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Famous Guitars

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Wall Street Journal
by:  Michael Driscoll

Willie Nelson has been playing an increasingly beat-up guitar he calls Trigger since 1969, around the time he abandoned Nashville. A documentary
out recently from Rolling Stone tracks the history of the instrument, which wasn’t originally designed for performance or amplification.

“You’re not supposed to play with a pick, these classical guitars,” Nelson says in the video. One consequence of that is the hollow scar that developed beneath the guitar’s sound hole, which means the instrument needs regular repairs to keep it going. Trigger is among a number of well-known guitars and other six-string quirks in popular music.

Neil Young’s Old Black

Singer and songwriter Neil Young has played many instruments in his 50-plus years of performing, but he favors a modified Gibson known as Old Black he got in 1969. The Les Paul is outfitted with a custom tailpiece that allows him to bend notes with his right hand in a way standard versions of the Les Paul don’t.

Read about Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Vedder and other guitars:

This day in Willie Nelson History: “Red Headed Stranger” Movie Premiere (Feb. 19, 1987)

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

On February 19, 1987, Willie Nelson’s movie, the “Red Headed Stranger” premieres in Austin, Texas. Among those attending: Morgan Fairchild, Floyd Tillman and coach Darrell Royal.


Willie Nelson was asked about the violence in the movie, and about his character killing two women:

“If you like the song, the violence is there,” he says. “You can’t take out violence anymore than you can take evil out of books. It’s all part of life.” Adds Nelson, “This movie covers a lot of territory — from spiritualism to lust — and takes a man all the way to the bottom and back to the top. It does it to a preacher — which is a little bit unusual.”

Life Magazine August 1987 article by: Cheryl McCall

Making a movie of Red Headed Stranger, his 1975 chart-topping country album, was a powerful obsession that wouldn’t let go. From the beginning, its story of love and violence in the Old West was unfolding as a movie in his mind, says Willie Nelson. He dreamed of portraying the preacher-turned-killer on-screen. Universal Studios optioned Red Headed Stranger but eventually let it slip into “turnaround” — Hollywood limbo. So Nelson acquired the rights and spent the next five years shopping for financing. With fellow Texan Bill Wittliff – screenwriter and co producer of Country, Raggedy Man and Barbarossa — Nelson plunged into the risky business of doing their own producing.

Despite the pleading of his wife, Connie, Nelson stubbornly mortgaged property to raise $1 million for the 1879-style wardrobe, props and three Western sets. Friends and neighbors pitched in. Towns were built on land adjoining his private golf course outside Austin, turning the place into a studio back lot. Wittliff virtually ignored his book publishing business, Encino Press, to take on the chore of writing, co-producing and directing. Together, Wittliff and Nelson assembled a crew and pruned more than $11 million from Universal’s original $13.5 million budget.


Willie Nelson sprays on a little water as he and Morgan Farichild head west. Says the TV acress, “My character just doesn’t have the pioneer spirit.”


As preacher Julian Shay, Willie Nelson sobers up a besotted sheriff, played by R. G. Armstrong in a scene that both enjoyed in the scorching Texas heat.

They signed a native Texas, Morgan Fairchild, to play the preacher’s faithless wife and Katharine Ross (star of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), 43, as his salvation. The actresses agreed to defer half of their fees. As the cameras rolled, LIFE went on location with Red Headed Stranger.


“If Willie Nelson is going to kill a woman, anyone in America would forgive him for killing Morgan Fairchild in this movie,” — Morgan Fairchild


“In a funny kind of way, I just simply stepped into Willie’s dream,” says director Bill Wittliff. “It’s become an obsession for me, too. I couldn’t walk away from it.” The writer fleshed out the record album’s story of stern frontier morality with a script that explores the theme of love lost and regained against a backdrop of sin and redemption. The preacher saves a derelict town from spiritual squalor but pays a terrible price — everything he cherishes in life. By the time his rage is spent, a dozen people are dead. Nelson says he’s not the least contrite about killing two women in this film. Stranger” premieres in Austin, Texas. Among those attending: Morgan Fairchild, Floyd Tillman and coach Darrell Royal.



“If you like the song, the violence is there,” he says. “You can’t take out violence anymore than you can take evil out of books. It’s all part of life.” Adds Nelson, “This movie covers a lot of territory — from spiritualism to lust — and takes a man all the way to the bottom and back to the top. It does it to a preacher — which is a little bit unusual.”

