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Thank you, Willie Nelson

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Willie Nelson with Billy Samek and his mother, Tammy, before the ‘Concert for a Cause’ on September 22, 2007, at the Lou LaGrotto’s in Peru, Illinois.


On 9/22/07 Willie Nelson and Family performed a benefit concert in Peru, Illinois, with profits going to help build a new playground for the Peru Catholic School. Children of the school created posters to thank Willie and the band, and they are featured here in this slide show. The concert was sponsored by Lou’s La Grotto Restaurant in Peru, Illinois as part of their “Concerts for a Cause” series. Staff and students from 62 schools in the Illinois Valley wrote to Merry Noonan and her six-member committee that work on Lou’s La Grotto’s “Concerts For a Cause.” While all those schools needed help, one stood out. The letter written by Billy Samek of Peru Catholic School was chosen. Billy wrote a letter about the lack of a playground at his school. “I like art and PE classes. I really like recess but all we do is walk around and kick a ball around on the blacktop,” he wrote. “We usually end up moving because we get in the way of the big kids. If we had a playground, we could share it with the big kids.” That letter touched the hearts of all the committee members. “Each person went behind closed doors with the letters and each one came out with that letter as the winner,” said Noonan. “It was unanimous.”

After the concert, I forwarded a message from Willie Nelson to the students and teachers at Peru, Illinois Catholic School:

“Tell all the kids we had a great time and thanks for all the love from everyone there.” — Willie Nelson

Principal Steve Brockman wrote me back:

“I passed along Willie’s message over the intercom this morning.   I heard loud cheering from all the classrooms.”

Thanks, Willie Nelson

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

For making City of New Orleans the grammy award winning ‘Song of the Year’

For turning a friendship into the #1 hit for Ray Charles, Seven Spanish Angels

For being Willie on your latest single, Forgiving You Was Easy from the new studio album, ‘Me and Paul’

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Ottawa Activists Thank Willie Nelson for Questioning 9/11 Story

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Truth Action Ottawa went to the Willie Nelson concert in Ottawa April 7th 2009 to show their gratitude to Willie for going public with his doubts regarding the official 9/11 story.   They handed out dvds of Willie Nelson’s intereviews regarding 9/11, and songs.  They distributed over 300 dvds.

For more 9/11 Truth Actions in Ottawa, visit

Thank you, Willie Nelson

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Thank you, Willie Nelson

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Thank you, Mr. Willie Nelson

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009


Willie Nelson and Family, at the Fillmore.  Thanks to Janis, from Texas, for this picture she took.
by Alysia Gray Painter

Always on our minds? Not always, but this legendary singer is very frequently, and definitely every time we think about beautiful, Texas-twangy ballads about love and the road and making it all work.

Willie Nelson, who celebrated his 75th last year, is quite an artist, lending his songwriting talents to other legendary singers, his acting chops to the movies, his wise political takes to the public discourse, and his love of the earth to his efforts toward finding cleaner fuel.

He’s playing at The Canyon Club on Thursday, January 22. In honor of having Mr. Nelson swing through Southern California, we wanted to thank him for…

1. Writing “Crazy” — yep, the “Crazy” made famous by Patsy Cline — which is a gorgeous, slow, painful song that makes everyone sad, but a happy-sad.

2. His support of “Bio-Willie” fuel for big trucks, a planet-nice way to gas up the tank. It’s made of vegetable oils, and Willie doesn’t mind going on TV to talk it up.

3. Setting his own trends with the braids and colorful headscarf he became famous for, especially back around the “Honeysuckle Rose” era. So Willie. So outlaw. Love it.

4. There’s a Ben & Jerry flavor named after him (Country Peach Cobbler). Okay, this is something that Ben & Jerry’s created, but still, if you’ve had a flavor named after you, you’ve reached a pinnacle in this world.

5. The wristbands, an up-to-the-moment, nice-to-the-fans way to hear Willie’s recent shows.

Thank you Willie. Strum on, good man…

Willie Nelson at The Canyon Club
Thursday, January 22, 8:30PM
28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills


Thank you, Willie Nelson

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Thank you, Willie Nelson

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Here’s one of the many posters/cards made for Willie Nelson, in gratitude for Willie Nelson and Family performing a benefit concert for the Peru Catholic School, in Peru, Illinois.  Proceeds went to help buy playground equipment for the school. 

Hmm, I think I’ll call the principal, see what’s going on with it; he told me the equipment was scheduled to be delivered.  It’s probably buried under snow.

