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Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Schedule

DOORS AT 11:00AM

11:15AM – 11:30AM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #1 – PAULINE REESE

11:35AM – 11:50AM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #2 - AMBER DIGBY

11:55AM – 12:10PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #3 - HUDSON MOORE

12:15PM – 12:30PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #4 - FOLK UKE

12:35PM – 12:55PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #5 - RAELYN NELSON BAND

1:00PM – 1:20PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #6 - PAULA NELSON

1:25PM – 1:40PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #7 - DALLAS WAYNE

1:45PM – 2:05PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #8 - DAVID ALLAN COE

2:15PM – 2:35PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #9 - RAY WYLIE HUBBARD

2:45PM – 3:05PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #10 - GREEZY WHEELS

3:05PM PAVILION STAGE GATES OPEN

3:15PM – 3:35PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #11 - JOHNNY BUSH

3:35PM – 3:45PM GRAND PALZA & PAVILION INTERMISSION

3:45PM – 4:15PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #1 - KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

4:15PM – 4:40PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #12 - BILLY JOE SHAVER

4:40PM – 5:15PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #2 (35) – CHRIS STAPLETON

5:15PM – 5:45PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #13 (30) – LEON RUSSELL

5:45PM – 6:20PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #3 - STURGILL SIMPSON

6:20PM – 6:50PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #14 - ASLEEP @ THE WHEEL

6:50PM – 7:25PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #4 - JASON ISBELL

7:25PM – 8:00PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #15 - JAMEY JOHNSON

8:00PM – 8:45PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #5 - KASEY MUSGRAVES

9:00PM – 9:45PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #6 - MERLE HAGGARD

9:45PM – 10:00PM PAVILION STAGE CHANGEOVER - FIREWORKS

10:00PM – 11:05PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #7 - ERIC CHURCH

11:25PM – 12:30AM PAVILION STAGE ACT #8 - WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY

12:30AM CURFEW

PAVILION STAGE MC: KINKY FRIEDMAN

GRAND PLAZA STAGE MC’S: BOB COLE & ERIC RAINES FROM KOKE-FM

All times subject to change.

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Love Wins

“Willie Nelson celebrated the Supreme Court’s latest ruling by flipping the bird to homophobia and sharing the photos to prove it on Facebook.” Read more at austin360!

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We are excited to announce that the film “Willie Nelson: The Love of Horses,” which features Willie Nelson’s work with AWI to protect horses, won a 2015 “People’s Telly” Silver Award! http://bit.ly/1LfKtVT

Willie Nelson: The Love of Horses from TSG on Vimeo.

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Below you will find the current musicians appearing at the 2015 July 4th Picnic. The list is subject to change at any moment.

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Happy Father’s Day

willienelson —  June 21, 2015 — 48 Comments

My dear father is a sweet, mellow, loving man that makes me light up inside when I look into his eyes. He has been an inspiration and a role model, teaching me the most important lessons of my life.

First of all he taught us how to have patience, and not rush to judgment. Judge not, least ye be judged he would say. “You don’t know what that man’s been through just to get to where he is today.”

He has taught me to listen to what others have to say more than talk about myself. He always said that helping others with their problems would only help you with yours.

We would all go and laugh and play Hide and Go Seek every night after dinner, teaching us the importance of having fun and playing with your children; medicine that doesn’t have to cost a penny. He would run to base with one of us on his back to make it more of an even game. It was about the playing, not the winning. Afterward we would all be tired, ready for bed and we knew we were loved beyond a shadow of a doubt.

He always said, “Whatever you do, keep a positive attitude. Everything happens for the best. Everything”. That pill is hard to swallow while in the grips of sadness or turmoil, but somehow in the long run it has ALWAYS proven to be the truth.

