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Willie Nelson on CMT Hot 20 Countdown (May 13, 14)

Friday, May 12th, 2017

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Willie Nelson is always good for a joke. He loves them, and before he and Katie Cook wrapped their CMT Hot 20 Countdown interview on his bus in San Diego, they exchanged a few clean ones.

“I went on this blind date and I told the guy I’d meet him in the bar,” Cook said. “I sat exactly where I would be, he comes walking over and he was like, ‘Are you Katie?’ I’m like, ‘Are you John?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘I’m not Katie.’”

“That’s good,” Nelson said. “I’ve got a drop joke that you might like: A guy was on the second floor of this hotel, too close to the window and he fell out on the ground. Someone walks up to him and says, ‘What happened?’ He said, ‘I don’t know I just got here.’”

Humor is at the heart of how Nelson looks at life — and death. Rumors and hoaxes about the music icon’s untimely end have followed the singer since his 1980 No. 1 “On the Road Again” and he takes them all in stride.

“There have been rumors out there,” he said, “‘One day, Willie was out on the road singing ‘On the Road Again’ and a truck hit him.’ … Ever since then I’ve been hearing those stories. I thought it was really funny.”

At 84, Nelson shows no signs of stopping. In the last 60 years, he’s recorded more than 110 albums (not counting his live sets and greatest hits compilations), and he continues to tour all year long.

His latest collection, God’s Problem Child, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart. The lineup for his six-city Outlaw Music Festival tour starting July 1 in New Orleans includes Bob Dylan and His Band, the Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Margo Price, Hayes Carll and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

When Cook asked Nelson if he saw age as just another number, he agreed.

“People do get old, that’s the way life is, and fortunately we’ve gotten this old. And hopefully we can get older.

“One of those heavy-thinkers, Seneca, said that you should look upon death and comedy with the same countenance. I thought that’s pretty interesting.

“You know we’re all gonna die one day,” he added, “It’s not not going to happen. So you have to have some kind of attitude about it, and I guess comedy is as good as any.”

The second part of of Cook’s interview with Nelson will air on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown on Saturday and Sunday (May 13-14) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

Willie Nelson featured in PBS special, “American Epic”

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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Go inside one of the greatest-ever untold stories: how the ordinary people of America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time.

The three-part historical documentary “American Epic” will explore the recording process during the Roaring 20s, when music scouts used cutting edge technology to capture the music and artists who would change the world. Robert Redford narrates the series that includes appearances by a wide roster of well-known musicians, including Willie Nelson, Jack White, Elton John, Beck, and Merle Haggard. It premieres May 16.

First, catch the three-part series Tuesdays, May 16 to May 30 at 9/8c on PBS.

Then catch The American Epic Sessions premiering Tuesday, June 6 at 8/7c on PBS (check local listings).

The American Epic Sessions

Synopsis
In THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS, the American Epic 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 twenty of today’s greatest artists. 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.

Engineer Nicholas Bergh has reassembled this recording system from original parts and it is now the only one left in the world. The system consists of a single microphone, a towering six-foot amplifier rack, and a live record-cutting lathe, powered by a weight-driven pulley system of clockwork gears. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920s, 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.

Starring: 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, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

 

 

It premieres May 16.

Willie Nelson interview with Charley Rose (1999)

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

“Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings” on CMT Tonight (April 7, 2017)

Friday, April 7th, 2017

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CMT will premiere “Outlaw: Celebrating The Music Of Waylon Jennings on CMT, tonight Friday April 7 at 10PM ET. The movie features the music of Waylon Jennings along with interviews and behinds the scenes footage from this all-star concert event in Austin TX.

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“Outlaw” – Concert Tribute to Waylon Jennings broadcast on April 7, 2017

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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“Outlaw” will air  9 p.m. Friday, April 7th, on CMT.

 

An all-star Waylon Jennings tribute is coming to CMT on April 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The two-hour event titled Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings was taped live on July 6, 2015 at Austin’s ACL Live at The Moody Theater with performances by Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Bingham, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Shooter Jennings, Buddy Miller, Jessi Colter, Robert Earl Keen and Bobby Bare. The special will include in-depth interviews and compelling behind-the-scenes footage.

The project was created by Keith Wortman and Mark Rothbaum, along with Colter and Shooter. Wortman, Rothbaum, Colter and Freddy Fletcher are the executive producers. Grammy winners Don Was and Buddy Cannon served as co-music directors for the project.