Also unorthodox is the casting of Nelson’s grandson, his band’s drummer, the bass player and a bodyguard in speaking roles. Says Wittliff, “It’s really a homegrown deal. We pulled people off the sidewalk, from restaurants, stores or wherever we spotted them for this.” His Encino Press assistant, Connie Todd, put aside her publishing duties to audition more than 350 local folks. “When we found someone with a spark, we’d work with him or her for several hours,” says Wittliff. The creative gamble has paid off with lively performances from an Austin security guard, a waitress and a computer programmer.

It’s a measure of the loyalty Nelson inspires that his cast and crew are willing to endure 14-hour days on a location as hot and fly-ridden as Calcutta. What’s more, they are remarkably cheerful about it. Explains bit player Bo Franks, a cohort and gun collector, “I’m doing this for free. Everybody is here because they want to be part of Willie’s dream. We’re busting our butts because we wouldn’t think of letting him down.” From the Austin hatter who made and donated dozens of period hats to the realtor who lent a 19th century water drilling rig, friends contributed what they could. img029

Says his daughter Lana, ‘Daddy has set such a good example for everyone that you don’t want to be the one to goof it up.”

As the end of the shooting approaches, day drags into night and exhaustion and tension mount. Mistakes are made, lines misbelieved, and the horses — spooked by gunfire — are edgy.

The only uncooperative member of the cast during the whole 39 days of shooting was a balky pony. “Willie, we got a problem here,” crackled a walkie-talkie. “The horse wants to know what his motivation is for pulling the plow.”

Nelson drinks cups of coffee and cracks jokes. Scenes are repeated until all the angles have been filmed. At 5:30 a.m., they break. Twelve hours later, after filming the preacher and the wife traveling west in a covered wagon, Wittliff and Nelson say the magic words, “That’s a wrap!”

The film opens next month, with Willie Nelson singing Red-Headed Stranger songs throughout his movie.


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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015



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Ain’t That America: Farm Aid

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

by:  Jen Baker

The Patchwork quilt of humanity stretched as far as the eye could see, an ocean of cowboy boots, camo, tattoos, tie-dye, overalls, rhinestone jeans, biker graphics, bare feet, skin-tight yoga pants, oversize sweaters, sports bras, sundresses, plaid shirts, flip flops, all black. Even a guy wearing a Day-Glo green t-shirt proclaiming “Put a little South in yer Mouth.” The far ends of the political spectrum and thousands in the middle seemed to agree for a day, coexisting peacefully side-by-side, happily celebrating one of the most red-white-and-blue things of all: outdoor live music, for a cause.

“Oh but ain’t that America, for you and me

Ain’t that America, we’re something to see baby

Ain’t that America, home of the free, yeah

Little pink houses for you and me, oh for you and me”

AsI sat cross-legged on the Walnut Creek Amphitheater lawn, listening to John Mellencamp belt out these lyrics from a song much older than many of the people in the audience who were singing along at the tops of their lungs, it struck me that Farm Aid is really about as much America as you can get in one place.

It’s not only the musicians from the myriad genres who donated their talents, or the 20,000-some people from all walks of life who spent 12-ish hours enjoying the performances. It’s not just about the freedom to drink a locally crafted draft beer, washing down an NC BBQ pork sandwich with coleslaw and grilled corn on the cob. Mostly, it’s America because the day is really about the farmers just down the road who make that all possible.

Farming truly is the core of America’s history, starting with the Pilgrims who celebrated our first Thanksgiving with their bountiful harvest and continuing with the pilgrimage out west and the settlers who made their own “patchwork quilts” out of farmed land along the way. Of course agriculture isn’t just an American story, it’s an ancient one told as humans found a way to survive without hunting and gathering, but I would argue that we uniquely embrace it as part of our shared history.

Myfamily was a part of that history. My dad and grandfather farmed just over 300 acres in the Midwest, raising pigs, hay, corn and soybeans to sell for what life required that they couldn’t provide for themselves. Cows gave milk and made the barn cats happy with a few drops squirted their way. Chickens were a staple, with eggs always in ample supply. They grew wheat to grind into flour, and my mom and grandmother planted huge gardens for fresh vegetables, canning the rest since freezing it wasn’t an option — they didn’t even have electricity until 1951. The garden harvest included a half-acre of potatoes to stock up for the long, cold winter. Can you imagine just how many potatoes they would have unearthed from a space larger than most Raleigh-sized residential lots? Today it’s a commitment for me to buy a five-pound bag at Harris Teeter.

