concerts and accompanying technology exposition, as well as the construction of a brand-new outdoor venue in Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernadino, CA. Nearly every musical genre was represented by bands as diverse as U2, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Ozzy Osbourne, Waylon Jennings, Van Halen, The Police and The Clash. Over the combined seven days of the festival, more than one million people passed through the entrance gates.

June 4, 1983, was “Country Day” at the US Festival, and the headliner was none other than the legendary Willie Nelson. Featuring many of his best-loved songs and greatest hits, this concert showcases the country music superstar.


Andrew Shapter movie, “The Teller and the Truth” premiere at Austin Film Fest TONIGHT! (Nov. 1, 2015)

Sunday, November 1st, 2015


“The Teller and the Truth’ movie, by Andrew Shapter premieres tonight,  November 1st,  at 8:05pm at the Paramount Stateside Theater in Downtown Austin.http://www.AustinFilmFestival.Com/



In 1974, 24 year-old Francis Wetherbee, a bank teller who is the subject of small-town envy and gossip, disappears from her hometown of Smithville, Texas two weeks after her fiance’s bank is robbed. Her car is dredged from the bottom of a local river but it yields no clues.

After a vigorous but futile search for the missing woman, the authorities give up, and Francis recedes into legend–until the case is revisited nearly 40 years later when key figures in her life come forward with theories and clues surrounding her disappearance. The film then morphs from documentary style to narrative as the odyssey of Francis’ life unfolds for the audience and the truth is revealed.

If you’re not in Austin, keep in touch with the movie through it’s facebook page.

Enjoy this trailer to the film.

photo: Andrew Shapter

I was fortunate to get to know Andrew Shapter at a Willie Nelson concerts.  He is a music lover, a Willie Nelson fan, and keen observer of the powerful relationship between an artist and his fans.   His photography is very moving.  He has made many great videos about Willie Nelson and Family,his fans,  and an especially beautiful video about Willie Nelson and his guitar Trigger.  Google him.

And he has kindly let me share his photos and his videos here on my blog.

Thanks so much, Andrew and congratulations on tonight’s premiere!


Andrew Shapter

Andrew Shapter is an American filmmaker; writer, director and photographer, living in Austin, Texas. Shapter completed treatment for cancer in October 2014 and is now healthy and hard at work.

Shapter is currently developing new film projects while anticipating the release of his latest film,“The Teller and the Truth,” which he wrote and directed. This film, Shapter’s first narrative feature, set in 1970s Smithville, Texas, relates the story of an enigmatic bank teller and the mystery surrounding her disappearance. “The Teller and The Truth” was shot on location in Texas, India, and France.

Shapter made the transition to film in 2006, building onto a 15 year career as a fashion photographer in major international markets. Shapter’s first film, “Before the Music Dies”, which he co-wrote and directed, delivers a razor sharp commentary on homogenization in contemporary popular music and features perspectives from Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and Questlove. “Before the Music Dies” premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival.

Shapter released his second documentary in 2009. “Happiness Is” explores what it means to be happy in America and features notable thought leaders including the Dalai Lama and Willie Nelson. Between films, Andrew worked for HBO, National Geographic Television, and directed music videos for a variety of artists including Willie Nelson and The Roots.

Andrew Shapter is a partner at Roadwings Entertainment, a creative production company with offices in Austin, New York, and San Francisco.


Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, “Pair of Aces”

Monday, October 12th, 2015


Willie Nelson DVD Collection, “On the Road Again” (the live rarities)

Friday, October 9th, 2015


Willie Nelson performs nearly a dozen songs,  with the help of Eric Clapton, Merle Haggard, Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash.


  • 1. Georgia on My Mind
  • 2. On the Road Again
  • 3. Nightlife
  • 4. Funny How Time Slips Away
  • 5. Back to Earth
  • 6. I am a Cowboy
  • 7. Still is Still Movin to Me
  • 8. Blue Skies
  • 9. Me and Paul
  • 10. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  • 11. Ghost Riders in the Sky
  • 12. Red Carbet Interview

Willie Nelson has cameo in Bill Murray faux-documentary, “Rock the Kasbah”

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

will star in the upcoming comedy Rock the Kasbah, and in this exclusive video, we get the rocking backstory on the comedian’s character. The faux-documentary Richie Lanz: The Man and the Music provides a glimpse into the life of Murray’s audacious, hilariously unstable rock manager, who after years of being out of the spotlight travels to Afghanistan to visit his last remaining client but ends up stumbling on “music’s next gamechanger.”

As the mockumentary shows, Lanz was once at the center of many of music’s greatest moments, from giving Madonna her famed moniker and saving Woodstock (“Jimi Hendrix played ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ because I asked him to,” Lanz boasts) to telling Slash he should wear a top hat onstage. “He looked at me like he was gonna hit me,” Lanz says. The video also features Lanz remembrances by Willie Nelson and Steven Van Zandt, who reveals that the idea to wear a bandana came from the manager.

However, the ensuing decades aren’t kind to Lanz as he alienates his huge stable of talent. “Richie changed my life. Actually, he ruined my life,” Jenny Lewis tells The Man and the Music. Lanz’s downfall takes him to Afghanistan –”I go to Afghanistan to do something for our troops,” he says – which then sets him on a path to redemption after discovering a young Afghan girl with a superstar voice.

“Rock n’ roll has certainly been very, very good to me,” Lanz says. “If you’re really looking for something that is pure and sacred, you’ll converge with other pure and sacred people.”

