“Just met the great Willie Nelson at the Admiral’s Club in O’Hare! This man is one of my ALL-TIME favorites and he and his family could not have been nicer to me. It’s truly the greatest feeling when you meet an idol and they’re just as cool as you ever imagined.” — William Duvall
Enjoy Duvall with Alice in Chains, in case you haven’t
As if getting to hear Willie Nelson & Family in concert wasn’t enough, we got to hear so much great music Tuesday at the Back Yard in Austin, including Folk Uke and the Peterson Brothers, pictured here with Willie Nelson and Family on his bus, before the show.
These guys rocked, too. Their dad was there, too, and he was so proud of his guys. Check out the band’s music and follow them on their FaceBook Page
“An awesome evening! Thanks to Mr. Willie Nelson for the opportunity to be a part of his amazing Birthday Celebration! Thank you Connie Nelson, Paula Nelson and the entire Nelson family for your kindness to the Peterson Brothers Band.
As always, Thanks to all of you for your support, you have continued to make our journey possible, and we appreciate you! — at the Backyard LiveOak Amphitheater. “
Willie Nelson’s website reports that there has been a break in the stolen armadillo mystery, when this photo of the alleged thief surfaced from the venue’s security camera. (Is that John Stamos? That’s sad.)
Johnny Depp looks like he’s enjoying the moment as much as Zack (Willie and Annie Nelson’s grandson) and his friends, backstage at a Willie Nelson & Family show. Depp sat in with the band for their entire show in Austin, part of the SXSW festivities last week. And he kindly posed with fans before the show.
thanks to Johnny Depp’s fan club @johnnydeppcombr for the photos
Few people are more appropriate for the inaugural Woody Guthrie Prize than his friend and fellow singer/songwriter Pete Seeger.
Tulsa’s Woody Guthrie Center announced the first prize — meant too honor annually the artist who “best exemplifies the spirit and life work of Woody Guthrie” — would be awarded to Seeger at a ceremony Feb. 22 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City.
“We hope that the Woody Guthrie Prize will shed an inspirational light on those who have decided to use their talents for the common good rather than for personal gain,” said Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie. “With his dry wit, Woody always preferred to call himself a ‘common-ist.’ His quote from John Steinbeck’s character, Tom Joad, says it pretty simply: ‘Wherever children are hungry and cry, wherever people ain’t free, wherever men are fightin’ for their rights, that’s where I’m gonna be.’ There are so many people who are living this credo, and they’re the ones we will be honoring.”
Seeger was about seven years younger than Guthrie and the two were fast friends, performing and traveling together. Their work inspired thousands of musicians and kicked off the folk revival of the 60s.
But more germane to the prize, Seeger’s music focused on social change and environmental causes.
“We are honored to present the first Woody Guthrie Prize to Pete Seeger, whose incredible career pushes the boundaries of how music can make us think, feel and act,” said Woody Guthrie Center Executive Director Deana McCloud. “We can think of no better recipient than a colleague, friend and confidant of Woody himself. Pete and Woody are arguably two of the most prolific folk musicians of their lifetime.”
Seeger’s activism in the ’50s and ’60s led to his blacklisting. He has been a staunch advocate for several causes, from anti-war movements, anti-McCarthyism to the Civil Rights Movement.
The award ceremony will include an interview session with Seeger, a performance by Seeger and Arlo Guthrie and additional music by Tony Trischka.
Tanya Tucker shows up at a lot of Willie Nelson & Family shows and she was there on Dec. 30, and 31st at the Moody Theater, Austin City Live. She was sitting with Aaron at his board, and Willie walked over to the edge of the stage and tossed her a bandanna. On New Year’s Eve, she went on stage and sang with Willie and family and friends for his gospel set at the end.
First Aid Kit have shared their cover of Willie Nelson’s 1980 song ‘On The Road Again’.
The folk duo, made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, posted the song on their Facebook page as a ‘Christmas gift’. They wrote: “We wish all our listeners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As a Christmas gift we give you our cover of the Willie Nelson song “On The Road Again”, because guess who will be on the road again in 2014?” Scroll down to listen to the song.
The band recently revealed on Facebook that they were back in the studio recording songs for their third album. First Aid Kit released their second album ‘The Lion’s Roar’ in 2012. The pair recorded the album in Omaha in the United States with producer Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes. Conor Oberst also made an appearance on the record. The album followed their 2010 debut ‘The Big Black And The Blue’
Two living American treasures played one of America’s greatest concert venues on a humid summer night to the sold out house of all ages. Both Willie Nelson and Levon Helm have lived through over 70+ years of success and tribulations, that they are still performing such passionate shows nightly is a testament to their impact on popular music and their burning desire as artists.
