Archive for the ‘television’ Category

“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.

Willie Nelson on ‘Kings of Country’ on HDNet on Sunday, February 19, 2012

Monday, February 19th, 2018


This day in Willie Nelson history: “King of the Hill” (February 16, 1996)

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Willie Nelson made a special guest voice appearance as himself on the ‘King of the Hill’ episode ‘Hank’s Got the Willies’ which aired Sunday, Feb. 16, 1996 on FOX.

Hank’s Got The Willies
Episode KH105

Bobby attempts to make amends after he accidentally wallops Hank’s idol, Willie Nelson, in the head with a golf club.

Hank catches Bobby furiously windmilling his beloved Guild guitar, “Betsy.” Bobby explains that he was playing the instrument with a piece of cheese, like his favorite comedian, Celery Head. After examining the guitar, Hank realizes his son chipped Betsy’s bridge. The next day, Bobby crashes Hank’s lawn mower into the front of his truck. Shortly thereafter, the boy uses Hank’s pitching wedge to hit clumps of dog excrement. When Hank tells his wife that their son seems bent on destroying everything he owns, Peggy suggests he take Bobby golfing. At first, Hank dismisses the idea outright. But when Bobby tells his father that his two heroes are Gameboy champ Eddie Stillson, and Howard Adderly, the father of bizarre worm-child Jason Adderly, Hank decides he needs to take his son golfing immediately.

Before he takes his son golfing, Hank drives Betsy to a local guitar shop. Along the way, Hank tries to think of a suitable hero for Bobby. Hank tells his son that his own idol has always been Willie Nelson, as he was born in Texas, plays the guitar, and loves to golf. After dropping Betsy off for repairs, Hank joins Dale, Bill and Boomhauer for a game of golf. Bobby pulls his father’s club from a bag and chips a ball right into a cup. Impressed, Hank allows Bobby to tee-off on the next hole. Bobby takes a mighty swing…and lets go of the club, which gracefully tumbles through the air until it strikes another golfer in the head. The foursome rush to the hapless victim’s side, only to discover the man is none other than Hank’s hero, Willie Nelson.

After apologizing for the accident, Hank asks Nelson for his autograph. Nelson takes a pencil in hand, but still suffering from his injury, he slumps forward into the steering wheel of his golf cart, leaving a signature that is nothing more than a straight line. Before Hank has a chance to tell Willie that he is his hero, the singer’s cart picks up speed and races down a hill.

Convinced he cost his father the opportunity of a lifetime, Bobby rides his bicycle (with a guitar case strapped to the handlebars) to Willie Nelson’s mansion (now property of the United States Government). He finds Nelson playing Gameboy in a nearby trailer. Bobby phones his father with news that Nelson has invited him to a barbecue party. When Hank arrives, he finds the singer strumming Betsy.

Willie flips the guitar around and shows Hank that he autographed the instrument (the signature is identical to the straight line autograph from the golf course). Hank telephones his wife and invites her over to the barbecue. When she arrives, Peggy meets Dennis Hopper, who begins to flirt. Furious at Hank for showing the guitar so much attention, Peggy stomps towards her husband. But she melts when she hears Hank singing a song about how much he loves her.

Willie Nelson with Jay Leno on Tonight Show

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Nora Jones on David Letterman, “Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So”

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Willie Nelson’s Act IV Library

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

One day Willie Nelson was in Nashville on the bus with his sidekick, Frank Oakley, who with his wife Jeanie. She is the storekeeper for Willie Nelson’s General Store and Museum, which was founded on July 4, 1979. Oakley was bringing Nelson up to date about what was happening in Nashville since his last visit. One of the bits of news was that Norman Lear, creator of the “All in the Family” TV sitcom, had bought a satellite TV station in Nashville, and along with the station, the old Show Biz, Inc. video tape library was part of the assets.

Lear wasn’t interested in owning a bunch of old hillbilly shows and wanted to sell them because it was costing him money to rent space to store them. A local TV station and a production company were interested in buying them. But, after hearing this news, Nelson said, “hell, why don’t we buy them?” The reason Nelson wanted the shows is that not only did he have the idea of going on the air with his own country music satellite channel, but he wanted to preserve the history of his friends performing. Nelson thinks it is very important to “keep this music alive along with the stars who create it.” This is what we at RTDtv are attempting to do. We are working to make the tapes available to the public.

Watch the extensive Act IV music television programs from Willie Nelson’s very own collection. The classic programs showcase the best talent of their day. See Nashville on the Road, Del Reeves’s Country Carnival and more on weekdays at 11 p.m. EST!

The Show Biz Tape Library consists of the following shows:

The Porter Wagoner Show (1960 – 1980):
This 20-year series, produced in Nashville, is in many ways the most successful country music half-hour show in history, where many country music performers appeared:

Hank Williams, TillisTillis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Faron Young, Bill Monroe, George Jones, Lester Flatt, Mary Robbins, Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell, Webb Pierce, George Morgan, Roy Acuff, Tex Ritter, Dottie West and many more.

Pop Goes the Country (1974 – 1982):
Also produced in Nashville, this show was the pre curser to Ralph Emery’s cable offering on TNN, Nashville Now”. Ralph Emery was host for first six years, followed by Tom T. Hall.

The Wilburn Brothers Show (1966 – 1974):
Doyle and Teddy Wilburn had these successful traveling country music shows in the 1960?s, and brought a rich history of country music to television.  Perhaps the highlight of the series was their singer, a young Loretta Lynn, who appears on most of the 354 half-hour episodes.

Nashville on the Road (1975 – 1982):
This show was produced in various venues around the USA and starred Jim Ed Brown. It showcased major names in country music and was a major tourist destination each week.

Gospel Singing Jubilee (1965 – 1975):
Non-stop southern gospel music featuring the most famous, white gospel groups of the 1960?s and 1970?s. The 376 one-hour, color episodes were hosted by Les Beasley and the Florid Boys.

The Beat (1966 – 1967):
This rhythm and blues series is the only non-country show in the catalogue. It was hosted by Nashville dee-jay Bill “Hoss” Allen.

The Country Carnival (1969 – 1971):
This half-hour series stars Jim Ed Brown and featured Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn’s little sister. There are 100 episodes, all in color.