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Willie Nelson adds artists to Outlaw Music Festival in Charlotte, NC (June 20, 2018)

Sunday, June 17th, 2018
by:  Andrew O’Brien

Willie Nelsonhas announced a number of exciting supporting acts for his make-up show on June 20th at Charlotte, NC’s PNC Music Pavillion. The outlaw country legend will be joined by The Avett Brothers, Jamey Johnson, and Sarah Shook and the Disarmers.

The talented bill serves as a consolation for fans who attended Nelson’s Charlotte, NC edition of his touring Outlaw Music Festival on May 26th. While Nelson took the stage for his scheduled set, he quickly exited before playing a note. A statement from Live Nation explained that the 85-year-old country music legend was forced to cancel his set due to a stomach illness. Tickets for the initial show will be honored for the makeup performance, and additional tickets are available here.

The Charlotte show marked the latest cancellation from Nelson, who has called off a number of dates during the last year due to health issues.

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival is set to continue on June 22nd and feature artists like Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello, The Head and The Heart, Old Crow Medicine Show, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Ryan Bingham, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Margo Price, Terra Lightfoot, and Van Morrison in various different groupings.

For a full list of upcoming dates on the Outlaw Music Festival tour, head here.

Annie Nelson

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Country Fancast


Country music icon Willie Nelson and wife Annie D’Angelo have been going strong for over twenty-six years! Get to know the star’s longtime leading lady through these facts below.

1) Is Annie D’Angelo Willie Nelson’s first spouse?

No, Annie is Willie Nelson’s fourth wife. Willie was previously married to Martha Matthews (1952-1962), Shirley Collie (1963-1971), and Connie Koepke (1971-1988).

2) Where did Annie and Willie get married?

The couple got married on Sept. 16, 1991, at Nashville’s St. Alouin Church.

3) Do the couple have children together?

Yes, Annie is the mother of two sons, Lukas Autrey (born December 25, 1988) and Jacob Micah (May 24, 1990). Both are also musicians.

4) Does Annie D’Angelo have stepchildren?

She sure does! Five to be exact:  Lana, Susie, Willie “Billy” Hugh, Jr. (died in 1991), Paula Carlene, and Amy Lee.

5) How did Annie and Willie meet? 

Annie met her future husband while she was working as a makeup artist on the set of the 1986 film Stagecoach. The movie also starred Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash!

6) What did Annie help put a stop to after they got hitched?

Moochers. Annie stepped in to help manage Willie’s financial mess and greatly reduced his payroll. Sadly, some individuals were taking advantage of Willie’s generosity.

7) What is at the heart of the couple’s longtime martial success? 

“I’m not easy to live with. I’m pretty temperamental, you know. I’ve been used to doing things my own way for so long that I’m not interested in any suggestions. There was friction with my other wives. But it seems like Annie and I did okay with each other,” Willie share in a past interview with Taste of Country. “It takes a special person to live with me … I’ve got great wives, great kids, great grandkids.”

We wish Willie and Annie many more years of happiness together! Share this with other country music fans.

WIllie Nelson & Family in Indianapolis (June 12, 2012)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018


Photo, thanks to  Darrin Roark

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Micah Nelson Particle Kid, in Wilmington, NC (June 8, 2018)

Monday, June 11th, 2018

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photos:  Tom Dorgan

This past Friday’s sold-out show with Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real and Particle Kid did not disappoint. These Nelson brothers are pretty talented, to say the least, and we hope they come back to rock ILM again! Check out photos taken by Tom Dorgan below and follow encore magazine on Facebook for more concert pics.

Read article, see more photos here.  

Willie Nelson art in Charlotte, NC (by Alison Hamil)

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

“I designed and painted this mural for an exterior wall of Mac’s Speed Shop, a BBQ restaurant chain based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. This painting is located at their original location on South Boulevard in Charlotte. The client requested that the mural feature Willie Nelson’s portrait in front of an American flag, with text reading “Willie for President.” What a fun project.”