Farming then was a way of life, simple and straightforward, with 12-14 hour days of hard labor mixed in with fishing and hunting for entertainment and variety on our plates.

Although it wasn’t a financial struggle that ended our family’s farming heritage — it was the 1960s-era dam the Army Corps of Engineers built to manage flooding that flooded our land with its rising lake waters — that struggle was very real for many of our friends and our community.

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, “Long May You Run” (Farm Aid 1997)

Monday, February 9th, 2015

17th Annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert (Feb. 5, 2015)

Saturday, February 7th, 2015


by: Melissa Ruggieri

LOS ANGELES – The days leading up to Sunday’s Grammy Awards are always stuffed with special concerts, benefits and chances to debut a new product and attach a random celebrity’s name to it.

Thursday night brought the trifecta of the Essence Black Women in Music event at Avalon Hollywood with Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Brandy and many others, while at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, Childish Gambino and The Weekend were the musical guests at the Google Play/Rolling Stone event.

I wasn’t invited to either of those.

But that’s totally cool, because I was invited to the 17th Annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert at the charming Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

With a lineup spanning Aloe Blacc to Melissa Etheridge to Willie Nelson to John Mellencamp to Walk the Moon to Robin Thicke, the concert was a feel-good soiree with a message.

This “Celebration of Music and Philanthropy” focused on the theme of the collaborative power and paid tribute, in a way, to some of the most effective charity concerts in music history, from George Harrison’s groundbreaking “Concert for Bangladesh” to now 30 years of “Farm Aid” to the continent-spanning “Live Aid.”

Singer Rozzi Crane led the opening number designed to set the tone – “Ooh Child” and The Youngbloods’ “Get Together.” The powerful singer is opening for Maroon 5 on their tour that comes to Philips Arena on Feb. 19. A suggestion: Get thee to the venue in time to catch her set.

Aloe Blacc was smoothness personified on “We Shall Overcome,” and later sang “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” as Melissa Etheridge burned up her guitar strings with a solo that was every bit as potent as Eric Clapton’s original.

To recognize the 30th anniversary of “Farm Aid,” a video about its inception played. Prominently featured in the clip was Atlanta-based entertainment lawyer Joel Katz, who recalled Willie Nelson giving him a call – Nelson’s pet name for Katz was “little buddy” – because he wanted to know how “Farm Aid” could be financed. Katz worked his magic on a deal initially sketched out on a napkin, and the rest really is history.

While Neil Young, a major member of the “Farm Aid” team wasn’t there, Mellencamp and Nelson took the stage separately. In a black suit, Mellencamp performed with his acoustic guitar the pensive ballad “Longest Days,” from his 2008 album, “Life, Death, Love and Freedom.”

Mellencamp and Nelson, also clad in black, including a cowboy hat, embraced as they crossed each other on the stage before Nelson and some members of his band – along with the house band for the show – romped through “We Don’t Run” and “On the Road Again.”

While Cyndi Lauper was initially billed as one of the guests, an “unforeseen family emergency” prevented her from attending and talking about her work with her True Colors Foundation.

The Plain White T’s gamely filled in and presented a fist-pumping version of “True Colors,” which was memorable for its unique approach.

The surprising highlight of the show, though, was the emerging Ohio pop-rock quartet Walk the Moon. They’re currently garnering attention for the insanely catchy “Shut Up and Dance with Me,” but on this night, the band opted for a robust cover of The Killers’ “All These Things I’ve Done” – an apt choice given there is more than a hint of the Killers’ sound in Walk’s retro-pop.

The band also churned out a respectable cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” but was especially impressive with their faithful rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” Of course, they had a major assist from guitar legend Waddy Wachtel and R&B songstress Deborah Cox, who filled in a few more lines than Merry Clayton. But Walk the Moon singer Nicholas Petricca ably handled Mick Jagger’s slithering lyrics.

Toward the end of the concert, Kristen Madsen, senior vice president of the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, reminded the audience of the impact of both – for music in general and the musicians who create it.

