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« on: April 26, 2013, 11:03:43 AM »

http://www.kvue.com/entertainment/204844701.html
Accidental outlaw Willie Nelson celebrates 80th
April 24, 2013



Credit: Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Willie Nelson performs during Keith Urban's Fourth annual We're All For The Hall benefit concert at Bridgestone Arena on April 16, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — America loves its outlaws, and few are as admired and lionized as Willie Nelson.
As the enduring American icon's 80th birthday has approached, he's been honored with lifetime achievement awards, serenaded at special performances and saluted by musicians from every genre of music. And Nelson has taken it all in with a bemused smile.

"It's a nice thing to do for someone on their birthday and I appreciate it," Nelson said in a recent interview aboard his bus. "Usually I like to forget my birthdays as much as possible."

The hubbub is as much about celebrating Nelson as it has been celebrating with Nelson.

The singer whose birthday is Monday or Tuesday — Nelson says April 29, the state of Texas claims April 30 — occupies a unique space in America's cultural memory. A walking bag of contradictions, he wears his hair long in braids and has a penchant for pot smoking, yet remains arguably conservative country music's greatest songwriter. He's accepted by left and right, black and white and is instantly recognizable to a majority of Americans.

Like few other music stars, his image has grown to represent more than the notes he's played or the lyrics he's written. Like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash or Frank Sinatra, he's become a figurehead for a uniquely American way of thinking. He represents the outlaw and the maverick. If Elvis was all about the pelvis and the sexual revolution, Nelson is American independence: the raised middle finger tossed with a twinkle in the eye.

"America is a bizarre place and Willie is our captain," said Jamey Johnson, Nelson's good friend and sometimes opener. "Willie in every way represents all the greatest things about America to me."

Nelson didn't set out to be a folk hero, as Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum calls him. He spends something like 200 days on the road still, a pace that challenges men a quarter his age.

In a series of interviews over the last year, Nelson explained he just came to Nashville wanting someone to buy his songs. That young man never imagined he'd be on the road for more than 50 years. His first real songwriting job paid $50 a week. He played — and sometimes slept — at Tootsie's on Lower Broadway in Nashville, just a few miles — but really a million miles — away from Music Row.

Nelson thinks that young man wouldn't know what to make of the spectacle he's become.

"He'd probably wonder what's that old man doing out there," Nelson said with a chuckle. "He's got a house. He's not homeless. Why don't he go home?"

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2013, 04:42:59 AM »

http://www.statesman.com/news/entertainment/music/willie-nelson-still-rockin-at-80/nXXjh/
Willie Nelson, still rockin’ at 80
April 28, 2013

 ::snipping2::

As for his big birthday, Nelson, predictably, isn’t making as big a deal out of it as the rest of the world. “Honestly I’m trying not to think about it that much; as far as I’m concerned it’s just another day,” he said. “I have a show on the 28th at the Backyard, with me and Paula, Luke and Micah and all the kids, that will be fun, I’m looking forward to that. That’ll probably be our family get-together on that day.”
Willie Nelson

What: Show with Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Paula Nelson Band and Folk Uke, benefiting the volunteer fire department of West. Cash and gift cards will be collected.

When: Doors at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Backyard, 13801 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave
Cost: $42.50

Information: thebackyard.net
The concert will air live on SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel beginning at 8 p.m. It’ll also be rebroadcast Tuesday — the day Nelson turns 80 — at 7 p.m.

Happy birthday, Willie
We’ve always celebrated Willie, and we are again for his 80th. At www.austin360.com/willie, check out:
• Our Happy Birthday, Willie, video card, featuring faces famous and not. And our birthday photo gallery (it’s not too late to add yours).
• A Willie song list.
• Tons of past stories on the Family, Sister Bobbie, Willie and Darrel Royal, shows, the statue and more.

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2013, 01:31:54 PM »

I wonder how Willie, will celebrate his birthday Smile
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2013, 08:57:42 AM »

http://www.khou.com/entertainment/slideshows/Photos-Willie-Nelsons-birthday-party-benefits-West-victims-205316261.html?gallery=y&img=1&c=y

Photos: Willie Nelson's birthday bash benefits West
From old hippies with weathered faces to college students in flip flops, a sold-out crowd poured into The Backyard at Bee Cave Sunday for a special treat. The concert was a celebration of Willie Nelson's 80th birthday and a benefit for residents of West.
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013, 05:39:09 PM »

I'll just tack this post on to Willie's 80th birthday thread.   

