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Willie Nelson & Family in Birmingham (April 22, 2020)

Monday, January 20th, 2020
by: Mary Colurso

If you missed Willie Nelson’s last show in the Birmingham area, it’s time to rectify that.

The country star is set to return on April 22 for a performance at the BJCC Concert Hall. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert go on sale today at 10 a.m. CT via Ticketmaster, priced at $39.50-$99.50 plus service charges.

Willie Nelson, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

Monday, January 20th, 2020
by: J D King

Few songs are as indelibly associated with a single performer as Somewhere Over The Rainbow is with Judy Garland whose rendition in The Wizard Of Oz is unforgettable.

It’s really rare when someone approaches something like that and performs it in a way that’s utterly different and transcendent.

Willie Nelson does that. His version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow is plain and simple. His voice has always been nasally and imperfect, a tendency that got worse as he aged.

But he wraps those imperfections around his brilliant guitar work and together it’s as natural as sitting on the back porch, drinking and listening to a good friend spin art out of nothing.

You couldn’t make a much homier arrangement of this song than Nelson did. There are a lot of musicians on stage here but the focus is on the fiddle and his guitar work, which is vastly underrated. He’s as fine a guitarist as there is.

When you listen to his gorgeous renditions of songs like Someone to Watch Over Me or Blue Skies, or his duets with Ray Charles, or his radical cover of Louis Jordan’s Outskirts Of Town, or his recent classic Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die, featuring Snoop Dogg, you realize that this is a singular talent.

He’s casually deceived us into believing that he’s a country musician when what he really is is is an artistic genius who is capable of absorbing any influence and genially giving it back to us as something that sounds entirely casual.

Of course it’s not. What he does is high art that he presents with that conceit. Blood, sweat and tears built his towering catalogue of work. He has talked of a desperate early point in his career when he went outside and laid in the road and waited for someone to finish him off. It wasn’t easy for him and it took years for people to appreciate his artistry. He won’t be with us much longer so enjoy his sweet, homely interpretation of a classic American song.

When he’s discussed in the future, he’ll be mentioned with the absolute top tier of American musicians, composers and arrangers. He’s that good.

Ladies and gentlemen, the incomparable Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson and Family on tour

Friday, January 17th, 2020

February 11
Johnny Mercer Theater
Savannah, GA

February 12
King Center
Melbourne, FL

February 14
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL

February 15
The Amphitheater
St. Augustine, FL

February 17
Key West Amphitheater
Key West, FL

February 18
Broward Center
Fort Lauderdale, FL

February 20
Hertz Arena
Estero, FL

February 21
Walt Disney Theater
Orlando, FL

March 4
Houston Rodeo
Houston, TX

March 13
Riverwind Casino
Norman, OK

March  14
Globe Life Field
Arlington, TX
Chris Stapleton’s All-American Roadshow with Willie Nelson & Family, Jamey Johnson and Yola

March 15
Paradise Cove
River Spirit Casino
Tulsa, OK

March 19
Luck Reunion
Luck, Texas

April 17, 18
Whitewater Amphitheater
with Pat Green
New Braunfels, TX

April 20
Orpheum Theater
Memphis, TX

April 22
BJCC Concert Hall
Birmingham, AL

April 23
Wilkesboro, NC

April  25
Kroger Field
Chris Stapleton’s Concert for Kentucky
with Sheryl  Crow, Yola, & more
Lexington,  KY

April 28
Brown County Music Center
Nashville, TN

April 29
Riverside Theater
Milwaukee, WI

August 5
Wind Creek Steel Stage
Bethlehem, PA

August 11
Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Sturgis, SD

“There’s nothing like a full Nelson”

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Willie Nelson, “Maria (shut up and kiss me)”

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Willie Nelson at the Fillmore

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Photo: Matt Erickson

Willie Nelson, in Houston (January 9, 2010)

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

photo:  David Clements

Willie Nelson Welcome Mat

Monday, January 6th, 2020

You can get one for $44.00 on Etsy here.

