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Willie Nelson and Family on Tour

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

January 29, 2015 Emerald Queen Casino  Tacoma, WA
January 30, 31, 2015 Chinook Winds Casino  Lincoln City, OR
February 2, 2015 Wells Fargo Center for Arts  Santa Rosa, CA
February 3, 2015 Bob Hope Theater  Stockton, CA
February 4, 2015 Majestic Ventura Theater  Ventura, CA
February 27, 2015 The Tabernacle  Atlanta, GA
February 28, 2015 Harrah’s Cherokee  Cherokee, NC
March 1, 2015 Johnny Mercer Theater  Savannah, GA
March 3, 4, 2015 Ryman Auditorium  Nashville, TN
March  6,7, 2015 IP casino  Biloxi, MS
March 8, 2015 Iron City  Birmingham, AL
March 14, 2015 IAustin Rodeo  Austin, TX
March 26,27, 28, 2015 Whitewater Amphitheater (with Merle Haggard)  New Braunfels, TX
March 30, 2015 Missouri Theater  Columbia, MO
March 31, 2015 Shrine Auditorium  Springfield, MO
April 2, 2015 L Scheldegger  Resort
April 3, 2015 First Council Casino  New Kirk, OK
April 4, 2015 Winstar Casino (with
Merle Haggard
Thackerville, OK

It’s Shoeshine Friday! Come on, get out on the floor, everyone’s going to dance to this one

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Willie Nelson & Family Live in Tucson (review and photos, by Mary Francis Andrews)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

photo: Mary Francis Andrews

by: Mary Francis Andrews

Willie Nelson brought his “Family” to a sold out show at the Desert Diamond Casino Theatre Saturday, January 3, 2015 to start the concert season off with a bang! This was one of many sold out shows that Willie has headlined in Tucson. It seems that Tucsonans can’t get enough of Willie Nelson.

This review must be prefaced with a statement that it is impossible to write an impartial review of a Willie Nelson concert when his music in some shape or form has been in the background of our lives since childhood. Country fan or not, the soundtrack probably started with Patsy Cline’s rendition of “Crazy” from the early sixties of the last century. Mr. Nelson wrote the song during his tenure as a Nashville songwriter for ten years. Throngs of fans have those same memories and come out in droves to see the aging legend when his bus rolls into town. Willie Nelson does not disappoint the fans. He still travels approximately 150 tour dates per year. That’s in addition to playing his Farm Aid charity event and his 4th of July annual concert event. Willie has released no less than one album a year.

The “Honeysuckle Rose,” Willie’s bus, rolled into town earlier in the day. The bus is probably Willie’s most comfortable home since he has spent so much time there. One can imagine that Willie napped prior to the show until someone woke him for show time. A face wash, a hair slick-down, a tee-shirt change, a quick massage and Willie was ready for Tucson. He quietly walked on stage and picked up “Trigger,” the most famous Martin guitar in the world and led the band in the first notes of “Whiskey River.” The fans were up on their feet cheering for their hero!

Willie played what seemed like non-stop from one song to the next. There was the traditional “Hello, Tucson” and “thank you’s” between the songs. What made this show special were several factors. First, the set list was all the Willie Nelson classics. The audience knew every song by heart and they were the biggest choral group Willie could have dreamed of having! The newest song was “Band of Brothers” from this year’s album release of new music in June. Willie managed to seamlessly weave the song in to the set as if he had played it for years. Willie’s voice may not be the same as years gone by, but his classic ‘phrasing’ is spot on classic Willie.

Willie’s guitar picking was on par with the best. Willie has been very candid about his admiration for Django Reinhardt’s guitar style. Willie delivered a rousing rendition of Django’s “Nuages.” Willie played guitar solos on “Georgia On My Mind,” “Beer For My Horses,” and he actually played more than he sang. Willie was supported by his long-standing, “Family,” band. His sister, Bobbie Nelson, played piano. Harmonica virtuoso, Mickey Raphael played many solos throughout the show. Paul English played percussion and, his brother, Billy English, played drums. Kevin Smith rounded out the band, expertly played both electric bass guitar and acoustic stand-up bass. Willie’s daughter, Amy Nelson, was also on hand to sing harmony during “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” One must take note that Willie has had a longer relationship with his band members than any of his four marriages. That can also be said about Willie’s relationship with his audience.

