Archive for the ‘Presidents’ Category

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

CNN will premiere the acclaimed documentary JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT on  Sunday, Jan. 3 at 9pm Eastern & Pacific.  The film will simulcast in Spanish on CNN en Español.

Music played a surprisingly significant role throughout the 39th President’s life and political career.  Directed by Mary Wharton, this engaging feature charts the mostly-forgotten story on film of how Jimmy Carter forged tight bonds with musicians of all genres, including Willie Nelson, the Allman BrothersBob DylanJune Carter and Johnny Cash, and many, many others.  The film illuminates an era that saw youth culture and politics join forces for change, and offers a revealing look at a man of deep conscience whose love of music is essential to who he is as a father, a citizen, a man of the South, and a leader during his presidency and beyond.  The film is punctuated by contemporary interviews with Bob DylanMadeleine Albright, BonoRosanne CashWillie NelsonBishop Michael Curry, Paul SimonTrisha Yearwood, Nile Rodgers, Gregg AllmanGarth Brooks, and others, and extended exclusive interviews with President Jimmy  Carter as well as his son, James ‘Chip’ Carter, III.  Produced by Chris Farrell.

In addition to the broadcast premieres on CNN and CNN en Español, during the Jan. 3 television premiere, JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo ( and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android.  The film will be accessible via CNN on demand via cable and satellite systems, CNNgo platforms, and CNN mobile apps, beginning Monday, Jan. 4.

The film will encore on CNN Saturday, Jan. 9 at 9:00pm Eastern and Pacific.

To see a trailer for JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT, please visit:

Willie Nelson, President Jimmy Carter, Charley Pride

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

President Carter with Willie Nelson and EmmyLou Harris

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Willie Nelson and President Jimmy Carter

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Willie Nelson featured in, “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President”

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President chronicles President Jimmy Carter’s lifelong passion and connection to the world of rock and roll music. The new film is due out in theaters and virtual cinemas on Sept. 9, with a home release set for Oct. 9. Today, a trailer has dropped, featuring Bob Dylan, Gregg Allman, Willie Nelson and many more.

According to a press release, “Carter’s appreciation for all genres of music and friendships with the likes of Bob Dylan, Gregg Allman, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, and Willie Nelson helped to define his administration.”

The film will combine interviews with Carter with contributions from the likes of Nelson, Dylan, Bono, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy Buffett, Rosanne Cash, Chuck Leavell, Paul Simon, Andrew Young and Madeleine Albright. In addition, Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President will feature archival footage of live performances from Nelson, Dylan, Paul Simon and Jimmy Buffett.

Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks in, “Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President”

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
Photo: Isaac Davidson

Garth Brooks , Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood are just a few of the artists slated to give interviews in a new tribute film highlighting President Jimmy Carter ’s unique relationship with music.

Called Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President , the film explores how Carter incorporated his passion for music into his political career, harnessing the power of song to connect with voters and even span party divides. The movie was directed by Mary Wharton , and is scheduled to hit both virtual and traditional theaters this fall.

Read entire article here.

Willie Nelson Collection, at Carter Center Auction

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
by: Ernie Suggs

The Carter Center’s annual retreat is going digital.

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual gathering and fundraiser that netted more than $4 million last summer for the Carter Center will be a virtual celebration that will include special messages from President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, as well as an up-close-and-personal look at some of the center’s programs.

The highlight of every retreat, the annual artwork and memorabilia auction, will still take place.

“Carter Center Weekend has been a favorite event of both donors and staff for more than a decade,” said Jason Carter, chairman of The Carter Center Board of Trustees and co-host of Saturday’s show alongside Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander.

“COVID-19 makes it impossible for us to see each other in person this year — but on the bright side, the fact that we’re doing this virtually means we can invite the entire world to be part of it,” Jason Carter said.

he 2020 Carter Center Weekend is actually two events in one — a four-day online auction that begins on Aug. 26, and a live show at 8 p.m. on Aug. 29.

Saturday’s broadcast will feature messages from Willie Nelson, Jon Stewart, and Hank and Billye Aaron.

It will also feature a town hall meeting with Jason Carter and Alexander, and staff discussions about Guinea worm eradication and election observation.

“This will be my first Carter Center Weekend event,” Alexander said. “I’m really looking forward to spending time online with some of our most devoted supporters and sharing details about what the Center has been able to accomplish during these challenging times.”

The Carter Center has been holding retreats for supporters and donors since 1992 and has raised more than $35 million on the annual auctions alone to go toward the Carter Center’s global outreach.

Brent Slay and his wife, Diane have known the Carters since 1998, even hosting them in their Grand Rapids, Michigan, home in 2006 for the funeral of former President Gerald Ford.

They had gone to the retreat for 21 straight years. At last year’s retreat in Leesburg, Virginia, Slay won the bid on a fishing trip with Johnny Morris and Bill Dance.

I sure wish we could all be together in person because we’ve formed so many wonderful friendships,” Slay said. “But we’ll collectively do the best we can to continue to support the work of President and Mrs. Carter through this wonderful organization.”

As in years past, the auction’s highlight is an original oil painting by President Carter. The winning bidder can choose from one of three – one featuring a branch of mountain laurel, one featuring two Northern Cardinals, and one featuring Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.

