Archive for the ‘television’ Category

Willie Nelson & Family on “Midnight Special”

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015


Willie Nelson on the Dolly Parton Show (1987)

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Watch Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Mickey Raphael on Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Nite’ show TONIGHT (Weds)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015



Michelle Manning Barish for this behind the scenes picture from rehearsal on Late Nite with Stephen Colbert show, which will air tonight.
Don’t miss it!  Comes on at 10:30 MST, on CBS.

Willie Nelson CNN Interview with Miles O’Brien about Farm Aid (9/17/2000)

Saturday, September 12th, 2015


Sunday Morning News

Willie Nelson Discusses Farm Aid

Aired September 17, 2000 – 8:50 a.m. ET MILES O’BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: It’s hard to believe but it was 15 years ago that Willie Nelson first helped bring the plight of family farmers to America’s consciousness, lending his voice and talent to the first Farm Aid concert.

Today, the plight continues and so does the Farm Aid concert.

Joining us this morning to talk about this year’s concert is, who else, Willie Nelson. He joins us from Washington.

Good to have you with us, Mr. Nelson.


O’BRIEN: First of all, just tell us what’s in store for this special anniversary concert.

NELSON: Well, first of all, it’ll be a great concert. There’s a whole lot of talent here and mainly we’re here, though, for the family farmer and rancher and we’re here to call attention to their problems and we’ll spend the day doing that.

O’BRIEN: Take us back to the early days, the inception of this idea and the origins of it. Did you suspect it would be as successful as it has? I read here that over the years you’ve raised more than $15 million to help organizations which help family farms.

NELSON: Well, in the beginning I first heard that there was a real problem in the farm communities several years ago when they were having a show called Live Aid and Bob Dylan had mentioned that wouldn’t it be nice if some of this money stayed here for our family farmers. And I started checking around with some of my friends and found out that there really was a serious problem.

So while we were working in Springfield for a state fair there, I ran into the Governor, who he and I usually have a bowl of chili and a beer every year on my bus, and we were talking about the farm problems and he said yes, there is a serious problem. So we started talking about the first Farm Aid in Champagne, Illinois.

O’BRIEN: So over the years, 15 years later, would you — how would you assess the overall plight of family farmers in this country?

NELSON: Well, first of all, I think it’s really a black eye on America to have to do a farm aid for our farmers and ranchers. They’re our, the backbone of our country. All this talk about including everyone in this new millennium government, I think it’s time that we start including our farmers and ranchers and family businessmen who we’ve been neglecting for the last several years.

There’s a new farm bill that we’re trying to put together so the purpose of all this is to draw attention to the farm problems and try to get this new farm bill introduced.

O’BRIEN: All right, let me just play devil’s advocate for a moment. There are a lot of small family businesses in this country in need of help. Why should farmers be given special federal subsidies, special help from the likes of you?

NELSON: Well, they don’t really want subsidies. They want enough money to make a living without subsidies. They enough money for their product. They don’t want giveaways. They don’t want welfare. Many years ago the farmers were — and the ranchers and all raw producers in America had what they call 100 percent parity. It was back during the war when we were trying to be strong and we had guaranteed our raw producers 100 percent production and labor costs and they were doing well. And we had six to eight million small family farmers on the land back during W.W.II.

After the war, they decided that there was too much, too much political power, for one thing, in the farm communities. So they decided to move two million farmers off the land into the big cities to make cheaper labor for the automobile factories and everything else. So what they did is they dropped the 100 percent parity to a 60 to 70 percent sliding parity, which immediately started taking farmers off the land.

So far, they’ve took off five or six million farmers. Right now we’re down to two million or less, losing 300 to 500 a week.

O’BRIEN: Willie Nelson, congratulations on your continued efforts on behalf of farmers on this, your 15th year of Farm Aid, and just so you know, folks, that begins at 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time on the Country Music Television Network.

Thanks again, Mr. Nelson. Good luck to you.

NELSON: Thank you.

Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash and others featured in Johnny Cash documentary

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Johnny Cash: American Rebel

Saturday, September 12th
9 p.m., CMT

The life and artistry of the Man in Black will be celebrated in Johnny Cash: American Rebel, a CMT original documentary premiering Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. on the 12th anniversary of his death.

The film features exclusive interviews with Johnny Cash’s family, friends and admirers, including Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, record executive Clive Davis, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock,  producer Rick Rubin, and others.

It marks the first time Cash’s son John Carter Cash, daughter Rosanne Cash and June Carter’s daughter Carlene Carter have all appeared in a film about him.

