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Backstage: Willie Nelson–American Country Singer/Songwriter, Author, Poet, Actor & Activist includes bio, pics & video’s

No Lies Radio Music – Teri Perticone – November 03, 2017

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From Wikipedia:

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist.[1] The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky-tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote “Family Bible” and recorded the song “Lumberjack” in 1956. In 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas, after signing a contract with D Records. He sang at the Esquire Ballroom weekly and he worked as a disk jockey. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Hello Walls”, “Pretty Paper”, and “Crazy”. In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and later signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price’s band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album, …And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The ongoing music scene of Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

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Photo: Willie Nelson Country Singer/Songwriter.


Willie Nelson – 1997 – Funny How Time Slips Away

From Musicians For Freedom – Musicians Hall of Fame: Willie Nelson – Published in 2009

“Now in his 80’s, he continues to tour and has performed in concerts and fundraisers with other major musicians, including Bob Dylan, and Dave Matthews. He also continues to record albums prolifically in new genres that embrace reggae, blues, jazz, folk, and popular music.


Willie Nelson On Eggs, Martial Arts & Living A Life Without Worry | Southern Living

Hits, excesses, and Farm Aid

The Eighties saw a series of hit singles: “Midnight Rider” (1980; a cover of the Allman Brothers song, which Nelson recorded for The Electric Horseman soundtrack), “On the Road Again” (1982) from the movie Honeysuckle Rose and “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” (a duet with Julio Iglesias). There were also more popular albums, including Pancho & Lefty (1982, with Merle Haggard), WWII (1982, with Waylon Jennings) and Take it to the Limit (1983, with Waylon Jennings).


Willie / Live @ The Grand Ole Opry 2009

“In the mid-1980s, Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash formed a group called The Highwaymen. They achieved unexpectedly massive success, including platinum record sales and worldwide touring. Meanwhile, he became more and more involved in charity work, such as singing on the We are the World single in 1984 and establishing the Farm Aid concerts in 1985.

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Greg Allman – Midnight Rider (Live At Farm Aid With Willie Nelson)

“In 1990, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) handed Nelson a bill for $16.7 million in back taxes and seized most of his assets to help pay the charges. He released The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories? as a double album, with all profits going straight to the IRS. Many of his assets were auctioned and purchased by friends, who gave his possessions back to him or rented them at a nominal fee. He sued accounting firm Price Waterhouse, contending that they put him into tax shelters that were later disallowed.[6]The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.[7] His debts were paid by 1993.

“In 1996, Willie Nelson was featured on the Beach Boys’ now out-of-print album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 singing a cover of their 1964 song “The Warmth of the Sun” with the Beach Boys themselves providing the harmonies and backing vocals.”

Activism

“In 2004, Nelson and his wife Annie became partners with Bob and Kelly King in the building of two Pacific Bio-diesel plants, one in Salem, Oregon, and the other at Carl’s Corner, Texas (the Texas plant was founded by Carl Cornelius, a longtime Nelson friend and the namesake for Carl’s Corner). In 2005, Nelson and several other business partners formed Willie Nelson Biodiesel[9] (“Bio-Willie”), a company that is marketing bio-diesel bio-fuel to truck stops. The fuel is made from vegetable oil (mainly soybean oil), and can be burned without modification in diesel engines.[10]

“Nelson is a co-chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) advisory board. He has worked with NORML for years for marijuana legalization and has produced commercials for NORML that have appeared on Pot TV programs. He has also recorded a number of radio commercials for the organization. In 2005, Nelson and his family hosted the first annual “Willie Nelson & NORML Benefit Golf Tournament,” which appeared on the cover of High Times magazine.

“On January 9, 2005, Nelson headlined an all-star concert at Austin Music Hall to benefit the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Tsunami Relief Austin to Asia raised an estimated $120,000 for UNICEF and two other organizations.

“Nelson was a supporter of Kinky Friedman’s campaign in the 2006 Texas gubernatorial election. In 2005, he recorded a radio advertisement asking for support to put Friedman on the ballot as an independent candidate. Friedman promised Willie a job in Austin as the head of a new Texas Energy Commission due to Nelson’s support of bio-fuels. (Friedman was on the ballot but came in fourth with 12.43 percent, losing to Republican Rick Perry).”

“Nelson supported Dennis Kucinich’s campaign in the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries. He raised money, appeared at events, composed a song (“Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?”), and contributing a quote for the front cover of Kucinich’s book for the campaign.

“In January 2008, Nelson filed suit against the Texas Democratic Party. Nelson alleges that the party violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution when it refused to allow co-plaintiff Dennis Kucinich to appear on the primary ballot because he had scratched out part of the loyalty oath on his application.[11]

“Nelson is an honorary trustee of the Dayton International Peace Museum.

