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Remembering Bee Spears

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Today, December 9, 2014, marks the 3rd anniversary of the date of Bee Spear’s passing, in 2011.

Friends and family of Bee Spears are once again remembering Bee with stories, photos and videos at “Dan ‘Bee’ Spears, Power of the Flame. You are welcome to visit the site and see rare, unique photos of Bee, and Willie Nelson & Family.

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Thank you Guthrie Thomas, for your tribute to Bee Spears.

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Lukas Nelson and Bee Spears

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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photo, thanks to Julia Spears

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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photo:  Janis Tillerson

Willie Nelson, Bee Spears (July 4, 2009, South Bend, Indiana)

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

 

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Willie Nelson, Bee Spears, Billy English

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

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photo thanks to Carol Sidoran, 12.9.12

Willie Nelson, Bee Spears (July 4, 2009, South Bend, Indiana)

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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Willie Nelson, Bee Spears (July 4, 2009, South Bend, Indiana)

Join family, friends and fans of Dan “Bee” Spears, Power of the Flame

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

December 9, 2012, marks the one year anniversary of the date of Bee Spears passing.  Today, the extended family and friends of Bee Spears welcome those who knew and loved Bee and his music to take part in  a candle lighting ceremony to celebrate his life,    Fans from across the globe will take a momenot of silence today, and light a candle, to honor Bee.

A facebook page has been created for the event, Bee Spears:  Power of the Flame, where you can see postings of fans and friends.  Everyone is invited to post their stories and poems and pictures of Bee.

“Wherever you may be December 9th, please take a moment of silence and light a candle in Bee’s honor. This representation is symbolic of the creative source and inner light that truly never burns out. Those fortunate enough to spend time with Bee outside of work know what it meant for him to gather around bonfires with family and friends. He often referred to these as ‘Spirit fires’, because they marked a sacred space for sharing the gifts of spirit: stories, dancing, laughing, prayer and song. Throughout his journey he touched so many hearts and the reach of his light was widespread. Let’s unite our individual flames at this time and present Bee with a collective representation of the love and admiration we feel for him. Together, we may build the most beautiful Spirit fire to ever ‘Bee’.”

To take part in the event, visit Bee Spears, the power of the flame. and share your poem, story song, and memories of Bee.  This is a public event, please feel free to extend this to friends & family who you know would want to participate.

Also, in Bee’s memory, today the family wants to present information about Bee’s passing, for fans who have heard so many stories, rumors, news reports about the night he died.

Bee Spears, the power of the flame.

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

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Friday, February 17th, 2012

Willie Nelson and Bea Spears, Grand Junction, Colorado

Monday, January 30th, 2012

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September 19, 2011

In Memory of Bee Spears

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

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Win signed guitar from Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper — help support work of REVERB

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Win Willie Nelson Signed Guitar

www.Reverb.org

In this season of giving, we’re feeling particularly grateful for the support of the music community. A number of incredible guitar makers and musician allies have come together to help us raise funds for our mission by putting one-of-a-kind signed guitars up for auction.

You can bid right now on these beautiful signed guitars:

Willie Nelson Signed Martin Sustainable Series Acoustic

Dave Matthews Band Signed Bedell Earthsong Acoustic
Ben Harper Signed First Act Acoustic
Barenaked Ladies Signed Taylor Acoustic
String Cheese Incident Signed Alvarez Acoustic
Check out more autographed auction items listed HERE!
And if you’re feeling thankful for REVERB’s work and want to make a donation… Donate Now!
We are so grateful for your support year round. Thank you!
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving,
Adam, Lauren, Tanner, Lara, Paige, Mike, Sawyer and all of team REVERB!
Win Signed DMB Bedell Guitar
Win Signed Ben Harper Guitar
Win a String Cheese Incident Signed Guitar

REVERB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2004 by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Adam Gardner of Guster. REVERB creates and executes comprehensive, custom programs to green the tour itself while engaging concertgoers to take action for the environment.

We take a positive “work-with” approach and believe that being green is not all or nothing; many people doing some things will have more impact than a few people doing everything. All of us can be active participants in protecting the environment and creating real, large-scale, and measurable change.

In addition to our greening work with artists, REVERB also works to move forward the sustainable practices of music industry leaders, including venues, record labels, and radio stations.

www.reverb.org

Folk Uke (Amy Nelson, Cathy Guthrie) World Tour on December 11, 2014

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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Dear friends,

We will be doing a live webshow on Concert Window, which starts at 10:00pm EST on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

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Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in! We’ll be taking requests and answering your questions.

You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at

http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/10628-folk-uke. The webshow will not be available after the live broadcast. Hope you can join us!

Love,
Folk Uke

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Willie Nelson Collection on Display at Daryl K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

http://kxan.com

by: By Calily Bien

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Six months after receiving the Willie Nelson Collection, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas has finally opened its permanent exhibit “Willie Nelson, Texas Icon.”

