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Willie Nelson with Karen O, “Under Pressure”

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

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Willie Nelson and Karen O have put a spin on a classic rock tune.

On Wednesday, the duo released a cover of “Under Pressure,” originally by Queen and David Bowie.”

The iconic number celebrated the 31st anniversary of its release on Monday, and the new version is inspired by the importance of the 2020 presidential electionNME reports.

“I’ve heard this song countless times without processing the gravity of what Bowie and [Queen front man] Freddie [Mercury] were singing about, maybe because their performances are so exhilarating you get swept away in the high of that duet,” said Karen O, 41 — born Karen Lee Orzolek — in a statement obtained by the outlet.

She added: “Our cover was meant to be more intimate but just as saturated with the power of love. I can’t listen to this song without tearing up every time Willie comes in, one of the purest voices which of course reflects a pure heart, and I get to sing alongside it.  I hope the song brings as much light to the listener as it has to me in dark times.”

The stripped-down version of the song also features Karen O’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner on guitar, as well as Imaad Wasif and Johnny Hanson. Priscilla Ahn provided backing vocals.

Se should all be this cool

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

Happy Shoeshine Friday

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, October 16th, 2020

Willie Nelson featured on ACL’s virtual festival 2020

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
by: Amanda Hatfield

Like many other festivals this year, ACL will be holding a streaming edition in lieu of their usual two weekends worth of in-person events. ACL Fest 2020 will stream on what would’ve been the fest’s first weekend, from Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11, starting at 8 PM ET (7 PM CT) each night.

It’ll feature archival footage of previous years’ performances from Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Phish, Willie Nelson, My Morning Jacket, LCD Soundsystem, Billie Eilish, Queens of the Stone Age, The xx, St. Vincent, Spoon, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Sylvan Esso, Phoenix, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and more, as well as appearances from Matthew McConaughey, Shakey Graves, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, and others.

The fest will also be raising money for Michelle Obama’s voting initiative When We All Vote, community COVID-19 relief fund All Together ATX, the Equal Justice Initiative, and Austin Parks Foundation, as well as selling a new line of merch.

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“Vote ’em Out” – Willie Nelson

Friday, September 25th, 2020

“If it’s a bunch of clowns you voted in
Election day is comin’ ’round again
If you don’t like it now
If it’s more than you’ll allow
If you don’t like who’s in there
Vote ’em out….” 

New York, NY – Willie Nelson today released an animated video for “Vote ‘Em Out,” his urgent exhortation to citizens everywhere to use the most powerful tool at their dis

The message is even more topical today than when the song was first released in front of the 2018 midterms and the video drops right before Willie is joined by his partners Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp and Neil Young for the 35th edition of Farm Aid. 

Farm Aid 2020 On The Road, will go virtual this year and fans will be able to watch it Saturday, September 26 at 8PM EST/5PM PST in HD online at Farm Aid’s website or YouTube Channel, on cable TV on AXS TV or on satellite radio at SiriusXM on either the Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 30) or Dave Matthews Band (Ch. 30) channels.

Besides the four principals, other performers include Brandi Carlile, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt & Boz Skaggs, Nathanial Rateliff, Chris Stapleton and many more.This year’s Farm Aid comes as the plight of the family farmers has only grown more dire in the face of a pandemic and its economic fallout. Whether it’s voting at the ballot box or via the mail on November 3 or contributing on Saturday to support Farm Aid’s efforts, Nelson just wants people to use the power they have. 

Written with and produced by longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, “Vote ‘Em Out” finds Willie, joined by sons Lukas and Micah, describing the right to vote as a hard-won and sacred, putting the reins of power in the hands of the people:

Nelson originally premiered the song “Vote ‘Em Out” live on September 29, 2018 at a rally in Austin, TX for Beto O’Rourke (WATCH HERE), the Democratic Party nominee who was then surprising the political world in his competitive challenge to incumbent Ted Cruz for the Texas U.S. Senate race in the 2018 midterms.

As USA Today noted, the crowd estimated at 55,000+ “was boisterous all night, but reached its highest volume when Nelson debuted a new song to mark the occasion titled “Vote ‘Em Out”.”

