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Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Willie Nelson on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (June 18, 2019)

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie” (Rolling Stone Interview June 2015)

Saturday, June 15th, 2019
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www.RollingStone.com
by:  Patrick Doyle

“Hello, I know you!” Merle Haggard says as he emerges from the bedroom of his tour bus. He’s talking to Willie Nelson, who’s sitting in the bus’s cramped front quarters. Standing nearby, Nelson’s wife, Annie, asks the pair if they’ll sign a couple of acoustic guitars for a charity run by Matthew McConaughey, a friend of the family. “Absolutely not,” Haggard says with a smile. Later, when Annie takes a photo of the two signing the guitars, Nelson grins and gives the camera the finger.

It’s a perfect Saturday night in South Texas, where Haggard, 78, and Nelson, 82, are playing the last of three sold-out shows together at New Braunfels’ Whitewater Amphitheater. Haggard is about to play a set, during which Nelson will join him on “Okie From Muskogee,” “Pancho and Lefty” and a handful of other songs. Backstage, Nelson family members catch up; his rail-thin 90-year-old roadie Ben Dorcy (who was once John Wayne’s assistant) ambles around, smoking a pipe. Directly behind the stage, locals ride down the Guadalupe River in inner tubes, stopping on the bank to listen to the show. “We’ll get somebody out there to sell them tickets,” Nelson jokes.

Sitting side by side on the bus, Nelson and Haggard look like they could be a grizzled Mount Rushmore of country music. “It’s a mutual-admiration society with us,” says Nelson. “Merle’s one of the best. There’s not anyone out there that can beat him. Maybe Kris Kristofferson. But then you start running out of names.”

Haggard and Nelson are about to release a new LP, Django and Jimmie. (The title is a tribute to Nelson’s and Haggard’s respective heroes, Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers.)

One of the best songs is “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash,” an ode to their late friend and a meditation on mortality. “There’s a thousand good stories about John,” says Nelson. Haggard tells one, about the time Cash thought it would be hilarious to dynamite a broken-down car he encountered on the side of the road. “He hooks it all up, hits the plunger and blows it up. And he said, ‘Now, when that guy goes to tell his old lady his car blew up, he won’t be lying!’?” Nelson cackles, adding, “John used to say, ‘I always get my best thinking done when June is talking.’?”

“I didn’t know anything about marijuana,” Haggard says. “It’s fantastic.”

Nelson and Haggard met at a poker game at Nelson’s Nashville house in 1964, when both were struggling songwriters. (Neither would have major success until they left Nashville behind; Nelson for Austin, Haggard for Bakersfield, California.) They didn’t become close until the late Seventies, when they were playing casinos in Reno. “We’d play a couple of long shows a day, then spend all night long jamming,” says Haggard.

In 1982, they recorded Pancho & Lefty together at Nelson’s ranch near Austin, where they’d stay awake for days — “We were living pretty hard in that time period,” Nelson has said — playing golf and then recording all night (Haggard barely remembers singing his famous verse on “Pancho and Lefty”). At the time, they were fasting on a master-cleanse regimen of cayenne pepper and lemon juice. “I think Willie went 10 days,” says Haggard. “I went seven.”

“I still ain’t got over it,” says Nelson. “Still hungry.” Adds Haggard, “You’re still high!”

These days, they share a love of conspiracy theories (both are devoted fans of paranormal-obsessed radio host Art Bell) and making music with their children (Haggard’s son Ben plays guitar in his band; Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah frequently join their father onstage). “It’s as good as it gets, to have your kids up there playing,” says Nelson. “And they’re good!”

On the new album, the two cover Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright).” The track was recorded before Dylan criticized Haggard and other artists in a widely publicized MusicCares speech in February: “Merle Haggard didn’t think much of my songs, but Buck Owens did,” Dylan said. “Buck Owens and Merle Haggard? If you have to have somebody’s blessing — you figure it out.” Dylan later apologized.

Haggard (who toured with Dylan in 2005) thinks Dylan was talking about the Merle Haggard of the Sixties — the guy who took shots at hippies, weed and premarital sex in 1969’s “Okie From Muskogee.”

