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Congratulations, A Star is Born

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Sunday, October 14th, 2018


photo:  Neil Preston

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by:  Sandra Gonzalez

(CNN)Something major has happened in Lukas Nelson’s life, and he’s elated.
“I couldn’t be better,” he says over the phone, with an enthusiasm that displays how true his statement is. “Honestly, the last minute has been especially great. The last, last minute of my life has been just fantastic. So it’s just incredible.”

He declines to share more about those very important, very exciting-seeming 60 seconds of his life when prompted. He says he’s not at liberty to say more, out of respect for the privacy of his friends.
But Nelson has had a lot to be thrilled about these days.
Ever since Bradley Cooper saw Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real, performing with Neil Young at 2016’s Desert Trip, Nelson has been in a whirlwind of good fortune. The latest chapter being last week’s release of “A Star Is Born,” a film for which Nelson helped write songs and coached Cooper, who plays a grizzled rock star named Jackson Maine in the film. (Nelson and his band appear as Maine’s band, too.)

Nelson was there as Cooper went through different “iterations” of his character, eventually landing on the wounded showman who ended up on screen. There’s a little bit of Neil Young in Jackson Maine, and a little bit of Nelson. (“I think he took a few mannerisms from me, frankly,” he says, almost trying to not sound vain.)

Rave early reviews for “A Star Is Born” — accompanied by a trail of Oscar buzz — helped propel the film to an impressive opening weekend and its soundtrack, on which Nelson has credits for songs like “Out of Time” and “Music to My Eyes,” is a chart-topper.

“That was like the highlight of my life at that point,” Nelson says of being singled out by Cooper from an all-star lineup at what he lovingly refers to as “Oldchella.” “And then, you know, another sort of highlight was born from that.”

Read rest off article here.

Official Trailer: “Waiting for the Miracle to Come”, with Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling

Friday, October 12th, 2018

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” was written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson and stars Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling.  It will be screened at the Austin Film Fest on Sat. October 27 and Monday October 29.

On Saturday, October 27th, the film will be screened at the State Theater in Austin and then again on Monday, October 29th at the Galaxy Highland Screen. To get tickets:

Saturday October 27, 2018 3:00pm – 4:30pm
State Theatre 719 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

http://theaff.com/tickets/formfile.php

Monday October 29, 2018 7:00pm – 8:30pm Galaxy Highland screen 7 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

Lukas Nelson on Working With Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Thursday, October 11th, 2018


photo:  Neil Preston

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by:  Hilary Hughes

Bradley Cooper found the missing piece to his musical puzzle — and the living, breathing inspiration for Jackson Maine, the romantic rocker he plays in A Star Is Born, his directorial debut — strumming next to Neil Young in the middle of the desert.

It was a balmy October night in 2016, and Young was playing classic rock festival Desert Trip with Promise of the Real, the folk-rock outfit fronted by Lukas Nelson, Willie’s son. After the performance, Cooper asked Nelson to be both a musical consultant and a contributor to the soundtrack of his grittier, twangier update on the classic love story.

Before A Star is Born‘s much-anticipated release Oct. 5, Nelson spoke about his experience working with Cooper and his co-star, Lady Gaga.

How did that first conversation with Bradley Cooper go?

He’s a pretty serious actor and definitely takes his art very seriously, but in a level-headed way. I appreciate that very much. He came up to me and said, “I’d love for you to come and be a musical consultant on the whole thing.” I said, “Yeah, sure!” Stefani [Germanotta, a.k.a Gaga] came, and we ended up writing together a bunch. I produced it, and it just kind of grew from there. It was an organic sort of happening where we all really had a great thing going together, and then the band wound up being perfect for the movie, so, [Promise of the Real] ended up in the movie as [Maine’s] band. It’s kind of a full circle from Desert Trip to A Star Is Born, with those same musicians he was inspired by — us with Neil. He just kind of made that the template for what he was doing with this movie, in a way, or at least how he wanted to portray the character.

