Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price — the elder statesmen of classic country music who have inspired artists and thrilled fans for decades — return to PBS stations (check local listings) in an encore presentation of Last of the Breed, a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taped in March 2007 during the final performance of their sold-out “Last of the Breed” tour that played to rave reviews everywhere. Nelson, Haggard and Price (backed by Grammy® Award winning “Kings of Texas Swing” Asleep at the Wheel, led by Ray Benson, and Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys) deliver rousing performances of their greatest hits in the richest voices this side of the Rio Grande.

The new airings of Last of the Breed are a particularly special tribute to Merle Haggard, who passed away in April of this year, and Ray Price, who passed away in December 2013. Said Willie Nelson: “With my dear friends Merle and Ray gone, it’s even more special that Last of the Breed is airing again. I’m so pleased that PBS is bringing this program back, and I hope everyone gets to see what a great time we all had together on-stage.”

Among the songs performed in Last of the Breed are “Okie From Muskogee,” “Pancho and Lefty,” “For the Good Times,” “Night Life,” “Crazy,” “Mama Tried,” “Always on My Mind,” “On the Road Again” and many others. The timeless music — warm yet gritty, powerful and honest — is bound to have viewers singing along from beginning to end.

Check local PBS station listings for broadcast dates and times.

Last of the Breed is an Ambassador Entertainment Inc. production, produced by Albert Spevak, directed by Lawrence Jordan, and executive produced by Mark Rothbaum and Albert Spevak. www.ambassador.tv

The PBS broadcast of Last of the Breed includes the following songs:

  • “San Antonio Rose” − Ray Price
  • “Make the World Go Away” − Ray Price
  • “For the Good Times” − Ray Price
  • “Route 66” − Asleep at the Wheel
  • “Take Me Back to Tulsa” − Merle Haggard
  • “That’s the Way Love Goes” − Merle Haggard
  • “Silver Wings” − Merle Haggard
  • “Sing Me Back Home” − Merle Haggard
  • “Okie From Muskogee” − Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
  • “Pancho and Lefty” − Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
  • “Ramblin’ Fever” − Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
  • “Night Life” − Ray Price
  • “Crazy” − Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price
  • “On the Road Again” − Willie Nelson
  • “Always on My Mind” − Willie Nelson
  • “Mama Tried” − Merle Haggard
  • “Whiskey River” − Willie Nelson

“Pretty Paper” takes on a new sound as an audiobook. Now available from @PRHAudio, listen to a clip from the story that was inspired by the song: http://ow.ly/4OWo305wN4Y

Buy it today

pretty_paper_SMMore than fifty years ago, Willie’s classic holiday song “Pretty Paper” hit the airwaves. And for all of these years, he’s wondered about the man who inspired that song: a poor soul who was selling wrapping paper by the side of the road, singing to lift his spirits and stay warm. Willie’s novel Pretty Paper imagines what he might’ve taught Willie—and maybe all of us—about dreams and love, and the true holiday spirit. Buy it today wherever books are sold. http://tinyurl.com/zuztfnm

Bridge School Benefit 2016

 —  October 23, 2016 — Leave a comment

A look back at the Bridge School Benefit 2016 in Mt. View, CA.
October 22, 2016

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Willie is just beside himself

 —  August 15, 2014 — 4 Comments

Willie is just beside himself over the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine.




Mr. Mister

 —  July 21, 2014 — 112 Comments

Our bodyguard, Mr. Mister,  had a run in with the local police in Cincinnati, Ohio before the concert. Luckily no formal charges were filed and after a brief period of questioning he was free to continue on with the rest of the tour. Hey man, he was just doing his job!

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God Bless our American Veterans

 —  July 19, 2014 — 16 Comments

Dad recently did a PSA for the homeless veterans in America. Production crews set up cameras on the bus before the concert, and the Redheaded Stranger asked that everyone open their hearts to our many homeless vets. A highly decorated Viet Nam veteran, who was also a fan, had given Dad this well worn, heavy medal hat to wear in honor of all those who have served our country with honor and pride. God Bless our American veterans and please support them when you can. They have already supported you.

Veterans PSA

Letters to Willie

 —  July 15, 2014 — 13 Comments

Well I have no idea if the is the right place to be sending this, as it was an e-mail address passed on by a stranger on FB.
But to make a long story short, a few months ago I commissioned a portrait for gentleman who’s dream it was to have a picture taken with Willie. Suffice to say, he never got the chance and asked me to draw one for him. He had been told for years that he looked like his idol Willie, and he wanted to show everyone they were all crazy! ( I personally thought he looked like Willie too! lol ). 24 hours after a family member of his picked up his portrait, Basil unfortunately passed away :(. Now I don’t personally know Basil well, but from in the short time I got to know him all he could talk about was Willie. So I’m hoping to do him one last honor of knowing Willie got to see this picture, and where ever Basil is now I know he would smiling from ear to ear!

If there is any way you can pass a copy of this picture Willie in anyway, I know you would make one life long Willie fan and his family a great honor.

Here is a link to Basil’s FB page. People still send him Willie updates lol

Thank you Kindly

Denise CollinsBasil and Willie

Kansas City, Missouri

 —  July 12, 2014 — 82 Comments

The Starlight Theater in Kansas City was packed with love tonight.  Jason Isbell opened up the hearts of everyone with his beautiful voice, then Alison Krause and Union Station stepped up to the stage and melted even the toughest among us. She sings like a sweet, soft, fragile winged angel.

Speaking of little angels, Tatum Lee and her family drove up from Joplin, Missouri to see the show. The volunteers at the Make a Wish Foundation arranged for Tatum to meet her favorite singer, Willie Nelson, who also signed her guitar backstage after the concert. Tatum must endure painful operations every four months to extend the rods in her back, and music seems to help.  The next operation won’t be too long from now. But this time when she’s recovering and playing her guitar she can look down, see Willie’s signature and remember how many people were involved and what all it took to get it. She can be absolutely sure she is loved by the very best.
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