“I didn’t misunderstand Bob,” says Haggard. “I know what he meant. He figured I was lumping him in with hippies [in the Sixties]. The lack of respect for the American military hurt my feelings at the time. But I never lumped Bob Dylan in with the hippies. What made him great was the fact that every body liked him. And I’ll tell you one thing, the goddamn hippies have got no exclusive on Bob Dylan!” He pauses. “Bob likes to box — I’d like to get in the ring with his ass, and give him somebody to hit.”

In fact, these days Merle Haggard is far more liberal than the man in his classic songs. For one thing, he loves pot. “I didn’t know anything about marijuana back then,” he says. “It’s one of the most fantastic things in the world.” Did he and Nelson smoke in the studio? “Are you kidding me?” Haggard says with a laugh.

Soon, the conversation devolves to jokes. “You know what you call a guitar player without a girlfriend?” Nelson asks. “Homeless.”

Next, they talk current events, Nelson explaining the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit to Haggard. (“They stole more than they were supposed to,” he says. Haggard nods.) Asked if either has any thoughts about communicating with fans through social media, they shake their heads. “Just so long as somebody else can do it,” says Nelson. “That’s why I didn’t learn to play steel guitar.”

“What was that little girl that played steel in Asleep at the Wheel?” says Haggard. “Cindy Cashdollar. Everybody was trying to look up her dress.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t do that,” deadpans Nelson. “I think I had the wrong angle.”

By now, Haggard is supposed to be onstage; his son has been extending his three-song warm-up set for several minutes, telling the crowd his father will be out soon. These co-headline dates sold so well that Nelson says there will be more: “In fact, I was talking to some folks today — I was gonna see what they thought of making us do a tour of it when it comes out.”

He turns to Haggard. “We ought to do whatever we can get — as many days as we need to,” Nelson says with a smile. “Because I know it’s a good record. I think it might sell a couple.”


Reward! Reward! Reward!Wanted: The Outlaws: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter (June 8th)

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Willie Nelson, 86, Continues his Busy 2019

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

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Willie Nelson celebrated his 86th birthday on April 29 by announcing the dates for the second leg of the 2019 edition of his annual Outlaw Music Festival. The seven new shows, featuring such top-notch performers as Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Kraus, join the 11 dates on the first leg. (See below for the specific artist lineups.)

On April 26, Nelson announced a new album, Ride Me Back Home, coming June 21 via Legacy Recordings. (Listen to several tracks below.)  The legend began a lengthy summer tour on May 5, including many dates with Alison Krauss.

The album was produced by Nelson’s longtime friend/producer Buddy Cannon, the 13th he has produced for the legend in a little over a decade. The album debuts three new songs co-written by the pair: “Come On Time,” “Seven Year Itch” and “One More Song to Write.”

Pre-order is available here.

Watch the upbeat “Come on Time,” released June 3

The title track is a cover of a song co-written by Sonny Throckmorton. On the new album, Nelson also tackles songs by Billy Joel (“Just the Way You Are”), Mac Davis (“It’s Hard to Be Humble”), and a pair of songs from the late Guy Clark (“Immigrant Eyes” and “My Favorite Picture of You”).

Listen to “Ride Me Back Home”

Earlier this year, Nelson’s My Way, his musical homage to Frank Sinatra (and 12th Legacy album), earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and became Nelson’s 13th Grammy win.

This year’s Outlaw Music Festival lineup includes Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, the Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, The Revivalists, Counting Crows, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Steve Earle & the Dukes. (For artists performing in various cities, refer to the specific dates below.)

North America’s biggest touring music festival starts on June 14. Tickets for the festival and Nelson’s shows are available here.

Each festival tour date also features a unique range of festival attractions including local cuisine, craft beers, and crafts by local artisans to provide music fans a complete experience.

“We had so much fun on the Outlaw Music Festival Tour last year that we couldn’t wait to get back out on the road with everyone,” said Nelson in a March 5 announcement.

The inaugural Outlaw Music Festival made its debut in 2016 in Scranton, PA featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow and others. The sold-out show was so well received that Nelson and Blackbird Presents decided to take their “band of outlaws” on the road as a touring festival in both 2017 and 2018.

