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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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photo: Dave Tunge
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.
From Willie Nelson’s martial arts badassery
to Miranda Lambert’s equestrian prowess,
Rolling Stone Country reveals the secret talents of country’s stars.
photo: Basha Cohen
“Thrill of a lifetime tonight! My lifelong country hero, Willie Nelson, singing with my beautiful young friend, Lily Meola. It doesn’t get better than this. Here at the backstage of the Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut, up close-up & personal. Thank you Nancy Herschler Meola for making life rich. And thank you Willie and Lily for those sweet memories.” — Basha Cohen
— photo: Basha Cohen
1. “Whiskey River”
2. “Still is Still Moving to Me”
3. “Beer for My Horses” (Toby Keith cover)
4. “Texas Flood” (Stevie Ray Vaughan cover with Lukas Nelson and Gary Clark Jr.)
5. “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” (Ed Bruce cover)
6. “Good Hearted Woman” (Waylon Jennings cover)
7. “Shoeshine Man” (Tom T. Hall cover)
8. “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”
9. “On the Road Again”
10. “You Were Always On My Mind”
11. “Will You Remember Mine” (with Lily Meola)
12. “I’ll Fly Home”
13. “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”
14. “Band Of Brothers”
15. “Milk Cow Blues” (Kokomo Arnold cover)
16. “I Saw the Light” (Hank Williams cover)
by: Vi-an Nguyen
Nashville Songwriter, music biographer Jake Brown interviews elite country songwriters to get “the true stories behind country music’s biggest and most enduring hits,” he says. “What followed has been one of the most thrilling writing adventures of my life, and a bible of sorts for hopefully multiple generations of country music fans wanting to know more about where the soundtrack of their lives came from.”
We’ve been excerpting a series of passages from the book—concluding with the story behind the classic song, “Always On My Mind,” (made famous by Willie Nelson) a hit that won the Country Music Association’s 1982 Song of the Year and Single of the Year awards as well as the Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Best Country Song, and Song of the Year. Songwriter Wayne Carson explains how the beloved song came together, below.
“I wrote those two verses of ‘Always On My Mind’ living in Springfield, Missouri, and I usually write from the melody. I’ll think of the melody or the chord structure or something … If the melody is singable, the words are not far away. It’s only a story, you know.
In this case, ‘Always On My Mind’ happens to be one of those things that, universally, everybody on the planet has been there, you know. And it struck all at one time. Everybody touched base with that one. It was just magic that it was so simple and so right on the button.
I purposely didn’t write a bridge to ‘Always On My Mind’ because I didn’t think it needed one. We decided to cut that dude one night in Memphis, back when I was recording for United, I guess it was—or whatever label I was recording for at that time; and so, Tips Smallman, my producer and dear, lifelong friend, said, ‘Wayne, I think this thing needs a bridge.’
And so I said, ‘Well, how do you want me to do it?’ He said, ‘Why don’t you take it upstairs to my office; I’ve got a little piano up there, or a guitar—whatever you want to use.’ I said, ‘Well, actually, I used a piano so I’ll go up there and see what I come up with.’
In the meantime, Johnny Christopher comes wandering in and he said, ‘Do you need some help?’ And I said, ‘Well, it looks like I’m going to because I haven’t come up with anything as far as a bridge.’ And I said, ‘Johnny, I never thought it needed a bridge, so I never did give it a second thought.’ And we sat there and sat there and nothing happened.
Then pretty soon here comes Mark James just picking up his mail at the publishing company, which was right next door to the studio. He said, ‘What are you doing?’ and I said, ‘Tips wants a bridge for this song.’
Now Mark had never heard the song at that point. And we had a version of it cut already, without the bridge. That’s why there had been some talk that Mark had wrote the song and cut me in on it at one time. So we got that dispelled real quick.
Anyway, the three of us sat there and finally wrote those two lines—you know, the bridge. ‘Tell him that your sweet loving …’—that part. Hell, a hit’s a hit.
Anyway, I took it back downstairs and we cut it and all the guys in the band seemed to like it—that was kind of my gauge. When I did something new, I asked my pickers, my buddies I played all those records with, like the Box Tops and all that stuff—I did a lot of recording with that band as just a guitar player, you know. Myself and Bobby Womack and, of course, Reggie Young were the band. Anyway, we cut it. And a little session on it right there, and took it to Nashville. I was recording for Mongoose Records—that’s who I was with, Fred Foster. We couldn’t wait to get here and play that thing for him.
Tips and I were convinced that it was a No. 1 record. We were just like two school kids with a new invention, you know. I played it for Fred Foster and he said, ‘I don’t think the world’s ready for that.’ I said, ‘You’ve got to be … kidding me.’ And Tips, ditto. We left there—I mean, we were mad.
So we flew back to Memphis and I remember the last thing Tips said about it was, ‘He’s going to rue the day he ever turned that song down, I’m telling you right now Wayne. That song is a big, huge song.’”
Nashville Songwriter by Jake Brown is out now.
What Willie Nelson Taught Me This Summer: What does it take to maintain fire and passion for your career over the decades?
by: Chris Murphy
I saw a Willie Nelson concert this summer, and I can’t get it out of my head. I went in wondering whether Willie, at 81 years old, would still have the goods. I left with the question turned around on me: Do I have the same passion and fire for my craft at 40-something that Willie delivers at 81? Am I striving to get better?
It’s the kind of question that, to me at least, speaks to why the arts are so important for us working in the business world of technology, media, etc. An artist puts himself or herself out there so completely, so bravely, so how can we balk at the chance to do something as unique and creative in our world?
At the concert, Willie’s guitar playing was by far the star of the show. This performance wasn’t about working around the limitations of an aging star. Sure, his voice, while mostly golden, had its moments. But Willie’s riffs and solos on his battered, holed-out guitar, Trigger, revealed a master at work. His focus and passion in those moments — by a performer who’s been on stage since he was 9 and still tours 150 days a year — marked both an artist and a professional.
Read Chris Murphy’s article here.