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Happy 83rd Birthday Willie! To celebrate, get a free song download of the July 4th show from the Live Willie shop with any purchase $10 or more in the shop! Today only!

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The Highwaymen box sets are on pre-order now! The collection includes previously unreleased performances. Reserve yours now!
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Yesterday our friend Glen Campbell celebrated his 80th birthday. From everyone here at willienelson.com we wish him a very happy 80th birthday

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Tribute to Merle Haggard

willienelson —  April 18, 2016 — 3 Comments

Celebrating life with a gospel set on the Tribute to Merle Tour.
Joining Willie Nelson and Family on the show tonight in Enid, Oklahoma was Jamey Johnson and band, Melonie Cannon, Ryan Bingham and Band, and Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane.

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Throwback Thursday

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Merle Haggard Tribute

willienelson —  April 13, 2016 — 8 Comments
Jamey Johnson, Tony Coleman, Willie and Lukas

Jamey Johnson, Tony Coleman, Willie and Lukas

Bobbie Nelson and Paul English

Bobbie Nelson and Paul English

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Willie and Ryan Bingham share a few Merle stories after the show in St. Louis.

Willie and Ryan Bingham share a few Merle stories after the show in St. Louis.

Willie tries out some new headgear with the Kansas City Chiefs in Independence, Mo.

Willie tries out some new headgear with the Kansas City Chiefs in Independence, Mo.

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Jamey Johnson works on another Hag standard on the bus.

Jamey Johnson works on another Hag standard on the bus.

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Willie, Lee Ann, Melonie Cannon, Jamey Johnson and Lukas

Willie, Lee Ann, Melonie Cannon, Jamey Johnson and Lukas

Willie, Lee Ann Womack and Lukas

Willie, Lee Ann Womack and Lukas

Jamey, Tony Coleman, Willie and Lukas

Jamey, Tony Coleman, Willie and Lukas

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Celebrate 45 years of Willie Nelson and Family with commemorative merchandise from the shop!

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Head on over to the Willie Nelson Shop to take a look at some great products to celebrate 420, like the “Roll Me Up Smoke Me” Tees! And get your free mp3 download while you’re at it!WN_rollme_promo

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SiriusXM has announced an exclusive Club Luck radio special, presented on their Outlaw Country and Willie’s Roadhouse channels. The special will include interviews and performances by Willie as well as other artists from Luck Reunion. Here is the schedule:

Willie’s Roadhouse, SiriusXM Channel 59 @SXMWillie

One-hour special featuring full set from Willie Nelson & Family + interview with Dallas Wayne

Friday 4/8         6 pm ET

Saturday 4/9     2 pm ET

Sunday 4/10      8 pm ET

Outlaw Country, SiriusXM Channel 60 @SXMOutlaw

Four-hour special featuring full sets from Willie Nelson & Family, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Margo Price, Parker Millsap, John Moreland and Aaron Lee Tasjan, plus interview segments hosted by Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mojo Nixon and Dallas Wayne

Friday 4/8         8 pm ET

Saturday 4/9     2 pm ET

Sunday 4/10      6 pm ET

Weds 4/13        12 pm ET

Below is the link to the SiriusXM blog post, where you can find out more:

http://blog.siriusxm.com/2016/04/05/willie-nelson-hosts-family-and-friends-at-luck-reunion/

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Merle Haggard

admin —  April 6, 2016 — 77 Comments

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Despite the weather, REVERB had a great time at the Luck Reunion event with Willie Nelson and friends!
There is some incredible memorabilia from the event up for auction online to support the work of REVERB, including limited edition artwork signed by Willie Nelson and a beautiful Martin Guitar, also signed by Willie! Click the link and check it out!

https://www.charitybuzz.com/support/576

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MERLE HAGGARD CANCELS UPCOMING APRIL PERFORMANCES

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Merle Haggard is canceling his April performances with Willie Nelson & Family.  He has received doctor’s orders to complete his recovery from double pneumonia by continuing to rest.

Merle says “I want to thank my fans for their prayers and well wishes.  I hope to be back on the road in May, but I’m taking it one day at a time.”

The Willie Nelson & Family tour will continue with a variety of special guests – Jamey Johnson, Ryan Bingham and Shakey Graves – joining on select dates.  Please see final schedule below.

Apr 7 Cape Girardeau, MO – Show Me Center
Willie Nelson with special guests Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham

Apr 8 Springfield, MO – O’Reilly Family Event Center
Willie Nelson with special guests Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham

Apr 9 St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
Willie Nelson with special guests Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham

Apr 11 Independence, MO – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Willie Nelson with special guests Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham

Apr 12 Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
Willie Nelson with special guests Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham

Apr 13 Enid, OK – Enid Event Center
Willie Nelson with special guests Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham

Apr 15 New Braunfels, TX -  Whitewater Amphitheater
Willie Nelson with special guest Ryan Bingham

Apr 16 New Braunfels, TX -  Whitewater Amphitheater
Willie Nelson with special guest Ryan Bingham

Apr 17 New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater
Willie Nelson with special guests Jamey Johnson  and Shakey Graves

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American Masters - The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End’ airs May 27 onPBS! Watch the first trailer, courtesy of Rolling Stone:

http://smarturl.it/hm_trailer_rs?IQid=fb.wn

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— Willie Nelson, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin – No. 40 — Music legend Willie Nelson extends his multi-genre chart history, as his new album, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, debuts at No. 1 on both the Traditional Jazz Albums and overall Jazz Albums charts.