So, if I fail or falter it isn’t because I wasn’t shown the way. Dad, here’s to you and your infinite wisdom. I love you and hope I never let you down. Happy Father’s Day.
Love, Lana

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“The veteran, who turned 82 years old this spring, shows no sign of slowing down, kicking off his summer tour at Ogren Park/Allegiance Field riding a new wave of interest and popularity.” Read more at kpax.com

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Missoula, Montana

willienelson —  June 18, 2015 — Leave a comment

The show in this town is over
And it’s goodbye to old Missoula, I’ve done all I can.
Goodbye to old Missoula, sleepy town.

                Willis Alan Ramsey
After a month off the road everyone seemed eager to get back at it. The first concert of the summer tour was to a sold out crowd at Ogren Park in Missoula, Montana with Alison Krauss and Union Station. A beautiful Osprey and her children enjoyed the concert, along with a few thousand happy Montana residents. One man even demonstrated the healing power of music and stood on his wheelchair the entire concert.
Next concert: Friday, June 19 in Boise, Idaho
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“Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have made their way back to the top of the heap.” Read more at rollingstone.com

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“With its fresh, revealing songs, striking harmonies and varying rhythms, it will no doubt be added to the long list of enduring recordings they have each been making since the early 1960s.” Read more of the review at wsj.com

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SiriusXM has your chance to win a trip for two to Austin, Texas for The 42nd edition of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic at the Circuit of The Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater on Saturday, July 4!

The all-day event on America’s birthday features performances from more than 20 artists on two stages including Willie Nelson & Family, Eric Church, Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Asleep At The Wheel, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Leon Russell, Billie Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe, Chris Stapleton, Johnny Bush, Insects VS Robots, Folk Uke, Amber Digby, Raelyn Nelson Band, Pauline Reese and more.One Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two to Austin, Texas including round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and a pair of VIP tickets for Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. Click here to enter.

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The War Prayer

willienelson —  June 1, 2015 — 3 Comments

The War Prayer

 

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Whatever Happened To Peace on Earth

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If you would like to help some of our good friends in Wimberley and San Marcos, Texas who have lost everything in the recent devastating floods, here is a list of ways to help.

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How to donate, volunteer to help Hays Co. flood victims

Hays County was slammed by massive flooding this weekend that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Here’s how you can help the flood victims:

  • KVUE has set up a GoFundMe account for Hays County victims. Go here to donate and use the hashtag #HelpHays to spread the word.
  • The Austin Disaster Relief Network is accepting monetary donations. The fund’s name is the Memorial Weekend Flood Fund. Go to the organization’s website to donate.
  • The American Red Cross is also in need of volunteers. Go here to find out how you can become one.
  • The Hays County Food Bank will be open to the public from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. for emergency distribution. Individuals will receive a box of non-perishable items. For a list of most-needed items, go here.
  • Cabela’s, Barton Middle School, Wallace Middle School, Chapa Middle School, Katherine Anne Porter School and others are accepting food donations for the Hays County Food Bank.
  • The United Way of Hays County is accepting monetary donations. Donate through their webpage here or text “FLOODS” to 41444 to make a donation. The organization is also accepting volunteers Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers can check in at the Half Price Books parking lot in San Marcos at 900 Bugg Lane.
  • For other ways to help those in need, check out Hays County CISD’s “Helping Our Neighbors” page here.
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Review: Saturday’s Mystic Lake casino concert was short and sweet, but far from rote.

By CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , STAR TRIBUNE - http://m.startribune.com/variety/music/304043921.html

If Saturday’s sold-out Mystic Showroom audience needed any reassurance Willie Nelson is still worth the $60-$70 ticket, it came just a few songs into the rudimentary concert when Texas’ Gandalf-like lord of the smoke rings lit into “Night Life.”

Yes, “Night Life” is a song ol’ Willie has played so often he could do it with one hand tied behind his ponytails. But it’s one of many Willie Nelson classics famously rerecorded by other American music icons, in this case B.B. King, who died two days earlier.

“Night Life” thus served as a reminder to see these giants while they still walk among us — although, if his New Balance shoes were any indicator, Willie still jogs among us at 82.

