photo: Robert B. MacCready
WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY
Billy Joe Shaver
Event Info: Outdoors – Rain or Shine Show. General Admission. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. $40 General Admission Advance/$45 GA Day of Show/
Reserved Section is Sold Out.
GA Section is Mostly Standing Room.
Friday 10/17; 10/18
Doors: 7:00 PM / Shows: 9:00 PM
John T. Floore Country Store Facebook page is having a contest for chance to win Willie Nelson tickets:
WinningWednesday round 2! We hardly ever give away any Willie Nelson tickets, so you’ll want to be sure to get in on this one!! We’ve got a pair of FREE TICKETS to see Willie Nelson plus Billy Joe Shaver on Friday, October 17th. To enter to win, like this post, share this post, and comment below, tagging the friend you’ll bring to the show. We’ll pick a winner at random later today!
Willie Nelson returns to Austin City Limits Live to ring in the New Year with two shows, December 30th and 31st.
Willie Nelson, Austin’s hometown musician, returns to ring in the New Year with Ryan Bingham on 12/30 and Delbert McClinton w/ Glen Clark on 12/31. Andy Langer will host the show on the 31st, where there will be an appearance by Father Time Texas and champagne toast by Woodbridge Sparkling at midnight.
The W Austin will also be offering room night packages, which include two tickets for two to the show, cocktails, daily parking and a hotel room for one night. For more information on W Hotel packages please visit http://www.whotelaustin.com/willie.
Austin City Limits Live
310 Willie Nelson Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
Venue: (512) 225-7999
Tickets: (877) 435-9849
Doors: 7:30 PM · Show: 8:00 PM
Good news Willie Nelson fans! Willie Nelson & Family will once again celebrate the end of a great year at the Austin City Limits/Moody Theater. The band will perform two nights, on December 30th, and 31st.
For info www.ClubLuck.Willienelson.com.
Pre-sale tickets and Premium packages go on sale Monday 9/15 @ 10am, and you can get ticket information here: http://bit.ly/1gs5v6a
If there are any tickets left after the Season Ticket Sales, then single tickets for the Willie Nelson & family show on __ go on sale tomorrow. Single tickets for The Grand’s 2014-2015 “Celebrate With The Grand!” Performing Arts Season begin Monday, August 4th, and may be purchased at The Grand’s Box Office, 2020 Postoffice Street, by calling 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or online at www.thegrand.com.
Friday, November 14, 2014 – 8pm
Willie’s “On the Road Again” and his performance at The Grand is sure to be a highlight of the season. Recognized worldwide as a singer, songwriter, actor, and activist, Willie has penned more than 2,500 songs and released close to 300 albums. His five-decade career has included countless Grammys, American Music Awards, and Country Music Awards. Don’t be “Crazy” – order your tickets today!
Thousands of country music fans are expected to gather in Cincinnati to see more than 80 country, bluegrass and Americana artists perform at the inaugural Buckle Up Festival, July 18-20.
What promises to be the city’s largest-ever country music festival will feature some of the industry’s best known performers along with emerging artists. The Friday lineup includes Sturgill Simpson, Eli Young Band, Marty Stuart, Alabama and many more. The Saturday lineup features Emmylou Harris, The Lone Bellow, Drive-By Truckers, Natalie Stova and the Drive, Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie Nelson and others. On Sunday, performers will include The Band Perry, Logan Brill, Thompson Square, Sam Hunt and more.
Also performing will be several local and regional artists with national followings: Bobby Mackey, The Tillers, Kentucky Timbre, Pistol Holler, the Dan Varner Band, Jetset Getset and more. Jetset Getset, a teenage band from near nearby Indiana, was named by the Country Music Association among “Who New to Watch” in 2013, and has been steadily gaining new fans since the release of their album “Saturday Night” (Playback Records).
“It’s an honor to be performing at the Buckle-Up Festival,” said Kelli Jette, manager of Jetset Getset. “Country music has always been huge around Cincinnati, and a lot of major country artists come through here on tour, but it’s nice to see an event that brings so much talent together in the same place, at the same time.”
The Buckle Up Festival is produced by Nederlander Entertainment, which was responsible for Cincinnati’s recent Bunbury Music Festival, a rock music festival that attracted an estimated 50,000 music fans.