Johnny Cash: American Rebel is built around 12 essential Johnny Cash tracks spanning four decades that each deliver the passion, musicality and messages against war, injustice, racism and prejudice, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Jackson,” “San Quentin,” “Man in Black,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “Ring of Fire” and “Hurt.” Each song illustrates a chapter in his life, as well the story of an ever-changing America from the 1950s to modern day, as told through interviews, archival concert footage, photographs and personal artifacts from the Cash family.

“There were so many different facets to him, such an undefinable depth to his character,” John Carter Cash said. “You could see it in his eyes, and it brought on mystery, and it brought on a need for, perhaps, understanding him in a deeper way and this is part of the appeal of who the man was.”

Derik Murray and Paul Gertz from Network Entertainment are executive producers of the film. Jordan Tappis directs and Derik Murray co-directs. Jayson Dinsmore, Lewis Bogach and John Miller-Monzon executive produce for CMT.

Johnny Cash: American Rebel marks the latest in a series of original documentaries from CMT. The first, Urban Cowboy: The Rise and Fall of Gilley’s, premiered to critical acclaim has been seen by more than 9 million viewers. More than 5 viewers tuned in for Morgan Spurlock’s Freedom: The Movie, which premiered last month.

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“It’s a Long Story: My Life” — Willie Nelson

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

by:  Paul Venema

BRIARCLIFF, Texas – Sitting on his ranch in part of what was once the set for the 1980’s movie “The Redheaded Stranger,” country music legend Willie Nelson discussed his latest venture into the literary world, a book titled “It’s a Long Story – My Life.”

“It’s a story of true love, wild times, best friends and barrooms,” Nelson wrote in the liner notes of the book that was released earlier this year.

Writing and singing songs that tell of love, hurt, happiness and just about everything in between have always been his strengths. The book, which he co-wrote with David Ritz, tells stories with those elements that make up the 82-year-old entertainer’s life.

“I’m not ashamed of anything back there,” Nelson said in an interview with KSAT 12 News reporter Paul Venema.

The book takes readers through Nelson’s youth in the small Texas town of Abbott to his friendships with world leaders and giants in the entertainment industry. Nelson openly shares his ups downs, his successes and failures — from broken marriages, skirmishes with the law, his IRS troubles, to his rise to the top of the country music world.

Modest and unassuming, Nelson joked about the book’s length of nearly 400 pages.

“It’s too long,” he said. “Don’t read it all. Just a few chapters, then put it down.”

Critics like Vanity Fair disagree with Nelson, calling him a “legend … one of those rare American icons that you’re not allowed to dislike.”

The book debuted at No. 5 on the New York Times best-seller list.

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Willie Nelson musical guest on Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Wednesday, September 16, 2015)

Saturday, September 5th, 2015


We’re just a week away from the September 8th premiere of CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbertand while next week’s guests had previously been revealed, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the guests for Colbert’s second week as host. Willie Nelson, TV On The Radio and The Dead Weatherare among the acts set to perform on The Late Show between September 14 – 18.

Jack White will bring The Dead Weather to The Late Show on Monday, September 14. Then on Tuesday, September 15 Run The Jewels will team with TV On The Radio. Wednesday, September 16th’s episode is expected to feature Willie Nelson, while stars of An American In Paris will perform on Friday, September 18. As for now there’s no musical guest listed for Thursday, September 17.

Next week’s “premiere week” will feature performances from Colbert’s house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human on the 8th, Kendrick Lamar on the 9th, Toby Keith on the 10th and Troubled Waters on the 11th.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guests 9/14 – 9/18

Actress Emily Blunt; Justice Stephen Breyer; musical performance by The Dead Weather

Actor Jake Gyllenhall; musical performance by Run the Jewels with TV on the Radio

Actor Kevin Spacey; comedy legend Carol Burnett with comedians Abbi Jacobson and Illana Glazer; interview with and musical performance by Willie Nelson

Actress Naomi Watts; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Actress Lupita Nyong’o; Senator Bernie Sanders; interview with and musical performance by An American in Paris’ Christopher Wheeldon, Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope

Willie Nelson on new Late Night with Stephen Colbert Show

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

by:  Daniel Kreps

Stephen Colbert continues to map out his opening weeks at the helm of the Late Show as Willie Nelson, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and the Dead Weather will all visit the refurbished Ed Sullivan Theatre for Colbert’s second week.  Run the Jewels will perform with TV on the Radio  on September 15th, while the next night will feature an interview and performance by Nelson along with the Broad City duo teaming with comedy legend Carol Burnett,  the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Late Show‘s second week spotlights the wide spectrum of guests that Colbert hopes sets his late-night program apart from the competition: There are political figures (Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon), unlikely collaborations (Run the Jewels with TV on the Radio, Burnett with Broad City), Hollywood stars (Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Blunt, Lupita Nyong’o) and even an interview and performance with the cast of the Broadway revival An American in Paris.