What was it like working with Lady Gaga?

I’ve been around successful people for a long time, and I know real good talent when I see it, just from growing up in the family I grew up in. She fits the bill. She’s quite a performer; she’s an actress; she’s just an entertainer, you know? When we were writing together, we definitely saw eye-to-eye. We kind of finished each other’s sentences a lot of times when we were writing. It just felt really natural. It’s a great collaboration and it’s a beautiful friendship that we have. I cherish her and her abilities and her heart. Same with Bradley: we’ve become really close friends and we love each other. It seems more like an extended family with those guys.

Does Jackson Maine remind you of anyone?

Me! Oh, man — he would study how I would hold a guitar, and then he would make it his own. We talked a lot about how to look and feel onstage, being in a band and what it’s like. It was so great to have Promise of the Real there in the movie… He was part of our band and that authenticity really shows.

Cooper was clearly an eager student, so as the person guiding him through that musical education, was there anything that surprised you about that process?

It was beautiful to watch him grow and see the level of dedication he put into it. Nobody will be able to say he didn’t give 100 percent and more. I think that that’s paying off for him. A lot of people are excited, and I don’t think they’re going to be disappointed, either. I was surprised at his level of musicianship. I didn’t realize that he was that into music and that he already knew so much. He’s definitely a musician; he just hadn’t tapped into it, and now he’s gotten the chance to. I hope he continues to do things as time goes by, musically, because he’s got a talent for it. He’s got an ear — the same with Gaga and acting.

In regards to writing, how did that differ from your experience writing your own music? Was it different to write from a fictional viewpoint as Jackson? Did you change anything up in terms of your approach?

In a way, it was more like playing with Neil, because I’m playing sideman: I’m stepping back from my lead role and playing sideman to other artists, who were Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Having that ability to be a lead, I think it’s also really important to know how to be in a band. The way that I approach my songwriting, I think there’s a lot of me in [A Star Is Born]. These are songs that I’ve written about my own life, and in a way they can be applied to any situation.

You’re obviously very familiar with Kris Kristofferson; you know each other well and have worked together, too. He starred in A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand. Have you and Kris ever discussed A Star Is Born?

No, Kris and I didn’t talk about it too much. But I know he’s really proud of Bradley and he’s happy to sort of pass the torch down. This movie’s been made four times, now; the first was in the ‘30s, almost in the silent film era. Then there was a later one with Judy Garland in the ‘50s, then in the ‘70s with Kris and Barbra Streisand, and then this one. There’s actually sort of a tradition of this movie being remade, you know, as time goes by.

Scenes like the ones filmed at Stagecoach and Glastonbury really highlight Cooper’s commitment to that authenticity. Why was it important for him to make those festival appearances?

I think [Stagecoach] was a big moment for him. Actually, we filmed the scene right before dad’s set. Dad actually cut his set short just a little bit to let us come on and film this little segment for the same crowd — it was right after Jamey Johnson played. It was fantastic. It was a big moment for him to be able to get up there and just take charge and sing and sing it well in front of tens of thousands of people.

That must’ve been cool for your dad, too, to witness your own major Hollywood moment!

I don’t know; I think he was on the bus at the time. He might’ve been chillin’. [Laughs.] I’m sure he heard it!

Do you enjoy musical theater and musical films, generally?

I really loved O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which was a great soundtrack and a beautiful movie with good music. That’s the only one I can think of. Of course there was the last A Star Is Born, which was great; then there was that movie with… oh, god, I can’t remember. Whitney Houston —

The Bodyguard?

Yeah, The Bodyguard! Right! I know that Stefani was really into that movie — it was part of the inspiration, she mentioned, for her, and other movies as well. They all did their research, Bradley and Gaga. This is gonna be a good one. My favorite is probably The Blues Brothers — the original Blues Brothers is fantastic. It has so many great musicians.

