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Blue Hill Bank Pavilion – Boston

 —  September 13, 2016 — 3 Comments

The Super Troopers took some time away to visit with Willie
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Congratulations Marilyn!

 —  September 9, 2016 — 1 Comment

Portrait of superstar earns ribbons for Richmond artist

Marilyn Forlow earned a Best in Show ribbon at this year’s Missouri State Fair for her portrait of country singer Willie Nelson. She painted it on a tile that cost a dollar and framed it with a frame that cost five. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

Marilyn Forlow earned a Best in Show ribbon at this year’s Missouri State Fair for her portrait of country singer Willie Nelson. She painted it on a tile that cost a dollar and framed it with a frame that cost five. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

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.

Portrait Earns Purple

Premiere of “It Always Will Be”

 —  August 30, 2016 — 3 Comments

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’
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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.

‘Dont Mess with Texas’ campaign gets familial update