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Willie Nelson, “Someone to Watch Over Me” – From “Summertime” Album in stores Feb. 26, 2016

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The King of Country Music covers a George Gershwin classic in this Team Coco-exclusive music video.

Get Willie Nelson’s new album of George Gershwin covers, Summertime: Willie Sings Gershwin on February 26, 2016.

Chef’s Pot Luck Fundraiser @ Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas (March 17, 2016)

Friday, February 5th, 2016


Wholesome Wave is kicking off the 2016 Luck Reunion with the Chefs’ Pot Luck, a culinary fundraiser to be held on Thursday, March 17th at the private ranch of music legend Willie Nelson.

In the heart of Texas Hill Country, 45 minutes from Austin, the Chefs’ Pot Luck dinner will offer a panoramic countryside food-and-music excursion during the annual South by Southwest Festival. All proceeds from the star-studded event will benefit our work to increase access to local produce in under-served communities nationwide.

Tickets are now on-sale here

** Tickets sold separately for the Luck Reunion concert on March 18, additional details for on sale coming soon.

Willie Nelson: Summertime (Wait’s almost over! Album out February 26, 2016)

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Pre-Order your copy here.  

Willie Nelson’s tribute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, “Summertime” will be released this month, on Feb. 26th.  You can pre-order your copy from your favorite on-line retailer, or go to your favorite independent record store and get your copy on Feb. 26th — or both!


Track List

1. “But Not for Me” by Willie Nelson
2. “Somebody Loves Me” by Willie Nelson
3. “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Willie Nelson
4. “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” by Willie Nelson feat. Cyndi Lauper
5. “It Ain’t Necessarily So” by Willie Nelson
6. “I Got Rhythm” by Willie Nelson
7. “Love is Here to Stay” by Willie Nelson
8. “They All Laughed” by Willie Nelson
9. “Embraceable You” by Willie Nelson feat. Sheryl Crow
10. “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” by Willie Nelson
11. “Summertime” by Willie Nelson


Willie Nelson CMT Insider Interview (4/23/2010)

Monday, February 1st, 2016


Even when his albums centered around pop standards, blues, jazz and reggae, Willie Nelson has always put his unique country spin on the music. With his new album, Country Music, he chose to delve deep into the kind of music he grew up hearing and playing.

Produced by T Bone Burnett, Country Music was recorded in Nashville with a band of local musicians that included Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and Ronnie McCoury. The song selection includes new arrangements of traditional material and covers of songs popularized by Porter Wagoner (“Satisfied Mind”), Hank Williams (“House of Gold”), Ernest Tubb (“Seaman’s Blues”), Merle Travis (“I Am a Pilgrim”) and Al Dexter (“Pistol Packin’ Mama”).

During a recent interview, CMT Insider talked to the Country Music Hall of Fame member about the album and if there was a reason it had a specific release date of April 20 — also referred to by some as 4/20 or “Pot Day.”

Where did the idea for this album country music come from?

Nelson: My idea of country music is basically what this album has on it. It’s fiddles, steels, mandolins, and it just seems like a natural title. And underneath Country Music, I was tempted to say, “Lest we forget this is country music.”

What was the criteria for this album?

Well, T Bone Burnett produced it, and if you’ve got a good producer like that, you kind of just let him have the ball and run with it. And that’s what I did. He brought all the songs to the session except for “Nobody’s Fault but Mine,” and all the musicians, he called them all together. He’s really the best at doing things like that.

I’ve read that you said three takes are enough if you’ve got the right people in the studio. Did you feel like you had that there?

Oh, yeah. And a lot of times, the first take is the best, so the second and third are just insurance.

A lot of people are saying Country Music is similar to yourStardust album because these songs are standards. Do you agree with that?

I do. It’s a Stardust in its own right. All of these songs are the same type of standard songs in the country music as theStardust album were in pop. So, yeah, there is definitely a connection.

Is there a song on this album that means the most to you personally?

They’re all really good songs that I grew up singing — “Satisfied Mind,” “Dark as a Dungeon.” You know, these days the mining songs are very special to me because of all the tragedies with all these mines. But all of these songs are very good songs.

The traditional song, “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down,” was one you hadn’t even heard before.

No, I hadn’t heard that. T Bone brought some good things to the session, but I had never heard that one. He brought a Bob Willssong I had never heard. I thought I’d heard all the Bob Wills songs, but “Gotta Walk Alone” is an obscure Bob Wills song that I had never heard.

You included Hank Williams’ “House of Gold” on the album and have said it helped get you through some hard times. What is it about his songs that have the power to heal?

Well, songs like “House of Gold” … it’s just pure Hank Williams. No one sings those like Hank did, but I sure love to try.

Is there a type of music that you wouldn’t touch these days?