Willie introduced the song, saying “Here’s a new song I wanna spring on y’all tonight. Take it home with you and spread it around.” The response to the song was immediate as fans, as well as news and media outlets, did indeed spread it around and Willie went on to perform the track on an episode of the ABC show Jimmy Kimmel Live! a week before the 2018 election.

Farm Aid 2013 (Saratoga Springs, NY) (9/21/13)

Monday, September 21st, 2020
Willie Nelson at Farm Aid at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 21, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Pege Seeger, Dave Matthews, Neil Young at Farm Aid at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 21, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Farm Aid 2013
Willie Nelson at Farm Aid at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 21, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Willie Nelson, “Whiskey River” (Austin, TX) (September 6, 1990)

Sunday, September 6th, 2020

What Willie drives

Sunday, September 6th, 2020
by: Anne Cavaciuti

Willie Nelson has driven a fleet of cool, collectible, and eccentric cars. Let’s take a look at the many cars the country outlaw has driven.

Country star Willie Nelson is best-known for crooning twanging tunes in his gravelly voice, crusading for the legalization of marijuana and, notoriously, getting busted for smoking pot in his car. Not just any car, mind you: that 1994 arrest happened in a Mercedes-Benz—that’s right, the outlaw, counterculture, balladeer-of-the-people Willie Nelson was driving not a pick-up, but an elegant Mercedes. He still favors the German brand today and has for decades past (in an interview with Texas Monthly, Nelson’s drummer Paul English remembers Willie pulling a trailer behind his little Mercedes coup way back in the 1960s). It turns out Willie Nelson appreciates not just a good toke, but also a fine automobile.

Or, better put, automobiles, plural. Willie Nelson has driven a fleet of cool, collectible, and eccentric cars. In fact, the man loves the auto industry so much that he’s created something of a second career for himself as a celebrity spokesperson in car commercials for manufacturers like Subaru and Volkswagen. And his passion is such that he’s even tried to change the industry for the better—Nelson made a splash in the media in the early 2000s for his investment in, and advocacy for, biofuel, going so far as to rely on biofuel for his tour bus and his new Mercedes (as well as his wife’s Volkswagen Jetta) and, in 2004, launching his own biofuel brand, BioWillie. Alas, that particular dream has already come to an end—withering due to high costs and waning consumer interest, BioWillie had to sell its fuel plant in 2014. But that doesn’t mean Nelson’s love for cars has died along with it.

Let’s take a look at the many cars country outlaw Willie Nelson drives and has driven, out on the road.

The 2006 Mercedes E-320

The 2006 Mercedes E-320 CDI runs, famously, on a turbocharged 3.2-liter, six-cylinder, 201 horsepower diesel engine, which barred this model of car from sale in at least five states when it was introduced to the US market, including New York and California, due to emissions regulations. But Willie Nelson doesn’t have to worry about that.

As the New York Times reported, the Mercedes Willie Nelson drives doesn’t emit noxious diesel fumes, but an entirely different intoxicating smell: that of peanuts. Or french fries. Or whatever he’s decided to load up the vehicle with—Nelson tricked out the once eco-unfriendly car to run on biofuel. Clearly, though, as much as he loves the environment, Nelson loves to drive a smooth, elegant, and powerful luxury car.

The Flashy 1967 Ford Mustang

The 1967 Ford Mustang fastback was once the star of Willie Nelson’s fleet of pony cars—that is, until the IRS seized most of the outlaw country singer’s personal belongings back in 1990, the flashy Mustang along with them. Of course, like many of the cars Willie Nelson drives, this one had plenty of custom work done: it was painted orange and black in honor of Oklahoma State’s colors, the exhaust ports were filled in the lower rear valance, and the front bumper fangs were removed, among many other modifications. It’s estimated that the car cost over $200,000 to build. Vicari Auction recently sold the Mustang to the highest bidder back in 2016.