Willie finished the 70-minute set by traveling across the front of the stage shaking hands, signing memorabilia, and talking to the fans. This was when he seemed to be the happiest. He left the stage as quietly as his entrance and returned to the bus and left for the next show tomorrow night in Phoenix.

At the age of 81, Willie had seen the bulk of his best buddies and collaborators pass on. He has managed to augment his life with young family and new friends. His music, touring, fans and band remain a stable entity in his busy life. We are all the better for having some Willie Nelson in our life!

For a complete set list, click here. For an ongoing commentary of Willie’s past and present career visit

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Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Happy New Year, Ya'll!!!

Job with a view, with Bobby and Margie Lemons

Friday, January 2nd, 2015


“Preshow practicing the lowering of the Armadillo with Father Time. Take that New York City and your fancy crystal ball in Time Square! It was cool for them to play Gary P’s London Homesick Blues to close out 2014 and to have Willie and the Boys break into Whiskey River at the crack of 2015″

— Margie Lemons


So fun to hang out with Margie and Bobby Lemons.




Beauty and the beast

Thursday, January 1st, 2015



Just kidding, Budrock knows I’m kidding.  I had the pleasure of seeing Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, lighting engineer for Willie Nelson and Family, relaxing a minute together before the show last night at the Austin City Limits.     Really nice folks,  and good looking (Buddy included).


2014 was a great year to be a Willie Nelson fan

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

photo:  Robert MacCready

Wow, what a year Willie Nelson had!    I don’t know how he does all he does, I’m worn out just  listing some of his projects here.  This is not everything he did this year, of course, just a snapshot.  He does so much when he is off the road that we never hear about, public service stuff, private parties, fundraisers, recordings, favors for friends.

It really has been a great year to be a fan, like it was last year, and the year before that.Willie Nelson & Family toured extensively in 2014, Willie released new albums, collaborated with others on their albums, was on the cover of many magazines, appeared on many televisions shows, hosted friends and fans at another picnic in Fort Worth and joined with Farm Aid board members to support family farmers, with their 39th annual Farm Aid concert.  Basically, for another year Willie Nelson made his fans happy and made the world a better place.  Yeah, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Willie is relevant, and his opinions are sought after.

Thank you Willie Nelson, thank you to his family, his band, his fans, for all the music, fellowship, and good times.  And thanks so much to all of you who send me things for my blog; you all make keeping this blog going so much easier and so much fun.   You’re the best.

nye Once again, Willie Nelson and Family welcomed in the new year with family and friends and fans at Austin City Live’s Moody Theater. 13nye40
decday Willie Nelson released two critically acclaimed albums in 2014.  Band of Brothers was #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.
englebert2 Always a popular duet partner, Willie sang on many different albums
His duet with Rhonda Vincent was #1 on Billboard Bluegrass chart
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acl scottnewtonacl5 Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame tonight, along with Coach Darrell Royal, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, and Willie performed, and  Bill Arhos.  Willie was joined by EmmyLou Harris and Lyle Lovett,  for several songs. IMG_0559
inside1 Willie Nelson collaborated with nephew Freddy Fletcher, and launched “Inside Arlyn Studios”, featuring live musical performances.  Willie launched the series with tapings of Guy Clark, Jr., and Merle Haggard.
guestletterman Willie Nelson was a guest on several talk shows, including two appearances on David Letterman in 2014.  He performed music from his new album, “Band of Brothers” on one appearance, and another time sang a new duet with Billy Joe Shaver.
Willie Nelson was a guest on ESPN, reminiscing about his first guitar as a child, playing high school football, earning his fifth-degree black belt and  relationship with legendary football coach Darrell Royal.

“The world looks better from the top a horse.” — Willie Nelson


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Jimmy Kimmel agreed to do a show live from Austin during ACL, if he could have Willie Nelson as a guest.
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Willie Nelson,was honored with guitar-shaped  birthday cake on new season of TLC’s “Cake Boss” television show.
bb1 DSC_0148Once again, Willie Nelson invited friends and fans
to celebrate the Fourth of July, on the back 40, at BillyBob’s Texas, in Fort Worth.
For the 39th year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews headlined a concert to raise funds for family farmers and Farm Aid.  Over 20,000 people attended the concert in Raleigh, North Carolina


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& Family played their favorite Texas haunts
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fansphilWillie Nelson kept his fans close. makewish1And made dreams come true, like Tatum Lee who got to see her favorite singer perform in Kansas City, thanks to Make a Wish Foundation.  He signed her guitar, too!
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Willie autographed books, records, posters, hats, boots, boobs, and more.  I’ll bet he has never said no to a request for an autograph.