Friday night brings the annual MusiCares concert . This year’s honoree is Bob Dylan, who will be feted by Bruce Springsteen, Derek Trucks, Alanis Morissette, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and Mellencamp, among many others.

Stay tuned.

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by: Chris Pizzello

Spring NORML Fundraiser at Pedernales Cut and Putt (Saturday, March 28, 2015)

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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Join us, 419 Events (Chris and Rebecca Thomas and Kathy Crawford) for the Spring NORML Fundraiser at our favorite Hill Country course! For the golf tournament particpants, the day starts with a coffee and breakfast with registration at 8:00 am sharp followed by a 9:00 am tee time and 9 holes of golf. Price will be 75.00 per person and includes a cart. Registration for the afternoon group will start at 12:00 and will include lunch and carts for the 75.00 fee with a tee off time of 1:00. Hole sponsorships are 100.00 per sponsor and booth fees for vendors are 40.00. Contact 419 Events at to get on the list!

Vendors set up at 10:00 and live music starts at 11:00 am! Even if you don’t play golf, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to shop among local artists and vendors while listening to our favorite bands that want to help support the movement of legalizing marijuana for medical and life saving purposes.

Call Fran at the Cut and Putt 512.264.1489 to sign your team up for the tournament!


Willie Nelson and Family on Tour

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

January 29, 2015 Emerald Queen Casino  Tacoma, WA
January 30, 31, 2015 Chinook Winds Casino  Lincoln City, OR
February 2, 2015 Wells Fargo Center for Arts  Santa Rosa, CA
February 3, 2015 Bob Hope Theater  Stockton, CA
February 4, 2015 Majestic Ventura Theater  Ventura, CA
February 27, 2015 The Tabernacle  Atlanta, GA
February 28, 2015 Harrah’s Cherokee  Cherokee, NC
March 1, 2015 Johnny Mercer Theater  Savannah, GA
March 3, 4, 2015 Ryman Auditorium  Nashville, TN
March  6,7, 2015 IP casino  Biloxi, MS
March 8, 2015 Iron City  Birmingham, AL
March 14, 2015 IAustin Rodeo  Austin, TX
March 26,27, 28, 2015 Whitewater Amphitheater (with Merle Haggard)  New Braunfels, TX
March 30, 2015 Missouri Theater  Columbia, MO
March 31, 2015 Shrine Auditorium  Springfield, MO
April 2, 2015 L Scheldegger  Resort
April 3, 2015 First Council Casino  New Kirk, OK
April 4, 2015 Winstar Casino (with
Merle Haggard
Thackerville, OK

It’s Shoeshine Friday! Come on, get out on the floor, everyone’s going to dance to this one

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Willie Nelson & Family Live in Tucson (review and photos, by Mary Francis Andrews)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

photo: Mary Francis Andrews

by: Mary Francis Andrews

Willie Nelson brought his “Family” to a sold out show at the Desert Diamond Casino Theatre Saturday, January 3, 2015 to start the concert season off with a bang! This was one of many sold out shows that Willie has headlined in Tucson. It seems that Tucsonans can’t get enough of Willie Nelson.

This review must be prefaced with a statement that it is impossible to write an impartial review of a Willie Nelson concert when his music in some shape or form has been in the background of our lives since childhood. Country fan or not, the soundtrack probably started with Patsy Cline’s rendition of “Crazy” from the early sixties of the last century. Mr. Nelson wrote the song during his tenure as a Nashville songwriter for ten years. Throngs of fans have those same memories and come out in droves to see the aging legend when his bus rolls into town. Willie Nelson does not disappoint the fans. He still travels approximately 150 tour dates per year. That’s in addition to playing his Farm Aid charity event and his 4th of July annual concert event. Willie has released no less than one album a year.

The “Honeysuckle Rose,” Willie’s bus, rolled into town earlier in the day. The bus is probably Willie’s most comfortable home since he has spent so much time there. One can imagine that Willie napped prior to the show until someone woke him for show time. A face wash, a hair slick-down, a tee-shirt change, a quick massage and Willie was ready for Tucson. He quietly walked on stage and picked up “Trigger,” the most famous Martin guitar in the world and led the band in the first notes of “Whiskey River.” The fans were up on their feet cheering for their hero!

