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Happy birthday, Glen Campbell

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Happy birthday, Glen Campbell, born on April 21, 1936 in Delight, Arkansas.

Willie Nelson featured in new CMT Documentary Series: “The Called Us Outlaws: Cosmic Cowboys, Honky Tonk Heroes and the Rise of Redneck Rock”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014


CMT will launch its new News & Docs division with an impressive slate of  inaugural projects in development from critically-acclaimed and award-winning
producers including Ridley Scott and Morgan Spurlock, among others.

At  the network’s upfront presentation in New York City on Wednesday (April 2),  several projects were revealed that will establish CMT’s News and Docs division,
covering a wide range of topics that will appeal to the growing CMT audience.  The annual event included a private, three-song set by Grammy-winning country
group Lady Antebellum.

Upcoming documentaries include Promiseland from Oscar-nominated executive producer Ridley Scott; They Called Us Outlaws by acclaimed filmmaker Eric
Geadelmann and Academy Award-winner Mark Johnson; Freedom by Academy Award-nominated director Morgan Spurlock; and Urban Legend: When a Nation
Went Country
by John Dorsey and Andrew Stephan, producers of ESPN’s Pony Excess.

Here are more details about the News & Docs projects:

They Called Us Outlaws: Cosmic Cowboys, Honky Tonk Heroes and the Rise of Redneck Rock

Presented by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, this eight-hour documentary event examines what happened in Nashville and in Austin in the late 1960s and early 1970s, an era that displayed a major shift in country music. From Tennessee to Texas, musicians were breaking all the rules, pushing aside long-established traditions and doing things their own way. They Called Us Outlaws tells this story in four feature-length documentary films. It is an in-depth never-before-seen look at the pickers, the players and the songwriters who altered the course of country music forever.

They Called Us Outlaws is “Willie, Waylon and the Boys” and a few irreverent girls at the height of their rule-breaking days. The documentary will feature more than 20 American music icons including Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Bare, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, Joe Ely, Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel, Rodney Crowell, the Flatlanders, Jessi Colter, Marcia Ball and Emmylou Harris.


Willie Nelson and Family on Saturday Night Live! (1986) “Partners”

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Watch Willie Nelson on Jimmy Kimmel Show (in case you missed it)

Friday, March 21st, 2014


If you missed Willie on Jimmy Kimmel Live, watch the replay here -

Willie chats about…
? having a black belt in Tae Kwon Do
? being friends with Snoop Dogg
? and performs Roll Me Up & Smoke Me When I Die!

Willie Nelson on the Jimmy Kimmel Show (3/14/14)

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Willie Nelson on Jimmy Kimmel Live TONIGHT!

Friday, March 14th, 2014


“Tune in tonight – It was an honor for me to be on stage with the King of Austin! The applause for Willie was deafening!”

– Tom Conway

Willie Nelson on Jimmy Kimmel Show TONIGHT! (Mar. 14, 2014)

Friday, March 14th, 2014


Willie Nelson will join Jimmy Kimmel LIVE from Austin at SXSW tonight, Friday, March 14, 2014, on ABC.

“I don’t normally reach out to people personally to be on the show, but Willie Nelson probably doesn’t know who I am [laughs]. I’m a big fan so I made sure to call his managers and say, ‘I’m not going to come to Austin unless we can get Willie Nelson on the show.” – Jimmy Kimmel

Other guests for the evening include Rapper Lil Wayne; Los Lonely Boys and Cleto and the Cletones.


Check local listings for air time.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “King of the Hill” (February 16, 1996)

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Willie Nelson made a special guest voice appearance as himself on the ‘King of the Hill’ episode ‘Hank’s Got the Willies’ which aired Sunday, Feb. 16, 1996 on FOX.

Hank’s Got The Willies
Episode KH105

Bobby attempts to make amends after he accidentally wallops Hank’s idol, Willie Nelson, in the head with a golf club.

