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Willie Nelson and President Carter

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Willie Nelson is joined on stage by former President Jimmy Carter, who played harmonica on “Georgia on My Mind,” at Chastain Park Amphitheater on July 27, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. The two are longtime friends. President and Mrs. Carter and daughter Amy visited Willie on his bus, before the show.

Willie Nelson and BB King, Chastain Park, Georgia (July 27, 2008)

Friday, May 15th, 2015


On July 27, 2008, Willie Nelson and B.B. King performed at Atlanta, Georgia’s Chastain Park Amphiteater.  Among the thousands of fans — President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter.

This day in Willie Nelson History: Democratic National Convention (7/29/04)

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

On July 29, 2004, Willie Nelson performed “Living in the Promiseland”, on the night presidential candidate John Kerry accepts the nomination at the Democratic National Convention” at Boston’s Fleet Center.  Carole King and Mavis Staples also performed.

This day in Willie Nelson History: President Jimmy Carter joins Willie Nelson on stage in Georgia (7/27/2008)

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

On July 27, 2008,  Jimmy Carter joined Willie Nelson and Family on stage and played harmonica on “Georgia On My Mind” during a concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta.

“Five different times I’ve been on the stage with Willie Nelson,” Carter said. “He always calls me up on his final number, which is usually ‘Amazing Grace,’ and we sing a duet together. He’s very careful to turn the microphone completely away from my voice.” – Jimmy Carter


Former President Jimmy Carter once told Rolling Stone magazine that “all the good things I did as president, all the mistakes I made – you can blame half of that on Willie.”



This day in Willie Nelson History: “CMT Homecoming with Jimmy Carter in Plains” (9/9/04)

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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 @ the White House

Saturday, August 10th, 2013


Willie Nelson, Kennedy Honors (1998)

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Willie Nelson with Johnny Rodriguez, in “Bad Day on a Strange Horse”

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Willie Nelson and President Obama

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Willie Nelson, and Senator Obama, Farm Aid, Chicago

“For the women, I think Obama is the guy.   I really think [women’s health care] is a big issue, and that’s the one that I think Obama is on the right side of history. I think that will have a big influence on the election. I’ll probably vote for him.”

“He’s really shown what a president is supposed to do with all the problems with weather that we’re having on the East Coast,” Willie explained, giving more props to President Obama. “He’s acting very presidential. Nice to see him and Governor Christie coming together, and showing us what it’s like when two people originally on opposite sides come together for the good of the country.”

Willie Nelson honored at John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (12/6/1998)

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012


Willie Nelson and President Jimmy Carter

Monday, September 10th, 2012

by:  Dan Merica

Washington (CNN) – Former President Jimmy Carter once told Rolling Stone magazine that “all the good things I did as president, all the mistakes I made – you can blame half of that on Willie.”

The Willie that Carter is referring to is none other than Willie Nelson, the famed “outlaw” country singer known for his unique sound and his affinity for marijuana. Although Carter was known as a buttoned-up president – during the 1976 campaign, he regularly highlighted his Southern Baptist roots and his role as a Sunday school teacher – the former governor of Georgia was also known to escape the pressures of the presidency by listening to Willie Nelson.

 And on September 13, 1980, the president’s love for the music of the “redheaded stranger” was fulfilled when Nelson played for Carter at the White House. The night was certainly a unique one. Not only did first lady Rosalynn Carter sing a cover of Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” with Nelson, but the country star claims that after the concert he smoked marijuana on the White House roof.

In a joint interview with Entertainment Weekly, Nelson and Carter laughed about the subject: Carter: I would guess that Willie and my sons knew a lot more about that than I did. That was one of the things that Willie and I never did discuss much. But I don’t think there’s much doubt that there was—

Nelson: Actually, short-term memory — I don’t remember a lot that happened then.

Carter: Yeah, my memory’s kind of short on that subject, too.

The Carter-Nelson relationship was not just a passing one. Nelson joined Carter on the campaign trail in 1976 – even though during that campaign Carter had called for tough penalties on marijuana usage. In the same Entertainment Weekly interview, Carter credited Nelson with helping him win the election. “I think that was one of the reasons I won, because I did align myself with characters like these, who were admired by hundreds of millions around the world,” Carter said. “I think as much as any performer who has ever lived, Willie has had an intimate and natural relationship with working people.”