The Levon Helm Band opened with a set that spanned the foundations of rock and roll. Levon was slapped a firm hand on the snare, playing with conviction as he was backed by a 13 piece band whose musical director, Larry Campbell, called the shots. There was a foray into gospel via Teresa Williams exuberant howling of “(Ain’t That) Good News” and a touch of country with the classic “Deep Elem Blues” whose conclusion turned into a horn filled soul review provoking Levon to start Hambonin’ and Juba Dancin’ using his mandolin provocatively. Helm himself sang more at this show then he has in recent NYC performances, trading verses with Campbell on a cover of Dylan’s “Blind Willie McTell”, and no matter how the voice may sound the love will always be there.
The meat and potatoes of Levon’s performance were the timeless tunes he recorded with The Band. “The Shape I’m In”, “Ophelia” and “King Harvest” showed up early, while a guitar solo by Campbell proceeded “Chest Fever” and Willie Nelson came out to strum on Trigger (but not take a verse) during the set closing version of “The Weight”. With only one clunker (the piano heavy cover of Leadbelly’s “Bourgeois Blues”) highlights dominated, but standing slightly taller then most was the NOLA flavor of “All On A Mardi Gras Day”. Clark Gayton introduced the song via a stirring trombone solo before the band exploded into reverie with a parade, sticky sweet keys, pumping tuba, big bass drums and a flair for life.
Willie Nelson came out with much less support only bringing with him a simple snare drum, piano, bass, harmonica and his trusty Trigger. Oh, and his voice. While Helm has suffered from throat cancer, Nelson has not only aged pristinely, he may have become an even better singer. That was the true highlight of Nelsons set; his tone, range and lyrics soothingly floated off the legendary walls of RCMH and I gotta believe that those notes and phrases would have sounded just as pure being sung in a dusty Corpus Christi saloon.
The crowd appreciated his string of greatest hits including; “Whiskey River”, “Night Life”, “Bloody Mary Morning”, “On The Road Again”, “Crazy” and “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground”. It is pretty astounding when you catch Willie Nelson live and remember just how many fantastic songs the man has written. All of the classics were accentuated brilliantly by harmonica player Mickey Raphael and Willie’s unique Pecos-Jazz style guitar strumming. As a show tonight’s bill would have worked better with The Levon Helm Band closing with the party vibe, yet there was no doubt that both artists continue to provide their fans artistic performances at the highest of levels; truly living American treasures.
This reminds me of something Henry Wagons might do if he was down and out and forlorn rather than so goddamned happy all the time. It was our Henry who wrote a song called Willie Nelson – ”… he likes some salt and pepper with his evening meal …” – partly as a love letter to the greatest outlaw country singer OF ALL TIME and partly as a way of inserting sardonic humour, as he does, into his new-country schtick.
In 2009 Phosphorescent, aka Alabama/Brooklyn musician Matthew Houck, did something a whole lot more reverential when he made an entire album of Willie Nelson covers as a dedication akin to Willie’s own tribute album to honky tonk singer Lefty Frizzell To Lefty From Willie, in 1977. Now, I’m biased here. I love Willie Nelson, he’d be among my favourite singers, up there with Gaye and Redding and Lennon. I also love Houck as Phosphorescent and already own his three albums prior to To Willie. His newest, Muchacho – where he goes in an ecstatic Flaming Lips direction – will be listed as one of my albums of 2013. To Willie, however, is pure alt-country. It drones and it folks and it is definitely heavily drugged; the song choices are the world-weary, hedonistic Nelson, not the wide-eyed Blue Skies Nelson of popular consumption. Thus we get the addiction odes Reasons To Quit and The Party’s Over; and lovelorn Can I Sleep In Your Arms (from Nelson’s best album Red Headed Stranger, from 1975). This week everything is genius and this music, I am convinced, is all I’ll ever need.
Kenny Chesney is most recent artist to be added to list of performers who will play at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Festival in Nashville on the weekend of September 27 and 28. Along with Willie Nelson & Family, other artists, include John Fogerty, Jason Mraz, Grace Potter, Edward Sharpe, and more. Some artists show up for special sit-in performances. For more information about the shows and how to get tickets click here.
Amy Vaughan, Editorial Coordinator for Vivid Seats, has created an info-graphic about Zac Brown, with so much information about Zac Brown. It’s so creative and informative. I have posted small version below, but please follow this linkto see it in it’s full glory: