Born & Raised Music Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup!

Born & Raised Music Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup Headlined by Willie Nelson & Family and Hank Williams Jr.A Weekend of Music & Camping For The Outlaw In All Of UsJune 5, 6 and 7 in Pryor, Oklahoma Presale Passes On-Sale Starting Wednesday, February 12thEarly Bird Prices Available Friday, February 14th February 5, 2020 – AEG Presents has announced the inaugural lineup and details for Born & Raised Music Festival, a new outlaw, Texas and Red Dirt country music and camping experience taking over the Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, the long-standing home of Rocklahoma. Taking place Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th with a special pre-festival party Friday, June 5th, the first-ever Born & Raised – “a weekend of music and camping for the outlaw in all of us” – features more than 25 acts including headlining sets from legendary outlaw artists Willie Nelson & Family and Hank Williams Jr. along with performances from Jamey Johnson, Whiskey Myers, Blackberry Smoke, Margo Price, Randy Rogers Band, Shooter Jennings, Parker McCollum and many more; see below for full lineup.


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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 Concert Proceeds to Benefit West, Texas

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.

Willie Nelson Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die-Book

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

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.

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard A Horse Called Music-Video

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!

Railroad Revival Tour Canceled

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 PBS Special

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.

Willie Nelson And Lukas Nelson – Just Breathe Video

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!

About Willie Nelson

As a songwriter and a performer, Willie Nelson played a vital role in post-rock & roll country songs. Although he didn’t become a star until the mid-’70s, Nelson spent the ’60s writing songs that became hits for stars like Ray Price (“Night Life”), Patsy Cline (“Crazy”), Faron Young (“Hello Walls”), and Billy Walker (“Funny How Time Slips Away”) as well as releasing a series of records on Liberty and RCA that earned him a small, but devoted, cult not long after. at a time of the early ’70s, Willie aligned himself with Waylon Jennings and the burgeoning outlaw country movement that made him into a star in 1975. not long after the crossover success of that year’s The Red Headed Stranger and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” Nelson was a genuine star, as recognizable in pop circles as he was to the country audience; in addition to recording, he also launched an acting career in the early ’80s. Even when he was a star, Willie never played it safe musically. Instead, he borrowed from a wide variety of styles, including traditional pop, Western swing, jazz, traditional country, cowboy songs, honky tonk, rock & roll, folk, and the blues, creating a distinctive, elastic hybrid. Nelson remained at the top of the country charts until the mid-’80s, when his lifestyle — which had always been close to the outlaw clichés with which his music flirted — started to spiral out of control, culminating in an infamous battle with the IRS in the late ’80s. at a time of the ’90s, Nelson’s sales never reached the heights that he had experienced a decade earlier, but he remained a vital icon in country music, having greatly influenced the new country, new traditionalist, and alternative country movements of the ’80s and ’90s as well as leaving behind a legacy of classic music and recordings.

Nelson started performing material as a child growing up in Abbott, TX. After his father died and his mother ran away, Nelson and his sister Bobbie were raised by their grandparents, who encouraged both children to play instruments. Willie picked up the guitar, and by the time he was seven, he was already writing music. Bobbie learned to play piano, eventually meeting — and later marrying — fiddler Bud Fletcher, who invited both of the siblings to become a part of his band. Nelson had already played with Raychecks’ Polka Band, but with Fletcher, he acted as the group’s frontman. Willie stayed with Fletcher throughout high school. Upon his graduation, he joined the Air Force but had to leave shortly afterward, when he became plagued by back dilemmas. following his disenrollment from the service, he began looking for full-time work. After he worked several part-time jobs, he acquired a job as a country DJ at Fort Worth’s KCNC in 1954. Nelson continued to sing in honky tonks as he worked as a DJ, deciding to make a stab at recording career by 1956. That year, he headed to Vancouver, WA, where he recorded Leon Payne’s “Lumberjack.” At that time, Payne was a DJ and he plugged “Lumberjack” on the air, which eventually resulted in sales of 3,000 — a respectable figure for an independent single, but not enough to gain much attention. For the next few years, Willie continued to DJ and sing in stages. while this time, he sold “Family Bible” to a guitar instructor for 50 dollars, and when the song became a hit for Claude Gray in 1960, Nelson decided to move to Nashville the following year to try his luck. Though his nasal voice and jazzy, off-center phrasing didn’t win him many friends — several demos were made and then rejected by various labels — his songwriting ability didn’t go unnoticed, and soon Hank Cochran helped Willie land a publishing record deal at Pamper music. Ray Price, who co-owned Pamper Music, recorded Nelson’s “Night Life” and invited him to become a part of his hosting shows band, the Cherokee Cowboys, as a bassist.

