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Monk meets the Red Headed Stranger (October 11, 2002)

Monday, October 11th, 2021

Is country superstar Willie Nelson a cold-blooded murderer? The police think so – but Monk has other ideas.

An angry Willie Nelson accuses his road manager, Sonny Cross, of embezzlement just hours before making a San Francisco radio appearance. Sonny later arrives at the radio station to find a note summoning him to a side entrance. As Sonny disappears down an alley, two shots ring out, and an engineer throws open the side door to find a blind woman, Mrs. Mass, screaming hysterically – and Willie Nelson hovering over Sonny’s dead body.

An injured Captain Stottlemeyer decides to put Lt. Disher in charge of the investigation, and Disher loses no time in calling in Adrian Monk. Monk learns that only Sonny, Mrs. Mass, and Willie Nelson were in the alley, and even though he seems to be the most likely suspect. Monk can’t picture Willie – a favorite singer of his late wife Trudy – as a killer. Stottlemeyer arrives with his right arm in a sling. Mrs. Mass gently shakes his left hand, then identifies Willie’s voice as the one that threatened to kill her if she spoke to the police. Orphaned at 16 in a car accident that also robbed her of her sight, Mrs. Mass is a persuasive witness. Things look grim for the Red-Headed Stranger.

With Sharona gushing about her great new boyfriend Justin, and the SFPD occupied with trying to track down a persistent and elusive streaker, Monk starts to investigate. He begins by learning more about Sonny Cross. A reckless womanizer and boozehound, Cross had previously served two years in prison for vehicular manslaughter. Willie had been close to firing Cross on many occasions, but never had the heart.

For now, Willie Nelson is still the prime suspect, and the police arrest him and formally press charges. Meanwhile, Monk decides to go see Mrs. Mass again. He learns she received a concussion after falling in a wet supermarket aisle the year before, but never sued. As they say goodbye, she offers to shake his hand, and Monk suddenly remembers how she’d previously shaken Stottlemeyer’s hand – and offered him her left hand because his right hand was in a sling. How had she known that… unless she had somehow regained her sight!

The SFPD has finally caught the streaker, and Monk bails him out of jail so he can lay a trap for Mrs. Mass. From a place of concealment, Monk and Sharona watch Mrs. Mass turn her head in wonder as the nudist streaks by her ¿ and Sharona recognizes the streaker as her new boyfriend, Justin!

Once in custody, Mrs. Mass finally comes clean: the fall last year in the supermarket somehow reconnected her optic nerve, restoring partial vision in one eye. She’d kept this miracle to herself in order to be above suspicion when she took finally her revenge on Sonny Cross – the drunk driver that took away her family and her eyesight 30 years before.


All charges against Willie Nelson are dropped, and on a crisp autumn sky under a sparkling blue sky, the two new friends play a soulful, moving duet together – Willie on guitar, Monk on clarinet – at the site of Trudy’s grave.


Willie Nelson on Jimmy Kimmell (8.16.21)

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Willie Nelson on the Jimmy Kimmel Show tomorrow (8.16.21)

Sunday, August 15th, 2021

Willie Nelson will be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow night, to talk about his new book, “Letters to America”.

New Willie Nelson Docu-Series in Works

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

photo: Pamela Springsteen
by: Jon Freeman

Willie Nelson and Family is currently being filmed with participation of country legend.

The life and music of Willie Nelson will be covered extensively in an upcoming docuseries. Willie Nelson and Family, produced by Blackbird Presents and Sight Unseen, is currently being filmed with the participation of the country legend and his family.

Developed by Nelson’s manager Mark Rothbaum and Blackbird Presents Founder and Chief Creative Officer Keith Wortman, Willie Nelson and Family is being directed by Thom Zimny and Oren Moverman. The series will feature the singer, his family, and friends in a variety of locales, including Austin, Maui, Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York. With access to the singer’s archives, directors are able to put together a story about one of the 20th and 21st century’s most enduring musical figures. A premiere date has not yet been announced.

“Words like ‘honored,’ ‘excited’ and ‘humbled’ don’t come close to describing the way we feel about being entrusted with telling Willie’s story,” Zimny and Moverman said in a statement. “And what a story it is! We are celebrating the music, the career, the long road, the family, friends and history. But, more than anything, we are piecing together a narrative – one never before seen in its entirety – about an extraordinary man with a unique ability to bring people together.”

Now 88 years old, Nelson is still at work on a variety of projects. Early in 2021, he released his latest album That’s Life, a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra. In June, he released the book Letters to America, which collected Nelson’s writing on the topic of being a U.S. citizen. Next month, he’ll headline the Outlaw Music Festival Tour, with a rotating cast of artists that includes Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, Yola, and Kathleen Edwards.

Willie’s Reserve

Saturday, July 3rd, 2021

Willie Nelson on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Willie Nelson on Jimmy Fallon TONIGHT

Friday, June 25th, 2021

Willie Nelson will be on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Jimmy Kimmel Show

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Willie Nelson, “Good Hearted Woman” (Austin City Limiths 1979)

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Music video by Willie Nelson performing Good Hearted Woman (Live From Austin City Limits, 1979). Austin City Limits is a production of KLRU-TV, Austin PBS (C) 1979 The Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council.

Willie Nelson on the View (May 6, 2015)

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

New Willie Nelson documentary Saturday

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Even after penning some of Nashville’s best-known hits, his record labels’ cookie-cutter approach to creating music made Willie Nelson contemplate hocking vacuum cleaners. Distraught, he pulls stakes and heads back to hardscrabble Texas. There, a gritty blend of rednecks, hippies and an emerging counter culture are brewing and connect with Willie’s unorthodox approach to songwriting and performing. It’s tagged the “Outlaw Movement” and Willie Nelson is poster boy. But would it succeed as the country music industry was entering a whole new age? And what hard life lessons would Willie learn in the end?

The AMS team crafted all-new Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash 1-hr documentary specials that premier back to back this Saturday, April 10th on Reelz. Set your DVRs!

TimeLife to release Austin City Limits collection

Sunday, March 7th, 2021
by: Dillon Gonzales

Time Life has announced the release of Austin City Limits Country on DVD which offers highlights five decades of live uncut performances by country’s greatest performers.

Available directly from Time Life, the 10-Disc Set features 164 live, uncut performances from 1974-2018 featuring country legends and superstars plus unforgettable collaborations, bonus interviews and more

Austin City Limits Country brings together 5 decades of country’s greatest artists from legends like Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Marty Robbins and Buck Owens to superstars like Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, and Randy Travis plus today’s greats including Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and Brad Paisley.Get additional details below!

Make It A Movie Night

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Willie Nelson on Sunday Today with Willie Geist

Sunday, February 21st, 2021

Willie Nelson on Sunday Today with Willie Geist

Friday, February 19th, 2021

Willie Nelson on the David Letterman Show (1984)

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021