Hank catches Bobby furiously windmilling his beloved Guild guitar, “Betsy.” Bobby explains that he was playing the instrument with a piece of cheese, like his favorite comedian, Celery Head. After examining the guitar, Hank realizes his son chipped Betsy’s bridge. The next day, Bobby crashes Hank’s lawn mower into the front of his truck. Shortly thereafter, the boy uses Hank’s pitching wedge to hit clumps of dog excrement. When Hank tells his wife that their son seems bent on destroying everything he owns, Peggy suggests he take Bobby golfing. At first, Hank dismisses the idea outright. But when Bobby tells his father that his two heroes are Gameboy champ Eddie Stillson, and Howard Adderly, the father of bizarre worm-child Jason Adderly, Hank decides he needs to take his son golfing immediately.

Before he takes his son golfing, Hank drives Betsy to a local guitar shop. Along the way, Hank tries to think of a suitable hero for Bobby. Hank tells his son that his own idol has always been Willie Nelson, as he was born in Texas, plays the guitar, and loves to golf. After dropping Betsy off for repairs, Hank joins Dale, Bill and Boomhauer for a game of golf. Bobby pulls his father’s club from a bag and chips a ball right into a cup. Impressed, Hank allows Bobby to tee-off on the next hole. Bobby takes a mighty swing…and lets go of the club, which gracefully tumbles through the air until it strikes another golfer in the head. The foursome rush to the hapless victim’s side, only to discover the man is none other than Hank’s hero, Willie Nelson.

After apologizing for the accident, Hank asks Nelson for his autograph. Nelson takes a pencil in hand, but still suffering from his injury, he slumps forward into the steering wheel of his golf cart, leaving a signature that is nothing more than a straight line. Before Hank has a chance to tell Willie that he is his hero, the singer’s cart picks up speed and races down a hill.

Convinced he cost his father the opportunity of a lifetime, Bobby rides his bicycle (with a guitar case strapped to the handlebars) to Willie Nelson’s mansion (now property of the United States Government). He finds Nelson playing Gameboy in a nearby trailer. Bobby phones his father with news that Nelson has invited him to a barbecue party. When Hank arrives, he finds the singer strumming Betsy.

Willie flips the guitar around and shows Hank that he autographed the instrument (the signature is identical to the straight line autograph from the golf course). Hank telephones his wife and invites her over to the barbecue. When she arrives, Peggy meets Dennis Hopper, who begins to flirt. Furious at Hank for showing the guitar so much attention, Peggy stomps towards her husband. But she melts when she hears Hank singing a song about how much he loves her.

Willie Nelson & Family on “Best of Jazz Fest 2013″ on

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Relive the best moments of 2013′s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with performances from Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Allen Toussaint, Cowboy Mouth, Trombone Shorty and more. Catch the premiere Sunday, February 16 at 8 ET / 5 PT on AXS TV.

Find AXS TV here.

Willie Nelson and John Belushi, SNL

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Willie Nelson and John Belushi
photo: Stephanie Chernikowski
by: Paul Brownfield

“Got the boss coming!” a security worker shouted.

Lorne Michaels’s foot had hit curbside. It was around 1:30 a.m. outside Buddakan, the Asian-fusion restaurant in the meatpacking district and one of the semi-secret locales regularly used for the “Saturday Night Live” after-party.

“S.N.L.” is an institution of rituals, dating back to its first season in 1975-76: The show ends, the principals wave goodbye, and idling limos await outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza to whisk the cast and their guests to the after-party, the location of which is kept on a need-to-know basis.

On this night, after the Christmas show, Buddakan closed before midnight, or around the time the guest host Jimmy Fallon and the musical guest Justin Timberlake were reprising “The Barry Gibb Talk Show” sketch. By 1 a.m., two young men in suits took up their positions at Buddakan’s heavy door. As Mr. Michaels approached, one of them saw that his partner was in the appalling position of having his back turned to the show’s philosopher-king, and gave a prompt corrective shove.

Mr. Michaels’s entrance came amid the rapid-fire arrival of his cast. “I have six,” Taran Killam said as he entered. “They’re with cue cards, “ another guest said, legitimizing his escorts. One interloper tried the swept-in-with-the-crowd move, and was flagged by security, which nearly touched off fisticuffs behind Nasim Pedrad, still in pancake makeup.

In the confusion, a group of string musicians, all in cocktail dresses and toting their instruments, found themselves stranded. Not an hour ago, they had been live on national television providing string accompaniment on Mr. Timberlake’s performance of the bluesy ballad “Pair of Wings.” Now they were being asked to answer a question no one wants to hear in heaven: “Name?”