Other notable auction items include:

  • A vintage Remington typewriter from Tom Hanks’ personal typewriter collection.
  • A photo of President Carter with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, signed by all three.
  • A collection of Beatles memorabilia featuring a framed copy of “Help!” signed by Ringo Starr, and a block of wood from the church where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met.
  • A case of Presidential Reserve Rum bearing President Carter’s signature made at the Richland Rum Distillery in Richland, Georgia.
  • A collection of Willie Nelson memorabilia that includes a signed guitar and a signed picture of Nelson and Rosalynn Carter on stage.
  • A handmade bowl that wood turner Matt Moulthrop made from a bulletwood tree that spent years submerged in the Panama Canal.
  • A painting of monarch butterflies titled “Migration,” by artist Sherri Richards.
  • A silkscreen by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl featuring his drawing of the throne he sat in on stage after he broke his leg on tour.
  • A Damascus steel Bowie knife with a railroad spike handle hand forged by artist Jeremiah “Jeremy” Cohn.

Bidding for these and 60 other items opens on Aug. 26, and runs through the evening of Aug. 29.

Go to to learn more about the auction and the broadcast, which will stream live on and the Carter Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Willie Nelson and President Carter, ‘Amazing Grace’, (Atlanta, GA, June 16, 2012)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

June 15, 2012 –

Willie Nelson was joined onstage by President Jimmy Carter for a rendition of Amazing Grace toward the end of his concert at Chastain Amphitheater in Atlanta. A third Grammy winner, Jamey Johnson, was also onstage at the time. Rosalynn Carter also came out for the end of the song.

Willie Nelson to perform at Opening of Tribeca Film Festival, Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

photo: Rick Diamond
by: Angie Mortoccio

The 19th Annual Tribeca Film Festival happens April 15-26 in NYC. While they haven’t announced this year’s slate of films, the opening night event will be the world premiere of new documentary Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President at Beacon Theatre on April 15. In addition to the screening, there will be live performances from Willie Nelson, Nile Rodgers, Paul Shaffer, and more to be announced. No word on tickets to this event but festival passes and bulk ticket packages for the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival are on sale now.

Read More: Willie Nelson, Nile Rodgers & more playing 2020 Tribeca Film Fest opening night |

Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton appear in a teaser for Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President, a new documentary about the 39th President of the United States. The film will open the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival at New York’s Beacon Theatre on April 15th, followed by a performance by Nelson.

Directed by Mary Wharton — who helmed 2009’s Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound — the film focuses on the music that shaped Carter’s life. Vintage performances by Muddy Waters and the Allman Brothers Band can be seen in the clip, as Garth Brooks talks about Carter while Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” plays in the background: “His love for music makes all kind of sense to me, because music is the voice of the heart,” Brooks says in the film. “Music is the voice of the soul.”

The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 15th through the 26th in New York City. Ticket packages are on sale now, while single passes will go on sale March 17th.

Happy 95th Birthday, President Jimmy Carter

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Happy birthday to President Jimmy Carter, born in Plains, Georgia on October 1, 1924.


This day in Willie Nelson History: Jimmy Carter in Plains on CMT (12/8/04)

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

On December 8, 2004, “CMT Homecoming: Jimmy Carter In Plains” premieres, featuring a Willie Nelson concert, taped in the former president’s hometown.

On September 9, 2004 Willie Nelson performed a concert in Plains, Georgia, for an upcoming TV special, “CMT Homecoming: Jimmy Carter In Plains”

The concert was filmed in September, for a special airing in December 2004, when CMT featured a special homecoming event, with the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, for an intimate look at the small town that he still calls home and where he spends the holidays with wife Rosalynn, his children and grandchildren – Plains, Ga.

In this one-hour documentary, CMT Homecoming: President Carter In Plains, President Carter welcomes his longtime friend, country legend Willie Nelson, to Plains for the reunion. Nelson joins President Carter for a tour of his childhood home, his boyhood haunts, and the town that holds a special place in President Carter’s heart. The two friends swap stories of what it was like growing up in small towns and reminisce about their friendship that has lasted decade.

In honor of Plains, Nelson performs for everyone in the town, and the fans get a surprise when President and Mrs. Carter join Nelson on stage.

Thanks to Alice from Georgia for sending pictures.

Willie Nelson, President Jimmy Carter and David Anderson

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

According to Willie Nelson’s longtime road manager, David Anderson, this is what it looks like when the President of the USA walks in unexpectedly after the show while you’re smoking a joint.

(thanks, Paul Stanford)

Willie Nelson and Senator Obama

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter congratulate Willie Nelson on Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

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To Willie Nelson:

Although we regret we couldn’t be with you today, Rosalynn joins me in congratulating you on receiving the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, a prestigious and well-deserved award.  Your music has enriched the lives of people far and wide for decades, and it is only fitting that your life’s work be honored in this way.

Your friendship has been important to us for over 30 years, and we were proud to host you at the White House and in Plains. We also loved having you in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Price concert in 2002. Your music has become the soundtrack of our lives, and we are pleased to see your tremendous talent recognized today.

Please know you have our warm best wishes on this special occasion, and we hope to see you soon!


Jimmy Carter