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Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Mickey Raphael, on harmonicas

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Born and raised in the Lone Star State of Dallas Texas, Mickey Raphael’s career as Willie Nelson’s Harmonica player has spanned almost three decades. His intelligent playing style has become a hallmark of Nelson’s crossover sound, earning him a large audience worldwide. As a teenager, Raphael gravitated toward the Dallas folk music scene and fell under the spell of legendary harmonica great Don Brooks. “I went to this little coffee house one night and saw him playing and it just impressed me so much,” Raphael recalls. “He had moved to New York and was kind of a legend around Dallas. He sat me down one night after a show and showed me this little lick that went all the way up and down the harmonica, just a little pattern. Right away I just jumped about twenty steps from the little I already knew about the harp.” Raphael eventually joined singer B.W. Stevenson’s band. One of his most enthusiastic boosters was University of Texas Football coach Darrell Royal, a passionate fan of country music. One night in 1973, Royal invited Raphael to a post-game party in a Dallas hotel room and asked him to bring along his harps. The resulting informal jam session included Charley Pride and Willie Nelson, who passed around a guitar and took turns singing.

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“I played a little with Willie and he asked me to come and sit in with him sometime. A while later he played a fireman’s benefit in a high school gym somewhere outside of Dallas and I showed up there and played a little. Later, we were sitting there talking and he said, “Why don’t you come to New York with me in a couple of months – we’re going to play Max’s Kansas City.’ So I went up there and played with Willie. He really wasn’t touring that much then; it was still a couple of years before he left Texas again on real tours.” Raphael moved from Dallas to Austin, Nelson’s home base, and began a crash course in country music. “When I joined Willie’s band, I really didn’t know anything about country music. I’d never really listened to it at all. I was a folk blues player. I just wanted to play in a country band and ride around in a bus.”

Raphael credits blues great Paul Butterfield and rhythm and blues saxophone genius King Curtis as two of his biggest influences. “Charlie McCoy was the first harmonica player I really listened to in country music.”

Paula Nelson

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child”

Friday, July 21st, 2017

1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)
by:  Wayne Bledsoe

There’s no longer a lot of publicity when Willie Nelson releases a new album. He’s released classics. He’s recycled his best songs many times. He’s recorded albums of standards (his “Stardust” is one of music’s best-sellers), story albums, family albums, a blues album, a reggae album, fully orchestrated albums, albums of nothing but Nelson and his guitar, albums with visionary producers, and, seemingly, recorded songs and albums with just about every artist he knows. Not every disc has been great. Some have been mediocre, but there’s something likeable about every one of them.

So, does the world really NEED a new Willie Nelson album? Hasn’t he done everything he needs to do? His new disc, “God’s Problem Child,” is proof that Nelson still has something important to give. It’s a solid disc from an old master. The songs, most of which were co-written by Nelson and producer Buddy Cannon, are new and excellent.

“Delete and fast forward my son/The elections are over and nobody won…” Nelson sings before summarizing that the key to staying sane in modern times is to ignore a lot of what’s going on in the song “Delete and Fast Forward.”

Elsewhere, Nelson acknowledges his age.

“Old Timer,” by songwriting veterans Donnie Fritts and Lenny LeBlanc, is a number that sounds as if it’s written just for Nelson, describing a rounder who only accepts his age when he’s looking in the mirror or reminiscing. It’s gorgeous and touching. There’s also Nelson and Cannon’s upbeat and funny “Still Not Dead,” opening with “I woke up still not dead today/The Internet said I had passed away.” “It Gets Easier” is a bittersweet appreciation of being older.

In truth, Nelson sounds little different at 84 than he did at 34. “Your Memory Has a Mind of Its Own,” again, written by Nelson and Cannon, sounds as if it could’ve come from Nelson’s work in the mid-1970s. The subject matter, wordplay, the guitar work and the delivery are all quintessential Nelson. There’s a reason so many of Nelson’s songs have become standards. There are very few, though, who can still pen them in their eighth decade.