The set, which sold 13,000 copies in the week ending March 3, according to Nielsen Music, also enters at No. 14 on Top Album Sales. It launches at No. 40 on the Billboard 200 — his 19th top 40-charting album on the list (with 13,000 equivalent album units).

Willie Nelson Says Frank Sinatra Is His Vocal Inspiration

The new album is a tribute to the songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin. It gives Nelson his third No. 1 on the Traditional Jazz Albums chart, following two collaborations with Wynton Marsalis: Two Men With the Blues (2008) and Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles (with Norah Jones, 2011). While Nelson is most certainly an icon of country music — and has 14 No. 1s on the Top Country Albums chart to prove it — he’s also notched top 10s on the Blues Albums (Milk Cow Blues, No. 2 in 2000), Kid Albums (Rainbow Connection, No. 7 in 2001) and Holiday Albums (Pretty Paper, No. 9 in 1983) charts. He’s even claimed a No. 1 on the Reggae Albums chart (Countryman, in 2009).

The new Gershwin album does not add to Nelson’s voluminous history on the Top Country Albums chart, however, as the set is a decidedly jazz affair. That follows such titles as his top 10 Blues Albums effort Milk Cow Blues (2000) and his two earlier No. 1s on the Traditional Jazz Albums list, all of which skipped the Top Country Albums tally.

 

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7052485/willie-nelson-third-number-1-album-billboard-200-chart-moves

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Summertime Debuts at #1!

admin —  March 8, 2016 — 5 Comments
“Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” has debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Jazz Album chart! Grab your copy of the chart topping album over on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/wn_smtme_amzn?IQid=tw.wn
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Tonight before the concert at the Rosa Hart Theater, Willie Nelson was given the Key to the City by Lake Charles mayor Randy Roach.

Rosa Hart Theater - Lake Charles, LA

Rosa Hart Theater – Lake Charles, LA

Rosa Hart Theater - Lake Charles, LA

Willie and Mayor Randy Roach

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Willie Nelson’s Key to Lake Charles, LA

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1854_AlamoOn this day in history, March 2 1836, Mexico’s President Antonio López de Santa Anna led an army of nearly 1,500 soldiers to push back the frontier rebellion in Texas.   About 150 volunteers had entered the Alamo mission to defend San Antonio from Mexico. Thirty-two more men from Goliad joined the defenders of The Alamo, bringing the total to nearly 200 volunteers from all over the world. Famous volunteers like James Bowie and Davey Crockett, who were more than willing to give their lives in order to see Texas free from Mexico.

During the siege of The Alamo, Texans gathered at Washington On the Brazos in Washington County, Texas, and on March 2, 1836 declared Texas’ Independence from Mexico.
Texas Commander William B Travis was inside the Alamo with the volunteers during the 13-day siege. Out of food and water, the volunteers faced insurmountable odds against President Santa Anna, who had personally made it his mission to go and keep Texas for Mexico. Commander Travis sent out a now famous letter from inside the mission pleading for reinforcements that never came.Victory or Death he wrote.
On March 6, 1836 Santa Anna’s army took the Alamo mission and killed the volunteer defenders. Days later on April 21, as Santa Anna led his troops toward what is now modern day Houston, Sam Houston and the Texas army of volunteers would capture President Santa Anna in a bloody 18-minute battle known as the Battle of San Jacinto. The Texas rebels could then exchange Texas’ independence for Santa Anna’s life. President Santa Anna ordered his troops to retreat back to Mexico and TEXAS WAS FREE.  As Texans we will always Remember the Alamo.

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Make sure to tune in to ABC at 8p ET to catch Willie on The Muppets:

Willie Nelson is on the road again on #TheMuppets season finale tonight at 8:30|7:30c on ABC!

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Tune in tomorrow (3/1) to ABC Television Network at 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST for “The Muppets” – Willie will be making his guest appearance!

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“Similar to the Gershwin Brothers, Willie Nelson transcends genre and era. He will always be best known as a country music artist, but his own listening habits and sonic palette show a music wider range” – Saving Country Music on “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin”. Read the review: http://SavingCountryMusic.com

The album is available now on Amazon:
http://smarturl.it/wn_smtme_amzn?IQid=fb.wn

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“Mr. Nelson infuses the title track with the rhythmic sorcery that has long been his genius…” – NY TImes about Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (out TOMORROW, 2/26)

Read the full review here: http://nyti.ms/1XOWh4S

Pre-order your copy today: https://shop.willienelson.com/

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During Austin’s annual South by Southwest Festival, Willie will be performing at Luck Reunion. This musical event will take place in Willie’s own Luck, TX ranch. In addition to Willie and Billy, some other artists to expect are Jenny Lewis, Billy Joe Shaver, Blitzen Trapper and Lucius.

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A local artist, Wiley Ross, created a mural of Willie in downtown Austin. It took him 6 days and a total of 80 hours to complete this incredible piece of art. If you’re in the Austin area, you can stop by 7th and Neches St to see it for yourself! Read more here: TWCNew.com

Photo Credit: Instagram @wileyrossart

Photo Credit: Instagram @wileyrossart

 

Six days or 80 hours later it’s done :) biggest Willie in Austin #texas #austin #austinart #mural #willienelson #wileyrossart #art #biggestwillieinaustin

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“While Willie’s formula is now well established, subtle signs of his ongoing artistic growth crop up on a revisited take of “Someone to Watch Over Me.”" See what else Country Weekly had to say about Willie’s upcoming album, ‘Summertime’, here: http://bit.ly/1mI4tX4

 

Illustration by Tony Rodriguez

Illustration by Tony Rodriguez

 

Pre-order your copy here: http://bit.ly/WN-Summertime

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