Archive for the ‘television’ Category

Willie Nelson helps say goodbye to the Colbert Report

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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Willie Nelson joined a cast of thousands of singers, politicians, movie stars, reporters, news makers to celebrate genius of Steven Colbert, and his show. Last night’s show was his last show. Colbert is scheduled to take over the Late Show on CBS when David Letterman steps down in May.

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I’ll bet everyone wanted a selfie with Willie Nelson

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David Letterman eats Willie Nelson’s brownies

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, “It’s Hard to be an Outlaw” (David Letterman Show 12/18/14)

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Trigger is in the building! Tunin’ Tom at the Ed Sullivan Theater, for Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson on David Letterman TONIGHT

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Tunin’ Tom Hawkins carries in Willie Nelson’s guitar.

Thanks, John Selman, for this behind-the-scenes photo, of setup for Willie Nelson & Billy Joe Shaver appearance on the David Letterman Show tonight.

Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson on David Letterman TONITE!! (And tomorrow night — Willie’s on Colbert)

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson on David Letterman (Dec 17, 2014)

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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Billy Joe Shaver will make his network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman December 17th! He’ll perform ‘Hard to Be an Outlaw’ alongside Willie Nelson (who also sang on the album version of the song).

He also added a City Winery NYC show the same day.— with Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, “Poncho and Lefty”

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver on David Letterman (December 17, 2014)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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Win a copy of “Angels Sing” movie poster, signed by Willie Nelson

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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If you are on Facebook, Willie Nelson’s page is giving a way an autographed copy of the poster to the movie, “Angels Sing”, starring Willie Nelson, Harry Connick, Jr., Kris Kristofferson.  To enter to win, visit his page, and share the above photo.

Also, gather round the family, “Angels Sing” is currently playing on the Hallmark Channel.

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Willie Nelson Swings Over the Rainbow, with Friends (PBS, 1981)

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sending along the poster from the PBS special. I forgot about this show, how beautiful it is.

.  For your Sunday morning enjoyment.

Willie Nelson – “Swingin’ Over The Rainbow” – PBS Special from 1981. Every song is gold. Willie Nelson & Family, Freddie Powers, Paul Buskirk, Johnny Gimble, Dean Reynolds, Ray Benson. Originally recorded from local cable on VHS in 1981.

Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Jr., “Inside Arlyn”

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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http://music.blog.austin360.com

by: Gary Miller

Part two of the pilot episode for the new Austin-based, Willie Nelson-hosted TV show “Inside Arlyn,” a spotlight on local blues man Gary Clark Jr. taped last night at Aryln Studios. (The first, featuring Nelson and Merle Haggard taped earlier this week.)

Freddy Fletcher, owner of the studio warmly welcomed the audience to the main room, an intimate space with candles flickering on the control room window ledges and artful globe lights hanging around the stage, with a story about the building’s history. In the ’60s, his mother — Willie Nelson’s sister who performs at Sister Bobbie — used to play piano in the space, then a restaurant called the Summer House. Later his uncle Willie bought the building and ran a club called the Austin Opera House in the ’70s. Fletcher opened the studio in 1984. “There’s so much music in these walls,” he said.

More musical magic was on tap as Nelson and Clark entered together to hearty applause. For a two song intro, Nelson, backed by Clark’s band sang the blues, his characteristic emotional warble neatly adapting to capture the nuance of a musical form normally marked by guts and grit. Clark sang backup and expressed himself as he does best — coaxing a incredible range of color and tones from his guitar.

“I’m not gonna front,” Clark said as Nelson turned over the set, his voice trailing off. The 30-year-old blues singer and recently crowned superstar was clearly moved to share a stage with Austin’s number one living musical icon. “Thanks for letting us mess up your songs,” he joked.

Last week, after announcing the show, Fletcher explained that part of his mission is to preserve the musical history of Austin. “Willie’s like the godfather and Gary Clark will be the guy who carries that torch,” he said.

Clark valiantly carried the torch on Wednesday night. Opening his segment with a rambling rendition of “Catfish Blues” he laid down 40 minutes or so of rootsy, rafter-rattling, gut bucket blues. No one cared that he skipped his biggest hit “Bright Lights,” or the blistering “When My Train Comes In” that brought down the house during recent pop up show. Instead the crowd was perfectly happy to rock along to classic Clark numbers like “Don’t Owe You a Thang,” alongside new tracks from the album he’s currently recording at Arlyn Studios.

