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Happy birthday, Kevin Smith

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

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Happy, happy birthday Kevin Smith, bass player for Willie Nelson & Family.

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photo: Janis Tillerson

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Willie Nelson nominated for Grammy

Monday, December 10th, 2018

This is has been a very big — and very busy — year for country, Americana, and hip-hop music. This week, the Recording Academy announced this year’s GRAMMY nominations, and they are stellar.

Our pal Willie Nelson has secured nominations for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Best American Roots Performance, and a Best Arrangement nod. Kacey Musgraves is riding her newest album Golden Hour to greater heights with four nominations, including one for Best Country Album. The mighty Chris Stapleton, a fixture on many a Blackbird show, is also up for Best Country Album with for his record Songs From A Room: Volume 2.

Brandi Carlile has grabbed a whopping six noms, including one for Record Of The Year and Album of the Year. Carlile’s fellow Outlaw Music Festival alum, Margo Price, was nominated for one of the most coveted awards — Best New Artist — alongside Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, Dua Lipa and others.

Check out the nominations visit GRAMMY.com for the full list.

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Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Willie Nelson Boxes for Charity (December 1996)

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

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Country Weekly
December 1996
by Andrea J. Fine

In this corner, wearing blue and purple Everlast trunks, is Randall “Tex” Cobb, 46, a former heavy weight boxer who once went 15 rounds with Larry Holmes.

In the other corner is…. Willie Nelson.

The 63-year-old, 5-foot-9-inch Willie Nelson, a country music heavyweight but a prizefighting novice, squared off for three rounsds against Cobb in Philadelphia. While the match ended in a draw, it succeeded in raising more than $100,000 for scholarships and boxing charities.

No betting was permitted, but Willie was clearly the favorite of the Boxer’s Ball crowd at the Belleview Hotel.

As soon as he entered the hall, the room filled with shouts of, “Take it easy on him, Willie!” and “Go, Willie!” And when he removed his short, black silk robe, with yellow trim, revealing his black boxing shorts and sleeveless Farm Aid T-shirt, the crowd clapped and cheered. Ignoring his opponent, Willie reached through the crowd and picked up a glass of white wine from a nearby table and ceremoniously lifted it in a toast to the onlookers.

Maybe Wille’s nonchalance resulted from his training for the fight. At a black-tie cocktail party before the main event, he told Country Weekly he’d been “training for the past few months, and Texas we have sparred a few times, too. And I run a lot, anyway.”

Any special diet to gt in shape? “Yeah,” Willie said, “I have a see-food diet: I see food, and I eat it!” Though the country singer estimated his opponent outweighed him “by a good 60o pounds,” he said that in the end, he would iwn. “This is a survival, endurance test,” he said.

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Tex had been a championship-level boxer, but he left the ring in the early 1980s and began a television and film career, appearing in almost 20 movies, incluidng Uncommon Valor, Diggstown and Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.

He predicted an easy win over Willie. “He’s not going to be able to carry his golf clubs or his guitar in here,” Tex said, “so he’s going to have a lot more trouble than he might imagine.”?

The Boxer’s Ball supports amateur boxing. Last year’s event attracted a ringful of boxing stars, including Holmes and ex-champion Joe Frazier. This year, Cobb suckered Willie into the fray.

“Tex Cobb is a good firend of mine,” said Willie, a champion frundraiser. “He called me a few months ago, told me about the event and his involvement and wanted to know if I’d come help him with it.”

Tex tells a slightly different story: “I said, ‘Willie, how’d you like to hit me in the mount?’ Now, Willie thought this was a great idea. So I said, “Well, do you mind if people come and watch?’ So we went at it from that angle.”

Why Willie Nelson?

“I needed a win,” Tex said, grinning.

But when the referee called both men to the center of the ring so the fight could begin, it was clear Tex was nervous. “I don’t care if he hits me,” he told the official, “just as long as he don’t kick me.”

That’s just want WIllie did. While ex waited for the right punch, Willie danced around him, swung and kicked. Tex managed to dodge the blows. Several times, both men fell into the ropes together.

When the bell rang for the end of the first round, Willie’s team tried to get him into his corner, but the singer reached back through the ropes in an attempt to retrieve that glass of wine.

The biggest drama came in the third round, when both men pulled the referee down. Willie held him on the mat with his foot, while both fighters and the crowd counted to 10. The two then lifted thier arms together and declared tehmselves both winners.

Tex got the Second Boxer’s Ball Belt for his efforts, then a gold medal was presented to “the gallant warrior: Willie – On the Road Again – Nelson.” Then everyone joined Wilile singing his signature song.

