Archive for the ‘television’ Category

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.

Willie Nelson on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, “Stardust”

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Willie Nelson, CMT “Inside Fame”

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Willie Nelson on the Marty Stuart Show (January 8, 2011)

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Willie Nelson was a guest of The Marty Stuart Show, which aired on January 8, 2011.  Other guests:  Connie Smith, Leroy Troy, and The Fabulous Superlatives.

To see lots more pictures from Willie’s appearance on the show, and read stories about the show, visit:

This day in Willie Nelson history: Austin City Limits premiered on PBS (Jan 2, 1975)

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

photo:  Scott Newton

by:  G. Thompson

Forty-one years ago today, 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’s New Year’s Eve Party Live (1984)

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Willie Nelson’s New Year’s Eve Party Live

Guest stars Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and B.B. King.

Sing in the New Year with our biggest down-home bash ever!

Monday, December 31, 11PM

Hear it on FM stereo on WHMQ-FM  100.5


Mickey Raphael, with Chris and Morgane Stapleton on SNL, “Nobody to Blame”

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

American Epic Sessions

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

At the height of the roaring ’20s, music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology set out across America to capture the breadth of American music and discover the artists who would shape our world. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. It was the first time America heard itself. In The American Epic Sessions, the team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by 20 of today’s greatest artists, including Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the ’20s, they called this “catching lightning in a bottle.” All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.


Disc 1
1. Killer Diller Blues (Alabama Shakes)
2. On the Road Again [Explicit] (Nas)
3. Candy Man (Blind Boy Paxton)
4. 2 Fingers of Whiskey (Elton John and Jack White)
5. The Coo Coo Bird (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)
6. Like a Rose (Ashley Monroe)
7. The Only Man Wilder than Me (Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard)
8. Matrimonial Intentions (Jack White)
9. One Hour Mama (Rhiannon Giddens)
10. Mal Hombre (Ana Gabriel)
11. El Cascabel (Los Lobos)
12. Closer Walk with Thee (The Avett Brothers)
13. Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods (Beck)

Disc 2
1. Nobody’s Dirty Business (Bettye LaVette)
2. St. Louis Blues (Pokey Lafarge)
3. High Water Everywhere, Part 2 (Taj Mahal)
4. One Mic (Nas)
5. Pretty Saro (Rhiannon Giddens)
6. Jubilee (Ashley Monroe and The Americans)
7. Tous les Matins (Lost Bayou Ramblers)
8. When I Woke Up this Morning (Bettye LaVette)
9. If the River was Whiskey (Frank Fairfield)
10. Stealin’ Stealin’ (Raphael Saadiq)
11. Jordan am a Hard Road to Travel (The Avett Brothers)
12. Sail Away Ladies (The Americans)
13. Tomi Tomi (The Hawaiians)
14. Last Kind Words (Christine Pizzuti)
15. Come On in My Kitchen (Stephen Stills)
16. Mama’s Angel Child (Jack White)
17. Josephine (Pokey Lafarge)
18. Hilo Hanakahi (The Hawaiians)
19. Old Fashioned Love (Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard)

This day in Willie Nelson History: Mickey Mouse Turns 50 Celebration (November 19, 1978)

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

On November 19, 1978, Willie Nelson joined others to wish Mickey Mouse Happy 50th birthday, on a televised special. Other guest appearance on the show were made by: Gerald Ford, Billy Graham, Lawrence Welk, Gene Kelly, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Edgar Bergen, Jodie Foster, Goldie Hawn, Eva Gabor, Anne Bancroft, Jo Anne Worley, and Burt Reynolds.

Willie Nelson on David Letterman Show (May 22, 1984)

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

John Mellencamp talks #FarmAid2017 on Joe Scarborough Show

Friday, September 15th, 2017