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Luck Reunion March 14, 2019

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

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

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

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


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
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

Monk meets the Red Headed Stranger (October 11, 2002)

Thursday, October 11th, 2018


Is country superstar Willie Nelson a cold-blooded murderer? The police think so – but Monk has other ideas.

An angry Willie Nelson accuses his road manager, Sonny Cross, of embezzlement just hours before making a San Francisco radio appearance. Sonny later arrives at the radio station to find a note summoning him to a side entrance. As Sonny disappears down an alley, two shots ring out, and an engineer throws open the side door to find a blind woman, Mrs. Mass, screaming hysterically – and Willie Nelson hovering over Sonny’s dead body.

An injured Captain Stottlemeyer decides to put Lt. Disher in charge of the investigation, and Disher loses no time in calling in Adrian Monk. Monk learns that only Sonny, Mrs. Mass, and Willie Nelson were in the alley, and even though he seems to be the most likely suspect. Monk can’t picture Willie – a favorite singer of his late wife Trudy – as a killer. Stottlemeyer arrives with his right arm in a sling. Mrs. Mass gently shakes his left hand, then identifies Willie’s voice as the one that threatened to kill her if she spoke to the police. Orphaned at 16 in a car accident that also robbed her of her sight, Mrs. Mass is a persuasive witness. Things look grim for the Red-Headed Stranger.

With Sharona gushing about her great new boyfriend Justin, and the SFPD occupied with trying to track down a persistent and elusive streaker, Monk starts to investigate. He begins by learning more about Sonny Cross. A reckless womanizer and boozehound, Cross had previously served two years in prison for vehicular manslaughter. Willie had been close to firing Cross on many occasions, but never had the heart.

For now, Willie Nelson is still the prime suspect, and the police arrest him and formally press charges. Meanwhile, Monk decides to go see Mrs. Mass again. He learns she received a concussion after falling in a wet supermarket aisle the year before, but never sued. As they say goodbye, she offers to shake his hand, and Monk suddenly remembers how she’d previously shaken Stottlemeyer’s hand – and offered him her left hand because his right hand was in a sling. How had she known that… unless she had somehow regained her sight!

The SFPD has finally caught the streaker, and Monk bails him out of jail so he can lay a trap for Mrs. Mass. From a place of concealment, Monk and Sharona watch Mrs. Mass turn her head in wonder as the nudist streaks by her ¿ and Sharona recognizes the streaker as her new boyfriend, Justin!

Once in custody, Mrs. Mass finally comes clean: the fall last year in the supermarket somehow reconnected her optic nerve, restoring partial vision in one eye. She’d kept this miracle to herself in order to be above suspicion when she took finally her revenge on Sonny Cross – the drunk driver that took away her family and her eyesight 30 years before.


All charges against Willie Nelson are dropped, and on a crisp autumn sky under a sparkling blue sky, the two new friends play a soulful, moving duet together – Willie on guitar, Monk on clarinet – at the site of Trudy’s grave.






Willie Nelson Art

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Thank you so much Joanna Ziemba Jaz for sharing this cool Willie Nelson sand art photo.  Here’s a video of how the artist creates.

Dirty Car Artist

When dirt is beautiful.

Posted by 60 Second Docs Presents on Monday, September 24, 2018

Willie Nelson and Van Morrison collaborate in studio in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Van Morrison went into a Pittsburgh, Pa.-area studio together earlier this month, hinting at the probability of an exciting upcoming collaboration. Staff at the Church Recording Studio in Pennsylvania were taken by surprise when the booking request came in.

“We didn’t take it too seriously at first, but after pushing them for some details, they revealed it was for Van Morrison,” studio producer Dave Hidek tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We actually believed them less at that point, so we asked for the standard deposit, and sure enough a check arrived the next day and we knew they were for real.” Hidek goes on to say that the request for Morrison from Belfast, Ireland, was only the first layer of surprise for the studio.

“A little later on, we got a call from Willie Nelson’s management to let us know that he’d be attending as well,” Hidek shares. “Having either one walk through our doors would in itself be a treat, to put it lightly, but both of them together would certainly be a historic experience.”
Morrison and Nelson both headlined the Outlaw Music Festival in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7, and in the days leading up to the event, they holed up in the little studio along with Nelson’s son Lukas, harmonica player Mickey Raphael, and his long-time friend and producer Buddy Cannon. While Nelson and his cohorts were there to contribute, the new project is helmed by Morrison.

“Van is intense … He knows exactly what he likes down to what guitar is being used or where the treble is set on the amp … He doesn’t linger on things, and his level of execution was impressive,” Hidek says of the recording experience. “Willie takes the opposite approach in many ways, but that’s what makes this collaboration so special. For being 85, he’s still got that vocal magic, and his performance holds you hostage from the first note to the last note.”

No word on when the collaboration will be released, but you can bet we’ll be on the lookout for it. Nelson has done countless cross-genre collaborations throughout his career, but this marks the first time he’s recorded with the Irish legend.

The article does not elaborate on what may have taken place inside the studio walls, other than to speculate that the recordings were most likely for a future Morrison project. Also in attendance were Lukas Nelson, Willie’s son and leader of the band Promise of the Real, and Nelson’s longtime harmonica player Mickey Raphael. Morrison was described by Hidek as being “intense,” and the 85-year-old Nelson markedly less so.

Nelson and Morrison recently co-headlined many dates of the Outlaw Music Festival, which made a stop in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7 (Morrison’s first show in the city since 1973!).

Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp talk about Farm Aid and why it matters

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Willie Nelson brought his traveling Outlaw Music Festival tour to the Northeast this weekend for a run of shows throughout the month, and Saturday night’s gathering in Hershey, PA, featured a special collaboration in which Nelson welcomed tour mates Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi to the stage to close out the show.

As with other Outlaw Festival stops, this weekend’s shows featured a rotating cast of acts—anchored by Willie Nelson & Family—including Van Morrison, Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Brandi Carlile, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and more. On Saturday, Nelson’s son Lukas took lead vocals during the elder Nelson’s set for a cover of Larry Davis’ blues standard “Texas Flood.” Later in the evening, Trucks and Tedeschi emerged to help out on a couple more folk standards, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away,” which wrapped up the evening.

The Outlaw Music Festival continues to tour around the Northeast this month, with its next stop coming this Friday, September 14, in Scranton, PA. Neil Young, Greensky Bluegrass, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Margo Price will also be joining Nelson and company at upcoming stops. See the tour’s full schedule here.