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What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

“I was at a concert this weekend in California to raise money for the National Veterans Foundation. I’m an Air Force veteran, and I have great respect for the military. I like to support the soldiers whenever I can. But I don’t support this war in Iraq.

I was against the war before it started. I always thought it was a terrible decision, badly thought out, badly planned, and then horribly executed.

I want to see our troops come home right away, and so do most Americans. Unfortunately, too many politicians in both parties refuse to listen.

So when will the troops come home? When we won’t put up with it anymore–when we change our government. And how will we do that? By voting the bastards out! On November 7th, you should vote for anyone who’s against the war and vote against anyone who’s for the war. It’s that simple.

When I wrote the song “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth”  at Christmastime in 2003, a lot of people were for the war, a lot of people didn’t know the facts or the truth. But people are waking up now. They’re learning that they were lied to about the war. They’re feeling lied to about this Mark Foley scandal in terms of who knew what and when. They’re questioning the leadership in this country.

And that gives us new possibilities for November 7th. If we all go out and vote for peace candidates and get our friends to vote, and if our votes are really counted, it’s no contest. There’ll be a change in the Congress, and then we’ll just have to keep building so we can get a president who won’t send our soldiers to fight a war based on lies.

We should have thrown the bastards out years ago. Let’s do it now! Give Peace A VOTE!”

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Willie Nelson in Austin

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

photo:  Turk Pipkin

Willie Nelson performed at a private party in Austin, and Ray Benson sat it on guitar.

Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Kinky Friedman New Year’s Eve, Dallas (1973)

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Join the Raelyn Nelson Band Mailing List

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

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photo:  Janis Tillerson

“Will you sign up for my mailing list? I’ll send you free songs and fun videos!”

Raelyn Nelson invites us to join the band’s mailing list.  SIGN UP HERE

 

Another Lukas Nelson fan: Lady Gaga

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

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by:  Leah Garchik

The Seva Holiday Extravaganza, a fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the UC Theatre in Berkeley, raised $25,000 for its cause, preventing blindness and restoring sight to people in Third World countries (primarily Asia), mostly by providing cataract surgery (at a cost of $50 per operation). The nonprofit was founded in 1978 by Wavy Gravy, Ram Dass and Larry Brilliant. Headliners at the event were Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson’s son) & Promise of the Real, Poor Man’s Whiskey and Corinne West.

Gravy was backstage when he noticed a familiar-looking woman in jeans with “Neil Young knees” (torn). It was Lady Gaga, whose presence — apparently to support her friend Nelson — was backstage only. The audience didn’t know the entertainment celebrity was there.

 

 

Merry Christmas from Willie and the boys and Steve Brooks

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

This card was designed by Steve Brooks, and I apologize to him and everyone that it’s cut off.  Steve kindly gave me this card, and I couldn’t figure out how to scan the entire card, without bending it, which I didn’t want to do.  It is so cool.

If you’ve been a fan of Willie Nelson and Family for any length of time, you are familiar with the artwork of Dallas artist Steve Brooks.  Steve has been creating WIllie Nelson artwork for years — posters, flyers, cards, matchbook designs, movie sets, etc., etc.   I got to visit with him when he was in Boulder over Thanksgiving (more about that to come soon), and it was such fun.  To hear Steve talk he was a self-taught graphic artist who was at the right place at the right time.  But he is so creative, and he may be lucky, but he’s very talented, too.  In addition to Willie Nelson & Family, he also made posters for just about every big touring rock band that came through Texas in the ’70s. 


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Willie Nelson, “Pretty Paper”

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton’s ‘Crossroads Music Festival’ (7/28/2007)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

photo: Mariela Moscoso,

 

Always on My Mind

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Dee, of VA, sent this picture she took of a tombstone from a cemetery in her home town.  A final tribute to a Willie Nelson fan.

Willie Nelson Holiday Gift Ideas

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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Lots of fun new Willie Nelson & Family souvenirs at www.WillieNelson.com

 

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Willie Nelson, “It’s a Long Story: My Life” Q&A at Barnes and Noble

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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www.BarnesandNobel.com
by:  Lauren Passell

Willie Nelson has been putting his stories to music (with his guitar, Trigger) for more than 60 years—and now he’s put his stories to the page, in his just-released memoir It’s a Long Story. We sat down for a few minutes with the country-music legend before he signed copies before an excited audience of fans at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City.

You’ve been telling stories for years through song, and now a book. What’s your best advice for telling a good story?
I would be the last one to give advice on anything.

But you’re a gifted storyteller! How do you do it?

Well it’s different selling a big, heavy book like this one, than writing a song.

How is it different?
With the book, I had a lot of good help. David (my co-writer) would ask me questions and did a good job taking what I said and making it sound half right.

You walk into a big, beautiful Barnes & Noble like this one. Which section do you head to first?
I like adventure and action books.

If we started a Willie Nelson book club, which book would you choose to make everyone read?
God’s Little Acre, by Erskine Caldwell.

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Willie Nelson & Family in Belton, TX (March 11, 2017)

Friday, November 18th, 2016

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Willie Nelson, Casting Crowns and ZZ Top will be performing at the Bell County Expo Center as part of a 30th anniversary concert series, officials announced Wednesday.

Nelson will perform on March 11, Casting Crowns on April 22, and ZZ Top on May 20.

Ticket sales for Willie Nelson start at 10 a.m. on Dec. 2.

Tickets for all shows will be $30.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson, House of Blues, New Orleans (Jan. 12, 2012)

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

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photo: Jimmy Grotting

Chris Stapleton and Dwight Yoakam, cover Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, “Seven Spanish Angels”

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

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by: Andrew Leahey

Last year, Chris Stapleton hit the CMA stage with Justin Timberlake, turning a seemingly unlikely pairing into two slam-dunk performances that kicked his solo career into high gear. Once a respected cult figure who made a living writing songs for bigger artists, Stapleton has since become one of the genre’s top-sellers.

It’s fitting, then, that Stapleton’s return to the CMA Awards found him sharing verses with another larger-than-life heavyweight. This time, he took the stage alongside Dwight Yoakam, delivering a faithful version of the Willie Nelson and Ray Charles duet “Seven Spanish Angels” with help from Stapleton’s band – including Morgane Stapleton, Mickey Raphael, Robbie Turner and producer Dave Cobb – and a multi-piece brass section.

Yoakam’s voice, which blanketed the country radio airwaves during the Eighties and early Nineties, still swoons and croons, sounding remarkably unchanged by years of continued touring. Even so, it was Male Vocalist of the Year winner Stapleton’s roar that stole the show, with one ad libbed exclamation – “Well, well, well!” – giving the song an extra boost of momentum during its final chorus.