Last year, the Outlaw Tour hosted more than 200,000 fans in amphitheaters and arenas all over the country.

Watch a fan clip from 2018

Willie Nelson 2019 Tour Dates (Tickets available here)

Jun 19 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion*
Jun 25 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre*
Aug 01 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center*
Aug 02 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center*
Aug 03 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Theater*
Aug 05 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum*
Aug 07 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center*
Aug 09 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena*
Aug 10 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena*
Aug 12 – Florence, SC – Florence Civic Center*
Aug 14 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena*
Aug 16 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena*
Aug 17 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum*

*with Alison Krauss

Outlaw Music Festival 2019 Tour Dates and Lineups

Jun 14 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
The Revivalists
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

Jun 15 – Bethel, NY – Mountain Jam
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Revivalists
Alison Krauss
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

Jun 16 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
The Revivalists
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

Jun 21 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Matt Mays
Opener TBD

Jun 22 – Burgettstown, PA – Keybank Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

Jun 23 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

Jun 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Avett Brothers
Counting Crows
Alison Krauss
Dawes
Opener TBD

Jun 28 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

Jun 29 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

Jul 3 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Alison Krauss
Casey Donahew
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Hayes Carll
Colter Wall

Jul 4 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Alison Krauss
Luke Combs
Jamey Johnson
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Hayes Carll
Colter Wall
And more

Sep 6 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Bonnie Raitt
Alison Krauss
Brothers Osborne
Artists TBA

Sep 11 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Alison Krauss
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real

Sep 13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Bonnie Raitt
Alison Krauss
Gov’t Mule
Artists TBA

Sep 14 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Willie Nelson & Family
Bonnie Raitt
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Artists TBA

Sep 15 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Willie Nelson & Family
Bonnie Raitt
Alison Krauss
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Artists TBA

Sep 20 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters
Alison Krauss
Brothers Osborne
Artists TBA

Sep 22 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Luke Combs
Bonnie Raitt
Brothers Osborne
Artists TBA

A fan and a friend remembers Jody Payne

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

http://www.outlawmagazine.tv
by:  Dallas Moore

On the morning of Saturday, August 10, 2013, the world lost a true giant of Country Music when Jody Payne was called home.

Like the iconic “Red Headed Stranger” that he spent so many years making music with, Jody was a master of the guitar, a great contributor to the Willie Nelson and Family Band “Sound” and had a profound musical influence on an entire generation of musicians. Born on January 11,1936 in Garrard County, Kentucky Jody began his musical journey playing Bluegrass with Charlie Monroe (Brother of Bill Monroe) and eventually met up with notable Kentucky pickers including rockabilly innovator Orangie Hubbard and Dillard Anderson (Uncle of the fiery fingered guitarist Scotty Anderson).

After moving to Norwood, Ohio (more on this writers personal connection with that later) to finish out High School, Jody was drafted into the United States Army where he served two years before landing in Detroit, Michigan which led to a stint playing with Merle Haggard. He would also later play with Tanya Tucker and Leon Russell. When Jody met Willie Nelson, Ol’ Willie was playing bass in Ray Price’s Band and in 1973 was putting together what would become the classic Willie Nelson and Family Band lineup. It was from 1973 until his retirement in 2008 that Jody took his music all around the World with Willie.

What a TEAM they were! Jody always said, “I play what Willie DOESN’T play. I lay down a foundation for Willie to improvise and then I get my own licks in to fill it all up. Sometimes the best music is the space ‘between’ the music and notes and that’s where I try to fit in and bring us all together.” Jody played an integral part in the making of such ground breaking albums as Willie’s Red Headed Stranger, Honeysuckle Rose, and Stardust to name but a few.

