Posts Tagged ‘Willie Nelson’

Mark your calendars! Farm Aid — September 13, 2014

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Less than two months until these guys rock Farm Aid 2014! Get ready!

Seth Rogan tweets plans to use Willie Nelson’s “Time of the Preacher” in new “Preacher” tv series

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014


Seth Rogan has been hired to develop a television series based on the popular comic book, “Preacher”, and he has been tweeting pictures from his story board.   His latest tweet shows plans to use Willie Nelson’s, “Time of the Preacher” for the opening scene.


WIllie Nelson: Band of Brothers

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Willie Nelson

Band of Brothers (Sony / Legacy Recordings)

Phases & Stages

by: Tim Steagall

“Well, it seems that I’ve been here before/ So if this means that there is more – bring it on.”

So intones a familiar, reedy voice, none the worse for wear over 81 years and delivering the titular punch line with characteristic Lone Star Zen: laissez-faire delivery of steel resolve. Halfway through the first verse of the first song on the first album of predominantly self-penned material since 1996, Willie Nelson sounds downright pugilistic. On the occasion of his last set of originals, Spirit (inhale “Twisted Williemania,” Feb. 9, 1996), Abbott’s favorite son invited us aboard his bus the Honeysuckle Rose after having just been dropped by his label of 18 years, Columbia Records. For the better part of the next two decades, he then concentrated on his Louis Armstrong-like interpretive and duet skills – anyone, anytime, any place – occasionally hitting when paired with a Toby Keith (“Beer for My Horses”).

Now, Nelson’s Band of Brothers debuts at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums rankings and No. 5 overall, breaking several of his own career highs. All he needed to revive his commercial fortunes was to obey his calling: songwriting. Remember, having penned deathless standards including “Hello, Walls,” “Crazy,” “Night Life,” and “Funny How Time Slips Away,” the Red-Headed Stranger didn’t make his name on his braids. While Band of Brothers‘ new ones are co-writes with the producer Buddy Cannon, the lyrics are clearly Nelson’s, which taken as a whole constitute as deeply personal a document as any he’s authored. One key track, “Guitar in the Corner,” acknowledges writer’s block before turning it into a metaphor for a faltering relationship: “There’s a guitar in the corner/ That used to have a song/ I would hold it while it played me/ And I would sing along.” Two plays later, Nelson’s hitting “The Wall,” singing of spending “Half my life ridin’ on a rocket/ One world to the next then on and on,” afterward resolving to make improvements: “Taking things to make it make me better/ Remembering things I never knew I’d knew.”

Accompanying Western grooves that harness all the compositions into a cohesive ride – each accessorized with the bandleader’s Django Reinhardt-loving acoustic guitar solos – most of the lyrics speak of broken-down romance, with lines as telling as those in “Send Me a Picture” (“Send me a picture when we were together/ When we held the world in the palm of our hands/ When life had a future forever and ever”). Elsewhere, his interpretive muscles flex hard, as with Billy Joe Shaver’s modern country protest, “Hard to Be an Outlaw”: “Singin’ ’bout the back roads that they never have been down/ They go and call it country but that ain’t the way it sounds”. Even then, Band of Brothers belongs solely to Willie Nelson. This is the sound of rust being ground out, cylinders squeaking back to life, engines and carburetors opening wide on the road again.


Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, “Just Breathe” (Fourth of July Picnic, Fort Worth, Texas) (2014)

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Willie Nelson celebrates Father’s Day

Monday, June 23rd, 2014



With some of his children:  Amy, Lana, Micah

Johnny Depp, on guitar, with Willie Nelson

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

by: Megan Johnson

Johnny Depp has a lot of friends. So when Willie Nelson & Family came to town on Tuesday for a concert with Alison Krauss, Depp made sure to spend some time with his country legend pal – onstage.

Clad in jeans, a black T-shirt and glasses, the low-key star played electric guitar alongside Nelson throughout the entire set at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion by the Boston waterfront.

Nelson didn’t announce that a movie star was on his stage – when introducing his band, the 81-year-old kept it on a first-name basis.

“He just said something like, ‘And that’s Johnny over there playin’ the guitar,’ ” said concertgoer Kristen Panderson, of Boston, who pointed out that Depp “even played a solo in one of the songs.”

Earlier that day, Depp, 51, and costar Juno Temple filmed scenes on the South Boston set of Black Mass, in which he plays notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger.

Depp also got a visit over the weekend from fiancée Amber Heard, who was spotted hanging out behind the scenes during filming and making herself a sandwich.

Willie Nelson and Johnny Depp, together again, in Boston

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
by:  Zayda Rivera

Johnny Depp is a rocker at heart.

So when the 51-year-old actor had a moment to jam onstage with his pal Willie Nelson during the country star’s Boston show Tuesday, Depp didn’t hesitate.

In true Depp fashion, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star snuck onstage quietly and began strumming his guitar.

