Archive for the ‘television’ Category

Willie Nelson featured in PBS “American Epic” television series

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


Two British filmmakers, Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, and American Producer Duke Erikson have pieced together this extraordinary story set in the late 1920s when record companies toured America with a recording machine and for the first time captured the raw expression of an emerging culture. It democratized music and gave a voice to the poorest in the nation.

The filmmakers follow the machine’s trail across the United States to rediscover the families whose music was recorded by it, music that would lead to the development of blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun and folk music – without which there would be no rock, pop, R&B or hip hop today. Over three episodes the remarkable lives of these seminal musicians are revealed through previously unseen film footage, unpublished photographs, and exclusive interviews with some of the last living witnesses to that era, when the musical strands of a diverse nation first emerged, sparking a cultural revolution whose reverberations are felt to this day.

For AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS the filmmakers have re-assembled the machine that allowed America to first hear itself. They have replicated the atmosphere of America’s seminal 1920s field recordings down to the smallest detail, with top American artists recording straight to wax, using all the original microphones, amplifiers, and other equipment from that era. This is the first time that any performer has been able to use this machinery for over 80 years. Led by producers Jack White and T Bone Burnett, today’s legends are given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to relive the experience of the founding mothers and fathers, their idols, and remake the music that changed America and changed the world.

The AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS features performances by Alabama Shakes, The Americans, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Frank Fairfield, Ana Gabriel, Rhiannon Giddens, Merle Haggard, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Auntie Geri Kuhia, Pokey LaFarge, Bettye LaVette, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Taj Mahal, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Fred Martin & The Levite Camp, Ashley Monroe, Nas, Willie Nelson, Charlie Kaleo Oyama, Blind Boy Paxton, Raphael Saadiq, and Jack White

Willie Nelson to be featured in PBS/BBC documentary “American Pie” produced by Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett, Jack White

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Day One Press Conference - 2015 Sundance Film Festival

PBS and BBC Arena are teaming for American Pie,  a three-part documentary series and feature-length film that trace an era when the music of ordinary citizens was recorded for the first time across America. Executive produced by T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford and Jack White, it will air in the U.S. and the UK this fall, culminating in a studio session featuring such contemporary and roots-music greats as Beck, Nas, Willie Nelson and Taj Mahal.

Jimmy Kimmel’s Pot Quiz

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Willie Nelson will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (from Austin) (Friday, March 20th, 2015)

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015


Jimmy Kimmel Live returns to Austin, Texas during SXSW 2015 to air five original shows from The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. A limited number of tickets to the Jimmy Kimmel Livetapings will be available to SXSW registrants from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20.

Special wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM each day for that day’s taping at the Long Center located at 701 W. Riverside Drive in Austin. All official SXSW badges are eligible to attend (SXSW Platinum, Gold, Music, Film and Interactive badges).

Once you have your wristband, you’re guaranteed a ticket for entry. However, wristband holders must be at the Long Center on time before the doors close for the television taping. Please note the taping schedule here.

Guest lineup includes:

Monday, March 16
Kevin Hart (“Get Hard”)
Brad Paisley

Tuesday, March 17
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)
Robert Rodriguez (“the Director’s Chair”)

Wednesday, March 18
Tony Romo
James Bay

Thursday, March 19
The cast of The Walking Dead

Friday, March 20
Kanye West
Willie Nelson

Don’t miss this special opportunity to attend Jimmy Kimmel Live in Austin during the 29th annual South by Southwest Festival!

“There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson” ( Austin City Limits Hall of Fame PBS 2015)

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Austin City Limits celebrates 40 years on television with a grand finale featuring musical highlights and inductions from the first-ever Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation. Hosted by Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, this never-before-broadcast special showcases outstanding performances and collaborations from the ACL Hall of Fame ceremony held April 26, 2014, including Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph and more. The program also honors the inaugural class of Hall of Fame inductees, featuring legendary music acts Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and a pair of individuals who played an invaluable role in the genesis of the series: show creator Bill Arhos and Texas Longhorns football head coach and ACL supporter Darrell Royal.

For this extraordinary occasion ACL returns to its original Studio 6A, where the series taped its first episode in 1974—featuring Willie Nelson—to honor the artists and individuals who have inspired the iconic television series throughout its four decade run. The intimate performances include inductee Willie Nelson, joined by Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris for stunning readings of Nelson-penned classics including “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Crazy” and “On the Road Again.” Matthew McConaughey inducts his friend and fellow Texan, saying “There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson.”

