Archive for the ‘television’ Category

Willie Nelson, Behind the Music (VH1)

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Thanks to Janis Tillerson for reminding us about this great video. xoxoxoxo

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Taping at Austin City Limits (July 2, 2018)

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Austin City Limits has a pair of highlights coming up this summer: new tapings featuring roots rocker Lukas Nelson in his ACL debut on July 2 and the second appearance of international pop superstar Sam Smith on July 23.

After more than a decade on the road barnstorming across the U.S and around the world, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have developed into one of America’s most dazzling live acts, attracting a dedicated, ever expanding following. Still, with a bounty of invaluable experience under their belts, nothing foretold the artistic leap of their latest album, the self-titled Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, a mesmerizing, emotionally genuine, endlessly rewarding slice of cosmic country soul. Released via Fantasy Records last summer, the widely acclaimed album draws on many of Lukas’ country and rock influences including literate Texas songsmiths like his dad, Willie Nelson, ‘uncles’ Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, and iconoclasts such as J.J. Cale, The Band, Clapton-era Delaney & Bonnie and of course, the band’s mentor Neil Young, for whom the young devotees have toured and recorded with the past few years.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real features Lukas Nelson (guitar, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass, vocals) and Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) along with back-up vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Lessig of the indie-pop group Lucius, and Lady Gaga who added stirring vocals to two of the album’s 12 tracks. The album’s lilting, Glen Campbell inspired gem, “Just Outside of Austin” also features a classic Willie Nelson guitar solo, and piano from Lukas’ 86-year-old Aunt Bobbi. “Their latest displays a newfound confidence, brokering country-soul, Southern rock and R&B with some panache,” proclaimed Uncut. “The band’s best work, the record is a huge leap forward for Nelson,” raved Entertainment Weekly, and American Songwriter declared, “Ultimately, Lukas is carrying on Willie’s tradition, pushing the outlaw boundaries his famous father established in the ’70s and proving that the musical apple truly does not fall far from the tree.” Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real were recently honored with a 2018 Americana Music Awards nomination for Group of the Year.

Multi-platinum GRAMMY ® award winning artist Sam Smith wowed ACL audiences with his 2014 debut during our milestone Season 40 and now, he returns with his chart topping, acclaimed sophomore album The Thrill Of It All. Rolling Stone awarded it four stars and hailed Smith as “one of the mightiest, most expressive singers of his generation.” The album includes the hits “Pray” and “Too Good At Goodbyes,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart and is certified Platinum by the RIAA. The British native’s breakout 2014 album, In The Lonely Hour was the biggest selling U.K. male debut in the SoundScan era and went on to sell 13 million albums worldwide. In 2015, Smith set a GRAMMY® record, winning a total of four awards – the most ever received by a U.K. artist following the release of a debut album. He was named Best New Artist, In The Lonely Hour took Best Pop Vocal Album honors and his single “Stay With Me” won awards for both Record and Song of the Year. Smith has also earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards and three BRIT Awards. He’s currently on his global headline The Thrill Of It All world tour.

Want to be part of our audience? We will post information on how to get free passes about a week before each taping. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for notice of postings. The broadcast episodes will air on PBS this fall as part of our Season 44.

Willie Nelson featured in season 2 of OBJECTified

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Fox News Channel announced OBJECTified will return for Season 2 on Sunday, June 24. Premiere episode will feature NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic Johnson.

Kris Jenner, Steven Tyler, Pitbull, Pamela Anderson, Willie Nelson, and UFC President Dana WHite also will be featured in the 10-episode Season 2

Hosted by TMZ’s Levin, OBJECTified profiles celebrities and newsmakers, using objects they’ve hung on to over the years. Season 1 featured Tyler Perry, Martha Stewart, Mark Cuban, Hulk Hogan, and Benjamin Netanyahu. An average of just under 1.2 million total viewers watched the first season, including 226K in the 25-54 age bracket, winning its timeslot in both metrics among cable news net programs.

OBJECTified is produced by Harvey Levin Productions, Inc. in association with Telepictures and distributed by Fox News Channel. Levin and Ryan Regan are exec producers, with FNC SVP Development and Production John Finley.

Another Williie Nelson fan, David Letterman

Sunday, June 10th, 2018


Willie Nelson on the David Letterman Show (May 22, 1984)

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

“Willie Nelson Salutes Texas” on TNN

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Country legend Willie Nelson performs a one hour concert.  “Willie Nelson Salutes Texas” on TNN.  The Nashville Network on Monday, June 28 at 10:00 PM (Eastern Time).  The performance took place on the steps of the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas.

Willie Nelson on the View (May 6, 2015)

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Another Adventure on Willie Nelson’s bus, by Jay Chandrasekhar

Sunday, April 8th, 2018
by: James McClure

Never step lightly onto Willie Nelson’s bus. The country legend and cannabis culture icon is notorious for smoking people under the table – right, Toby Keith? And Nelson’s particularly merciless with unwary authority figures – like a federal prosecutor that tried to hang out with Willie a little while ago.

The prosecutor was actually a friend of ‘Super Troopers’ star Jay Chandrasekhar, who tried to warn his buddy about Willie’s weed before the two of them partied on the bus after a concert.

“You’re gonna feel a lot of pressure to smoke cuz you’re on Willie’s bus, but this batch that he’s rolling with right now is a little strong, so I would recommend highly that you don’t smoke it,” Chandrasekhar recalled saying while retelling the tale yesterday on ‘The Tonight Show.’ Unfortunately, his friend Steve didn’t follow that advice, so he was more than a little worse for wear Chandrasekhar ran into him later that night.

“I go back to the back of the bus, and there’s Steve standing next to Willie Nelson, and Willie Nelson’s holding a joint. And I’m like, ‘Hey Steve, just remember it’s a little strong, so I would just skip it if I were you.’ And then like a dragon, a plume of smoke comes streaming out of [Steve’s] mouth, and I’m like, ‘You’re on your own now.'”

Needless to say, the party didn’t end well for Steve, who was in particularly bad shape because Nelson saw him coming. When Chandrasekhar revealed later on that Steve was a federal prosecutor, Nelson said, “I thought I smelled some narc on him, so I brought out my strongest stuff.”

Catch the full story in this clip.

Willie Nelson with Bob Schieffer on CBS Sunday Morning (April 2, 2017)

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, with Bob Schieffer.

Bob Schieffer, of CBS, visited Luck Texas during SXSW, and interviewed Willie Nelson. He went to the concert, and walked around and talked with fans during the day.   The show airs on Sunday Morning, April 2nd.

What Would Willie Do

Sunday, April 1st, 2018


Willie Nelson & Friends, Swinging Over the Rainbow

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Thanks Phil Weisman for sharing this vintage ad.

Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, “Storytellers”

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson on ‘The Muppets’ — Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Thursday, March 1st, 2018


On March 1, 2016, Willie Nelson appeared as himself on the Muppets show, and visited Miss Piggy in the hospital to cheer her up.

Willie Nelson on the Today Show (2/22/08)

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Willie Nelson was a guest on the “Today” show, on NBC on February 22, 2008

This day in Willie Nelson history: Host of Saturday Night Live (February 21, 1987)

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018


Willie Nelson delivers the opening monologue as host ofSaturday Night Live on Feb. 21, 1987.


Willie Nelson (center) appears in the “Church Chat” skit with Danny DeVito, Nora Dunn and Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live on Feb. 21, 1987.