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Billy Gibbons talks about Willie Nelson on guitar

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

by:  Andy Langer

These days, Billy Gibbons describes ZZ Top as “four decades, same three guys, same three chords.” Indeed, by design, not much has changed about the self-proclaimed Little Ol’ Band From Texas: Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard, who’ve been together since forming in Houston in 1969, still play the revved-up blues that made them arena-filling hit-makers for much of the seventies and eighties. But this month, with the blessing of his longtime bandmates, Gibbons will tour with a new outfit, the BFG’s, in support of his first-ever solo record, a Cuban-inspired set titled Perfectamundo. Their tour includes the Havana Jazz Festival, in December.

ANDY LANGER: You kicked off 2015 onstage with Willie Nelson at his annual New Year’s Eve gig, in Austin. What can you learn from playing for two hours with Willie?

BILLY GIBBONS: I wasn’t supposed to play two hours. I talked to him before the show and said, “How about we play ‘Milk Cow Blues’?” And Willie replied, “How about we play all the blues?” I still thought I could play a few songs and bow out, but his sets are so seamless I ended up staying the whole gig. And up close, it’s even more obvious just how exquisite a soloist he is. It goes beyond the simplicity of three-chord blues. It contains the elegance of that simplicity but gets into some very “adult” chords and melodic changes. The gypsy-jazz stuff that Willie’s capable of delivering is dazzling. I spent most of the night just watching his hands and trying to keep up.

Read Andy Langer’s entire interview here:

And check out Billy Gibbons new solo album (yeah, solo album).



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Help Induct Vern Gosdin into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Friday, October 2nd, 2015


Sign the Petition here.  Doesn’t take long.

Petition Background (Preamble):

“The Voice”, Vern Gosdin, was born August, 5, 1934 in Woodland, Alabama. He began singing in church where his mother played piano. As he grew up, Vern sang in a gospel quartet called The Gosdin Brothers. When he was in his late teens, his family moved to Birmingham, Alabama and began hosting The Gosdin Family Gospel Show on a local radio station.

In 1961, Vern and his brother, Rex, moved to California and began performing bluegrass music. They joined a group called The Golden State Boys who then had two top 40 country hits with “Hangin’ On” and “Til the End”. They frequently opened for the iconic pop group, The Byrds.

In the 1970’s, Vern moved to Georgia where he worked a day job but he never gave up his music. In 1976, he signed with Elektra Records. His first hit was a remake of “Hangin’ On”,which featured Emmylou Harris singing harmony vocals. His next single was “Yesterday’s Gone” in 1977 which also featured Emmylou Harris and became his first Top Ten Hit. Several more hits followed between 1977 and 1979 with the biggest of these being a remake of “Til the End” and a cover of The Associations’ hit record, “Never My Love”, which also featured harmony vocals from Janie Fricke.

In 1982, Vern had a Top Ten hit with “Today My World Slipped Away”. In 1983, Vern co-wrote “Tennessee Courage” with Max D. Barnes and Louis Brown. The song was also recorded by Keith Whitley.

In 1983 Vern teamed up with songwriter Max D. Barnes once again. They penned two Top 5 hits; “If You’re Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right) and “Way Down Deep”. Vern released the album, “There Is a Season” in 1984. This release was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as Best Country Album of the Year. Also in 1984, Vern had his first #1 single, “I Can Tell By The Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight)”. Vern traveled from coast to coast opening shows for George Jones. During this time, George’s manager, Gerald Murray, of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, maintained the same home office for both singers. Muscle Shoals became a pivot location for great writers and other entertainers, including Hank Williams, Jr.

In 1987, “Do You Believe Me Now” went to #4, then “Set ‘EmUp Joe” was released and went to #1. Vern and Max D. Barnes co-wrote “Chiseled in Stone” and it won the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year. In 1989 Vern had another #1 hit with “I’m Still Crazy” and over the ensuing years,he had numerous Billboard Top 10 songs such as “Right in the Wrong Direction”, “That Just About Does It” and “Is It Raining at Your House”.

In 2007, Gerald Murray, wrote “True Life Stories About ‘The Voice'”. The book tells of the life and times the two had together and about some other people in Vern’s life. Murray was a part of Vern’s life for some 30 years and referred to him as a father, brother and friend.