The exhibit is located at the north end (McCombs Red Zone) of the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. It will be open to the public Saturday, Nov. 8 during the West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Longhorns game. The display will change regularly to explore different aspects Willie and his music.

The exhibit consists of major portions of Nelson’s collection of correspondence, manuscripts, records and awards donated to the university by the songwriter himself.

Through the years, Willie has been recognized around the city for his work and activism. In 2010, the City of Austin renamed Second Street to Willie Nelson Boulevard. A year after, the city placed a life-size statute at the entrance of Austin City Limits to honor him.

Willie Nelson performs at Salute to Veterans at White House (11/6/14)

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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http://news.yahoo.com

by: Darlene Superville

WASHINGTON (AP) — Offering a pre-Veterans Day salute to U.S. troops, President Barack Obama said Thursday that the “American patriots” who voluntarily go into harm’s way to keep the country safe and protect its cherished freedoms have the respect and admiration of a grateful nation.

The commander in chief also spoke movingly of having met a service member who was left on death’s doorstep after being wounded in an explosion during his fifth tour of duty in Afghanistan, and how that individual was brought back to life, in part, through hours and hours of music therapy.

“He’s even playing, as I understand it, a little bit of golf,” Obama said as he opened a musical tribute to service members, veterans and their families. “We honor them with the beauty of music, music that has the power to inspire us and fill us with pride and, yes, sometimes to help us heal.”

The program is the latest edition in the PBS series “In Performance at the White House.” It was taped inside of a large tent erected on the South Lawn with a view of the White House, and was attended by first lady Michelle Obama, Cabinet secretaries and several hundred service members, veterans and families.troops5

Singer Willie Nelson performs during an “In Performance at the White House” series event, attended by President Barack Obama, part of the Joining Forces initiative, an event with musicians, members of the U.S. military, military veterans, and their families inside a tent on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Washington. Performances are expected by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, and Romeo Santos. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

It was scheduled to be broadcast Friday on PBS stations nationwide.

The night featured rock and roll by the band Daughtry, performing via satellite from a USO concert in Japan, and country music from Willie Nelson. Hip-hop artist Common, singer Mary J. Blige, John Fogerty and Latin musician Romeo Santos also performed.
Obama said the mix of rock, country and everything in between was “fitting because here in America, no matter where you’re from, no matter what music you listen to, we’re all united in our respect and admiration for our brave men and women who wear our country’s uniform.”

Obama has said lifting up those men and women is one of his top priorities.

He met Wednesday with the top two officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Secretary Robert McDonald and Sloan Gibson, the deputy secretary, urging both to continue working to improve services, health care and accountability for veterans, the White House said.

Obama also regularly touts administration efforts to cut the staggering backlog of disability claims filed by veterans, reduce homelessness among them and help veterans, their spouses and children pursue higher education under the post-9/11 GI bill.

The Obamas also have pushed the federal government and private employers to make hiring veterans and their spouses a priority.

Earlier Thursday, the first lady put a spotlight on military children by inviting some who attend Maryland and Virginia high schools to a workshop with Nelson and Common.

Mrs. Obama said military kids are some of the most resilient young people she has ever met. She said their families move an average of six to nine times by the time they receive a high school diploma and that, each time, the students have to adjust to new homes, schools, neighborhoods and friends.

But there is a lesson in the continued inconvenience, Mrs. Obama said, even though it may not always be readily apparent.

“As tough as it is, this stuff makes you stronger and more resilient, and it’s going to make you successful,” she said as she welcomed the students to the ornate East Room for a tutorial on the history of music and the military. “So it’s a badge of honor,” she said. Nelson played guitar and sang.

Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, lead a nationwide effort called “Joining Forces” to encourage the public to support service members, active duty and retired, through acts as simple as mowing their lawn.

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 Willie Nelson sings during a special daytime workshop for high school students from military communities in the greater Washington area, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Singer Willie Nelson responds to a question during a special daytime workshop for high school students from military communities in the greater Washington area, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Willie Nelson, Common at music workshop in Washington, DC (11/6/15)

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) – Rapper Common and Country Crooner Willie Nelson joined forces over their passion for music and U.S. military members and their families.

The pair participated in an interactive workshop for high school students from military communities in the Washington, D.C. area at the White House Thursday.

The students learned about the origin of music and its impact in times of war.

Willie Nelson and Common are also among several artists scheduled to perform at “A Salute to the Troops” on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday.

The program will be broadcast Friday night.

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Willie Nelson & Family @ Floores Country Store (Oct. 17, 18th) What a blast!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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We had so much fun at the Willie Nelson and Family shows last weekend. What a blast, really. Everyone had so much fun. Seeing that band at Floores was like being in somebody’s big back yard with the band playing on the porch.