In the LIVE shows, Jody was known for singing Merle Haggard’s “Workin’ Man Blues” and also taking a turn as Willie’s duet partner for classics like “Seven Spanish Angels” and ”Pancho and Lefty.” His voice was totally unique with a timber that was both gravelly and silky at the same time. He was Country to the bone, but Jody had SOUL and he could also Rock N Roll as is evident on the awesome cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” with Jody, Willie and Leon Russell. They completely took one of “The King,” Elvis Presley’s signature numbers and turned it into their own foot stompin’, raucous, roadhouse blues jams complete with burning guitar solos from both Jody and Willie and Mickey Raphael’s Harmonica ride bringing the song to a feverish pitch. When asked about how that particular version came about, Jody replied, “We were just havin’ fun and jammin’ and thought we’d take ‘em back to Memphis. Plus, I got to throw in a few of my old friend Lonnie Mack’s tricks.”  Check It Out.

Jody also appeared with Willie on the silver screen in the movies “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Songwriter” as well as numerous television appearances including the classic Austin City Limits.

It was on a string of Tour dates back in 1997-1998 serving as the opening act for Willie Nelson that I got to finally meet Jody in person. I had no idea at the time that we would become the best of friends and family over the years. The first show was in Owensboro, Kentucky and I came out and played a 30 minute solo acoustic set to open the show. I had long been a huge fan of Willie Nelson and Family and had even dedicated my 1st solo album My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys to Willie, Waylon and David Allan Coe. That night, being young and excited to play in front of my heroes, I played ”My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” and I also played “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and dedicated them to Willie and Jody and all of the Family Band.

The late, great bass player  Bee Spears came to me at the end of my set and said, “Thanks for playin’ our songs kid,” and Jody came up and introduced himself, shook my hand graciously told me, “That was really great, son. Could I please have one of your CD’s, I really enjoyed your music.” I was in hog heaven with my Honky Tonk Heroes and then I realized that in my “youthful exuberance” I had just played two of Willie’s tunes right before he was going play them! Mortified that I may have just blown my chance to ever jam with them again, I told Willie that I had just messed up and sang their songs in my set. Willie just smiled that devilish grin of his and asked “Well did they like ‘em?” I nervously said, “Yeah they seemed to,” and Ol’ Willie just cracked up, patted me on the shoulder and said, “Well do ‘em again next time.” I let out a huge sigh of relief, pleasantly surprised that there would indeed be a “next time.” The so called “next time” ended up being at Ft. Lewis in Washington State. I was on the bill with Willie Nelson and Jimmie Dale Gilmore and had hopped a plane out to do the show.

After sound check, we were hangin’ around havin’ a few beers when Jody sat down beside me and said, “You’re a long way from Kentucky, son, where are you actually from, Dallas?” I replied that I was from a small town called Norwood, Ohio which was a ”City Within the City of Cincinnati.” Jody immediately lit up and told me he had graduated from Norwood High School in 1954. I was blown away to learn that my guitar pickin’ hero and friend had come from my hometown and graduated from my Alma Mater. Upon my return home, I told my Mom, Madgelee Hanes Moore that Jody had graduated from Norwood High in ’54 (Mom, herself was in the Class of ’55). Mom ran upstairs to retrieve a dusty old year book from Norwood High School 1955. “Take it to Jody on your next show together as he may not have gotten his with being drafted straight into the Army,” she said. Sure enough, that’s exactly what I did a few weeks later when I was called to do a festival in Evansville, Indiana with Willie Nelson and Family, Leon Russell and The Amazing Rhythm Aces. When I presented Jody with the old forgotten yearbook he was beaming and very thankful. He told me that day that I was one of the only guys he knew that he could call both “Brother” and ”Son” and that he ought to be known as my “Godfather” and that’s how I always have and always will address Jody Payne ever since.

Willie Nelson, “Summer Wind”

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Beer for my Horses” wins Video of Year Award (5/26/2004)

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

On May 26, 2004, music video to Toby Keith and Willie Nelson song, ‘Beer For My Horses’ wins best video award at CBS’ 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay.

Country Weekly
October 14, 2003
by Chris Neal

Like a lot of great country music tales, this one begins with whiskey. Willie Nelson and Toby Keith were on Willie’s bus, passing the bottle back and forth — to be precise, a bottle of Willie’s own signature brand, Old Whiskey River. They were having fun, but Toby had a serious question for his hero.

“I’ve got a project I’d love to talk to you about,” he offered. “It’s singing the second verse on a song that I think fits you like a glove.”

