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Monday, November 6th, 2017

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Willie Nelson and his fans

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Willie Nelson & Family in Concert in Wichita with Lee Anne Womack (Nov. 24, 2017)

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Dion Lefler

Nelson played to a sellout crowd at the Hartman Arena in April 2016, six days after the death of his friend and then-touring partner, fellow country legend Merle Haggard.

Nelson’s unique singing style has earned him numerous solo hits including “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind,” “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain.” He was even more successful in duets including “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “Beer for My Horses,” which he recorded with Toby Keith at age 70.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving. That day, which most Americans have off from work, semi-officially kicks off the Christmas shopping season and is widely known as “Black Friday” for the throngs of shoppers who mob stores seeking bargains.

Tickets will range in price from $45 to $150 and are available at the Hartman Arena Box Office, online at and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Dion Lefler: 316-268-6527, @DionKansas

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Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

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Willie Nelson, Harlan Howard, with Hal Smith.  Smith, along with Ray Price, owned Pamper Music. Pamper published  Patsy Cline hits including “Crazy”, written by Willie Nelson,  and  “I Fall To Pieces”, written by Harlan and Hank Cochran,  and “She’s Got You”, written by Hank Cochran.

The “Quonset Hut” is the legendary studio on Nashville’s Music Row, built by Producer Owen Bradley, where some of the greatest songs in music history were recorded.


The “Quonset Hut” was regarded for years as the foundation of Nashville’s country music industry. It had the distinction of being the first recording studio in what would later become “Music Row”.

Owen Bradley, along with his brother Harold bought the property at 804 16th Avenue South in 1954 which had previously served as a rooming house. Over the next year it would become the most successful re…cording studios in Nashville. It initially opened it’s doors as Music City Recordings but had changed it’s name to Bradley’s Film & Recording Studio by 1957/58 after they moved the recording facility from the basement into the Quonset Hut attached to the back of the house. The “hut” was used for filming musical performances until the late 1950’s.

In just a few short years , artist of every genre of music walked through it’s doors–creating some of the biggest records in music history such as Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”, Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry” and Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Velvet” to name a small few.

Owen Bradley is credited as a pioneer in creating the “Nashville Sound”.

The Bradley’s would sell the studio in February 1962 to Columbia records although they continued to record there until late 1965 when Owen moved his operations to his new state of art facility in Mount Juliet, TN dubbed, “Bradley’s Barn”.

In the years that followed Owen Bradley’s exit, the “Quonset Hut” continued to be used as a viable recording space. In 1965 Columbia had demolished the old rooming house and built a new studio known as A–the Hut became studio B.

Pop acts such as REO Sppedwagon, Bob Dylan, Edgar Winter, The Beach Boys, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Bobby Vinton, Connie Francis, Patti Page, Anita Bryant, Clyde McPhatter, Trini Lopez, Dave Loggins, Johnny Ray, Helen Shapiro etc all came to Nashville to record here. In 1982 shortly after John Anderson recorded his crossover hit, “Swingin’”, the facility was closed and gutted for office space. Columbia continued to build around the structure leaving few traces of the original such as the distinguishable curved roof which is still visible today.

During the next 25 years, the “Quonset Hut” would be nothing more than a memory until music mogul, Mike Curb ( Curb Records ) stepped in and purchased the property–which was now up for sale–and began plans to restore the historic structure.

In 2009, the studio was reopened to serve as a teaching facility for Belmont University students.

Plans were to open the studio for tours in the future–stay tuned. –Alan Cofer



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Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Garth Hudson

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The Outlaw Music Festival Tour kicked off earlier this month with shows in Dallas, Texas, and Rogers, Arkansas, before winding its way to Detroit this weekend for the third stop of the tour. The eclectic lineup varies from city to city, with two constants: Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow. Both delivered crowd-pleasing sets Saturday night at the Joe Louis Arena, illustrating the scope of what it means to be a musical “outlaw.” Jason Isbell, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Bob Dylan – making the first of only two appearances on the tour – were also on the bill. Here’s 10 photos that capture the wild spirit of the Outlaw Music Fest. (All photos by Jordan O’Donnell.)

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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