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Celebrate! It’s Shoeshine Friday — the last one this month (don’t miss out)

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Willie Nelson created this music video with computer software, and it’s one of the greatest music videos ever. And Johnny Knoxville agrees with me.

“Me and my hero.”  — Johnny Knoxville

Here is my entry for the BEST VIDEO OF ALL TIME.

It’s Willie Nelson’s latest called “Shoeshine Man.” It’s basically Willie sitting in front of his computer singing the song while playing with the Photo Booth application … and it’s hilarious.

Written, produced, edited, directed, smoked, and starring Mr. Willie Nelson himself in what could have been no longer than 20 minutes, this video is more entertaining than those that cost millions. It’s simplicity and sheer nuttiness had me and everyone else in jackassworld howling like silly kids the whole time we were watching it. I bet I showed it to 30 people yesterday and I want to show it you today.

Here is my hero (and everyone else’s) Willie Nelson with his video that is so technologically advanced it’s obscene to be believed. This is “Shoeshine Man.”



Save our Humus! – the essential top layer of our soil (Graeme Sait at TEDxNoosa)

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Learn all about Humus, the layer of soil essential for healthy food production which is being gradually depleted by unsustainable farming practices. Graeme Sait a lifelong human and soil health educator explains how 467 billion tons of carbon has been released from the soil into the atmosphere, and that we urgently need to return that carbon to the soil, and start replenishing the humus in order to reverse the impact.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Willie Nelson, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Somora, “Always on My Mind”

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
by: Stephen V. Betts

Willie Nelson has always relied on the kindness of his many celebrity friends, whether it’s to perform at the annual Farm Aid concerts or to share a duet with him on the seemingly endless string of LPs he has released throughout his 82 years. In April of 2002, several of those musical family members gathered at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for an informal tribute to the American treasure, with the eclectic lineup including Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow, Brian McKnight, Ryan Adams, Ray Price, Nora Jones and Dave Matthews.

In addition to all-star performances of some of the Red Headed Stranger’s most iconic tunes, the special also celebrated the release of Nelson’s The Great Divide, the 2002 LP that included several collaborations and featured three songs penned by Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas, who duets with Nelson on “Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me),” which became a minor country hit. The more well-known release from the album was the Bernie Taupin and Matt Serletic-penned “Mendocino County Line,” a duet with Lee Ann Womack which made the Top Forty, becoming his first country hit to do so in 12 years. The tune would go on to win a CMA award for Vocal Event of the Year and the Grammy for Best Country Collaboration, and Womack joined Nelson and the house band to perform it during the special.

One of the most dramatic renditions of the night was of Nelson’s massive pop-country hit, “Always on My Mind,” which featured Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Coming four years before Bon Jovi would top the country charts with Jennifer Nettles on “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” the TV show performance featured Bon Jovi, sporting a cowboy hat, taking the first verse and delivering a somber vocal as Sambora and Nelson harmonize. The country great then steps up for the second verse, strumming his faithful guitar, Trigger, and putting his distinctive vocal spin on the song that won him a Grammy and a CMA award.

“Always on My Mind,” penned by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, who died July 20th, was also famously recorded by Elvis Presley, the Pet Shop Boys and many others. In 2013, Nelson revisited the track for his duets LP, To All the Girls…, recording it with Carrie Underwood.

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Willie Nelson and Ray Price, “Run That By Me One More Time”

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, “Mountain Dew”

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015


Micah Nelson & Insects vs Robots, “Topanga Days”

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, “Lonestar” (Farm Aid 25)

Friday, July 24th, 2015

From DirecTV’s broadcast of Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America, Norah Jones performs “Lonestar” with Willie Nelson at Miller Park in Milwaukee on October 2, 2010. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Where Dreams Go to Die”

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

“>”How did a friendly game of dominoes inspire the song “Where Dreams Go To Die” from ‘Django And Jimmie’? Watch the clip to find out.”

