Farm Aid president Willie Nelson’s exclusive SiriusXM channel will broadcast the annual Farm Aid 2014 concert in its entirety live from Walnut Creek Ampitheatre in Raleigh, NC. In addition to performances from Farm Aid board-members Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds), this year’s lineup includes sets from Jack White, Gary Clark Jr., Jamey Johnson, Carlene Carter, Todd Snider, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects Vs. Robots, Raelyn Nelson Band and Jesse Lenat, along with backstage interviews with artists and farmers throughout the day hosted by Dallas Wayne.

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For all you folks that won’t be able to make it to Farm Aid ’14, wipe those tears away! You can watch it from the comfort of your home. Tune in Saturday, September 13 at 7p ET | 4p PT on AXS TV to see Willie and the rest of the line up! Who’s going to be tuning in?

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Wendy, always insist that the world keep turning your way. Have fun from here on out.

With love,

Willie Nelson and Family.

 

Joy ride ticked off bucket list

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10470485/Joy-ride-ticked-off-bucket-list

Wendy Pettifer

NICK REED/ Fairfax NZ

RIDE OF HER LIFE: Bob Hastie takes Wendy Pettifer for a ride in a Ford Mustang.

With wind in her hair, Willie Nelson playing on the tape deck and the roar of the V8-powered Ford Mustang as it charged down the road, Wendy Pettifer has had another dream come true.

The terminally ill Huntly woman beamed with joy as Bob Hastie, owner of 1969 Mach 1 Mustang, sank his foot deeper into his steed as they rumbled around the Waikato.

A ride in a pre-1972 Mustang was on Pettifer’s bucket list before cancer eventually takes her, and the Saturday morning ride was just the ticket.

“It was just amazing,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Hospice Waikato nurses visit Pettifer daily and they were at the top of her mind as she told the Waikato Times how Hastie and his wife Deidre Hastie pulled up the driveway.

“We heard it coming because that was one of the things I love about Mustangs is the noise of it.

“They have a blue Mustang and a red one, but the one I always wanted to go for a ride in was a red one. It’s just amazing.”

Pettifer uses a wheelchair these days so she was helped into the driver’s seat for a few photos and then the passenger side before they took off.

Her husband Doug Pettifer went along for the ride and sat in the back with Deidre Hastie and they all found a love for muscle cars translated into a fondness for American country music.

“The four of us have the same sense of humour as well because as we we’re rolling out the drive, we turned the tape deck up very loud which had Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again, which was just amazing.”

They drove to Hamilton and cruised the main street before tearing down the expressway to Ngaruawahia and home again. She couldn’t thank them enough.

“Ever since I was a child, there was just something – maybe it was born into me, I don’t know – I’ve just always loved Mustangs.”

Bob Hastie read about Pettifer’s wish to ride in a Mustang in the Waikato Times when she was visited by New Zealand Warriors player Jerome Ropati.

Members of the Waikato Mustang Owners’ Club put their heads together and Hastie made the Saturday morning jaunt happen.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Hastie. “She just sat there and laughed the whole time.”

“Because of the predicament she’s in and because she is a Mustang fan, you’ve got to look after them.”

Hastie didn’t know Pettifer before yesterday but said club members loved to do good turns, but more importantly, she was a part of the community and memories of yesterday’s ride would stick with him for a while.

“She particularly wanted the type of car that I had and I actually live close to Huntly as well,” said Hastie.

“It’s a pretty sad time of your life and to make the last part of your life really happy was unreal.”

elton.smallman@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

 

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ARRINGTON – Soulful spirituals drifted through a sparsely wooded concert area at Lockn’ Sunday, drawing drowsy festivalgoers through a row of vendors to a late morning service.

Tents rustled and camp conversations turned from solos and musical transitions from the previous night’s shows, including Widespread Panic with Steve Winwood, Phil Lesh and Friends, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, to deciding to walk a few campground blocks to watch Keller Williams Grateful Gospel.

These gospel-style Grateful Dead covers provided an opportunity for a form of Sunday worship setting an old-style tone for the Nelson County festival’s final day that included country legend Willie Nelson and Southern blues-rock pioneer The Allman Brothers Band. The Allman Brothers are said to be toward the tail end of their final tour.

The band’s retirement foreshadows a nearing end to the era that birthed large music festivals in the 1970s. Large festivals such as Lockn’ are common among many genres.

The Allman Brothers are a bluesy example of the improvisational style of musicianship known as jamming exhibited by artists throughout the weekend. While a band starts with a particular song, musicians adjust and interpret the melodies and harmonies, sometimes transitioning seamlessly into other tunes. The method is common to jazz.

Peter Horwitt, who visited Nelson County from Canada, said he came this far south to make sure he saw the band before they hung up their guitars.

“It means a lot to me,” said Horwitt, of Calgary, Alberta. “I’m not religious but it’s almost like a spiritual experience.”

Ron Butler, who came from Ontario with two friends, didn’t know the Allmans were calling it quits until after he bought a ticket.

“It’s an incredible experience to see something you grew up with and you love before it’s done,” Butler said.

The festival, which drew between 25,000 to 30,000 people, had been going logistically well, according to Lockn’ media representative Stacie Griffin. She focused mainly on the entrance issues that caused backups on U.S. 29 last year.

One change from early Saturday to early Sunday was an increase in searches of backpacks and folded blankets for alcohol in the main stage area.

Patrons were allowed to bring alcohol into the festival grounds, but not the main stage area where beer vendors bookended the field.

“I don’t think it’s a reaction to something,” Griffin said.

She said she believed the more meticulous search method was to deal with more day patrons coming to see Nelson and the Allmans.

Alcohol Beverage Control has come down on Lockn’ on accusations of violations in last year’s initial festival. Lockn’s ABC permit could be at risk next year.

One complaint by patrons was an extended wait in water lines around the car camping area toward the back of the venue. Only two of the fountain’s six spouts were working on the scorching Saturday and lines backed up further than previous days. The problem continued into Sunday. The fountain was near pay showers. The free water fountains generally worked at the festival.

Griffin said Sunday she hadn’t heard of the problem but said she would check on it immediately.

“It might just be a matter of nobody has reported it,” she said.

Most of the portable toilets were out of hand sanitizer by the festival’s second day. Extra portable toilets were brought in mid-festival.

At each night’s end, the dimming stage lights reflect off the plastic bottles and cups and aluminum cans littered throughout the main stage area. Griffin said Lockn’ started a trash for cash program this year in which volunteers can sign up to pick up trash for $3 a bag at a venue with $3 apples and $8 beers.

“You’re here, you fill up three trash bags, and there’s your dinner money,” Griffin said.

Patrons spoke highly of the festival, in particular the lineup. They also noted the higher number of vendors comparatively.

Griffin was also positive, saying negotiations for next year have already begun.

“We hope to be here for a long time,” she said.

View the original article here.

Contact Alex Rohr at arohr@newsadvance.com. Find him on Twitter: @arohr_reporter. Facebook: The News & Advance Bedford County Beat.

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Farm Aid is coming to Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 13 – that’s 5 DAYS AWAY! The concert lineup features Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jack White and more. Make sure you get your tickets while you can and take a look back at some of Willie’s previous performances from Farm Aid’s past!

Visit FarmAid.org for more information and to get tickets!

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

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Mr. Mister

willienelson —  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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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.

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Letters to Willie

willienelson —  July 15, 2014 — 9 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
https://www.facebook.com/basil.pretty

Thank you Kindly

Denise CollinsBasil and Willie

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Kansas City, Missouri

willienelson —  July 12, 2014 — 81 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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