The stage is so low at Floores, Willie spent all night pointing and waving and throwing kisses, tossing bandanas and hats.  I don’t know how he does it, but he makes everyone of us feel like he recognizes us and he probably does know lots of those folks from who come to see him at Floores.

I don’t know how he played his guitar, for all the waving he was doing.

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And there were so many long guitar solos. There were goose-bump, Grateful Dead moments, like Willie has done in the past — he takes off and you don’t know how he’s going to get back, but he always lands with us safely. It was moving, such beautiful music. He is an amazing guitar player.

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He rules that place.

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The whole band worked so hard. Sister Bobbie, on piano, and Mickey Raphael on harmonicas, both took lots of solos, too. Paul English played a long time, and shared percussion work with his brother Billy English. Kevin Smith, on stand up bass and electric bass, and Bobbie, impossible for me to photograph from where I sat, though.

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Some of his family joined him on stage for the gospel set to close out his show.

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Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, “You Were Always on My Mind” (Riverbend Center) (10/19/2014)

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, “Good Hearted Woman” “It’s Not Supposed to be That Way”

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Willie Nelson smart phone cover

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

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www.redbubble.com is selling this smart phone cover.  I don’t know if Willie Nelson is getting his fair share of the profits, but it costs $25.00.  I didn’t get one, but I like it.

Willie Nelson, Neil Young support Keystone Pipeline Fighters (9/27/14)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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photo: Matt Ryerson

http://journalstar.com

by: Nicholas Bergin

NELIGH — Art and Helen Tanderup gazed with amazed smiles at the thousands of cars parked on the stubble of their recently harvested cornfield on Saturday, at the stage set up in their rye field and at the ocean of people standing in front of it.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s absolutely amazing this is happening,” said Art just before the start of Harvest the Hope.

The sun shone in a sky dotted with white clouds, and nearby corn rustled in a southern breeze on the 160-acre farm near Neligh, as fans waited to hear the concert’s headliners, Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young and country music star Willie Nelson.

Between performances by opening acts — Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, and Lukas and Micah Nelson and Promise of the Real (featuring Willie Nelson’s sons) — politicians and activists spoke to the crowd of about 8,000 about the fight against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The Tanderups are two of about 100 landowners refusing to sign easement agreements with TransCanada Corp., the company that wants to build the controversial pipeline capable of transporting 840,000 barrels of crude oil per day, mostly from Canada’s tar sands region destined for refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Fighting the Keystone XL is only a small part of the bigger battle against a changing climate that is threatening the entire planet, Young said during a press conference before the concert.

“We’re really just a skirmish on the ground around a disaster that is waiting to happen,” he said. “People are panicking and trying to figure out how to get out of this mess.

“We’re proud to be here with all of you, whether you agree with us or disagree with us, to have a discourse about what this is.”

Young said America must take up the challenge of reducing carbon emissions and turn to renewable energy generation.

“Stand up and be creative and have ingenuity and come up with solutions so we’re not just complaining about problems, we’re solving them,” he said. “That is what America needs to do.”

The development of Canada’s tar sands is far from inevitable, said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a New York-based environmental advocacy group sponsoring the event.

“Tar sands is not regular oil,” she said. “It’s dirtier. It’s nastier. It’s bad for our land and water when it spills, and it is bad for our climate when it is taken out of the ground. What is happening here in Nebraska is ground zero.”

Brought together by their opposition to the pipeline project, environmentalists, land rights proponents, farmers, ranchers and Native Americans have revived a coalition dubbed the Cowboy Indian Alliance, with origins in protests against uranium mining in the 1970s.

Native leaders have pledged to stop the Keystone XL from crossing their sacred ancestral lands.

Rosebud Sioux President Cyril Scott and Oglala Lakota President Bryan Brewer, both from South Dakota, and tribal leaders from other nations promised their tribal warriors would physically stop the pipeline.

“We are not just going to protest and leave,” Brewer said. “We’re going to stop it.”

After Nelson and Young performed hourlong sets, including classic hits such as “Beer for my Horses” by Nelson and “Heart of Gold” by Young, audience members marched into the Tanderups’ field and formed a human chain across where TransCanada wants to bury a 36-inch-diameter pipe.

Jane Kleeb, director of Bold Nebraska, declined to speculate on how much money the event would raise to be split between her organization, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy Indian Alliance, as well as small clean-energy projects on farms and tribal lands, such as putting solar panels on center pivot irrigators.

Maybe more important than the dollars raised, said Ken Winston of the Sierra Club of Nebraska, is the attention the concert brings to continuing efforts to stop development of a 1,179-mile pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City on the Nebraska-Kansas border.

