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Farm Aid Delivers

Monday, September 19th, 2016

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photo:  Brian Bruner

www.usatoday.com
by:  Mike Snider

BRISTOW, Va. — Willie Nelson and his Farm Aid family still have work to do.

The 83-year-old country music legend closed an impassioned 11-hour concert here Saturday in revivalist fashion with a stage full of musicians including Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss and Dave Matthews, all singing gospel standard Amazing Grace and Hank Williams’ I Saw the Light.

This marked the 31st year of the annual benefit, which over the years has raised more than $50 million to help family farmers. With the growth of organic farming and consumer interest in the local food movement, Nelson says he has seen progress in recent years.

Now we can get (food) from our organic farmer friends next door,” Nelson said during a pre-concert press conference. “So there is good news out there. Farmers have begun to realize that we can do this.”

Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young started Farm Aid in 1985, and held the first benefit in Champaign, Il. This year’s event, held 35 miles west of Washington, D.C., drew about 20,000. Concessions included pork chop sandwiches from Missouri and shrimp and grits from North Carolina. Attendees could visit exhibits to learn how to shop for local food and how to raise it.

Among the speakers, Chris Bradshaw, founder of Washington-based Dreaming Out Loud, told how its community-run organic urban garden serves to organize neighbors and break down class, race and gender barriers.  “Farm Aid brings people together,” he said.

Over the years, Nelson & Co. have harvested new artists for the shows. Country singer-songwriter Margo Price — a Farm Aid first-timer — offered a powerful, personal performance, noting that her songs Hands of Time and newly written Heart of America were inspired by her family’s loss of its farm. “It’s something I’ve always been very passionate about and I saw how it affected my family and my community,” she said.

Fellow country singer-songwriter, Sturgill Simpson, also appearing in his first Farm Aid, delivered a rocking set, supported by an energetic eight-piece band complete with horns and a synthesizer.

Two other Farm Aid newcomers, retro-soul ensemble Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Alabama Shakes, led by expressive front woman Brittany Howard, each cultivated updated riffs on blues, soul and rock.

Krauss played fiddle and sang with Johnson, appearing at his ninth Farm Aid, on several songs including In Color, which invokes Depression-era farm struggles, and a slowed-down version of Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.

Mellencamp performed several poignant songs including Rain On the Scarecrow, which is about banks foreclosing on farms in the 1980s. “I grew up in a small town and … I didn’t understand why these little towns were going away,” he said. “I think It was Willie who told me, ‘Follow the family farmer and you will see the future of America.’ ”

Before Nelson closed the show, Young fired off a thundering rendition of Rockin’ in the Free World. “There’s a revolution starting,” Young told the crowd. “With people like you we’re going to make it.”

 

 

 

 

Farm Aid works hard for family farmers and making healthy food available to everyone

Monday, September 19th, 2016

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www.FarmAid.org

Bristow, Va. — Recognizing that severe economic conditions threaten commodity farmers across the country, Farm Aid 2016, which took place today at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, emphasized how collaboration and innovative problem-solving can strengthen food systems and family farmer livelihoods.

The annual music and food festival celebrating family farmers brought 20,000 fans together just outside the nation’s capital to celebrate ground-breaking, cooperative approaches to overcoming barriers to a family farm system of agriculture. At the same time, as dairy farmers and other commodity producers struggle with the consequences of record low prices, Farm Aid says family farmers need a broad coalition of partners to stand with them and collaborate to surmount the many obstacles that are forcing them off the land.

“The first Farm Aid sparked a 31-year effort to put power back into the hands of family farmers and all of us who eat,” said Willie Nelson, president and founder of Farm Aid. “We’ve made a lot of progress, but it’s clear we aren’t done yet. Family farmers still aren’t getting a fair shake. We need to keep coming together to help each other and find solutions.”

Farm Aid’s day-long festival kicked off with local Virginia and Washington, D.C., farmers joining Farm Aid board members Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews in a conversation from the Farm Aid stage about community partnerships that are changing the food landscape. The partnerships go beyond farmers’ markets and local restaurants, crossing sectors, towns and generations. Speakers discussed collaborations that include growing new food economies in Appalachia with food hubs; addressing diet-related diseases with good food solutions like Fresh Farmacy; and revitalizing disadvantaged urban neighborhoods through community gardens. First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and Deb Eschmeyer, the White House’s executive director of Let’s Move!, joined everyone on stage to talk about the power of each of us to grow a strong, healthy farm and food system.

“We see invigorated local economies and stronger communities when family farmers thrive,” said Farm Aid executive director Carolyn Mugar. “Together, farmers and eaters have the power to bring equity and fairness to our farm and food system, to protect our soil and water, and to make sure that everyone has access to fresh, healthy foods.”

