The North Door
"...Thanks to an invite by local PR maven Cash Edwards and her husband, KGSR deejay Roger Allen, I was fortunate enough to visit Luck this past Sunday. It’s not exactly a secret, but not really well known ether that the set for Willie Nelson’s 1986 movie Red Headed Stranger – called Luck, Texas – still stands out by the lake near Driftwood...."
"...After the peak moment of Ray Benson’s 66th birthday party at GSD&M on Tuesday night, in which outlaw Buddha Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel’s frontman shared verses on “Pancho and Lefty” with the Avett Brothers accompanying, Nelson reflected the emotion of everyone in attendance when he locked eyes with the birthday boy and grinned ear-to-ear...."
"..."The smoke is white … we have a new wizard!" proclaims one of the ad-libs in this Willie Nelson screen test. Peter Jackson has it within his power to grant America's favorite octogenarian his fondest birthday wish: Cast aside that talentless hack Ian McKellen and install Nelson as the wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit 2...."
"...When the official word came to shut down all performances and for the crowd to take immediate shelter, everything moved incredibly quickly in Willie Nelson’s fake movie-set town of Luck. The imminent storm, however, did not...."
"...Willie Nelson: An Epic Lifeby Joe Nick Patoski Little, Brown and Co., 567 pp., $27.99..."
"...Not that this derailed the Red Headed Stranger’s grace and professionalism. Over 40 years of nonstop touring has made Willie Nelson & Family an indestructible machine, crap public address systems be damned..."
"...Austin music icon Willie Nelson has entered the alternative-fuels arena, with the introduction last week of his new partnership, Willie Nelson Biodiesel (aka "BioWillie"), which plans to market the soy-based fuel at truck stops and convenience stores statewide and beyond. Country music's grandaddy of progressivism, a longtime champion of American agriculture, said he hopes his efforts will "put five million farmers back on the land growing fuel and keep us from having to start wars for oil." But the interest in alternative fuels is more than just a political statement or a pop culture fashion trend; substantive designs for community-based, sustainable fuel solutions are now in the Austin air, thanks in part to Nelson's local supplier, Austin Biofuels...."
"...Directed by: Steven Cantor. "This ain't no picnic," warn the promoters of Willie Nelson's 10K race, mosey, and concert this Sunday..."
"...Dear Editor, Although it's been four years since this article has been written ["Almost Willie," Music, Feb. 9, 2001], I thought you'd be interested in hearing about another Willie Nelson impersonator..."
"...Today is Willie Nelson's birthday! (mine too but that is beside the point) To celebrate we are attending two different events this evening that have nothing to do with Willie Nelson...."
"...Dear Editor, I just read the article by Dan Mottola announcing Austin's transition into the "biodiesel big league" [“Austin Reaches Biodiesel Big Leagues,” News, July 28]. Despite the headlining photo of Willie Nelson, which seems to appear atop every biodiesel-related story in your paper, I was unable to find any mention of the man in the actual article..."
"...Dear sirs, One of the men who have been heroes of mine for many years – and who I have the greatest respect for – is giving a benefit concert to help medical marijuana patients. His name is Willie Nelson..."
"...Almost Willie, a wiry man blessed with the long locks and grizzled good looks of none other than Willie Nelson, smiles as he hits the first note. Decidedly not Willie Nelson..."
"...On Saturday, Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic returns to Austin for the first time in five years with the strongest lineup in double that time. Like its 82-year-old host, the enduring Independence Day concert may have its wildest years behind it, but it's managed to remain relevant beyond any reasonable expectations...."
"...Computer screen savers at a stageside tech outpost read “70 minutes.” Willie Nelson left exactly one minute on the table when he finished at the Moody Theater near 11pm on Thursday. That’s all it took for the greatest living country pioneer to consummate his May-December romance with Austin utilizing the intimacy of a solo songwriter set at the Cactus Cafe...."
"...Sunday night, under a full moon in New Braunfels at “Texas’ Oldest Dance Hall,” Gruene Hall, Willie Nelson & Family ran through the litany of misadventures in “Me and Paul.” Backbone beat and song subject Paul English behind him, Austin’s oldest country outlaw proved he never has to pen another book. His songs are all the autobiography needed...."
"...“We are deeply saddened by the death of Family member Dan "Bee" Spears, long time friend and bassist for Willie Nelson and Family,” Nelson’s website posted. Spears, who died on Friday, Dec..."
"...If there was ever a lineup made for Geezerville, this was it. Songwriting icons from three generations – Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp – each with an indelible imprint on American music, came to Round Rock last evening and delivered a sturdy version of where they stand today...."
"...Last night’s show at the Moody Theater starred a different brotherhood and brand of country music that’s both traditional and feisty. An appearance by Willie Nelson made it even more special...."
"..."I started writing cheating songs when I was too young to have any idea what I was writing about – broken hearts and things like that. I just think it was something I already knew, something I had experienced in another lifetime." – Willie Nelson..."
"...Thank the Beatles for the latest from the Willie Nelson camp. Naked Willie arrives in stores next week, and Mickey Raphael, “unproducer” and longtime harmonica player with Nelson, maintains that hearing Let It Be … Naked sparked the idea in him...."
"...Now in its fourth year, the Heartbreaker Banquet on Willie Nelson’s ranch 30 miles west of Austin has evolved into a premier destination event during SXSW. The highly curated experience packs rising roots artists into the makeshift movie-prop town with Willie serving as both headliner and inspirational force...."
"...As detailed this week in Off the Record, the new Western swing collaboration between Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, fittingly titled Willie & the Wheel, has been more than 30 years in the making. In preparation for the album’s release this week, and the Wheel’s appearance at Antone's on Saturday (with “a very special guest” in tow), OTR spoke briefly with Ray Benson...."
