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Willie Nelson in Do Savannah Magazine

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Our cover story features country legend Willie Nelson, and a line from one of his newest songs, “Still Not Dead.” He’ll bring along some family members (and a new album with his sons) to the Savannah Civic Center on Oct. 20. Also joining the family band will be country troubadour Dwight Yoakam.

Country music’s most celebrated songwriter is still breaking the rules, touring nonstop and recording new music.

At 84, Willie Nelson has done what very few other musicians have done in his 55-year career. He’s won every award possible, including 12 Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, nine CMA Awards and five Academy of Country Music Awards. He’s appeared on over 200 albums since his debut release “And Then I Wrote” in 1962, spanning genres from country to folk, jazz and pop.

“It’s still fun,” said Mickey Raphael, Nelson’s longtime harmonica player. “Willie’s guitar playing is getting better and better. It’s great to stand there and watch him and listen to him play. No. 1, I am a fan of Willie, so I get to stand next to him every night and play. I’ve got a great vantage point.”

Nelson will release a new album on Oct. 20 that features his sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson. “Willie Nelson And The Boys, Willie’s Stash Vol. 2” is the second recording to be released from the Willie’s Stash archival recordings series. Volume 1 featured Willie’s sister, Bobbie, who tours with him. Nelson and his boys perform a selection of well-loved country music standards, the majority of which are from Hank Williams Sr. songbook. 

The sidebar to Nelson’s music career reads like a full life of its own. In addition to his music, Nelson has been a powerful activist throughout his life. He co-founded Farm Aid with John Mellencamp and Neil Young in 1985. The benefit concert raised funds for family farmers in America. He’s been an active voice for environmental causes and cannabis legalization. He is the co-chair for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and recently announced the launch of Willie’s Reserve, a cannabis company. Nelson has also acted in more than 30 films and authored several books.

Nelson continues to tour with a ‘family’ of musicians — including his sister and sometimes his sons — many of whom have been with him since his hit album “Red Headed Stranger” in 1975.

“‘Red Headed Stranger’ broke so many rules,” Raphael said. “That was the first record I played with Willie. I didn’t know it was going to be accepted, but I had to go with Willie’s intuition. That defied all gravity. The record label didn’t really want to put it out because it wasn’t like anything they’d worked with before. ‘Stardust’ was another one that I loved. Also, the last record, ‘God’s Problem Child’ is pretty special.”

Throughout Nelson’s expansive discography, there are songs of lament, love and happiness, always full of his trademark wit. His humor is as palatable at 84 as it was four decades ago.

“I’ve never been accused of being normal,” Nelson sings on the track “Still Not Dead” from last year’s “God’s Problem Child.” It’s a track Nelson wrote because of a news story that reported his death.

“There was an article about his gardener finding Willie dead in his garden,” Raphael said. “So he wrote a funny song about that. We’ll be doing that [live in Savannah.] You just never know what he’s going to pull out.”

For live shows these days, Nelson doesn’t write out a setlist. His show at the Savannah Civic Center will be full of surprises.

“Whatever comes to his mind,” Raphael said. “No setlist. It’s just really whatever comes off the top of his head. It does follow a certain pattern. We start off with ‘Whiskey River,’ and then I can’t remember where it goes from there. He starts off every song, so I can just feel it out.”

Opening the show in Savannah will be the great urban cowboy Dwight Yoakam, whose own career has mirrored Nelson’s in many respects. Yoakam, a Kentucky native, emerged in the mid-1980s with an unmistakable hillbilly swagger. A musician and actor, Yoakam has released more than 20 country albums and compilations with more than 30 charted singles. He’s sold over 25 million records and garnered 14 Grammy Award nominations, winning two.

For some, Yoakam might be more familiar as an actor. He appeared in 1996’s “Sling Blade,” 2002’s “Panic Room,” 2006’s “Bandidas,” and several other movies and television shows over the years. In 2016, Yoakam released his first bluegrass album, “Swimming Pools, Movie Stars.”

“Well, I guess my birth certificate gives me some credentials to own the holler that I was living in the first couple years of my life, and musically express that,” Yoakam said of his first bluegrass album in a news release. “Being born into rural southeast Kentucky there in Pike County, which is just across the Virginia state line from the area of the Clinch Mountains where the Stanley Brothers and the Carter Family came out of, maybe it was inevitable. But, having said that, let’s wait a minute and — wee doggies! – see what we did to it.”


What: Willie Nelson & Family with special guest Dwight Yoakam

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 20

Where: Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.

Cost: $35-$143




Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam in Chattanooga, TN (Sat. October 21, 2017) SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

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Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam will be in town Saturday, Oct. 21, for a concert at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., at 8 p.m.

But you won’t see the Red-Headed Stranger before he’s on the road again if you haven’t already purchased tickets because the show has been sold out for weeks.

Willie Nelson & Family Live in Concert – San Antonio, TX (Nov. 20, 2017)

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Willie Nelson & Family at Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta (Tomorrow night!)