Finally, the title track, written by Tony Joe White and Jamey Johnson, is a slow wonder with White, Johnson and Leon Russell adding vocals and Nelson taking a particularly inspired guitar break. It’s simple and heartfelt, just what you want to hear from these old dogs.

The final cut is a tribute to fellow country giant Merle Haggard, who died in 2016, written by Gary Nicholson. It’s a sweet appreciation. Overall, “God’s Problem Child” is a good time to appreciate the giant we still have

Seven Degrees of Separation, Willie Nelson

Friday, July 14th, 2017

In the biography Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson presents a theory about his good friend: “The more you f***ed up, the more Willie liked you.” And vice versa.

Throughout his more than 60-year career, Nelson’s buds—both human and plant-based—have seen him through the good times and the bad. For instance, when the IRS came knocking in 1990, Broken Spoke owner James White and others rallied to raise money to help Nelson pay his back taxes. When he sought financial aid for the farmers of America, Neil Young and John Mellencamp jumped at the chance to launch Farm Aid with him.

Then there was the time Nelson had the idea of hosting a “Woodstock-style picnic on the Fourth of July.” The year was 1973, and he approached his pal Leon Russell, who told Nelson that he would bring the hippies if the Red Headed Stranger would handle getting the rednecks out to his 7,000-acre ranch in Dripping Springs. They began promoting the event and pulled together a lineup featuring folks like Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. When the day finally arrived, Nelson worried no one would show up—but an estimated 40,000 did, turning it into a fun-filled love fest with plenty of music, beer, and weed (for those who indulged) to go around. It’s been an almost-annual tradition ever since.

Remarkably, at age 84, Nelson is still making music (and films, and books, etc.) with his friends.

Think Kevin Bacon is well connected? Check out Willie Nelson’s vast network of friends and associates.



Willie Nelson and Friends, “America, the Beautiful”

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Atlantic City is still a great place to visit. Despite the struggling casino industry, A.C. is very much alive. Tourists can look forward to the new Hard Rock Casino next year.

I visited Atlantic City over Memorial Day weekend. I had a thrill at a casino lounge when I played a live version of Willie Nelson’s “America the Beautiful” on the jukebox. Patrons clapped at the end of the song!

Matt Engel

Willie Nelson & Family & Friends, Outlaw Music Festival (Sept 10, 2017) (Hershey, PA)

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Willie Nelson Belt Buckles

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Thanks, Stewart Patton, for sharing link to these belt buckles.  He does a great job.

Here is link.

Willie Nelson & Family in South Bend, IN (June 14, 2017)

Friday, June 9th, 2017

SOUTH BEND — Willie Nelson performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Morris Performing Arts Center, 211 N. Michigan St.
Known as one of country music’s “outlaws,” Nelson’s songs include “Hello Walls,” “On the Road Again,” “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” and “Pancho and Lefty.”

The 84-year-old’s career also has included acting in several films, writing books and co-founding Farm Aid with Neil Young and John Mellencamp.
The opening act is Nelson’s son, Lukas, and his band, The Promise of the Real.

Tickets are $104-$54 and include a download of Nelson’s new album, “God’s Problem Child.”

For more information, call 574-235-9190 or visit

Willie Nelson and Paul English, “Me and Paul”

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Thanks to Ol’ Dillo, for this classic photo of Willie Nelson and Family.

“Me And Paul”

It’s been rough and rocky travelin’,
But I’m finally standing upright on the ground.
And after takin’ several readings,
I’m surprised to find my mind’s still fairly sound.
I thought Nashville was the roughest,
But I know I said the same about them all.
We received our education
In the cities of the nation, me and Paul.Almost busted in Laredo,
But for reasons that I’d rather not disclose,
But if you’re stayin’ in a motel there and leave,
Just don’t leave nothin’ in your clothes.
And at the airport in Milwaukee,
They refused to let us board the plane at all,
They said we looked suspicious,
But I believe they like to pick on me and Paul.And on a package show in Buffalo
With us and Kitty Wells and Charlie Pride.
The show was long and we was just sittin’ there
And we’d come to play and not just for the ride.
And we drank a lot of whiskey,
So I don’t know if we went on that night at all.
But I don’t think they even missed us
I guess Buffalo ain’t geared for me and Paul.It’s been rough and rocky traveling
But I’m finally standin’ upright on the ground.
And after takin’ several readings,
I’m surprised to find my mind’s still fairly sound.
I thought Nashville was the roughest,
But I know I said the same about them all.
We received our education
In the cities of the nation, me and Paul.