Posted by Merle Haggard on Facebook

Willie Nelson Cover Bands

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

I’ll be honest, I have never been to see a Willie Nelson cover band. I always figure I will just save my money and go see Willie Nelson when I can. I have learned that there are so many Willie Nelson tribute bands and impersonators (different entertainers). There are Willie Nelson fans playing his music all over the world. (I posted about a Japanese band once). Bands send me links to their websites, and especially on Willie Nelson’s birthday, there are a lot of bands that play.

In Austin earlier this month, Janis and Kelly and Lisa and I were hanging out in the outdoor bar at the W Hotel, after the Waylon Jennings tribute concert at ACLive. And we met a Willie Nelson fan who plays in a Willie Nelson tribute band. nnings special at Austin City It was Amy Nelson’s birthday, and we were watching for her (stalking), to see if we could buy her a drink or get her stoned. (I am sure she had many wanting to do the same thing). And we chatted with other fans who had been to the show.

And we got to visit with Trey Jones, and his wife, who drove up for Willie Nelson’s Picnic from Mississippi. Trey is such a great, genuine Willie Nelson fan, with so much love and respect for Willie Nelson. He is very knowledgeable about Willie Nelson and his extensive musical catalogue.

And Trey told us that he plays in a Willie Nelson tribute band, once a month. I asked him what that was like, and he explained what it was like to play Willie Nelson’s music for other Willie Nelson fans. He says the people he plays for are fans who can’t travel to see Willie Nelson, and they are so happy and grateful to get to hear his music live. Trey said it was a moving, humble experience to get to bring Willie Nelson’s music to his fans, and to receive their thanks for the music.

Trey Jones has a facebook page.

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, “Two Men With the Blues” (2008)

Monday, July 20th, 2015


On January 8, 2008, Blue Note Records released, “Two Men With the Blues”.

Willie Nelson – vocals and guitar Wynton Marsalis – trumpet and vocals Mickey Raphael – harmonica Walter Blanding – saxophone Dan Nimmer – piano Carlos Henriquez – bass Ali Jackson Jr. – drums

“These songs, heard this way with this group—that’s never been done before. Whatever I’m doing, if you put Wynton and these guys around it, that brings it up to a different level.” – Willie Nelson

A first-time collaboration between two American icons, Willie & Wynton discover common ground in their love of jazz standards & the blues on this sparkling set that brims with spontaneity, congeniality & fun.

Wynton wears crisp suits, reads sheet music and is the musical director of New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Willie wears crumpled jeans, wings it onstage and runs his concert venue, Willie’s Place, out of a truck stop in Abbott, Texas.

So what exactly do these music legends have in common? The blues, of course. Wynton Marsalis, 46, and Willie Nelson, 75, are the two men on the new CD “Two Men With the Blues,” a live recording culled from two concerts they played at Lincoln Center last year.

“I like playing with Wynton,” says Nelson, “because you know the piano player won’t show up drunk, and whatever comes out of it, it’ll be worth the listen.” They are playing venues including the Hollywood Bowl and “The Tonight Show” between breaks on Nelson’s tour and Marsalis’s Lincoln Center duties. Recently, the two chatted with NEWSWEEK’s Lorraine Ali in Nelson’s second home—his airbrushed, tricked-out tour bus:

ALI: Your collaboration has been described as “a summit meeting between two American icons.”

NELSON: I like the way they put that.

MARSALIS: I’m not an icon, he is.

NELSON: I thought an icon was one of those things on your computer screen. I’m not one of those.

MARSALIS: OK, I say this modestly—this is a historic event. It’s not a big surprise to have Wynton and Willie playing together, but to have this much attention for it, that’s a surprise.

But the attention makes sense: both of you are highly respected, and Willie, you can’t go anywhere without being recognized. NELSON: I’m offended if I don’t get recognized. I say, “Hey, man, don’t you know who I am? Perhaps you didn’t realize.”

MARSALIS: My son always says, “I want to repudiate you, Dad, but nobody knows who you are. When I have to explain who I’m repudiating, it’s not really worth it.”

