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Willie Nelson’s 69 Minutes
First of three sold-out nights proves the still is still moving
DAILY Music December 30, 2016, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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...."
SXSW Music Review: Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion
Outside the Downtown fray the Americana fest didn't disappoint
DAILY SXSW March 16, 2018, by Doug Freeman
"...Willie Nelson drops a new album on April 27, titled Last Man Standing. He’ll also be launching a new strain of Willie’s Reserve in California by the same name..."
Willie Nelson’s Autobiography at Gruene Hall
Thirty tunes in 90 minutes details a epic Lone Star life
DAILY Music November 18, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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...."
SXSW Live Shot: Willie Nelson’s Heartbreaker Banquet
Willie’s Picnic 2.0
DAILY Music March 20, 2015, by Doug Freeman
"...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...."
ACL Review: Willie Nelson
Abbott’s 83-years-young son sanctifies all
DAILY Music October 10, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"...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..."
Easter with Willie Nelson
The circle remains unbroken in Luck, Texas
DAILY Music April 3, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...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...."
SXSW Music Live: Willie Nelson and Avett Brothers Fête Ray Benson
GSD&M b-day bash for Asleep at the Wheel leader runs three hours
DAILY Music March 15, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."
SXSW Day Fest: Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion
Shelter from the storm in Luck, Texas
DAILY SXSW March 19, 2016, by Doug Freeman
"...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 at 80: Screen-Testing for Gandalf
Willie's off to be the wizard
DAILY Screens April 30, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"..."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...."
Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt Headline Hurricane Relief Benefit
Tickets on sale today for mega concert
DAILY Music September 13, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Austin’s music community has responded in force to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey: venues staging fundraisers, festivals making donations, and bands using their vans to collect and distribute supplies. Now arrives announcement of a mega benefit headlined by Willie Nelson and Paul Simon...."
SXSW Music: Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion & Welcome Dinner
PHOTO GALLERY March 16, 2018
"...Kevin Smith with Willie Nelson and Family..."
'Willie Nelson: An Epic Life' Book Review
567 pages might not be enough to cover Willie Nelson's Epic Life
Music Story April 25, 2008, by Doug Freeman
"...Willie Nelson: An Epic Lifeby Joe Nick Patoski
Little, Brown and Co., 567 pp., $27.99..."
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic 2018
PHOTO GALLERY July 5, 2018
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic
PHOTO GALLERY July 6, 2015
"...Kathy Guthrie (left), daughter of Arlo Guthrie, and Folk Uke’s Amy Nelson, daughter of Willie Nelson..."
Now Appearing on Local Stages: Willie Nelson and Austin Biofuels
The Red-headed Stranger tries to cut down on smoke
in the air. The bad kind, that is.
News Story January 28, 2005, by Daniel Mottola
"...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...."
Willie Nelson: Still Is Still Moving
"This ain't no picnic," warn the promoters of Willie Nelson's 10K race, mosey, and concert this Sunday. Sure nuff, because at picnics there ain't no movies neither. World premieres, no...
Film Review August 20, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Steven Cantor. "This ain't no picnic," warn the promoters of Willie Nelson's 10K race, mosey, and concert this Sunday..."
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic 2016
PHOTO GALLERY July 5, 2016
"...Kris Kristofferson at the 43rd Annual Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic at the Circuit of the Americas, 7.4.16..."
Willie Nelson Unites America
A guitar-strumming Beto O’Rourke tries too
DAILY Music July 5, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Although Willie Nelson, 85, remains an outspoken troubadour of the socially progressive left, he attracts a bipartisan audience. For every “Alt-Country, Not Alt-Facts” T-shirt seen amongst attendees at his annual Fourth of July picnic, another read “Fuck your feelings..."
Willie Nelson Impersonator
Postmarks February 1, 2005
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..."
Happy Birthday Willie Nelson!
DAILY Chron Events April 30, 2008, by Logan Youree
"...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...."
Why Run Willie Nelson Photo?
Postmarks July 31, 2006
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..."
Willie Nelson Concert Benefits Medical Marijuana
Postmarks August 1, 2007
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..."
On the Road Again with the King of the RV Parks.
Music Story February 9, 2001, by Melissa Sattley
"...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..."
Playback: Willie's Picnic Comes Home
Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic lands back in Austin
Music Column July 2, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."