Was led the all-star house band, which featured guitarists Buddy Miller and Patrick Buchanan; pedal steel player Robby Turner, drummers Raymond Weber and Richie Albright; keys and accordion player Matthew Rollings, harmonica player Mickey Raphael, and backing vocalists Kari Kimmel, Carmel Echols and Sara Mann.

A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Jennings released more than sixty albums and changed the world of country music with his imposing baritone and stripped-down musical style. The Nelson duet “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” won the two outlaws a Grammy for best country performance by a duo or group in 1979.

Pre-orders for the CD/DVD set and digital download are available through Amazon.

Here is the CD/DVD track listing for Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings:

Chris Stapleton and Morgane Stapleton — “I Ain’t Living Long Like This”
Shooter Jennings — “Whistlers And Jugglers”
Jessi Colter — “Mona”
Bobby Bare — “Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line”
Lee Ann Womack — “Ride Me Down Easy”
Lee Ann Womack and Buddy Miller — “Yours Love”
Sturgill Simpson — “Memories Of You And I” (DVD only)
Kacey Musgraves — “The Wurlitzer Prize”
Jamey Johnson — “Freedom To Stay”
Robert Earl Keen — “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”
Kris Kristofferson — “I Do Believe”
Ryan Bingham — “Rainy Day Woman”
Alison Krauss — “Dreaming My Dreams With You”
Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson — “I Ain’t The One”
Toby Keith — “Honky Tonk Heroes”
Eric Church — “Lonesome, On’ry And Mean”
Willie Nelson — “Till I Gain Control Again”
Willie Nelson and Toby Keith — “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”
Willie Nelson and Chris Stapleton – “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”
Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson — “I Can Get Off On You” (DVD only)
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson — “Highwayman”
Willie Nelson and Full Ensemble — “Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)”

This day in Willie Nelson History: Nashville Star (April 3, 2004)

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
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EPISODE 5: WILLIE SONGS
EPISODE PREMIERE: April 3, 2004

This week’s Nashville Star featured a guest appearance by music legend Willie Nelson, and six of the eight remaining contestants were faced with the daunting challenge of performing some of Willie’s best-loved songs in front of the man himself! The two contestants who received the fewest number of votes after last week’s show were sent home.

Willie kicked the show off with a performance of his classic “Whiskey River” as the contestants watched from the audience, and the BellSouth Acuff Theatre erupted into thunderous applause. The contestants then joined Willie on stage and all had an opportunity to shake the legend’s hand before he took his seat in the theatre.

Later, the contestants shared their thoughts on why Willie Nelson is an icon: “He’s shown us that we don’t have to go through the door that everyone wants us to go through,” George Canyon said. When asked about the pressure of performing in front of Willie, George said “As long as I stay conscious, I’ll be OK.”

“Not only does he write truthful songs from his heart,” Brad Cotter said, “but you feel like he’s lived them.” “This is royalty,” Marty Slayton agreed. “For our business he’s as good as it gets.”

Sheila Marshall commented, “He connects with everyone.” “He’s a storyteller, he’s a singer, he’s a stylist, he’s a writer, he’s an icon,” Matt Lindahl expounded. “You can’t get around it. But I bet you if you really got a chance to sit down and talk to Willie Nelson, he’s ‘just folks,’ too.”

“He just seems like your friend,” Brent Keith agreed. “I’ve waited my whole life to meet Willie Nelson, and oh my God, I’m going to!” Jennifer Hicks exclaimed.

Host Nancy O’Dell announced that the evening’s show would consist of performances only by those contestants remaining in the competition. With only six performance slots and eight performers remaining, tensions ran high each time Nancy read out a name.

Fairfield, Illinois native Lance Miller was selected to perform first. When Nancy asked him how he felt about being the first to perform after Willie himself, he said, “I’ve heard Willie talk about living in the moment and enjoying the now, and I’m gonna enjoy this for a minute.” Lance’s performance was a confident and original version of “On the Road Again,” during which Willie clapped along. Afterwards, Tracy Gershon said, “One of the things I look for is somebody who can perform under pressure. You just sang a Willie song with Willie in the audience. Baby, you just proved yourself!” “I didn’t think you’d be around until the end,” Billy Greenwood said, “but tonight you definitely proved me wrong.” Brett Warren said, “You’re a country star, and I would buy your record.” “Dude, Willie Nelson just opened for you!” Brad Warren added.

