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Monk meets the Red Headed Stranger (October 11, 2002)

Thursday, October 11th, 2018


Is country superstar Willie Nelson a cold-blooded murderer? The police think so – but Monk has other ideas.

An angry Willie Nelson accuses his road manager, Sonny Cross, of embezzlement just hours before making a San Francisco radio appearance. Sonny later arrives at the radio station to find a note summoning him to a side entrance. As Sonny disappears down an alley, two shots ring out, and an engineer throws open the side door to find a blind woman, Mrs. Mass, screaming hysterically – and Willie Nelson hovering over Sonny’s dead body.

An injured Captain Stottlemeyer decides to put Lt. Disher in charge of the investigation, and Disher loses no time in calling in Adrian Monk. Monk learns that only Sonny, Mrs. Mass, and Willie Nelson were in the alley, and even though he seems to be the most likely suspect. Monk can’t picture Willie – a favorite singer of his late wife Trudy – as a killer. Stottlemeyer arrives with his right arm in a sling. Mrs. Mass gently shakes his left hand, then identifies Willie’s voice as the one that threatened to kill her if she spoke to the police. Orphaned at 16 in a car accident that also robbed her of her sight, Mrs. Mass is a persuasive witness. Things look grim for the Red-Headed Stranger.

With Sharona gushing about her great new boyfriend Justin, and the SFPD occupied with trying to track down a persistent and elusive streaker, Monk starts to investigate. He begins by learning more about Sonny Cross. A reckless womanizer and boozehound, Cross had previously served two years in prison for vehicular manslaughter. Willie had been close to firing Cross on many occasions, but never had the heart.

For now, Willie Nelson is still the prime suspect, and the police arrest him and formally press charges. Meanwhile, Monk decides to go see Mrs. Mass again. He learns she received a concussion after falling in a wet supermarket aisle the year before, but never sued. As they say goodbye, she offers to shake his hand, and Monk suddenly remembers how she’d previously shaken Stottlemeyer’s hand – and offered him her left hand because his right hand was in a sling. How had she known that… unless she had somehow regained her sight!

The SFPD has finally caught the streaker, and Monk bails him out of jail so he can lay a trap for Mrs. Mass. From a place of concealment, Monk and Sharona watch Mrs. Mass turn her head in wonder as the nudist streaks by her ¿ and Sharona recognizes the streaker as her new boyfriend, Justin!

Once in custody, Mrs. Mass finally comes clean: the fall last year in the supermarket somehow reconnected her optic nerve, restoring partial vision in one eye. She’d kept this miracle to herself in order to be above suspicion when she took finally her revenge on Sonny Cross – the drunk driver that took away her family and her eyesight 30 years before.


All charges against Willie Nelson are dropped, and on a crisp autumn sky under a sparkling blue sky, the two new friends play a soulful, moving duet together – Willie on guitar, Monk on clarinet – at the site of Trudy’s grave.






Willie Nelson Art

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Thank you so much Joanna Ziemba Jaz for sharing this cool Willie Nelson sand art photo.  Here’s a video of how the artist creates.

Dirty Car Artist

When dirt is beautiful.

Posted by 60 Second Docs Presents on Monday, September 24, 2018

Willie Nelson and Van Morrison collaborate in studio in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Van Morrison went into a Pittsburgh, Pa.-area studio together earlier this month, hinting at the probability of an exciting upcoming collaboration. Staff at the Church Recording Studio in Pennsylvania were taken by surprise when the booking request came in.

“We didn’t take it too seriously at first, but after pushing them for some details, they revealed it was for Van Morrison,” studio producer Dave Hidek tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We actually believed them less at that point, so we asked for the standard deposit, and sure enough a check arrived the next day and we knew they were for real.” Hidek goes on to say that the request for Morrison from Belfast, Ireland, was only the first layer of surprise for the studio.

“A little later on, we got a call from Willie Nelson’s management to let us know that he’d be attending as well,” Hidek shares. “Having either one walk through our doors would in itself be a treat, to put it lightly, but both of them together would certainly be a historic experience.”
Morrison and Nelson both headlined the Outlaw Music Festival in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7, and in the days leading up to the event, they holed up in the little studio along with Nelson’s son Lukas, harmonica player Mickey Raphael, and his long-time friend and producer Buddy Cannon. While Nelson and his cohorts were there to contribute, the new project is helmed by Morrison.

“Van is intense … He knows exactly what he likes down to what guitar is being used or where the treble is set on the amp … He doesn’t linger on things, and his level of execution was impressive,” Hidek says of the recording experience. “Willie takes the opposite approach in many ways, but that’s what makes this collaboration so special. For being 85, he’s still got that vocal magic, and his performance holds you hostage from the first note to the last note.”

No word on when the collaboration will be released, but you can bet we’ll be on the lookout for it. Nelson has done countless cross-genre collaborations throughout his career, but this marks the first time he’s recorded with the Irish legend.

The article does not elaborate on what may have taken place inside the studio walls, other than to speculate that the recordings were most likely for a future Morrison project. Also in attendance were Lukas Nelson, Willie’s son and leader of the band Promise of the Real, and Nelson’s longtime harmonica player Mickey Raphael. Morrison was described by Hidek as being “intense,” and the 85-year-old Nelson markedly less so.

Nelson and Morrison recently co-headlined many dates of the Outlaw Music Festival, which made a stop in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7 (Morrison’s first show in the city since 1973!).

Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp talk about Farm Aid and why it matters

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Willie Nelson brought his traveling Outlaw Music Festival tour to the Northeast this weekend for a run of shows throughout the month, and Saturday night’s gathering in Hershey, PA, featured a special collaboration in which Nelson welcomed tour mates Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi to the stage to close out the show.