Arriving at the beginning of 1961, Price’s invitation started a watershed year for Nelson. Not only did he play with Price — eventually taking members of the Cherokee Cowboys to form his own performing band — but his songs also provided major smashes for several other artists. Faron Young took “Hello Walls” to number one for nine weeks, Billy Walker made “Funny How Time Slips Away” into a Top 40 country smash, and Patsy Cline made “Crazy” into a Top Ten pop crossover hit. Earlier in the year, he signed a signed deal with Liberty Records and began releasing a series of singles that were usually drenched in strings. “Willingly,” a duet with his then-wife Shirley Collie, became a Top Ten hit for Nelson early in 1962, and it was followed by another Top Ten single, “Touch Me,” later that year. Both singles made it seem like Nelson was primed to become a star, but his career stalled just as quickly as it had taken off, and he was soon charting in the lower regions of the Top 40. Liberty closed its country division in 1964, the same year Roy Orbison had a hit with “Pretty Paper.”

When the Monument recordings failed to become hits, Nelson moved to RCA Records in 1965, the same year he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Over the next seven years, Willie had a steady stream of minor hits, spotlighted by the number 13 hit “Bring Me Sunshine” in 1969. Toward the end of his stint with RCA, he had grown frustrated with the label, which had continually attempted to shoehorn him into the heavily produced Nashville style of music. By 1972, he wasn’t even able to reach the country Top 40. Discouraged by his lack of success, Nelson decided to retire from country music, moving back to Austin, TX, after a brief and disastrous sojourn into pig farming. Once he arrived in Austin, Nelson realized that many young rock fans were listening to country material along with the traditional honky tonk audience. Spotting an opportunity, Willie started playing again, scrapping his pop-oriented Nashville style of music and image for a rock- and folk-influenced redneck outlaw image. Soon, he earned a record deal with Atlantic Records.

Shotgun Willie (1973), Nelson’s first album for Atlantic, was evidence of the shift of his musical style, and although it initially didn’t sell well, it acquired good reviews and cultivated a dedicated cult not long after. By the fall of 1973, his version of Bob Wills’ “Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)” had cracked the country Top 40. The following year, he delivered the concept album Phases and Stages, which expanded his following even more with the hit singles “Bloody Mary Morning” and “After the Fire Is Gone.” But the real commercial breakthrough didn’t arrive until 1975, when he severed ties with Atlantic and signed to Columbia Records, which gave him complete creative control of his records. Willie’s first album for Columbia, The Red Headed Stranger, was a spare concept album about a preacher, featuring only his guitar and his sister’s piano. The label was reluctant to release with such stark arrangements, but they relented and it became a huge hit, thanks to Nelson’s understated cover of Roy Acuff’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.”

Following the breakthrough success of The Red Headed Stranger as well as Waylon Jennings’ simultaneous success, outlaw country — so named because it worked outside of the confines of the Nashville industry — became a sensation, and RCA compiled the various-artists album Wanted: The Outlaws!, using songs Nelson, Jennings, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter had previously recorded for the label. The compilation boasted a number one single in the form of the newly recorded Jennings and Nelson duet “Good Hearted Woman,” which was also named the Country songs Association’s single of the year. For the next five years, Nelson consistently charted on both the country and pop charts, with “Remember Me,” “If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time,” and “Uncloudy Day” becoming Top Ten country singles in 1976; “I Love You a Thousand Ways” and the Mary Kay Place duet “Something to Brag About” were Top Ten country singles the following year.