“(Nelson) just said something like, ‘And that’s Johnny over there playin’ the guitar,’” concertgoer Kristen Panderson told People that the 81-year-old country crooner said, adding that Depp “even played a solo in one of the songs.”

Fans were excited to see the award-winning actor join Nelson & Family along with Alison Krauss at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion performance.

“When #JohnnyDepp joined #WillieNelson onstage at BH Pavilion we figured one tune,” @GlobeRodman tweeted along with a photo of Depp onstage. “He’s played whole set.”

“From last night, some good looking fellas,” Nelson wrote on Instagram along with a photo including the actor and a couple of bandmates.

Depp is currently in Boston filming “Black Mass” costarring Juno Temple, in which he plays real life gangster Whitey Bulger.

His fiancée, Amber Heard, 28, also reportedly paid a visit to the Massachusetts capital recently to hang out on her man’s movie set.

“She’s a wonderful girl,” Depp said in a previous interview with the “Today” show. “She’s sharp as a tack, a wonderful southern belle and sweet as can be and very good for me.”


Viva la World Cup; Willie Nelson celebrates on ESPN

Monday, June 16th, 2014


@FIFAWorldCup @willienelson @espn U.S.A. ole Ole Ole Ole! Willie celebrating win!

Thank you Willie Nelson & Family, and you know who you are, for sharing that photo on facebook.

Willie Nelson & Family at Radio City Music Hall (Sold Out)

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014


Vote for Willie Nelson for “CMT Performance of the Year” Award (“Long May You Run”)

Saturday, May 31st, 2014


Willie Nelson is in the running for CMT Performance of the Year, with his duet with Neil Young on CMT Crossroads, “Long May You Run”.


You can vote HERE.  

See Joe Nick Patoski on the Radio

Sunday, May 4th, 2014


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The Texas Music Hour Of Power on www, KRTS-FM Marfa on iTunes and Tune In 

Howdy, all y’all. I’m Joe Nick Patoski and I’d like to invite you to my party on Facebook. Every Saturday nite. 6-8 central, I host the Texas Music Hour of Power on KRTS-FM in Marfa, and several other stations in Far West Texas, and 

The show features all kinds of Texas music made over the past century of recorded music, and runs two hours because Texas spans two time zones and its music is too big to limit to one hour. Name your poison: Country and Western, Rhythm and Blues, Western Swing, Rock and Roll, Jazz, Tex=Mex, Conjunto, Tejano, Cajun, Zydeco – if it’s from Texas, and it sounds good, it’s all fair game. When the show airs, we all gather around the electronic campfire on my Facebook page to share images , comments and whatever else about the music being played. 

It’s an interactive wild party – no rules, no drink limit, just good people. Drop on in, or stay all night and groove with us.

I’ve spent the past four decades writing about Texas and Texans, authoring and co-authoring books on Willie Nelson, Selena, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Mountains, Texas Coast, and Big Bend National Park, and sustainable land stewardship. I spent 18 years as a staff writer for Texas Monthly and have written for the Texas Observer, National Geographic, No Depression, Texas Music, the Big Bend Sentinel, and a bunch of other publications. A lot of what I’ve learned comes out in the eclectic mix of music that I play. Tune in, turn on, and come on over and join the party.

And if you don’t have a copy of this, pick one up!

 The following article about Joe Nick Patoski’s great biography about Willie Nelson, “Willie Nelson:  An Epic Life” was first published in No Depression Magazine in 2004. Visit Joe Nick’s website to read the entire article, at :

The following article about Joe Nick Patoski’s great biography about Willie Nelson, “Willie Nelson:  An Epic Life” was first published in No Depression Magazine in 2004. Visit Joe Nick’s website to read the entire article, at :

Gonna Catch Tomorrow Now

No Depression
September-October 2004

LUCK, Texas, isn’t as easy to find as it used to be. Development has sprawled the entire 25 miles from downtown Austin to this idyllic little spot in the Hill Country near Lake Travis where Willie Nelson created his own universe more than two decades ago. The old corner store that was once a landmark is now a bank. The entrance gate is practically lost among the McMansions and ranchettes that have sprouted up.

This fact of life is not lost on the guy in the Willie Nelson T-shirt driving the mower over the fairway of the Briarcliff Country Club. After providing directions to a wayward tourist, he wisecracks, “Welcome to Oak Hill,” referring to the suburb fifteen miles closer to the city.

Still, there’s enough acreage surrounding Luck that once you stumble onto the dirt main street, you realize Willie Nelson’s home base is safely in a zone of its own. The cowboy town of faux buildings – including a feed store, barn, gunsmith, church, and bathhouse – hasn’t changed much since it was built for the filmRed Headed Stranger in the early 1980s. Unchanged, but deteriorated to the point that Luck today looks less like an Old West movie set and more like a real 20th century small town in Texas that is drying up and blowing away. Whatever it is, it is Willie’s World. The rest of us are just visiting. (more…)

Billy Gibbons arrive at Master Martial Arts, in Austin, with Willie Nelson

Monday, April 28th, 2014


Billy Gibbons stopped by to visit with Willie Nelson, when Willie received his 5th degree Black Belt, in Austin tonight.