Let’s talk about Stefani’s Americana chops: she’s such a versatile performer, but how did she take to this material?

I think she’s just a consummate entertainer no matter what. Whatever she put her mind to, she’d do really, really well — she’s just that type of artist. The last record that she put out, Joanne, was my first introduction to her, really; I thought it was just fantastic. I heard her hit songs and they’re all great, but there were some songs that resonated with me on that record. There are some songs in this movie that really resonate with me, the ones with Mark Ronson that she wrote, and the band actually played it, so it was great to be a part of that in a way.

What happens after the movie premieres and you’re back to your life on the road? Will you incorporate these songs into your live shows?
I mean, probably, especially “Music to My Eyes.” There are songs that I’d probably want to play and cover, absolutely. I’ve thought about covering some songs of hers from before, too. “Million Reasons” is a great song; that’s just a classic song. I heard Bob Weir ?from the Grateful Dead covering that song not too long ago. She’s got a good sense of songwriting and song crafting and by anyone’s standards, not just an artist in the pop world.

 

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” movie with Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling will premiere at Austin Film Festival (Sat., Oct. 27, Monday Oct. 29th)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

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Great news!  The movie”Waiting for the Miracle to Come” starring Willile Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and Aussie Lowe will be screened at the 2018 Austin Film Fest on October 27th.

The movie was written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson, who told Rolling Stone, ““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.”

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” was filmed last year at Willie Nelson’s “Luck, Texas”,  an old west film set located on Willie Nelson’s ranch outside of Austin.  The movie set was originally created in 1986 for the filming of Willie Nelson’s movie, The Red Headed Stranger.  Luck has been the site of other movie videos and movies and private concerts and fundraisers.

Watch the official trailer for the movie:

On Saturday, October 27th, the film will be screened at the State Theater in Austin and then again on Monday, October 29th at the Galaxy Highland Screen.  To get tickets:

Saturday October 27, 2018 3:00pm – 4:30pm
State Theatre 719 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

http://theaff.com/tickets/formfile.php 

Monday October 29, 2018 7:00pm – 8:30pm Galaxy Highland screen 7 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

Rolling Stone wrote this:

www.RollingStone.com
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.”

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.

Willie Nelson on Late Night with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, September 19th

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Great news!  Willie Nelson will perform on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert this next Wednesday, on CBS about 10:30.

Get your tickets to A Star is Born Now (Movie out October 8th, featuring Lukas Nelson music)

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

You can get advance tickets now for A Star is Born! http://bit.ly/AStarIsBornTickets

Willie Nelson, “Barbarosa”

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Enter to win chance to go to Star is Board Premier in LA – Lukas Nelson in film!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
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Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Willie Nelson, “What’ll I Do?”

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Willie Nelson covers the Irving Berlin classic “What’ll I do”. Filmed over a couple Chartertech Films field trips to Texas and edited at our Chartertech High School for the Performing Arts studio in NJ with the help of Matthew Verderose and other contributors.

Directed by David Von Roehm, produced by Luck Films – Willie Nelson, John Good, Kerry Wallum, Scott McCauley.

“Songwriter” with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

www.nashville.com
by: Jason Shawhan

Songwriter Is the Best Movie About Country Music — See It Monday at the Belcourt

The 1984 Kris Kristofferson/Willie Nelson film screens July 3 as part of Music City Mondays

Alan Rudolph’s Songwriter is one of the 10 best films ever made. It’s a musical that’s big on diegesis, a heist caper, a rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches epic, a whiskey-soaked and bawdy picaresque, and a deeply funny meditation on trying to leave your mark on a world that’s passing you by. There have been a lot of great films made on those subjects and circumstances, but Songwriter is a movie I love like family.