Go Willie Nelson

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Here’s another poster created by the grateful students of Peru Catholic School, in Peru, Illinois.  Willie Nelson and Family played a benefit concert to help the school buy playground equipment.  This is one of hundreds of cards and posters given to Willie.

We Love You Willie Nelson

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

This is one of the hundred or so cards given to Willie Nelson by the students at the Peru Catholic School, in Peru, Illinois  The students wanted to thank Willie Nelson and Family for performing a concert which helped raise funds for playground equipment for their school.  To see more cards, click on the hand-drawn picture of Trigger, in the upper right hand corner.

2007 Was a Great Year to be a Willie Nelson Fan

Monday, December 31st, 2007


This is long, but when you start talking about what Willie Nelson did in 2007, it takes some space.  Willie Nelson had another amazingly busy year, with their never-ending tour, recording, and offering his time, money and vision to causes important to him. Willie  received honors in several areas this year:  for his music, his songwriting, his work for peace, his commitment to peaceful, conflict resolution, for his environmental activism, and an ice cream was named after him, with the proceeds going to benefit Farm Aid.   Who else does that?  This is a far-from-complete list of what Willie accomplished this year, but shows you some ways he spent his time.   And any mistakes included are mine alone, and I welcome any corrections anyone might have.  

Willie toured the United States, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, England, and The Nederlands.
On January 12th and 13th, Willie Nelson joined the Wynton Marsalis Quintet for four sold-out shows in NYC, organized by Jazz at Lincoln Center.  The show, billed as ‘Willie Nelson Sings the Blues’, was broadcast on the radio, and you can hear the entire concert at Wynton Marsalis’s website,  A friend sent me a copy, and it’s beautiful; they are all such amazingly talented artists.  Really, Willie could have a successful career singing rhythm and blues, exclusively.
Willie Nelson, joined by Jessica Simpson, Morgan Fairchild, Kinky Friedman, the Fort Worth Symphony and others, to perform at AetheriA – an Artclectic Evening on 2/10/07, with proceeds going to raise funds for art student scholarships
On March 20th, Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Merle Haggard released a 2cd set of newly recorded music.  It is a collection of country classics, and a couple new ones. It was produced by Fred Foster, on Lost Highway Records.  Then, if the album was not incredible enough, these three hall-of-famers did a tour in support of their album.  I hope we haven’t seen the end of that tour.  I got to see them twice, and I’d like to see them again. 
Performed at grand opening of RFD.TV theater in Branson, Missouri on March 28  
Performed at indie festival Coachella on April 29th, and at its country/bluegrass spinoff , Stagecoach, on May 5th.
Willie Nelson was invited to perform at a free concert in Choteau, Montana on July 3rd.  The concert was a gift from David Letterman, who wishes to remain anonymous, to the town of Choteau.  Only residents of Choteau, and Teton County, were invited to attend, and the demand for tickets, and invasion of country music fans really had the town buzzing.  I had someone offer to buy mine for $500, when I was leaving my motel, and others at the show who had paid a lot for theirs.  It was a wonderful concert.   
Willie Nelson and Family performed at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington on the 4th of July, along with some alt country rockers:  Son Volt, Old 97’s, Drive-By Truckers and Amos Lee.

Performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, in Illinois, to benefit the Crossroads Rehabilitiation Center, Antiqua (7/28/07)

