Archive for the ‘Willie’s Place; Willie’s Roadhouse, Sirius/XM; radio’ Category

“Happy Birthday to The Bossman! Thank you for making a difference.”

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Willie Nelson with Dallas Wayne and Jeremy Tepper.

“Happy Birthday to The Bossman! Thank you for making a difference.”

Willie Nelson dedicates his Sirius/XM Radio Station to Merle Haggard today

Friday, April 8th, 2016

photo:  Beth Gwinn

Merle Haggard passed away on his 79th birthday on Wednesday and Willie Nelson, who often hit the road and the studio with his friend, was among the many stars who shared their condolences on social media, posting a photograph of himself and his pal enjoying a laugh on Twitter.

He wrote the caption: “He was my brother, my friend. I will miss him.” He also shared a link to the music video for their song Pancho & Lefty.

And Nelson continues to honour his friend by renaming his SiriusXM radio channel from Willie’s Roadhouse to Merle’s Roadhouse beginning on Friday (08Apr17).


The weekend-long tribute will feature an encore broadcast of the duo’s Django & Jimmie album special hosted by Nelson and Haggard, which was recorded when the album was released last year (15). Also set to air is a two-hour special called Feeling Haggard, as well as an interview that was taped for the Bill Anderson Visits With the Legends show in 2003.

After news of Haggard’s passing was revealed on Wednesday, the radio channel’s producers immediately began playing 12 continuous hours of Haggard’s music and took calls from artists and listeners who paid tribute to the star.

Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius/XM Radio

Thursday, March 24th, 2016


Willie Nelson and coffee, now that’s a nice way to start your day (Get your copy of Summertime 2/26/16)

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016


“A good cup of coffee and a new album from Willie.   A good way to start the day with Kevin Connor and Sun Radio.”

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There are over 1,500 indie record stores in the U.S., so there is probably one located near you, where you can get your copy of “Summertime” has a handy interactive map to find yours.

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Willie Nelson, at KVAN in Vancouver, Washington

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Legendary singer/songwriter Willie Nelson poses for a publicity photo as "Texas Willie" in 1957 that used to promote his "Western Express" radio show on KVAN in Vancouver. In his early 20s, Nelson moved to the area from Texas and recorded his first record, "No Place to Go," at the station.

Legendary singer/songwriter Willie Nelson poses for a publicity photo as “Texas Willie” in 1957 that used to promote his “Western Express” radio show on KVAN in Vancouver. In his early 20s, Nelson moved to the area from Texas and recorded his first record, “No Place to Go,” at the station.

During Willie Nelson’s time in Vancouver in the late 1950s, he was a “cotton-pickin’, snuff-dippin’, tobacca-chewin’, stump-jumpin’, gravy-soppin’, coffee-pot-dodgin’, dumplin-eatin’, frog-giggin’, hillbilly from Hill County, Texas.”

That was how legendary singer-songwriter introduced himself every day on his “Western Express” radio show on KVAN, broadcast from Vancouver. After becoming a star as a teenage disc jockey in his birthplace of Texas, Nelson hit the road and settled for a few years in Vancouver.

Nelson, who wrote classic songs such as “Crazy” and “On the Road Again,” reminisced about his time as a DJ in the Pacific Northwest during a visit this month to Howard Stern’s satellite radio show. As a 23-year-old, Nelson became a hit on the local airwaves; he even had his own fan club, he told Stern and his millions of SiriusXM listeners.

“Those were the days when you could go in and grab a handful of records and sit down and have your own show, play what you want,” Nelson said. He had to correct Stern when the radio host mistakenly said Nelson was a Portland DJ.

“Vancouver, Wash., right across the river,” Nelson corrected.

If you’ve been around a few years, you might recall three portraits of Nelson painted on the side of 704 Main St. as a reminder of the superstar who once walked the same streets. Those murals have since been painted over.

Nelson’s second daughter was born in Vancouver and he bought his first home here. His mom lived in Portland.

