Archive for the ‘Willie Nelson General Store’ Category

Willie Nelson Blankets

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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Thanks, Stewart Patton, for sharing pictures of his Willie Nelson blanket.   There was a few blankets, from the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store, including a Spirit Blanket, that was really beautiful.

Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store Nashville

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store & Museum was founded July 4th, 1979 in Madison, TN with Willie’s good friends Frank and Jeanie Oakley as the storekeepers.  The General Store began life as a local art & picture framing store that Willie frequented often while visiting his friends in nearby Ridgetop, Tennessee.

“Thank you” to all of you who’ve supported the Willie Nelson and Friends General Store and Museum throughout the years. Because of you we’ve reached a great milestone and are now the oldest, continuously operated country music artist Museum and souvenir shop in Nashville!

If you would like to stay up-to-date on items related to Willie Nelson and other country music stars and Nashville, be sure and follow us on our Facebook page. The facebook page also features lots of stories and photos on a daily basis. See it here at Willie Nelson Museum facebook page.

Because of you the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store — has become a family owned Nashville tradition for over 35 years. Fans from around the world visit us year after year to experience the unique country music history that comes alive as you journey through the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum.

Willie Nelson at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN

Not only will you see hundreds of Willie Nelson?s personal items but also those of his many friends including Patsy Cline, Faron Young, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Webb Pierce, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, Dottie West, Mel Tillis, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Ronnie Milsap, Jeannie Seely, David Frizzell, Shelly West, Lefty Frizzell and many others.
The museum tour showcases an ?All Star? line-up of some of traditional country music?s greatest stars! As we all know, Willie Nelson is truly a one-of-a-kind. We’ve heard lots and lots of stories over the past 31 years from fans who’ve had the opportunity to meet Willie. In each case they always mention what a great person (and musician, of course) that he really is and they’re always delighted to say he’s so “down to earth”.

Because the stories are so interesting, we’d thought it would be fun to let those who’ve met Willie tell you their story. So, if you’ve met Willie Nelson and would like to share that experience with other fans – here’s your chance to tell your story!

There?s a lot to see and feel during your Willie Nelson and Friends Museum experience but here?s just a few of the exhibits you?ll see:

— Willie Nelson?s first Martin guitar that he used when he debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in November of 1963. We also have his signed paycheck from that night – his take home pay was a whopping $11.71!

— Willie?s 1979 CMA ?Entertainer of the Year Award? – Country Music?s highest honor.

— Famous ?Nudie of Hollywood? rhinestone suits worn by Porter Wagoner and Webb Pierce.

— Handwritten diaries and personal items that belonged to the great Patsy Cline.

— Ronnie Milsap?s autographed one-of-a-kind Playboy magazine that is printed completely in braille.

— Concert outfits worn by Kenny Rogers, Jeannie Seely, Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, Dottie West and others.

— Famous artifacts and clothing worn by Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis and Marty Stuart while filming various big screen movies such as ?Barbarosa? and the ?Red Headed Stranger.?

This is a self guided tour however each guest is provided a comprehensive four page guide upon admission that describes each of the individual showcases and exhibits featured throughout the museum. You are also welcome to take photographs during your journey.

There?s much more to see and learn so we look forward to seeing you very soon.

Need to pick up a few Nashville souvenirs while you?re in town? Well don?t worry because our same location also features Nashville?s largest souvenir and gift shop. People love shopping with us because of our massive selection of gifts at affordable prices.

In addition to our large selection of unique Willie Nelson merchandise you?ll also find a huge assortment of Nashville souvenirs and T-shirts, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jack Daniels and Elvis Presley merchandise. We even carry a great selection of T-shirts and toys for the kids and grandkids.

And what trip to Nashville would be complete without a new cowboy hat? We stock hundreds of western hats for all ages of cowboys and cowgirls so you are sure to find just the right one to wear while you?re here.

A sampling of some of the other items available at the Willie Nelson General Store include key chains, coffee mugs, shot glasses, clothing, western products, jewelry, souvenir guitars, specialty foods, snacks, drinks, belts and many, many other one-of-a-kind gift ideas.