Farm Aid 2016 featured performances by Nelson, Mellencamp, Young and Matthews — who performed with Tim Reynolds — as well as Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson with special guest appearance by Alison Krauss, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots, Ian Mellencamp and Star Swain.

Concertgoers found inspiration in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, which featured hands-on activities that gave them a chance to dig in and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health. In the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent, attendees had the opportunity to engage with food, farming and crafting. Some of the workshops included transforming hemp into paper, seed saving and composting.

The concert was broadcast live at farmaid.org and on SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (59).

Sponsors of Farm Aid 2016 include Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Prairie Organic, Horizon Organic, HimalaSalt, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Applegate Farms, and Organic Valley. Media partners include The Washington Post, which hosted the FarmYard Stage, iHeartMedia and On Tap Magazine.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $50 million to help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome (April 7, 1990) (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

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[Thanks to Phil Weisman for this cool Heartland Newspaper, with Farm Aid IV headlines.

Willie Nelson will be joined by over 30 performers and entertainers for Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome on April 7.  Their efforts will address the needs of the American farm family.

Willie Nelson, “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me” On Ray Price Tribute album, “For the Good Times”

Friday, September 9th, 2016

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One legend pays tribute to another on Willie Nelson’s new album For The Good Times, a collection of country classics made famous by the late Ray Price.  Today we’re happy to present one of those covers. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me” is a weepy, string-laden shuffle that communicates more pain and beauty in under three minutes than most musicians can muster in an entire career. Nelson briefly played in Price’s backing band, the Cherokee Cowboys, and his reverence for the man’s music shines through in this performance.

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For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price is out 9/16 on Sony. Pre-order it from Amazon oriTunes.

Track List:

1. “Heartaches by the Number (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
3. “Faded Love”
4. “It Always Will Be”
5. “City Lights (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me(featuring the Time Jumpers)”
7. “Make the World Go Away”
8. “I’m Still Not Over You”
9. “Night Life”
10. “Crazy Arms (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
11. “Invitation to the Blues (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
12. “For The Good Times”

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Willie Nelson created this video to his recording of the Tom T. Hall’s song, on his computer. It makes me feel good every time I watch it. Johnny Knoxville likes it too.

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Here is my entry for the BEST VIDEO OF ALL TIME.

It’s Willie Nelson’s latest called “Shoeshine Man.” It’s basically Willie sitting in front of his computer singing the song while playing with the Photo Booth application … and it’s hilarious.

Written, produced, edited, directed, smoked, and starring Mr. Willie Nelson himself in what could have been no longer than 20 minutes, this video is more entertaining than those that cost millions. It’s simplicity and sheer nuttiness had me and everyone else in jackassworld howling like silly kids the whole time we were watching it. I bet I showed it to 30 people yesterday and I want to show it you today.

Here is my hero (and everyone else’s) Willie Nelson with his video that is so technologically advanced it’s obscene to be believed. This is “Shoeshine Man.”

Love,

Knoxville

Willie Nelson and Family on Tour

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Always confirm shows and get tickets at www.WillieNelson.com, or the venue.

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Sept 8
The Colleseum at Caesars
Windsor, Ontario Canada
with Aaron Lewis
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Sept 9, 10
Casino Rama
Rama, Ontario
with Aaron Lewis
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Sept 12
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Boston, MA
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Sept. 13
Coney Island Amphitheater
Brooklyn, NY
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Sept 15
Innsbroook After Hours
Glen Allen, VA
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Sept 17
Farm Aid
Bristow, VA
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Sept 18
Outlaw Music Festival
with Neil Young, Sheryl Crow
Scranton, PA
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Oct 8
The Joint at Hard Rock
Catoosa, OK
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Oct 9
ACL Fest
Austin, TX
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Oct 14
Lea County Events Center
Hobbs, NM
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Oct 15, 16
Celebrity Theater
Phoenix, AZ
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Oct 18
Pantages Theater
Los Angeles, CA
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Oct 19
Humphreys
San Diego, CA
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Oct 21
Avila Beach Amphitheater
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Oct 22, 23
Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit
California
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Nov 11
Winstar Casino
Thackerville, OK
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Nov 12
Billy Bob’s Texas
Fort Worth, TX
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Nov 13
Wagner-Noel PAC
Midland, TX
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Nov 15
City Bank Auditorium
Lubbock, TX
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Nov 18
Golden Nugget
Lake Charles, LA
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Nov 19
Silver Star Convention Center
Choctaw, MS

Willie Nelson pays tribute to Ray Price, “For the Good Times”

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

http://blogs.wsj.com
by: Mike Ayers

On country singer Ray Price’s final album, 2014’s “Beauty Is…The Final Sessions,” he recorded a Willie Nelson song, “It Always Will Be,” which is the title track from Nelson’s 2004 album. Price and Nelson shared a long history together, dating back to 1961 when a young Nelson was a part of Price’s band, the Cherokee Cowboys.