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“Angels Sing” with Willie Nelson, Harry Connick, Jr. streaming on Freeforms’ 25 Days of Christmas (Dec 14)

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

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Halloween is over, and for many people that means the holiday season is in full swing. Stores have switched over to their holiday displays, and Christmas movies are already streaming on a number of different platforms. Each year, Christmas film buffs eagerly await Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas movie lineup — with its schedule of all-day Christmas movies starting December 1 and running through December 25. The 2018 lineup does not disappoint, and starting bright and early on December 1, holiday movie lovers can binge-watch some old favorites, some new loves, and everything in between. It will be pretty hard to leave the house during the month of December with this amazing list of movies on the horizon.

Angels Sing starring Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson and Connie Britton available in stores December 2. (CNW Group/Entertainment One)

While there are obviously a ton of delightful Christmas movies to watch during the 25 Days of Christmas, there are also a few happy surprises — including all three Toy Story movies, Ice Age, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo. While they may not be holiday movies, they ignite the same feeling of pure joy when viewed.

Freeform will also be showing plenty of its original movies, including Life Size 2, the follow-up to the first film from 2000 that stars Tyra Banks as a lovable doll who comes to life. Adults and kids can also look forward to several other Freeform premieres. If someone can’t wait until December 1 to get his or her Christmas movie binge-watching on, Freeform also has its Kickoff to Christmas special which is airing now. Click through the list and get ready to hunker down on the couch for a day or two (… or 25) for some amazing Christmas films.

Read entire article, see full schedule here.

American Airlines Streams Willie Nelson Concert Live In Flight

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

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by: Kristina Velan

American Airlines offered an Austin City Limits concert, featuring Willie Nelson, on flights equipped with Wi-Fi provided by Viasat, marking the first time the airline streamed an event live in flight.

Passengers flying with American Airlines on November 19 were treated to a live-streamed Austin City Limits show featuring Willie Nelson. The event, which was filmed at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas, marked the 15th time the artist has been featured on the television series, as well as the first time the airline streamed an event live in flight.

Customers tuned in by clicking on Willie Nelson banner ads on the airline’s Wi-Fi portal. The show was replayed for the next 24 hours on flights equipped with connectivity.

“This was a very intimate and exclusive event and something that most people would not have had access to.” – Vy Duong, American Airlines

“This is proof of the quality of our new high-speed Wi-Fi, provided by Viasat, and our ongoing improvements to, and investments in, the in-flight experience,” said Vy Duong, project manager, Inflight Entertainment Promotions, American Airlines. “These customers were able to experience a live show just as they would have been able to if they were actually there. Because tickets to the Austin City Limits live tapings cannot be purchased, this was a very intimate and exclusive event and something that most people would not have had access to.”

American Airlines has exclusive rights to air Austin City Limits content in flight until early 2020, after extending original agreement by one year. Global entertainment and media agency Spafax initiated the partnership and American negotiated the agreements with Austin City Limits and KLRU in April of this year.

Willie Nelson & Family at the Fox Theater (December 14, 2018)

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Luck Reunion March 14, 2019

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

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Mark your calendars: we’re heading back to the ranch next year on Thursday March 14th for the annual Luck Reunion. We’ve been hard at work putting together another incredible Reunion for you and can’t wait to share what we’ve got in store. But it doesn’t end there. We’ll be returning with our PotLuck dinner event the night before the Reunion on Wednesday March 13th 2019. Join us for a pre-festival show and exquisite dinner by local Chefs out on the ranch before anyone arrives.

More details coming soon.

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If you’re feelin’ fancy, we’re putting a limited number of Premium and Ultimate Ticket Packages on sale for our subscribers. 

The Premium Package Includes:

  • Access to Oak Tree Lounge and World Headquarters front porch viewing areas
  • Waived parking fee

The Ultimate Package Includes:

  • 2 Tickets to Luck Reunion
  • 2 Tickets to the PotLuck
  • Personal Concierge to assist with your questions and scheduling
  • 1 Hotel Room (Two Nights) at Sonesta Bee Cave
  • Complimentary Transportation to and from hotel for both events
  • Access to Oak Tree Lounge and World Headquarters front porch viewing areas
  • welcome package including (2) limited edition 2019 t-shirts and (1) 2019 Luck Reunion poster
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Due to your valuable feedback, this year we are introducing the
Lucky Draw: a series of opportunities to purchase tickets through a lottery system. Beginning January 2019 you will have four chances to submit for tickets. Keep an eye out on for key dates to be announced soon.

We are also introducing the “Give A Ticket” program: a chance for you to purchase a second in-kind ticket that will go to a lucky fan. If you get in to buy tickets during one of our Lucky Draw dates, there will be an option to buy an extra ticket that will be given to a random lucky fan. Spread the Luck and the love this year!  

Willie Nelson tapes Austin City Limits, 44th Season (November 19, 2018)

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

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by:  Peter Blackstock

There was a moment near the end of Monday’s “Austin City Limits” taping at ACL Live when Willie Nelson seemed to pause for a moment and take it all in. He’d just finished “On the Road Again,” but before he followed with “Always on My Mind,” he gazed lovingly upon the crowd, which roared with appreciation. We all knew what we were witnessing. He did, too.

