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This day in Willie Nelson history: “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” #1 on BillboardTuesday, March 4th, 2014
On March 4, 1978, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” by Willie Nelson and Waylong Jennings ins #1 on Billboard.
Every Willie Nelson fan wants to visit Willie’s western town, Luck, Texas, outside of Austin, and now here’s your chance. Willie Nelson’s fan Club Luck is offering a chance to win tickets to the Heartbreaker Banquet concert on March 11, 2014.
Micah Nelson and Lukas Nelson, and their respective bands, will be playing at the show.
You have to be a member of Club Luck to win, so if you want a chance to win, visit Willie’s Website:
You must enter by Thursday, March 6th at 12PM CST.
Log in to the fan club now to read details: ENTER HERE NOW
This song appears on Paula’s latest album, ‘Little City’, and on Willie Nelson’s new album, ‘To All the Girls’.
The U.N. has declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. The goal of the year is to “reposition family farming at the center of agricultural, environmental and social policies” in national agendas across the world. The effort seeks to increase awareness of the challenges faced by family farmers and how we all can support them.
All of us at Farm Aid are excited about a full year of celebrating family farmers. And not to toot our own horn, but we’ve had a bit of practice over the past 29 years. While our mission is dedicated to family farmers in the U.S., it goes without saying that the rest of the world needs family farmers as much as we do. Regardless of the continent they farm on, independent family farmers have immense value for their community, their country and the planet. In our opinion, an international celebration of family farmers is exactly what this world needs—each and every day of every year.
To kick off the Year of Family Farming we’re going to dive into the heart of the matter by revisiting the question: What is a Family Farmer? Throughout the year, we’ll be adding to this discussion. The 2012 Census of Agriculture was released yesterday and when we have a chance to dig into those numbers, we’ll know a great deal about the current state of family farming in America. We’d love to hear your questions about family farmers and the challenges they face. Drop us a line to tell us what you’d like to know!
Farmer Heroes Growing Change
To celebrate the life of a farmer who embodies the true spirit of family farming in America and across the world, we take a look back at John Kinsman’s Farmer Hero story. When John passed away at the age of 87 last month, the world lost a farmer and a leader in the movement for farmers’ rights and international food sovereignty and justice. We are lucky that John inspired and mentored so many who will continue in his footsteps
Some call it the Woodstock of Texas Music, we’re with about 35 thousand music fans at the Larry Joe Taylor Festival and they’ve inspired a few generations of songwriters and music fans, the incredible Kris Kristofferson talks about his lifelong friendship with Willie Nelson.
by: Dawn Burkesdawn
RICHARDSON — Willie Nelson let his fingers do most of the talking at the Charles W. Eisemann Center on Saturday.
From the moment he appeared in the middle of Ray Benson singing “Hot Like That,” Nelson let his trusty old guitar Trigger do the heavy lifting. Nelson, son Lukas and the Asleep at the Wheel co-founder and frontman had some fiery discussions before launching into a rowdy “Whiskey River.”
No extra patter: This audience had to pay attention. Nelson’s guitar can sound like an aside — a pointed comment — to make sure you know that his blues are hopeful, light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel blues.
Never the strongest of singers, he seemed to get better with each song. Right around “Crazy,” he started stepping into the microphones that seemed to be set to get that far-and-away sound you find on old blues recordings.
Nelson and company, though, seemed to abide by the instruments being set to stun and the mics set to fade. But nothing could hide the shining voice of fiddler Katie Holmes, the newest member of the Wheel, who probably didn’t even need a microphone. She was a revelation when she joined Benson for “Route 66” during the Wheel’s almost 30-minute set to start the show.
But, I digress.
A Nelson concert will do that: leave the audience indulging thoughts about genre-bending, rhythm and the blues that probably come along with it. Then Nelson will grab your attention, making you feel some type of way with a plaintive rendition of “Always on My Mind” or growling “Mammas” at the beginning of “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”
Like many of his songs, it’s the beginning of a chat where you listen and say, “Yes, sir,” in the appropriate places. Nelson’s longevity, and a good ear, means his music is a stew of influences, with a Texas kick: Latin, Big Band, jazz, rhythm and blues (not to be confused with R&B).
And then there was “Let’s Do One for Waylon!” The band went right into “Good Hearted Woman.” Too bad the crowd started wandering. Judging by the cups, it was probably from taking “Whiskey River” literally. Some of the crowd missed the beginning of an affecting “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.”
It was 9:30 p.m. before the musicians, including 91-year-old saxophonist Billy Briggs, got to cuts from Willie and the Wheel, the 2009 Grammy-nominated CD for best Americana album. Briggs, whose breathing was Superman-like, earned the seat he finally took. Any great swing band can be traced to a great winds section. This one was no different, running “Corrine, Corrina” into “Won’t You Ride in My Little Red Wagon” and a big smile from Nelson before “”Bring It on Down to My House.”
The band had run through expected songs, too, including “On the Road Again” and “Pancho and Lefty.” The latter produced a well-deserved fist bump between Nelson and Benson after the band had turned their way to bask — and probably look for the cue as to when the side conversation was going to end.
But some of those songs had a been-there-done-that quality that could just have come naturally after playing them so hard for so long for so many years. Nelson is 80, after all.
Nelson and Benson followed with their first non-studio performance of the never-before-recorded Waylon Jennings and Gary Nicholson-penned “It Ain’t You.” Benson’s ringing baritone and Nelson’s reedy tenor make a compelling mix, not always in both men’s favor. But when it is, like it was for this song from Benson’s latest solo CD, A Little Piece, it can be mesmerizing.
With a tip of his black hat, Nelson introduced “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” — also the name of his book — to laughter. But, like the show and its listeners, it was honest, open and wore its heart on its hat, sleeve and belt buckle.
An uplifting “I’ll Fly Away,” different from the dirge it can often be, and the show was done in a little less than two hours. But Willie stayed around, flinging his guitar strap to the front rows and signing autographs before throwing his hands up in surrender right at 10 and leaving the stage.
The line at the merchandise table before the show signaled that this was an Event. Venue general manager Bruce MacPherson confirmed it, introducing a “very special evening with Willie and the Wheel” that had “sold out in less than eight hours … so you guys are the lucky ones.”
He wasn’t wrong.
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Willie Nelson’s website is selling this vintage shirt, that reportedly as never been sold to the public until recently.
You can get one here.
Lucky for Willie Nelson fans, in what everybody hopes is an annual event, Willie Nelson & Family will once again celebrate the end of a great year on the road with two shows in Austin, at the Austin City Limits/Moody Theater. The band will perform two nights, on December 30th, and 31st.
For invo www.ClubLuck.Willienelson.com.
Trisha Yearwood withdraws from SeaWorld Concert (joining Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies, Cheap Trick, Heart)Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Trisha Yearwood is the latest musical act to pull out of the Bands, Brew and BBQ event to take place at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., in February, TMZ reported.
Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies, Cheap Trick and Heart have already canceled scheduled appearances at the maritime theme park after seeing “Blackfish,” a CNN documentary that alleges killer whales are abused at the park.
Joan Jett has also requested the tourist attraction not use her music in any of its animal shows.
TMZ said Yearwood hasn’t seen “Blackfish,” but is aware of the controversy and wants to distance herself from it.
The singer has not yet issued a statement on her withdrawal.
Change.org said the news came after 5,600 people signed a petition on its website urging her not to perform at SeaWorld.
The website said the petition was started by one of Yearwood’s fans, Stephanie Wireman of Lexington, Ky.
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Nelson and Barenaked Ladies made their decisions after fans launched Change.org petitions urging them not to perform at SeaWorld.