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Luck Reunion’s “Til Further Notice” — concert streaming tonight

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Featuring

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Jewel, Lucinda Williams, Paul Simon & Edie Brickell, Nathaniel Rateliff, Margo Price & Jeremy Ivey, Randy Houser, Lucius, Paul Cauthen, David Ramirez, Nikki Lane, Devon Gilfillian, Early James, Katie Pruitt, Tré Burt, Ian Ferguson, Sunny War, Tami Neilson, Thomas Csorba, AOTR Winner: Ida Mae, Special Guests

Hosted By: Ray Benson

TONIGHT
March 19, 2020
Beginning at 6:00 PM CST
This week the team behind Luck Reunion, the annual anti-festival held in Willie Nelson’s backyard, will present “Til Further Notice,” a live-streamed event held in the absence of this year’s in-person event. On Thursday, March 19, Luck will stage a free broadcast featuring call-in sets filmed live by artists themselves, from the comfort of their own homes. Starting at 6:00 PM Central Time 

Fans can tune in to luckreunion.com/tilfurthernotice,  www.twitch.tv/luckreunion, and https://www.facebook.com/lucktexasreunion at any time between 6:00 – 11:00 Central Time for a multifaceted streaming event showcasing artists, partners, charities, and makers that make up the cherished “Luck Family”.   While the majority of the acts will be performing and recording from living rooms, bedrooms, or home studios, a small number of local acts are slated to (safely) broadcast from Austin’s premier recording facility, Arlyn Studios. Luck and Arlyn are working in tandem to do what they can to preserve the energy and camaraderie that is intrinsic in Austin’s creative community.

The free-to-view stream is an effort to gather the creative community in a virtual setting during a time that in-person gatherings are impossible to execute. 

Fans can opt to contribute via a digital tip jar that will be readily available throughout the broadcast. Tip donations raised will be divided equally, and transparently, among all performers. Should an artist wish to donate their share to a charity of their choice, or to a fellow artist in need, they will be able to do so. 

If you’d rather show your support and PASS THE BOOT with Venmo, you either scan the code, search for @Luck-Reunion on the app, or click the image below to go to our Venmo page on your phone. Make sure you write PASS THE BOOT in the “What’s it for?” section so we can apply your contribution to the ‘Til Further Notice tally. Big thanks to Tecovas for supporting our PASS THE BOOT tip jar tonight!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Willie Nelson & Family on Tour

Friday, March 13th, 2020
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April 17, 18
Whitewater Amphitheater
with Pat Green
New Braunfels, TX
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April 20
Orpheum Theater
Memphis, TX
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April 22
BJCC Concert Hall
Birmingham, AL
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April 23
Merlefest
Wilkesboro, NC
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April  25
Kroger Field
Chris Stapleton’s Concert for Kentucky
with Sheryl  Crow, Yola, & more
Lexington,  KY
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April 26
Four Keys Casino Resort
New Buffalo, MI
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April 28
Brown County Music Center
Nashville, TN
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April 29
Riverside Theater
Milwaukee, WI
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May 1, 2
CMA Theater
Nashville, TN
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June 2
Water Works Park Amphitheater
Des Moines, IA
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June 5 – 7
Born and Raised Music Festival
Prior, OK
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July 30
Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Bonner Springs, KS
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Aug 2
Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL
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Aug 4
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morristown, PA
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August 5
Wind Creek Steel Stage
Bethlehem, PA
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Aug 8
French Lick Resort
French Lick, IN
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Aug 10
Swiftel Center
Brookings, SD
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August 11
Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Sturgis, SD
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Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Jamie Johnson concert at Globe Life Field postponed

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Saturday night’s Chris Stapleton concert at Globe Life Field, the first official event to take place in the Texas Rangers’ new home, has been postponed.

“The health & well-being of our families & communities is our number one priority,” said Chris Stapleton and Morgane Stapleton, his wife and bandmate, in a statement. “We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience this will undoubtedly cause.”

A new date hasn’t yet been announced for the show, though a Rangers spokesperson said it would likely be rescheduled for the summer.