We?re two great attractions in one convenient location! We are located right off the interstate and directly across the street from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and the Grand Ole Opry House.

We offer plenty of free parking (for cars and motor coaches) with easy access to local hotels, shopping and restaurants while only 15 minutes from downtown Nashville.

So if you really want to experience some of the history that made country music so popular and turned Nashville into “Music City USA” – then stop in and see us here at the Willie Nelson and Friends General Store and Museum real soon!

And if you can’t make it to Nashville in person, then visit us and shop at the General Store on the internet.

Every time I wear this shirt, someone stops me and ask where they can get one.  Well, this is where it is from — the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store.  They sell the bumper sticker, too.

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“We’ve been selling this bumper sticker for over 30 years and it never goes out of style regardless of who’s in office!”

And fun gifts.

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The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store  is located at located at 2613 McGavock Pike, in Nashville (directly across the street from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel).  You can reach them at 615-885-1515.

If you can’t make it to Nashville and visit the Museum’s gift show, visit their website at:

www.willienelsongeneralstore.com/
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Willie Nelson portrait by Jack Lardis going to Willie Nelson Museum

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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A portrait of Willie Nelson by Beacon Falls artist Jack Lardis is being donated to the Willie Nelson Museum in Nashville, Tenn. After many meetings with Nelson and numerous studies, Lardis arrived at a dramatic profile of the iconic musician. In 2009, it was presented to Nelson, who liked it well enough to sign the back of the painting at Waterbury’s Palace Theater before a concert.

Lardis met Nelson in 1993 when he had an advertising agency and his client, Jose Cuervo, sponsored 100 “Willie and Family” concerts over a two-year period. The campaign required in-person approval by Nelson of all creative materials and Lardis came to know him and his daughter, Lana.

Recently Lardis donated the painting to the Willie Nelson Museum, where it will be on display with a wall of gold and platinum records and awards, photographs of his country music friends, a replica of his original tour bus, Honeysucke Rose, and other history and memorabilia.

Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store adds photo art of Les Leverett

Monday, December 26th, 2011

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Willie Nelson, November 28, 1964
photo by Les Leverett

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“We’re very proud at the Willie Nelson Museum is to announce an exciting new Les Leverett photographic exhibit opening very soon – an historic country music photographic collection taken by long-time Grand Ole Opry photographer and Nashville resident Les Leverett.

Les Leverett’s photographs have been seen on hundreds of album covers, books, magazines, newspapers and video. Les’ photographic career at the Grand Ole Opry spanned more than 32 years. His love of the Grand Ole Opry and its many stars are evident throughout the images captured through the lens of his trusty Nikon camera.

You’ll need to visit the Museum in person to fully appreciate the images Les captured during his career. It’s simply not possible to convey the quality and uniqueness of his work over the internet.”

Visit The Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store to see more photos, and learn more about the museum.
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Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store in Nashville installed new Les Leverett classic country stars photos on their building.

The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store & Museum was founded July 4th, 1979 in Madison, TN with Willie’s good friends Frank and Jeanie Oakley as the storekeepers.  The General Store began life as a local art & picture framing store that Willie frequented often while visiting his friends in nearby Ridgetop, Tennessee.

As a result of his visits, the art shop quickly amassed a large display of framed artwork and photographs of country music stars as well as a lot of Willie memorabilia and souvenirs. In the fall of 1979, Willie was voted country music’s highest honor – “Entertainer of the Year”. And before long more people were coming to see the Willie items than those looking for picture framing…and so the Willie Nelson General Store was born. The original Willie Nelson and Family General store in Nashville, TN

And what a store it was…full of fun but certainly not what you generally expect to find. Sure, we sold souvenirs but in those days we were known as much for our parties as our souvenirs. Storekeeper Frank Oakley was always quick to dream up a new party.