Friday, October 13th, 2017

The indefatigable singer-songwriter-guitarist, now 84, is the type of legend who needs to be seen in concert at least once in a lifetime. Yes, that’s a hint. The ever-busy Nelson also has coming Oct. 20 “Willie Nelson and the Boys,” the second installment in Nelson’s archival recording series, “Willie’s Stash.” This collection is another family collaboration, featuring Nelson and his sons, Lukas and Micah, performing country standards, including seven written by Hank Williams Sr.

With Elle King. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14. $65-$117.65. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive NW, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Willie Nelson & Family at the MSU Riley Center (Merididan, Miss.) TONIGHT – SOLD OUT

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

By Andrew Samet |

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – The MSU Riley Center is gearing up for a big concert Tuesday night. Willie Nelson and Family is coming to Meridian and the show has sold out faster than any other in the history of the Riley Center.

“This is probably by far the biggest concert that we’ve had at the Riley Center in a long time. A few years ago B.B. King sold out extremely fast, but Willie Nelson has taken the record,” says Derron Radcliff, box office manager.

With an updated ticket and software system in place, staff at the center are more than prepared for the sell-out crowd.

“We’ll start scanning tickets, so we’re moving to electronic format and able to check people in through that way. So the preparations are about the same but slightly different. We’ve kind of upgraded just a little bit here at the Riley Center,” says Radcliff.

The concert begins at 7:30 Tuesday night.


Willie Nelson & Family at the Majestic Theater, in San Antonio (November 20, 2017)

Monday, October 9th, 2017

The Majestic Theater in San Antonio is a National Historic Landmark and home to the San Antonio Symphony, the Broadway in San Antonio series, along with a wide variety of concerts and performing arts attractions.

Willie Nelson & Family at the Majestic Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Monday, November 20, 2017
Tickets on Sale October 13, 2017Mon. November 20, 2017 : 8:00PM

For Box Office and Group Sales information, please click here.


Willie Nelson & Family @ Floore Country Store (Oct. 7, 8, 2017) SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 5th, 2017
by:  Joe Leydon

The “Quintessential Texas Honky Tonk” in Helotes, Texas is celebrating its 75 anniversary.

They’re having a 75th anniversary celebration this weekend in Helotes, Texas, at John T. Floore’s Country Store, the celebrated dance hall and café often described as “The Quintessential Texas Honky Tonk.” And the guest of honor is no less a luminary than Willie Nelson, one of several legendary country music stars who have graced the Floore stage since the venue opened its doors in 1942.

Willie Nelson & Family will be performing sold-out shows Friday and Saturday, October 6-7. But wait, there’s more: Other Floore mainstays booked for upcoming shows as part of the dance hall’s anniversary celebration include The Randy Rogers Band (Oct. 14) and Robert Earl Keen (Nov. 3).

“There’s a lot of history attached to this place,” says Floore’s Country Store co-owner and talent buyer Mark McKinney. “And a lot of acts have their own history here. You could say these three particular acts each represent a different generation of our history.

“Willie’s association with Floore’s is as big a reason as any — maybe the biggest reason, period — that we’re still around here after 75 years. Willie’s been playing here for over 60 of those years, and he’s always, always welcome.”

Robert Earl Keene “would be next on the list,” McKinney says, “since he’s been playing here for, oh, about 25 years. And he recorded one of his most popular albums [No. 2 Live Dinner], a live album, here. We had an anniversary celebration for that album last year — and he recorded another live album [Live Dinner Reunion] that night.

“And then you have the next generation represented by The Randy Rogers Band. They’ve just huge down here — they’ve sold the place out dozens of times. And they also recorded a live album, and a DVD, here.”

Among the other notables who are Floore regulars: The Bellamy Brothers (who are scheduled to perform at the venue Dec. 15), Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, and Cody Johnson. Over the past seven decades, Floore’s Country Store also has hosted  such iconic performers as Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, George Jones, and Waylon Jennings.

“If you grew up in this area like I did,” McKinney says, “coming to shows at Floore’s is kind of a rite of passage. And I definitely think, judging from our ticket sales, that we have people travel from throughout the state, and sometimes from throughout the country, to see shows here.”

Little wonder, then, that Texas Monthly has proclaimed visiting John T. Floore’s Country Store one of “50 Things Every Texan Should Do.”

“I love John T. Floore’s,” says Mickey Raphael, the harmonica master who has performed with Willie Nelson for more than 30 years. “I remember playing there in 1973 when the stage was just — well, it was tiny. I mean, it was as big as a matchbook. We barely could fit, so we just crammed together on stage. The good thing was, at that time, we didn’t have a lot of gear. And, you know, over the years, it’s been one of my favorite venues.”

Raphael is looking forward to the Friday and Saturday shows at John T. Floore’s. He admits, however, that he kinda-sorta misses the rowdiness that was typical of the place ages ago.