Willie Nelson, EmmyLou Harris, Lyle Lovett, “Pancho and Lefty” (on Austin City Live) (Sunday, Feb. 15)

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

At the first-ever Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation ceremony, inductee Willie Nelson performed “Pancho and Lefty,” the Townes Van Zandt tune he recorded with Merle Haggard in 1983, with another set of country legends:  Emmylou Haris and Lyle Lovett.  The performance will air this weekend as part of Austin City Limits’ season finale, but the song is now available to watch via PBS.

Harris had just sung the Nelson-penned Patsy Cline hit “Crazy,” and she stuck around onstage as Nelson introduced “Pancho” as “one of the best songs ever written.” Harris rejoined, “Amen.” Lovett surprised Nelson, who grinned as the honoree laughed and said, “Glad to have you, Lyle,” laughing along with the audience. Harris took the first verse, while Lovett took the second, and all three harmonized on the chorus.

The performance was just one of many star-studded numbers from the ceremony, held last April, that will air on February 14th. Along with Nelson, the Hall of Fame inducted Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Accordingly, the first half of the program features the Nelson-led set with Lovett and Harris joining in on tunes like “On the Road Again” and “Funny How Time Slips Away.” The second, Vaughan-focused half finds the likes of Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Doyle Bramhall II, Robert Randolph and Buddy Guy performing tunes like “The House Is Rockin’,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Let Me Love You, Baby.” The evening ended with an all-star performance of the Vaughan staple “Texas Flood.”

Nelson’s guitar “Trigger” was recently the subject of an in-depth Rolling Stone documentary streaming online. “Roy Rogers had a horse called Trigger,” he explained. “I named my guitar Trigger because it’s kind of my horse.”


Willie Nelson on Saturday Night Live

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015


Willie Nelson and Victoria Jackson sang, “The Boyfriend Song” on Saturday Night Live

17th Annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert (Feb. 5, 2015)

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

GRAMMY winners Willie Nelson, Melissa Etheridge and John Mellencamp nd Willie Nelson were among the performers at Lean On Me: A Celebration Of Music And Philanthropy, the 17th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert.

The sold-out event took place Feb. 5 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles and featured additional performances by current GRAMMY nominees Aloe Blacc and Erica Campbell, singer/songwriter Rozzi Crane, violinist Lindsey Stirling, GRAMMY-nominated artist Robin Thicke, and indie pop/rock band Walk The Moon, among others.

Willie Nelson performs at first Grammy Living Legends Awards (1989)

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

“Willie Nelson: The Big Six-O” (television special, 1993)

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Blake Shelton (Grammys 2014)

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Willie Nelson, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Usher Join Stevie Wonder Tribute Concert ‘Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute’

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

by:  Daniel Kreps

Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Willie Nelson, Usher and Janelle Monáe have all signed on to take part in Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute. The live concert will take place February 10th at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, while the CBS broadcast airs February 16th. Tickets for the tribute concert are on sale now at

Last month, it was revealed that the Grammys would honor Wonder with a celebration similar to the network’s 2014 star-studded music special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America. More performers will be announced for the Songs in the Key of Life concert, with each artist picking a song from the 25-time Grammy winner’s extensive songbook to cover on the Nokia Theatre stage.

Most of the artists involved seems to have some connection to Wonder over the course of their careers: Martin and Wonder recently appeared on BBC Music’s all-star cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” while Wonder and Nelson similarly sang on the original 1985 “We Are the World.” Wonder also contributed to Usher’s 2004 album Confessions.

“Stevie Wonder is an absolute legend and I am so honored to be a part of this very special night,” Sheeran said in a statement.

In addition to the Wonder performance, plan on seeing the British singer on television often in the coming weeks: Sheeran was among the first performers announced for the 57th annual Grammy Awards, and on January 24th he’ll help resurrect VH1 Storytellers with a live concert in Dublin, Ireland.

Willie Nelson, Usher, Chris Martin to perform at Stevie Wonder tribute concert (2/10/15)

Thursday, January 15th, 2015


Willie Nelson, Usher and Coldplay’s Chris Martin will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder at a concert next month.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Ed Sheeran and Janelle Monae will also perform at “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute” on Feb. 10. The concert will take place two days after the 57th annual Grammy Awards.

Tickets for the tribute show are currently on sale.

The concert will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. It will air as a two-hour special on CBS on Feb. 16.

Wonder has been awarded 25 Grammy Awards during his illustrious career.

Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Leon Russell, ‘A Song For You’

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Blake Shelton (Grammys 2014)

Monday, January 12th, 2015