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/willie-nelson-becomes-honorary-doctor-191017601.html
Willie Nelson Becomes Honorary Doctor
May 12, 2013



Country music legend Willie Nelson has been named an honorary doctor - of music.
The 80-year-old Texan was honored Saturday by the Berklee College of Music in Boston, along with musicians Carole King and Annie Lennox.
"I was going to ask them if I could write my own medication," Nelson told the Boston Globe before the ceremony. "Probably not, but it doesn't hurt to ask."
 
The new "doctor" seemed to revel in his title, tweeting a picture of himself sporting his trademark long braids and wearing graduation regalia.
"Dr Willie looks great," he wrote.
Lennox, best known as one half of the Eurythmics duo, delivered the commencement speech to more than 1,050 graduating students and their guests at Agganis Arena, one night after she and Nelson took to the stage separately to perform with students at the school's commencement concert.
Berklee has previously bestowed the honor on some of the most influential names in music, including Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and David Bowie, according to the school's website.
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 10:14:44 PM »

Love the updates on Willie...love him.
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2013, 09:47:19 PM »

http://www.wfaa.com/news/texas-news/Nelson-raises-120000-for-West--Abbott-207274381.html
Willie Nelson raises $120,000 for towns hit by plant explosion
May 13, 2013


WEST, Texas -- Town leaders from West, Texas, and neighboring Abbott were all smiles on Monday afternoon as a representative for country music star Willie Nelson gave donated checks totaling more than $120,000.

Most of the money was raised at a benefit birthday concert Nelson hosted a few weeks ago in Austin.

More than $80,000 was donated to the West Volunteer Fire Department.

Abbott got more than $40,000, some of which will be used to help buy a new truck they lost in the explosion of the April 17 fertilizer plant fire. Abbott is known as the birthplace of Willie Nelson.

West Volunteer Fire Chief George Nors Sr. was also on hand after finally being released from the hospital.
 
According to a News 8 tally of different relief funds set up after the explosion, more than $3.5 million has been raised.
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2013, 10:45:44 PM »

     cheers



http://theboot.com/farm-aid-2013-sells-out/
Farm Aid 2013 Sells Out
July 5, 2013

This year’s Farm Aid concert  is completely sold out. The annual benefit concert, which takes place in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. this year, filled all of its 25,000 seats just days after going on sale last Friday (June 28).

“We are honored that upstate New York has embraced Farm Aid in this way,” Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid, says in a press release. “Your enthusiasm is a clear sign that people here and across the Northeast value family farmers and the work they do to grow strong and healthy communities for all of us.”

This year’s concert will feature performances from Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. They will be joined by an all-star lineup that includes Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., Bahamas, JD & The Straight Shot, Carlene Carter and Pegi Young & the Survivors. Hot newcomer Kacey Musgraves will also perform.
 

Since its inception in 1985, the annual event has raised $43 million to support Farm Aid’s stated mission to “help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.”

This year’s Farm Aid concert will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Sept. 21.
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2013, 01:03:46 PM »


July 09, 2013

Willie Nelson goes high fashion in new ads for luxury menswear line






http://www.nashvillegab.com/2013/07/willie-nelson-goes-high-fashion-in-new-ads-for-luxury-menswear-line.html

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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2013, 09:33:57 PM »

http://theboot.com/willie-nelson-to-all-the-girls-album/
Willie Nelson Joined by Top Female Vocalists for New Album
August 2, 2013


Legacy Recordings

Willie Nelson has called on some of the top female vocalists in the world for his next album. ‘To All the Girls…’ features Nelson in duets with the greatest female voices from across all genres.

The album is the third new project Nelson has recorded under his new deal with Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony. 2012′s ‘Heroes’ and ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance,’ which was just released in April, have both scored big success for the 80-year-old music icon.

“I’m really happy to be back home with Sony Music,” Nelson says. “We have been partners for many years; all the way back to Pamper Music and Tree Music. We share a great history, and I’m looking forward to many more years together.”

‘To All the Girls…’ features guest appearances from some of the best singers in country, bluegrass, Americana, gospel and more.

Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, the Secret Sisters, Roseanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Wynonna Judd, Alison Krauss, Melonie Cannon, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, Shelby Lynne, Emmylou Harris, Lily Meola, Brandi Carlile, Paula Nelson and Tina Rose all lend their talents to the 18-track project.

The album is set for release on Sept. 24.

