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Willie Nelson and Family on Austin City Limits, “Bloody Mary Morning”

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

Willie Nelson tapes 18th Austin City Limits Show (Nov. 19, 2018)

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

photo:  Scott Newton
by:  Bill Tucker

As I stood at an upright table overlooking 2nd Street and Guadalupe on the Moody Theater balcony, a chilling thought ran through my head: I didn’t know much about Willie Nelson.

To Austinites with half an ear, the notion is blasphemy. How could any music reviewer worth his salt not know the King of Outlaw Country’s body of work? His statue is outside the dang theater.

Walking to my seat, I knew this was no longer a simple concert for me. It was a crash course on a living legend, plying his trade for the 18th time on the Austin City Limits stage. True to form, he did not disappoint.


Read article, See lots more photos here.


KLRU Presents Austin City Limits Season 44 Willie Nelso (Nov 19, 2018)

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Rest in Peace, Roy Clark

Friday, November 16th, 2018

photo: Lester Cohen

We learned that Roy Clark passed away. Rest in peace.

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson on Hee Haw.

Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Austin City Limits

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Season 44 Episode 4406 | 54m 11

Live it up with contemporary country from Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Nashville-based Texan Musgraves essays tunes from her widely acclaimed album Golden Hour. Son of outlaw country legend Willie Nelson, roots rocker Lukas Nelson and his band present songs from their self-titled release.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Austin City Limits

Friday, November 9th, 2018

photo: Scott Newton

Austin City Limits showcases left-of-center country with Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in a new episode. Two-time Grammy Award-winning Kacey Musgraves returns for the first time since her 2014 appearance and roots rocker Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real make their ACL debut.

One of country music’s most critically acclaimed singer-songwriters, Kacey Musgraves returns to the ACL stage with songs from Golden Hour, her third album, and a career highlight. The release has generated glowing reviews and recently earned a coveted Album of the Year nomination from the Country Music Association for the upcoming CMA Awards (on November 14), along with a nod for Musgraves as Female Vocalist of the Year. With a sequin-studded saddle suspended over the stage, the boundary-pushing country artist delivers a radiant seven-song set showcasing Golden Hour, opening with the lush “Slow Burn,” an introspective stunner reflecting the more personal direction of her latest collection. The East Texas native made a name for herself with her piercing observations and irreverent brand of country and reaches back to her 2013 breakthrough for the fan-favorite “Follow Your Arrow,” letting the crowd take over on the final verse. “Get on your roller skates Austin,” she instructs the rapt audience for the disco-fied set-closer “High Horse,” as Musgraves treats the crowd to some smooth moves, turning the ACL stage into her very own dance floor.

photo:  Scott Newton

After more than a decade on the road barnstorming across the U.S.A. and around the world, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have developed into one of music’s most impressive live acts, earning a 2018 Group of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Awards. The band’s sound draws on many of Nelson’s influences including his own father, outlaw country icon Willie Nelson, and Neil Young, with whom the band has regularly toured and recorded in recent years. In their ACL debut, the six-piece outfit delivers on their promise with a powerhouse set filled with songs from their acclaimed self-titled album. Opening with the fierce rocker “Something Real,” the band showcase their bona fides segueing seamlessly into country heartbreaker “(Forget About) Georgia.” The Austin-born Nelson performs a sterling solo acoustic “Just Outside of Austin,” a crowd-pleaser steeped in the Texas singer-songwriter tradition, before closing out the set with the stirring social anthem “Turn Off the News” for a memorable ACL debut.

Great news! Willie Nelson taping Austin City Limits November 19th — Back by popular demand!

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

by:  Peter Blackstock

He just can’t wait to get on the show again. Willie Nelson, who launched “Austin City Limits” with a 1974 pilot episode that ushered in what’s not the longest-running music television series ever, will be at ACL Live on Nov. 19 to tape his 18th appearance on the programzhgk.

That’s one of two tapings announced today to close out the show’s 44th season. The other is Nov. 26th with August Greene, the all-star collaboration between hip-hop star Common and renowned jazz producers Robert Glasper (keyboards) and Karriem Riggins (drums) that appeared at South by Southwest in March after releasing an album.

Nelson has taken part in two Austin City Limits Hall of Fame shows in recent years, including his own induction into the first class in 2014. But this will be his first full taping of the program in nine years. The performance will be livestreamed via the ACL-TV YouTube channel.

Tickets to both the Nelson and August Greene tapings will be distributed for free via email lottery about a week before each taping. Check the show’s website and social media pages for announcements as the taping dates draw near. If you’re not fortunate enough to get a ticket to Willie’s taping, he’ll be back at the venue Dec. 29-31 for regular ticketed concerts ($99-$157) to ring in the new year. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real open all three shows.