The next person who earned a performance slot was the pride of Snellville, Georgia, Matt Lindahl. Wearing dark overalls under a black jacket (and, of course, his trademark red ball cap), Matt took a more serious turn by singing the gospel-flavored “Uncloudy Day,” as Willie clapped along. “I have asked you week after week to show us what you could do, and you just did it,” Billy commented. “You showed America tonight you could really sing,” Brad added. “It’s a tough vocal race right now… you’ve got some tough competition,” Tracy concluded, to which Matt replied, “I know it; I live with them!”

Next it was time for the latest Hot Spot segment. Last week, the contestants received a phone call from NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, who invited them to sing in front of 160,000 people at the Bristol Motor Speedway during pre-race festivities for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Food City 500. At the race, the contestants had their first experience of fans recognizing them from being on TV, and had plenty of time to sign autographs and hand out merchandise before having the opportunity to meet Johnson in person. There was more on the race later in the show.

At this point there were only four performance slots left, with six contestants hoping to fill them. Alabama’s Brad Cotter, who now lives in Nashville, was called next. Like last week, he played the keyboard, and this time he sang a passionate version of “The Last Thing I Needed.” He also related the story of how he hadn’t been allowed to listen to anything but gospel music while he was growing up, but this song was one of the earliest ones he enjoyed and he used to sneak listening to it on his headphones. His performance earned him a standing ovation from Willie himself! Brett said, “When we were growing up we weren’t allowed to listen to anything but Christian music either. That performance was awesome, and if there’s a jukebox in heaven, I’m pretty sure Willie Nelson‘s on it.” Tracy said, “You are really becoming a front runner… watch the coffee in the morning, because if I were another contestant, I might poison it!”

Canada’s George Canyon was called up next. “I’ve been a Willie Nelson fan and he’s been a hero of mine for 28 years,” he said. His performance of “Seven Spanish Angels” also earned a standing ovation from Willie. “You’re like our resident Boy Scout,” Tracy said. “You’re steadfast, true, and we can always count on you for great performance.” Brad said, “I’d be willing to bet a couple million dollars of Sony’s money that there’s a couple million people who would buy your record.” When Nancy O’Dell asked George what he’d say to Willie, seeing him in the front row, he said, “Willie, please come up and sing with me!”

Next Nancy checked in with Willie to see what advice he would give to the contestants. “They’re all so good,” he replied. “I’m glad I’m not a judge!”

Then it was back to the Hot Spot segment for more coverage of the contestants’ visit to the Bristol Motor Speedway, where they sang “America the Beautiful” as paratroopers with an American flag made a picture-perfect landing on the track. “We watched the race from the best seats in the house,” Brad said. “Richard Petty watched from same place.” Lance added, “I kept thinking they’d ask me to leave, but they never did.” Jennifer commented on the dizzying pace and busy schedules the contestants keep each week. “You get exhausted, but you can’t whine because you’re dying to do it – and you might not get to do it next week!”

Jennifer Hicks was, in fact, the next contestant selected to take the stage, and her performance of “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” also earned a standing ovation from Willie. Billy said, “You belong on the show, and you showed it again tonight.” Brett said, “Jennifer, you cry more than Chris Cagle, but you’re America’s next sweetheart. I think you are awesome – you’re great.” “You can’t make a bad choice when you have the Willie catalog to choose from,” Tracy concluded, “but that was a great choice.”

Now there were only three contestants remaining – and just one performance slot. Nancy brought Marty Slayton, Brent Keith, and Sheila Marshall onto the stage, and they sweated it out through a commercial break.

When we returned, we learned that the first person we would say goodbye to this evening was Sheila Marshall. “You know I’m a big fan, and you have a bright future ahead of you,” Nancy told her. “Thank you, I love y’all, and thanks for your support,” Sheila said. “I want to thank the judges, Nashville Star and USA Network, everyone in Texas that voted, my husband, and my mom.”

Next, Nancy read the name of the final performer for the evening, and it was.. Brent Keith, meaning that Marty Slayton was also eliminated. “I’d like to say thanks to my family and friends and everybody back home,” she said. “I have a great life, and I get to do what I love to do for a living.”

Brent then launched into his performance of “The City of New Orleans,” saying that it always reminds him of his grandfather, who was a truck driver. “I don’t care if you’re pretty – you can sing,” Brad said. Tracy commented, “You did a good job on loosening up and having fun. You’ve got some work to do, but good job.” “Perfect ending,” Billy concluded.