 

The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store  is located at located at 2613 McGavock Pike, in Nashville (directly across the street from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel).  You can reach them at 615-885-1515 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              615-885-1515     end_of_the_skype_highlighting or on the web at www.WillieNelsonGeneralStore.com

Don’t Blame Me (I voted for Willie Nelson)

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

I wore this shirt to the Red Rocks concert on Sunday, and everyone wanted one.  It is from the Willie Nelson General Store, in Nashville.  Here’s the link to get yours:

http://www.willienelsongeneralstore.com/

Amy and Raelyn Nelson, at the Willie Nelson General Store in Tennessee

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Amy Nelson and Raelyn Nelson, at the Willie Nelson General Store, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Amy and Raelyn recently testified against the passage of a Tennessee bill that would allow horse slaughterhouses and processing plants in Tennessee.  The bill passed committee by a  7-6 vote, and will now move to the floor for a vote of the full house.  In Tennesee, Raelyn read an open letter written for by her grandfather, speaking out againt the bill.   The two will  will travel back to Tennessee to testify against the passage of the bill.

Thanks to Mark Hughes, of www.willienelsongeneralstore.com for kindly sending me these pictures he snapped of Amy and Raelyn, when they visited the store.  To see more of their great collection and read about the store, or purchase a great Willie Nelson souvenier, visit their store in Tennessee or their website on line.

Ode to Ben Dorcy

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Thanks so much to Mark Hughes, of the Willie Nelson General Store and Museum in Nashville  for sending me this tribute to Ben Dorcy.  The video was created by Karl Kuenning, of www.Rodie.net.

“Karl and Ben were in Nashville a while back and stopped by the Museum along with several other spots around town.  Karl has put together a 2 hour video tribute to Ben Dorcy.  I’m waiting to receive the copy but I thought the youtube clip with Waylon’s tribute was great.”

— Mark Hughes
    www.willienelsongeneralstore.com

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photo by Amy Nelson (I think)

Last Year Ben Dorcy was named “Roadie for Life” by the International Brotherhood of Roadies.

Don’t Blame Me; I voted for Willie Nelson (the shirt)

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

I have the bumper sticker on my car, but I’m thinking about this shirt. 

The Willie Nelson Museum and Store has these shirts, and a great variety of Willie Nelson merchandise in their on-line store at www.WillieNelsonGeneralStore.com.

Or you can visit their store and the museum, located at 2613 McGavock Pike, in Nashville (directly across the street from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel).  You can reach them at 615-885-1515.

Willie Nelson at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville (11/5/2009)

Friday, January 15th, 2010

 

Thanks so much to Mark Hughes from the Willie Nelson General Store in Nashville for forwarding these pictures he took of Willie Nelson at the Ryman Theater last November 5, 2009.  Willie performed with Mickey Raphael, and other Nashville musicians, singing classic country songs, which he recorded for an album recently with producer by T Bone Burnette.

The Willie Nelson General Store in Nashville has been operated by Willie Nelson’s friends Jeanie and Frank Oakley for over 30 years.   Mark and Kay Hughes work in the family business and continue to add to the museum’s collections and gift items. 

The 10,000 square foot museum and gift shop also offers souvenirs of Nashville and other classic country music stars.  They now have a website, as well, where you can learn about the museum and it’s collections, and purchase gift items and souvenirs.

 

 

The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store & Museum was founded July 4th, 1979 in Madison, TN with Willie’s good friends Frank and Jeanie Oakley as the storekeepers.  The General Store began life as a local art & picture framing store that Willie frequented often while visiting his friends in nearby Ridgetop, Tennessee.

As a result of his visits, the art shop quickly amassed a large display of framed artwork and photographs of country music stars as well as a lot of Willie memorabilia and souvenirs. In the fall of 1979, Willie was voted country music’s highest honor – “Entertainer of the Year”. And before long more people were coming to see the Willie items than those looking for picture framing…and so the Willie Nelson General Store was born. The original Willie Nelson and Family General store in Nashville, TN

And what a store it was…full of fun but certainly not what you generally expect to find. Sure, we sold souvenirs but in those days we were known as much for our parties as our souvenirs. Storekeeper Frank Oakley was always quick to dream up a new party.

 

The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store  is located at located at 2613 McGavock Pike, in Nashville (directly across the street from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel).  You can reach them at 615-885-1515 or on the web at www.WillieNelsonGeneralStore.com.