“Nelson is an advocate for horses and their treatment. He has been campaigning for passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) with the Animal Welfare Institute. He is on the Board of Directors and has adopted a number of horses from Habitat for Horses.

“In March 2007, Ben & Jerry’s released a new flavor, “Willie Nelson’s Country Peach Cobbler Ice Cream”. Nelson’s proceeds will be donated to Farm Aid.The flavor has been re-releasedand is now available, after Ben & Jerry’s voluntary recall of 250,000 pints of the new flavor on March 19, 2007, as wheat was incorrectly excluded from the list of ingredients.

“Willie Nelson founded the Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute in April 2007. Nelson and his daughter Amy Nelson wrote a song called “A Peaceful Solution”, which they released into the public domain, and encouraged artists to render their own version of the song, which he would feature on the Institute’s web site.”

Nelson questions the official story of what happened on September 11. On February 4, 2008, Nelson appeared on Alex Jones’s radio show and talked about the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, stating his belief that the Twin Towers and WTC7 were imploded: “I saw one fall and it was just so symmetrical, I said wait a minute I just saw that last week at the casino in Las Vegas and you see these implosions all the time and the next one fell and I said hell there’s another one – and they’re trying to tell me that an airplane did it and I can’t go along with that.”[18]

Nelson released the song “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other,” a song promoting the awareness and acceptance of homosexuality, in reference to gay cowboys, as a digital single through the iTunes Music Store on Valentine’s Day 2006, shortly after the release of the film Brokeback Mountain. The song was encouraged by Nelson’s tour manager and close friend David Anderson, who said “This song obviously has special meaning to me in more ways than one. I want people to know more than anything—gay, straight, whatever—just how cool Willie is and … his way of thinking, his tolerance, everything about him.”[19] Regarding the song, Nelson quoted “The song’s been in the closet for 20 years. The timing’s right for it to come out. I’m just opening the door.” Read more at Wikipedia.

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Activism

Nelson is active in a number of issues. Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms, after Bob Dylan’s comments during the Live Aid concert that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt.[136] The first concert included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, and Neil Young among many others, and raised over $9 million for America’s family farmers.[137] Besides organizing and performing in the annual concerts, Nelson is the president of the board of Farm Aid.[138]

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Photo: Farm Aid Board Members left to right: John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Neil Young & John Matthews.


Willie Nelson performs “Living in the Promiseland” at the Farm Aid concert in Seattle, Washington on September 18, 2004.

Personal life

Nelson lives in Maui, Hawaii, in a largely self-sustaining community where all the homes use only solar power.[155] Neighbors include Kris Kristofferson, Woody Harrelson, and Owen Wilson. Nelson also owns a ranch near Austin, Texas.[156]

Willie Nelson has married four times and fathered seven children.[157] His first marriage was to Martha Matthews; it lasted from 1952 to 1962. The couple had three children: Lana, Susie and Willie “Billy” Hugh, Jr. Billy died by suicide in 1991.[158] The marriage was marked by violence, with Matthews assaulting Nelson several times,[159] including one incident when she sewed him up in a bed sheet and then beat him with a broomstick.[160] Nelson’s next marriage was to Shirley Collie in 1963. The couple divorced in 1971, after Collie found a bill from the maternity ward of a Houston hospital charged to Nelson and Connie Koepke for the birth of Paula Carlene Nelson.[159] Koepke and Nelson married the same year, then had another daughter, Amy Lee Nelson. Following a divorce in 1988, he married his current wife, Annie D’Angelo, in 1991. They have two sons, Lukas Autry and Jacob Micah.[161] Nelson traces his genealogy to the American Revolutionary War, in which his ancestor John Nelson served as a major.[162]

While swimming in Hawaii in 1981, Nelson’s lung collapsed. He was taken to the Maui Memorial Hospital and his scheduled concerts were canceled.[163] Nelson temporarily stopped smoking cigarettes each time his lungs became congested, and resumed when the congestion ended.[164] He was then smoking between two and three packs per day. After suffering from pneumonia several times, he decided to quit either marijuana or tobacco. He chose to quit tobacco.[165] In 2008 he started to smoke marijuana with a carbon-free system to avoid the effects of smoke.[166] In 2004 Nelson underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, as he had damaged his wrists by continuously playing the guitar.[167] On the recommendation of his doctor, he canceled his scheduled concerts and only wrote songs during his recovery.[168] In 2012 he canceled a fund-raising appearance in the Denver area. He suffered from breathing problems due to high altitude and emphysema and was taken to a local hospital. His publicist Elaine Schock confirmed soon after that Nelson’s health was good and that he was heading to his next scheduled concert in Dallas, Texas.[169] After repeated instances of pneumonia and emphysema through the years, Nelson underwent stem-cell therapy in 2015 to improve the state of his lungs.[170]


Willie Nelson – You Don’t Know Me

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