“What’s the name of it?” asked Willie. “Whiskey for My Men; Beer for My Horses,” replied Toby.

“Hell, let’s go cut it!” Willie exclaimed with a laugh. “It’d be hard to have a bad song with a title that good.”

Many months later, Willie’s judgment turned out to be right on. “Beer for My Horses” shot to No. 1 and stayed there for six weeks.

“Johnny Cash said one time that all that’s wrong with any of us can be cured with a No. 1 song,” said Willie. “And I think he was about right. I’m almost cured of everything.”

The ride actually began many years ago, way back in mid-Sept. 1976. Toby, then 15, made his way backstage when Willie was appearing in concert at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., as part of an “Outlaws” tour with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser.

At the time, Toby already idolized Willie, who was then riding high with the No. 1 Waylon duet “Good Hearted Woman” – a song Toby himself would sing with Willie months after Waylon’s death in 2002.

Toby still remembers meeting Willie that night, 27 years ago. “He was his usual polite self,” he smiles. “Willie is a real sweetheart. He takes care of everybody and wants everybody to have a piece of him.”

By the time they met again in the ‘90’s, Toby had followed in Willie’s footsteps to become a star himself. It happened that Toby’s guitarist, Joey Floyd, had played the part of Willie’s son in the 1980 movie Honeysuckle Rose, and still kept in touch. Joey made the introductions — and Toby and Willie’s friendship was off and running.

“I’d already heard his music before I met him,” recalls Willie. “I think he’s a great talent. He’s one of those guys coming along — well, I don’t know how young he is. Younger than me for damn sure.” (Toby is 42.)

“Probably the thing that ties us together most is the music,” says Toby. “But he’s got a great sense of humor, and so do I. We call each other all the time and tell our latest jokes, and we really have a good time when we’re hanging out.”

Perhaps the most notorious occasion the two spent “hanging out” was during this year’s ACM Awards. Tongues wagged after Toby was named entertainer of the Year at the evening’s end, but wasn’t around to accept it because he’d already left.

Where was he?

“I was up in my room, at the same hotel where the show was going on,” explains Willie. “I was watching it on TV. Next thing you know, there’s a knock on my door and there’s Toby. He said, “Hell, I ain’t gonna win.” I said, ‘OK, come in here and we’ll write a song or something.” So we got the whiskey bottle going around — again — and we were having some fun.”

“You can tell when it’s your night,” explains Toby, “And it didn’t feel like it was my night.”

So Toby figured that spending time with his friend and idol sounded better than waiting around to not win an award.

“That’s important to me, getting a chance to enjoy some of the stuff I grew up wanting to do,” he says. “But I did feel real bad when they said my name and “Entertainer of the Year.”

There’s always the upcoming CMAs, where “Beer for My Horses” is nominated for Single, Song, Vocal Event — and Music Video of the Year, for it’s imaginative clip featuring Willie and Toby as father and son police detectives chasing a killer.

The two are lining up tour dates together, including a New Year’s Eve show. Willie is currently making a new album with Toby’s producer, which will include at least one song Toby wrote. And both men say they’re reading and willing to duet again.

“I’ve had a lot of fun singing with Toby,” declares Willie. “He’s one of us.”

But one question remains: Do horses really like beer?

“Good God yeah” says Willie. “It’s got wheat, barley, corn — why wouldn’t a horse like it? It’s horse soup.”

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Willie Nelson & Family play to sold out crowd in Modesto (5/8/2019)

Sunday, May 12th, 2019
photo: Andy Alfaro

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Country icon Willie Nelson kicked off the first full season Wednesday evening for Modesto’s new amphitheater, bringing along other musicians to join him on stage.

son kicked off the first full season Wednesday evening for Modesto’s new amphitheater, bringing along other musicians to join him on stage.

Nelson, who turned 86 last week, played to a sell-out crowd as he brought his “Willie Nelson & Family” tour into the Fruit Yard Basi Insurance Nationwide Amphitheater.

Its marked the third time Nelson has visited the valley — but it’s been a while. He played at California State University, Stanislaus, in 1993 and at the State Theatre in 2003.