The fight against the Keystone XL in Nebraska already has garnered national attention, after a constitutional challenge to a state law approving the route brought the pipeline’s presidential permitting process to a halt.

But pipeline-fighters hope the support of two music legends will help spread their message beyond the nightly news, Winston said.

“TransCanada may have the money,” he said, “but we have the musicians and the poets.”

Ticket sales alone should generate about $385,000. Concertgoers paid $50 per person to attend the show, with the original 7,000 tickets sold out within days of Bold Nebraska announcing the event last month. An additional 500 tickets issued earlier this month sold out in 10 hours, and 200 more tickets were sold locally in Antelope County.

Read entire article here:

http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/willie-nelson-neil-young-play-to-thousands-protesting-keystone-xl/article_ddf929d0-81b7-5028-967b-227dbf1b8e38.html

Vaporizers easier on your lungs

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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photo:  Mary Francis Andrews

www.MySanantonio.com
by:  Joshua Fechter

Willie Nelson, outlaw country singer and Texas’ most famous pot smoker, has swapped out smoking joints for something that doesn’t hurt his lungs quite as much.

Nelson reportedly told Uncut, a British music magazine, that he uses a vaporizer to toke up because joints are more harmful for his lungs and singing voice, according to WTVA.

The singer told Uncut magazine, “I enjoy smoking. But I use a vaporizer these days; they’re better for your voice and lungs. There’s no smoke and heat on it. Even though marijuana smoke is not as bad as cigarette smoke, any time you put any kind of smoke in your lungs it takes a toll of some kind.”

Nelson has lately been spreading his pot knowledge, giving New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd advice on how she should consume marijuana for a column.

“I needed a marijuana Mr. Miyagi, and who better than Nelson, who has a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and a first-degree black belt in helping NORML push for pot legalization?” she wrote.

jfechter@express-news.net

Twitter: @JFreports

Willie Nelson Dance and Show 2015

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

January 1, 2015 New Years Eve (cont’d)  Austin, TX
January 2, 2015 Lea County Event Center  Hobbes, NM
January 4, 2015 Celebrity Theater  Phoenix, AZ
January 6, 2015 City National Grove  Anaheim, CA
January 7, 2015 McCallum Theater  Palm Desert, CA
January 9,10, 2015 House of Blues  Las Vegas, NV

Willie Nelson’s braids up for auction, with Waylon Jennings collection (Oct. 5, 2014)

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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www.cnbc.com

Memorabilia enthusiasts should keep this sale on their minds.

Guernsey’s will auction off more than 2,000 items, including a pair of Willie Nelson’s famous braids, from musician Waylon Jennings’ collection on Sunday.

“Many items from fellow artists are brilliantly preserved in Jennings’ collection, which stands as a timetable and testament to his calling in life. Unpublished photographs, favorite stage outfits, instruments, music awards and stage equipment are among the countless treasures to be sold,” the auction house said on its website.

The braids are expected to raise $50,000 to $60,000.

Nelson and Jennings collaborated on a duet album called “Waylon and Willie” that was released in 1978.

Nelson cut off his braids in 1983 to support Jennings during his recovery from cocaine addiction.

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http://www.guernseys.com

New York, NY– On October 5 at Phoenix’s stunning Musical Instrument Museum, New York City-based auction house Guernsey’s will resurrect the aura of outlaw country megastar Waylon Jennings with the sale of many of his personal belongings. For the first time, Jennings’ legions of fans will have a chance to own a piece of musical history. The featured collection is being offered by country music legend Jessi Colter, Jennings’ wife of more than thirty years with whom he often shared the stage. The event will help bring attention to the important care provided at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Other important pieces in this remarkable collection include the original signed contract for the establishment of The Highwaymen, a handwritten letter to Jennings from John Lennon, Willie Nelson’s braids (which Willie himself famously cut off in 1983 to cheer on Jennings during his path to sobriety), and a custom pair of Nudie cowboy boots emblazoned with a white “H” for their original owner, Hank Williams Sr. Aside from items relating to fellow musicians are pieces that were important to Jennings on a deeper level, such as a pair of training gloves and a ring robe from his personal hero, Muhammad Ali, presented personally to Jennings before his fight in New Orleans against Leon Spinks. A prolific song writer, one of the most compelling sections of the event will be the presentation of Jennings’ hand-written lyrics and soulful thoughts for songs to come, penned in notebooks and on assorted pieces of paper of every description.

Read about the auction:

http://www.guernseys.com/Guernseys%20New/waylon_jennings.html

Harvest the Hope Concert (9/27/14)

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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photo:  Dave Tunge
Bold Nebraska

The “Harvest the Hope” concert featuring headliners Willie Nelson and Neil Young took place on Sept. 27, 2014 at the Tanderup farm near Neligh, NE.

Proceeds from the event will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, and small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal.