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Willie Nelson Honored with Gershwin Prize in Washington DC (Nov. 18, 2015)

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

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PBS to Broadcast All-Star Concert on Jan. 15

November 29, 2015 – The Library of Congress is celebrating Willie Nelson’s 60-year career and his selection as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C., with a series of events, culminating in a star-studded concert tonight.

The two-day celebration began with a presentation and special display on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in the Library’s historic Thomas Jefferson Building with a group of the nation’s lawmakers, who recognized Nelson for his contributions to popular music. “Everywhere you look in this magnificent building there are symbols of knowledge, creativity and invention so it is fitting at this time to honor one of the world’s most creative and inventive people, this year’s award recipient, Willie Nelson,” said Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao.

“It is truly a privilege to have Willie Nelson with us in our nation’s capital and to be able to recognize him for the immense contributions he’s made to the culture of America through music,” said U.S. House of Representatives Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress Gregg Harper.

“It is a great honor to be receiving the Gershwin award,” said Nelson to the group of well-wishers. “I have been a fan of Ira and George Gershwin’s music since I was a little guy and in appreciation for the award—and also I wanted to make some great music—I’ve just recorded a complete Gershwin album. It’s called Summertime.”

In honor of the legendary songwriting team, the Gershwin Prize recognizes a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding, entertaining and informing audiences, and inspiring new generations. Previous recipients are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King and Billy Joel.

President Jimmy Carter said in a letter that Nelson’s music has “enriched the lives of people far and wide for decades” and that he is truly worthy of this “prestigious and well-deserved award.”

Steeped in the roots of country music, Nelson’s songs have a universal appeal and embrace the rich musical language of the American experience. A diverse group of the world’s pre-eminent performers is paying homage to Nelson’s musical genius— showcasing some his most memorable songs—tonight at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

The concert will feature performances by Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Rosanne Cash, Ana Gabriel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Cyndi Lauper, Raul Malo of The Mavericks, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Paul Simon, Neil Young and Buckwheat Zydeco. Nelson will also perform some of his favorite tunes. The master of ceremonies for the evening festivities will be actor Don Johnson.

“I could not have wished for a more complete source of inspiration in life, and in music, than my father,” said the country music icon’s son Lukas Nelson, also a singer, songwriter and guitarist. “I count myself as one of the luckiest people alive to have been born to such a noble, loving, and gifted human being.”

During the evening’s event, Nelson will be presented with the prize by the Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao, U. S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin, U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer, U.S. House of Representatives Chairman of the Committee on House Administration Candice S. Miller and U.S. House of Representatives Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress Gregg Harper.

The concert will air on PBS stations nationwide at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 (check local listings). The program also will be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world. “Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize” is a co-production of WETA Washington, D.C., and Bounce, a division of AEG. The executive producers of the program are Dalton Delan, David Mao, Michael Strunsky and Mark Rothbaum.

Major funding for “Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song” is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Additional funding is provided by The Ira and Leonore Gershwin Fund and The Leonore S. Gershwin Trust for the benefit of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board. Air transportation is generously provided by United Airlines. Additional funding for the Gershwin Prize events is provided by the Library of Congress James Madison Council.

Nelson is considered one of the top country singers of all time. His six-decade career has produced more than 200 albums and has earned him numerous awards and accolades as a musician, author, actor and activist. As a songwriter and performer, this iconic Texan became the voice of the heartland with such hits as “Crazy” and “Funny How Time Slips Away,” but he has continually pushed musical boundaries. He diversified his repertory and turned pop standards such as “Blue Skies” and “Mona Lisa” into country hits and such pop tunes as “Always on My Mind” and “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” into crossover favorites.

In June, Nelson released a new collaboration with Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie,” that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and in the Top 10 (No. 7) on the Billboard 200 Bestselling Albums chart. In the last five years alone he has delivered nine other new releases, one of which received a Grammy nomination; released a New York Times best-seller; appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine; headlined Farm Aid—an event he co-founded in 1985—and received his 5th-degree black belt in Gongkwon Yusul.

In 2013, Nelson released “Let’s Face The Music and Dance,” an album of pop-country repertoire classics performed with patented ease by Nelson and Family—his long-time touring and recording ensemble—and “To All The Girls …,” which features 18 duets with music’s top female singers. In 2014, he released “Band of Brothers,” a 14-track studio album of new recordings that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Album chart and at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart.

About Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson was born to Ira and Myrle Nelson in 1933 in Abbott, Texas. As early as age 7, Nelson started writing songs and playing the guitar, performing at church revivals and in local dance halls. After high school, Nelson joined the Air Force. He spent two years at Baylor University, but dropped out to pursue a career in music.In 1960, he moved to Nashville and Faron Young recorded Nelson’s song “Hello Walls,” which became a No. 1 hit on the country charts in 1961. Singer Patsy Cline recorded his song, “Crazy,” shortly afterward. It became a huge hit and a country-music standard. In the early ‘70s, Nelson became a key figure in “outlaw country” and charted his own career path. His reputation and success grew. He scored more than 60 Top-40 country hits over five decades. He has appeared in more than 30 films and TV shows and co-authored several books, including the recently released autobiography, “It’s a Long Story: My Life.”

Nelson has won seven Grammy Awards and received the Grammy Living Legend Award in 1990. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. His album “Red Headed Stranger” was inducted into the Library’s National Recording Registry in 2009.

About the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin, by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations.In making the selection for the prize, the Librarian of Congress consulted leading members of the music and entertainment communities, as well as curators from the Library’s Music Division, its American Folklife Center and its Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

The Gershwin name is used in connection with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song courtesy of the families of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. GERSHWIN® is a registered trademark of Gershwin Enterprises.
Source: Library of Congress

Willie Nelson, “Living in the Promised Land” #GershwinPrize (11/18/15)

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

As the U.S. debates the admission of Syrian refugees into the country, the outlaw country musician reminded a Washington, D.C., crowd, including a smattering of lawmakers, to lend a hand to anyone seeking a new life in America.

The entire concert from the DAR Constitution Hall will air on PBS on Jan. 15th.

Willie Nelson honored in Washington DC (11/18/15)

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
by: Sterling Whitaker

Willie Nelson was honored in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night (Nov. 18), and he took the opportunity to weigh in musically on one of the biggest social and political debates currently going on in America.

The 82-year-old musical icon received the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Award for Popular Song on Wednesday, in recognition of his enormous contributions to popular music. Neil Young, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Paul Simon and more were on hand to pay tribute to the country legend, but it was his own performance of a song that has probably been forgotten by many fans that made perhaps the biggest statement of the evening. Joined onstage by his sons Lukas and Micah, Nelson offered up a deeply-felt rendition of “Living in the Promiseland,” which scored him his 12th No. 1 hit in 1986.

Written by David Lynn Jones, the song was the lead single from Nelson’s The Promiseland album. Its lyrics insist that the ideals that drive America are still the same as they have always been.

“Give us your tired and weak, and we will make them strong / Bring us your foreign songs, and we will sing along,” Nelson begins, while the chorus of the song states, “The prayer of everyone is to know how freedom feels / There is a winding road across the shifting sand / And room for everyone, living in the promiseland.”

The performance came at a time when various factions in the U.S. are once again debating over immigration policy, this time in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. Republican 2016 presidential front runner Donald Trump said this week that he would make all Muslims in America register if he wins the White House, while various states are calling for legislation to roll back plans for Syrian refugees to be welcomed into the country.

“I think this is one of the most appropriate songs that we could do for this period in America,” Nelson told the crowd at Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall, which included a number of U.S. lawmakers (quote via PBS). “Many years ago, I recorded this song and I felt like this might be a good time to kind of try to bring it back.”

Watch Nelson’s performance in the video above.

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Willie Nelson: “I don’t care. I don’t care about borders’

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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Willie Nelson with Brooke Baldwin and on his bus.

Willie Nelson says he doesn’t “have anything personally against” Donald Trump, and would even light up with the GOP presidential front-runner.

“Oh, I’d smoke one with anybody,” the longtime country crooner and marijuana legalization activist tells CNN’s Brooke Baldwin in an interview from his tour bus posted Thursday.

The 82-year-old singing legend, who was honored this week in Washington with the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize, added, “But I don’t have anything personally against Donald. I think he’s a great hustler. And as a brother hustler, I wish him well.”

“You know, he’s a great salesman. Whether that’ll make a good president or not, I don’t know.”