I don’t know who she is, but she was with Billy Gibbons.

Willie Nelson inducted into Austin City Limits Hall of Fame (4/26/14)

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

photo: Scott Newton

by:  Meredith Rainey

The first Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction ceremony brought the show back to its original venue for one night: KLRU’s Studio 6A on the University of Texas campus. Before Austin City Limits moved to its current home at The Moody Theater, the walls of Studio 6A absorbed nearly four decades of Austin music history.

photo: Scott Newton

Held on Saturday, April 26, the invitation-only event was filled with special performances and standing ovations for performers and honorees. The Hall of Fame’s first class of inductees included Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, famed UT football coach Darrell Royal and show creator Bill Arhos. During the induction, the show’s long-time Executive Producer Terry Lickona called Nelson the heart of Austin City Limits and Arhos the spirit, both helping make the show a musical institution.

With an introduction by Texas native Matthew McConaughey, Nelson kicked off the night with a rousing rendition of “Whiskey River” and was soon joined on stage by Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris. In the 11-song set, the three shared the stage for “Pancho and Lefty,” “On the Road Again” and “I Saw the Light.”

hoto:  Scott Newton

Before a short break, Nelson, Royal and Arhos were honored with awards depicting the Austin skyline. Nelson was inducted by McConaughey, Aros by Lickona and Royal by Mack Brown. Brown called Royal a great friend to the show and noted there would be no Austin City Limits without the hard work of the inductees. Surrounded by family, Edith Royal accepted on the coach’s behalf, stressing how much the music meant to Royal, who rarely missed a taping.

photo: Scott Newton

After an auction of artwork by Tim Wakefield capturing sound waves of Nelson’s “Whiskey River” and Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy” (each went for $25,000 with proceeds benefiting KLRU) and the induction of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, the stage heated up with a series of impressive guitar solos from artists honoring Vaughan & Double Trouble. Double Trouble’s Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans shared the stage with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mike Farris, Doyle Bramhall II, Robert Randolph, Eric Zapata and Buddy Guy. Stevie Ray’s brother Jimmie, who is on tour in Australia, appeared in a video honoring his younger brother. You could feel the spirit of Stevie as Randolph and Bramhall tore up “Pride and Joy.” Rounding out a night of incredible music, Nelson, Lovett and Nelson’s son, Lukas, joined everyone on stage for the grand finale, “Texas Flood.”

On this special Hall of Fame night, KLRU once again captured the magic that has made Austin City Limits America’s longest running live music television show. It was a magical Saturday night that led one audience member to comment, “That was so amazing, I almost forgot to breathe.”

The 40th anniversary season of Austin City Limits continues to feature the best in music, with tapings including Beck, Valerie June, Ed Sheeran, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, White Denim, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Eric Church. For more information, please please visit the website.

“There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson.” — Matthew McConaughey

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

by:  Paul J. Weber

In this town, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey takes a backseat to Willie Nelson.

The country music icon who has an Austin street named after him and is celebrated with an 8-foot bronze likeness downtown added another backyard honor with a spot in the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

McConaughey, who last month won his first Academy Award for best actor in “Dallas Buyers Club,” inducted his friend and fellow Texan with simplicity.

“There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson,” McConaughey said.

Keeping the show rolling later, McConaughey slipped in his signature “All right, all right, all right” — a segue that felt at home in this city that was the backdrop to the 1993 film “Dazed and Confused” and began the actor’s rise to stardom.

Nelson, who will celebrate his 81st birthday next week by receiving his fifth-degree black belt in martial arts, was the first Austin City Limits performer in 1974 on what is now the longest-running television music program in the U.S.

Fellow country icons Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett joined the “Red Headed Stranger” on stage for a string of hits including “On the Road Again” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”

“It means a lot. It’s Austin City Limits and Austin — the music capital of the world,” Nelson said on his bus before the show.

Also inducted were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, longtime show producer Bill Arhos and former University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, whose “pickin’ parties” with guitar songwriters at his Austin home after games helped inspire the show.

Arhos recalled a friend’s comment after one of the times when Nelson, who is famously open about his marijuana use, was busted for weed possession.

“He said, ‘That’s like Wimpy getting busted for eating hamburgers,’” Arhos said.

Blues rockers Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd ended the night by joining Nelson on stage for a blistering rendition of “Texas Flood.” The ceremony was held in the show’s original intimate soundstage on the University of Texas at Austin campus, instead of a new 2,000-seat downtown venue where tapings moved several years ago.

Austin City Limits will air its 40th season starting in the fall.

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014


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?