— Alison Hamil

see more photos here.

Willie Nelson at Caesar’s Palace (June 1, 1981)

Friday, June 1st, 2018


Willie Nelson: Once an outlaw, always an outlaw

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
by:  Jordan Runtagh

Once an outlaw — always an outlaw.

Few artists can hope to have a music career as long and as storied as the great Willie Nelson, the self-proclaimed “last man standing” in the pantheon of country blues greats. Still performing regularly, and with a new studio album — his 67th — under his belt, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

In a wide-ranging cover story for the upcoming issue of AARP The Magazine, Nelson opened up about what keeps him heading out on the road at 85 years old. “You’ve gotta want it,” he says in an “On Topic” video segment that accompanies the feature, shared exclusively by PEOPLE. “And when you get it you got to still want it.”

When it comes to his longevity, the “On the Road Again” singer credits the power of positive thinking. “A negative thought will kill you. So if you’re even thinking negative you’ve got to change that first.”

In the intimate clip, Nelson recalls his early days learning to play an old Sears & Roebuck guitar at the age of 6. Once he got the finger-pickin’ down, he was on his way — and it truly was his way.

“It wouldn’t do any good to tell me anything because I was too stubborn to listen,” he reflects about his youthful days. “And I knew that. We all go through periods when we feel like we have to follow our gut and do what we feel is right at the time when everybody else might think it’s dumb.”

In some ways, he feels as though his headstrong manner hasn’t changed much in the ensuing decades. “I don’t do what I don’t want to do, but if I want to do it, get out of the goddamn way because I’m going to do it! And I suggest everyone have an attitude similar.”

God Bless Willie Nelson

Saturday, May 26th, 2018


“What a delightful way to start vacation. As I travel down the road passers by provide a big thumbs up for my God Bless Willie Nelson sign!!!” — Janine, from Minnesota

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Willie Nelson, “Whiskey River” — Farm Aid 1986

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

For decades, Willie Nelson has played Johnny Bush’s “Whiskey River” as a set opener, and he has even been known to perform this downhearted drinking song several times in the same concert. Do a YouTube search for live versions and you’ll find that, testament to his gifts as a song interpreter, he has discovered many new wrinkles in the tune.

The arrangement here is based on Nelson’s recording of “Whiskey River” from his 1973 album, Shotgun Willie. The song has a fairly simple structure, with two main repeating sections, a chorus and a verse, and instrumental solos played over the chorus progression. . . .


The text above is excerpted from Adam Perlmutter’s analysis of  “Whiskey River,” which originally appeared in Acoustic Guitar’s July 2018 issue. For the full text of the article, performance notes, and music notation and tab, head to the Acoustic Guitar Store and pick up a copy.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real nominated for 2018 Americana Award

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real were nominated to receive a 2018 American Award for best duo/group.  What a great group of artists they are nominated with.


I’m With her
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
by:  Lauren Tingle

Jason Isbell earned nominations in four categories when the 17th annual Americana Music Association Awards nominees were announced Tuesday (May 15) at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Margo Price and Brandi Carlile follow with three nominations each.

Nominated for artist of the year alongside Price, Carlile and John Prine, Isbell is nominated for album of the year with his band, the 400 Unit, for their Grammy-winning collection The Nashville Sound and song of the year for “If We Were Vampires.”

The Milk Carton Kids’ Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan hosted the live webcast with fellow nominees Molly Tuttle, Brittany Haas, Jerry Pentecost, Daniel Donato and other special guests.

The winners of each category will be revealed during the Americana Honors and Awards show on Sept. 12 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium during the 2018 Americana Music Festival and Conference, which runs from Sept. 11-16. The recipient for the organization’s lifetime achievement award will be revealed leading up to the event.