Austin Freedom Fest (August 8th): Willie performed along with Asleep at the Wheel, Paula Nelson, Folk Uke and others at the Back Yard in Austin, at a benefit for NORML, the Marijuana Policy Project and WAMM, a Santa Cruz, CA hospice for medical marijuana patients.  I got to go, and Willie and Bee Spears set in for a lively set with Folk Uke, with Bee on his stand up bass.  Paula Nelson singing a moving version of Jackson, and I remember thinking, ‘Is she having as much fun as she look’s like she’s having?’  Funny thing, though, it seemed like there was no more pot smoking going on at the Freedom Fest, than at any of Willie’s shows.  Maybe that was just where I was sitting.  
Farm Aid 2007:  A HomeGrown Festival, on Randall’s Island, NYC, September 9th, with Neil Young, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp and a cast of thousands.
On September 10th, Willie and some family stayed an extra day in NYC, and performed at the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassadors of Rock Festival, with proceeds to benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, co-founded by Annie Nelson.  The festival was hosted by Woody Harrelson.
  Willie Nelson and Family Performed for “Concerts for a Cause,” in Illinois, to benefit the Peru, Illinois Catholic School, to raise funds to build a playground for their school (9/22/07)
Willie played at Gene Autry’s 100th birthday celebration in Los Angeles, on 9/29/07
Performed at the Big State Festival in College Station, Texas, featuring 40+ other country music acts, on October 14th.
Willie Nelson joined sons Lukas and Micah, and 40 Points, Tom Conway and Gypsy Pacific, Pat Simmons, Pat Simmons, Jr., Marty Dread and other artists, to perform at the Maui Music Festival, to benefit the scholarship program for the Maui Montessori School (11/24/07)
Willie was honored with the BMI American Icon award on December 6, 2007, in Nashville.  On hand were Kris Kristofferson, EmmyLou Harris, Jessica Simpson, Sheryl Crow, Nicole Kidman, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, and Willie’s families and friends, and fans. reports that Nelson’s Maui neighbor Kristofferson gave perhaps the most heartwarming tribute before he and Emmylou brought the house down with a duet on “Til I Can Gain Control.”  I hope somebody filmed that night, and I get to watch it sometime.
Willie was honored on 10/19/07 with the ‘Bridging Divides’ award, for his visionary aid to peaceful conflict resolution, at the Frank Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus. His children (except Lukas, away at school, I think) all sang ‘Peaceful Solution’ to their father, the song inspired and written by Willie and daughter Amy.
Willie and Annie Nelson were presented with the Camp Casey Peace Award (4/5/07)
Ben and Jerry’s named a new flavor in honor of Willie: Willie Nelson’s Country Peach Cobbler, and are donating a portion of profits to Farm Aid.  Willie appeared on the Stephen Colbert Report, for a taste test of his flavor against Colbert’s Americone Dream flavor.  Ambassador Richardson was called in to mediate, and then everyone joined Willie for a lively ‘On the Road Again.’  The show is available for sale, on Best of the Colbert Report DVD.
On November 1, 2007, Willie was honored with a Lifetime Achievement for Songwriter, by the American Music Association, at its 6th annual honors and awards, at the Ryman Theater, in Nashville.
Willie Nelson, Larry Butler Johnny Gimble, & Cindy Walker were voted into the Central Texas Music Hall of Fame. The awards were presented on March 29th, at the Heart of Texas Coliseum, in Waco.  I think Willie was on tour, and could not attend in person.
Willie’s album, You Don’t Know Me:  The Songs of Cindy Walker, received a 2007 grammy nomination for Country Album of the Year   
    The Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute launched in April 2007, as a portal of inspiration for living peacefully in the world. The site has links and information about how others are finding ways to live in peace, and actions they are taking to end war in the world.  Also, through the site, Willie and Amy Nelson offered the song they wrote, ‘A Peaceful Solution,’ to any person to record and share at the site, and have posted the video tapes and recordings at the site for everyone to enjoy.
Willie made his peace song, “Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth” available for download and purchase, with proceeds going to benefit the National Veteran’s Foundation
   Willie joined his family members and others in speaking out against horse slaughter in the U.S., and encouraged passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.  Taking it even further, Willie adopted horses that were going to be killed, and is raising them on his ranch.
In December, Willie donated $40,000 to the town of Vancouver, Washington, a town where he once worked as a disc jockey, and self-produced a record that he sold to fans, before moving to Nashville.
   Willie filmed a Public Service Announcement which aired in Georgia, against dog fighting, and seeking stronger anti-dogfighting laws and enforcement.