SONG LIST:

Willie Nelson:
“Whiskey River”

Lance Miller:
“On The Road Again” – Willie Nelson

Matt Lindahl:
“Uncloudy Day” – Willie Nelson

Brad Cotter:
“The Last Thing I Needed” – Willie Nelson

George Canyon:
“Seven Spanish Angels” – Willie Nelson

Jennifer Hicks:
“Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” – Willie Nelson

Brent Keith:
“The City of New Orleans” – Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson interview on “Sunday Morning”, CBS, with Bob Schieffer

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

See Willie Nelson tomorrow on‘Sunday Morning’ this weekend (April 2, 2017)

Saturday, April 1st, 2017


Willie Nelson will be featured in an interview segment of the CBS show “Sunday Morning” April 2, airing locally from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on KEYE-TV.

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by:  Peter Blackstock

Willie Nelson will be featured in an interview segment of the CBS show “Sunday Morning” April 2, airing locally from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on KEYE-TV.

A brief video and text preview excerpt on the show’s website hints at some of the content, including former CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer’s questions about Nelson’s much-anticipated new album “God’s Problem Child” — due out April 28, the day before Nelson’s 84th birthday.

“There’s a theme here: This is about the autumn of your life,” Schieffer observes. “Is that hard for you to think about?”

“No,” Nelson answers. “You remember one of those deep thinkers, a guy named Seneca? He said you should look at death and comedy with the same countenance. And I believe that.”

Willie Nelson and Bob Schieffer visit at Nelson’s property near Austin during an interview for the CBS show “Sunday Morning” set to air on April 2, 2017. Contributed/CBS News

See Willie Nelson with Bob Schieffer this week on Sunday Morning (April 2nd)

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

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Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, with Bob Schieffer.

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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.

FOR THE RECORD: Willie Nelson

Closing in on his 84th birthday, country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson is on the road again — performing, writing music, and releasing a new album. “God’s Problem Child” is his 110th, give or take, with songs like “Still Not Dead.”

“There’s a theme here,” said Bob Schieffer. “This is about the autumn of your life. Is that hard for you to think about?”

“No,” Nelson replied. “You remember one of those deep thinkers, a guy named Seneca? He said you should look at death and comedy with the same countenance. And I believe that.”

To hear Willie Nelson perform “Old Timer” from “God’s Problem Child,” click on the video player below:

Willie Nelson – Old Timer by WillieNelsonVEVO on YouTube

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Willie Nelson talks about touring and new album ‘God’s Problem Child’

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Willie Nelson talks about touring and new album ‘God’s Problem Child’

TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager catches up with a legendary name country music, Willie Nelson. He talks about being “on the road again” in his tour bus and reveals why his new album is called “God’s Problem Child.” It includes an original song wryly titled “Still Not Dead.”

“Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings”, with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson and more (airs on CMT April 7th)

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Blackbird Presents Home

On Monday, July 6, 2015, a collection of music’s legendary outlaws and rising superstars came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event at ACL Live At The The Moody Theater in Austin, TX, to honor Waylon Jennings, one of the most influential musicians of the Outlaw Country movement. The concert event was filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional and digital media.

OUTLAW: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF WAYLON JENNINGS featured performances by: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Bingham, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Stapleton, Shooter Jennings, and Jessi Colter.

Grammy Award-winner Don Was served as co-music director and led an all-star band backing the performers at this concert event. Legendary music producer Buddy Cannon also served as co-music director. “Waylon Jennings was my friend, brother, and musical soul mate”, said Willie Nelson. “Playing his songs with these incredible artists, is going to be one hell of a concert event.”

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the two-hour broadcast premiere will air on CMT at 10 pm ET/PT, and Sony Legacy will release the concert film as a CD/DVD combo / digital download which is available for immediate preorder.

The full length concert film features performances by Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Bingham, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Shooter Jennings, Buddy Miller, Jessi Colter, Robert Earl Keen, & Bobby Bare. See the official trailer.

The CMT premiere and DVD both include a range of Jennings classics, such as “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” (performed by Willie Nelson and Toby Keith), “Lonesome, On’ry And Mean” (performed by Eric Church), “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” (performed by Chris Stapleton), a very special performance of “Highwayman,” (performed by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson) and an all-star grand finale performance of “Luckenbach, Texas.”

In a heartfelt reflection on the project, Jessi Colter recalled a beautiful lyric she wrote – “You did hang the moon, didn’t you Waylon?”

See more photos here.

Willie Nelson and the Red Neck Tanning Parlor (Saturday Night Live 2/21/1987)

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

This day in Willie Nelson history: Host of Saturday Night Live (February 21, 1987)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

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Willie Nelson delivers the opening monologue as host ofSaturday Night Live on Feb. 21, 1987.

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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 and BB King on Saturday Night Live 1984

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Willie Nelson on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017