“Back then,” Raphael says, “the signs on the walls outside said ‘$100 Fine for Fighting,’ because when people get together and they have a great time and there’s a little alcohol involved, sometimes disagreements might turn into a fight. And I remember there was one fight that broke out, and some guy in the crowd pulled out a hundred-dollar bill and said, ‘Let them keep fighting.’

“And you have to remember — back in 1973, 100 bucks was a lot of money, you know?”


Willie Nelson & Family at Floore Country Store (Oct. 7th, 8th) SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 5th, 2017



with Amanda Shires

Friday, Saturday, October 7, 8, 2017

14492 Old Bandera Road
Helotes, TX 78023
(210) 695-8827

Willie Nelson & Family at John T. Floore Country Store (Friday Oct. 7, Saturday Oct. 8) SOLD OUT

Monday, October 2nd, 2017



with Amanda Shires

Friday, Saturday, October 7, 8, 2017

Rock like an outlaw

Saturday, September 9th, 2017


Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY       Saturday, Sept. 9
Hersheypark Stadium — Hershey, PA                                           Sunday, Sept. 10

For tickets and info, visit

VIP Pre-Party and Concert Experience with Willie Nelson in Wilmington

Thursday, September 7th, 2017


Tuesday Sep 5, 2017
5:30 PM to 11:00 PM


The Shell at Pier 33
10 Harnett St. , Wilmington, NC 28401

On September 5, Willie Nelson is playing at Wilmington’s newest outdoor concert venue, The Shell at Pier 33, on the riverfront in downtown Wilmington.

The Business Journal & WILMA worked with the concert’s organizers to secure a special Pavilion to create an all-in-one package for this special evening. This is a great outing for companies, groups of friends and other organizations!

The Pavilion Package includes:

• Tickets to see the legendary Willie Nelson
• A pre-concert party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pavilion
• Two drink tickets
• Food catered by Blackfinn restaurant
• Reserved seats at the Pavilion during the concert
• Access to the Shell during the concert
To reserve your seat or a table, click now on the “Buy Tickets” link!

Willie Nelson & Family with Dwight Yoakam in Savannah (Oct. 20, 2017)

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Willie Nelson & Family in Phoenix, AZ (January 3, 2018)

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Danny Zelisko Presents
Willie Nelson & Family

Wednesday – January 3, 2018

Showtime – 7:30 PM

Seating is in the round.


Willie Nelson tickets go on sale August 21st

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force.

In the last five years alone he delivered ten new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ Bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the last three years of the on-going Luck Reunion Food and Music Festival at his ranch in Luck, TX during SXSW, announced the launch of his cannabis company Willie’s Reserve, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 2015, “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of Willie, hit bookshelves and landed him on the New York Times’ Bestsellers list; and the studio album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country album chart and #7 on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart. In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award. Last year began with the release of Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, a collection of 11 newly recorded Gershwin classics. The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart. In September came For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price, an album of newly recorded interpretations of 12 Ray Price songs. While in October, Nelson released Pretty Paper, his new novel inspired by his classic holiday song of the same title about a legless man who sold wrapping paper in front of a Fort Worth, TX department store.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets ($67, $97 and $127) go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 21st at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, or online at To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.


Willie Nelson & Family in Oklahoma City (November 22, 2017)

Sunday, July 30th, 2017


The Jones Assembly

901 W. Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, OK,

Willie Nelson and Family, Kacey Musgraves: Aug. 8, Northern Quest

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Family, Kacey Musgraves: Aug. 8, Northern Quest, $55-$85 NQ

Northern Quest Resort & Casino
100 North Hayford Road
Airway Heights, WA 99001

A legendary outlaw of country music, Willie Nelson has pushed against the grid from the time he wrote his first song at the age of seven. With three major albums in the 1970s, Shotgun Willie (1973), Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), Nelson launched onto the country music scene and became one of the most recognized artists of country music. A few of his many hits include country staples “On the Road Again”, To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”, and “Pancho and Lefty”. Aside from his musical success, Nelson has acted in more than 30 films, co-authored numerous books and is a well-known activist for multiple causes, including biofuels, the legalization of marijuana and music education.

Joining Willie Nelson is one of country music’s newest stars, the Grammy award-winning Kacey Musgraves. Kacey wrote her first song at the young age of nine and learned how to play the Mandolin and guitar shortly after, catapulting her into becoming a young musical phenomenon. With a move to Nashville from her hometown of Golden, Texas in 2008, Kacey signed with record label Universal Music Group, and made her major-label debut with Mercury Records Nashville with the albums Same Trailer Different Park (2013) and Pageant Material (2015). Both albums debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, and Same Trailer Different Park landed her two Grammy awards for Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”) and Best Country Album, as well as the ACM Award for Album of the Year. Kacey also took home the 2013 CMA Award for New Artist of the Year and 2014 CMA Award for Song of the Year for her hit “Follow Your Arrow”.

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