Nelson has now re-recorded his tune for his new album, “For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price” – the song premieres above on Speakeasy today.

The album’s 12 tracks were recorded at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios, a former Gothic revival church and the same spot where Price recorded “Beauty Is.” Western swing group the Time Jumpers as well as Vince Gill pitched in on the instrumentation. Nelson teamed with Price’s longtime producer, Fred Foster, too. Along with “It Always Will Be,” songs include Price chart-toppers “City Lights,” “Crazy Arms” and “For the Good Times.”

Price and Nelson collaborated many times over the years, including 1980’s “San Antonio Rose,” 2003’s “Run That by Me One More Time” and 2007’s “Last of the Breed,” which featured Price, Nelson and Merle Haggard together.

“For the Good Times” is the second Nelson album this year – in February, he paid tribute to another classic songwriter with “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.”

The 83-year-old Nelson resumes touring this Friday at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, N.J. Two big gigs are on tap for this fall: He’ll join the annual Farm Aid concert in Bristow, Virginia on September 17, alongside Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Alabama Shakes, John Mellencamp and Sturgill Simpson. The following day, Sunday September 18, he’ll headline his first Outlaw Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with Young, Sheryl Crow and the Black Crowes‘ Chris Robinson.

“For the Good Times” arrives, Friday, Sept. 16 on Columbia/Legacy.

Willie Nelson and Family in Amsterdam

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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another Willie Nelson fan

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

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Macey looks so good in her Willie Nelson bandanna and her Willie’s Reserve shirt at the Willie Nelson & Family show at Fiddler’s Green last night.

Bobbie Nelson and Paul English on the Fourth of July (Austin)

Monday, July 25th, 2016

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Janis Tillerson never lets us down!  Thank you so much for sharing your photos from Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic in Austin.  I love this classic photo of Paul English escorting Sister Bobbie off the stage after the show.  And this one.

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Thursday, July 21st, 2016

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Willie Nelson’s “Willie’s Reserve

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

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www.celebstoner.com
by: Steve Bloom

Willie Nelson’s long-awaited branded marijuana products, under the name Willie’s Reserve, will debut this month and in August in Colorado and Washington legal-weed stores. To hype the roll-out, he’ll perform concerts in in each state. The Willie Nelson & Family shows will take place on:

 • July 23 at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA

• July 30 at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood, CO (with Kacey Musgraves)

 

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The Reserve product line includes “signature Ready Rolls and high quality flower,” according to a press release. The featured strains are Blue Dream, Master Kush, NYC Diesel, Jack the Ripper, White Widow and Grand Daddy Purple. The line also has cannabis oil vape pens.

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Monday, July 18th, 2016

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Willie Nelson and Family on Tour

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Always confirm shows and get tickets at www.WillieNelson.com, or the venue.

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June 28
Vetter Stone Amphitheater
Mankato, MN
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June 29
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
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July 1
Grateful Fest at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
Garrettsville, OH
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July 2
French Lick Resort
French Lick, IN
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July 4
Fourth of July Picnic
Austin 360 Amphitheater
Austin, TX
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July 23
Marymoor Park
Redmond, WA
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July 24
Edgefield
Troutdale, OR
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July 26
Idaho Botanical Gardens
Boise, Idaho
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July 28
Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
Salt Lake City, UT
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July 30
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
with Kacey Musgraves
Denver, CO
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Aug 1
The Steifel Theater
Salinas, KS
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Aug 2
Topeka Theater for the Performing Arts
Topeka, KS
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Aug 3
Washington Pavilion
Sioux Falls, SD
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Aug 5
Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Sturgis, SD
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Aug 6
Hinterland Music Festival
St. Charles, IA
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Aug  7
North Star Mohican Casino
Bowler, WI
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Sept 8
The Colleseum at Caesars
Windsor, Ontario Canada
with Aaron Lewis
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Sept 9, 10
Casino Rama
Rama, Ontario
with Aaron Lewis
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Sept 12
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Boston, MA
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Sept. 13
Coney Island Amphitheater
Brooklyn, NY
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Sept 17
Farm Aid
Bristow, VA
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Oct 9
ACL Fest
Austin, TX
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Oct 14
Lea County Events Center
Hobbs, NM
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Oct 15, 16
Celebrity Theater
Phoenix, AZ
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Oct 18
Pantages Theater
Los Angeles, CA
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Oct 19
Humphreys
San Diego, CA
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Oct 21
Avila Beach Amphitheater
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Nov 11
Winstar Casino
Thackerville, OK
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Nov 19
Silver Star Convention Center
Choctaw, MS