God, Guns & Guitars: Willie’s Picnic
Midwest farmer’s daughters, dirt road anthems, and a whiskey river
DAILY Music July 5, 2016, by Bryan Rolli
"...Well, maybe most concerts. Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July picnic isn’t like most concerts..."
The Merle, Marty & Willie Party
A different kind of bro-country
DAILY Music November 12, 2014, by Jim Caligiuri
"...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...."
Nelson Bassist Bee Spears Dies
Willie Nelson's bassist Bee Spears plays his final note
DAILY Music December 12, 2011, by Margaret Moser
"...“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..."
Willie Bob Cougar
Three legends at the Dell Diamond
DAILY Music August 5, 2009, by Jim Caligiuri
"...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...."
Lukas Nelson parlays his DNA into Something Real
Music Story June 25, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"..."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..."
Playback – Lukas Nelson: Real as Promised
Lukas Nelson is a chip off the ol' Willie
Music Column August 24, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...The 28-year-old son of Willie Nelson backs Neil Young, hangs with Lady Gaga, and steals the spotlight at festivals when he masticates the strings of his electric guitar, but his defining moment is only now drawing near...."
Less is more
DAILY Music March 11, 2009, by Jim Caligiuri
"...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...."
ACL Review: Lukas Nelson
Willie’s kid proves his own Americana rockist
DAILY Music October 7, 2017, by Tim Stegall
"...The parody of his old man now seems quaint and out of place. Lukas Nelson is firmly his own man...."
Willie & the Wheel
Four questions with Ray Benson
DAILY Music February 5, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...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...."
Where There’s a Willie…
Billy Bob documents Willie Nelson in The King of Luck
DAILY SXSW March 2, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."
Music Story October 12, 2017
"...Lukas Nelson &
Promise of the Real5:15pm, Miller Lite stage..."
Willie or Won't He?
Willie Lewis Draws Two Opponents in Place 6
News Story April 14, 2000, by Amy Smith
"...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 Nelson Reviewed
Music Story January 18, 2008, by Margaret Moser
"...Bobbie NelsonAudiobiography (Justice)..."
Music Story April 25, 2008, by Joe Nick Patoski
"...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..."
Insulting Willie ... and the Rest of Us
Postmarks December 2, 2004
"...It pissed me off big-time! Not only did that moron insult Mr. Nelson..."
On the Bus Again
On the eve of turning 80, Willie Nelson's still calling the tune
Music Story April 12, 2013, by Tim Stegall
"...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...."
On the Bus Again with Willie Nelson
Music Story February 9, 1996, by Tim Stegall
"...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...."
'Sister Bobbie' puts the 'Family' in Willie Nelson and Family
Music Story January 18, 2008, by Doug Freeman
"...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..."
Reuniting the team behind Teatro, Willie Nelson and Daniel Lanois
Music Story March 14, 2003, by Andy Langer
"...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...."
Ed Ward's first-hand account of Willie Nelson's Complete Atlantic Sessions.
Music Story December 29, 2006, by Ed Ward
"...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..."
Beto O'Rourke and Ethan Hawke in Conversation
Two Texans discuss politics, fear, and the power of Willie Nelson to bring us back together
News Story August 16, 2018, by Ethan Hawke
"...Ethan Hawke: I heard you played with Willie Nelson at his Fourth of July picnic...."
New & Noteworthy
Willie Nelson's Country Peach Cobbler Ice Cream
Food Column July 20, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."
Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir
'Austin, 1972,' an excerpt from Joe Nick Patoski's new tome, Willie Nelson: An Epic Life
Music Story April 25, 2008, by Joe Nick Patoski
"...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 Life
Austin outlaw updates his 1988 autobiography
Music Story May 28, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...It's A Long Story: My Lifeby Willie Nelson, with David Ritz
Little, Brown and Company, 400 pp., $30..."
Harvey Hurricane Concert Rallies
Can’t Mess With Texas benefit beams Lone Stars and all-stars
DAILY Music September 23, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...Friday’s Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas benefit concert and broadcast at the Frank Erwin Center proved a marvel less for its star power or even millions of dollars raised for the Rebuild Texas Fund, but in how quickly the production coalesced. Credit promoter C3 Presents, Willie Nelson, and Austin’s all-star wrangler and musical director Charlie Sexton...."
Film Review November 1, 2013, by Amy Smith
This sugarcoated Christmas tale is an Austin-born and -bred affair.
"...Directed by: Tim McCanlies. Starring: Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, Chandler Canterbury, Lyle Lovett, Fionnula Flanagan, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson...."