Nelson got $40 a week for his daily show, which eventually ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It wasn’t huge money — $40 in the mid-1950s is about $350 in today’s dollars — but Nelson said it was a platform to promote his gigs and hawk his early recordings.

The outlaw country star recorded his first single, “No Place For Me,” using the station’s equipment, eventually selling about 3,000 copies. His star was quickly rising, so Nelson demanded a steep raise, which didn’t go over so well. He quit and it was, yes, on the road again.

His career really took off after he left Vancouver and immersed himself in the country music scene, first as a successful songwriter and then as a performer.

On KVAN, Nelson made a few extra bucks by using the airwaves to promote concerts for other performers, he told Stern, though he never got any big “payola” payoffs, an illegal practice of paying for airplay that was common in the burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll era.

“I was looking for the payola, but I never got any,” Nelson laughed.

Now, nearly 60 years later, the 81-year-old Nelson is still at it; last week, he released “Band of Brothers,” his 48th full-length album.

Though he was only a temporary Vancouver resident, Nelson has fond memories of his time in the Northwest. Before his concert in Portland in 1980, Nelson spent hours on his tour bus chatting with friends Leo and Marsie Erickson. Leo was an engineer on KVAN when Nelson was there and the two bonded. At the Portland show, according to a Columbian article from that time, Nelson wore Leo’s cowboy hat on stage and gave a special shout-out to his “two old friends” from Vancouver.

Nelson gave back to his former home on June 30, 2007 with a $40,000 donation to Vancouver following a concert at the Sleep Country Amphitheater, in Ridgefield, Washington (north of Portland).

Sirius/XM Radio to broadcast Willie Nelson’s New Year’s Eve Concert on Willie’s Roadhouse

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015


New Year’s Eve is less than two weeks away, but there’s no need to stress because we’ve got your DJing duties covered! Ring in the new year with performances by Morrissey, Dead & Company, Jimmy Buffett, Willie Nelson, Gregg Allman, and Widespread Panic; DJ sets from Kaskade, The Chainsmokers, Carnage, Flux Pavilion, Yellow Claw; Pitbull’s New Year’s Eve Mega Mix, concerts from the archives, year-end countdowns and much much more!

New Year’s Nation: This limited-run party music channel is the ultimate soundtrack to New Year’s Eve parties around the country and will feature the biggest, upbeat party hits from genres across SiriusXM’s music platform. It will be available on Ch. 18 and via the SiriusXM app for smartphones and other connected devices and online, Thursday, December 31 at 12 pm through Saturday, January 2 at 3 am ET.

Willie Nelson from Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater in Austin — airing live on SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse

Morrissey at the Galen Center in Los Angeles — airing live on SiriusXM’s 1st Wave

Dead & Company at the Forum in Los Angeles — airing live on SiriusXM’s Grateful Dead Channel

Jimmy Buffett at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn — airing live on SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville

Gregg Allman at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta — airing live on SiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl

Widespread Panic at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta — airing live on SiriusXM’s Jam_On

Southside Johnny from the Court Basie in Red Bank, NJ — airing live on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio

KC & The Sunshine Band from the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA — airing live on SiriusXM’s 70’s on 7

Countdown in San Bernardino live DJ sets by Carnage, Flux Pavilion, Yellow Claw, Pierce Fulton, Baggi, The Chainsmokers and Kaskade — airing live on Electric Area

Live in the Vineyard Concert exclusive performances from vineyards around the valley and the Uptown Theatre, featuring performances by Rob Thomas, Barenaked Ladies, American Authors, James Bay, A Great Big World and For King & Country — airing live on The Pulse

From the Archives Pearl Jam at the Academy in New York City in 1992 on Pearl Jam Radio; Bruce Springsteen at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA in 1975 and at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY in 1980 on E Street Radio; and Elvis Presley at the Civic Center Arena in Pittsburgh, PA in 1976 on Elvis Radio