Willie played what seemed like non-stop from one song to the next. There was the traditional “Hello, Tucson” and “thank you’s” between the songs. What made this show special were several factors. First, the set list was all the Willie Nelson classics. The audience knew every song by heart and they were the biggest choral group Willie could have dreamed of having! The newest song was “Band of Brothers” from this year’s album release of new music in June. Willie managed to seamlessly weave the song in to the set as if he had played it for years. Willie’s voice may not be the same as years gone by, but his classic ‘phrasing’ is spot on classic Willie.

Willie’s guitar picking was on par with the best. Willie has been very candid about his admiration for Django Reinhardt’s guitar style. Willie delivered a rousing rendition of Django’s “Nuages.” Willie played guitar solos on “Georgia On My Mind,” “Beer For My Horses,” and he actually played more than he sang. Willie was supported by his long-standing, “Family,” band. His sister, Bobbie Nelson, played piano. Harmonica virtuoso, Mickey Raphael played many solos throughout the show. Paul English played percussion and, his brother, Billy English, played drums. Kevin Smith rounded out the band, expertly played both electric bass guitar and acoustic stand-up bass. Willie’s daughter, Amy Nelson, was also on hand to sing harmony during “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” One must take note that Willie has had a longer relationship with his band members than any of his four marriages. That can also be said about Willie’s relationship with his audience.

Willie finished the 70-minute set by traveling across the front of the stage shaking hands, signing memorabilia, and talking to the fans. This was when he seemed to be the happiest. He left the stage as quietly as his entrance and returned to the bus and left for the next show tomorrow night in Phoenix.

At the age of 81, Willie had seen the bulk of his best buddies and collaborators pass on. He has managed to augment his life with young family and new friends. His music, touring, fans and band remain a stable entity in his busy life. We are all the better for having some Willie Nelson in our life!

For a complete set list, click here. For an ongoing commentary of Willie’s past and present career visit

Read entire article here and see more great photos taken by Mary Francis Andrews:

Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Happy New Year, Ya'll!!!

Job with a view, with Bobby and Margie Lemons

Friday, January 2nd, 2015


“Preshow practicing the lowering of the Armadillo with Father Time. Take that New York City and your fancy crystal ball in Time Square! It was cool for them to play Gary P’s London Homesick Blues to close out 2014 and to have Willie and the Boys break into Whiskey River at the crack of 2015″

— Margie Lemons


So fun to hang out with Margie and Bobby Lemons.




Beauty and the beast

Thursday, January 1st, 2015



Just kidding, Budrock knows I’m kidding.  I had the pleasure of seeing Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, lighting engineer for Willie Nelson and Family, relaxing a minute together before the show last night at the Austin City Limits.     Really nice folks,  and good looking (Buddy included).


2014 was a great year to be a Willie Nelson fan

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

photo:  Robert MacCready

Wow, what a year Willie Nelson had!    I don’t know how he does all he does, I’m worn out just  listing some of his projects here.  This is not everything he did this year, of course, just a snapshot.  He does so much when he is off the road that we never hear about, public service stuff, private parties, fundraisers, recordings, favors for friends.

It really has been a great year to be a fan, like it was last year, and the year before that.Willie Nelson & Family toured extensively in 2014, Willie released new albums, collaborated with others on their albums, was on the cover of many magazines, appeared on many televisions shows, hosted friends and fans at another picnic in Fort Worth and joined with Farm Aid board members to support family farmers, with their 39th annual Farm Aid concert.  Basically, for another year Willie Nelson made his fans happy and made the world a better place.  Yeah, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Willie is relevant, and his opinions are sought after.

Thank you Willie Nelson, thank you to his family, his band, his fans, for all the music, fellowship, and good times.  And thanks so much to all of you who send me things for my blog; you all make keeping this blog going so much easier and so much fun.   You’re the best.