"...Billy Bob Thornton’s documentary, The King of Luck, about Willie Nelson has been selected as the Closing Night Film, unspooling at the Paramount on Saturday, March 19...."
"...Squirming because of the sensitive racial issues that poke up like crocuses every other spring during the contest for Place 6, known in gentleman's parlance as the African-American seat. "Nobody likes to talk about race," says Nelson Linder, one of three candidates running for the seat..."
"...Bobbie NelsonAudiobiography (Justice)..."
"...Jones and Willie H. Nelson met on a beach in Malibu in 1978 and discovered their shared appreciation for hits from the Great American Songbook that they both grew up with in Texas and Tennessee..."
"...It pissed me off big-time! Not only did that moron insult Mr. Nelson..."
"...The event comes titled as "Ben Willie Darrell Present the 4th & Goal Gala." Austin golf great Ben Crenshaw and late football legend Darrell Royal sandwich that marquee's middle-name headliner, who's likely much of the reason $1 million will be raised here this evening. Everyone knows Willie Nelson and Coach Royal were close friends...."
"...She never said that 12 years of professional rock journalism wouldn't be enough preparation for this spectacle: sitting in the driver's seat of the sort of deluxe tour bus strictly reserved for Nashville's royalty, waiting to do an interview, watching a near-Beatlemania crush of humanity outside on Sixth Street. Watching an audience waiting for at least a glimpse of the bus' cargo, 63-year-old Willie Hugh Nelson, son of Ira and Myrtle, native son of Abbott, Texas...."
"...A curtain of white Christmas lights foregrounds the stage at Antone's, cascading against the black sheen of the grand piano set on the floor. Bobbie Nelson seats herself at the keyboard with tender elegance, a quiet "thank you" almost imperceptible without a vocal mic..."
"...In music journalism, setup is 90% of the battle. That said, getting outlaw/icon Willie Nelson and producer/musician Daniel Lanois on the phone together across three different time zones couldn't have been easier...."
"...In June, Rhino Records issued a 3-CD box set called Willie Nelson, The Complete Atlantic Sessions. As always with such collections, there were extended versions of the issued albums..."
"...The company also pioneered the environmentally conscious, sustainable business model in Vermont. Based on those factors, it should come as no surprise that Ben and Jerry would see our own beloved Willie Nelson as a kindred spirit..."
"...Shortly after meeting Walker, Willie Nelson experienced that unpredictability firsthand at a guitar pulling late one night in Bastrop, east of Austin. A very loaded Jerry Jeff kept trying to grab Willie's guitar Trigger and play it, which irritated Willie to no end, finally prompting him to grab it from Jerry Jeff and pound him with his fists until Jerry Jeff was crumpled on the floor..."
"...It's A Long Story: My Lifeby Willie Nelson, with David Ritz Little, Brown and Company, 400 pp., $30..."
"...Directed by: Tim McCanlies. Starring: Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, Chandler Canterbury, Lyle Lovett, Fionnula Flanagan, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson...."
"...Stop the presses: Willie Nelson was busted last week for pot possession as he returned to Texas from California...."
"...Patsy Kline. Willie Nelson..."
"...He plays Ned, a sweet and well-meaning soul who sells some pot to a uniformed officer who asks him nicely. Following Ned’s release from jail, his girlfriend (Hahm) kicks him out and refuses to give him back his dog (named Willie Nelson)..."
"...I did laugh out loud at a brief set-piece in which Chappelle professorially categorizes classical marijuana-smoker types. These species, amusingly portrayed in cameos by Snoop Doggy Dogg, Willie Nelson, Janeane Garofalo, and others, include I Need It to Be Creative, the Scavenger Smoker, the Pot Historian, and the Enhancement Smoker (“Hey man, you ever look close at the back of a $20 bill - on weed?”)..."
"...First time director Callow, creates a very theatrical film from this novella by Carson McCullers and play by Edward Albee, and to a large extent his use of dramatic lighting and vignettes is effective. However, the western set on Willie Nelson's ranch does not pass for the rural south, nor does the caliche and mesquite scrub of the Texas Hill country in any way resemble the dark woods of the south..."
"...Matt Bondurant turned his family’s real-life bootlegger history into the hyperviolent 2008 novel The Wettest County in the World, which has itself been turned into the new film Lawless, starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf. Bondurant and Willie Nelson will be at a special rescheduled sneak on Aug..."
"...Karl Rove tries to get smart, Steve Stockman deals with the facts of life, and Willie Nelson helps some perfect strangers. Face time is on the News Ticker...."
"...What better way to celebrate 420 than with Snoop Dogg getting twisted with two local institutions – Willie Nelson and Ghostland Observatory?..."
"...The club calendar from local booker David Cotton had a quick note attached: “For those of you who don't know, Poodie’s went nonsmoking as of July.” That’s akin to suggesting Willie Nelson cut off his braids and let his hair go gray. Whoops, that’s already happened, too! Call it a neon sign of the times...."
"...Willie Nelson doesn't typically directly donate to charity. Instead he often lends his time and talent to worthy causes..."
"...City Council gets together this Thursday. Just your usual council action on the agenda: discussing an international racing contest; historic designation for a couple deceased occultists' home; and placing a giant statue of Willie Nelson downtown...."
"...Bob Dylan loves Texas. He was good friends with Doug Sahm, has toured with Willie Nelson several times, and seems to have employed half the Austin music scene in his band at one time or another: Charlie Sexton, Denny Freeman, Augie Meyers, Elana James..."
"...Here's a life lesson Paula Nelson learned the hard way: When your father's modern country's most famous rebel and your mother's a spitfire mover and shaker, life's journey is guaranteed to be hairpin curves, roadblocks, and miles of open highway...."