Willie Nelson ‘To All the Girls…’ Track Listing:

1. ‘From Here to the Moon and Back’ feat. Dolly Parton
2. ‘She Was No Good for Me’ feat. Miranda Lambert
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2013, 09:36:54 PM »

http://theboot.com/willie-nelson-red-headed-stranger/
Classic Albums Revisited: Willie Nelson, ‘Red Headed Stranger’
August 1, 2013



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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2013, 09:45:46 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T6WKdrxzyY
Willie Nelson / Stardust

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZaZqx9v3dU
Willie Nelson - 1997 - Funny How Time Slips Away

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZaZqx9v3dU
Willie Nelson - 1997 - Funny How Time Slips Away

There are so many... 
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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2013, 05:22:21 PM »

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/jody-payne-guitarist-for-willie-nelson-dies
Former guitarist for Willie Nelson dies
Jody Payne was 77 years old


AUSTIN (KXAN) - Jody Payne, former guitarist for Willie Nelson, died Saturday, Aug. 10, according to Willie Nelson's Facebook page.
 

https://www.facebook.com/WillieNelson
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2013, 08:03:10 PM »

RIP Jody
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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2013, 08:17:58 PM »

I still can't wrap my mind around Willie being 80 years old

My 2 Fav's he sung   Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUSK0izvuj8

That one has an eerie meaning to me regarding my X-Hubby   



**He always called himself 'Lonesome Loser' (Little River Band) too, after I told him to GTFO, lol.


The other Fav of mine Willie sang was 'Angel Flying too Close to the Ground' >  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3PB1jWO3_E
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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2013, 10:33:59 PM »

I still can't wrap my mind around Willie being 80 years old

My 2 Fav's he sung   Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUSK0izvuj8

That one has an eerie meaning to me regarding my X-Hubby   



**He always called himself 'Lonesome Loser' (Little River Band) too, after I told him to GTFO, lol.


The other Fav of mine Willie sang was 'Angel Flying too Close to the Ground' >  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3PB1jWO3_E


I think Willis is 80 years young.   

Two very wonderful songs, Nut.   

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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2013, 07:01:23 PM »

http://theboot.com/willie-nelson-to-all-the-girls-album-top-10/
Willie Nelson’s ‘To All the Girls…’ Debuts at No. 9 in Billboard
October 25, 2013


Legacy Recordings

Willie Nelson’s latest album, ‘To All the Girls …’ has debuted at No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 200 chart. It also takes the No. 2 spot on their Top Country Albums chart.

The chart placement marks the 80-year-old’s highest position on the popular albums chart since his 1982 record, ‘Always on My Mind,’ which stayed at No. 2 for three weeks when it was released.

‘To All the Girls…’ is an album of duets with some of Nelson’s favorite female singers, including Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash and Carrie Underwood. The record is his third release on Sony’s Legacy Recordings.
 

Upcoming Shows:
http://willienelson.com/tour/

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« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2013, 12:00:26 PM »

http://austinist.com/2013/10/18/look_a_this_cake_baked_in_the_liken.php
Look At This Cake Baked in the Likeness of Willie Nelson
October 18, 2013


(Sideserf Cakes)

Austin baker Natalie Sideserf doesn't even have her own retail store yet, but she's already making waves with her startlingly realistic Willie Nelson cake.
Her confectionery bust of the Red Headed Stranger swept all divisions of the Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition and racked up 1.2 million views on Reddit when her brother posted the photo online.
 
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« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2013, 11:37:41 AM »

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/23829395/unvarnished-willie-nelson-memoir-due-in-2015
Unvarnished Willie Nelson memoir due in 2015
October 30, 2013

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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2013, 08:13:04 PM »

http://www.kvue.com/news/Willie-Nelson-stars-in-Angels-Sing-230428361.html
Willie Nelson walks the 'Angels Sing' red carpet
November 3, 2013

 
Nelson stars in Angels Sing, a movie written by Austin writer Turk Pipkin, alongside Harry Connick Jr., "Friday Night Lights" star Connie Britton and fellow country singers Lyle Lovett and Kris Kristofferson.
The movie was filmed in Austin and Bastrop, and Nelson spoke to KVUE about working so close to home.
"There [are] a lot of Austin musicians, talent, actors, and it was filmed around here so naturally, everybody knew about it and a lot of people around here participated in it," Nelson said.
"Angels Sing" is rated PG and is now playing in select theaters.

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