It seems Nelson appreciated thoughts like that. In the Country Music Channel documentary “Jimmy Carter in Plains,” Nelson says that Carter is “my favorite president.” Close friends to this day, Carter has joined Nelson on stage a number of times since the White House performance in 1980.

When Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, Willie Nelson was there to serenade him with “Georgia on My Mind.” Most recently, on June 16, 2012, Carter joined Nelson on stage at a concert in Atlanta, where the duo sang “Amazing Grace” for the crowd.  According to reporting by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and video from the performance, Carter even put on an iconic red bandana like Nelson’s.

Dear President Elect Barack Obama, from Willie Nelson

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Barack Obama spoke at Farm Aid 2005 in Tinley Park, Illinois about the importance of family farmers. He also introduced Chicago’s own Wilco, who played “Airline to Heaven.”

Dear President-elect Barack Obama,

As President of Farm Aid, I’d like to take this opportunity to whole-heartedly congratulate you on your historic victory. I’d also like to offer you every resource that Farm Aid has available to assist you in creating a new farm and food policy that supports a sustainable family farm system of agriculture.

I started Farm Aid in 1985 when family farmers were being forced off their land as a result of federal policy that paved the way for industrial agriculture. This shift replaced independent family farmers with factory farms that have wreaked havoc on our communities, our environment and our public health. 

There is broad agreement that our farm and food system needs to be drastically reworked. The good news is that the work of building an alternative to the industrial food system is well underway and Farm Aid is proud to have been a leader in this work, something we call the Good Food Movement. The Good Food Movement has grown and thrived almost entirely without the support of the federal government. However, now is the right moment for the leadership of our country to take a role in this important movement. In fact the future of our economy, our environment and our health demand it.

Our family farmers are a national resource with incredible potential to be the protagonists in solving the challenges we currently face. Family farmers are on the cutting edge of thriving local food systems and economies, alternative energy production and environmental stewardship. Family farmers are marketing the fruits of their labor close-to-home at farm stands, farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs), helping local money to circulate in local communities where it can do the most good. Family farmers are growing green energy and harnessing the power of the sun and wind. They are transitioning to sustainable production methods to grow food that is good for our health and our planet. These steps are strengthening our local economies, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, protecting our natural resources and increasing our national security.

As the national organization working on behalf of family farmers for the last 23 years, Farm Aid has helped family farmers stay on the land, organized communities to fight factory farms in their own backyards, and educated eaters about the choices they can make to guarantee healthy, fresh food from family farms. Over our history, we have grown, partnered with, and sustained a network of more than four hundred grassroots farm and food organizations across the nation. As you begin to implement programs to support a family farm system of agriculture, Farm Aid and our vast resource network is here to work with you.

Now is the time for our country to recognize and call on family farmers’ ingenuity, strength and value to our past and our future. We can have strong local economies, green energy, a clean environment, healthy citizens and good food—all of these start with family farmers. I look forward to working with you to make this vision of a family farm system of agriculture a reality.

Stay Strong and Positive,

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Willie Nelson and President Jimmy Carter

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

photo:  Aimee and Spalding Nix

Atlantic Journal Constitution
by Jennifer Brell

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, joined Willie Nelsono n stage at Chastain Park Amphitheatre Friday night for “Amazing Grace.”

The former president even put on a bandana for the impromptu performance. His most recent book, “NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter,” draws on his many years as a Sunday School teacher at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

The crowd loved every minute of the former president’s visit to the stage but really roared their appreciation when Mrs. Carter walked out. What a nice moment for Atlanta.

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Willie Nelson and President and Rosylyn Carter

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

President and Rosylyn Carter joined Willie Nelson and Family on stage in Atlanta, and sing, ‘Amazing Grace’.  Jamie Johnson was on stage to sing the gospel song, too.  President Carter is wearing the bandanna that Jamie Johnson gave him.

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

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

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.