Luck, TX Dinner in Dallas

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Luck, TX Table Featuring Olamaie’s Michael Fojtasek
Come and get it: we’ve added an intimate in-venue dinner to our Luck Dallas experience. This Friday, June 9th (6 PM) we are welcoming famed Austin chef Michael Fojtasek to the Luck, TX Table for a Luck Dallas pre-show gathering. Guests will join Fojtasek in the Granada to break bread alongside artists before they hit the stage. The seated, three-course meal will offer a true taste of the south with Fojtasek’s acclaimed, locally-minded fare that has established Olamaie as an innovative staple on the Austin – and Texas – scene. A Dallas native, Fojtasek is returning to his stopping grounds for an unforgettable night with the Luck crew and we can’t wait for a bite.

Grab a drink and sit down for a specially crafted menu with a James Beard Award-Nominee and Food & Wine “Best New Chefs” winner… followed by a show from some of our most requested Luck Reunion acts?!? Seriously, get these tickets quick before we snag ’em ourselves!
Get your your seat at the Luck, TX Table for $71 or  Dinner + Show ticket for $98 (fees included). Tickets go on sale Monday, June 6 at 11AM CST here. Just looking for a ticket to the show? Only $28 and are available here or at

PS – rumor is, our friends over at KTX 91.7 have the inside track on the line up. Be listening to them next week for more scoop!


Willie Nelson, Life Magazine (April 2013)

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Janis and I had fun hunting down our copy.

And helping with the Barnes & Noble Magazine Display


Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “Songwriter”

Thursday, June 1st, 2017


1.     How Do You Feel About Foolin’ Around
2.     Songwriter
3.     Who’ll Buy My Memories
4.     Write Your Own Songs
5.     Nobody Said It Was Going To Be Easy
6      Good Times
7.     Eye Of The Storm
8.     Crossing the Border
9.     Down To Her Socks
10.   Under The Gun
11.    The Final Attraction

Micah Nelson, Particle Kid at City Winery, in Nashville, Tennessee (June 10, 2017)

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Tickets are $10 in advance & $12 at the door. 

Micah Nelson comes from a lineage of musical and cultural pioneers, growing up touring with his father Willie Nelson and his brother Lukas Nelson, he has always been surrounded with vibrant and authentic creative spirits. Both a talented visionary artist and iconoclastic musician, he has performed live with many different acts at events like FarmAid, Neil Young’s Bridge-School Benefit, Desert Trip festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Coachella, Bonnaroo Festival as well as shows like Conan O’brien, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and more .

He has showcased his artwork and music in countless other venues, spanning the creative spectrum. From his involvement in the psych-punk-orchestra Insects vs. Robots, his ongoing musical collaborations and extensive touring with Neil Young, his live performance-painting and multi-instrumental contributions to the band Promise of the Real with his brother Lukas, to his cymatic visualizations of dancing water molecules, idiosyncratic charango performance, and singing/songwriting/guitar playing with his future-folk project PÃ¥rticle Kid, Micah is constantly exploring the symbiosis of light/sound/vibration, striving to discover new emotions through various forms of expression, and seeking to touch the outer reaches of the synesthetic experience.

Dinner with Willie Nelson

Monday, May 15th, 2017
That’s a room with a view….
Gary Murphy / Culinary & food biz are my passion / Love coaching entrepreneurs / Former soya CEO “Make it Happen”
“Nothing like having breakfast with an icon watching…