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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.

Red Headed Stranger

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger

We revisit Nelson’s 1975 concept album Red Headed Stranger – his first release on Columbia Records, a record giving Nelson total creative control, and one that tells the story of a fugitive on the run after killing his wife and her lover, told with brief song-poems and minimal backing.

Read the entire interview with Mickey Raphael here.

Willie Nelson and Don Johnson (Miami Vice)

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Willie Nelson, Miami Vice
Universal Television / Courtesy Everett Collection

Nothing evokes words like “dated,” “seminal” or “Lamborghini” quicker than über-sleek Eighties buddy cop series Miami Vice. But Willie Nelson is always Willie Nelson — timeless both in sound and style. Never is that more apparent than in the 1986 Vice episode “El Viejo”,  Set against the backdrop of Miami’s fast and furious Reagan Era drug war (and a soundtrack of New Wave synthesizers), Nelson — sporting a cowboy hat, bushy beard, bolo tie and a stoic, thousand-yard-stare — plays Jake Pierson. A rough-hewn retired Texas Ranger who lives on a diet of cat food, the mysterious Pierson helps Crockett and Tubbs take down a Bolivian cocaine kingpin and his goons in a gunfight, taking a bullet in the process. Ever the cowboy, he shuffles off Miami’s mortal coil in death scene worthy of Shane.

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Willie Nelson, “A Song For You” (from Honeysuckle Rose)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Willie Nelson music: It’s guaranteed to send a chill up your spine

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015


Willie Nelson will be in Zoolander 2

Monday, June 8th, 2015

by:  Marah Eakin

Willie Nelson will be joining Justin Bieber  as a cool, hip celebrity making a cameo in Zoolander 2. The 82-year-old actor told Access Hollywood that Owen Wilson  invited him to be in the movie, which hits theaters next February. Wilson and Nelson are neighbors in Hawaii, where the two apparently engage apparently engage in some in some heated games of dominoes. Nelson will play himself in the movie, which is being shot in Rome.

This is far from Nelson’s first movie role. He appeared in The Dukes Of Hazzard andWag The Dog, among other movies, and has a role in the upcoming Waiting For The Miracle To Come, a fantasy adventure movie produced by Bono and set to film at Nelson’s actual ranch in Luck, Texas.

Support the making of “King of the Roadies” Ben Dorcy Story — Donate to Kickstarter Campaign, get cool gifts

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Amy and Trevor Nelson have been working on a documentary video about Ben Dorcy for 10 years, and are now launching a big push to get it finished. Ben just turned 90, and it would be great if Amy and Trevor could finish the documentary and Ben could enjoy watching it at the premier.

It takes money to make a movie, and A Kickstarter campaign has launched to help fund this documentary.  The site is open for 30 days only to raise funds to finish the documentary, and time is running out.  He site accepts donations from $10.00 — on up, and for each level you get a great gift.  Visit the site and see the gifts, and give what you can to make this happen!

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Donate to the project via Kickstarter: — search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies

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Meet Ben Dorcy (Part V)

Willie Nelson will contribute to “Saving My Tomorrow” HBO Documentary on environment

Friday, June 5th, 2015


HBO and The American Museum of Natural History present SAVING MY TOMORROW, a six part family series on the environment. From the children who will inherit the planet, comes a collection of songs, activism, and heartfelt tips for protecting the earth. Kids share their thoughts on subjects ranging from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. Behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History, scientists talk with kids about how organisms are affected by a changing earth. A mix of science, animation, and stories of plants and animals in danger, the series celebrates the natural world and is a call from kids to kids to help take care of the planet.

The SAVING MY TOMORROW series features readings, performances, and appearances by Alan Cumming, Laura Dern, Tina Fey, Lennon & Maisy, Ziggy Marley, Audra McDonald, Stephin Merritt, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jason Mraz, Liam Neeson, Willie Nelson, Karen O, Susan Sarandon, Pharrell Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Pete Seeger, They Might Be Giants, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dan Zanes, and others.


Willie Nelson joins cast of Zoolander

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

by:  Erin O’Sullivan

Our hopes for “Zoolander 2″ just got a lot higher (we couldn’t resist that one).

Country legend and longtime marijuana aficionado Willie Nelson will make an appearance in the upcoming sequel to the 2001 hit movie.

In a new interview with Access Hollywood, Willie, 82, said Owen Wilson (who plays Derek Zoolander’s catwalk-nemesis-turned-friend Hansel in the films) invited him to Italy to shoot a part for the movie.

“Well, Owen and I are good buddies and we stay pretty close in touch,” Willie – who just released a new book, “It’s a Long Story: My Life” – told Access, when asked how his foray into the Ben Stiller-led comedy came about. “Woody [Harrelson] and all these folks – we hang out a lot in Maui.

“Owenis the one who asked me if I wanted to do it. I said, ‘Let’s do it,'” he said.

Willie is the latest in a string of celebrities to join the comedy.