The Buckle Up Festival will take place Friday-Sunday, July 18-20, from 1:00-10:30 p.m. at Sawyer Point along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. Ticket prices range from $69 for a regular one-day pass to $325 for a three-day VIP pass. For details, visit www.buckleupfestival.com.
Willie Nelson & Family
Alison Krauss & Union Station
7 p.m. July 17
Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen
This is going to be a great night of country, bluegrass and more as Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss come back to the area. If you’re vacationing nearby, you might want to consider sticking around to see Five For Fighting (8 p.m. July 19). Both concerts are at Kresge Auditorium. More details about the shows at interlochen.org
Willie Nelson & Family return to Floores Country Store for two nights, on October
HELOTES, Texas — John T. Floore’s Country Store is comfortably nestled behind a tall wooden fence just beyond the outskirts of San Antonio. You can’t miss it — because the place has a huge sign out front. In fact, everywhere you look on the property, there’s a sign. And they’re all worth reading. To wit: “They said it couldn’t be done. And, by golly, it couldn’t!”
Floore’s, as it’s known, has been here since 1946, built as a store and dance hall by John T. Floore. He’s mentioned by name in Nelson’s song, “Shotgun Willie,” and Floore was Nelson’s partner in the original Willie Nelson Music Co. In the early days, Nelson used to play there every Saturday night. (There’s a sign that says so.) Floore died in 1975, and after his death, a box was found with dozens of his clever quotations. They’ve been scattered on the wall ever since, hanging around with multiple cowboy boots, wagon wheels and tons of framed photos of famous country singers.
Behind the restaurant is a stage, dozens of new picnic tables and a spread that can hold a few thousands folks. A giant tree serves as an elegant canopy over the patio.
“It’s something that’s been built over the last 60 years, rather than some kind of commercial building,” says general manager Stewart Rogers, who grew up nearby and started working there as a teenager. Now 29, he returned to the club after earning a college degree in history. “People spend millions of dollars trying to replicate what we have here. It’s something that’s been evolving ever since they opened in 1946.”
From the very start, Floore’s has attracted fans of live music throughout the Hill Country, and back in the day, Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Ray Price all performed there. Robert Earl Keen recorded his highly regarded 1996 concert album, No. 2 Live Dinner, there. To this day, the club nurtures local talent like Kevin Fowler, Reckless Kelly and the Randy Rogers Band. Even the Wednesday night steak dinner is accompanied by live music. Early in his career, Jack Ingram remembers driving from Dallas to check out the scene at Floore’s.
“I went there to play and fell in love with the place,” Ingram says. “[I thought] ‘Oh yeah, this is it. This captures everything about why I’m doing this.’ I’ve probably played there, over the years, 30 times. It’s the cold beer and the tamales and sitting outside, watching kids dance on a cement dance floor while somebody’s playing music. It’s the kind of family fun that Disney hasn’t reached yet.”
Ah, the tamales. While there’s always been a café at Floore’s, a full kitchen opened in June 2006, serving delicious tamales, sausages, homemade bread and more. This allows Floore’s to stay open during the week. There’s a sign out front bragging on the menu.
It just so happened that Nelson himself was performing there recently, and every age imaginable was represented. If you wanted to jump on top of a picnic table for a better view, you’d have to elbow your way through some exuberant retirees. Inside the bar, I chatted with Wayne McGiboney, a San Antonio resident who told me he and his friends once sat at the foot of the indoor stage in 1970 when Nelson played for four hours — a work ethic that Nelson has held onto. “It was one of the red-letter nights of my life,” McGiboney said.
“That’s the thing about the Hill Country, too,” says Ingram. “Willie is their guy and has been since he played there every Saturday night. I think there’s something really cool about a gathering place. We don’t have a whole lot of those anymore. It’s a destination point for not just music lovers but for people who want to be with each other. You don’t get that very often anymore.”
Ingram said he first played there in 1994. In 1996, he held his wedding rehearsal dinner there. He wasn’t crazy about the people who ran it at the time, though.
“The reputation was, if you go out there and play, you’ll be treated like s**t,” Ingram said. “The guy that owned it, uh, he just wasn’t known for his hospitality, let’s put it that way. But everybody wanted to play there anyway, which speaks volumes about just how strong the vibe was.”
