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Willie Nelson and family in Nashville (Feb. 11)

Friday, February 12th, 2016

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Nashville was not rough tonight, it was smooth as silk and a love fest.   It was so heart-warming to see how much the fans in Nashville love Willie Nelson.  And how much he loves them back.

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When Willie sang “Me and Paul”, they cheered to hear that Nashville was the roughest.  When he told about almost getting busted ‘but for reasons that I’d rather not disclose” fans giggled, appreciating the inside joke.   The crowd roared when he declared that “All the whiskey in Lynchberg, Tennessee, just couldn’t do the trick”, because it’s all going to pot.”  And every time the audience responded, Willie rewarded us with the sweetest smile.   Everyone laughed so loud, enjoying Willie Nelson’s humor, like they were hearing the jokes for the first time.

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Fans knew the words to every song and sang the chorus right along with Willie.  When Willie broke into “Crazy”, I have never heard such a response, responding to that song that Willie Nelson wrote, and that Patsy Cline made famous.  So exciting to hear Willie Nelson sing “Crazy” live in Nashville.    Whiskey River, Nightlife, the Hank Williams’ medley, every song drew yells of delight from the appreciative crowd.

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The venue had seats, and boxes, all around the venue, and seats for fans behind the stage.  Willie made sure he acknowledged everyone when he came out on stage, waving and pointing the most distant, highest seat in the balconies, and behind him.  Somehow, he makes all of us feel so special when we go to see him.

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It was not a stand up and dance concert, everyone stayed sitting, which is so hard for me to do.  Finally, a few of us tried to stand when the band played “On the Road Again” (Who can sit when Willie Nelson is singing “On the Road Again”?)  But the woman behind me said she couldn’t see, so I sat down.  That being said, even though they were sitting, everyone enjoyed the show so much, and showed it.   Lots of screaming and cheering, causing Willie to say, “I hear you” many times throughout the concert.   When he threw out bandannas, and he threw out lots tonight, the fans squealed like he was throwing out 100 dollar bills, and of course, they were priceless gifts to the fans who caught them.

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After the show, Willie spent some time at the front of the stage, shaking hands and signing autographs for fans.  Always so moving to see how much love and attention Willie gives his fans, making eye contact with everyone, acknowledges them, shakes a hand and then moves on to the next fan, and makes them so happy.

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It was a mixed age crowd, like most of the shows I’ve been too.  Young cowboys and cute young women, and older folks like me — everyone was loving Willie Nelson and Family, and so grateful to get to hear them play.

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The Schermerhorn Center was one of the best venues I’ve ever heard the band in.  Designed for the Nashville Symphony, the sound was so clear, and you could hear all the instruments so clearly.  I can’t remember when I have heard the triangle, and shakers and all the percussion instruments so clearly.  Mickey’s harmonicas were so clear, and the stand-up bass that Kevin Smith played.    You got to hear all the tones and amazing sounds from Bobbie’s guitar, and then Trigger, Trigger was singing.   The band sounded so good.  Even though we couldn’t dance, it was a lively show, and comfortable, and no shoving or pushing or getting beer poured down your neck, like some shows  (those are fun, too).

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The gospel set drew a crowd of family and friends on to the stage, and there was a crowd up there.  Raelyn Nelson, Willie’s granddaughter, who lives in Nashville (and has he own band!), and Waylon Payne, and Melonie Cannon, the McCrary Sisters,  and several others who I don’t know,  joined Willie for the set.

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Willie Nelson made sure that he said goodbye to everyone when he left the stage.

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There is nothing like a Willie Nelson concert.

Willie Nelson and his fans in Biloxi

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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Thanks so much to Andy Bush for sharing photos from the Biloxi, Mississippi shows this week.

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“Got my first bandana in over 40 shows.”

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Monday, February 8th, 2016

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Sunday, February 7th, 2016

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Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Willie Nelson & Family in Biloxi TONIGHT!

Friday, February 5th, 2016

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Thanks to Andy Bush for sharing photos from tonight’s show in Biloxi, MS. WN&F are doing to shows in Biloxi, and lucky Andy will be at both. Thanks for thinking of me, Andy.

And he got a really cool Me and Paul photo.

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Willie Nelson jams with the Muppets

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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I just love these pictures of Willie Nelson with the Muppets.  What fun.

 

 

Willie Nelson @Gruene Hall (November 16, 2014)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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Gruene Hall, built in 1878, is Texas’ oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall. By design, not much has physically changed since the Hall was first built. The 6,000 square foot dance hall with a high pitched tin roof still has the original layout with side flaps for open air dancing, a bar in the front, a small lighted stage in the back and a huge outdoor garden. Advertisement signs from the 1930s and 40s still hang in the old hall and around the stage.

In the 1800s, Gruene Hall held weekly dances and played host to everything from traveling salesmen to high school graduations to badger fights. Today, the Hall has continued to be a center for the Gruene and Central Texas social and entertainment scene, and the activities are just as varied. In any given week, locals hold court in the front bar after work talking over their day’s activities, a friend’s passing, the weather or the state of the economy. Possibly at the same time, the filming of a movie or commercial or preparation for a festival, fundraiser or a major corporation’s private party may be taking place in the main hall or beer garden.

Under the current ownership, Gruene Hall has become internationally recognized as a destination tourist attraction and major music venue for up-and-coming as well as established artists. Since 1975, the Hall has played host to hundreds of celebrities whose pictures adorn the walls. The owner’s focus on booking singer-songwriters and artists who play original material has provided a fertile proving ground for many former “new talents” such as George Strait, Hal Ketchum, and Lyle Lovett.
Gruene Hall has also become a place where working songwriters, such as John Hiatt or Rodney Crowell, Kevin Welch or Jim Lauderdale, can try out new material or just take a breather between tour dates; where music icons such as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Merle Haggard or Kris Kristofferson can play in a more intimate venue; where former “up and comers” such as Garth Brooks, Chris Isaak or the Dixie Chicks can extend their tour; and where big names such as Willie Nelson and Aaron Neville have chosen to perform.

Willie and Annie Nelson

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman Willie Nelson walks the red carpet at the Paramount for the opening of "When Angels Sing" during the SXSW Film Festival on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

photo:  Deborah Cannon

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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Monday, February 1st, 2016

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Friday, January 29th, 2016

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Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Thanks to Carol S. for sharing her pictures from Willie Nelson and Family concert at House of Blues, Orlando.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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Willie Nelson Art Photography, by Neil Leifer

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Singer Willie Nelson performs during a concert at the Golden Nugget Hotel. Las Vegas, Nevada 8/1978 (Image # 1150 )

Singer Willie Nelson performs during a concert at the Golden Nugget Hotel.
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