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Willie Nelson and Tom Conway’s Guitar

Saturday, September 7th, 2013


I love Twitter.  Thanks, Tom Conway!

Tom Conway @TomConwayBand

Dr. Nelson playing my Spanish guitar today – he’s a ripper!

@willienelson @Linda_Colo #maldonado

You can hear Tom play that Spanish Guitar at his website:

And you can follow him on Twitter @TomConwayBand

Willie Nelson & Family, Humphrey’s, San Diego (fans watch from the harbor)

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

“Viewing Willie Nelson Concert from the boat at Humphrey’s San Diego.”

Thanks to Tom Conway for finding this gem of a video from Humphreys, in CA.

Willie Nelson and Tom Conway

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Willie Nelson invited Maui guitarist Tom Conway to sit in with him and his band for a show in California. This video was taken before the show, in Maui; a beautiful rendition of ‘Am I Blue”

Here’s Tom jamming with Lily Meola, Mickey Raphael and Micah Nelson on, “Folsom Prison Blues”

Willie Nelson, and his fans.

Visit Tom’s website for more photos, videos and information about where you can see him perform.

Willie Nelson, Tom Conway, ‘Friday Pickin’, on Maui’

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013


Thank you to Tom Conway for sharing this photo of him and Willie Nelson, in Maui.  Tom is scheduled to perform before the Willie Nelson & Family show in San Diego, California, on August 7, 2013.

To listen to Tom’s music, and hear music he has recorded with Willie Nelson, visit his website:

Willie Nelson & Family in San Diego (8.7.13) with Tom Conway, Lily Meola from Hawaii!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013


Tickets are on sale for Willie Nelson & Family’s show in San Diego on August 7, at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay.

And great news for fans of Tom Conway –he will perform with Lily Meola, from Maui.   Tom Conway has performed with Willie Nelson in Hawaii before:

Tom has a new album out, too!


Hold On Tight - Tom Conway

1.   Road Trip
2.   Hold On Tight
3.   Sandbox Soldier
4    Long Time Coming
5.   Fairy Tale Dreams
6.   Delta Blue
7.   All Around You
8.   Brooklyn
9.  That’s The Hooch Talking
10. Song for Your Horses

You can download it at iTunes


And he has recorded with Willie Nelson, in Austin and in Maui, with Tom’s former band Gypsy Pacific.  Here is their beautiful version of “Peaceful Solution”

Tom Conway releases new album, “Hold on Tight”

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012


Hold On Tight - Tom Conway

1.   Road Trip
2.   Hold On Tight
3.   Sandbox Soldier
4    Long Time Coming
5.   Fairy Tale Dreams
6.   Delta Blue
7.   All Around You
8.   Brooklyn
9.  That’s The Hooch Talking
10. Song for Your Horses

You can download it at iTunes


Tom Conway and Willie Nelson

Fans of Tom Conway and music-lovers everywhere will love Tom’s new album,  ‘Road Trip”.   The album, just released, is a collection of original Tom Conway tunes, and follows his successful ‘El Tigre’ album. I first heard about Tom when Willie Nelson was talking about Tom on the Bill Mack show one Wednesday, on Willie’s Place on Sirius/XM radio.  Willie was talking with Bill about his appreciation for the music of Django Reinhardt, the famous European gypsy-style guitarist born in  Belgium.  Willie told Bill that he had met another guitarist on Maui who played that style of guitar, and that he and Lukas had taken  guitar lessons from him, and that his name was Tom Conway. 

Willie recorded the song, ‘Peaceful Solution’ with Tom and his band Gypsy Pacific, and the song appears on Tom’s ‘El Tigre’ album.  Tom said that he and Willie recorded many songs, and I hope that gets released, some day, and we get to hear that music.


Peaceful Solution (feat. Willie Nelson) El Tigre 3:40 $0.99 View In iTunes

“Hold on Tight” is the name of the new album, and also the title of a song on the album, and it’s also what you have to do when you listen to this album, because Tom and his band take you for a ride!  We get to enjoy his song writing skills and his stellar guitar playing.   It is a perfect rock and roll, summer-time, hanging out with friends, going on a road trip, make you feel good music.  It makes you feel good to listen to it, really.   Tom surrounds himself with such talented, music-loving musicians and his albums reflect the hard work they put into the project.  I love this album.