The Dead Weather’s Late Show visit will mark the Jack White-led band’s first performance in five years; their last live show was for an August 4th, 2010 episode of Late Show With David Letterman. Colbert and White have a long history, with Colbert shooting a 2011 episode of The Colbert Report from the rocker’s Third Man Records in Nashville.

As previously announced, Colbert’s first Late Show week, which kicks off September 8th, will feature guests George Clooney, Amy Schumer, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen King, Tesla Motors/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Jeb Bush and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

On the musical side, Kendrick Lamar will be Colbert’s debut musical guest, followed by Toby Keith, Paul Simon cover band Troubled Waters and, of course, his new bandleader Jon Batiste with Stay Human.

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See Willie Nelson on Late Show with Stephen Colbert on September 16, 2016

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


Willie Nelson will be a guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, during his second innaugeral week as host of the show.   He will be the musical performance, but will also sit down and talk with Stephen.   Also on the Sept. 16 show  Kevin Spacey; Carol Burnett with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City.

Colbert’s entire second week schedule here:

Willie Nelson on David Letterman Show, “Always on My Mind”

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

My favorite Willie Nelson appearance on the Letterman Show, although they are all so good.

Willie Nelson on David Letterman, “You Don’t Know Me”

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings on Conan O’Brian (1996)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Willie Nelson sings the Bee Gees

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015


The Bee Gees —  90 minute special
Their Music, Their Life Story

A musical – and personal – glimpse of the world’s hottest superstars

Singing their greatest hits from “Massachusetts” to “Stayin’ Alive” and their recent smash “Tragedy.”

Guest stars:  Glen Campbell, Andy Gibb, Willie Nelson

(Thanks Phil Weisman for the ad; wonder what BeeGee song Willie sang?)

This day in Willie Nelson History: CMA Music Festival (7/14/2004)

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015


Jul 14, 2004

On July 14, 2004, CBS aired “CMA Music Festival: Country Music’s Biggest Party,” featuring Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn, Terri Clark, Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, among others

Willie Nelson on CMT Hot 20 Countdown Show

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

by:  Darrell Hughes

We’ll sit down with Willie Nelson for an exclusive one-on-one interview. The country icon shares untold and unfiltered stories from his past in his new memoir, It’s a Long Story: My Life. From running into a burning house to breaking the law, as well as thoughts on his famous outlaw friends, it’s a candid conversation with a legend.

The Country Music Hall of Fame member co-wrote It’s a Long Story: My Life with veteran biographer David Ritz. It’s filled with new revelations and new recollections of some familiar tales, such as waking up Patsy Cline to pitch her a song he’d recently written titled “Crazy.”

“We were at Tootsie’s Orchid in Nashville, and I had brought that song with me from Texas,” Nelson recently told CMT Hot 20 Countdown’s Katie Cook. “I just got there, and I had talked Tootsie into letting me put it on the jukebox and Charlie Dick, Patsy Cline’s husband, was there.

“We were having a beer, listening to the song, and he says, ‘Patsy has to do this song.’ I said, ‘Well, maybe one day,’ and he said, ‘No. Now. Let’s go play it for her.’

“So it was after midnight by then, and we woke Patsy up — he did — and I wouldn’t get out of the car. But she come out and made me get out of the car. I went in and sang her the song, and she recorded the song the next week.”

Growing up in the small farm town of Abbott, Texas, had a huge influence on Nelson’s guitar and vocal style. Part of those influences are evident on Django and Jimmie, his new album with Merle Haggard, that pays tribute to gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers.

“I grew up in all of that, in all of that environment,” Nelson said, joking, “I may have talked about it in the book. I don’t know. I have to read that book one day.

“But I was always out in the cotton fields and the corn fields, working with the Mexicans and the African-Americans, and they were all singing all day long. You know, there’s nothing else to do out there but sing. So I would have a symphony out there. I’d hear some good great Mexican Chicano music over here. Then over there, I’d hear some great blues and gospel.”

As for writing his memoir, Nelson told Cook there was a simple reason for doing it now.

“I would have never done it on my own if they hadn’t started waving money,” he said. “But it turned out OK. I am glad I did it now.”