Posts Tagged ‘Willie Nelson’

Willie Nelson, “Still is Still Moving To Me” (Farm Aid 30) (Chicago, IL)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Farm Aid 30 Concert (Sept. 19, 2015) (Chicago) (full broadcast)

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Thanks to Amy’s Foods for their on-going support of the work of Farm Aid, and especially for making the show avaiable to people around the world to watch on their computers. And now, we can watch the entire concert.

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To support the important work of Farm Aid:

Farm Aid Heroes: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews

Monday, September 21st, 2015


These four are true heroes.  They have done so much to help so many, directly and indirectly, through their commitment to Farm Aid.  The money raised from the concerts they help organize has raised millions and millions (over $20 Million) that has been used to help family farmers, and create the Farm Aid organization that has grown out from that first fund raising event.    Year after year, for thirty years now, every fall,  these four dedicated artists have dropped everything, interrupted lucrative tours, left families at home, and flown themselves and their band members in to perform at the annual concert.   And they invite their friends and other musicians to do the same thing, for frees.

Millions of dollars have been raised to support family farmers, through Farm Aid.  Net works, crisis help lines, crisis assistance, resources, financial support are just a few of the ways Farm Aid has helped the family farmer stay on the land.  As well as keeping farmers on the land, networks created help support new farmers obtain land and education about farm.  Their work affects all of us — we all benefit from healthy food grown by farmers who really are the caretakers of the land, and not hourly paid worker for a large corporation.  So many farms are transitioning now, and farmers age and retire.  When there is no family member to continue farming, the productive farmland is sold to a corporations, who goal is not to be a steward of the land, but to make millions from it, with their chemicals and genetically modified seeds.

Thank you Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews

Learn more about Farm Aid, and how you can support them here:

Willie Nelson Guitar Pick of the Day — Farm Aid 30

Friday, September 18th, 2015


“30 years and close to 100 Million Dollars is what this one man, his Family, and his Friends have raised to help the farmers of America. It took 30 long days to make these picks. That’s nothin’. It takes up to 100 longer days, every day, to grow one ear of corn. That’s somethin’. Designed by Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt and a guy that knows that being a farmer is one of the most difficult jobs on this earth. Here’s to you Willie and every single Farmer in America. Enough said…”

— Guthrie Thomas

Willie Nelson sings Kristofferson

Monday, September 14th, 2015


I’ve been listening to this cd all morning.  What a beautiful combination:  the poetry of Kris Kristofferson sung by Willie Nelson.    Get a copy if you don’t already have one to enjoy.  Look at this track list!

  1. Me And Bobby McGee
  2. Help Me Make it Through the Night
  3. The Pilgrim (Chapter 33)
  4. Why Me
  5. For the Good Times
  6. You Show Me Yours (And I’ll Show You Mine)
  7. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
  8. Sunday Morning Coming Down
  9. Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends

King of the Road

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

“You know, it’s funny. One night in a motel in Phoenix, Arizona, I wrote ‘Dang Me’ in just four minutes. It took me six weeks to write ‘King of the Road.’ I was driving from Davenport, Iowa, to Chicago, and somewhere along the way I saw a sign on the road which read, Trailers for Sale or Rent,’ and for some reason that phrase stuck in my mind. It wasn’t until later, in Boise, Idaho, that i really sat down and made something out of it, . . . although I had to induce labor to get it completed. I got stuck after the first verse, so i went out to a Boise store and bought a statuette of a hobo. I sat and stared at it until the rest of the tune came to me.” —Roger Miller (as quoted in Billboard and the Nashville Banner)

Happy Shoeshine Friday!

Friday, June 26th, 2015

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