Like King, Nelson’s set lists have become routine since he entered his 80s. Saturday’s concert was shorter than usual, too, clocking in at 75 minutes on the dot. Unlike B.B., though, Willie hasn’t resorted to personality-driven shtick and canned humor to prop up his shows. He still lets the music do the talking. And boy oh boy, did it scream at times on Saturday.

Look no further than “Night Life,” during which he ripped out a lengthy, bluesy solo on his haggard-looking acoustic guitar Trigger that would have bedazzled King himself.

Not only were his picking skills exemplary — they’ve never slipped, actually — but his singing stood strong, too. Only a few shows into his latest tour leg, he was able to deliver a heartbreaking version of “Always on My Mind” and an elegant “Georgia on My Mind,” standards he famously reinterpreted on record. It still means something when Willie sings the songs that meant a lot to him. He also threw in his usual spirited batch of Hank Williams tunes (“Jambalaya,” “Move It on Over” and “I Saw the Light”), and paid tribute to a couple of his favorite songwriters, Tom T. Hall (“Shoeshine Man”) and Kris Kristofferson (“Help Me Make It Through the Night”).

As always, Nelson improvised vocally like a more bloodshot-eyed Frank Sinatra to give his own tunes a special, sometimes mystical flavor, including “Crazy,” “On the Road Again,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and an especially slow-stirring take on “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.” He even put a playful rhythmic twist on his newest song, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” which he introduced after “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” as “another gospel tune.”

Willie’s Family band hasn’t been as resilient as its leader, but the mere presence of its surviving members added sentimental value Saturday.

His older sister, Bobbie Nelson, was back on piano and able to strut her stuff in “Down Yonder.” Drummer Paul English mostly left the timekeeping to his brother Billy but did return to the snare during “Me and Paul.” And harmonica player Mickey Raphael — who literally grew up in the Family — was integral throughout, with the same kind of uniquely identifiable sound as Willie’s guitar.

“Leave me if you need to / I will still remember,” Willie sang beside his bandmates in “Angel Flying,” still doing justice to their unforgettable legacy.

 

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In July 2013, Willie Nelson and Family played the Weesner Family Amphitheater, Apple Valley, MN, at the Minnesota Zoo Tuesday night to a sold-out crowd braving the 90 plus heat. ] TOM WALLACE tom.wallace@startribune.com ASSIGNMENT #20029772A SLUG/SAXO# 557073 willie 071713 EXTRA INFORMATION: review of Willie Nelson, 80, in his debut at MN Zoo — Tom Wallace, Star Tribune file

In July 2013, Willie Nelson and Family played the Weesner Family Amphitheater, Apple Valley, MN, at the Minnesota Zoo Tuesday night to a sold-out crowd braving the 90 plus heat. ] TOM WALLACE tom.wallace@startribune.com ASSIGNMENT #20029772A SLUG/SAXO# 557073 willie 071713 EXTRA INFORMATION: review of Willie Nelson, 80, in his debut at MN Zoo — Tom Wallace, Star Tribune file

 

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SAN ANTONIO - As he reflected on his life on the road, Ben Dorcy said, “I love the road … the road is my life.”

Dorcy, who will turn 90 Monday, still travels often with country music legend Willie Nelson. In addition to Nelson, Dorcy has worked for other entertainment legends including the late Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash.

“I’ve worked with some pretty nice people,” Dorcy said.

Nelson considers Dorcy more than just a roadie.

“He’s family,” Nelson said. “A good, hard-working man.”

That’s a sentiment shared by Nelson’s youngest daughter, Amy Nelson.

“Ben is the oldest of our tribe,” she said. “We respect him and want to preserve his legacy.”

To that end, Amy Nelson and her cousin, Trevor Nelson, are producing a documentary on Dorcy’s life called “King of the Roadies.”

“The man is a legend among legends yet most people have no idea who he is,” Amy Nelson said.

Dorcy is not totally comfortable with the term “legend.”