In March, Willie launched the Pednerales Record Label with nephew Freddy Fletcher, Producer James Stroud and manager Mark Rothbaum, and signed 40 Points, a band formed by sons Lukas and Micah.   
  On the cutting edge of technology, last summer Willie started offering live recordings of concerts on usb drive flash/memory sticks.  Fans could purchase the recording at the show and take it home with them after the show. has the recordings available for purchase on their web site, for fans who didn’t get to go to the shows.    
Willie published the book, ‘On the Biodiesel Road Again:  ‘Biodiesel and the Future of the Family Farm’   
Willie wrote the forward for friend Johnny Bush’s book, ‘Whiskey River (Take My Mind)’
Willie filmed a music video for his song ‘You Dont’ Think I’m Funny Anymore,’, a nw song on his new album, Moment in Time.  On 10/17/07 Willie hosted a ‘Bad Boy Lawnmower Race’ at his ranch in Austin, Texas, and invited family and friends to take part, including Jessica Simpson, Luke, Owen and Andrew Wilson, Dan Rather and Woody Harrelson.  The new album is scheduled to be released in early 2008, and the video will be released shortly after that.  
    In 2007 Willie parternerd with nephew Freddy Fletcher, Magic Johnson, and others in a new downtown Austin development.  Willie and Freddie have lent their advisement and financial supprot to a new venue for Austin City Limits and 2,200 seat performance/music hall.  
Willie called in to the Bill Mack xm Satellite Cowboy radio show, on Willie Wednesdays, talked with Bill and Cindy Truman and fans, told stories and kindly sang Happy Birthday about a million times, when asked.   
  • Last of the Breed, 2-CD set, with Ray Price and Merle Haggard
  • Moment in Time, produced by Kenney Chesney and Buddy Cannon to be released early 2008
  • ‘Always Seem to Get Things Wrong’, on Soundtrack to Ethan Hawke Movie, The Hottest State
  • Sings on Soundtrack to Wendell Baker Story
  • Sings on Soundtrack to Dylan Movie, I’m Not There
  • ‘I hear you Knocking’, on tribute album for Fats Domino, Goin’ Home album
  • co-wrote, ‘I’ve Got a Right to Dream’ with Mariah Carey, for her new movie, Tennessee
  • ‘If I Were a Carpenter,’ duet with Sheryl Crow on Anchored in Love tribute to June Carter Cash
  • ‘I give’, duet with Shawn King, on her album In My BackYard album
  • ‘One Paper Kid’, on EmmyLou Harris boxed set, Songbird
  • ‘Imagine,’ on Save Darfur, album of recorded songs by John Lennon
  • ‘Willie’s Song’, on John Anderson’s, Easy Money
  • ‘On the Road Again’, on Deanna Carter’s, The Chain
  • ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’ Duet with Linda Ronstad, on Simpson’s The Yellow Album
  • ‘On the Road Again,’ included on All Time Greatest Country Music Road Songs
  • Recording Academy of America,
  • narrated “Hidden Kitchens of Texas” radio show on National Public Radio.
  • Surfer Dude, starring Matthew McConaughey
  • Swing Vote, starring Kevin Kostner
  • Blonde Ambition, starring Jessica Simpson
  • Dukes of Hazzard: the Beginning released
  • Toby Keith reported he has written screenplay for his movie “Beer for my Horses,”, which includes a part for Willie (if his schedule allows)
  • appears in documentary “Kiho ‘Alu (Loosen the Key) Keola Beamer,” , emmy award winning documentary on history and music of slack key guitar
  • featured in Daniel Lanois film, This is What Is
  • Fighting With Anger, filmed in Austin (not yet released)
  • The Unforseen, Robert Redford’s documentary about the environmental effect of development around Barton Springs, Texas
  • Glen Campbell’s Good Time Hour released
  • Colbert Report, (3/20/07)
  • David Letterman Show
  • TV Land’s Tribute to Hee Haw (4/14/07)
  • Viva Las Vegas, about how Elvis Preseley re-invented Las Vegas
  • Opry Video Classics, Time Life DVD collection of classic broadcasts (Funny How TIme Slips Away, Night Life (1965))
  • The Journey, Kenny Rogers Story
  • Appeared in PBS show, Paul SImon:  The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (6/27/07)
  • “American Voices:  A Conversation with Dan Rather and Willie Nelson”, on HDNet
  • PBS Television Now series, presented Willie Nelson and Biodiesel Fuel (1/1/07)
  • ‘The Ecoist’, featuring environmental activists Willie Nelson, Darrell Hannah, Paul Newman, Robert Kennedy, Jr., aired on Sundance Channel’s, The Green, new primetime show focusing on environmental topics (4/17/07)

There’s so much more, but I wanted to get this done by the end of 2007, so I have to quit!

Happy New Year Willie Nelson, Family, Fans and Friends.  I wish you all the best in 2008 and that your dreams all come true.  Be nice to each other, and yourselves.

Hope to see you at a concert soon!


Thank you, Willie

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

This is another of the many cards and posters made by the children at the Peru Catholic School, in Peru, IL.  The kids wanted to express their gratitude to Willie Nelson for performing at a fundraiser held to benefit their school — build a playground, in fact.  There’s a link on the right, if you want to see all the cards.

Thank you, Willie Nelson

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Another thank you note from the students of Peru Catholic School given to Willie Nelson, for his concert to benefit their playground.