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The warm reception from the enamored audience bodes well for the show’s appeal. Beyond that, it was a reminder of how much of a treasure Clark truly is for our city. An incredibly talented musician who moves in his own lane churning out wrenching ten minutes jams in an industry that clamors for three minute sound bites, Clark sings and plays with pure heart. His performances are always moving, often revelations. He’s a torch bearer who should make us all very, very proud.

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Willie Nelson on the Jimmy Kimmel Show (March 14, 2014)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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Watch “A Salute to the Troops” concert, at White House on pBS

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


www.PBS.org

A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House” is a PBS music special from the South Lawn of the White House. President and Mrs. Obama will host the event on Thursday, November 6, 2014 in advance of Veterans Day and as part of The White House “Joining Forces” initiative, with an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve theUnited States. The concert, which will have a live audience that will include hundreds of members of the military, will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and also active duty military members U.S. Army SGT. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer. Don Was will be the music director. The production is also working with the USO, for a performance by Daughtry via satellite of their USO concert at Yokota Air Base inJapan, as well as a live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia— both to be included in the White House concert and the broadcast. (Program subject to change.)

The program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated “In Performance at the White House” series, is the fifty-thirdproduction in the series’ thirty-six years. The sixty-minute television special is produced by WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures and The GRAMMY Museum®. “A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House” will premiere Friday, November 7 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide, as part of the PBS Fall Arts Festival. (Check local listings.)  The program will also be broadcast on November 11, Veterans Day, via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

About the USO: USO provides a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. The USO also provides critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Its programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

The broadcast has been made possible by a special collaboration with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and USO, Inc. A joint sponsorship by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin provides major corporate funding for this event. Additional funders include the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, The Annenberg Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.

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President Barrack Obama joined Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Common and Mary J. Blige onstage at a tribute concert to honor American troops Thursday (November 6). The group collaborated on an amped-up version of Nelson’s “On the Road Again” with the president struggling to sing along.

A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House aired on PBS last night (November 7) and the highlight of the concert came during the final performance of the Red Headed Stranger’s classic 1980 tune, The Huffington Post notes. President Obama introduced Nelson, then informed the audience that the singer asked him to join in on the track. “Willie says I’m going to have to sing with him, so I’ll try it out,” he says in the video below, excellently titled, “yo, what is this.”

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard record at Arlyn Studios in Austin

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard record a session for the new television show, “Inside Arlyn Studios.”  

Also pictured Buddy Cannon, producer, and Mickey Raphael.  Sorry, I don’t know anyone else!

President O’bama joins Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, “On the Road Again” (Salute the Troops concert)

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

http://www.musictimes.com

President Barrack Obama joined Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Common and Mary J. Blige onstage at a tribute concert to honor American troops Thursday (November 6). The group collaborated on an amped-up version of Nelson’s “On the Road Again” with the president struggling to sing along.

A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House aired on PBS last night (November 7) and the highlight of the concert came during the final performance of the Red Headed Stranger’s classic 1980 tune, The Huffington Post notes. President Obama introduced Nelson, then informed the audience that the singer asked him to join in on the track. “Willie says I’m going to have to sing with him, so I’ll try it out,” he says in the video below, excellently titled, “yo, what is this.”

The musicianship is spectacular and everyone seems to be enjoying the song, but Obama looks like he hasn’t heard the track in awhile, if at all. He waves his wife, Michelle, onstage to perhaps take some of the heat off him, but that’s difficult to do when you’re the POTUS. Either way, he makes it through the performance, and like the rest of us, he marvels at the talent of Nelson
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Following the concert, Nelson spoke to CNN about about Obama and marijuana legalization. “I think I realize how he feels about it,” he said. “And I’ve read some of his books and things about when he was a kid, how he maybe had delved into that matter a little bit. I’m sure he’s very understanding of what’s going on and he may be happy to see it happening.”

The performer added that legalization of the drug might help to mellow the nation out a bit. “Well, I really think stress is the cause of a lot of our problems, and I really believe that the best medicine for stress is pot,” he for stress is pot,” he added. “Yeah, I think it would make us get along better all over the world.”