As with other Outlaw Festival stops, this weekend’s shows featured a rotating cast of acts—anchored by Willie Nelson & Family—including Van Morrison, Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Brandi Carlile, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and more. On Saturday, Nelson’s son Lukas took lead vocals during the elder Nelson’s set for a cover of Larry Davis’ blues standard “Texas Flood.” Later in the evening, Trucks and Tedeschi emerged to help out on a couple more folk standards, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away,” which wrapped up the evening.

The Outlaw Music Festival continues to tour around the Northeast this month, with its next stop coming this Friday, September 14, in Scranton, PA. Neil Young, Greensky Bluegrass, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Margo Price will also be joining Nelson and company at upcoming stops. See the tour’s full schedule here.

“On the Road Again (Let’s Just Stay Here)” on the Tonight Show, with Jimmy Fallon

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Ethan Hawke and Jimmy Fallon channel the Highwaymen in this interesting rendition of “On the Road Again.”

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Happy Labor Day from Farm Aid

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

See Willie Nelson & Family in Toronto (Sunday, Sept. 9th)

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

Outlaw Music Festival
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sturgill Simpson, Terra Lightfoot, Particle Kid

It’s the only stop he’ll make in Canada this year.

Willie Nelson marked his 85th birthday year with his 73rd studio record, the aptly named Last Man Standing, and took the fifth edition of his Honeysuckle Rose biodiesel tour bus on the road again.   The journey continues for the godfather of outlaw country’s Outlaw Music Festival, and hey, that’s Hammertown’s wonderful Terra Lightfoot among the performers/acolytes in tow, an A-list of independent spirits rounded out by Sturgill Simpson, Particle Kid and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Nelson and his longtime Family band return for the first time since June 2013. It should make for a reunion carnival as much as a show. (Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd.,

gates 3:20 p.m.

Roger Miller’s, “King of the Road”, with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis and more

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

This is not the new version of the song, but an earlier one recorded by the same people.  You can see the new rendition only on Facebook here.
by:  Joe Lynch

Of his five top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, Roger Miller is certainly best remembered for his highest charting of those, the No. 4-peaking “King of the Road.” The good-natured, pop-leaning country tune about a man with few pennies but fewer worries was an instant crossover success and remains one of the most enduring hits of the ’60s, covered by everyone from Dean Martin to Randy Travis (who scored a hit version of the song in the ’90s).

Now, a new version of the oft-covered song is out, and it features some of the biggest names to ever hit the genre, several of whom performed the song together at the 1995 CMA Awards: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard (who recorded his verse prior to his death), Dolly Parton and Dwight Yoakam. Additionally, Kris Kristofferson, Eric Church, Travis, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn and many more* lend their voices to this irrepressible ode to vagabond life, premiering on Facebook. 

This new take hails from the two-disc celebration King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller (Aug. 31) which is designed to shine a light on Miller’s underappreciated contributions to country and popular music at large – not to mention his against-the-odds success, coming from a hardscrabble Texas background. Even so, Miller was a quick-witted charmer who made friends well beyond his corner of the music world.

“Roger Miller was one of a kind,” his son Dean Miller writes in the compilation’s heartfelt liner notes. “He was as comfortable joking with the average person as he was laughing with presidents and queens. He made everyone around him comfortable. You felt like he was your best friend, though his lightning fast mind was miles ahead of everyone in the room.”

King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller is out Aug. 31 via BMG, with details about an upcoming TV special coming soon.

*Vocalists on “King of the Road” from King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller:

Willie Nelson
Merle Haggard
Kris Kristofferson
Dolly Parton
Eric Church
Randy Travis
Lily Meola
Dwight Yoakam
Bill Anderson
Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket)
Radney Foster
Emmy Lou Harris
Jamey Johnson
Alison Krauss
Ronnie Dunn
Flatt Lonesome
Dean Miller
Shawn Camp
Mandy Barnett
Brenda Lee

Willie Nelson, “I’ll Be Around” (from new album, “My Way”, a tribute to Frank Sinatra out September 14th)

Monday, August 27th, 2018

What Would Willie Do? (love from Kenny Chesney)

Sunday, August 26th, 2018


“Hey Willie. It’s Kenny. This is hanging in a bar in Key West. Couldn’t resist!!

Love you pal,”

Kenny C

Willie Nelson special appearance on Real Country, new series on USA Network

Friday, August 17th, 2018

NEW YORK, NY – USA Network announced today that its new music showcase series REAL COUNTRY has added country stars Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd and Big & Rich as celebrity guests. The network also announced a special appearance by the beloved country icon Willie Nelson, and set Graham Bunn – most recently from Southern California’s #1 country station, Go Country 105 – as host.

Each episode will feature one of the special celebrity guests alongside REAL COUNTRY’s permanent panel of artists – five-time GRAMMY Award®-winning trailblazer Shania Twain, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Jake Owen and GRAMMY Award®-winning music legend Travis Tritt. From Wilshire Studios, the eight-part series will premiere Tuesday, November 13 at 10/9c, and has Twain, Nicolle Yaron, Stijn Bakkers and Leslie Garvin set to executive produce. Additional celebrity guests will be announced soon.

In each hour-long episode, Twain, Owen and Tritt will hand-select emerging solo artists, duos and groups to perform in showcases that spotlight the rich traditions, songs and themes of country music. The best artists from each showcase will perform in a two-hour grand finale, for the chance to be named one of country music’s next breakout acts.

For more information about our host and celebrity guests, please see below.

To learn more about joining the studio audience, please click here: