Happy Birthday Willie – Sirius/XM
April 29th, 2009
Happy Birthday Willie: The Spirit of 76!!
Thurs 4/30 12:00 pm ET
Willie’s Place celebrates Willie Nelson’s 76th birthday today with a full afternoon of special programming. “The Satellite Cowboy” Bill Mack will be digging deep into his personal archives for some of his favorite, and funniest, interviews with Willie, his friend of over 40 years.
“The Big D” Dallas Wayne will be broadcasting live from the Sirius XM studios at Willie’s Place in Carl’s Corner, TX, where he will be joined by some of Willie’s classmates from nearby Abbott High School for a very special “Willie Roundtable” conversation. And, of course, it’s Willie’s Place, so you never know which of his many musical friends made might call in to offer their birthday wishes.
Phosphorsecent: To Willie
Thurs 4/30 9:00 pm ET
In a nod to Willie Nelson’s 1975 tribute to his friend and mentor Lefty Frizzell, To Lefty From Willie, Brooklyn-based indie rock band Phospherescent has released an enchanting collection of covers titled To Willie. The Red Headed Stranger is so enamored with the album that he invited the group’s leader Matthew Houck and other bandmembers to visit with him prior to a recent gig in New Jersey, and now the band returns the favor with this special gift on Willie’s 76th birthday, an exclusive session from the Sirius XM studios in New York.
Willie & The Wheel
Fri 5/1 9:00 pm ET
In honor of Willie’s 76th birthday weekend, Willie’s Place will replay this complete concert performance from Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, originally broadcast live this past February from the Night Life Theater at the Willie’s Place truckstop in Carl’s Corner, Texas. The show features an opening set from Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel, followed by an extensive show with Willie including classic Western Swing selections from the album Willie & The Wheel and other fan favorites.
LIVE from Carl’s Corner
Sat 5/2 4:00 pm-midnight ET
Willie Nelson is celebrating his 76th birthday weekend in style, with a day-long free concert at the Night Life Theater at the Willie’s Place truckstop in Carl’s Corner, TX, and Sirius XM’s Willie’s Place will be carrying all of the festivities live on the air. In addition to a set with his band, Willie will be performing songs from the album Memories of Hank Williams Sr. with his long ime friend Larry Butler, and the legendary Ray Price will also be saluting the original “Drifting Cowboy” with songs from his new album Hank & Me. Willie’s son Lukas will be sitting in with him, and his daughter Amy Nelson will also on hand with her band Folk Uke, a duo with Arlo Guthrie’s daughter Cathy. And Sirius XM’s own Dallas Wayne will be doing a set including songs from his new album I’ll Take The Fifth, as well as sharing MC duties with “The Satellite Cowboy” Bill Mack.