Year-End Countdown Specials across fourteen music channels, including Alt Nation,Octane, SiriusXMU, Hits 1, The Pulse, BPM, Chill, Shade 45, The Highway and more, featuring the biggest songs of 2015

Pitbull’s New Year’s Eve Mega Mix Pitbull’s Globalization, will air more than 60 hours of exclusive DJ mixes created just for New Year’s

Safety Dance Mix Show 1st Wave will air a special New Year’s edition of its Safety Dance mix show featuring 17 hours of new wave dance mixes

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Happy Thanksgiving from Sirius/XM Radio (Rebroadcasting Farm Aid 2015 today)

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Enjoy our annual Farm Aid Thanksgiving feast for the ears featuring highlights from the recent Farm Aid 2015 concert in Chicago, Illinois, including full sets from Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real,John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson,Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show and Jamey Johnson. The six-hour special will air on Thanksgiving Day from noon-6 pm ET and Sunday 11/29 from 10 am-4 pm ET on SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse, Channel 59.

For more information on how you can help America’s family farmers go to and follow @FarmAid?#?FarmAid30? Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real,John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson,Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show and Jamey Johnson. The six-hour special will air on Thanksgiving Day from noon-6 pm ET and Sunday 11/29 from 10 am-4 pm ET on SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse, Channel 59. For more information on how you can help America’s family farmers go to and follow @FarmAid?#?FarmAid30?

For more information on how you can help America’s family farmers go and follow @FarmAid.


Listen to Paula Nelson with Dallas Wayne on Wednesdays on Willie’s Roadhouse, Sirius/XM Radio

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015


Paula Nelson joins Dallas Wayne on Wednesdays on Willie’s Roadhouse, on Sirius/XM Radio.  Great music, great conversations.  Perfect music for the soundtrack of your life, whatever you are doing.  I’m baking for Thanksgiving today, and the music is perfect.

Sirius/XM offers so much more than this channel, but it’s the reason I keep subscribing!

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This day in Willie Nelson History: SiriusXM radio opens Austin Studio (10/12/2012)

Monday, October 12th, 2015


On October 12, 2012, Willie Nelson helped Sirius/XM radio celebrate the opening of their studio in Austin.

Hosted by Dallas Wayne, the two-hour special featured music and conversation with Willie Nelson, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell (center), Melissa Etheridge, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kinky Friedman, Jesse Dayton, Junior Brown, Johnny Bush, Amber Digby, Darrell & Mona McCall, Justin Trevino and Tommy Alverson.



Enjoy Willie’s Roadhouse on SiriusXM Radio for free

Monday, August 24th, 2015



From Wednesday 8/26 through Tuesday 9/8 you can listen to Willie’s Roadhouse on SiriusXM Radio for free, just by turning on your inactive satellite radio.

Paula Nelson on SiriusXM Radio on Willie’s Roadhouse every Saturday

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
SiriusXM Willie's Roadhouse's photo.

Paula Nelson premieres her new “Riddles & Rhymes” show, airing today and every Saturday 11 am-3 pm ET on SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse.

Paula Nelson joins Dallas Wayne Wednesdays on Willie’s Roadhouse, Sirius/XM Radio

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
SiriusXM Willie's Roadhouse's photo.
Great news!  Today Sirius/XM Radio announced that Paula Nelson will be joining Dallas Wayne live in the Sirius/XM Radio studio on Willie Nelson Blvd. in Austin, TX every Wednesday afternoon from noon-6 pm ET.
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Sirius/XM Radio Contest — Win a Trip for Two to Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Austin

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015


SiriusXM has your chance to win a trip for two to Austin, Texas for The 42nd edition of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic at the Circuit of The Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater on Saturday, July 4!

The all-day event on America’s birthday features performances from more than 20 artists on two stages including Willie Nelson & Family, Eric Church, Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Asleep At The Wheel, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Leon Russell, Billie Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe, Chris Stapleton, Johnny Bush, Insects VS Robots, Folk Uke, Amber Digby, Raelyn Nelson Band, Pauline Reese and more.One Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two to Austin, Texas including round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and a pair of VIP tickets for Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic.Click here to get more info on Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic.