“I’m simply a roadie .. somebody who takes care of the equipment and makes sure the show goes on,” Dorcy said.

He said that he’s finally ready to slow down.

“I’ve had a good life and I love the road,” Dorcy said. “I guess it’s as they say, the road is my life.”


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Country Radio’s Rare Flower

Does the name Gwyneth Seese ring a bell?
If you listened to country radio in the 1980s and ’90s, you probably know Seese as “Dandalion,” the popular DJ on Carlisle stations WCAT-FM 106.7 and the former WRKZ-FM 102.3 Z-Country, where she kept listeners company during the overnight hours.
 
She came to be known as Dandalion in a roundabout way.
A third-shift postal worker back in the 1970s, Seese had bought a CB radio to feel more secure at night. For her handle, she first chose “Delta Dawn,” after the popular song by Tanya Tucker. Little did Seese know that prostitutes worked the highway over CB radio, and the handle of the No. 1 hooker was Delta Dawn.
“I got some interesting offers, some I never heard of before, and I was married,” Seese said in a recent telephone interview from her home in Canadensis, north of Stroudsburg.
Seese’s granddaughter suggested changing her handle to “Dandelion,” as they were looking out over a yard full of the yellow-flowered weeds. She took her granddaughters advice but misspelled the name “Dandalion,” with an “a” instead of an “e.” The misspelling stuck, and so did her moniker.
She began writing for trucker magazines and became friends with Big John Trimble, a Richmond, Va., DJ who broadcast live from a truck stop. Trimble asked her to fill in for him during a two-week vacation. She couldn’t take off from her postal job, so she quit in order to do it.
Seese enjoyed the experience and started looking for full-time DJ work. WIOV-FM I-105 in Ephrata took a chance and put her on the overnights in 1979. Her love of country music and her knowledge of truckers set her on the path to a successful career.
She joined Z-Country in 1981, and her popularity soared over the next two decades. Seese hosted a request show, playing only upbeat music, often with a theme. She would talk about her family and play new artists, often trying out a song on her listeners instead of waiting to hear if it was a hit.
“It was important to expose music to listeners,” Seese said. “I took chances with artists during the overnight. I took a chance with Garth Brooks.”
Brooks has since repaid the favor. The two share a bond, and Brooks, one of the most popular country artists of all time, has taken Seese to Ireland twice. Fellow country legend Willie Nelson took her to Europe. Musicians driving through the area would call her while she was on the air.
Her bond with the audience was even greater. She kept truckers and third-shifters awake and helped others fall asleep. She recalled one listener who told her, “Dandalion, I’ve been sleeping with you for four years. I just hope it’s been as good for you as it was for me.”
Seese was 41 when she started in radio and wasn’t a threat to female listeners. “I was a grandmother and worked overnight,” she said. “You could relate to me. If I was skinny, 20 and blond, people might not have liked me. People could identify with me.”
Seese earned widespread acclaim for her show, which was carried by a network of six stations in 1999. Her numerous national awards include the Academy of Country Music’s Disc Jockey of the Year honor in 1989. She is one of only two women in the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.
She went off the air in 2002 to work as a music director for WRKZ and WCAT.
“My life was so productive,” Seese said. “I’ve done everything I wanted to do.”
Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009  
ERIC STARK, Stark Ravings
 
 
Dandalion passed away yesterday after a long and painful illness. Fellow country disc jockeys, once Willie and Dandalion they met they hit it off right away. She was also a genuine fan of his music, playing his songs regularly on the air. Dandy became the first official president of the Willie Nelson Fan Club, and remained with the fan club until her death. She kept thousands of fans in touch with Willie Nelson and Family long before social media made it easy. She was old school; writing articles, reading fan mail and caring about the fans. She typed, cut and pasted all the fan club newsletters and faithfully mailed them out to fans for over 30 years.
Dandalion was loved by many who knew her and she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.
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The world lost an incredible musician and dear friend to Willie. Our hearts go out to all near and dear to Mr. B.B. King.