In December 2008 Vern announced the release of “40 Years of The Voice”. This would be his final music project showcasing 40 years of his remarkable career. The compilation contained 101 pure country songs hand selected by Vern. 11 new songs recorded in 2008, 14 songs from his 1968 album, “Sounds of Goodbye”, recorded with his brother, Rex, and 77 of his favorite country and gospel classics.

When we lost Vern on April 28, 2009, we lost a legendary singer, a role model, a mentor and a dear friend.

Everyone please take a moment to sign this petition and help put Vern Gosdin where he belongs–in the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Sign the Petition here.  Doesn’t take long.


Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, sing for Dennis Kucinich (1/3/2004)

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

George Miguel Concert in Burbank tomorrow night — Free!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

My friend, musician, music lover and Willie Nelson fan George Miguel produced this video introducing his band.  If you live in the Burbank area, the band is performing a free concert tomorrow night at the Burbank Moose Lodge.

For more information and to hear more music:


Chris Stapleton at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Austin

Thursday, July 16th, 2015


This was my first time seeing Chris Stapleton perform.  He and his band, which includes his wife Morgane, performed at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic.  The picnic is always fun because you get introduced to other great music that you might not normally hear.  They were great.

Morgane Stapleton



Kentucky-born singer, songwriter and producer Chris Stapleton is one of Nashville’s most revered craftsmen, with a 15-year career that includes No. 1 hits, Grammy Award nominations, feature film contributions, the respect of his peers and, now, a new album.

Stapleton will release his highly anticipated debut “Traveller” on May 5. The Mercury Records Nashville release is the rare mainstream country album eagerly awaited by fans on both sides of the dial.

Blessed with an otherworldly voice, Stapleton earned this respect in numerous recording studios and anonymous writing rooms on Music Row and on stage as a touring headliner and opener for the most popular acts in the genre.

He has written five No. 1 songs for George Strait, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner and contributed cuts to several major motion picture soundtracks. He’s also been nominated for three Grammy Awards and won the International Bluegrass Music Association Emerging Artist of the Year award as a member of The SteelDrivers.

His songwriting credits span all genres and artists from Adele to Jason Aldean and he’s recorded with everyone from Miranda Lambert to Don Williams.


Check out their album, and learn more about the band at:



King of the Road

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

“You know, it’s funny. One night in a motel in Phoenix, Arizona, I wrote ‘Dang Me’ in just four minutes. It took me six weeks to write ‘King of the Road.’ I was driving from Davenport, Iowa, to Chicago, and somewhere along the way I saw a sign on the road which read, Trailers for Sale or Rent,’ and for some reason that phrase stuck in my mind. It wasn’t until later, in Boise, Idaho, that i really sat down and made something out of it, . . . although I had to induce labor to get it completed. I got stuck after the first verse, so i went out to a Boise store and bought a statuette of a hobo. I sat and stared at it until the rest of the tune came to me.” —Roger Miller (as quoted in Billboard and the Nashville Banner)

Larry Butler gets a birthday hug from Willie Nelson

Sunday, March 29th, 2015



Larry Butler spent his birthday at a Willie Nelson show, and got a hug to celebrate.

David Amram: The First 80 Years (featuring the music of David Amram) Screening in Boulder, CO (2/12/15)

Sunday, February 8th, 2015


February 12, 2015
DAVID AMRAM: The First 80 Years
A film about the life and times of Classical composer/conductor/jazz french hornist/world musician, author and Jack Kerouac’s first musical collaborator, David Amram.

Boulder, CO
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

If you live in Colorado and can make it to Boulder, come to eTown Hall next Thursday, and see the film about David Amram.



Billy Gibbons, NYE, in Austin

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

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Thank you to Janis Tillerson for her great photos from the NYE show at the Moody Theater, Austin City Live. Enjoy these photos of Billy Gibbons, who sat in with Willie Nelson & Family.
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“Just me and the great Willie Nelson” — William Duvall

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014


“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

Willie Nelson and the Peterson Brothers

Thursday, May 1st, 2014


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. “

Breaking News: Photo of Willie Nelson Family’s Armadillo Thief Surfaces

Thursday, April 10th, 2014


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 and fans

Thursday, March 20th, 2014


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

Johnny Depp joins Willie Nelson & Family on stage at Austin Rodeo (3/9/14)

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Two Legends

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014


John Legend and Willie Nelson, backstage at 56th Grammys, Los Angeles.