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Best New Books – “Me and Paul”

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

“Books a Million Bookstore said it best” — Janis Tillerson

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Whoopie Goldberg interviews Willie Nelson

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Live at Rudokan (Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 23, 1984

Sunday, September 18th, 2022

“Thank you, Willie Nelson,” — Billy Strings

Sunday, September 18th, 2022

Monday, September 12th, 2022

Thursday, September 8th, 2022

Billie Strings sings, “On The Road Again”

Thursday, September 8th, 2022

Billy Strings shared a cover of Willie Nelson‘s 1980 hit “On The Road Again” featuring pro-shot footage from a recent performance at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA near Seattle on August 14th. The young bluegrass torchbearer will join Nelson on the road throughout the month of September for the Red Headed Stranger’s traveling Outlaw Music Festival, where he will perform alongside a rotating lineup featuring Jason Isbell And The 400 UnitCharlie CrockettNathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsBrittney SpencerThe Avett BrothersLarkin Poe, and more.

Strings will join the tour, which kicked off earlier this summer at the end of June, on September 9th in Alpharetta, GA. He will be on the bill for shows in Charlotte, NC (9/10); Virginia Beach, VA (9/11); Bridgeport, CT (9/13); Mansfield, MA (9/16); and Saratoga Springs, NY (9/18). He will then hop off the lineup beginning at Merriweather Post Pavillion on September 17th and for all dates after September 18th.

“On The Road Again” was originally released on the soundtrack to Honeysuckle Rose in 1980. Billy Strings first covered the song during a Billy Strings & Friends set at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in 2019, per BillyBase.

Watch Billy Strings play Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” below. Tickets for Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival are available here.

Willie Nelson in Concert, at Harrah’s (through April 6, 1978)

Thursday, September 8th, 2022

Thanks so much to Budrock, Willie Nelson & Family’s Lighting Director, for sharing this from his vast Willie Nelson collection. He sent it along with this note:

“This was a postcard. These were on every table during Willie’s performances (usually two shows a night for two weeks). This one was from when the live album was recorded.

Willie was 45.
I was 28″

— Budrock

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022

The Highwaymen, “Big River”

Sunday, September 4th, 2022

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

Willie Nelson and Trigger (Farm Aid 2019)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022
EAST TROY, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 21: Willie Nelson performs in concert during Farm Aid 34 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on September 21, 2019 in East Troy, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images for Shock Ink)

Photo: Gary Miller

Willie Nelson and family in Life Magazine (August 1983)

Monday, August 29th, 2022

Life Magazine (8/83)
Photography: Harry Benson
Text: Cheryl McCall

“I’ve about forgotten what a private life is,” says Willie Nelson, padding around his kitchen with a mug of tea. “But when I really want to get away, this is the santuary.”

Here, 40 miles outside Denver, a contented Nelson is secluded with his wife, Connie, and their daughters, Paula and Amy. In the largest of four houses on a 122-acre spread. (One house is an office, the others for rare guests.) The Nelsons’ family life is anchored here; it’s where the girls go to school (public).

But they have another big house near Austin, Texas., site of the country superstar’s personal recording studio. During the summer, Connie and the kids adopt a gypsy lifestyle to keep up with the perapathetic. Willie., who, at 50, shows no sign of setting a more sensible pace. He logs over 200 days a year on the road for as much as $500,000 per concert, and often takes his family along in a customized bus.

“The kids don’t mind the traveling because it’s all they’ve ever known,” says Connie. When she married Willie in 1971, she recalls, “We had to search for pennies before we could go to the grocery store.” In the years since, the royalties form a dozen gold and six platinum albums have made them land barons.

Besides their two “hideouts,” they own a 400-acre ranch in Utah, a 200-acre farm near Nashville and two houses in Hawaii. Their holdings in the Austin area include a 44-acre ranch, an 80-unit town-house complex, the 1, 700-seat Austin Opry House, a motel and a small catfish restaurant called Mona’s.

“That’s a lot of doorknobs,” Nelson says with some satisfaction. What’s it all worth? “It would take a week of inventorying to figure that out,” says his business manager. Recently the Nelsons’s gave LIFE a first-ever look at their homes in Colorado and Texas.

“The most important thing I do for Willie is make sure he gets rest. He doesn’t even realize when he’s running himself into the ground,” says Connie, soaking with her old man in their king-size tub. “I keep the people to a minimum, or before we know it, our time together is gone.”

“When I have time off the road, I try to split it between Colorado and Texas,” says Nelson. To shuttle back and forth, he bought a $1.7 million, seven-passenger Learjet this winter. “The plane makes a difference,” says Paula. “Dad gets home more, and we go to Texas a lot when we’re not in school.”

West of Austin, the family as an eight-room house overlooking the 775 acre Pedernales Country Club, which Nelson owns outright and permits his band, staff and friends to use. His clubhouse office, filled with tapes, awards and a six-foot feathered headdress given him by an Oklahoma Indian tribe, is next to his state-of-the-art recording studio. “I like being able to go in there in the middle of the night,” he says. When fellow muscicians drop by, the beer and tequila flow.

“It can be a continuous party,” Connie sighs. “When one set of people gets worn out, there’s another set ready to go. But there’s only one Willie.” In Austin, Nelson also does some fatherly fence-mending with his children by his first marriage. (Lana, 29, Susie, 27, and Billy, 26, live nearby.) “I was too busy trying to pay the rent when they were small,” he says. “I spend more time with them and my six grandkids now than I ever did before. I like being a father.”