Justin Bieber, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Kristen Wiig and Penelope Cruz are also on board, as are original stars Will Ferrell and Owen (and Billy Zane, who had a cameo in the first film).

“Zoolander 2″ is set to hit theaters on February 12, 2016.

Meet Ben Dorcy: #3 – “King of the Roadies” documentary — help make it happen!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

A sneak preview from the upcoming documentary KING OF THE ROADIES. Join our Kickstarter campaign so you will have the opportunity to see the finished film.


You can contribute through the Kickstarter campaign:, search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies.

Willie Nelson will narrate this feature length documentary about Ben Dorcy lll, aka “Lovey”.  Directors Trevor Doyle Nelson and Amy Nelson present KING OF THE ROADIES, a counter-culture tale of longevity through perseverance and adaptability.  The film will chronicle the extraordinary life of Ben Dorcy, the world’s oldest and by most accounts, first roadie ever.  We will revisit the six decades of music & film history that Ben helped to shape; including his time spent with John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash,  Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and many more.

Some of the artists who have already appeared in the film to share stories and discuss the living legend are Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Kinky Friedman, Jack Ingram, and Jamey Johnson.

The film will focus on Ben’s past as well as his present day life, that of a 90 year old working roadie.  His unique situation challenges the preconceived notions of what it means to grow old, and it raises some questions: Why must self-value diminish with age?  How do our perceived limitations shape our reality?  Is society serving it’s elders by encouraging them to retire?

Ben has kept the show on the road for over sixty-five years and he still tours with several bands including Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson.  He is a trailblazer and a shining example of humanity whose story will inspire generations to come.  KING OF THE ROADIES will leave you a changed person, if for no other reason than spending an hour and half with Ben.  For more information about the film, visit


Friday, May 22nd, 2015



Thanks, Brad Wheeler

Meet Ben Dorcy Part I: King of the Roadies

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Enjoy this sneak preview from the upcoming documentary KING OF THE ROADIES.

Join the Kickstarter campaign and help raise funds to finish the film.    Then we can all see the finished film.

Visit — search for KING OF THE ROADIES project.

Thank you.

Willie Nelson and Ben Dorcy

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Presumably at a 4th of July Picnic in the 1970's...Ben Dorcy, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Margot Kidder, and Bee Spears.

Ben met Willie Nelson in the early 1960’s when they were both working for Ray Price.  Ben was the roadie, and Willie was the bass player.  When Willie took his own show on the road, he hired Ben, who was already legendary for his ability to get the job done, despite obstacles and perceived impossibilities.



King of the Roadies Kickstarter fundraiser starts today!
Help raise funds to finish the documentary about Ben Dorcy, who turns 90 today. – search for King of the Roadies project.

This Day in Willie Nelson History: Stagecoach (May 18, 1986)

Monday, May 18th, 2015

On May 18, 1986, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appear in a CBS-TV remake of the western movie “Stagecoach,” along with June Carter, John Schneider, John Carter Cash, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe and Billy Swan.


This movie stars Willie Nelson, and his Highwaymen buddies, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Great soundtrack, lots of Trigger playing throughout. Willie sings the title song, which he wrote with David Alan Coe, who also is in the movie, along with June Carter and other faces you will recognize.

Willie Nelson plays Doc Holiday. The movie has some of the best/worst movie lines ever:

Willie: “Is that the deck you play with?”

Waylon: “One of them.”

Willie: “May I see it, please? I must say, I admire your guts.”

Waylon: “Does that mean you wouldn’t play cards with me?”

Willie: “That means I’d shoot you on sight.”

Kris: Where ya headed?

Dallas: “I knew the answer to that when I was about 14. Then I hit 15 and I ran head onto that thing called reality. And I been walking with a lantern ever since.”

Waylon: “Don’t light that.”

Willie: “Did you say something?”

Waylon: “A gentleman doesn’t smoke in the presence of a lady”

Willie: “I wouldn’t like to think that you are implying that I am anything less. I may be, you understand, but I just wouldn’t want to hear you say it.”

Willie: “And what are you looking at, friend?”

Man: “That’s a filthy habit, smoking, just filthy.”

Willie: “I have a lot of filthy habits. Most of them I find very enjoyable”

Man: “Don’t you have any good habits.”

Willie: “You mean something that can be admired, and held up to a child as a good example?”

Man: “Yes, something like that.”

Willie: “No sir. Children despise that. There’s nothing a child despises more than a good example.”


June Carter to Willie (when he drinks a shot of whiskey): “Did you eat?”

Willie: “I ate a lot when I was young.”

“King of the Roadies” — Ben Dorcy documentary — sneak preview

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Amy Nelson and Trevor Doyle Nelson are working to document the life and times of Ben Dorcy, the world’s oldest and most famous band boy. The film, narrated by Willie Nelson, is in production.  It takes a lot of resources to make a movie — for more information on how you can help and to donate to help make this happen —