Archive for the ‘Good causes’ Category

Nathaniel Rateliff releases duet with Willie Nelson, “It’s Not Supposed to be that Way”

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

THE MARIGOLD SINGLES: Nathaniel Rateliff releases first ever duet with Willie Nelson; “It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way”. The latest installment of The Marigold Singles is now available on 7” vinyl.

The song features Mickey Raphael on harmonica. The 7” release includes “Willie’s Birthday Song,” which can be ordered exclusively from the official store here

It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way” will be released digitally on May 28th.*All proceeds from this release will support The Marigold Project, Rateliff’s foundation dedicated to economic, social and racial justice.

The Marigold Project is proud to support Farm Aid and StrongHearts Native Helpline with this release.

Willie Nelson, Angélique Kidjo, and Rostam Among Performers at NatGeo Earth Day Eve Concert (4/21/21)

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Willie Nelson Shares New Version of “I’ll Be Seeing You” for Vaccination PSA

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Willie Nelson has recorded an updated version of “I’ll Be Seeing You” for a new PSA called “Back in the Game,” encouraging Americans to get their COVID-19 vaccines and return to our beloved sporting games.

The country legend first released the tune on 1994’s Healing Hands of Time, and as he notes in a recent statement he hopes to “empower millions more to get the answers they need and feel confident in getting vaccinated, like I did.”

Added Ad Council President/CEO Lisa Sherman, “Sports and sports moments hold a special place in the hearts of millions of people across our country and, regardless of who you’re rooting for, we’re all looking forward to getting back to the arenas, stadiums and moments we miss.”

Willie with Bella, from Austin Pets Alive

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Amy Nelson:

“This is Dad with Bella, a most wonderful dog from Austin Pets Alive! I took her home and kept her as a foster at the request of the APA medical staff so they could could continue caring for her special needs. She was quadriplegic when she arrived at the shelter. She had collar burns around her neck from being dragged, and two bullets still inside her.

With love and bio transducer therapy (Senergy) , Bella was walking within a few weeks. The brilliant vets of Dogwood Animal Hospital (Round Rock) , Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital, and Evenflow Veterinary Herbal & Acupuncture joined forces with APA medical staff for two years treating Bella’s neurological disorder at discounted prices and discussing her case together. They made it possible for her to enjoy life. [Bella had a series of seizures that made her stop breathing. APA’s Dr. Ramsey hand pumped oxygen into her lungs every 40 seconds for five hours.] When she let out her last breath, it took out the electricity at APA, street lamps included. Bella taught us all that miracles happen and that magic is real.”

Love, Amy #WillieNelson#Bella

Willie Nelson headlining Matthew McConaughey’s benefit for Texas winter storm relief, “We’re Texas”

Monday, March 15th, 2021
by: CBS Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin’s own Matthew McConaughey has announced a fundraiser for Texans affected by the unprecedented winter storm that left millions without power and clean water.

McConaughey’s “just keep livin” foundation is holding a virtual benefit, “We’re Texas,” scheduled for March 21st, to “raise funds for the long-term efforts necessary to stabilize and rebuild Texas.”

The benefit, hosted by McConaughey and his wife Camila, will feature performances by Willie Nelson, Gary Clark Jr., George Strait, Kelly Clarkson, Post Malone and more.

100% of the donations raised through the just keep livin Texas Relief Fund will support the critical short-term, mid-term and long-term needs resulting from the devastation caused by Winter Storm Uri. We are proudly collaborating with a number of carefully vetted and trusted partners on the ground in Texas.

The virtual event will be streamed on Matthew’s YouTube Channel:

To make a donation, click here.

“We’re Texas Benefit”

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

Willie Nelson joins Matthew McConaughey in Texas Benefit (3/21/21)

Friday, March 12th, 2021

“Most Texans want to help themselves but there’s a lot of people who want to help themselves who do not have the ability to help themselves right now,” said Matthew McConaughey.

Posted by Austin360 on Friday, March 12, 2021

Support Texas in Need

Sunday, February 21st, 2021

Chillie, Willie and Me! Support Our Fellow Texans In Need. #SnoVid-TX21

Folk Alliance Virtual Festival to support folk music artists (Feb. 22 – 26)

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Folk Alliance International Presents Folk Unlocked: A First-Ever Worldwide 800+ Hour Online Public Festival, Feb 22-26, 2021

Calling all folk music fans! Folk Alliance International (FAI) – the leading non-profit organization for folk musicians and folk music industry – invites lovers of folk music in its many forms to join Folk Unlocked, an unprecedented virtual festival taking place February 22-26; featuring over 800 hours of music from all fifty US states and over thirty additional countries.