Album of the Year
All American Made, Margo Price
Producers: Jeremy Ivey, Alex Munoz, Margo Price and Matt Ross-Spang

By The Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile
Producers: Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings

The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Producer: Dave Cobb

Rifles & Rosary Beads, Mary Gauthier
Producer: Neilson Hubbard

Artist of the Year
Brandi Carlile
Jason Isbell
Margo Price
John Prine

I’m With Her
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Emerging Artist
Courtney Marie Andrews
Tyler Childers
Anderson East
Lilly Hiatt

Song of the Year
“A Little Pain,” Margo Price
“All The Trouble,” Lee Ann Womack
“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile

Instrumentalist of the Year
Daniel Donato
Brittany Haas
Jerry Pentecost
Molly Tuttle

Willie Nelson and Family on Tour

Monday, May 14th, 2018


May 16
BOK Center
with Alison Krauss
Tulsa, OK

May 18
Ascend Amphitheater
with Alison Krauss
Nashville, TN

May 19
Oak Mountain Amphitheater
with Alison Krauss
Pelham, AL

May 20
Verizon Amphitheater
with Alison Krauss
Alpharetta, GA

May 22
State Farm Center
with Alison Krauss
Champaign, IL

May 23
KFC Yum Center
with Alison Krauss
Louisville, KY

May 25
Outlaw Music Festival
Coastal Credit Union
Music Park at Walnut Creek
Raleigh, NC

May 26
Outlaw Music Festival
PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, NC

May 27
Outlaw Music Festival
Jiffy Lube Live
Bristol, VA

June 22
Outlaw Music Festival
Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati, OH

June 23
Outlaw Music Festival
Ruoff Home
Mortgage Music Center
Noblesville, IN

June 24
Outlaw Music Festival
DTE Energy Music Theater
Clarkston, MI

June 26
Blues and Bayous Festival, with John Fogerty, ZZ Top
Soaring Eagle Casino
Mt. Pleasant, MI

June 27
Foellinger Outdoor Theater
Ft. Wayne, IN

June 29
Outlaw Music Festival
Verizon Pavilion
North Little Rock, AR

June 30
Outlaw Music Festival
Starplex Pavillion
Dallas, TX

July 1
Outlaw Music Festival
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
The Woodlands, TX

July 4
Circuit of the Americas
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Austin, TX

July 28
Ironstone Amphitheater
with Alison Krauss
Murphys, CA

July 29
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
with Alison Krauss
Reno, NV

July 31
with Alison Krauss
Troutdale, CA

Aug 1
Marymore Park
with Alision Krauss
Redmond, WA

August 3
Northern Quest Resort and Casino
with Alison Krauss
Airway Heights, WA

August 4
Les Schwab Amphitheater
with Alison Krauss
Bend, Oregon

August 6
Mountain Winery
with Alison Krauss
Saratoga, CA

August 7
Save Mart Center
with Alison Krauss
Fresno, CA

August 9
Pacific Amphitheater
with Alison Krauss
Costa Mesa, CA

August 10
with Alison Krauss
San Diego, CA

August 11
Vina Robles Amphitheater
with Alison Krauss
Paso Robles, CA

September 7
Outlaw Music Festival:  Key Bank Pavilion
with Sturgill Simpson, Brandy Carlile, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real,  The Commonheart, Particle Kid
Burgettsville, PA

September 8
Outlaw Music Festival:  Hershey Park Stadium
with Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks, Sturgill Simpson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid
Hershey, PA

September 9
Outlaw Music Festival:  Budweiser Stadium
Tedeschi Trucks, Sturgill Simpson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid, Tera Lightfoot
Toronto, ON

September 12
Forest Hills Stadium
with Van Morrison
Forest Hills, NY

September 14
Outlaw Music Festival:  The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
with Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid
Scranton, Pa

September 15
Outlaw Music Festival:  BB & T Pavilion
with Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks, Greensky Bluegrass, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid
Camden, NJ

September 16
Outlaw Music Festival:  PNC Bank Arts Center
with Tedeschi Trucks, Sturgill Simpson Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid
Holmdel, NJ

