Archive for the ‘Paula Nelson’ Category

Willie Nelson and family in Life Magazine (August 1983)

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Life Magazine (8/83)
Photography: Harry Benson
Text: Cheryl McCall

“I’ve about forgotten what a private life is,” says Willie Nelson, padding around his kitchen with a mug of tea. “But when I really want to get away, this is the santuary.”

Here, 40 miles outside Denver, a contented Nelson is secluded with his wife, Connie, and their daughters, Paula and Amy. In the largest of four houses on a 122-acre spread. (One house is an office, the others for rare guests.) The Nelsons’ family life is anchored here; it’s where the girls go to school (public).

But they have another big house near Austin, Texas., site of the country superstar’s personal recording studio. During the summer, Connie and the kids adopt a gypsy lifestyle to keep up with the perapathetic. Willie., who, at 50, shows no sign of setting a more sensible pace. He logs over 200 days a year on the road for as much as $500,000 per concert, and often takes his family along in a customized bus.

“The kids don’t mind the traveling because it’s all they’ve ever known,” says Connie. When she married Willie in 1971, she recalls, “We had to search for pennies before we could go to the grocery store.” In the years since, the royalties form a dozen gold and six platinum albums have made them land barons.

Besides their two “hideouts,” they own a 400-acre ranch in Utah, a 200-acre farm near Nashville and two houses in Hawaii. Their holdings in the Austin area include a 44-acre ranch, an 80-unit town-house complex, the 1, 700-seat Austin Opry House, a motel and a small catfish restaurant called Mona’s.

“That’s a lot of doorknobs,” Nelson says with some satisfaction. What’s it all worth? “It would take a week of inventorying to figure that out,” says his business manager. Recently the Nelsons’s gave LIFE a first-ever look at their homes in Colorado and Texas.

“The most important thing I do for Willie is make sure he gets rest. He doesn’t even realize when he’s running himself into the ground,” says Connie, soaking with her old man in their king-size tub. “I keep the people to a minimum, or before we know it, our time together is gone.”

“When I have time off the road, I try to split it between Colorado and Texas,” says Nelson. To shuttle back and forth, he bought a $1.7 million, seven-passenger Learjet this winter. “The plane makes a difference,” says Paula. “Dad gets home more, and we go to Texas a lot when we’re not in school.”

West of Austin, the family as an eight-room house overlooking the 775 acre Pedernales Country Club, which Nelson owns outright and permits his band, staff and friends to use. His clubhouse office, filled with tapes, awards and a six-foot feathered headdress given him by an Oklahoma Indian tribe, is next to his state-of-the-art recording studio. “I like being able to go in there in the middle of the night,” he says. When fellow muscicians drop by, the beer and tequila flow.

“It can be a continuous party,” Connie sighs. “When one set of people gets worn out, there’s another set ready to go. But there’s only one Willie.” In Austin, Nelson also does some fatherly fence-mending with his children by his first marriage. (Lana, 29, Susie, 27, and Billy, 26, live nearby.) “I was too busy trying to pay the rent when they were small,” he says. “I spend more time with them and my six grandkids now than I ever did before. I like being a father.”

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Willie Nelson and Paula Nelson, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Sirius/XM Zoomed Town Hall with Willie Nelson

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Sirius/XM Radio hosted a Virtual Zoom Town Hall and “First Rose of Spring” Album Release party with Willie Nelson and a few lucky fans.  

Thanks Diane Lynch for sharing these photos.

Happy Father’s Day, Willie Nelson

Sunday, June 21st, 2020
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Paul Nelson on new Ray Wylie Hubbard single

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

The Paula Nelson Band, “Angel From Montgomery” (Rest in Peace, John Prine)

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Such sad, sad news, singer songwriter artist humanitarian John Prine passed away from bout with Coronavirus today. Rest in peace.

I love Paula Nelson’s rendition of this song by him, a fitting tribute.