Most folks who still have chips on their shoulders about Altman’s Nashville don’t even acknowledge this film, as Songwriter’s portrayal of Nashville reduces it to a business center where art is an afterthought. Indeed, other than some second-unit shots, Austin, Texas, plays the part of Nashville as needed. And while Nashville remains the best film ever made about America, Songwriter is both the best movie about the mechanics of country music, and the best movie made by country musicians. Some aspects of the biz never change, and it’s in recontextualizing a lot of the hokier, traditional narrative elements that Rudolph and the cast make something truly special. 

Doc (Willie Nelson), caught on the horns of a bad deal, calls upon his old friend Blackie Buck (Kris Kristofferson) to unleash a caper of ’70s-thriller intricacy and ’80s-success-porn scope. Along the way, scores get settled, fortunes are won and lost, careers end with a whimper and launch with fireworks, and just about everybody has two or three killer songs. It’s awesome. Everybody loves Willie as a character actor, but here he really gets to put it all out there, the shaky swagger and the eternal humanist in an uneasy balance. 

Nelson’s then-manager Bud Shrake evolved the screenplay along the emotional and financial roller coaster that Nelson was going through at the time, and the end result is a film that anybody who’s been on the business end of a terrible deal can relate to. When he sings “Who’ll Buy My Memories” to Melinda Dillon — who brings heart and soul to the role of “the ex-wife” that could have been wallpaper in the wrong hands — it’s as devastating a moment as movies can give.

And damned if Kristofferson isn’t just as good, drinking and sexing his way across the country with a smile and a panoply of hits. The two together make a comic duo of irresistible goofy charm — Beckett via vaudeville — and they find the breezy in the brutal just as easily as they find the harsh in the hilarious. The rest of the supporting cast fits into this world effortlessly, with Lesley Ann Warren as ingenue/next big thing, Rip Torn as Machiavellian promoter and Richard Sarafian as the corrupt business honcho Rodeo Rocky. All take no prisoners with their performances.

What ultimately makes Songwriter the best film about country music, and the one I will recommend to anybody and everybody for as long as I live, is that you don’t have to give a shit about country music to love it. Really, you don’t. This is a textually rich film, one that gets better and funnier with each viewing. But if you love country music and the people who make it, there’s not going to be another movie that scratches those itches like this one does.

This day in Willie Nelson history, “Country Bears Movie” released (July 21, 2002)

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

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On July 21, 2002, the movie, “The Country Bears” was released.

Like other celebrated rock-and-roll groups, the members of the legendary group the Country Bears were torn apart by the perils of their own success: ego, jealousy, and a little too much honey. The story of how eager young fan Beary Barrington can convince the bitter ex-members of the rock band to put aside their differences and perform a benefit concert to save Country Bear Hall, the legendary venue where the band got its start.
Initial release: July 21, 2002
Director: Peter Hastings

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Willie Nelson at Eric Clapton Guitar Crossroads Festival 2007

Sunday, June 17th, 2018


The second Crossroads Guitar Festival, a daylong concert featuring legendary music and collaborations, was held on July 28, 2007 to benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. This 2-disc DVD is the follow-up to 2004 s certified eight-time platinum DVD Crossroads Guitar Festival. The festival displayed a wide range of styles from rock to blues to country and featured myriad artists including the infamous Eric Clapton. Highlights include Clapton regrouping with Blind Faith band mate Steve Winwood, a virtuosic instrumental set from Jeff Beck, Vince Gill performing along with Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson, and much more. Over four hours of material featuring the world s greatest guitar players is presented in 5.1 Dolby surround sound. Royalties from the sale will go to benefit Crossroads Centre, Antigua.

 

“Beer for My Horses”, with Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, streamed on Hulu

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

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“Beer for My Horses”, movie based on song written by Toby Keith and Scott Emmerick, and featuring Willie Nelson, will be added to Hulu streaming service this summer, this month, I think.  I think the video was as good as the movie, but the movie is fun to watch, too. Willie usually sings the song in concert, both parts. When Toby Keith performed the song at his concerts, he would show a video of Willie Nelson singing his part on a movie screen behind him.

Enjoy the video