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

“Ninety-nine percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the jukebox play.” — Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Don’t Think Twice (it’s all right)”

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

New Album from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

www.JamBase.com
by: Andy Kahn
Andy Kahn

Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real’s new album, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden), will be released on June 14. The LP coming out on Fantasy Records features the lead single, “Bad Case.”

Co-produced by the band and John Alagia, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) was recorded straight to analog tape at Shangri-La studio in Malibu and at the Village Studios in West Los Angeles. Guests who contributed to the record include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price, Micah Nelson, Kesha, Shooter Jennings, Randy Houser, Lucius, Madison Ryann Ward and Hunter Elizabeth.

“We wanted these songs to be fun and upbeat, but we also wanted to have something to say,” Lukas Nelson stated. “Rock ‘n’ roll began as a countercultural movement, so in the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, we’re trying to encourage a lifestyle where people can be active in their local communities, rather than glued to a device. We listen to so many artists – The Byrds, Tom Petty, Al Green, Neil Young, Little Feat, JJ Cale – and this album carries forth something they all represented, the idea of turning off the news and doing something constructive. It’s a statement about how you can live your life with your heart leading the way.”

“We wanted these songs to be fun and upbeat, but we also wanted to have something to say,” Lukas Nelson stated. “Rock ‘n’ roll began as a countercultural movement, so in the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, we’re trying to encourage a lifestyle where people can be active in their local communities, rather than glued to a device. We listen to so many artists – The Byrds, Tom Petty, Al Green, Neil Young, Little Feat, JJ Cale – and this album carries forth something they all represented, the idea of turning off the news and doing something constructive. It’s a statement about how you can live your life with your heart leading the way.”

Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) Tracklist

  1. Bad Case
  2. Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)
  3. Where Does Love Go
  4. Save A Little Heartache
  5. Lotta Fun
  6. Civilized Hell
  7. Mystery
  8. Simple Life
  9. Out In LA
  10. Something Real
  11. Stars Made Of You
  12. Turn Off The News (Build a Garden) [Acoustic]
  13. Consider It Heaven

Willie Nelson & family in Burbank

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Willie Nelson performs Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.
photo: Will Bucquoy
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Willie Nelson and Chip Carter get high on top the White House

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Photograph by Bill Fitz-Patrick, via National Archives.

www.Washingtonian.com
by: Andrew Beaujon

Rolling Stone‘s new “weed issue” includes a well-told story that’s always worth retelling: The night in 1977 when Willie Nelson got high on the roof of the White House. In his profile of Nelson as a stonerPatrick Doyle places the music legend’s aerial adventure in context of a recent bust in the Bahamas:

Before the arrest, he had been invited by Jimmy Carter, for whom Nelson had performed during his campaign. Nelson was photographed arriving on the back lawn wearing tennis shoes and a bandanna. “Oh, he laughed about it,” he says of Carter’s reaction to his Bahamas bust. “Why not?”

That night, after singing in the Rose Garden, Nelson went to sleep with his wife, Connie, in the Lincoln Bedroom. Then one of the president’s sons knocked on his door.

“Chip Carter took me down into the bottom of the White House, where the bowling alley is,” Nelson says. Then they went up to the roof and smoked a joint. Nelson remembers Carter explaining the surrounding view — the Washington Monument, the string of lights on Pennsylvania Avenue. “It’s really pretty nice up there,” Nelson says.

Nelson’s free use of Chip Carter’s name followed years of silence about who exactly accompanied him upstairs. In 2015 both he and Chip Carter fessed up to Chris Heath, whose account of a phone call with Carter is an underappreciated nice moment in journalism:

At first Carter seems to, very briefly, laugh.

“Well,” he says, “he told me not to ever tell anybody.”

I tell Carter that I believe the cat is now out of the bag.

“Okay,” he says evenly.

Then I continue, inquiring whether I can ask him some more about what happened.

“No,” he says. “No, you can’t. Thank you.”

And that is when James Earl Carter III hangs up.

It’s now legal to use pot in private residences in DC, but if for some reason he were invited back during Donald Trump‘s presidency, Nelson would face a similarly tough enforcement climate to 1977’s: The White House is in a National Park and occupies a dark green rectangle on this map of where you very definitely should not get high in DC.