Now on its fourth owner, Floore’s has been given a second life. They’re hooked up to city water for the first time. A new roof has been installed, along with air conditioning. A retro neon sign in the corner of the yard is shining once again. The picnic tables and the wooden fence are also new, along with a few outdoor bars. But even with extensive improvements and the encroaching city limits of San Antonio, the vibe hasn’t changed.
“It’s a relaxed atmosphere. That’s something that we, as management, are trying to keep intact,” says Rogers. “We want all of our customers to feel relaxed when they come in. No stress — because of what it is. It’s a beer hall. Come and enjoy yourself.”
WILLIE NELSON AND FAMILY & ALISON KRAUSS
AND UNION STATION
FEATURING JERRY DOUGLAS
Tonight, Wednesday, July 9
The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
Due to an illness in the band, the Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas at the Zoo Amphitheatre tonight has been cancelled. Refunds will be available at the original point of purchase.
MILY & ALISON KRAUSS
AND UNION STATION
FEATURING JERRY DOUGLAS
Tonight, Wednesday, July 9
The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City, OK – Due to an illness in the band, the Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas at the Zoo Amphitheatre tonight has been cancelled. Refunds will be available at the original point of purchase.
Northwest Arkansas will celebrate the 70th annual Rodeo of the Ozarks, Independence Day, country stars Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss and a Beach Bingo Bash as it kicks off a busy month of July.
Rodeo of the Ozarks
The 70th annual Rodeo of the Ozarks will be held in Springdale July 2-5. Named one of the “Top 4 Largest Outdoor Rodeos” in the country, the event will include four days of rodeo and patriotic festivities fit for the most serious of cowgirls and cowboys.
Festivities will begin with the “A Patriotic American Classic’ Rodeo Parade through downtown Springdale on July 2. Beginning at 3 p.m., the parade will feature a sea of red, white, and blue as cowgirls and cowboys, rodeo clowns, bands, and more take part in the annual rodeo tradition. The parade will also feature a number of floats, horses and other participants.
The rodeo will be held at Parsons Stadium in Springdale. Gates open at 6 p.m., with youth mutton bustin’ at 6:30 p.m. The rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The AMP welcomes Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, and Jason Isbell
The Arkansas Music Pavillion (AMP) in Rogers will play host to two of the most legendary singers in country music on July 7. Iconic singer-songwriter Willie Nelson and 26-time Grammy award winner Alison Krauss and their bands will share the stage for the first time in a special summer concert event.
Nelson has enjoyed a six-decade-long career in the country music business, which has included countless awards and honors, as well as the release of nearly 300 albums. He has written more than 2,500 songs and been recognized as one of the original “outlaws” of country. He will appear with his band appropriately entitled, Willie Nelson & Family.
Krauss boasts an incredible country and bluegrass music career that spans 25 years. Her unique voice has led to her success as a solo artist, and sought-after duet partner. Krauss holds the title of being the most-honored solo female artist in Grammy history. She will perform with her band, Union Station. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and former member of the Drive-By Truckers Jason Isbell will also perform. (Link here for a The City Wire review of Isbell.)
Gates will open at 6 p.m., with the music to start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $39 to $99 and may be purchased online or by calling the box office at 443-5600.
Willie is touring with Alison Krauss this June and July.
Check out the tour schedule at Willie’s Official Website
Tickets On Sale 6/6 at 10am! Outdoors – Rain or Shine Show. General Admission. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. $40 General Admission Advance/$45 GA Day of Show/$55 Reserved Section
If ever the words “living legend” were more than just public relations bluster, the application would be to Willie Hugh Nelson.The iconic Texan is the creative genius behind historic recordings like “Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” His career has spanned six decades. His catalog boasts more than 200 albums. He’s earned every conceivable award and honor to be bestowed a person in his profession. He has also amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist.In many ways, however, the weighty distinction “living legend” does Nelson a disservice, for it discounts the extent to which he is a thriving, relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered 10 new releases, two of which receied Grammy nominations, and a career-spanning box set, released his debut novel and again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, all the while continuing to lobby against horse slaughter and produce his own blend of biodiesel fuel.
As ever, Nelson tours tirelessly, climbing aboard Honeysuckle Rose III (he rode his first two buses into the ground), taking his music and fans on a seemingly endless journey to places that were well worth the ride.
Born April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas, Nelson and his sister were raised by their paternal grandparents who encouraged both children to play music. He began writing songs in elementary school and played in bands as a teenager. After high school, Nelson served a short stint in the Air Force, but music was a constant pull.