In a time of social distancing, the Folk Unlocked virtual festival is a musical trip around the world that marks the launch of the Village Fund, FAI’s grants to struggling musicians and folk music workers during the COVID crisis. As a result of moving online due to the pandemic, the organization is providing unlimited public access to the music showcases for the first time in its history. Last week, Rolling Stone named FAI as one of the “organizations that have been doing some of the most crucial relief work during the pandemic.”

The five-day music event will feature “Spotlight” showcases curated by FAI’s music industry partners including BOSE, CIRCULART (Colombia), Culture Ireland, Music Ontario, Showcase Scotland, Sounds Australia, and many more. It also includes access to the independently produced “Unlocked” showcases by artists themselves or hosted by other presenters. The festival will close with an amazing Global Music Marathon highlighting artists paired with counterparts across the globe. All public performances will be interactive, meaning fans are welcome to join in the chat with artists and fellow fans. Once performed, showcases will remain available for a limited time for later viewing by attendees.

Highlights from the festival lineup include:

* The legendary Los Lobos
* GRAMMY-winning zydeco artist Terrance Simien in addition to his daughter, Memphis-based singer-songwriter Marcella Simien
* GRAMMY-nominated Mississippi bluesman Cedric Burnside, son of the legendary RL Burnside
* Winner of NBC’s The Voice and singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks
* GRAMMY-winner Keb Mo
* Songwriting icon Jim Lauderdale
* All-female mariachi band and Latin GRAMMY winners Flor de Toloache
* Stars of the documentary film 20 Feet From Stardom The McCrary Sisters, who “seize and hold the spotlight,” according to the New York Times
* Veteran of Newport Folk Festival and Americana Music Award nominee and AAA #1 hitmaker Jade Bird
* “Stately” Katie Pruitt, with “ballads and choruses to shatter glass” (Pitchfork)
* Americana Music Award Emerging Artist winners, the Nashville soul duo The War and Treaty
* North Carolina gospel family group Dedicated Men of Zion, fresh from their appearance on NPR Music x globalFEST.
* “Inspiring artist” (Ann Powers, NPR) Michaela Anne.
* Australian Independent Record Labels Association winner Emily Wurramara, a proud Indigenous performer from Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory.
* BBC Folk Awards nominee and Irish Music Magazine award winner Karan Casey.
* Irreverent cult favorite, the “talented” (NPR) Steve Poltz
* Canadian First Nations artist William Prince, who plays music from his ancestors in the gospel tradition.
* Brazilian artist Jacqueline Marissol Mwaba, who fuses a diversity of musical influences with the African cultural panorama, mainly with the music of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (original country of her parents).
* Experimental and electronic music from Aguascalientes-born artist ANAN, Natalia Gómez (composer, vocalist, instrumentalist) and Rafael Durand Kick (producer, arranger).
* AJ Haynes of Pitchfork, NPR Music, and Rolling Stone-hailed Louisiana band Seratones.

FAI’s executive director Aengus Finnan exclaimed “We’re thrilled with the depth and diversity of the musical lineup. This event won’t just be close to home, it will literally be in your home, but what is clear is that it is absolutely far from ordinary.”

Folk Unlocked has been called a festival of festivals, with artists from all fifty states in the U.S. as well as Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guyana, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Wales are set to perform, over thirty countries in total.

Fans of folk music can attend the five-day event by making a minimum $25 donation to The Village Fund, which represents a 5% contribution towards each $500 grant FAI will provide in support of folk artists/entrepreneurs experiencing pandemic related financial hardship.

The festival is part of a simultaneous virtual conference that is not open to the public, and requires separate “pay-what-you-can” registration for folk musicians and members of the music industry. The five-day online convention hosts panels, workshops, speakers, an exhibit hall, and network meetings.


All – to learn more about the The Village Fund visit:

All – to view the full artist showcase lineup visit:

Fans – to attend the Festival fans can donate here:

Fans – to simply make a secure online donation to the fund visit:

Artists/Industry – to register for the conference (including access to all showcases) visit:

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, “Light up the Blues – Autism Speaks” at Greek Theater (4/10/21)

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Tickets available starting at $55
by: Ilana Tel-Oren

Rock ‘N Roll legends are teaming together for a great cause on April 10, 2021 at the Greek Theatre. With your ticket purchase, you’ll be able to see Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Stephen Stills, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Lucius, Fantastic Negrito, Chris Stills, Oliver Stills, Will Breman and emcee Jack Black, plus many special guests while giving back to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and families.

The annual benefit show is headed by Young’s former bandmate and veteran rocker Stephen Stills (also on the bill) alongside his wife Karen. The annual event was initially scheduled to take place on May 30 but was postponed due to Covid-19. All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored.