Willie Nelson is popular on Facebook, and trended on Twitter.  His family posts new videos, pictures, stories from the road, about contests to win tickets and new shows.  He’s got 4,152,639 likes , and fans post their love and gratitude on his page every day.                                                        

Willie Nelson trended on Twitter


Willie Nelson is 81 so somebody PLEASE warn him that all that weed’s eventually gonna lead him directly to crack
.Stephen Colbert@StephenAtHome
Fun fact: uses the same cologne as and!
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“Wait! U got a Willie T on? Respect-I’m out!”
Willie Nelson Shirts saved lives
triggerphil2 Even Willie Nelson’s guitar, Trigger, made the news.   The July issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine features this cool close up photo taken by Jay Blakesberg, nye
williehorse He ftook time to do things he likes to do, like riding horses alone on his ranch in Texas. luck2
willieannie2And time to hang out with family and friends, celebrated another year of marriage with Annie d’Angelo Nelson. lukaswill busjohn
williers Willie Nelson featured in many magazines in 2014, including another cover of the Rolling Stone. rolling. rspicks
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Willie was even on the cover of a Korean magazine japan Even Willie Nelson’s guitar featured in magazines“The July issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine featured close up photo taken by Jay Blakesberg, jay
As if being a singer, songwriter, actor, author, poet, humanitarian and activist wasn’t enough, Willie Nelson revealed his skills as a magician.   His family posted several videos of Willie trying to trick his sister, with magic.  He’s really good. magic
rbz Willie DKR Exhibit 02 The Briscoe Center for American History has created a display honoring the Living Legend in Willie Nelson with an exhibit inside the Red McCombs Red Zone within the north endzone of the Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium on the University of Texas
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University Library acquired an extensive collection of Willie Nelson’s recordings and papers.Acquired from a fan and consummate collector of Nelson’s work, John Kalinsky, the collection spans 1954 to 2010 and contains 877 recordings, including 45s, LPs, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, CDs, and DVDs.
alisonthree Willie Nelson and Family teamed up with Allison Krause and Jerry Douglas and Union Station for a series of shows. alisontoo. nye
halloweenkid Fans continued to dress their babies up like Willie Nelson, for Halloween. halloweentoo
faa Willie Nelson was honored by Future Farmer’s of America.  He was a member of FFA when he was growing up in Abbott, Texas.
Beautiful designer guitar picks were created to honor his concerts, tours, songs and albums.  Picks designed by Budrock Prewitt and Guthrie Thomas, and tastefully framed here by Guthrie. bobpick


