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Willie Nelson & Family at the House of Blues, Houston (11/19/14)

Friday, November 21st, 2014


by:  Craig Hlavat

Seeing the legendary Willie Nelson live is like visiting the Alamo, eating something fried and bad for you at the State Fair in Dallas, taking in a Friday night high school football game, staring at God’s dusty creations in West Texas, gazing up at the San Jacinto Monument on a sweltering afternoon, or getting a bag full of Whataburger at 2 a.m. These are timeless Texas traditions that everyone should do at least once, or multiple times if they are lucky.

Willie Nelson played Houston’s House of Blues on Tuesday night, and he brought fellow aging Texas gunslinger Billy Joe Shaver with him as opening support.

Shaver is currently touring behind a new album, “Long in the Tooth,” which sounds nothing but. Houston’s favorite upright bassist Nick Gaitan was on the lead rumble for Shaver, as he has been for a few year now. Shaver looked great in front Willie’s large Texas flag backdrop. Who else but these two artists could have a Texas flag as big as a house as their stage backdrop? ZZ Top? George Strait? Beyonce? OK, that might be a stretch.

I’ve broken down the Willie Nelson show experience in alphabet form before, if you need a bit more enlightenment.

I’ve said plenty of times in the past — at the Houston Chronicle and at other outlets — that Willie is a finite resource, a resource which you should partake in at least once a year while you are still both breathing the same air. Last night was just one of many nights that have affirmed that. The 81-year-old country monolith became a fifth degree black belt this past year in the Austin area, which makes him easily one of the most dangerous octogenarians in Texas.

Tuesday night’s show was marked by Willie charming licks from his sidekick guitar Trigger, a boisterous crowd, and the faint hint of greenery in the air. (Spoiler alert: Nelson opened the show with “Whiskey River,” like he has done since before most of us were born. There no was no immediate tally on how much whiskey was actually consumed at the show at press time.)

Three songs into the show I made it to the back bar where someone’s grandmother breathed in the air deeply as a concertgoer nearby puffed away on something still illegal in Texas (for now).

“Oh, that takes me back! It’s not even skunk weed!” she exclaimed about a good foot below me as she tried to buy me a shot, a beer, and another drink after that. It’s a school night, ma’am.

At the merch table, Willie’s people were selling an array of shirts, bandanas, vinyl, compact discs, and even a stuffed, Muppet-like Willie doll, one of which is currently staring at me as I type this.

Willie hit all the hallmarks last night, including “Still Is Still Moving to Me”, “Beer for My Horses”, “Good Hearted Woman”, “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”, “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind”. When you watch Willie onstage, backed by his usual cohorts, you have to take a few minutes to drink it all in. Watch the strings on Trigger vibrate, see Paul English set the tempo, and smile at the delicate way Mickey Raphael coaxes sound from his harmonica.

Lately he has made a point of closing shows with a run of spirituals to send us off into the night with the Lord in our hearts. “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, “I’ll Fly Away”, and “I Saw the Light” turned the House of Blues into a gospel revival, though hearing a few thousand slurring voices singing about the sweet by and by probably brings about a mighty tsk from the man upstairs. “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” is easily a modern hymn of Willie’s own design, praising the natural relaxant.

One last thought: My Christmas wish is for Houston fans to shut up during concerts. I know, it’s a rote request but at Willie shows it somehow burns a bit more. Even during songs like “Always On My Mind” I could hear conversations about horrible bosses, jerk neighbors, and the current whereabouts of ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends.

That’s Pat (Miss Tex) enjoying the show!

See more photos:


Wednesday, November 19th, 2014


Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

photo: Janis Tillerson

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014


Thanks to Becky Patterson Driver, for sharing photos from her Texas adventure, seeing Willie Nelson & Family, in Texas. Not bad seats!

Saturday, November 15th, 2014


Thank you, veterans (Willie Nelson supports the troops)

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Thank you to friend Kelly, from Texas, for this photo.

Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas (Feb. 2006)




Monday, November 10th, 2014


Thanks, Phil Weisman!

Willie Nelson @ White House “Salute the Troops Concert “

Saturday, November 8th, 2014


Willie Nelson, along with Mary J. Blige, Common, Romeo Santos, John Fogerty, U.S. Army Sgt. Christiana Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. John Auer and Capt. Matt Smith perform in a special concert for our military members’ at the White House.

Willie Nelson photographs featured in Michigan Art Show (Nov. 7, 2014)

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

by: John Liberty

Paul Jendrasiak, of Grand Rapids, will display several photographs of major West Michigan concerts and lakeshore images during the Nov. 7 Art Hop at Hite House Couture in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Tuesday, November 4th, 2014


Tuesday, November 4th, 2014





Monday, November 3rd, 2014


Willie Nelson, and his boys

Monday, November 3rd, 2014


Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sending this photo of Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson.

Willie Nelson at home in Texas

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014


Willie Nelson works so hard, tours, records, gives his time and money to good causes, and is so busy.  I love this rare photo of him alone, doing something that he enjoys.

Alone except for whoever took the photo, I mean.  Thank you.


Saturday, November 1st, 2014

photo credit:  Genaro Molina