Even as Page Six and the like continue to report dutifully on the spirited mingling of Miley Cyrus or Lindsay Lohan, the truth is the “S.N.L.” after-party, now almost four decades into its run and much of that time with the reputation as the coolest party in town, has always been a little ersatz: a conception of an exclusive showbiz bacchanal based on the lore of the good old wild days, when the only thing that would break up this party was the coming of dawn or the depletion of the night’s supply of mind-altering substances.

The lore feels rooted in the drug habits of John Belushi and Chris Farley, both of whom proved to be a danger more to themselves than anyone’s cast party.

And the show itself, under Mr. Michaels’s long stewardship, is as much a fueling station now for other media — movies, talk shows, cable and web series — as it is an independent cultural product to which the improvisational aura of Chevy Chase, Mr. Belushi and Gilda Radner still clings.


Willie Nelson, Toby Keith & Aerosmith @ Superbowl Pre-game Show (2/1/04)

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

On February 1, 2004 Willie Nelson and  Toby Keith join Aerosmith in the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXVIII at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, as the New England Patriots defeat the Carolina Panthers, 32-29. Kid Rock appears at halftime. Also attending: Rascal Flatts.

Willie Nelson and Bill Maher

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014


Thank you, Katie Perrin, for sharing these screen shots of Willie Nelson’s guest appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher

Willie Nelson, Micah Nelson, 56th Grammys (1/26/14)

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014


56th Grammys with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Blake Shelton

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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Where else but the Grammy Awards will  you see Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Steven Tyler and  Jamie Foxx nodding their heads back and forth to country music?

It helps  when the songs are being performed by Willie  Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton and the songs are country  classics.

Of course, you could add Ringo Starr to the list of admirers in  the audience, but he covered “Act Naturally,” the Buck Owens hit at the height of the Beatles’  success, so he’s probably a longtime country fan.

With the late Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, Nelson and Haggard were  members of the Highwaymen, and  Nelson began Sunday night’s (Jan. 26) medley with “The Highwayman,” a Jimmy Webb composition about  reincarnation that may be the most unlikely country hit ever. Kristofferson then  joined in for what turned out to be an appropriately ragged and celebratory  performance.

Haggard, of course, is one of Nelson and Kristofferson’s  peers, but Shelton seemed in total awe and having the time of his life as he and Haggard swapped verses on “Okie From Muskogee.” By the time Nelson closed the  medley with “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” it appeared as  though everyone in the arena was swaying, including Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and singer-songwriter Ed  Sheeran.

It was the end of an eventful few days for Kristofferson, who  was presented the Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award during  ceremonies on Saturday. Other lifetime achievement recipients included the  Beatles, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk and the late zydeco legend Clifton Chenier.

Willie Nelson: Most Stylish Man at the Grammys

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show
photo:  Matt Sayles
by Erin Weinger

This year’s Grammys looked a little funky. The typically crazed red carpet — with its Gaga eggs, J. Lo dresses and out-of-place jeans and sneakers ensembles — was oddly tame, save for Madonna’s grill and Pharrell’s two ugly hats. So it isn’t that outer-limits that Willie Nelson — the 80-year-old, 420-happy country singer who currently serves as the face of John Varvatos — happened to combine every single major Grammys night trend into one single look. And although this was likely a coincidence, it’s worth taking note.

The singer sported his signature braids — which similarly showed up on nominee Sarah Bareilles, Chrissy Teigen and Colbie Caillat and constituted a beauty trend.

Nelson wore a hat. As did Pharrell, Yoko Ono, Madonna, Ben Harper, someone from Nirvana, Sean Lennon’s girlfriend and others.

Then — like Anna Faris, Pink and Rita Ora — Nelson kept his lips ashen and nude.

Finishing off his trend-heavy look was a black suit, similarly sported by Madonna, Ono, and Black Sabbath member Tony Iommi. And we must opine that Nelson looked spiffier in his suit than the Material Girl did in hers.

Yes, it was a weird Grammys for fashion indeed. But somehow Nelson made it all work. We applaud him.

Read article here.