nye Once again, Willie Nelson and Family welcomed in the new year with family and friends and fans at Austin City Live’s Moody Theater. 13nye40
decday Willie Nelson released two critically acclaimed albums in 2014.  Band of Brothers was #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.
englebert2 Always a popular duet partner, Willie sang on many different albums
His duet with Rhonda Vincent was #1 on Billboard Bluegrass chart
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acl scottnewtonacl5 Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame tonight, along with Coach Darrell Royal, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, and Willie performed, and  Bill Arhos.  Willie was joined by EmmyLou Harris and Lyle Lovett,  for several songs. IMG_0559
inside1 Willie Nelson collaborated with nephew Freddy Fletcher, and launched “Inside Arlyn Studios”, featuring live musical performances.  Willie launched the series with tapings of Guy Clark, Jr., and Merle Haggard.
guestletterman Willie Nelson was a guest on several talk shows, including two appearances on David Letterman in 2014.  He performed music from his new album, “Band of Brothers” on one appearance, and another time sang a new duet with Billy Joe Shaver.
Willie Nelson was a guest on ESPN, reminiscing about his first guitar as a child, playing high school football, earning his fifth-degree black belt and  relationship with legendary football coach Darrell Royal.

“The world looks better from the top a horse.” — Willie Nelson


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Jimmy Kimmel agreed to do a show live from Austin during ACL, if he could have Willie Nelson as a guest.
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Willie Nelson,was honored with guitar-shaped  birthday cake on new season of TLC’s “Cake Boss” television show.
bb1 DSC_0148Once again, Willie Nelson invited friends and fans
to celebrate the Fourth of July, on the back 40, at BillyBob’s Texas, in Fort Worth.
For the 39th year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews headlined a concert to raise funds for family farmers and Farm Aid.  Over 20,000 people attended the concert in Raleigh, North Carolina


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fansphilWillie Nelson kept his fans close. makewish1And made dreams come true, like Tatum Lee who got to see her favorite singer perform in Kansas City, thanks to Make a Wish Foundation.  He signed her guitar, too!
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Willie autographed books, records, posters, hats, boots, boobs, and more.  I’ll bet he has never said no to a request for an autograph.


Willie Nelson is popular on Facebook, and trended on Twitter.  His family posts new videos, pictures, stories from the road, about contests to win tickets and new shows.  He’s got 4,152,639 likes , and fans post their love and gratitude on his page every day.                                                        

Willie Nelson trended on Twitter


Willie Nelson is 81 so somebody PLEASE warn him that all that weed’s eventually gonna lead him directly to crack
.Stephen Colbert@StephenAtHome
Fun fact: uses the same cologne as and!
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“Wait! U got a Willie T on? Respect-I’m out!”
Willie Nelson Shirts saved lives
triggerphil2 Even Willie Nelson’s guitar, Trigger, made the news.   The July issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine features this cool close up photo taken by Jay Blakesberg, nye
williehorse He ftook time to do things he likes to do, like riding horses alone on his ranch in Texas. luck2
willieannie2And time to hang out with family and friends, celebrated another year of marriage with Annie d’Angelo Nelson. lukaswill busjohn
williers Willie Nelson featured in many magazines in 2014, including another cover of the Rolling Stone. rolling. rspicks
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Willie was even on the cover of a Korean magazine japan Even Willie Nelson’s guitar featured in magazines“The July issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine featured close up photo taken by Jay Blakesberg, jay
As if being a singer, songwriter, actor, author, poet, humanitarian and activist wasn’t enough, Willie Nelson revealed his skills as a magician.   His family posted several videos of Willie trying to trick his sister, with magic.  He’s really good. magic
rbz Willie DKR Exhibit 02 The Briscoe Center for American History has created a display honoring the Living Legend in Willie Nelson with an exhibit inside the Red McCombs Red Zone within the north endzone of the Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium on the University of Texas
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University Library acquired an extensive collection of Willie Nelson’s recordings and papers.Acquired from a fan and consummate collector of Nelson’s work, John Kalinsky, the collection spans 1954 to 2010 and contains 877 recordings, including 45s, LPs, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, CDs, and DVDs.
alisonthree Willie Nelson and Family teamed up with Allison Krause and Jerry Douglas and Union Station for a series of shows. alisontoo. nye
halloweenkid Fans continued to dress their babies up like Willie Nelson, for Halloween. halloweentoo
faa Willie Nelson was honored by Future Farmer’s of America.  He was a member of FFA when he was growing up in Abbott, Texas.
Beautiful designer guitar picks were created to honor his concerts, tours, songs and albums.  Picks designed by Budrock Prewitt and Guthrie Thomas, and tastefully framed here by Guthrie. bobpick


newark radiocity Willie Nelson and Family played all over the U.S., in some of the most famous venues in the U.S., along with amphitheaters, theaters, private parties, casinos and corn fields. harvest10
acl scottnewtonacl5 Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame tonight, along with Coach Darrell Royal, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, and Willie performed, and  Bill Arhos.  Willie was joined by EmmyLou Harris and Lyle Lovett,  for several songs. IMG_0559
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University Library acquired an extensive collection of Willie Nelson’s recordings and papers.Acquired from a fan and consummate collector of Nelson’s work, John Kalinsky, the collection spans 1954 to 2010 and contains 877 recordings, including 45s, LPs, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, CDs, and DVDs. Willie Nelson and Family welcomed in the new year with family and friends and fans at Austin City Live.  Once again, Willie Nelson & Family celebrated New Year’s Eve at the popular venue, located on Willie Nelson Boulevard, in Austin. nye
Photographs of Willie Nelson were featured in books, magazines and exhibits.
waldenfrabreyWillie Nelson featured i exhibit “Country: Portraits of an American Sound” at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
faceoftexasThe Face of Texas,”  (2nd ed.) was published in 2014, with eclectic selection of photos of Willie, Kinky Friedman to Lady Bird Johnson to Troy Aikman to ZZ Top. martystuart3Photos taken by Marty Stuart were on display at a gallery in St. Louis, Missouri. clinchbook1Willie Nelson wrote the introduction to this book of Danny Clinch that includes photos of Willie, Mickey Raphael, and other rock legends.  Clinch named the song after a Willie Nelson song, “Still is Still Moving”.
wnglasses esquire2Willie Nelson was featured in art campaign of designer John Varvatos, and he and his sons performed at the John Varvatos fundraiser, for the benefit of the Stuart House (a Rape Treatment Center).  concert raised over one million dollars.  blackbelt3 stuarthouse
youngpipe Willie Nelson and his sons joined Neil Young at “Harvest the Host” concert in Neligh, NE.  Funds raised were used to raise awareness about dangers of Keystone PipeLine. Willie and Neil were honored by Rosebud Sioux and Ogalala Sioux, for humanitarian work. DSC_0131 Honoring of Willie Nelson and Neil Young at Harvest the Hope Concert
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preacher3 Seth Rogen announces plans to use Willie Nelson song in new tv series he developing, based on the Preacher graphic novels.. put together the “100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time,” which included both new and old. Willie made the list at #48 with “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” from his 1975 album Red Headed Stranger. He also made #10 with his friend Waylon Jennings for “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” You can see the entire list 100best
AnnieRayWillie Nelson appeared in, “The Legend Of Shep Gordon.”
a documentary directed by Mike Meyers.  Appearances also by
Tom Arnold,  Michael Douglas and Sylvester Stallone.
willieanneWillie was featured in new documentary about Ann Richards
vets charityWillie donated his voice, time, energy, music, and autographed dozens of guitar, to help raise funds for good causes that he believes in. austinpets3 Win Willie Nelson Signed Guitar
IMG_4729 IMG_4587 Willie Nelson received his fifth level black belt at a ceremony in Austin. IMG_4532
collection major portions of his collection of correspondence, manuscripts, records and awards to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.Along with other music collections at the center, the Willie Nelson Collection provides scholars with a deeper understanding of Nelson’s music, career, relationships and creative process. The collection will be the focus of an upcoming exhibit on the UT Austin campus.
Willie Nelson invited Larry king on board his bus, for an interview and conversation about turning 80, legalizing marijuana and the 2016 presidential race. lk
Willie Nelson opened up his Luck, Texas ranch for “Heartbreaker’s Banquet”, one of the premiere parties and concerts during the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. heartbreakerb heartbreakera nye


Willie Nelson fan Johnny Depp joined the band and played guitar at the Houston Rodeo, and Boston shows.



In 2014, more artists were inspired to portray Willie Nelson in their art, in oil, wood, pencil, food and media that you can’t even imagine.

Willie Nelson’s braids were auctioned off as part of the estate of Waylon Jennings (a gift to him from Willie, to celebrate Waylon’s sobriety). braidssale

Willie Nelson & Family, Austin City Live (Dec. 30, 2014)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


Willie Nelson invites family and friends onstage to sing some gospel tunes at end of his show last night.