October 25, 1987 |
Willie Nelson's daughter, Susie, whose biography of Nelson and his family, Heart Worn Memories (Eakin Press, $17.95), has recently been published, says some of her most treasured memories are of her childhood in the Nashville exurbs, when the family's life was comparatively normal. "Dad was a pig farmer," she recalls. "He'd get up in the morning, go milk the cows and take care of the pigs. And he'd write (songs). " Nelson did a lot of his songwriting in Nashville at the office of a small publishing company called Pamper Music, she remembers, but she doesn't remember her siblings, Lana and Billy, being very impressed with the importance of what he was doing.
July 23, 2002 |
Willie Nelson clearly felt that his recording career was in need of a renaissance. For his January release, The Great Divide, everyone's favorite rough-hewn outlaw teamed up with Santana producer Matt Serletic, and shared the microphone with Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Brian McKnight. But while on record artists constantly need to generate new product, live they're often expected to dwell in the past, sometimes to a fault. That was not the case Sunday night at the Mann Center, where Nelson played his greatest hits because they remain relevant, not for nostalgia's sake.
August 19, 1994 |
Although an attempt in the early '80s to turn Atlantic City into Nashville by the Sea did not quite click, a similar rush of country-music bookings a few years ago met with far more success. The trend leveled off somewhat, but plenty of country entertainers are still showing up in the casino-hotel showrooms. Just this week are appearances by Willie Nelson - who will be joined by John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame - at the Sands tonight through Sunday, and Tim McGraw and Blackhawk at the Taj Mahal on Thursday.
January 24, 1991 |
The IRS had its first go at the selling of Willie Nelson's possessions yesterday, but afterward agents wouldn't say how much was raised to satisfy the country star's $16.7 million tax bill. About 200 bidders turned out at Nelson's Pedernales Country Club in Briarcliff, Texas, for the first of three IRS auctions of the singer's belongings. Most of the items were low-ticket ones, including a microwave oven, a ladder, two vacuum cleaners, a belt with silver and turquoise buckle and a safe.
August 22, 1988 |
Baylor University canceled a Willie Nelson concert in Waco, Texas - and the good ol' boy is angry enough to spit. "They do really make me mad when they tell me I can't play in Waco," Nelson said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle. "Waco's my home town. It gets my red Irish hair up. " The comment wasn't self-pity; his pockets wouldn't be empty. Heck, he was doing it to give away money. The Waco concert was to be a benefit for depositors at a failed private bank in the nearby town of Leroy.
May 27, 2010 |
BIG NEWS in the world of entertainment yesterday as country- music legend Willie Nelson cut his hair. Willie's lengthy, reddish pigtails - as if Crystal Gayle and Pippi Longstocking merged their locks - have been one of his signature features since he was a young crew-cut crooner. Spokeswoman Elaine Schock said of Willie's waist-length hair: "There's a lot of maintenance. " After a season judging singers on "American Idol," Ellen DeGeneres announced on her show yesterday that she is starting a label called eleveneleven.
November 20, 1988 |
In his new autobiography, Willie (Simon & Schuster, $19.95), Willie Nelson recalls how he sold two of his most-popular songs, "Family Bible" and "Night Life," for $50 and $150 respectively. The transactions occurred just before he moved to Nashville from Houston, he says in the book, and the songs were sold to a musician friend named Paul Buskirk. "Family Bible" came out first and, he recalls, his name "wasn't even on it. But I was really glad to know I could write a number-one song.
July 17, 1999 |
America is on a first-name basis with Willie Nelson. Everyone knows who he is: the Troublemaker, Shotgun Willie, the Outlaw, the Red-Headed Stranger, a Highwayman, the American farmers' Robin Hood. In short, one of the pillars in the tower of American song. Thursday night at the Keswick, this national treasure - the kind of guy who would give you the bandanna off his head if you needed it - offered a rollicking two-hour overview of his storied career. Playing before a giant Texas state flag, the 66-year-old was in fine voice and backed by his limber, longtime touring band: Jody Payne on acoustic guitar; B. Spears on bass; sister Bobbie Nelson on piano; Dennis Miller look-alike Mickey Raphael on harmonica; and drummer Paul English, who played only a snare drum, motoring the majority of the songs with a simple rolling shuffle.
August 18, 1995 |
There are two package country shows coming to town this week, one old- fashioned and imperfect and anything but slick, and the other about as uptown and carefully packaged as hillbilly music gets. Each, though, is worth recommending. Tonight at Valley Forge Music Fair, Willie Nelson shares the stage with openers Asleep at the Wheel. The shame of it is, there won't be any place to dance: Willie, who's on a roll with the ready-for-the-honkytonk Just One Love (Justice) and a 3-CD A Classic & Unreleased Collection (Rhino)
January 5, 1991 |
For all the taxes he's owed before, a house in Gleed, Wash., owned by Willie Nelson was auctioned yesterday by the IRS for $50,500 - just a fraction of his overdue bill. The house was valued at $72,000. Bidding started at $28,500 and ended at $50,500. The buyer, who wouldn't identify himself, also assumes the $18,000 still owed on the 1,600-square foot house. Nelson bought the home, near Yakima, for his mother, Myrle Harvey, in 1976. She lived there until she died in 1983.