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Flashback: See Willie Nelson Duet With Ray Charles

May 22, 2015

Willie Nelson turned 82 years old last month, spending his birthday in Maui with friends and family. Twenty-two years earlier, though, he threw a considerably bigger party for himself back home in Texas. In April 1993, Nelson celebrated his...

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Willie Nelson Roadie Marks 64 Years on the Road

May 19, 2015

A touring artist's production has countless moving parts, and it's up to the members of the road crew — those tireless "roadies" — to keep track of all those parts every mile of the journey. At 90 years old, Ben Dorcy (he was born May...

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B.B. King's Greatest Country Music Moments

May 15, 2015

Maybe it was his Mississippi roots, or perhaps it was his way with a lyric, but whatever the reason, B.B. King, who died Thursday at age 89, had a certain affinity for country music and country songwriting. Over his career, he played with country...

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Watch Willie Nelson Talk Outlaw Country on 'Daily Show'

May 6, 2015

Jon Stewart is approaching the end of his iconic Daily Show run, and he's already planned his next move – with Willie Nelson. "When I'm done with this damn thing, I'm gonna come and...ride around on [your] bus," Stewart told the country legend during...

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Country Stars Pick Favorite Willie Nelson Songs

April 29, 2015

If country music had a Mt. Rushmore, Willie Nelson would be one of the first faces carved into its granite walls. Few musicians are as revered by their peers as Nelson for his songwriting, guitar playing, weathered voice and ongoing artistry.  Today,...

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Willie Nelson, the Decemberists Headline Pilgrimage Festival

April 21, 2015

Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Will Hoge and newcomer Rainey Qualley are among the country-flavored artists set for the inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, held this fall in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. But the music...

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Willie Nelson: Why You Should Buy My Weed

April 20, 2015

Smoking Willie Nelson's weed is a lifelong ambition of stoners everywhere, enjoyed only by a few lucky fans and friends like Snoop Dogg and Merle Haggard. Not anymore, though. On Monday, Nelson announced his own cannabis company, Willie's Reserve, which...

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Team for Duets Album

April 15, 2015

Not every outlaw rides alone.  On June 2nd, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard will release Django and Jimmie, an album of country duets, cover songs and newly-penned originals. Recorded in less than a week, it's the latest in a long line...

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Watch Raelyn Nelson Band's Country-Punk 'Brother' Video

April 2, 2015

"I can't breathe but I'm still smoking, I'm so high but I keep toking" is a hell of a way to start a song, but would you expect anything less from the cow punk revivalist granddaughter of Willie Nelson, Raelyn Nelson and her Sonic Youth-loving, flannel-shirt-sporting...

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Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves Lead Willie Nelson's Picnic

March 30, 2015

In 1973, just four years after Woodstock, the most iconic American music festival of its kind, country star Willie Nelson hosted his first-ever Fourth of July Picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas, just outside the state's capital city of Austin. In 2015,...

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Watch Willie Nelson and Jimmy Kimmel's Love Song Duet

March 21, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel wrapped up his week of South by Southwest shows in Austin last night with a love song to the Texas capital: "To Austin, I Can't Love You More." But shortly into the performance, Kimmel, dressed in a cowboy hat and bolo tie, dramatically...

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Flashback: Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson Channel Johnny & June

May 14, 2015

More than a decade before she made the official leap to country music with her Nashville-made Feels Like Home album, Sheryl Crow was proudly showing a reverence for the genre's roots. In the summer of 2002, she teamed with longtime friend Willie Nelson...

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Behind the Scenes of Neil Young's 'The Monsanto Years'

May 1, 2015

Last September, just before he took the stage at Farm Aid, Neil Young was hanging out on his tour bus with Willie Nelson's sons Micah and Lukas. Out of nowhere, he asked if they wanted to come out and join him on "Rockin' In The Free World"...

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Watch Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Light Up, Record Album

April 29, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have teamed up over the years, from their 1983 classic "Pancho and Lefty" to their Last of the Breed album and tour with Ray Price, but as Haggard has said, they only do it when the material is right. The duo...

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See Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Spark Up in New Video

April 20, 2015

Today, on what just happens to be 4/20, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have premiered the video for their new single "It's All Going to Pot." The first released song from their upcoming duets album, Django and Jimmie, the propulsive track was written...

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Hear Willie Nelson and Method Man's 4/20 Playlists

April 20, 2015

To celebrate April 20th, or "every day" as Colorado and Washington call it, Spotify has recruited some of music's biggest marijuana advocates, Willie Nelson and Method Man, to share their own personal 4/20 playlists on the streaming service. Nelson...

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'Austin City Limits' Founder Bill Arhos Dead at 80

April 13, 2015

Bill Arhos, the founder of the long-running PBS performance series Austin City Limits and the inspiration behind the Texas capital's now-annual music festival, passed away April 11th at the age of 80, the Austin City Limits site reports. A longtime...

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Watch Ray Scott Cover Willie Nelson's 'Always on My Mind'

March 30, 2015

In 1982, Willie Nelson released his version of "Always on My Mind," the timeless ballad written by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James and covered by everyone from Elvis Presley to the Pet Shop Boys. For the final video of his "Roots Sessions"...

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Trade Hits in Texas

March 30, 2015

Capping three evening pairings with Willie Nelson at WhiteWater Amphitheater on Saturday, 15 minutes outside the Central Texas river-tubing paradise of New Braunfels, Merle Haggard thought the audience wasn't being responsive enough to his "we don't smoke...

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Watch Willie Nelson Ace Jimmy Kimmel's 'Pot Quiz'

March 20, 2015

"There's a lot of focus on how much people drink here at South by Southwest," Jimmy Kimmel told his studio audience last night in Austin, Texas, where the late-night TV host has been spending the past week filming SXSW-themed episodes of Jimmy Kimmel...

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