More 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
A look back at the Bridge School Benefit 2016 in Mt. View, CA.
October 22, 2016
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“Snoop said I was the only one to smoke him under the table
But I remember more than once when the pot party
Ended, Shep and I were the last ones standing
Let’s burn another one soon Shep”
Order your copy today “They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock’n’Roll” By Shep Gordon
“I’ll Be There (If Ever You Need Me)” is the newest track from ‘For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price.’ Watch it exclusively at Rolling Stone:
The Super Troopers took some time away to visit with Willie
Willie Nelson and Family would like to thank the wonderful people of Canada for a fantastic tour. Starting off in Windsor, Ontario at Caesars and winding up in Orillia, Ontario at Casino Rama, the Canadian audiences were warm, friendly, and true Willie fans in every way. Thank you again for your fine hospitality and love of good music. We will be back again.
Portrait of superstar earns ribbons for Richmond artist
Willie would like it.
The judge did.
“It” is Marilyn Forlow’s portrait of Willie Nelson, country music superstar, rendered in glaze on a porcelain tile. It earned Marilyn not only a blue ribbon in the portrait category but also a purple ribbon for Best in Show at this year’s Missouri State Fair.
Yep. Willie would like it.
But don’t call the portrait “it.” Marilyn, who’s been painting for more than 50 years but painting on porcelain for just 10 years or so, refers to the framed portrait as “him.”
“He’s absolutely the best thing I’ve ever done by myself,” Marilyn said, noting that teachers often tweak an uncooperative spot on a painting for a student artist. “I’m so proud of him.”
Marilyn says two people helped her to decide to paint Willie.
The complete story is in the Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 Richmond News.
Stereogum has an exclusive first listen of “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” the latest new recording from ‘For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price.’
A new recording from ‘For the Good Times’ can be heard tomorrow!
It was such an honor to see this during the UT vs Notre Dame game Sunday. Thank you The University of Texas Longhorn Band
After the three week break from touring, Willie Nelson and Family are on the road again and playing music with their friends. Starting in New Jersey’s famous Ashbury Park, moving on to New Haven, Ct., Buffalo, NY, Detroit, MI and then up to Canada (not forever, just for a few days). We are excited about bringing the show back to Canada and the wonderful, sweet people there. Don’t let everyone else have all the fun, come on and join us. See you there.
Hear Willie’s beautiful version of “It Always Will Be,” from the new album ‘For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price,’ available everywhere September 16.
Head over to Wall Street Journal to hear the premiere of “It Always Will Be,” from the new album ‘For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price’
AUSTIN (NEXSTAR) — It’s been 30 years since the Texas Department of Transportation kicked off its “Don’t mess with Texas” campaign.
The statewide litter prevention effort has garnered a lot of support over the years from the music industry. But this year they’ve decided to change things up a bit, hoping to keep Texas beautiful.
In 1986, trash on Texas highways was piling up faster than the state could clean it up. So the department launched the campaign, hoping to reduce the litter problem. And there was one man, a familiar face that could get the job done.
Willie Nelson, a longtime Texan, sang his way into people’s homes — and it worked.
According to TxDOT, 98 percent of Texans said they knew the slogan, recognized the problem, and the litter rate dropped roughly 72 percent.
Now 30 years later, the state says trash is still a big problem. Each year, an estimated 500 million pieces of litter pile up along state highways.
In 2015, the state spent roughly $32 million on cleanup. So with a new set of problems, TxDOT says its time to pass the torch to a new generation.
This year TxDOT re-launched it’s campaign: same place, same song, just a slightly younger face.
“I’m sure dad got a kick out of it back in the day and I get a kick out of it now,” Lukas Nelson said.
Willie Nelson’s son Lukas has taken his father’s reins to continue spreading the same message — to keep Texas beautiful. “Treat Texas like someone you love.”
TxDOT says violators can face fines for littering starting at $500. You can report a vehicle online at DontMessWithTexas.org.
Just click the “report a litterer” tab on the homepage.
Dean Thomann “will fight to the bloody end” as he battles cancer, but a life-changing moment occurred for the 60-year-old Iowa farmer on Saturday at the Hinterland Music demoinFestival in St. Charles.
Thomann, who is battling Stage 4 colorectal cancer, met country music icon and seven-time Grammy Award winner Willie Nelson on the second day of the music festival. Thomann made the trip with his wife, Susan, following chemotherapy treatment that lasted five weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and just days before an impending surgery that will remove a cancerous spot near his spinal cord.
“He’s my favorite of all time,” Thomann told the Register earlier in the week, before Hinterland began. “He’s been there. He’s done it. He’s been through the school of hard knocks like I have. He’s done his time, and he’s still doing it. I look at him as a classic icon.”