Chris and Morgane Stapleton sent out this message to their fans:

The health & well-being of our families & communities is our number one priority. With that in mind, we must reschedule the following shows:

March 12 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
March 14 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field
March 20 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
March 21 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC

We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience this will undoubtedly cause. Please know these decisions are not made lightly and we are working diligently to find new dates for these shows & will announce that information as soon as it becomes available to us.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Until then, our hope is that you all stay safe & well.

Sincerely,
Chris & Morgane Stapleton

Leon Russell and Willie Nelson, Luckenback, Texas (4th of July, 1998)

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
Leon Russell and Willie Nelson’s at his Picnic (1998) Recorded on July 4, 1998 in Luckenback, Texas. Leon Russell (1942-2016) born Claude Russell Bridges plays classics like “Delta Lady”, “This Song For You”, “Baby Blue” and more. Willie Nelson plays the second part of the show with several of his classics including “Crazy”, “Nightlife”, “I Never Cared for You”, “Hard Edge Texas” and more. Emmylou Harris accompanies him on a couple of songs too. Produced by the Austin Music Network.

Paul English, Willie Nelson’s friend, drummer, enforcer, dies at 87

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
“If I hadn’t gone with Willie, I would be in the penitentiary or dead,” Paul English, shown here in 2011, once said of his best friend.  (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
“If I hadn’t gone with Willie, I would be in the penitentiary or dead,” Paul English, shown here in 2011, once said of his best friend. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

By Meagan Flynn

It was 1955 when Paul English, transitioning between roles as a gang leader and a Fort Worth pimp, met Willie Nelson on a small-time country radio show.

One of the most storied friendships in country music history began that afternoon by accident, really. English had tagged along to the station with his older brother, who scored a gig playing steel guitar on Nelson’s “Western Express” radio program. But Nelson’s drummer didn’t show, and so he looked to English to fill in. He had never beat a drum in his life. “They just told me to keep patting my foot,” English told Oxford American in 2015.

From that day forward, English never stopped tapping his foot for Nelson.

English, who would go on to become Nelson’s best friend, bodyguard, accountant, road manager and one of the most formidable gun-toting drummers in country music, has died at the age of 87, Nelson’s publicist, Elaine Schock, confirmed to The Washington Post on Wednesday night.

Schock said she was notified of English’s death on Tuesday. She said that she did not know the exact cause, but knew from close family friends that English had been battling pneumonia.

Nicknamed “the Devil” for his famous black-satin cape and matching hat, English toured with Nelson and Family right up until the end. The two friends’ escapades, immortalized in Nelson’s “Me and Paul,” would take them from the underbelly of Fort Worth honky-tonks to some of the world’s biggest stages. “We received our education/In the cities of the nation, me and Paul,” as Nelson sings in the titular track of his 1985 album “Me and Paul.”AD

After decades on the road with Nelson, English told Rolling Stone in 2014 that Nelson saved his life.

“If I hadn’t gone with Willie,” he said, “I would be in the penitentiary or dead.”AD

The drummer was born on Nov. 6, 1932, in Vernon, Tex., to devoutly religious parents active in the Assembly of God Church, where English played the trumpet, he said in Nelson’s 1988 autobiography. He soon got into gangs as a teenager once he started hanging on Hell’s Half Acre, a wild strip of honky-tonks in Fort Worth. He beat up a couple guys who tried to jump him and won praise from the Peroxide Gang, a group of outlaw cowboys named for the chemicals they slicked into their hair, as Oxford American reported.AD

After sometimes committing up to a dozen break-ins a day, English took pride in being named on a Fort Worth tabloid’s list of “10 Most Unwanted” criminals for five years in a row, he said in the autobiography. But after getting jailed for a burglary, he tried to get back on the straight and narrow.