Willie, I imagine you as an off-the-cuff player, but with Wynton, there’s the whole issue of keeping time. Is that a problem?

NELSON: Well, it’s a little different than when we just go up there and wing it for four hours and play requests. This has to be exactly right, especially because Wynton and the guys are reading off pieces of paper, and I’m just up there trying to remember words. These guys have a lot more to do and think about than I do. For me, it’s a free ride on top of their rhythm and rockin’.

MARSALIS: He’ll come in with a phrase, and we’ll think, “Uh-oh, he ain’t gonna make it fit.” And then he’ll collect it on the back end. It’s like somebody jukin’ or fakin’ on a basketball court. They take you this way, then come back that way. He’ll come in perfectly on key, on time, and we’re, like, “Damn!” It’s so natural and true.

Do you see yourself as an odd couple?

MARSALIS: No. As musicians, we like a lot of the same things.

NELSON:Â Louis Jordan’s “Caldonia.”

MARSALIS: Yeah, that’s right, or “Saturday Night Fish Fry.” See, we came up on the same sounds

Music aside, personality-wise, how is it working together? Is one of you…

NELSON: On drugs?

That’s not exactly where I was going.

MARSALIS: We really follow each other. I think we’re gracious that way. There’s no crazy soloing over one another.

NELSON: We [Nelson and his harmonica player] can’t play anything more than they [Marsalis and his quartet] can play. There’s only so many chords, and they know ‘em better than we do. Honestly, I don’t read music that well. Or I don’t read well enough to hurt my playing, as the old joke goes.

MARSALIS: And it’s not like we need to translate. We’re coming from the same American experience. The songs he picked to play,”Bright Lights, Big City,” “Basin Street Blues”we don’t need an arrangement for those. The grooves we play are shuffle grooves, swing. We grew up playing that music. There wasn’t one time where we had to stop and say, “Willie, what do you mean?” We are together.

NELSON: Even though some of us may not look all that together.

I heard you two barely rehearse.

MARSALIS: Willie doesn’t do two or three takes. Just once, and then, “That’s good, gentlemen.” That’s how we play. We record live.

NELSON: If you can play, then what do you want to rehearse for? Just play.

Willie, you still tour like mad. How different are the shows with Wynton?

NELSON: Honestly, it’s a lot easier for me to come out and work with Wynton and his guys, because in my shows I’ll go out and play for two hours or more. With Wynton, they’ve already played for an hour and a half before I come out. I come out and do the last 30 minutes, and all of a sudden I’ve had a great night.

Wynton, was there any sort of intimidation factor in working with a legend like Willie?

MARSALIS: I’ve been around musicians all my life. My daddy was a musician, and we played all kind of gigs. I played with philharmonic orchestras when I was 22 years old. That’s intimidating! This man is natural. He makes you feel at home. When he comes to rehearsal, there’s not 65 people around him, scurrying to make it all right.

NELSON: Send in the dogs to clear the place out first.

MARSALIS: It’s not like that. He’s very approachable.

NELSON: We used to work in clubs where we had to build up the crowd. We’d hop from table to table, have a drink with everybody, hoping they’d show up tomorrow night. By the time you made your rounds you’re about half drunk.

MARSALIS: How could you not love this man?

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Willie Nelson, “I’ve loved you all over the world” music video

Friday, July 17th, 2015

I know it’s an advertisement, but it is such a great music video for this song. Friends have been telling me about it, and I’ve seen it a lot — they are playing it a lot, it must be doing very well. They just played it again, and so I am posting it. I don’t watch tv all day long, either.

Willie Nelson, “Always on My Mind”

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Farm Aid: A Song for America

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

A look at Farm Aid’s thirty years of history working to keep family farmers on the land.

“Farm Aid supports a food system that is democratic, independent, competitive and locally based. This isn’t an exercise in nostalgia, it’s a commitment to a way of life. These are values worth fighting for.”
–– Eric Schlosser

Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

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Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

“Stay all Night (stay a little longer)”

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

From Shotgun Willie album, 1973