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Willie Nelson inspired CBD Spa Experience “On the Road Again” at Away Austin Spa (in the W Austin Hotel on Willie Nelson Boulevard)

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018


Welcome to an escape within an escape, where the whirlwind of W winds down and AWAY means a disappearing act from the everyday into an insider scene of surprising sensations.  A place to delightfully detox after the afterparty.

AWAY is located on the 4th floor of W Austin, but you don’t have to be a hotel guest to take advantage of AWAY’s sensational spa services and facilities.

As a spa guest you are able to enjoy:

•The convenience of complimentary valet parking at the W Austin Hotel

•The use of Locker facilities, including lockers, robe and sandals, steam shower, Relaxation lounge with beverages and snacks, and ladies vanity area

•Use of W Austin Wetdeck with Bar, pool, sunlounges

•Use of the W Austin Fit , including range of cardiovascular equipment, weight machines, free weights, boxing, and yoga room

•A complimentary alcoholic beverage including mimosa or champagne.

In other words… arrive at W Austin, pull up to redeem complimentary valet, head up the lifts to AWAY and get settled into our soft robes and sandals. Get an adrenaline rush using our state-of-the-art Fitness Center or relax in any of our other luxurious facilities. Relax, clear your head and refuel in our Lounge with light bites and a beverage in hand. Let your senses drift away in one of our treatment rooms before you float out in a true spa haze. Finish the day and head to the WET Deck. Kick back with a cocktail and soak in the scene while lounging poolside.

The Away Spa experience is a true escape within an escape, surprisingly in a convenient location right in the middle of downtown Austin.


Braids were temporarily added to the W hotel in honor of Willie’s performance at new Austin City Live, and unveiling of statue in his honor on 4/20/2012.


On the Road Again (Muscle Relief)

Inspired by our very own Austin icon, Willie Nelson, this Body Treatment aims to ease any ailments and get your body ‘On the Road Again’. It includes a soothing full body Massage with CBD Oil to relieve any muscular pain & inflammation, then a foot scrub & paraffin soak followed by a hot stone neck massage and de-puffing Cold Stone Face Treat. You will be ready to hit the Austin live music scene after this!

105 min, $295

Read about their other CBD massage and spa treatments in Austin here.  

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Amos Lee talks about recording “El Camino” with Willie Nelson.

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Amos Lee sang this song El Camino tonight at Chautauqua in Boulder. Before he sang it he talked about how great an opportunity it was to record it with Willie Nelson.  Such a beautiful song.  It’s on Amos’ Mission bell Album, along with Mickey Raphael on harmonica. They performed the album together at Farm In Milwaukee, also.

Willie Nelson & Family headline Outlaw Music Festival in LA at the Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 21, 2018)

Monday, July 30th, 2018

The Outlaw Music Festival, a revolving consortium of progressive-country and Americana acts topped by Willie Nelson, will reach Los Angeles for the first time this fall with a stop on Oct. 21 at the Hollywood Bowl.

Nelson and his Family Band will be joined at the Bowl by Grateful Dead alumnus Phil Lesh & Friends along with critically acclaimed singer-songwriters Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price, Nelson’s son Lukas Nelson and his band, the Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and at the Bowl’s box office.

Willie Nelson reigns over the eclectic lineup, which in other cities this year features performances by Neil Young & the Promise of the Real, Van Morrison, Alison Krauss, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Brandi Carlile, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and other acts.

Direct from Nashville, Tenn, Grand Ole’ Opry (Kansas City, Kans)

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Willie Nelson on Pollstar Global Concert Pulse

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

The Top 5 of the Pollstar Global Concert Pulse remains unchanged from last week, with mammoth stadium tours from Taylor Swift and The Rolling Stones grossing around $10 million per city while, although a distant third, Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s European stadium tour still grosses more than $5 million per market, showing the health of this summer’s touring business.

While U2’s still-awesome $3.6 million per market may look lackluster in comparison, it’s important to remember Bono and the band already did 50 shows in 2017, mostly stadiums, which put the band on top for the year with $316 million grossed worldwide.

New on the Global Concert Pulse this week is the Red Headed Stranger himself, Willie Nelson at No. 51, who has been on the road again, sometimes with Alison Krauss, sometimes with the Family. Recent boxoffice reports include May 27 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C., which was configured for 2,881 capacity and grossed $310,335 with Cris Jacobs and Sturgill Simpson also on the bill.

With  Krauss, he played KFC Yum! Center May 23, with 5,863 tickets sold and $398,551 grossed, and State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill, which moved another 5,452 tickets and grossed $414,485. Being a model of consistency, he also sold 5,065 tickets May 16 at BOK Center (Krauss co-bill), grossing $441,335, and two nights at Whitewater Amphitheatre in New Braunfels, Texas, for the smokers’ holiday  April 20-21, where he sold out 10,590 tickets and grossed $532,590.

Over the last three months he’s put up an average gross of $329,566 per market with 4,772 tickets sold and $69 being the average ticket price.

At 85 years old, Nelson has recently had to postpone concerts due to illness and a few shows were stopped short citing shortness of breath, but he seems to be having no trouble out there now. He has dates into August with Krauss, multiple nights of his Outlaw Music Festival and more solo dates in the fall.

Read entire article here.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Willie Nelson grows his cannabis empire

Saturday, July 21st, 2018
by:  Katie Friel

CULTURE MAP — Whether it’s a song about heartbreak or an eighth of his own brand of marijuana, Austin’s own Willie Nelson always has the cure for what ails you. Beginning in September, Nelson is expanding his cannabis line to include one of the buzziest products in recent memory: CBD oil.

