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Willie Nelson: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, The Independent, 5 April 2005

AT THIS LATE stage, attending a Willie Nelson concert is more a gesture of pilgrimage than anything else. Nelson, now 71, with a ponytail that ...

Willie Nelson: Willie Nelson Live (RCA)**

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, 9 October 1976

WILLIE NELSON has been in country music for the better part of twenty years as a songwriter and performer, while, arm in arm with Waylon ...

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Willie Nelson (1994)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 18 October 1994

Willie Nelson – on tour in Sweden – on leaving Columbia for Liberty, his tussle with the IRS, Cowboy movies, songwriting and more...

File format: mp3 File size: 30mb Interview length: 32 minutes 43 seconds Sound quality: ****

Willie Nelson (1998)

Interview by Chris Smith, Rock's Backpages Audio, 8 September 1998

The outlaw-country icon talks about what makes Texas such fertile ground for songwriters and musicians; about his discovery of the Austin scene; his early years as a writer in Nashville, and pitching 'Crazy' to Patsy Cline; the struggle to break through as an artist, and at some length about songwriting.

File format: mp3; file size: 23.9mb, interview length: 24' 51" sound quality: ****

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Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings: Outlaws offer new kind of country

Interview by Wayne Robins, Newsday, 22 January 1978

IF YOU think the Super Bowl was rough on the Denver Broncos, you should have seen Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson the next afternoon. The ...

Dylan meets Willie Nelson: Thunder Deep in the Heart of Texas

Report by Joe Nick Patoski, Rolling Stone, 17 June 1976

HOUSTON — It was the Rolling Thunder Revue's second stop here this year, just five months after the less-than-successful Rubin Carter Astrodome benefit, and Bob ...

Willie Nelson: Willie And Family Live (Columbia KC2-35642)

Review by Stephen K. Peeples, L.A. Weekly, 21 December 1978

WILLIE NELSON, whose maverick approach to country music helped him achieve widespread popularity in the last four years, is finally represented accurately on an album. ...

Willie Nelson: Country Music

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2010

Legend revisits his roots, aided by Grammy-magnet T Bone Burnett It really is impossible to second-guess Willie Nelson. The recent past has seen some unlikely detours ...

Willie and the Weed Factory

Profile and Interview by Chris Heath, GQ, 31 August 2015

Marijuana's state-by-state march toward full legalization would never have happened without Willie Nelson. He's 82 now, and he's spent nearly half his life as America's ...

Graeme Thomson: Willie Nelson – The Outlaw

Book Review by Adam Sweeting, Daily Telegraph, 9 March 2006

MANY RECORDING artists have flirted with cowboy-chic, from the Eagles with their "gunfighter" album Desperado to Jon Bon Jovi preposterously claiming to be "Wanted Dead ...

Willie Nelson For President?

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Uncut, July 2010

Onboard his battle bus, Uncut is granted a conference with the laid-back potentate of country music, Willie Nelson. On the agenda: Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, ...

Farm Aid

Review by Alan Light,, September 2008

"THIS IS OUR twenty-third Farm Aid," said John Mellencamp, "and when we started this thing, we were naïve enough that we thought we'd have this ...

Paul English: Watching Willie's Back

Profile and Interview by Joe Nick Patoski, Oxford American, 13 Winter 2014

PAUL ENGLISH was talking about breaking someone's legs, cheerily using the threat as a means to get to the punch line of a story. The ...

Hot times in the heart of Texxas

Report by Joe Nick Patoski, Rolling Stone, 24 August 1978

IF ANYTHING was learned from the 105,000 fans who piled into the Cotton Bowl over the Fourth of July weekend for the two-day Texxas World ...

Willie Nelson: The Troublemaker (CBS) and Live (RCA)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 13 November 1976

TWO OLDIES, neither of which add significantly to Nelson's reputation as the leading exponent of the new Texan country music: The Troublemaker, recorded in 1973, ...

Willie Nelson: Stars & Guitars

Review and Interview by Max Bell, Uncut, January 2003

Shotgun Willie recorded live in the country capital with a clutch of great names including Sheryl Crow, Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris. ...

Willie Nelson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kimmie Rhodes, Katy Moffatt: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 18 April 1990

The other Nelson jumps genres ...

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings: Waylon & Willie (RCA)

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, April 1978

'PICK UP The Tempo' again. 'It's Not Supposed To Be That Way' again. Tracking these guys separately or in tandem means a hell of a ...

Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser: Wanted! The Outlaws (RCA)

Review by Nick Tosches, The Village Voice, 26 January 1976

Waylon &c. Pull a Fast One ...

Willie Nelson: Capital Centre, Landover MA

Live Review by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore Sun, 16 March 1983

Nelson's style: spare but brilliant ...

Willie Nelson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, The Guardian, 9 June 1982

IT IS TRUE what they say about things being bigger in Texas. You could wrap up a jumbo jet in the flag of the Lone ...

Carla Bozulich: Cafe Club Fais Do-Do

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 3 April 2002

A CANNY BLEND of leather-worn country standards and original compositions that sound like they could be, Willie Nelson's 1975 album Red Headed Stranger functions as ...

Willie Nelson's Heroes a great Father's Day pick says his son, Lukas

Report and Interview by Jeff Slate,, 15 June 2012

"HE'S A GREAT DAD. I'm an incredibly lucky guy to have grown up with him," Lukas Nelson told me of his dad, music legend Willie ...

Willie Nelson: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Baltimore MD

Live Review by Geoffrey Himes, Evening Sun (Baltimore), The , 27 May 1988

Despite many styles, Nelson is a hit ...

Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger (Columbia)

Review by Nick Tosches, Creem, August 1975

I USED TO think Willie Nelson wrote sissy songs, that he was just another doily-brained sensitivo. Then, about two years ago, I came across an ...

Interview: Willie Nelson

Profile and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 31 May 1998

The songs come out of suffering. Like being beaten senseless with his wife's broom... ...

Get set for good old Country Music: Willie Nelson's End of Summer Picnic

Profile and Interview by Lon Goddard, Daily Astorian, 7 September 1995

"MAMA, DON'T let your cowboys grow up to be babies," joked quintessential crossover music legend Willie Nelson from the stage of Portland's 3,200 capacity Rose ...

Willie Nelson: One Hell Of A Ride

Review by John Morthland, No Depression, 30 April 2008

SOMEDAY, SOMEBODY with great taste, and no desire to be all things to all markets, is going to put together a Best Of Willie Nelson ...

Willie Nelson, Billy Swan: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 1 May 1976

Good and bad ol' boys ...

Willie Nelson: The Buddha of Texas

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1995

He is both The Great Elder of his tribe — a man of fabled serenity — and country music's most celebrated outsider; fond of the ...

Willie Nelson: The Great Divide

Review by Pat Blashill, Rolling Stone, 8 January 2002

SUNNY AND UPLIFTING are not words generally associated with Willie Nelson, but that's not the only reason some will be surprised by his new album. ...

Nelson Picnic Brings Different Musical Elements Together

Report by Stephen K. Peeples, Cash Box, 26 July 1975

HOLLYWOOD — This year's Willie Nelson 4th of July picnic was streamlined in production and presentation: narrowed to one day as opposed to three last ...

Farm Aid: Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, Ohio

Report by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, 23 September 2003

I WAS EATING Neil Young when the highest points of my sojourn to this year's Farm Aid benefit concert occurred: veteran Crazy Horse bassist Billy ...

Billy Swan, Willie Nelson: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 1 May 1976

The majesty of Nelson's column ...

Willie Nelson At 70

Book Excerpt by Gene Santoro, 'Highway 61 Revisited...', 2004

ON APRIL 30, 2003, Willie Nelson turned 70, and celebrated with the release of his latest Greatest Hits collection. The Essential Willie Nelson (Columbia/Legacy), a ...

Willie Nelson: Cheer Up, It Might Never Happen

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, July 1993

…Er, unfortunately it already has. Three failed marriages, a son's suicide, his house burning down — and that's before the small matter of a $16.7 ...

Willie Nelson: The Emperor of Austin

Profile and Interview by Joe Nick Patoski, Zoo World, 18 July 1974

"I WAS LIVING in Nashville," Willie Nelson recalls. "I had just written a song called 'What Can You Do To Me Now?' and the next ...

Various Artists: America: A Tribute To Heroes

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2002

Star-Spangled Bummer:  Record of benefit concert/telethon for victims of September 11 ...

Willie Nelson: Always On My Mind (Columbia)

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, July 1982

JUST WHEN you thought you couldn't bear one more version of Paul Simon's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', Willie Nelson comes by and makes the song ...

Willie Nelson's Countryman (Lost Highway)

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

HEARING WILLIE Nelson’s first reggae album, you’re bound to ask: What took him so long? There’s a rather sympathetic correlation between the Nelson’s rather lazy, ...

Willie Nelson: Funny How Time Slips Away

Retrospective and Interview by Bill DeYoung, Goldmine, 6 January 1995

WITH HIS beatific smile and twinkling bright eyes, Willie Nelson looks like the most serene and centered man on the planet. When he's wearing a ...

Willie Nelson: The Barbican, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 1998

THE GREAT FEAR of seeing a hero in their twilight years is that their powers will have deserted them and they'll be unable to reach, ...

Willie Nelson: The Troublemaker (CBS)****

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, 23 October 1976

HOW ARE we supposed to take this album, eh? ...

The Lone Star Spirit of Willie Nelson

Profile and Interview by Chris Smith, Performing Songwriter, December 1998

THERE WAS, of course, Texas music before Willie. Problem was, nobody outside of Texas heard it. The eclectic styles growing from lone star roots before ...

Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger

Review by Mick Houghton, Let It Rock, October 1975

WILLIE NELSON has never written easy songs or recorded easy albums. He has penned his share of country standards over the past fifteen years, all ...

Willie Nelson: Expecting the Unexpected

Profile and Interview by Hank Bordowitz, Gallery, March 2001

WILLIE NELSON studies martial arts. He has honed his skills as a karateka in various styles for around 40 years now. When you ...

Willie Nelson’s Straight Story

Report and Interview by Peter Murphy (Irish), Hot Press, 23 July 2002

IN DAVID LYNCH’S The Straight Story, the septuagenarian Alvin Straight showed his steel when the twin freak mechanics the Olsens tried fleecing him for repairs ...

Willie Nelson Hits Springfield

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, unpublished, 2001

IT’S LONG PAST midnight at the Springfield, Illinois, State Fairground. Heavy rain slants down, dousing the day’s tangled aromas of corn dog, funnel cake and ...

10 Questions for Willie Nelson

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 1998

Does writing and making records get harder or easier with time? ...

Willie Nelson: The Barbican, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1996

HE STEPS out onstage to a standing ovation and his grizzled, beautifully-ruined face breaks into that huge grin. For a moment the spindly bloke looks ...

Willie Nelson Picnics At Woodstock

Interview by Erik Himmelsbach,, 26 July 1999

WILLIE NELSON WAS FAR, far away from Woodstock in 1969, at least physically. He was about to return to Texas after a tumultuous decade as ...

How To Buy Willie Nelson

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, May 1997

TWO THINGS. Willie Nelson is not a country singer but a singer who just happens to fit neatly in the country section for those of ...


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