“When I get to heaven, I’m gonna shake God’s hand
Thank him for more blessings than one man can stand
Then I’m gonna get a guitar and start a rock-n-roll band
Check into a swell hotel; ain’t the afterlife grand?”

“Me and Paul,” and Paula Nelson

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Paula Nelson:

“So I’ve been talking about this story on SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse with Dallas Wayne…… and every time “Me and Paul” is played on Wednesday’s show.  In case you missed it… The story goes like this.  I was named after my dad’s drummer Paul English and his wife Carlene. A long time ago when I was to be married, I asked Dad and Paul to walk me down the aisle. As we stood in front of the preacher, the preacher asked “Who gives this bride away?”

My dad replied “Me and Paul”. “

Happy Birthday, Paula Nelson

Sunday, October 27th, 2019
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Photo from Seventeen Magazine 1985

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photo by Scott Moore

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Saturday, October 19th, 2019

I just love this photo.

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Willie Nelson & Paula Nelson’s, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” Tops TV Songs chart

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

www.Billboard.com
by: Kevin Rutherford

Nelson’s cover of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” rules, while six songs from “Euphoria” make the July 2019 list.

Euphoria lands multiple titles on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Songs chart, powered by Tunefind, but it’s Big Little Lies that pulls through with the top song on the July 2019-dated tally.

Rankings for the Top TV Songs chart are based on song and show data provided by Tunefind and ranked using a formula blending that data with sales and streaming information tracked by Nielsen Music during the corresponding period.

Big Little Lies leads the way with an entry from Willie Nelson. The veteran country singer’s cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” which features his daughter, Paula Nelson, debuts at No. 1 on Top TV Songs after its inclusion in the closing moments of the HBO miniseries’ second season finale on July 21.

Interest in the cover was palpable, with the song garnering 17,000 downloads and 1.1 million streams in July 2019, according to Nielsen Music. Interest in the track, originally released on Nelson’s 2013 album To All the Girls…, drove it to a No. 36 debut on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart dated Aug. 3.

Big Little Lies snagged one more appearance on the July 2019 Top TV Songs chart (Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby,” at No. 9, from the fifth episode of the second season), but it was Euphoria, which followed Big Little Lies in HBO’s Sunday night programming, that dominated the tally otherwise, scoring six of the 10 positions.

Having recently wrapped up its first season on Aug. 4, the teen drama featured a much-talked-about soundtrack, and its lead song for July was J.I.D’s “151 Rum,” which enters Top TV Songs at No. 2 with 1,000 downloads and 4.8 million streams. Labrinth’s “Mount Everest” follows at No. 3 (2,000 downloads, 2 million streams).

See the full top 10 below.

Rank, Title, Artist, TV Show (Network)

1. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” Willie Nelson feat. Paula Nelson, Big Little Lies (HBO)
2. “151 Rum,” J.I.D, Euphoria (HBO)
3. “Mount Everest,” Labrinth, Euphoria (HBO)
4. “Who Can It Be Now?,” Men at Work, La Casa de Papel (Netflix)
5. “War With Us,” YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Last Chance U (Netflix)
6. “In My Dreams,” ANOHNI, Euphoria (HBO)
7. “When I R.I.P.,” Labrinth, Euphoria (HBO)
8. “Small Town Boy,” Bronski Beat, Euphoria (HBO)
9. “Baby,” Donnie & Joe Emerson, Big Little Lies (HBO)
10. “Work,” Charlotte Day Wilson, Euphoria (HBO)

Paula Nelson and Ray Wylie Hubbard

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

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Oh my God I am so excited. This last couple of weeks has just rocked. Thank you to the wonderful Ray Wylie Hubbard for asking me to be a part of his new record. Love you Ray I had a great time ??????????

Willie and Paula Nelson’s, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” enters top ten on US iTunes following Big Little Lies soundtrack

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Paula Nelson and David Alan Coe at Willie’s Picnic

Thursday, July 4th, 2019