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With summer approaching, that means two big events are just around the corner: the Fourth of July and Willie Nelson‘s annual Fourth of July Picnic! The country icon has announced the details for the 2017 iteration of the event, his 44th annual Fourth of July Picnic.

In 2017, Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic will be held, for the third year in a row, at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas; the four-decade tradition will welcome dozens of artists to perform in celebration of America’s birthday in front of thousands of music-loving fans. Joining Nelson and his Family Band at the 2017 Fourth of July Picnic, as reported by Austin 360, are Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle, Margo Price, Asleep at the Wheel, the Turnpike Troubadours, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, Billy Joe Shaver and David Allan Coe. Making it a family affair, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (featuring Nelson’s son Lukas), Insects vs. Robots (featuring Nelson’s son Micah), the Raelyn Nelson Band (featuring Nelson’s granddaughter) and Folk Uke (featuring some of Nelson’s extended family members) will also be taking the stage.

“I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together,” Nelson says of the inspiration for his annual picnic. “I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be.”

Tickets for the 2017 Fourth of July Picnic will go on sale on April 21 and range in price from $39.50 to $89.50. Fans looking to buy tickets can do so on the venue’s website or by calling 800-745-3000 once they go on sale.

Nelson also recently pulled together an all-star lineup for the second annual Outlaw Music Festival. This year, the festival is going on tour, and joining the Red Headed Stranger for six shows over two weeks is a genre-defying roster of artists, including Jason Isbell, Bob Dylan and a host of other well-known names. More information about the tour can be found on the festival’s website.

Making 2017 an even busier year for Nelson, the singer-songwriter will release a new album, God’s Problem Child, on April 28, just one day before his 84th birthday. The album will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally; more information on fan product offerings can be found on Pledge Music.

Read More: Willie Nelson Plans 44th Annual Fourth of July Picnic | http://theboot.com/willie-nelson-2017-fourth-of-july-picnic/?trackback=tsmclip

Wildfires have ravaged more than 2 million acres of farm and ranch land in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Family farmers and ranchers face damaged homes, charred land, burnt fences, and dead or injured animals. In response, Farm Aid has activated our Family Farm Disaster Fund to raise funds in support of local recovery efforts and to directly address the needs of family farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfires.
You can help! Please click the link below to donate today to support farmers and ranchers in the affected areas.

give.farmaid.org/disasterfund 

True Love

willienelson —  March 15, 2017 — 6 Comments

“True Love,” a beautiful new song written by Willie and Buddy Cannon for Willie’s new album, ‘God’s Problem Child.’ Pre-order your copy today:

https://willienelson.lnk.to/gdprob!315

 

It Gets Easier

willienelson —  March 14, 2017 — 9 Comments

Willie and producer Buddy Cannon wrote seven new songs for the new album ‘God’s Problem Child,’ Here’s a clip of one of them, “It Gets Easier”–check out the full video tomorrow.

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Willie & Dwight

willienelson —  March 5, 2017 — 4 Comments

Dwight Yoakam was on the show at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater – The Amp and dropped by the bus after his set.

 

http://www.ksat.com/news/willie-nelson-ready-for-san-antonio-stock-show-rodeo

Check out a sneak peek of Willie’s new video “A Woman’s Love.” The full video premieres tomorrow on rollingstone.com

What would you do if you found yourself in jail with Willie? See what happens to Woody, Willie and Owen tomorrow night in the live broadcast of Lost in London.

Get your tickets now http://fathomevents.com/event/lost-in-london

Live-shooting with Woody Harrelson at 2am: ‘There’s something about the terror of it I love’

Woody Harrelson stars in a special event filmed and broadcast live in theaters one day only, 1/19. #LostInLondon

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Willie is nominated for a Grammy!

admin —  December 6, 2016 — 13 Comments

Willie Nelson is nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal!

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Save 20% Today Through Cyber Monday!

admin —  November 25, 2016 — 1 Comment

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price — the elder statesmen of classic country music who have inspired artists and thrilled fans for decades — return to PBS stations (check local listings) in an encore presentation of Last of the Breed, a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taped in March 2007 during the final performance of their sold-out “Last of the Breed” tour that played to rave reviews everywhere. Nelson, Haggard and Price (backed by Grammy® Award winning “Kings of Texas Swing” Asleep at the Wheel, led by Ray Benson, and Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys) deliver rousing performances of their greatest hits in the richest voices this side of the Rio Grande.

The new airings of Last of the Breed are a particularly special tribute to Merle Haggard, who passed away in April of this year, and Ray Price, who passed away in December 2013. Said Willie Nelson: “With my dear friends Merle and Ray gone, it’s even more special that Last of the Breed is airing again. I’m so pleased that PBS is bringing this program back, and I hope everyone gets to see what a great time we all had together on-stage.”

Among the songs performed in Last of the Breed are “Okie From Muskogee,” “Pancho and Lefty,” “For the Good Times,” “Night Life,” “Crazy,” “Mama Tried,” “Always on My Mind,” “On the Road Again” and many others. The timeless music — warm yet gritty, powerful and honest — is bound to have viewers singing along from beginning to end.

Check local PBS station listings for broadcast dates and times.

Last of the Breed is an Ambassador Entertainment Inc. production, produced by Albert Spevak, directed by Lawrence Jordan, and executive produced by Mark Rothbaum and Albert Spevak. www.ambassador.tv

The PBS broadcast of Last of the Breed includes the following songs:

  • “San Antonio Rose” − Ray Price
  • “Make the World Go Away” − Ray Price
  • “For the Good Times” − Ray Price
  • “Route 66” − Asleep at the Wheel
  • “Take Me Back to Tulsa” − Merle Haggard
  • “That’s the Way Love Goes” − Merle Haggard
  • “Silver Wings” − Merle Haggard
  • “Sing Me Back Home” − Merle Haggard
  • “Okie From Muskogee” − Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
  • “Pancho and Lefty” − Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
  • “Ramblin’ Fever” − Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
  • “Night Life” − Ray Price
  • “Crazy” − Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price
  • “On the Road Again” − Willie Nelson
  • “Always on My Mind” − Willie Nelson
  • “Mama Tried” − Merle Haggard
  • “Whiskey River” − Willie Nelson

“Pretty Paper” takes on a new sound as an audiobook. Now available from @PRHAudio, listen to a clip from the story that was inspired by the song: http://ow.ly/4OWo305wN4Y

Buy it today

pretty_paper_SMMore 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

Bridge School Benefit 2016

 —  October 23, 2016 — Leave a comment

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”
Willie Nelson

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:

http://www.rollingstone.com/country/premieres/see-willie-nelsons-moving-ill-be-there-if-you-ever-want-me-video-w439987?utm_source=email

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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On Tour In Canada

 —  September 12, 2016 — 2 Comments

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.

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Caesars – Windsor, Ontario Canada

 —  September 11, 2016 — 2 Comments

Photos: Willie Nelson brings legendary act to Caesars Windsor

God Bless America

 —  September 11, 2016 — 3 Comments

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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