newark radiocity Willie Nelson and Family played all over the U.S., in some of the most famous venues in the U.S., along with amphitheaters, theaters, private parties, casinos and corn fields. harvest10
acl scottnewtonacl5 Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame tonight, along with Coach Darrell Royal, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, and Willie performed, and  Bill Arhos.  Willie was joined by EmmyLou Harris and Lyle Lovett,  for several songs. IMG_0559
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University Library acquired an extensive collection of Willie Nelson’s recordings and papers.Acquired from a fan and consummate collector of Nelson’s work, John Kalinsky, the collection spans 1954 to 2010 and contains 877 recordings, including 45s, LPs, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, CDs, and DVDs. Willie Nelson and Family welcomed in the new year with family and friends and fans at Austin City Live.  Once again, Willie Nelson & Family celebrated New Year’s Eve at the popular venue, located on Willie Nelson Boulevard, in Austin. nye
Photographs of Willie Nelson were featured in books, magazines and exhibits.
waldenfrabreyWillie Nelson featured i exhibit “Country: Portraits of an American Sound” at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
faceoftexasThe Face of Texas,”  (2nd ed.) was published in 2014, with eclectic selection of photos of Willie, Kinky Friedman to Lady Bird Johnson to Troy Aikman to ZZ Top. martystuart3Photos taken by Marty Stuart were on display at a gallery in St. Louis, Missouri. clinchbook1Willie Nelson wrote the introduction to this book of Danny Clinch that includes photos of Willie, Mickey Raphael, and other rock legends.  Clinch named the song after a Willie Nelson song, “Still is Still Moving”.
wnglasses esquire2Willie Nelson was featured in art campaign of designer John Varvatos, and he and his sons performed at the John Varvatos fundraiser, for the benefit of the Stuart House (a Rape Treatment Center).  concert raised over one million dollars.  blackbelt3 stuarthouse
youngpipe Willie Nelson and his sons joined Neil Young at “Harvest the Host” concert in Neligh, NE.  Funds raised were used to raise awareness about dangers of Keystone PipeLine. Willie and Neil were honored by Rosebud Sioux and Ogalala Sioux, for humanitarian work. DSC_0131 Honoring of Willie Nelson and Neil Young at Harvest the Hope Concert
judge judge Willie’s cover of the Coldplay song, “The Scientist” is used in move, “The Judge”  (Not on soundtrack though, sadly.)
preacher3 Seth Rogen announces plans to use Willie Nelson song in new tv series he developing, based on the Preacher graphic novels.. put together the “100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time,” which included both new and old. Willie made the list at #48 with “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” from his 1975 album Red Headed Stranger. He also made #10 with his friend Waylon Jennings for “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” You can see the entire list 100best
AnnieRayWillie Nelson appeared in, “The Legend Of Shep Gordon.”
a documentary directed by Mike Meyers.  Appearances also by
Tom Arnold,  Michael Douglas and Sylvester Stallone.
willieanneWillie was featured in new documentary about Ann Richards
vets charityWillie donated his voice, time, energy, music, and autographed dozens of guitar, to help raise funds for good causes that he believes in. austinpets3 Win Willie Nelson Signed Guitar
IMG_4729 IMG_4587 Willie Nelson received his fifth level black belt at a ceremony in Austin. IMG_4532
collection major portions of his collection of correspondence, manuscripts, records and awards to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.Along with other music collections at the center, the Willie Nelson Collection provides scholars with a deeper understanding of Nelson’s music, career, relationships and creative process. The collection will be the focus of an upcoming exhibit on the UT Austin campus.
Willie Nelson invited Larry king on board his bus, for an interview and conversation about turning 80, legalizing marijuana and the 2016 presidential race. lk
Willie Nelson opened up his Luck, Texas ranch for “Heartbreaker’s Banquet”, one of the premiere parties and concerts during the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. heartbreakerb heartbreakera nye


Willie Nelson fan Johnny Depp joined the band and played guitar at the Houston Rodeo, and Boston shows.



In 2014, more artists were inspired to portray Willie Nelson in their art, in oil, wood, pencil, food and media that you can’t even imagine.

Willie Nelson’s braids were auctioned off as part of the estate of Waylon Jennings (a gift to him from Willie, to celebrate Waylon’s sobriety). braidssale

Willie Nelson & Family, Austin City Live (Dec. 30, 2014)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


Willie Nelson invites family and friends onstage to sing some gospel tunes at end of his show last night.











Willie Nelson fans and friends

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


Hanging out with the lovely Rebecca  Thomas, Janis Tillerson and Martha English, before the Willie Nelson & Family show


The lovely Thomas family!

Chris, Rebecca, Zac Thompson, with grandma.


These fans danced through the entire Willie Nelson show.

Willie Nelson’s crew

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


Budrock back at the light board, at Moody Theater, Austin City Live.

And Bobby Lemons, sound engineer.



Always fun to see Willie Nelson’s crew at the shows, working hard.

Willie Nelson on guitar

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014


“I want everyone to hear Willie Nelson like he’s playing on their front porch” — Bobby Lemons

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Thoughts on the ADL 700 from Bobby Lemons, FOH… by BrookDonnell

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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.


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

Lukas Nelson and Bee Spears

Thursday, December 5th, 2013


photo, thanks to Julia Spears

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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


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


Friday, February 17th, 2012

Willie Nelson and Bea Spears, Grand Junction, Colorado

Monday, January 30th, 2012


September 19, 2011

In Memory of Bee Spears

Sunday, January 8th, 2012



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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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