Willie Nelson sings with Bill Anderson

November 27th, 2023

by: Tina Benitez-Eves

The longest-serving active member of the Grand Ole OpryBill Anderson called on fellow Country Hall of Famers Willie NelsonVince Gill, Bobby Bare, and Jimmy Fortune to help him tell the story of the bygone era of country on “The Country I Grew Up With.”

“So far as I can determine, this is the first country record in history featuring five members of the Country Music Hall of Fame performing on one song,” said Anderson in a statement. “I am so proud that Willie and Vince and Jimmy and Bobby wanted to join me in taking this nostalgic look over our collective shoulders. I just hope it stirs up fond memories for everyone who hears it.”

Co-written by Anderson, Bobby Tomberlin, and Lance Miller, “The Country I Grew Up With” tells the story of the sights, smells and sounds of country music from yesteryear, or seeing Loretta Lynn, and Porter Wagoner, and other legends in the earlier days with each taking on lyrics—You could sit and watch the tractors gone by sings Nelson to Gill’s Neighbors would wave and tell you “hi” interspersed with spoken remembrances, and Anderson’s refrain message of There’s not enough love / There’s too much hate.

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November 26th, 2023

Willie Nelson, President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, “Amazing Grace”

November 26th, 2023

by: Linda Smith  

The audience members at Willie Nelson’s concert at Chastain Park (now Cadence Bank Amphitheatre) in Atlanta in 2016 had no idea they were in for the treat of a lifetime. Nelson and longtime friend and collaborator Kris Kristofferson welcomed two honorary guests to the stage. Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter joined half of the Highwaymen for a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Merle Haggard was originally billed to share the stage with Nelson for the Chastain Park show. After the country legend’s passing, Kristofferson joined the concert lineup along with two of Haggard’s sons, Ben Haggard and Noel Haggard.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter had been known to be huge Nelson fans and were spotted braving the rain from the front row during the Atlanta show.

The nearly 7,000 fans in attendance cheered wildly and stood up to applaud as the Carters walked on stage. Nelson started singing “Amazing Grace,” and the Carters and Kristofferson joined in for an epic singalong. In the video, you can see the sea of fans recording the special moment on their phones.

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Willie Nelson’s 25 Biggest Billboard Hits

November 26th, 2023

by: Jessica Nicholson

t age 90 and with more than seven decades of music under his belt, Texas native Willie Nelson is busier than ever. The 12-time Grammy winner was recently inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame on Nov. 3 and in September, he released Bluegrass, his first full-length album of bluegrass-styled music. The album has earned Nelson a Grammy nomination for best bluegrass album, leading into the 2024 ceremony.

On Dec. 17, CBS will present the music special Willie Nelson’s 90th Birthday Celebration, honoring the music icon with performances and collaborations from Nelson as well as Gary Clark Jr., Snoop Dogg, Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones, George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Keith Richards and Nelson’s sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson. More top-tier stars will host, including Jennifer Garner, Chelsea Handler, Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke, Helen Mirren and Owen Wilson.

Nelson’s innovative songs, unique performance style and jazz-inspired, behind-the-beat style of phrasing, has made the iconoclast one of music’s most widely beloved artists, with 20 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. His catalog of hits he penned for other artists includes “Night Life,” “Hello Walls,” “Crazy,” “Family Bible” and “Funny How Time Slips Away.” He earned his first top 10 country hits as an artist in the 1960s with “Touch Me” and “Willingly,” but it was 1975’s Red Headed Stranger that would garner Nelson his mainstream breakthrough. The album’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” would earn Nelson his first Grammy award, and his first No. 1 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart.

In 1976, Nelson’s music was part of the compilation album Wanted! The Outlaws, which also included Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings, and Jessi Colter; the album became country music’s first album to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Nelson and Jennings’ hit collaborations include the 1976, three-week Hot Country Songs chart No. 1 hit “Good Hearted Woman” and 1978’s four-week No. 1 “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”

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Willie Nelson, on guitar

November 26th, 2023

photo: Gary Miller

Willie’s Remedy

November 24th, 2023

Shop now:  – Willie’s Remedy (williesremedy.com)

Happy Thanksgiving, thank you farmers

November 22nd, 2023

Willie Nelson on Tour 2024

November 15th, 2023

Ticket Info: www.WillieNelson.com
February 7, 2024
Seminole Center Outdoors
Immokalee, Florida
February 9, 2024
Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Pompano Beach, FL
February 10, 2024
The Sound at Coachman Park
Clearwater, FL
February 12, 2024
Coffee Butler Amphitheater
Key West, FL
February 14, 15, 2024
St. Augustine Amphitheater
St. Augustine, FL
February 18, 2024
Cocoa Riverfront Park
Cocoa, FL
March 14, 2024
Luck Reunion
Luck, Texas
April 17, 2024
Cook’s Garage
Lubbock, TX
April 24, 2024
Greek Theater
Berkeley, CA
April 25, 2024
Santa Barbara Bowl
Santa Barbara, CA
April 27, 2024
Stagecoach – Empire Polo Club
Indio, CA
July 27, 2024
Chris Stapleton’s All American Road Show
T-Mobile Park
Seatle, WA

Farm Aid by the numbers

November 13th, 2023


Dear Farm Aid Friends, 

We’re still reminiscing and thinking about all the different aspects of Farm Aid 2023 – from the pre-events to the festival day and beyond. It was amazing to see farmers, artists and music fans all coming together to celebrate family farmer agriculture and to raise awareness about the challenges and opportunities farmers face.