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Take a look at what some of the inmates at the Polunski Unit in Livingston,TX made for Willie. The letter that came with the handmade guitar said, “I know you’ll probably never play it but I am satisfied in my heart that I did the best I could do with what I had to work with.” We couldn’t agree with him more. This guitar is an absolute work of art. Incredible, a job well done Ketch, Joey and Ricky. Every single hour you spent on it is appreciated.
What an honor. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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“How does someone who smokes so much pot get so much done?” Watch Willie on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:

 

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Willie on The View

willienelson —  May 6, 2015 — 3 Comments

Willie joined the cast of The View to talk about life, music, and the new book! Watch it below.

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Meet Willie Nelson and celebrate the publication of his new book, IT’S A LONG STORY! He’ll be at Barnes & Noble Union Square at 12pm on Thursday, May 7th.

Details: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/86486

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Watch the exclusive trailer for Willie’s next book, IT’S A LONG STORY

 

Get Your Copy Here: http://shop.willienelson.com/

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Neil Young has teamed up with Promise of the Real, a band featuring Willie’s sons, Lukas and Micah, to record an album titled The Monsanto Years. The album, set to be released June 16, is composed of songs criticizing the food industry giant Monsanto. A few songs that may appear on the album debuted at a recent show in San Luis Obispo, California. One of the songs featured from the show, “Walk On,” can be seen here:

 

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Music legend Willie Nelson is pleased to announce a unique American enterprise: Willie’s Reserve, a cannabis brand reflecting Nelson’s own longstanding experience and his commitment to regulated, natural, and high quality strains of marijuana in U.S. legal markets. As one journalist has already noted, “The marijuana world is about to get its first connoisseur brand, edging it farther from an illegal substance and closer to the realm of fine wines.”

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Willie’s Reserve is an extension of Willie’s passion and appreciation for the many varieties and range of the plant’s qualities. Some of the best master growers in America will collaborate, along with Willie, to define quality standards so that fans can expect clean and consistent products.

Willie’s Reserve will be grown, distributed and sold by local businesses in Colorado and Washington, and will become available in other markets when state regulations allow.

Somewhat controversially, Willie has spent a lifetime as an outspoken supporter of cannabis for personal use and for industrial hemp production.

Building on Willie’s community of friends and experts who share his values, Willie’s Reserve will seek ways to further support and celebrate aspects of the singer-songwriter’s journey with cannabis. Willie and his family, and a few close friends developed the brand with emphasis on environmental and social issues, to lend support to the gradual end to marijuana prohibition across America.

“I am looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market,” stated Willie Nelson.

Collaboration is at the center of plans for Willie’s Reserve. Willie has been an outspoken supporter of the front line efforts of store owners, growers, and citizens who have been pioneers and advocates of cannabis policy improvements. The company will work with businesses that are making smart and sustainable choices for the environment, have demonstrated leadership in their markets, and are committed to encouraging safe, legal use.

Seeing the power of legalization, regulation and taxation to impact how Americans view cannabis is a life’s work realized for Willie. As many have noted, his involvement is no surprise, and in the end, it’s no surprise that Willie’s Reserve will reflect his life.

 

About Willie Nelson

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of CrazyRed Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered eight new album releases (of which one resulted in a Grammy Award win), released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 2013, Willie’s albums included Let’s Face The Music And Dance, an album of deep pop country repertoire classics performed with transformative patented ease by Nelson and Family, his long-time touring and recording ensemble; and To All The Girls… which features 18 duets with music’s top female singers. In 2014, he released Band of Brothers, a 14-track studio album of new recording that debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and #1 on Billboard’s Country album chart, and December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1, an eclectic album collaboration of intimate new recordings from Willie and Sister Bobbie Nelson. This year he will add two more titles. On May 5, 2015, “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of Willie, will hit bookshelves. Later in the year he will release a new album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie.
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