AXS TV presents a star-studded “Legends of Country” music marathon starting Sunday, July 31 at 10aE. The nine-concert event features specials from Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Sugarland and Toby Keith. The Marathon Also Features Performances by George Jones, Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Sugarland, & Toby Keith LOS ANGELES – July 18, 2016 – Line-dance the day away with AXS TV, as the network presents a star-studded “Legends of Country” music marathon, starting Sunday, July 31, at 10aE/7aP. The special nine-concert event puts the spotlight on some of the genre’s biggest names and most influential acts, as they take the stage to perform some of their most enduring hits. “Legends of Country” kicks off at 10aE/7aP, as an all-star roster of country favorites—including Kenny Chesney, Wynonna Judd, and Randy Travis—come together to salute a legend in GEORGE JONES: 50 YEARS OF HITS. Next, genre pioneer Martina McBride unleashes a powerful set in front of a sold-out crowd in MARTINA MCBRIDE: EVERLASTING – LIVE FROM THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM, at 12:05pE; and “Small Town Southern Man” Alan Jackson brings his big time charm to one of the country’s most iconic venues, on the final stop of his 25th Anniversary “Keepin’ It Country Tour” in ALAN JACKSON: KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY – LIVE AT RED ROCKS at 1:35pE. Then, genre mainstay Tim McGraw delivers a career-spanning set featuring “Something Like That” and “Live Like You Were Dying” at 2:35pE. “Legends of Country” continues at 3:30pE, as Shania Twain rocks Sin City during her exclusive residency at Caesar’s Palace in SHANIA TWAIN – STILL THE ONE; and celebrated Country duo Sugarland take SOUNDSTAGE by storm, with renditions of “It Happens,” “Baby Girl,” and more at 5:05pE. Then, two of the genre’s most important voices deliver show-stopping performances at the world’s largest honkytonk in WILLIE NELSON – LIVE AT BILLY BOB’S TEXAS at 6:05pE, followed by MERLE HAGGARD – LIVE AT BILLY BOB’S TEXAS at 8pE. The night comes to a close with beloved everyman Toby Keith bringing his trademark sound to an intimate performance at Chicago’s Grainger Studio in TOBY KEITH: 35 MPH TOWN, at 10pE.
Willie Nelson’s Previously Scheduled Show In Austin Now to Benefit West, Texas. Following the tragic and deadly fire and subsequent explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas that has impacted the entire community in the area, Willie Nelson has reworked his already scheduled April 28th Austin, TX show into a benefit concert. All proceeds will go to help West Volunteer Fire Department now dealing with the aftermath of this week’s events. The announcement was originally made via Twitter, and then later posted on Nelson’s website along with an interview featured on Texas Monthly. The previously scheduled concert on 4/28 at @thenewbackyard will now benefit West VFD Details to come soon — Willie Nelson (@willienelson) April 18, 2013 Willie, a Texas native, actually grew up very close to the West community, and tweeted his condolences after the news broke. West has been in my backyard all my life.My heart is praying for thecommunity that we call home. #westtx — Willie Nelson (@willienelson) April 18, 2013 It never ceases to amaze me how some folks are so ready to provide aid when it is needed, and Nelson has yet again earned my respect by practicing what he preaches! Amidst a week full of pain and loss, our hearts are with everyone in West, TX.
HaleighT’s Thoughts On Willie Nelson’s Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die, Musings From The Road. If you haven’t got the chance yet, I suggest you get yourself a copy of Willie Nelson’s Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die – Musings from the Road. To say it is an easy read, would be a little off kilter. The story is always jumping, along with the people telling the story. It will shoot from song lyrics, to jokes and even to journal entries. And you can’t forget the drawings by Micah, Willie’s son. But if the book didn’t play out the way it did, it probably wouldn’t be worth reading at all! This book can teach you a lot. A lot about Willie, his family, his friends and his career. You find out how and why certain songs were written and even how he met many of his friends (many of who are great songwriters and musicians themselves). I was shocked to find out how much he sold some of his songs for, but I won’t tell you because it’ll ruin the surprise! However, I wasn’t shocked to read how much his children care, love and respect him. No, I haven’t ever met Willie. But sometimes you can just get a vibe from someone that says hey, he’s a good guy! By all of the things he does for other people, (Farm Aid, Peace Research Institute) you can tell he has a kind heart and believes in good. Willie repeats some of his philosophies many times in this book. Like…don’t be an asshole. Each time I read a line that had already been said, (he makes it known that he already said it) I couldn’t help but laugh. It’s funny to me because I can just imagine him looking at someone with a straight face, telling them not to be an asshole and then giving them a smile. Repeating yourself is fine by me, it lets people know that you are serious. Plus, nobody wants to be around an asshole… So my review for the book is, it’s a good time! During your read you will learn and you will laugh. If you are anything like me it’ll make you crank up some “Whiskey River” and start planning a trip to see a show. But like Willie would say, you can’t pay attention to reviews. If you believe the good ones, you have to believe the bad ones… Find Roll Me Up and Smoke Me online at Amazon!
Preview Willie Nelson’s Memoir, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die. Willie Nelson has debuted his hilariously titled memoir, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, and he is letting his fan base preview it via Facebook! The memoir features a forward by Kinky Friedman and illustrations by Micah Nelson, and you’ll find the preview links below! I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but based on Nelson’s, I’m gonna say I’ve got high (hahaha) hopes for this one! In other Willie news…check out my reflections of finally getting to see the iconic singer live at the 2012 CMA Awards! Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Preview Links: Preview 1. Preview 2.
The Official Music Video For Willie Nelson’ “A Horse Called Music.” “A Horse Called Music,” comes from Willie Nelson’s latest album Heroes. No, it isn’t a new song, it is a re-release like many of the songs on Heroes. Nelson and Merle Haggard sound like the country legends we’ve love on this recording. Last night on the CMA Awards there was a great tribute to the Red Headed Stranger with performances by Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. The whole thing brought tears to my eyes! And even more so when the camera showed Nelson himself getting watery-eyed! If you didn’t see it click HERE. Y’all watch the video for “A Horse Called Music” and tell us what you think!
Second Annual Railroad Revival Tour Canceled. The Railroad Revival Tour was supposed to be a concert tour that would travel by train to stops across the U.S. and feature performances by Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Band of Horses and John Reilly & Friends. However, this epic-sounding event is no more as it has been canceled. They made the announcement via their website with the following message: “It is with extreme regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2012 Railroad Revival Tour. “The decision to do so was a difficult one, but it was determined that certain complications would not permit us to host the shows in the manner intended, and that the bands and fans deserved.” Unfortunately, the organizers didn’t provide any other explanation about the cancellation. Thankfully, ticket holders are being given a full refund.
Country Stars Featured On “Stars and Legends” PBS Special! PBS is airing a special that will feature artists from multiple genres including many top country artists. The special is titled “From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night At The Smith Center For The Performing Arts”, and it will focus on an overview of the careers of multiple artists. The country artists featured include: Martina McBride, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and EmmyLou Harris. The special will air Friday, September 21st at 9pm, and will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris in Las Vegas.
The Official Music Video For “Just Breathe.” Here is the official music video for “Just Breathe.” The song was orginally done by Pearl Jam, but was recorded as a duet for Willie Nelson and his son Lukas Nelson. It can be found on Nelson’s album Heroes that was released in May. The album features the two singing together on over half of the tracks. Enjoy!
Second Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival announces Line-Up! The second annual Johnny Cash Music Festival has announced its official line-up, and it will include Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, The Civil Wars and Rosanne Cash! The music fest takes place on October 5th in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and proceeds go to fund the restoration of Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas. Tickets will be available starting Friday, May 25th and run from $37.50 up to $150. Those willing to spring for the higher ticket price will get access to a meet and greet with the artists before the concert.
BamaJam 2012 Performance List Grows with Willie Nelson and Uncle Kracker Added! It looks like BamaJam 2012 is really trying to make-up for last year’s cancelation! Event organizers have added Willie Nelson and Uncle Kracker to the line-up which already includes Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw and Kid Rock. More performances and details will be announced as the festival date, Thursday, June 14th through Saturday, June 16th, gets closer! Tickets are already on sale, and if you want ’em…you better act fast! Go here for details!