The Barry Levinson-directed Rock the Kasbah was penned by former Crawdaddy writer (and Rolling Stone contributor) Mitch Glazer – Glazer and Murray previously teamed for the Christmas classic Scrooged – and co-stars Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Bruce Willis and Kate Hudson. Rock the Kasbah is set to hit theaters October 23rd through Open Road Films.

Saturday Night at the Movies: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, “A Pair of Aces”

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Doc Holliday

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
STAGECOACH, Willie Nelson, (as Doc Holliday), 1986 TV Movie. (c)CBS. Courtesy: Everett Collection

STAGECOACH, Willie Nelson, (as Doc Holliday), 1986 TV Movie. (c)CBS.


Wednesday, August 26th, 2015


Thank you Brad Wheeler, who found the entire movie on youtube for us!

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Travis Tritt, Waylon Jennings, “The Long Kill”

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015


Saturday Night at the Movies: Willie Nelson, “A Song for You” (from Honeysuckle Rose)

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon, “Loving You Was Easier Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again” (from Honeysuckle Rose)

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Willie Nelson in “Angels Sing”

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Willie Nelson on the red carpet at South by Southwest.

photo:  Deborah Cannon
by: Mekado Murphy

AUSTIN, Tex. — The country music legend and occasional film actor Willie Nelson took time out from touring Sunday for a visit to the  South by Southwest film festival and the premiere of “When Angels Sing,” an Austin-made holiday film directed by Tim McCanlies. Harry Connick Jr. stars as Michael Walker, a family man who is Christmas-averse. He meets Nick (Mr. Nelson), who sells him his mansion for a steal, but Michael only later discovers that the house is on one of the most Christmas-obsessed blocks in town. The movie, which also features performances by Lyle Lovett, the Trishas, Dale Watson and others, plays as kind of a country-western version of “A Christmas Carol.”

In the film, Kris Kristofferson performs one of Mr. Nelson’s holiday songs, “Pretty Paper,”  and Mr. Nelson’s character sings a moving version of “Amazing Grace.” The screenplay, written by Lou Berney, is based on the book by Turk Pipkin, a friend of Mr. Nelson’s. Before greeting enthusiastic fans on the red carpet, and then heading  for a concert in Houston, Mr. Nelson, who will turn 80 in April, agreed to discuss “When Angels Sing,” life in the Austin area and his music career. Here are edited excerpts from that conversation.

Q.  How would you describe the character Nick?
A.  I’m supposed to be some side of a half-crazed Santa Claus. Not really Santa Claus, but not really not.
Q.  What was the experience like playing that character?
A.  It was fun, working with Harry and Kris and all those good guys and friends of mine.  My sister Bobbie is in there, too. We did a song in church. It was a time that we could all spend together.
Q.  How was the shoot?
A.  It was real easy. We got to do it here at home [in Texas]. We shot most of it in Bastrop and that’s within driving distance from my house. So we drove to the set and back home every day. I’d love to do some more like that.
Q.  It sounds like you’re keeping busy with concerts as well.
A.  Yes, we’re playing Houston tonight and San Antonio the next night. We have a new record coming out named after an Irving Berlin song, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.” And it’s with me and my band. It’s the first time me and the band have gotten together for an album in a while. It will be coming out in April.
Q.  I came across your statue in downtown Austin this weekend. What do you think of it?
A.  It’s a great tribute and I appreciate it. I love it when people go down there and get their pictures made or throw [stuff] at the statue. Whatever they do is cool.
Q.  What do you have planned next?
A.  We’re doing a duet album. If you remember my song “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” I’m doing an album with girls. I did a song with Barbra Streisand, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Alison Krauss, Rosanne Cash. Dolly wrote a great song in there, “From Here to the Moon and Back.” We did that song together. Sheryl Crow and I did “Far Away Places.” It was just a lot of fun singing with all the gals.
Q.  What’s your songwriting process like?
A.  It’s kind of like labor pains. But whenever I get an idea, I have to sit down and write it. Because if I put it off until tomorrow, I might not do it.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Swing Vote” movie opens (August 1, 2008)

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

On August 1, 2008, the Kevin Costner movie “Swing Vote” debuted in theaters featuring cameo by Willie Nelson. Also in the movie: Kelsey Grammer, Larry King, Dennis Hopper and Richard Petty.

Willie Nelson filmed a scene for the Kevin Kostner movie “Swing Vote” at the Harn Homestead and Museum in Oklahoma City ( Willie was also in town performing in Last of Breed tour with Merle Haggard and Ray Price.

Cher Golding, executive director of the Museum, kindly sent pictures of Willie being filmed, and Willie posing with the staff at the museum.


“Attached are a few photos of the shoot at the Harn Homestead Museum. Willie played ‘Always on my Mind’ in front of our Event Barn. After filming, he signed a few autographs and posed for photos with the Harn Homestead Museum staff.”

Cher L. Golding, Executive Director
Harn Homestead Museum
Oklahoma City, OK

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Celebration, the Movie

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration

You may not have heard, but a certain Greatest Damn Country on Earth is celebrating her 239th birthday this weekend. A 35mm screening of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Celebration kicks off the festivities at the Aero. Released in 1979, when America was barely two centuries old, the concert movie features performances by the likes of Waylon Jennings and Jimmy Buffett in addition to the man himself. Nelson has been holding the event nearly every year since the early ’70s, and one assumes it’s mellowed out since a rough first few years: Cars were destroyed, stabbings and rapes were reported, and one person drowned at the bicentennial edition.