Willie Nelson & Family on Austin City Limits (2000), with Johnny Gimbel, “Sweet Georgia Brown”

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Bobbie Nelson rocks this song, wow so unbelievably talented.

Willie Nelson in first ever Austin City Limits show on PBS (Jan 2, 1975)

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

photo: Scott Newton

by: G. Thompson

On Jan. 2, 1975, Austin City Limits premiered on PBS. The show’s inaugural episode, which aired as part of a PBS pledge drive, featured Willie Nelson as its very first guest.

ACL‘s original first episode actually taped on Oct. 13, 1974, and included an appearance by B.W. Stevenson. But when that recording was found unusable, Nelson became the first guest on the now-iconic show, singing “Good Hearted Woman,” “Whiskey River,” “Okie From Muskogee” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

Austin City Limits was so popular that it was quickly made into a regular series. Although the show was designed to focus on Texas music, including Texas swing and Tejano music, it quickly became known as a place for talent of all genres to perform. The Foo Fighters, Alabama Shakes, Björk, Bruce Hornsby, Suzanne Vega and Nine Inch Nails are among the many, many artists who have graced the ACL stage.

In 2014, Austin City Limits aired a star-studded prime-time special in honor of its 40th anniversary, hosted by Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey. Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Kris Kristofferson were among the performers during the two-hour show.

“This is a huge milestone for us,” ACL executive producer Terry Lickona said. “This show captures the essence of what Austin City Limits is all about. We set the bar high for this celebration, and we exceeded it! The lineup of talent speaks volumes about the respect that artists have for ACL.”

Austin City Limits is the longest-running music program in television history to date.

Also in 2014, Austin City Limits launched the ACL Hall of Fame. Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Asleep at the Wheel, Loretta Lynn, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt are among the inductees so far.

More information on Austin City Limits, including a TV schedule, can be found on their website.

Willie Nelson & Friends, Austin City Limits 2014 Hall of Fame Special “Texas Flood”

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Willie Nelson on the Jimmie Kimmel Show, “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Vote ’em Out”

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Willie Nelson on Jimmy Kimmel Live TONIGHT!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Don’t be confused, the band’s not in LA.  This was filmed earlier.

I love pictures of Willie with other famous people, and seeing that they are such big fans and just as excited as any of us to get their picture taken with Willie Nelson.  Thanks to Elaine Schock of Shock, Inc. for reminding us about him being on the show tonight.

This day in Willie Nelson history: appearance on Jimmy Fallon Show (September 30, 2016)

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Willie Nelson appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Friday, September 30th.

This picture was from his appearance with Lukas Nelson in 2012. They performed “Just Breathe” together.

Willie Nelson on the Stephen Colbert Show

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

by:  Patrick Doyle

“We’ve never had so much attention,” says Willie Nelson. He’s sitting on his bus, the Honeysuckle Rose, parked outside the Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Nelson, animated and full of laughs, is killing time hitting a weed pen and sipping coffee before performing “Summer Wind” from My Way, his moving new Sinatra tribute album. But the attention Nelson is referring to is his endorsement of Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, who stands a real chance to unseat Ted Cruz in November. Nelson, 85, will play a rally for O’Rourke on September 29th at Austin’s Auditorium Shores, alongside his sons Lukas and Micah, Leon Bridges, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones and Joe Ely. Some Nelson fans were upset about the singer’s endorsement; right wing sites quoted a select few commenters saying things like, “I adored you – but no more” and “I always thought you were a patriot.”

“People will sometimes get upset because I’ve got a vote, too,” Nelson says, before breaking out an old saying: “Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one.”

For anyone surprised by his endorsement, Nelson says he’s been on campaign trails doing fundraisers ever since cowboy singer Tex Ritter (who was born in 1905) ran for Senate in Tennessee in 1970. “I’ve endorsed a lot of people: Jimmy Carter, Dennis Kucinich, and Hillary and Bill, Obama,” Nelson says. “A lot of people seem surprised that I’m backing a candidate, but it ain’t my first rodeo.”

Nelson has even written a new song he plans to play at the O’Rourke rally, called ‘Vote ‘Em Out.’” He starts singing: “If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out / that’s what Election Day is all about / the biggest gun we’ve got is called the ballot box / if you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out.” He already recorded the track, and his sons Lukas and Micah are going to add their parts when Nelson returns to Texas.