Hold On Tight - Tom Conway

For more music, news, videos, photos, visit Tom’s website at
If you are lucky enough to live on Maui, hear Tom on Tuesdays at Stella Blues Cafe (Kihei, Maui)
Find him on FaceBook and Twitter, too at @TomConwayBand.

Tom Conway and Gypsy Pacific Concert in Maui (May 23, May 24, 2012)

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012


Tom Conway and Gypsy Pacific will reunite for two concerts this week in Maui. It might be aleady sold out, but if you live in Maui, grab some tickets to this show if you can.

Willie Nelson recorded with the band in Maui a few years ago, and Tom later flew to Austin to record more songs.   That album hasn’t been released yet, but I look forward to it when it does!  The band performed a beautiful version of Peaceful Solution’, written by Willie and Amy Nelson, which is included in Tom Conway’s solo album.

The group formed in 2002 when guitarist Tom Conway joined by violinist Willy Wainwright and bassist Marcus Johnson, and were joined by rhythm guitarist Phil Benoit.  The band recorded two albums together, before going their separate creative ways.

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Willie Nelson, Tom Conway  at Charley’s, in Pa’ai.

“I have been a fan of Django Reinhardt since I first heard him & Stephane Grapelli with the Hot Club Band from France.  Tom Conway and his band play Django’s music right along side the other great Django bands – they can hold their own…and more!  I know Django would be proud that his music is so elegantly presented on the island of Maui and now for the rest of the world.”

– Willie Nelson

Tom has been working hard on a new album, and I can’t wait for that.    To find out more information about Tom, his new album, hear other music, see more videos and find out when he plays in Maui:

For information about Gypsy Pacific’s shows this week:

Tom Conway, Patrick Simmons will perform at benefit for U.S. Senate candidate Mazie Hirono (2/21/2012)

Monday, February 20th, 2012


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Please Join

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono
Candidate for U.S. Senate

and special guest
Patrick Simmons
Guitarist and Singer of the Doobie Brothers

Tom Conway

The very first rock concert Mazie attended featured the Doobie Brothers. Please join us, along with Doobie Brothers guitarist and singer Patrick Simmons, to support Mazie’s 2012 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

at the home of Shep Gordon
3274 South Kihei Road, Kihei

Contribution Levels
Chair: $2,500 • Host: $1,000
Sponsor: $500 • Friend: $250 • Supporter: $100

Happy Birthday, Tom Conway

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Happy birthday to Tom Conway, from Maui.  If you haven’t heard Tom yet, visit his website and sample his music, or buy his new album:

Willie Nelson invited Tom Conway to play at a fundraising concert for Hawaii’s Governor Neil Abercrombie last year.

Tom Conway plays “On the Road Again”

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

I found this great video of Tom Conway playing Willie Nelson’s song on Tom’s blog. Wow, I forget what a great guitar player he is.    He is a master.  Lots more videos  there, and you can listen to Tom’s music, and purchase it directly from his site.    His website is

 Willie Nelson performs on Tom’s album, on the song written by Willie and daughter Amy Nelson, ‘A Peaceful Solution.’

Willie Nelson, Tom Conway and Gypsy Pacific: “Peaceful Solution”

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Tom Conway will perform with Lukas Nelson this Saturday night at Charley’s, in Pa’ai, Maui.

Lukas Nelson, Tom Conway, Gail Swanson and Lily Meola concert at Charley’s, Pa’ai, Maui (3/12/2011)

Thursday, March 10th, 2011



Aloha Friends,
I’ll be playing a show at Charley’s with Lukas Nelson this Saturday, March 12 in Paia! Gail Swanson will be joining us on guitar, flute and vocals and Lily Meola will sing a couple tunes as well. This is going to be an acoustic style show and it will be a lot of fun!

Be sure to check out Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real as they recently performed on Leno and Letterman!


Lukas Nelson and Tom Conway, at Charley’s, Pa’ai, Maui (Saturday, 3/12/2011)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011


Fans line up outside Charley’s.

Lukas Nelson is in Hawaii on a break from the road, before he and his band ‘The Promise of the Real’ head out on tour again.   He posted on facebook that he played at a friend’s weddinng last weekend. And this Saturday he and Tom Conway will perform at Charley’s, in Pa’ai.

Tom sent a note:  I am very excited! We’ve been rehearsing and it sounds really good.   An intimate show…  just the two of us and also Gail Swanson on some flute and vocal harmonies.”

All three of these artists have great albums out, that you can purchase from their websites:

new album


Charley’s bar in Paia, Maui, not for sale

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Thanks to Tom Conway (  who sent me this picture of a giant Trigger which sits at Charley’s, in Maui.   Tom said it is almost 12 feet tall.

Rumors have been flying that Charley’s bar in Paia, Maui, commonly referred to as “Willie Nelson’s bar,” has been sold.

But General Manager Nancy Garcia says the rumors are false.

“There’s been interest in people buying it, but it’s not up for sale,” she said.

The bar, where Willie Nelson has played for years and is bedecked with his memorabilia, has been a mainstay on Maui’s North Shore, where owner Jim Fuller has operated it for four decades.

A cause of the rumors could be the back parking lot that, according to Garcia, is being renovated by a group of Greek billionaires.

“We’re basically a construction site,” Garcia said.

She said lack of access to the lot, which comprises a major portion of downtown parking, is hurting business for Charley’s and the surrounding restaurants and shops.

Willie Nelson, in Charley’s


This picture hangs on the wall of Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon  in Paia.

Lukas Nelson, Tom Conway, Don Lopez at Charley’s (9/19/2010)

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
By Suzanne Kayian

The coconut wireless was in full force Sunday (9/19) afternoon when word hit the street that Lukas Nelson would be playing a surprise acoustic concert that evening at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia.

Nelson, son of legendary Willie Nelson, spent much of his youth on Maui but in recent years, he has been living in California. His band, The Promise of the Real, maintains a relentless touring schedule that doesn’t allow Lukas a lot of time to spend on our tropical island. So when Rhythm & Views heard about the surprise show, it was time for a convergence in Paia.

I have seen Lukas perform several times but never in what essentially was a solo configuration. There was no electric guitar, no full-on rock band, no opening act, no headliner and no surprise appearances by his dad. Instead, there were three bar stools across the front of the stage, with Nelson sitting in the center. The drummer was tucked behind.

Dressed in black and wearing a black cowboy hat, the rocker looked like a country-music star. I always try to view Nelson as an individual — not Willie’s son — but it is hard not to notice the haunting similarity between the two, in looks and sound.

Yet Lukas is truly his own artist, both fronting The Promise of the Real and solo. He’s an exceptional guitar player, he sings with passion and it is clear that he belongs on stage.

Nelson, with Uncle Don Lopez and Tom Conway on either side, played classics, covers and original songs — with very little rehearsal we were told.

During one of the evening’s brightest moments, Nelson played a memorable version of “Little Wing.” As audience members broke out their smart phones to capture the performance, I wanted to jump up and shout out: “Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death.” I managed to maintain.

Lukas followed the Hendrix classic with a kick-butt version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” The two illustrious songs back-to-back moved the crowd to clap their hands and tap their feet while hooting and hollering in appreciation. When Nelson segued into Cash’s “I Walk The Line,” it brought the evening’s energy to a peak.

The audience was captivated; seriously, you could feel the positive vibe in the room. “Wow,” I overheard someone say more than once. “This is GREAT,” a friend texted from across the room. It was as if the small group of people gathered were being treated to a personal show — like we were special guests at someone’s home.

The following day, I asked Lukas if he could feel the same vibe. He did. “It was very intimate,” he said. “I have the utmost admiration for that place.”

Nelson told R&V that The Promise of the Real will return to Charley’s in December for a full-band concert.

For those who can’t wait, Nelson will take one more night out of his vacation to play a second impromptu gig at Charley’s, Wednesday night, Sept. 22. He’ll have his electric guitar, several local players and a full drum-kit on stage. If Sunday was a little bit country, Wednesday will be a lot of rock’n’roll. Essentially, however, it will be Lukas “solo” doing his thing at his favorite saloon during a quick trip home.

Nelson said Wednesday’s show will feature several special guests including Donnie Smith, Don Lopez, Tom Conway, Marty Dread, Mark Johnstone and Josh Greenbaum, among others. The music starts at 9 p.m.

Don’t miss it.