By the mid 1950s he was working as a country deejay in Fort Worth while continuing to pursue a musical career, recording independently and playing nightclubs. He sold some of his original compositions, including “Family Bible” which became a hit for Claude Gray in 1960.
That success and others convinced Nelson to move to Nashville, where record labels were initially resistant. His songwriting talents were quickly embraced, however, and 1961 proved to be his breakthrough year. His “Hello Walls” became a nine-week No. 1 for Faron Young and Patsy Cline’s version of “Crazy” became an instant classic.
In 1962 Nelson scored his first two Top 10 hits as a recording artist for Liberty Records but struggled for a breakthrough the remainder of the decade. Disillusioned with Nashville and with his label’s (RCA Records) insistence on lush, string-laden arrangements, he moved back to Texas in 1972. Emboldened by the rock and folk music becoming popular in Austin, Nelson and his music began to change.
Nelson’s first album with Atlantic Records, 1973’s Shotgun Willie, got the attention of music critics if not the masses, and the 1974 follow-up Phases & Stages helped him build a loyal following. The breakthrough he’d been seeking for the better part of two decades came in 1975 when he parted ways with Atlantic Records and signed with Columbia Records.
Red Headed Stranger became one of country’s most unlikely hits. The acoustic concept album vaulted Nelson to country music’s top ranks, much to the surprise of Music Row. Nelson’s convention-busting stardom, combined with the concurrent popularity of maverick Waylon Jennings, prompted journalist Hazel Smith to dub the trend “Outlaw Music” and a movement was underway.
RCA Records seized on the phenomenon, compiling an album of previously recorded material from Nelson, Jennings, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter. Wanted: The Outlaws spawned the Nelson/Jennings duet “Good Hearted Woman” and quickly became the best selling album country had ever seen.
A fixture on the singles charts over the next several years, Nelson’s star rose even further with the 1978 releases Waylon & Willie and Stardust. The former included “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” while the latter, a collection of pop standards, further exhibited Nelson’s ability to defy expectations on the way to tremendous success.
Nelson’s stardom soon translated to another medium with roles in feature films including The Electric Horseman, Honeysuckle Rose, Stagecoach and many more. And the hits kept coming.
“On The Road Again” reached the top of the charts in 1981, “Always On My Mind” was a crossover smash in 1982 and a duet with Latin pop star Julio Iglesias, “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before,” raced up the charts in 1984.
Nelson enlisted Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash for the Highwaymen album, released in 1985. That same year he founded Farm Aid, an organization dedicated to championing the cause of family farmers. Farm Aid’s annual televised concert special raises funds and, along with Willie’s annual Fourth of July Picnic, has become a cornerstone of his live touring schedule.
The 1990s brought more success and one notable challenge. A $16.7 million bill from the IRS forced Nelson to sell many of his assets, including several homes, and resulted in the release of The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories. Nelson cleared the debt by 1993, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame that same year.
Enshrinement didn’t slow his creative energy, and the decade produced artistic triumphs including Across The Borderline. The album featured Bob Dylan, Sinead O’Connor and Paul Simon among its many guests.
Signing with Island/Def Jam Records in 1996, Nelson embarked on another fertile period releasing Spirit, the acclaimed Teatro and an instrumental-focused album titled Night and Day as the millennium drew to a close.
His association with the Universal Music Group continued at Lost Highway. In 2003, Nelson released Run That By Me One More Time, a collaboration with Ray Price featuring new recordings from their combined 50 years of catalog.
Also in 2003 Columbia/Legacy Records released The Essential Willie Nelson, which spans his earliest recordings as well as the celebrated Island/Def Jam Records material. Willie Live & Kickin’ hit stores following his top-rated USA Network Memorial Day cable special that year as well. The album includes guest vocalists ranging from Norah Jones to Toby Keith, with whom Nelson performed his No. 1 single, “Beer For My Horses.”
In 2004, the Academy of Country Music bestowed him with the prestigious Gene Weed Special Achievement Award honoring Nelson’s “unprecedented and genre-defying contributions to popular music over his nearly 50-year career.” Indeed, Nelson pushed the boundaries of traditional music genres with the release of 2005’s Countryman, his first ever reggae set, and 2006’s Songbird, produced by alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. Included on Countryman are two Jimmy Cliff covers and the Johnny Cash/June Carter Cash penned “I’m A Worried Man” along with reggae-styled versions of songs written by Nelson. Songbird includes originals by Nelson and Adams along with a wide range of covers including ones by Leonard Cohen, Gram Parsons, the Grateful Dead and Christine McVie.