But Nelson’s take on the Syrian refugee crisis differs greatly from Trump’s stance. While Trump has said he feels “totally bad” for the refugees, he has expressed reluctance in permitting them entry into the United States.

“I don’t care about refugees — bring them on in,” Nelson told Baldwin. “I don’t care. I don’t care about borders.”

When the CNN correspondent noted that many governors would disagree, Nelson said of barring refugees, “Absolutely, it’s wrong. It’s what our big Statue of Liberty says, ‘Come on in.’”

Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow celebrate John Lennon’s 75th birthday in NYC (12/5/15)

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

by:  Kory Grow

An impressive collection of John Lennon’s fans and peers will gather to celebrate what would have been the singer-songwriter’s 75th birthday this year with a star-studded tribute concert. Willie Nelson,  Aerosmith’s  Stevem Tyler, the Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Sheryl Crow and Eric Church will all perform at New York City’s Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 5th to honor the former Beatle in a program titled Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert. The show will be broadcast on AMC on December 19th at 9 p.m. EST.

Other performers include Peter Frampton, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Morello, Aloe Blacc, Juanes, Train’s Pat Monahan, Chris Stapleton and the Roots. The show’s producers will announce more performers prior to the concert.

“It’s beautiful to see so many wonderful and talented musicians come together for this special show to celebrate John’s birthday,” Yoko Ono said in a statement. “John’s art continues to give hope, light and happiness to generations of people everywhere. His belief that each of us can change the world continues to inspire the human race to believe in themselves, and his influence is everlasting in everyone’s hearts as we all share in the possibilities and power of music.”

The event’s musical directors are Rolling Stones producer Don Was, who also worked on the TV tribute The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, and Michael Jackson keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, who worked on Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life: An All-Star Grammy Salute. Gregg Gelfand, who directed the Beatles special Was participated in, will helm the celebration.

Tickets to the event go on sale on November 17th via Ticketmaster. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Robin Hood, a New York–based organization fighting poverty.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” (Nov. 12, 1969)

Thursday, November 12th, 2015


On November 12, 1969 Willie Nelson appears on CBS’ “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.  He  sings with Campbell on “Hello Walls”, “Crazy”, “Night Life” and “Funny How Time Slips Away.”

Willie Nelson reads a mean tweet on Jimmy Kimmel

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015


Willie’s response with a big grin:
“You got it, brother!”

[Thanks, Alice Kauffman; I missed this.]
by:  Shari Weiss

Jimmy Kimmel Live” featured a special country music edition of “Mean Tweets” on Wednesday’s CMAs after-show.

Kimmel hosted a CMA Awards post-show on Wednesday for the second year in a row. While he filmed his show in Los Angeles as per usual, he appeared in Nashville via hologram. And in advance of the broadcast, he rounded up some of country’s biggest names to participate in his one of his funniest segments.

“Mean Tweets,”  features celebrities reading some of the cruelest messages written about them on Twitter by strangers. The last installment aired in September with the likes of George Clooney and Halle Berry. This time around Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, and many more country stars took part.

Bryan read a tweet from someone who wrote, “You ever gotten so drunk you said a Luke Bryan song actually wasn’t that bad?” And Brad Paisley read, “One time someone took a s**t, rubbed it all over a blank disc, put it into a CD player and out came the first Brad Paisley album.” Darius Rucker laughed off, “Some of my best friends are black but Darius Rucker sucks ass.”

Tim McGraw took in stride a mean tweet that said, “Tim McGraw’s new song is more embarrassing than your mom finding your penis pump.” Kacey Musgraves’ look was compared to a “house band at Chili’s.” And Willie Nelson read, “Marijuana works wonders. Just look at Willie Nelson. Bastard is still alive and won’t die.”

Rascal Flatts chuckled as they read, “Rascal Flatts please do us all a favor and stop making music. You are so awful #sobad #spareus ##soundsof death.” Florida Georgia Line also got tagged. And Sam Hunt had to read, “Sam Hunt is the male version of Taylor Swift… Except his songs suck…” Carrie Underwood was also insulted in a near unintelligible way. And Little Big Town had to read a tweet that said, “Little Big Town I would buy a ticket to one of your concerts just so I could punch each you in the face.”

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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