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Another Willie Nelson fan in Kansas City

Monday, May 18th, 2015


“This little girl just went to her 1st Concert ever in KC …. God Bless Willie Nelson & the Family Band.
I think she’s ready for the fan club now Linda”. — Bad Wheeler

Thanks to Brad Wheeler, longtime on air personality  and  host of Salt Lake City’s public ratio station, KRCL’s weekday afternoon drive-time show, for sharing this photo of Kirayla, at last night’s Willie Nelson and Family concert in Kansas City.


He is also an exceptional and well-known local musician.

His radio show is great.  He has Mickey Raphael on a lot, along with many other artists.  One time, Mickey Raphael took over Brad’s show!  His interviews are great.

Don’t live in Salt Lake City?   You can stream his shows:

Personally, I’m a big fan of harmonica players.



Willie Nelson on NPR

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

It's a Long Story

The first thing you notice when you get on ‘Willie Nelson’s tour bus is a pungent aroma. Parked outside a gigantic casino and performance venue in Thackerville, Okla., Nelson offers NPR’s David Greene a joint, which Greene declines. Nelson says he understands.

At 82, Nelson is still touring the country, still an advocate for legalized marijuana — he’s even started a new company to sell weed in Colorado — and has a new memoir out called It’s A Long Story. The country legend recently spoke to Greene about the mystery of Willie Nelson, how ex-wives are really “additional wives” and why no one can tell him what to do.

“A friend of mine once said, ‘It’s my mouth, I’ll haul coal in it if I want to,’ ” Nelson says. “I thought, ‘That’s pretty cool. I’ll use that.’ I don’t think anybody should tell me or you or anybody what to do. I think the Bible says it’s not what goes into your mouth that counts; it’s what comes out.”

Producers would tell you your phrasing is off. What does that mean?

It means change producers.

Touché. What does that mean, your phrasing is unique?

If you’ve got to explain that, you’ve got the wrong one. There are so many beats in a measure, you have so much time to get in so many beats, some people lay back to the last minute. … Some do a beat every quarter. However you feel it is the way you should do it.  Sinatra’s best asset was his ability to phrase. He’s my favorite singer. It’s how you say it.

I did a lot of reading before coming to meet you. People who know you very well say you remain a mystery. The true Willie Nelson doesn’t come out easily. We know this whole massive catalog of songs; can we know you through that catalog? Do you remain a mystery?

I don’t know … I loved every song Hank Williams wrote. Doesn’t mean I knew him any better. Music says a lot about you. I’m guessing … maybe so? Maybe my music does tell stories I wouldn’t be able to tell any other way unless it was through a song.

Amazing story you tell in the book: You land in jail in the Bahamas because of your love of pot. Two days later, you’re at the White House having dinner with President Carter. That evening, you said a friend of yours, a White House insider, knocks on your door, takes you on a tour and lights up a joint.

Hrm. Were you there?

No, I just read the book.

[Laughs.] I didn’t know I put that in the book.

No. No. Most of the women in my life knew that they were taking a big chance with a guitar player, anywhere. Not that that’s an excuse. Guitar players do like women. That’s why we got into the business; we like girls. That can lead to trouble if you’re planning family life. Which I did. I have four wives, kids, grandkids, I love them all. There’s no such thing as ex-wives; there’s only additional wives.

I see there are photos behind you, [including] one of your late son, Billy …

Oh, there he is, with his daughter, my granddaughter. There he is on Scout, his pony. Another one back here.

He died a very early death. You outlived a son. You lost people you played on stage with. You talk about Jennings, Cash, … How does that loss around you impact you and your life today?

Me and Merle were talking, ain’t many of us left.

Merle Haggard.

We were chuckling about that. Where’d everybody go? The fact he and I are still here is probably a miracle in itself.