September 21
Outlaw Music Festival:  Xfinity Center
with Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel , Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid
Mansfield, MA

September 23
Outlaw Music Festival: Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Nathaniel Rateliff and Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid
Saratoga Springs, NY

October 12 (rescheduled from Jan 14)
E Center
Laughlin, NV

October 15
McCallum Theater
Palm Desert, CA

October 17 (rescheduled from Jan 10)
Graton Resort and Casino
with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Rohnert Park, CA

October 19, 20 (rescheduled from Jan 12, 13)
The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Las Vegas, NV

November 9th (rescheduled from Feb. 9)
IP Casino Resort
Biloxi, MS

November 10 (rescheduled from Feb 7)
Macon City Auditorium
with Los Lonely Boys
Macon, GA

November 12 (rescheduled from Feb 12)
Germain Arena
with Los Lonely Boys
Estero, FL

November 14 (rescheduled from Feb 10)
Marina Civic Center
with Los Lonely Boys
Panama City, FL

Willie Nelson in Mother Earth News (May/June 1987)

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Mother Earth News
May/June 1987
Farm Aid’s Founder:  Willie Nelson
Patrick Carr

It’s midwinter in Tampa, Florida, and as usual the weather is warm going on stifling.  Willie Nelson really needs the air conditioner humming peacefully in his mobile home away from home, the Silver Eagle Honeysuckle Rose.

In his own, quiet, careful way, Willie’s all business today.  Waiting in the cool, dark comfort of the bus for the horde of people his presence will draw to town tonight, he’s working hard:  poring over snapshots of himself and his sister Bobbie outside the Abbott, Texas, church in which they learned to sing, for the cover of a genuine hard-core Christian mail-order gospel album; making little decisions about the set he and his band of honky-tonk gypsies will play tonight; ordering up a carefully nutritious chicken dinner from the kitchen bus that travels with his five-vehicle caravan, then forgetting to eat it; talking business with little haste or waste of words or energy, on the radio telephone at his elbow.

The business concerns the usual megastar matters — movie promotion, investment opportunities, the touring schedule, a $1.5 million book contract — but also something seemingly out of place in this context:  the Farm Aid cause, Mr. Nelson’s foray into public service.  Cocooned amid Tampa’s concrete consumerism, the former Bible salesman, and latter-day multimillionaire is taking time to help the family farmers of his country fight back against government policy, big business and the economics of scale.

There is something rather special about Willie Nelson.  It was he, after all, who united the rednecks and the hippies and the surburbanites of the 1970s in appreciation of a style of country music considered both archaic and impossibly uncommercial by the Nashville powers-that-were.  Likewise his image — a lovely blend of longhair, cowboy, rebel, hardcore party legend and wise old man — is suggestive.

It’s no wonder he’s such an institution.  You can look up to some entertainers (Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Paul McCartney), but Willie invites involvement, not distance.  The dominant element of his stare — a thoroughly savvy serenity — is mighty trustworthy.

That invitation to trust must have been part of his image all along.  Certainly it was during his late teenage years, when he was already trying to get ahead in the world by promoting dance concerts throughout east Texas, earning his percentage from acts like Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Milton Brown and the Brownies, Spade Cooley, and the legendary Ernest Tubb while he watched from the wings and learned the ropes.  It also impressed the folks in the Nashville big leagues after Willie had decided to forgo his studies for the Baptist ministry in favor of a full-time career in the hillbilly highway nightlife; you need a lot more than even the kind of devastating song-writing talent Willie possesses to become a primary source for the Music Row hit machine the way he did in pretty short order.  And when eventually his ambitions outstripped what Nashville was willing to offer and he made his legendary end-run around Music Row, his aura so impressed the college hippies of Austin, texas, that not too long after he’d been among them they began to buy posters proclaiming, “Matthew, Mark, Luke and Willie,” and to enshrine them in their places of fun and meditation.