Neil Young really needs no introduction. The rock legend has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, in 1995 as a solo artist and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield. He’s received several Grammy and Juno Awards, and his 21 albums and singles have been certified Gold and Platinum in U.S by RIAA certification. Same goes for Willie Nelson, the most well-known artist in country music. This lineup of rock legends will be hosted by comedian and fellow rock-n-roller Jack Black, who is sure to make the night fun and interesting.

Grab your tickets and get ready to Light Up the Blues!

Tickets available starting at $55

Location: The Greek Theatre
Address: 2700 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Willie Nelson supports Austin’s historic theaters

Friday, December 4th, 2020

Photographer Matt Lankes captured Willie Nelson in Luck, Texas playing a game of chess. This photograph (7″x9.5″) is framed and archivally matted 14″x16.5″. 
by: Tony Cantu

The Austin Theater Alliance managing the Paramount and Stateside theaters has placed unique items up for bid to raise preservation funds.

The organization that manages the Paramount and Stateside theaters — has kicked off the final round of its 2020 auction series aimed at supporting and protecting the pair of historic sites.

Bidders will have a chance to pick up unique holiday gifts through Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. when the auction ends. Bidding began on Friday at

After canceling or rescheduling hundreds of shows since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Paramount has reopened at only 25 percent capacity for very limited engagements. “As a nonprofit that has always relied on community support in addition to funds from ongoing performances, the pandemic has been taking a massive toll,” officials wrote in an advisory. “Bids on these auction items help the ATA preserve history, reach Central Texas students with virtual programs, employ venue staff and ensure the theaters’ survival during these extraordinarily difficult times.”

Among the new auction items up for bid is what’s described as a stunning pair of 14-karat yellow gold diamond hoop earrings from Kruger’s Diamond Jewelers containing 86 round brilliant cut diamonds. A special campfire package from Garrison Brothers and YETI includes a bottle of Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, 2 YETI lowballs, 2 Trailhead camp chairs, 1 YETI Hopper Backflip 24 Soft Cooler and more. A group of up to four people will enjoy an intimate private dinner on the Paramount’s historic stage. And one lucky bidder is going to enjoy a one-night stay at the bungalow-style Hotel San Jose on South Congress.

Other items include a custom guitar autographed by Nick and Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, a signed print of k.d. lang’s “Constant Craving” limited edition Soundwaves artwork, framed photographs of artists like Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver form Matt Lankes Photography, a lucky bidder’s own holiday message on the iconic Paramount marquee and creative seasonal cocktail packages like a delicious Spiced Winter Sangria Kit from Twin Liquors and YETI.

To place bids and see the full list of Austin Theater Alliance auction items, visit the holiday auction website. To learn more about the theaters and additional ways to help, visit Follow the Paramount Theater on Facebook at and on Twitter/Instagram @ParamountAustin.

Willie Nelson and the Boys (Nov. 15, 2020)

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

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Posted by Particle Kid on Sunday, November 15, 2020

Willie Nelson asks President Trump about kids detained at the border

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Willie Nelson and sons help celebrate Hawai’is agriculture

Sunday, October 25th, 2020
by: Dennis Fujimoto

Read entire article here.

HONOLULU — Celebrating Hawai‘i’s Agriculture is the theme for this year’s Hawai‘i Farmers Union United convention that is intended to be a regenerative exploration of our environment and how it inter-relates to our well-being as individuals and as a species said a spokesperson for the Hawai‘i Farmers Union United.

The convention that will be held between Nov. 12 through 15 will feature a video series highlighting the stories of Hawai‘i farmers who are innovating during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with interactive question-and-answer sessions and networking opportunities.

Entertainment sessions will include nearly two dozen national and locally-based performers including Willie Nelson and the Boys, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Edie Brickell, Michael McDonald, Ricky Lee Jones, Pat Simmons Jr. and Sr., Daniel Lanois, Rocco De Luca, Gail Swanson, Josh Klinghoffer and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Emily Turner. Hawai‘i-based artists include Makana, Jack Johnson, Mike Loove, Tavana, Marty Dread, and Paul Izak.

Interactive sessions start at $10 and can be purchased ala carte through the website. Full registration for the three days is $65 for HFUU members, and $125 that includes membership and viewing of all presentations for up to a year.

Support for the convention is through a grant from the County of Maui and a number of individual sponsors.

The Hawai‘i Farmers Union United is a leading statewide agricultural organization and chartered chapter of the National Farmers Union. HFUU is celebrating 10 years serving Hawai‘i farmers and the local food economy with this special interactive virtual convention.

Read entire article here.

Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or

Phone bank in Texas with Beto O’ Rourke, Willie Nelson, Oprah, Bernie Sanders, Julian Castro, Stacey Abrams, Andrew Yang

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020