Nelson enjoyed his most popular year to date in 1978, as he charted with two very dissimilar copies. Waylon and Willie, his first duet album with Jennings, was a major success early in the year, spawning the signature song “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” Later in the year, he put forth Stardust, a string-augmented collection of pop standards produced by Booker T. Jones. Most observers believed that the unconventional record would derail Nelson’s career, but it unexpectedly became one of the most popular records in his catalog, spending almost ten years in the country charts and eventually selling over four million copies. After the success of Stardust, Willie branched out into film, appearing in the Robert Redford movie The Electric Horseman in 1979 and starring in Honeysuckle Rose the following year. The latter spawned the hit “On the Road Again,” which became another one of Nelson’s signature songs.

Willie continued to have hits throughout the early ’80s, when he had a major crossover success in 1982 with a cover of Elvis Presley’s hit “Always on My Mind.” The single spent two weeks at number one and crossed over to number five on the pop charts, sending the record of the same name to number two on the pop charts as well as quadruple-platinum reputation. Over the next two years, he had hit duet albums with Merle Haggard (1983’s Poncho & Lefty) and Jennings (1982’s WWII and 1983’s Take It to the Limit), during “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” a duet with Latin pop star Julio Iglesias, became another major crossover success in 1984, peaking at number five on the pop charts and number one on the country singles chart.

Following a string of number one singles in early 1985, which included “Highwayman,” the first single from the Highwaymen, a supergroup he formed with Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson, Nelson’s popularity gradually began to erode. A new generation of artists had captured the focus of the country audience, which started to drastically cut into his own audience. For the remainder of the decade, he recorded less frequently and remained on the road; he also continued to do charity work, most notably Farm Aid, an annual concert that he conspired in 1985 designed to provide aid to ailing farmers. during he career was declining, an old demon began to creep up on Willie: the IRS. In November 1990, he was given a bill for $16.7 million in back taxes. while the following year, almost all of his assets — including several houses, studios, farms, and assorted properties — were taken away, and to help pay his bill, he issued the double album The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories? Originally put forth as two separate albums, the records were marketed through television commercials, and all the profits were directed to the IRS. By 1993 — the year he turned 60 — his debts had been paid off, and he relaunched his recording career with Across the Borderline, an ambitious record produced by Don Was and featuring cameos by Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sinéad O’Connor, David Crosby, and Kris Kristofferson. The album received strong reviews and became his first solo album to appear in the pop charts since 1985.

After the release of Across the Borderline, Nelson continued to work steadily, releasing at least one record a year and touring constantly. In 1993, he was inducted into the Country music Hall of Fame, but by that time, he had already become a living legend for all country songs fans across the world. Signing to Island for 1996’s Spirit, he resurfaced two years later with the critically acclaimed Teatro, produced by Daniel Lanois. Nelson came up that success with the instrumental-oriented Night and Day a year later; Me and the Drummer and Milk Cow Blues came in 2000. The Rainbow Connection, which featured an eclectic selection of old-time country favorites, appeared in spring 2001.

Amazingly prolific as a recording artist, Nelson released The Great Divide on Universal in 2002. A collection of his early-’60s publishing demos for Pamper songs called Crazy: The Demo Sessions followed out on Sugar Hill in 2003. Later in 2003 Nelson gave us Run That by Me One More Time, which reunited him with Ray Price and kicked off a relationship with Lost Highway Records. It Always Will Be and Outlaws and Angels both appeared on Lost Highway in 2004, came by the release of Nelson’s long-delayed attempt at a country-reggae fusion, Countryman, also on Lost Highway, in 2005. You Don’t Know Me: The music of Cindy Walker arrived the following year, along with Songbird, Nelson’s collaboration with alt-country singer/songwriter Ryan Adams and his lineup the Cardinals. The double-disc Last of the Breed, an ambitious project that paired Nelson with Merle Haggard, Ray Price, and Asleep at the Wheel, was gave us by Lost Highway in 2007, followed by the Kenny Chesney/Buddy Cannon-produced Moment of Forever a year later in 2008. Also in 2008, Nelson paired with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis for the live record Two Men with the Blues and with harmonica player and producer Mickey Raphael for some serious-repair remixes of vintage Nelson releases from RCA originally recorded between 1966 and 1970 called Naked Willie. Lost Highway, an album of duets with country and pop singers ranging from Shania Twain to Elvis Costello, appeared in 2009. Also appearing in 2009 was the jazz-inflected American Classic from Blue Note Records.