Nelson and O’Rourke previously hung out at Nelson’s most recent annual Fourth of July picnic. At the time, O’Rourke had just finished visiting all 254 Texas counties while holding town halls, logging hundreds of thousands of miles. That immediately impressed Nelson, a guy who knows something about being on the road. “I like the way he goes about trying to get elected – he’s been to every county in Texas. He’s knocked on every door. And that’s hard work. And it looks like it may have paid off a little bit.”

Nelson also likes that O’Rourke is a musician. Though he has not yet heard the candidate’s old punk rock band Foss, Nelson did like singing songs like “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” with him at the Fourth of July picnic. “He seems to be pretty good,” Nelson says. O’Rourke has said his musical days prepared him for politics: “A bunch of friends in a van… and we’ve got all our gear in here, and we’re just going from one town to the next, both telling our story and listening to and learning from other people’s stories.” Nelson nods after hearing that quote. “He seems to have a good attitude.” Are Texans ready for such a progressive candidate? “Oh, you know,” Nelson says. “Texans are ready for anything.”

Nelson becomes more impassioned while talking about issues, especially immigration. He’s been disturbed watching children being separated from their parents at the border – some of whom have yet to be reunited. “[O’Rourke] has been down to the border and he’s seen that bad stuff that’s still going on. The zero tolerance thing is bad. That kind of judgement has always been bad. What does it say in the good book? ‘Judge not lest you be judged?’ If you say zero tolerance, you’re gonna get zero tolerance. A lot of things are wrong right now.”

“It’s horrible to see kids pulled away from their parents arms when our Statue of Liberty said, ‘Bring us your tired and weak, we’ll make them strong,’” Nelson says, paraphrasing. “I did a song one time called, ‘Living in the Promiseland.’ What happened to that? Why don’t we like people coming in anymore? That’s not right. Our borders have always been: come on in, we need you.”

At the same time, Nelson expresses sympathy for Ted Cruz. He’s felt bad watching him seek help from President Trump – the same guy who coined a nasty nickname about him, spread conspiracy theories linking Cruz’s father to the Kennedy assassination and once tweeted, “Why would the people of Texas support Ted Cruz when he has accomplished absolutely nothing for them. He is another all talk, no action pol.”
“Getting insulted, called ‘Lyin Ted’, they talk about his wife’s appearance and all that horseshit. I just can’t imagine him still feeling the same love after that or any of his followers. His followers have gotta have had their feelings hurt a little bit, too, to hear that stuff about their guy.”

Cruz recently warned Texans that Democrats “want us to be just like California, right down to tofu and silicon and dyed hair.” Nelson responds: “Well, all right, cool!”

Still, Nelson can’t help but laugh when thinking about Cruz’s recent moves, like when he said “if Beto wins, BBQ will be illegal” after PETA apparently handed out barbecued tofu at a Cruz rally. “Well, I can see that happening, also guitars,” Nelson jokes. And then there was Cruz’s recent statement that the Democrats “want us to be just like California, right down to tofu and silicon and dyed hair.” “Well all right, cool!” Nelson says, getting excited at that prospect. His wife Annie speaks up: “He forgot that soybeans are [a major] crop in Texas, and that’s how you make tofu. He got hammered for that. Has he never been to Whole Foods? They started in Austin – they sell tofu! “

“He’s not that bad a guy, you know,” Nelson says of Cruz. “But for the whole process and what we’re looking for, Beto is the best man.”

Annie has created several Cannabis-infused chocolates for Nelson’s marijuana company, Willie’s Reserve. Legalization remains a major focus of Nelson’s, and he’s excited to talk to O’Rourke about the subject. “There’s a couple other things I wanna talk about. I want to talk about the electoral college and how that happened. I wanna talk about the gerrymandering, how that happened. I wanna talk about, how can you be President of the United States and not show your income taxes? I can’t go nowhere without showing mine.” (Nelson had tax problems in the early 1990s.) “There are a lot of things I’m interested in having answers to. I’m not sure Beto has all the answers, but he might.”

Well before Trump, Nelson was floated as a possible celebrity Presidential candidate over the years. His shows have even featured “Willie For President” bumper stickers. “Oh, I’ve thought about it,” he says of running. “The first thing I would do is make ‘fuckit’ one word.”
“I don’t want the job,” he says. “It’s too hard. It’s too many people yelling at you. No matter what you do, someone’s not going to like it because they’re not supposed to. But with music, you could put ’em all there together – Cruz and Trump and Beto and me – and we’ll sing ‘Amazing Grace’, and it’ll be cool.”

But with the renewed interest into his politics, is Willie a little tempted to run and take on Trump?

“Oh, I could make so many people mad,” he says. “It would be almost worth it.”

Stephen Colbert interviews Willie Nelson on Late Night with Stephen Colbert on the bus tonight

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018