This day in Willie Nelson history, “Dennis Kucinich for President” concert in Austin (January 3, 2004)

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Paula Nelson Band on Outlaw Country Cruise 4 (Jan 27 – Feb 1, 2019)

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

Paula Nelson It’s happening peoples

Once again, Paula Nelson will join the 2019 Outlaw Country Cruise, with Steve Earle, Shooter Jennings, Mojo Nixon, Elizabeth Cook, Dallas Wayne, Jim Lauderdale and Roger Alan Wade and so many more!

Go to for the full lineup and all the details.

Willie Nelson & Family to perform at MerleFest 2020

Friday, December 27th, 2019

MerleFest, presented by Window World, announced that Willie Nelson & Family will perform at MerleFest, which will be held April 23-26.

Tickets went on sale today and can be purchased or by calling 1-800-343-7857.

The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“For over 30 years, one of the major factors that has built and sustained MerleFest has been the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the 4-day festival,” says Ted Hagaman, Festival Director. “People truly feel that the festival is a great value and that is why music fans and families return year after year. We feel that the 2020 lineup again reflects the diversity and quality of performers, and we look forward to another successful festival in April.” The complete lineup for MerleFest 2020 will be announced over the next few months. 

Today’s lineup announcement includes Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss, The Jerry Douglas Band, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale, Kruger Brothers, The Waybacks, Scythian, Donna The Buffalo, Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce, Tommy Emmanuel, Shinyribs, Charley Crockett, Darrell Scott, The Steel Wheels, Robbie Fulks, Amythyst Kiah, Cordovas, Alison Brown, Andy May, “B” Townes, Banknotes, Bill & The Belles, Bryan Sutton, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Chatham Rabbits, Che Apalache, The Cleverlys, Creole Stomp with Dennis Stroughmatt, David Holt, Fireside Collective, Flattop, Happy Traum, Hogslop String Band, InterACTive Theatre of Jef, Irish Mythen, Iron Horse Bluegrass, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jody Carroll, Joe Smothers, Ken Crouse, Laura Boosinger, The Local Boys, Los Texmaniacs, Mark Bumgarner, Mary Flower, Mitch Greenhill, Pete & Joan Wernick, Piedmont Bluz, Presley Barker, Rev. Robert Jones, Roy Book Binder, Sierra Ferrell, String Madness, T. Michael Coleman, Tony Williamson, Wayne Henderson, The Moore Brothers, The Williams Brothers, and Wyld Fern.
Tickets for next year’s festival go on sale and may be purchased at or by calling 1-800-343-7857.

This day in Willie Nelson History: Making of ‘Mendocino County Line’ video (December 26, 2001)

Thursday, December 26th, 2019


On December 26, 2001, Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack filmed the video to “Mendocino County Line” in downtown Austin, Texas.

Willie Nelson, “Countryman”

Friday, December 13th, 2019

1.  Do you Mind Too Much If I don’t Understand
2.  How Long is Forever?
3.  I’m a Worried Man” (featuring Toots Hibbert)
4.  The Harder They Come
5. Something to Think About
6. Sitting in Limbo
7. Darkness on the Face of the Earth
8. One in a Row
9. I’ve Just Destroyed the World I’m Living In
10.  You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago
11.  I Guess I’ve Come to Live Here
12.  Undo the Right

This day in Willie Nelson history, “Stardust” recorded (December 11, 1977)

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
While it wasn’t released until April 1978, tracks to Willie Nelsons award winning album “Stardust” were recorded on this day in 1977.  Produced by Booker T. Jones, all the songs on the album consist entirely of pop standards that Nelson picked from among his favorites. Executives of Columbia Records were not convinced that the album would sell well, because the project was a radical departure from his earlier success in the outlaw movement. When released, Stardust was on Billboard’s Country Album charts for ten years – from its release until 1988.