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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

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, backstage on Late Night with Stephen Colbert

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Their new album is out, with this song, and many more.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Late Night With Stephen Colbert (Tuesday, Sept. 5th)

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Willie Nelson honored with Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Willie Nelson brings the crowd to its feet at the close of the 2015 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Neil Young, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss and others paid tribute to Nelson Wednesday night in Washington. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Back in November, 2015, the Library of Congress honored Willie Nelson in a tribute concert, awarding the country music legend with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Willie Nelson has weighed in on the debate over Syrian refugees.

In front of a Washington, D.C., crowd, including a smattering of lawmakers, the 82-year-old “outlaw” musician sang that there’s “room for everyone” in America, after accepting the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on Wednesday night

“I think this is one of the most appropriate songs that we could do for this period in America,” Nelson told the crowd at Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall. “Many years ago, I recorded this song and I felt like this might be a good time to kind of try to bring it back.”

Bookended by his sons Lukas and Micah, Nelson then eased into 1986’s “Living in the Promiseland,” where he sang, “Give us your tired, your weak, and we will make them strong … There’s still a lot of love, living in the Promiseland.” At center stage, Nelson gave his variation of the poem found at the Statue of Liberty’s feet.

Video by PBS NewsHour

“Leave it to Willie: Only he can bring together Republicans and Democrats,” host Don Johnson said.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) gave Nelson a big thumbs-up, while GOP congresswoman Candice Miller smiled warmly. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) also smiled and clapped generally throughout, but House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), as spotted by NewsHour’s political director Lisa Desjardins, watched expressionless, mostly thumbed through his cell phone until the end of the song, when he clapped with the rest of the audience.

Only a man who once smoked weed atop the White House, according to Willie lore, could make a room with politicians slightly uncomfortable.

There was a standing ovation, but the crowd didn’t sit back down because Nelson ended the night with the thematic one-two punch, following up “Promiseland” with “On the Road Again,” one of his signature hits. If “Promiseland” was the plea for acceptance, Nelson’s proclamation that “The life I love is making music with my friends” is the goal realized.

Longtime friends and performers who paid tribute to the red-headed troublemaker at the beginning of the concert joined Nelson on stage to sing along in solidarity, including Neil Young, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Leon Bridges, Paul Simon, among others.

Wednesday night’s concert was a snapshot of the musician’s storied discography of more than 100 albums.

The Library of Congress awarded Nelson its pop music prize, saying that the singer-songwriter was a “musical explorer.”

Country music legend Willie Nelson backstage at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Photo by Joshua Barajas/PBS NewsHour

“Like America itself, [Nelson] has absorbed and assimilated diverse stylistic influences into his stories and songs,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said in a statement. “He has absorbed and assimilated diverse stylistic influences into his stories and songs.

Raised during the Great Depression in a small Texas farming town, Nelson has documented the weight of poverty, heartache and regret in a career that continues into its sixth decade.

However, any roads of darkness described in his songs were traversed by a cowboy musician with flaming red hair in New Balance tennis shoes. Nelson’s drive has also meant a never-ending touring schedule of Fourth of July picnics, weed politics and small farm activism.

Nelson is the first country music artist to receive the prize. The award has previously been given to Billy Joel, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, who performed two of Willie’s songs for the concert.

Young opened the proceedings with Nelson’s concert staple, “Whiskey River,” a jaunty take on a tragic struggle with the “amber current.” Simon, backed by accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco, did a little jig in the middle of “Man With the Blues.” Krauss sang “Angel Flying too Close to the Ground” with all the fragility of a love lost. And when Mexican singer Ana Gabriel sang the kiss-off “I Never Cared For You” in Spanish, the song’s agony was not lost in translation.

Raúl Malo of the Mavericks took on “Crazy,” the iconic country ballad that Nelson wrote for Patsy Cline, years before he broke out as a solo artist in the 1970s.

Much was made at the concert of how the young songwriter challenged the “Nashville machine” in the 1950s and 1960s. In his autobiography, Nelson said he had trouble selling “Crazy” to Nashville ears because “[i]f a song had more than three chords in it, there was a good chance it wouldn’t ever be called country.”

“Crazy” had at least four chords.

“Not that ‘Crazy’ is real complicated,” Nelson wrote, “it just wasn’t your basic three-chord country hillbilly song.”

Many of the concert’s performers also didn’t mimic Nelson’s trademark off-beat phrasing, which never gelled with the Nashville standard. Especially in a live setting, Nelson is unhurried by the band.

“I could sing on the beat if I wanted to,” Nelson wrote, “but I could put more emotion in my lyrics if I phrased in a more conversational, relaxed way.”

President Carter, who was unable to attend the concert, wrote a letter to Nelson that Johnson read to the crowd.

Carter congratulated his friend of 30 years, saying that the country music legend’s “music has enriched the lives of people far and wide for decades, and it is only fitting that your life’s work be honored in this way.”

“Your music has become the soundtrack of our lives,” he said.

Armed with his weathered, holey guitar Trigger on stage, Nelson, whose hair is now more gray than red, didn’t miss a beat.

Austin City Limits Hall of Fame NYE Special

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Willie Nelson performs Kris Kristofferson’s classic “Me and Bobby McGee” to celebrate Kristofferson’s induction into the ACL Hall of Fame.

Enjoy this bonus track featuring Willie Nelson’s classic hit “Night Life,” which was not included in the broadcast episode.

Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and Kris Kristofferson are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Performers include Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and more. Hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame recognizes both performing artists and special individuals who have been instrumental in making the long-running show a music institution.

The 2016 ACL Hall of Fame inductees were celebrated at a ceremony held October 12, 2016, at ACL’s studio home, Austin’s ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Performers included Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell, Gary Clark Jr., Billy Gibbons, B.B. King Band, Taj Mahal, and Eve Monsees. Comedy super couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally served as emcees for the evening.

The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame is located at The Moody Theater and consists of a photo gallery, timeline/anthology mural, and an interactive online library of Austin City Limits content.

About Austin City Limits
ACL offers viewers unparalleled access to featured acts in an intimate setting that provides a platform for artists to deliver inspired, memorable, full-length performances. The program is taped live before a concert audience from The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. ACL is the longest-running music series in American television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts. Since its inception, the groundbreaking music series has become an institution that’s helped secure Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark. In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. ACL received a rare institutional Peabody Award for excellence and outstanding achievement in 2012.

ACL is produced by KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by Dell, the Austin Convention Center Department, Shiner Beers and Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits. Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at


2016 ACL Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve | Bonnie Raitt & Willie Nelson photo by Scott Newton

Willie Nelson’s, “On The Road Again” featured in Carpool Karaoke

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
by:  Will Butler

The latest trailer for the Late Late Show With James Corden spin off showCarpool Karaoke is out and it looks like a lot of fun.

The show will be arriving on Apple Music on August 8. Every episode won’t just feature James Corden chauffeuring famous people around and singing their songs, there will loads of star-studded pairings.

The trailer alone shows appearances from Metallica, Seth MacFarlane, Billy Eicher, John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Will Smith, John Cena, Shaquille O’Neil and more.

The clip features Willie Nelson classic ‘On The Road Again’ and shows that the celebrities won’t just be singing in the car, they’ll be jaunting around LA too.