The March 2006 release of You Don’t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker, a collection of 13 classics written by Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter Cindy Walker, earned Nelson a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album, augmenting a career that has been recognized with eight Grammy wins, a President’s Merit Award, a Grammy Legend Award and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
A two-day recording session with Merle Haggard and Ray Price in the early autumn of 2006 resulted in the historic Last Of The Breed album. It released in 2007, as is a two-disc, 22-song collection of newly recorded versions of country classics by three of the genre’s most important and influential artists.
Also in 2007, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) named Nelson a BMI Icon, declaring that his “ascendance to internationally-renowned treasure is a singular path marked by self-belief and musical brilliance.”
Fresh from receiving BMI’s prestigious Icon Award, Nelson released Moment Of Forever in January 2008. Produced by Music Row veteran Buddy Cannon and superstar Kenny Chesney, the album features songs written by fellow icons such as Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and Randy Newman and contemporary artists such as Dave Matthews and Big Kenny of country sensation Big & Rich.
To celebrate Willie’s 75th birthday in April 2008, Columbia/Legacy released the four-CD, 100-song box set, One Hell Of A Ride. Nelson’s largest US box set to date, it includes hit singles, rarities and tracks from 60 albums.
2008 also brought the release of Two Men With The Blues, his acclaimed collaboration with jazz maestro Wynton Marsalis. It debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
And as if a canvas of words and music wasn’t enough, Willie became a fiction author with the release of A Tale Out of Luck, co-authored with Mike Blakely. Nelson’s debut novel is a classic western tale that brings to life characters and themes central to any great Wild West story – Texas Rangers, cattle rustling, Indian warriors, women of ill repute, saloons shootouts and more. It was written as the back story for his false-front western town which he built outside of Austin and named Luck.
In 2009, Willie & The Wheel released in February, a collection of classic western swing songs hand-picked by the late Jerry Wexler and recorded by Nelson and the modern kings of western swing, Asleep at the Wheel. The following month Naked Willie was released. In the 17-track collection, Nelson and his longtime sidekick, harmonica player Mickey Raphael, set out to “un-produce” a series of songs that he recorded between 1966-1970 to retrieve the original sound and get back to their unmasked essence – to hear them naked. In August, he released the critically acclaimed American Classic, Nelson’s first album of jazz standards since his landmark 1978 masterpiece Stardust. The album, which was produced by Tommy LiPuma, features special guest appearances by Norah Jones and Diana Krall.
In April 2010, Willie Nelson’s Country Music, which was produced by award-winning T Bone Burnett, was released on Rounder Records and received a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album. Recorded in Nashville with an A-list band picked by Burnett, the title of the album is deceptively simple: Country Music. The concept, likewise, seems quite familiar: an American musical icon dipping into the country music songbook to record fresh versions of timeless classics just like he did when he recorded Stardust, a definitive collection from The Great American Songbook.
Given the rousing artistic and commercial success of the first recorded collaboration of Nelson and Marsalis in 2008, it’s not surprising that the pair would rendezvous again. In March 2011, Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles, a 12-tune song cycle about the ups and downs of love, was released. The album also features Norah Jones, who joined the duo and paid homage to the music of the late Ray Charles.
The summer of 2011 he hit the road, headlining “Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour.” The only tour of its kind in the world continued its tradition of spotlighting top country music artists and emerging singer-songwriters. Continuing to be a champion for traditional country music, Nelson is the namesake for the exclusive Willie’s Roadhouse channel on SiriusXM Radio, which features a mix of his hand-picked favorite songs and artists, broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry and various Willie performances throughout the year, including the annual Farm Aid concert.
In 2012, Nelson entered into a historic new record deal with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment. The deal marks a label homecoming for Nelson, who, from 1975-1993, cut a phenomenal string of top-selling singles and album for Columbia Records, beginning with 1975’s seminal smash Red Headed Stranger. To kick off the new agreement, fans can look forward to five brand-new albums, with the first being the May 2012 release of Heroes, which will showcase new songs and deep country classics with guest artists including Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson.