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Willie Nelson Shares 'Stash' With Sister Bobbie

October 24, 2014

Willie Nelson and his sister and Family bandmate Bobbie Nelson will release December Day, the first installment of the archival series, Willie's Stash, December 2nd on Legacy Recordings. Willie and Bobbie, who grew up in Abbott, Texas, first learned...

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Texas Artist Stoney LaRue Talks Opry Debut, 'Smoking' Name

October 13, 2014

On "Aviator," the title track from Stoney LaRue’s forthcoming studio album (out October 28th), LaRue sings of crosswinds blowing down FM roads, of boys playing baseball on a sandlot long before having their hearts broken, of leaving and maybe not...

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Willie Nelson's Braids Sell for $37,000 at Auction

October 8, 2014

In one of the more unusual music-related items to hit the auction block since John Lennon's tooth, Willie Nelson's trademark braids were sold to the highest bidder for $37,000. Nelson's braids were just one of over 2,000 items up for sale at an auction...

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Willie Nelson Becomes Maureen Dowd's 'Marijuana Miyagi'

September 22, 2014

In his Rolling Stone cover story, Willie Nelson said that New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd was welcome on his bus to get high properly "anytime" after reading her account of a bad experience with a marijuana-infused candy bar. Dowd took him up on...

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Surprising Moments From Farm Aid 2014

September 15, 2014

Twenty thousand music fans and farmers showed up to the Walnut Creek Ampitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday for Farm Aid 2014, where organizers Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews were joined by an eclectic list of...

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Hear Robert Ellis's Willie Nelson Holiday Cover

September 15, 2014

The south may still be saddled with the endless dew of a soggy summer, but it's never too early to talk Christmas — humidity built the snowman, as John Prine once sang, after all. And Prine — along with Robert Ellis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash,...

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Willie Nelson: The Definitive Profile

September 2, 2014

On a winding stretch of road 30 miles west of Austin, a couple of miles down from a hamburger shack and an auto-repair shop, there's an iron gate with the image of a cowboy silhouette. Type in a key code and ride up a steep, muddy incline surrounded by...

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Merle Haggard: 8 Amazing Moments of His Ryman Run

August 27, 2014

The best part of Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum right now is probably an exhibit dedicated to the Bakersfield Sound, looking back on when artists like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens injected wiry electric Telecaster and old-time pedal...

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Wade Bowen Mixes Petty Guitars and Texas Spirit on New LP

August 22, 2014

Wade Bowen has made a name for himself in his native Texas, but he's confident that his new self-titled album, out October 28th, will expand his reach beyond the Lone Star State. Over a dozen tracks, Wade Bowen showcases the singer-songwriter's gift...

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Hear Willie's Son Lukas Nelson's Homage to Classic R&B

August 21, 2014

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Willie Nelson discusses the joys of touring with his sons: "I've been hearing my licks come back better than they went out," he says. Now, one of his sons' bands, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, who have...

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Willie Nelson's 12 Most Memorable Acting Roles

August 15, 2014

Whether playing a vengeful preacher in Red Headed Stranger or a killer version of himself on USA's Monk, Willie Nelson is as at home in front of a camera as he is onstage. With a natural charisma and a drawling way with dialogue (his phrasing...

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The Everything Index: Three Boobs and One Kendrick Lamar

September 23, 2014

Welcome to another edition of the Rolling Stone "Everything Index," where we rank the week's top pop-culture power players, regardless of whether they have three breasts or not. Yes, it's been a weird week, and it's only Tuesday. From Jasmine Tridevil's...

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Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson Reveal Secret Talents

September 19, 2014

It's quite easy to map out the talents of successful singers: whether it's Carrie Underwood's endless range, Kacey Musgraves' clever wordplay or Luke Bryan's tight-jeaned dance moves, these are the skills that sell records, win Grammys or make the ladies...

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Farm Aid 2014's 10 Best Musical Moments

September 15, 2014

It's been 29 years since Bob Dylan's offhanded comments about the plight of the American farmer at Live Aid sparked the inaugural Farm Aid concert, and in that time other music-based charity efforts like Self Aid, NetAid, Band Aid, Hear 'n Aid, Hands...

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Bob Dylan, Kiss and More Cover Paul McCartney

September 9, 2014

Half a century ago, Paul McCartney established himself as one of the most influential songwriters ever. Now the former Beatle is getting his due in a big way, with the compilation The Art of Paul McCartney featuring covers of songs by McCartney during...

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Texas Roadhouse Group Laments the Age of the Single

August 28, 2014

Though formed by brothers Micky and Gary Braun in their native Idaho, Micky and the Motorcars — who have called Austin home for over a decade — are a true-blue Texas band. After five studio albums, a live record, member shakeups and countless...

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Watch Willie Nelson's on the Bus Card Trick

August 25, 2014

Step aside, David Blaine. There's a new magic man in town. Willie Nelson recently wowed his older sister Bobbie Nelson — and, so far, nearly 80,000 viewers on YouTube — when he posted a six-minute video of himself performing a card trick...

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Dave Matthews on Willie Nelson: 'He Really Is Revolutionary'

August 21, 2014

On September 13th, Farm Aid is returning to Raleigh, North Carolina. Dave Matthews first played the event in 1995 and now sits on its board of directors alongside Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp. Matthews spoke with Rolling Stone for...

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Neil Young, Willie Nelson Plan Pipeline Protest Concert

August 19, 2014

After spending decades spearheading Farm Aid, Neil Young and Willie Nelson will once again team up for a benefit concert protesting a proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would cut through the historic Ponca Trail of Tears in Nebraska. On September...

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Willie Nelson's Advice for Novice Pot Smokers

August 15, 2014

In June, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote a widely covered column about her paranoid experience after eating a caramel-chocolate candy bar in Denver. "I barely made it from my desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state...

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