And that’s about the time he met Nelson.AD

English knew of him only from hearing his show on KCNC, and from Nelson’s voice and persona, English “thought he was an old man,” he told Oxford American. He said Nelson reminded him of an “ol’ cotton-picking, snuff-dipping, tobacco-chewing, stump-jumping, gravy-pot sopping, coffee pot dodging, dumpling-eating, frog-giggin’ hillbilly from Hill County, Texas.” But when he showed up to the station that afternoon in 1955, he was surprised to see Nelson was his own age.AD

Despite his lack of experience, Nelson liked him. He invited English to play a six-week gig at a bar for $8 a night, English recalled in a 1981 interview with Modern Drummer magazine. After that, English knew he had found what he wanted to do.

“The money wasn’t that great, but I loved playing, and I got to play in front of the girls,” English told Oxford American. “The girls loved musicians.”AD

It was an era when clubs stretched chicken wire across the bandstand so the bands wouldn’t get hit with beer bottles, Modern Drummer reported. After Nelson moved to Nashville to pursue his own career — the only real hiatus in the relationship — English found work playing with Good Time Charlie Taylor & His Famous Rock and Roll Cowboys. They played Elvis Presley and Nat King Cole at rough clubs prone to brawls, like the County Dump, which was literally located next to the county dump, he told Modern Drummer.AD

Short on cash, he made his living as a pimp, prostituting women from Fort Worth to Houston, where he purchased several rental houses. He insisted to Oxford American, “I was a good pimp. I never did beat a girl.”

Finally, though, Nelson returned to Houston in 1966, and yet again, he was looking for a drummer.AD

“He knew I was making a lot of money. He asked me how to get a hold of a certain drummer we both knew in Fort Worth,” English told Modern Drummer, referring, incidentally, to the same drummer who didn’t show up to Nelson’s radio show. “I said, ‘S— Willie! I’m better’n him!’”

English was hired — for the next five decades.

They toured all over the country as Nelson and Family exploded onto the country music scene, driving in a station wagon with a trailer hitched to the back that once blew a tire on the side of the road. He told Modern Drummer that on one occasion they traveled 15,000 miles in 18 days, for nine gigs, their longest route ever. At stops from Los Angeles to New York, Nelson and English shared motel rooms, and when Nelson got too drunk, English made sure he got home safe, sometimes sitting on the end of his bed to make sure he was okay.AD

But English wasn’t just a road manager and a drummer and an accountant. He was an enforcer, too, pulling guns and swinging fists at anyone who dared cross the Family.

“Willie feels safe with me behind him,” English, who also served as a board member for Farm Aid, the benefit concert for farmers co-founded by Nelson in 1985, said in the autobiography. “I carry two guns, for one thing.”

He once shot at Nelson’s son-in-law’s car for laying a hand on the artist’s daughter, Lana, and once shot at steel pedal player Jimmy Day for insulting English’s dead wife, Oxford American reported. Once he “commandeered a forklift” and used it on a club owner’s Ford Thunderbird, attempting to force the guy into coughing up the band’s performance fee, the magazine reported.AD

“Without Paul, Willie’s story is half as interesting,” Paul’s son, Robert Paul Jr., told Oxford American. “The music’s still gorgeous, but there’s no shootout at Lana’s house. All these stories are part of the legend and serve to define outlaw as outlaw, legitimately outside the law. He was the real deal.”AD

Reflecting on their friendship in the interview with Modern Drummer in 1981, English recalled the first time he ever saw Nelson cry onstage. They were playing “On The Road Again” to a sold-out crowd of 18,000 people in Kansas City, Mo. Thousands took out lighters or lit matches, waving them in the air, and English looked over to see Nelson wiping tears.

Willie Nelson and Family and Dwight Yoakam (March 7, 2017)

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

Nathaniel Rateliff talks about marijuana business and Willie Nelson

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Willie Nelson, “First Rose of Spring”

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

This song is on Willie Nelson’s new album coming out in April.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Host of Saturday Night Live (February 21, 1987)

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Willie Nelson delivers the opening monologue as host ofSaturday Night Live on Feb. 21, 1987.

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Willie Nelson (center) appears in the “Church Chat” skit with Danny DeVito, Nora Dunn and Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live on Feb. 21, 1987.

Share your Me and Paul Photos

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

Thanks, Phil Weisman for this cool poster. I’d go to that spring fever festival.

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Friday, February 7th, 2020

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