Below are some of the numbers that show why Farm Aid 2023 was so unique!

Mon, Nov 13 at 12:27 PM

Farm Aid 2023 stage

16 Incredible performances on the lineup
.Bob Dylan

2Surprise performances, including Sturgill Simpson (joining Margo Price) and Bob Dylan (backed by 3/5ths of The Heartbreakers along with members of The Dirty Knobs).Willie Nelson

18Songs in Willie’s Nelson’s epic set to end a beautiful day at Ruoff Music Center.

Demonstrations in the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent; plus an all-day seed swap and mini farm with grazing sheep

35 HOMEGROWN Village exhibits including: The Farmer’s Share of the Food Dollar by National Farmers Union; Farms Reflect our Farmers: Underheard Voices and Imagining the Future of Farming in Indiana by Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition; Connecting the Drops: The Ripple Effects of Water Grabs on our Food System by National Family Farm Coalition; and many more! 
18 Young people from three different local organizations (Future Farmers of America, the Grange, and Human Agriculture Cooperative) staffed HOMEGROWN Youthmarkets at two farm fresh stands.

1,000 Podcast buttons were distributed at the festival and many backstage interviews! 

Listen to our first episode now.

454 Volunteers made the day run smoothly, setting up, breaking down, chopping vegetables, helping festivalgoers make compost, and generally putting smiles on everyone’s faces!
51 Menu items in HOMEGROWN Concessions® served throughout the venue. The ingredients for everything served at Farm Aid 2023 were grown with sustainable practices, on family farms, and with a fair price paid to the farmers

2023 Farm Aid 2023 festival merch items are in our online store, including tees, hats, sweatshirts and denim jackets, all made with materials that protect our water and soil and that support farmer livelihoods. 

45 Videos shared at our press event that kicked off Farm Aid 2023, with 7 farmers joining Willie, John, Neil, and Dave on stage to talk about agriculture, climate, soil and water and corporate power.

22,209 Tickets sold for Farm Aid 2023. Thank you for supporting family farmers by participating in Farm Aid 2023!

275 Farmers, advocates and representatives from organizations that support farmers who attended our Friday Farmer Forum, which featured our first ever Farm Aid People’s Hearing on the Farm Bill.

6People who attended Indiana farm tours featuring 4 farms and 7 farmers who shared their stories of farming in the Midwest
.Farm Aid 2023 airport display

560,000 People passed by our Farm Aid 2023 exhibit at the Indianapolis International Airport!
1,000+Media stories featuring Farm Aid, including 748 print and online stories and 364 TV and radio broadcasts
60 Cubic yards of materials were composted over the course of our festival, which equals approximately 2.9 tons of compost!

14,798 Pounds of food were donated to Second Helpings, an organization that rescues good food to prepare nutritious meals for hungry children and adults in Greater Indianapolis. Thank you for celebrating family farmers with us this year.

Make sure to show them you support their work year-round by wearing Farm Aid 2023 merch. And, relive the music on our YouTube channel and in our photo and video gallery  Forward Farm Aid
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Photo credits in order: Brian Bruner, Joeff Davis, Sharon Carone, Cathy Tingle, Cathy Tingle, Scott Streble, Kathryn Dale, Scott Streble, Laurie Bonneau, Scott Streble, Farm Aid website, Scott Streble, Scott Streble, Lori Mercer, Michael Stewart Foley, Scott Streble, Scott Streble, Laurie Bonneau.Unsubscribe

Willie Nelson’s Greatest Hits

November 13th, 2023

This new collection is a career spanner jam-packed with 25 songs across two LPs, with each era of Willie’s illustrious six decade career chronicled. It includes massive hits like “On The Road Again,” “Always On My Mind” and “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” next to a number of his 21st century gems, including latter day classics like “Ride Me Back Home” and “Roll Me Up.” It features classic collaborations with the likes of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Julio Iglesias, Willie’s early versions of songs made famous by others in the early 60s like “Crazy” and “Night Life,” alongside interpretations of others’ songs that he made his own from Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust” to Arlo Guthrie’s “City Of New Orleans” to Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe.”

The exclusive bundles include a Willie Nelson Christmas Ornament and a Greatest Hits Guitar Pick Tin with picks!

Pre-Order Yours Today

November 13th, 2023

Happy birthday, Lana Nelson!

November 11th, 2023

Happy Birthday, Lana Nelson!


You don’t see her on stage or on screen, but she’s always behind the scenes helping to make it happen.


I hope you have a great day, Lana.

Willie Nelson Induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech

November 7th, 2023

Dave Matthews inducts Willie Nelson into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2023

November 7th, 2023

Happy birthday, Paul English

November 6th, 2023

Still so missed.