A Nashville executive describes his experience:  “It was amazing, just wonderful,” says the Nashville executive.  “I’ve never seen anything like it.  Neil Reshen (Willie’s manager) was so bad — I mean, you really wanted to have the man arrested; the secretaries used to run for the bathroom when he showed up.  But when you talked to Willie, it was like negotiating with Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and you were so relieved you didn’t have to deal with Neil that you gave Willie whatever he wanted.  But, of course, what Neil wanted and what Willie wanted were the same things.  They were working the good cop, bad cop routine, the oldest con in the world, but they did it so well you didn’t realize what was going on till it was all over.  And by then you’d done a deal you’d never have even dreamed of otherwise.  Willie just outplayed me, and he ended up getting what he really deserved.  And all that means is he’s smarter than I am.  He just has to turn that smile on you, and you’re hooked.  But now I take him seriously.  He may be beautiful, but he’s not dumb.”

Such a man — with his hard-earned combination of country compassion, common sense and carefully honed business skills – would have been the perfect choice if American farmers had gone looking for a leader in their hour of need.  That’s not how it happened, though.  It was Willie who went unbidden to the farmers.

September 1985 was when it began, in Champagne, Illinois, as a notion kicked around between Willie and his crew in the wake of Bob Geldof’s Life Aid marathon.  As Willie recalls, in the low-to-vanishing key for which he is renowned, “I have no idea how it got started.  I was just sitting in the bus….”

Like a large proportion of the projects Willie judges worthy, the 14-hour Farm Aid benefit moved from the idea to action with little further ado.  It was set up with minimum fuss and executed with slightly less toll and craziness than usually attends a mammoth outdoor music festival featuring multiple major entertainers.  (Which figures.  After more than a decade of organizing and hosting his legendary Fourth of July picnics, Willie is perhaps the world’s premier mastermind of such events.)   When it was all over — when Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Alabama, Billy Joel, Kris Kristofferson, Bon Jovi, Joni Mitchell, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Rogers, Neil Young, Merle Haggard, John Cougar Mellencamp and some 45 other acts had done their thing and the TV viewers who watched them had sent in their donations — Willie and his crew suddenly found themselves in temporary possession of a great deal of donated money.

That came as something of a shock.  “I figured people would respond,” says Willie, “but not nearly as well as they did, and as all that money started rollin’ in, I had to rethink my position.  I realized I had to do a lot more than make some calls and go out and sing.  My name was attached to that money, so by necessity I had to take responsibility and decide that I would be the one who writes the checks.  So that’s what happens, nothing goes out without my signature on it.  And so far, I know that every quarter of that money has gone to benefit the family farmer in some way.”

After Farm Aid One in Illinois and Farm Aid Two, held in Austin on the Fourth of July, 1986, the approximate total for which Willie has taken responsibility is $14 million.

And Willie doesn’t just sign the checks, he approves them.

“He makes the final decision,” says Caroline Mugar, the director of Farm Aid (Willie is Chairman of the Board).  “We just do the research on what’s going on, who’s doing what where, what they hope to do and how they’ve used the money they’ve already gotten, and we make recommendations.  Then Willie decides.”

“My dad is fine” — Paula Nelson

Monday, May 7th, 2018

“Okay, peoples here we go again.  My dad is not sick.  He is fine and enjoying his time off in Maui.  Thank you for your concerns.

I don’t know all the people that are starting these rumors.  But I know of one.  For some time now a man named Eddie Lee has been claiming to be my dad’s oldest son.  Not true.  The guy is a total fruitcake who has been threatening my real brothers for years.  And he has been posting on social media that my dad is sick.  Total BS!!

My message board is filled up with messages asking about my dad’s health.  Like I said, he is just fine and about to go on tour May 16th.  Please do not accept requests from Eddie Lee and by all means do not believe a word he says.”

— Paula Nelson

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, April 27th, 2018