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Willie Nelson featured in, “A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story”

Saturday, February 6th, 2016
by: Annie Reuter

Willie Nelson gives back to a show that has helped him throughout his career in a new documentary called A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story. The singer sings Austin City Limit‘s praises in the film, which will premiere at the 2016 South by Southwest Festival in Nelson’s own Austin, Texas, next month.

Described as “the ultimate backstage pass to 40 years of incredible music,” the two-and-a-half minute trailer highlights four decades of music from the longest-running music show in television history. The film features interviews with producers and artists, as well as showcases some of the legendary performances throughout the past 40 years. Appearances in the film are made by Nelson, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy, the Pixies, Loretta Lynn, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Townes Van Zandt, Buddy Guy, Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson, Marcia Ball and many more.

“I’ve been associated with Austin City Limits since the beginning,” Nelson says in the A Song for You trailer. “I did the first show.”

Meanwhile, other artists discuss their nerves to play the historic television show as the tradition it holds is undeniable. The trailer highlights several performances by country legends Nelson, Kristofferson and Merle Haggardas well as Miranda Lambert, Jack White, Coldplay and Dave Grohl.

“I don’t care about being inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” Grohl says in a clip. “I got to play Austin City Limits.”

Directed by Keith Maitland, the film also discusses the difficulties the show had as one producer admits that each year they never knew if they would be funded. Thankfully, somehow, they always found a way.

“I’m really glad to see it still doing well and getting better all the time,” Nelson concludes.

This day in Willie Nelson history (January 30, 2004)

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

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On January 30, 2004, the movie “The Big Bounce”, opened.


Thank you, Mark, from Willie Nelson’s Museum and General Store, (, for finding this gem, a still from the movie, “The Big Bounce” released in 2004, also starring Owen Wilson, Gary Sinese, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Sheen, Bebe Neuwirth, Harry Dean Stanton, Gregory Sporleder, Steve Jones, Director: George Armitage



Friday, January 22nd, 2016


Thanks to Phil Weisman for sending this photo. I love those movie stills, who doesn’t.

This day in Willie Nelson History: Electric Horseman move debut (1979)

Monday, December 21st, 2015

On December 21, 1979, Willie Nelson made his film debut with the opening of “The Electric Horseman,” also starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. It includes Nelson’s hits “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” and “Midnight Rider”

“I’m gonna get me a bottle of tequila and find me one of them Keno girls that can suck the chrome off a trailer hitch and just kinda kick back.”

Willie Nelson presents, “The Red-headed Stranger”

Monday, December 14th, 2015


Willie Nelson and Ray Charles an intimate performance (1983)

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The Willie Nelson Show with Ray Charles

Filmed at the Austin Opry House and out on location, this Willie Nelson Special features great performances by Willie and his band who are joined by special guest Ray Charles for duets with Willie Nelson on six songs. Also featured is a trip to Willie’s home town of Abbott, Texas and a chance to explore his roots with many of the people he grew up with. The program is a great showcase for Willie Nelson’s distinctive voice, sense of humor and charismatic stage presence.

On the Road Again

Always on My Mind

Ray’s Improv

Angel Eyes

Seven Spanish Angels

I Can’t Stop Loving You

Georgia on My Mind

Mountain Dew

My Window Faces South

There Will Never Be Another You
To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before
Without a Song

Who’ll Buy My Memories

Whiskey River

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!