Archive for the ‘Willie Nelson General Store’ Category

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

Willie Nelson on 11/28/1964
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.