According to a release, Willie’s Remedy, the CBD line of Nelson’s Willie’s Reserve, will first debut a whole bean, CBD-infused coffee to help perk up your morning. The small batch roast will be infused with oil naturally derived from American-grown, organic hemp. When brewed, an 8-ounce cup of Willie’s Remedy carries about 5 milligrams of CBD oil.

“It’s two of my favorites, together in the perfect combination,” says Nelson in a release. “Like coffee, cannabis is a plant that works for me.” The coffee is set to launch in September in Colorado. According to a representative, the brand plans to roll out additional CBD products sometime this year.

Nelson also hopes to use his CBD line to educate consumers on the benefits of THC-free products. Though it is a derivative of the cannabis plant, CBD carries many of the same benefits as marijuana, but without THC, users don’t have the psychoactive or “high” effects.

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Willie Nelson & Family and Dwight Yoakam (3/7/2017) (St. Augustine, FL)

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Thanks for cool poster pic, Phil Weisman.

Farm Aid: The Issues

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Farm Aid features the best that music has to offer, while remaining true to its ultimate mission.

Great music, supporting farmers, and strengthening America since 1985

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $53 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on the land.

Corporate Power

Family Farm Food

Farm Economy In Crisis

Farm Policy


Industrial Agriculture

Roots & Vision

Soil, Water & Climate

Listen to sets from Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic on Willie’s Place, Sirius/XM Radio

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

photo:  the Joelsons

There won’t be any wicker picnic baskets or red plaid blankets on the ground for Willie Nelson’s 44th 4th of July Picnic — which will be broadcast live on the American music icon’s own SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59) – but there will be a lot of great music in the Texas heat.

Originating in 1973, Willie’s Picnic began as successor to 1972’s Dripping Springs Reunion in Dripping Springs, Texas, which in itself was a hippie Hill Country response to huge earth-shaking rock festivals like Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival.

Returning to the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) racetrack outside of Austin, TX for the fourth consecutive year, the 2018 Picnic boasts another star-studded lineup, headlined by Willie Nelson & Family, with sets from Sturgill Simpson, The Head and The Heart, Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Margo Price, Jamestown Revival, The Wild Feathers, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Asleep at the Wheel, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Bush and Gene Watson.

SiriusXM’s exclusive live broadcast will get underway at 3 pm ET, with backstage coverage from Willie’s Roadhouse and Outlaw Country hosts Dallas Wayne and Paula Nelson, and go well into July 5th, with Willie’s set scheduled at 11:30 pm local time.

The full schedule or performers and set times is below.


Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Taping at Austin City Limits Tonight

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Austin City Limits has a pair of highlights coming up this summer: new tapings featuring roots rocker Lukas Nelson in his ACL debut on July 2 and the second appearance of international pop superstar Sam Smith on July 23.

After more than a decade on the road barnstorming across the U.S and around the world, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have developed into one of America’s most dazzling live acts, attracting a dedicated, ever expanding following. Still, with a bounty of invaluable experience under their belts, nothing foretold the artistic leap of their latest album, the self-titled Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, a mesmerizing, emotionally genuine, endlessly rewarding slice of cosmic country soul. Released via Fantasy Records last summer, the widely acclaimed album draws on many of Lukas’ country and rock influences including literate Texas songsmiths like his dad, Willie Nelson, ‘uncles’ Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, and iconoclasts such as J.J. Cale, The Band, Clapton-era Delaney & Bonnie and of course, the band’s mentor Neil Young, for whom the young devotees have toured and recorded with the past few years.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real features Lukas Nelson (guitar, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass, vocals) and Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) along with back-up vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Lessig of the indie-pop group Lucius, and Lady Gaga who added stirring vocals to two of the album’s 12 tracks. The album’s lilting, Glen Campbell inspired gem, “Just Outside of Austin” also features a classic Willie Nelson guitar solo, and piano from Lukas’ 86-year-old Aunt Bobbi. “Their latest displays a newfound confidence, brokering country-soul, Southern rock and R&B with some panache,” proclaimed Uncut. “The band’s best work, the record is a huge leap forward for Nelson,” raved Entertainment Weekly, and American Songwriter declared, “Ultimately, Lukas is carrying on Willie’s tradition, pushing the outlaw boundaries his famous father established in the ’70s and proving that the musical apple truly does not fall far from the tree.” Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real were recently honored with a 2018 Americana Music Awards nomination for Group of the Year.

Multi-platinum GRAMMY ® award winning artist Sam Smith wowed ACL audiences with his 2014 debut during our milestone Season 40 and now, he returns with his chart topping, acclaimed sophomore album The Thrill Of It All. Rolling Stone awarded it four stars and hailed Smith as “one of the mightiest, most expressive singers of his generation.” The album includes the hits “Pray” and “Too Good At Goodbyes,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart and is certified Platinum by the RIAA. The British native’s breakout 2014 album, In The Lonely Hour was the biggest selling U.K. male debut in the SoundScan era and went on to sell 13 million albums worldwide. In 2015, Smith set a GRAMMY® record, winning a total of four awards – the most ever received by a U.K. artist following the release of a debut album. He was named Best New Artist, In The Lonely Hour took Best Pop Vocal Album honors and his single “Stay With Me” won awards for both Record and Song of the Year. Smith has also earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards and three BRIT Awards. He’s currently on his global headline The Thrill Of It All world tour.

Want to be part of our audience? We will post information on how to get free passes about a week before each taping. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for notice of postings. The broadcast episodes will air on PBS this fall as part of our Season 44.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnics

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Willie Nelson for President

Saturday, June 30th, 2018