Oh, I don’t know. There are probably lots of different things. … I’m just now aware yet.

You had carpal tunnel surgery a few years back. How is your hand doing?

The hand’s doing better. I’ve got a rotator cuff that’s torn, and it’s cutting down on my golf but … .

There was a lot of speculation about your reasons for releasing the album on 4/20. Is this a coincidence?

Well, you know, I wasn’t even aware of a 4/20 kind of the release date. I never put anything together — because I’m usually kind of slow on things like that — but I think it’s funny.

A district attorney in North Carolina is planning to prosecute some of your band members for possession of moonshine and marijuana. That’s kind of got to be disappointing.

Well, yeah it’s very disappointing. … To have a little moonshine, in North Carolina, I thought they put that in baby bottles. I didn’t know that was a problem.

We’ve been hearing rumors that you’re going to do a movie with Johnny Knoxville. Is that happening?

We’re certainly talking about one together. And that’d be great. I love Johnny. We’d have a lot of fun.

Anything new to report about your constant touring?

Not really. I’m having fun playing. We played … in Vegas for all the broadcast people, and we had the band from Nashville there. That’s happening a few more times. I think we’re doing it in L.A. and New York. I’m looking forward to it because these guys are very good.

And T Bone will be doing some performances with you, right?

He’s great musician, and any time he’s around, you feel a little better because you feel like he’s got your back. I’m glad to know he’s in the studio or on the stage or anything.

I saw Willie in Branson, Missouri

Sunday, January 31st, 2016


Chef’s Pot LUCK at Willie Nelson’s backyard benefit for Wholesome Wave (3/17/2016

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The “Chef’s Pot LUCK” will bring 200 very lucky guests into Willie’s backyard for an intimate VIP culinary experience. As the kickoff opening night of the annual “Luck Reunion” music event, guests will arrive and be welcomed to a casual cocktail hour supported by a special musical guest.  As the sun sets on Luck, guests will be seated together at farm tables and served a family-style, Texas-inspired feast showcasing locally sourced and sustainable ingredients prepared by many of our nations most talented chefs. Following dinner guests will be escorted back to the revival-style tent for an intimate performance from the honorary host himself, Willie Nelson.

Wholesome Wave is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that strives to create a vibrant, just and sustainable food system. By making fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables affordable and available, it inspires under served consumers to make healthier food choices. Its innovative initiatives are improving health outcomes among low-income families, generating additional revenue for small and mid-sized farm businesses and bolstering local and regional economies in 38 states and counting. Partnering with over 90 community-based organizations at more than 550 farmers markets and dozens of community health centers, hospital systems, food hubs, and retail outlets, Wholesome Wave reaches more than 50,000 under served consumers and their families, as well as thousands of farmers annually.

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Saturday, January 16th, 2016


Willie Nelson & Family, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Willie Nelson and his fans

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016


Wednesday, January 13th, 2016


Stars honor Gershwin Prize Recipient, Willie Nelson (Special Airs on PBS Jan 15th)

Saturday, January 9th, 2016



Alison Krauss will be among many artists paying tribute to Willie Nelson as he receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The special will air on PBS on January 15th at 9 p.m. ET. Get more information here.

Willie Nelson sings with Cyndi Lauper on new album, “Detour”

Friday, January 8th, 2016

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photo:  Janis Tillerson

After the success of 2010’s comeback album Memphis Blues — not to mention her work on the Broadway musical Kinky Boots — pop icon Cyndi Lauper, 62, decamped to Nashville for her 11th album.Detour is a companion piece to Memphis Blues, Lauper says, but where its predecessor homaged blues musicians, the new album focuses on classic country songs of the ’50s and ’60s. Memphis Blues featured contributions from such luminaries as B.B. King and Allen Toussaint, and Lauper once again teamed up with top-level talent for Detour, including Willie Nelson.

“I tried to be professional, but you know when you’re overwhelmed — when he came in, I almost cried,” Lauper says of her first meeting with the legendary songwriter.

Another big influence on Detour was Dolly Parton. Parton doesn’t appear on the record herself, but her spirit looms large, and Lauper covered her song “Hard Candy Christmas” from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

“The first hotel we stayed at in Nashville had a big art piece on the wall, and in the corner it said ‘What Would Dolly Do?’” Lauper says. “I kept thinking that all the way through. I decided she would definitely do one of her songs.”


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Willie Nelson Mug

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016


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Billy Gibbons on New Year’s Eve in Austin, with Willie Nelson & Family

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016


Billy Gibbons joined Willie Nelson & Family in Austin on New Year’s Eve. Thanks to Janis Tillerson for the great photos.


Willie Nelson & Bob Dylan, “Heartland”

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016