Judging solely from the set list and the personnel, you might have thought this was just another night with Willie — and in some ways, it was. Running through about two dozen songs in a little over an hour, joined by the five-piece Family band that always has his back, Nelson did what he does night after night, all across America.

But on another level, this was special, something you could feel in the room from the opening strums of “Whiskey River.” Forty-four years ago, Willie Nelson jump-started “Austin City Limits” in the pilot episode, and there’s a mutual respect between the show and the man that is intimately understood. Thus it was fitting that his 18th appearance on the show had no frills, no guests, no tailored set list. The taping simply documented Willie as-is, because he IS “Austin City Limits.”

He was also on-point all night long. The last time he’d done a full episode of the show was almost a decade ago with Asleep at the Wheel, and it had been a full 15 years since he’d done one with his own band. Will there be another? Quite possibly not, and it felt like Willie wanted to get this down right for posterity, and history.

We got the medley of classics that established him as a songwriting legend: “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Crazy,” “Night Life.” We got the instrumental numbers that showcased sister Bobbie Nelson’s piano (“Down Yonder”) and Willie’s trusty guitar Trigger (“Nuages”). We got the dedications to departed pals Waylon Jennings (“Good Hearted Woman”) and Merle Haggard (“It’s All Going to Pot”). We got the pinnacles of his artistry as an interpreter (“Georgia on My Mind”) and as a songwriter (“Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”).

At 85, Willie’s wise enough to know his voice is weaker than it once was, so he calls out often for the crowd to join in, and they reply with joy and respect. “I hear it!”, he answered back with a grin on the second go-round in “Good Hearted Woman,” just one of many sing-along moments for the audience. Their reward was the occasional trademark red bandana tossed to the standing-room throng in front of the stage.

Whatever his vocal challenges, as a guitarist Nelson seems to get even more fascinating with each passing year. His runs dodging the tempo on “Still Is Still Moving to Me,” the fascinating interplay with sister Bobbie’s piano on “Nuages,” even his sly little “Jingle Bells” tag at the end of “Night Life” all revealed an artist who’s still exploring, still playful, still pushing the boundaries of where his music can go.

Bobbie at stage right and harmonica master Mickey Raphael carried the melody when Willie wasn’t leading it with Trigger, leaving the rhythm section of bassist Kevin Smith and sibling drummer/percussionists Paul and Billy English to walk that fine line between country and jazz behind them. Willie gave them first-name-only introductions midway through the night; they might as well all be Nelsons, given how much this band is Family not just in name.

Waving farewell after a rousing, standing-room, hand-clapping finale of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away,” Willie smiled wide as Texas and declared with all sincerity, “Thank you, Austin City Limits!” The band played on as he exited stage right, and everyone within the city limits of Austin knew that they could never thank Willie Nelson enough.

Read article, see lots more of Scott Moore’s great pictures at the Austin 360 website.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Happy birthday, Paul English

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

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Bobbie Nelson and Paul English
(photo thanks to Katrina and Lane)

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photo: Janis Tillerson


BackYard, Austin, Texas (2008)

Willie Nelson in Paris

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Thanks to Lane and Katrina for this photo from their European tours.

Willie Nelson returns to Austin City Limits, show to air in January 2019

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018


photo:  Scott Newton

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by:  Stephen L. Betts

In the 44-year history of Austin City Limits, no artist has personified the music series’ eclectic, freewheeling spirit more fully than Willie Nelson. Having launched the pilot episode of the long-running PBS show with a performance in the KLRN (now KLRU) studio on the University of Texas campus in 1974, Nelson has since appeared on the series 17 times.

On November 19th, the Texas-born legend returns to Austin City Limits for an 18th time. Set to air in January, during the second half of ACL‘s current season, the appearance will mark Nelson’s first taping of a full episode in nine years. Since that time, he has participated in a pair of shows celebrating the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, including during his own induction with the first-ever class in 2014. The performance will also be live-streamed via the ACL-TV YouTube channel.

By the time of his first appearance on that now-historic pilot episode, Nelson had triumphed at his first Fourth of July Picnic, held on a ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas, in 1973. He had also earned raves for his Phases and Stages LP, a concept album about divorce told from the male and female perspective, and was about to release the even more successful concept album, Red Headed Stranger. In the four decades that followed, he has explored a wide spectrum of musical material from the Great American Songbook, jazz and reggae, to gospel and classic country. His most recent album, My Way, released in September, celebrates the music of his longtime friend and fellow icon, Frank Sinatra.

Austin City Limits airs Saturday night on most PBS stations. On November 10th, Nelson’s son, Lukas, and his band, Promise of the Real, will appear on an episode which also features Kacey Musgraves. Check local listings in your area for additional information.

 

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Willie Nelson, “On the Street Where You Live”

Thursday, October 25th, 2018