Posts Tagged ‘Willie Nelson’

Willie Nelson pick of the day: Band of Brothers

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014


“Willie’s “New Design” of his “Band of Brothers,” CD Picks. Dr, Budrock, and myself, agreed that the first design was a little to difficult to read. And neither Dr. Budrock L.D., or I, accept the unacceptable when it comes to Willie. If you received the first one, keep it, as it is now a very rare pick but, all of Willie’s picks are rare…

Designed by Dr. Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt, L.D.  As for me, I just push a button.”

Guthrie Thomas

Willie Nelson featured on new Ray Benson Album, “It Ain’t You”

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Music video for “It Ain’t You,” by Ray Benson featuring Willie Nelson. Appears on Ray Benson’s solo album, “A Little Piece.”
Directed by Aaron Brown

Farm Aid Bandannas

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

This beautiful Farm Aid bandana features the four board members’ signatures: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.  Another way to support Farm Aid, and their support of Family Farmers.  And you get a cool bandanna! Win-Win


Buy yours here.

Single Tickets on sale tomorrow to Willie Nelson & Family Show in Galveston (11/14/14)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014


If there are any tickets left after the Season Ticket Sales, then single tickets for the Willie Nelson & family show on __ go on sale tomorrow.  Single tickets for The Grand’s 2014-2015 “Celebrate With The Grand!” Performing Arts Season begin Monday, August 4th, and may be purchased at The Grand’s Box Office, 2020 Postoffice Street, by calling 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or online at


Friday, November 14, 2014 – 8pm
Willie’s “On the Road Again” and his performance at The Grand is sure to be a highlight of the season. Recognized worldwide as a singer, songwriter, actor, and activist, Willie has penned more than 2,500 songs and released close to 300 albums. His five-decade career has included countless Grammys, American Music Awards, and Country Music Awards. Don’t be “Crazy” – order your tickets today!

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


!Peligro! !Peligro! !Radio Mas Fuerte!
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…)