The Rockin’ 1983 Tour Bus

Willie Nelson’s 1983 Eagle tour bus, affectionately dubbed “The Scout,” is definitively from his pre-biofuel days: the gas-guzzler got a whopping seven miles per gallon. But in keeping with the rest of his collection, the Scout had plenty of personal touches, including a leather-tufted dashboard, landscape murals painted on the sides, and a giant bald eagle painted on the rear; a sign in the front, where the bus’s destination would usually be placed, proclaims “We love Willie.” The interior, which sleeps eight, “depending,” according to the bus’s subsequent owner Tom O’Leary (who picked the find up on eBay, of all places) is fitted with stained glass windows and draped in red velvet. Dallas Morning News quoted Nelson’s former bus driver Johnny Temples as saying the country crooner enjoyed playing dominoes while comfortably ensconced in the Scout, which was one of four tour buses in his caravan back in the ’80s. O’Leary ended up selling this personalized monster on Craigslist for $80,000 in 2014.

The 1981 Rolls-Royce Golf Cart

And this brings us to perhaps the most custom, bizarrely modified, hilariously personalized steed in Nelson’s automotive stable: a 1981 golf cart decked out with Rolls-Royce trimmings. Willie named this prized position, as well, which he dubbed “The 19th Hole.” His ex-wife Connie gifted him the red-and-white electric golf cart, whose light aluminum frame was outfitted with a Rolls-Royce grille, white fiberglass top, full windshield, red velvet seats embroidered with his name, and a generous wet bar with buttons for various liquors (the “W” could dispense either water or whiskey). The golf cart was also seized in the 1990 IRS raid and came back up for auction in 2012.

Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack, “Mendocino County Line”

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

Willie Nelson in Texas Monthly

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Good job, Janis from Texas! Prioritizing the Texas Monthlys with Willie Nelson ont he cover. It’s really the only magazine they need to carry this month.

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Thanks to Phil Weisman for finding this great photo. I love the black and white photos.

Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson, “Seven Spanish Angels”

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Willie Nelson’s Pednerales Golf Course

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
by: Zephyr Melton 

Pedernales Country Club isn’t the most famous course in Spicewood, Texas, a distinction that belongs to nearby Austin Golf Club, nor does this modest nine-holer boast its neighbor’s pristine conditioning. In a sense, though, they’re a duet, each branded by a local Lone Star legend: AGC was codesigned by Ben Crenshaw, and PCC is owned by the Red Headed Stranger himself, Willie Nelson.

The club, located 30 miles northwest of Austin, opened in 1968 as Briarcliff Yacht and Golf Club. A decade later, the place was deep in red numbers — in the non-golf, losing-money sense. Nelson purchased the bankrupt property in 1979 for $250,000.

“I’ve always wanted a golf course where I could set the pars,” he quipped at the time. 

Along with a name change — Pedernales is the Colorado River tributary on which the course sits — came a change of tune. Out went the country club vibe and in came, well, something more befitting a megastar of outlaw music. Nelson commissioned a 54,000-square-foot complex on the property’s highest hill for his living quarters and encouraged the rest of his entourage to live and play throughout the grounds. He turned the club’s restaurant into a recording studio, where the output has included Pancho & Lefty (1983), his chart-topping honky-tonk LP with pal Merle Haggard, and tracks for Neil Young’s sublime Old Ways.

When Nelson — an avid player — wasn’t making music, golf was always on his mind. But his own financial woes saw the club seized by the IRS in ’91. His compadre, longtime UT football coach Darrell Royal, tried to buy Pedernales for safekeeping, but the feds foiled the plan and sold it to an outside investor. Nelson is among celebrity leaders in bounce-backs, however, and with help from another friend he repurchased the place a year later. 

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Today, Pedernales is open for daily-fee play, and its owner’s renegade spirit can be seen in one of the club’s many cheeky rules: “No more than 12 in your foursome.” If you’ve got the money, honey, we’ve got the tee time. 

booker T

Photo: Christina Fajardo

Booker T Jones and Willie at Willie’s Golf Course and Recording Studio.

Willie Nelson and Paul Simon fight to protect Texas Hill Country

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

The Texas Hill Country is a gift from Mother Nature. Sprawling over 986 square miles in the heart of the state, it is a wonder of rolling grasslands, pastures of pecan, mesquite, desert willow and oak. Fields of bluebonnet, the state flower, line the highways.

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