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Lukas Nelson performed “Just Breathe” along side Pearl Jam at this year’s Bridge School Benefit. Watch the performance below:

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See what Merle Haggard, Randy Houser, Ronnie Dunn and more explain why country artists chose Willie Nelson as one of the Top 40 artists of all time.

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Willie is featured on a track on the new Engelbert Humperdinck Duet CD, give it a listen here:

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Harvest the Hope T-shirt!

willienelson —  October 1, 2014 — 9 Comments

Willie performed September 27, 2014 with Neil Young for the Harvest the Hope concerts. Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” commemorative concert shirts will go to Bold Nebraska to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects! All designs will be printed on organic cotton.
 
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Get ready to putt for a cause on Saturday, October 4 at the first annual “Poodie Party” in honor of James Randall Locke, affectionately known as ‘Poodie’.

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Willie topped the list at #1 of the 25 Most Significant and/or Notorious Nights in Austin Music History with his show at the Armadillo August 12, 1972.

See the other notable nights in Austin and read more about Willie’s night at ArtsLaborAustin.com

 

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Steve Bloom, formerly of High Times, started CelebStoner back in 2009. Got his chance to hang out with Willie on his tour bus and smoke one. Read his story on CelebStoner.com.

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Willie has been practicing martial arts for over 20 years. He received his fifth-degree black belt in a martial art called GongKwon Yusul, a discipline with Korean roots, the day before his 81st birthday. See the Korean martial arts flyer that he’s featured in below.

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See Willie discuss his involvement in martial arts:

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After mentioning her terrible experience with marijuana-infused candy, Maureen Dowd (a columnist for the New York Times) was invited to smoke with Willie on his bus. He gave her his tips on what he’s learned over his many years of smoking pot. Read her story at NYTimes.com

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Following his not so distant release of Band of Brothers (in June), Willie is back at it again! More original songs and collaborating with Sister Bobbie, Willie has a new album set for a December release - December Day.

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PHOTOS: Farm Aid 2014

willienelson —  September 16, 2014 — 1 Comment

See photos from Farm Aid’s 2014 concert at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Photos © Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.

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Farm Aid 2014 was held at the Walnut Creek Ampitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina. 10-hour of music & more from Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews in addition to Jack White, Gary Clark Jr, Jamey Johnson, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Delta Rae, Todd Snider and many others. One of the best music moments that you can see above was when a Native American dance troupe joined Willie on stage. Visit RollingStone.com for a breakdown of the 10 best moments from the show.

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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’s On the Road Again

willienelson —  September 8, 2014 — 2 Comments

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

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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.”

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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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Farm Aid is coming to Texas! Join Farm Aid at Luscombe Family Farm on Saturday, October 25 to celebrate family farmers! Get details and RSVP @ FarmAid.org/Luscombe

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Anniversary Waltz

willienelson —  August 28, 2014 — 3 Comments

Congratulations go out to Gail and Steve Gilcrease who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. For several decades Steve has been a close friend, business partner and poker buddy of Willie’s.  Way to go you guys. We love you.steve_gail_gilcrease

 

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Waylon PayneOur friend Waylon Payne is coming to New York and Washington, DC. If you are in the area you should check out the shows.

 

September 9, 2014 — Hill Country Barbecue & Market, Washington, DC

September 10, 2014 — Hill Country Barbecue & Market, New York, NY

September 11, 2014 — Hill Country Barbecue & Market, Brooklyn, NY

 

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Listen to an exclusive stream of one of Lukas Nelson’s favorite tracks, “Find Yourself,” off his forthcoming LP!

Give it a listen here: http://rol.st/1mrzhWb

Photo Credit: Jim Eckenrode

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Neil Young and Willie are teaming up for a benefit concert protesting a proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would cut through the historic Ponca Trail of Tears in Nebraska. Read more at RollingStone.com

Photo credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images

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Willie does a card trick for Bobbie.

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

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Most people, however big a fan they are, know Willie’s classics like “Always On My Mind” or “On The Road Again,” but have you heard of any of the songs included on Rolling Stone’s list of 20 Obscure But Awesome Willie Nelson Tracks.

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