Willie Nelson is still very much alive and well, and he’s releasing a new music video to prove it. Last week as he turned 84 years old, Willie shared the clip for “Still Not Dead,” a song which addresses the fake reports that have surfaced online about his death. In the video, Nelson can be seen just as energetic as ever as he sings about how he’s “still not dead again today.” Watch the hilarious video here. “Still Not Dead” appears on Willie’s new album, God’s Problem Child, which was released on Friday (4/28).
Some of country’s biggest stars will assemble in Nashville this spring for a special concert honoring the life and songs of the legendary Merle Haggard. Dubbed “Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard,” the all-star concert will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on April 6 in honor of what would have been Merle’s 80th birthday and the one-year anniversary of his passing. The night will include performances by artists such as Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., John Mellencamp, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more.
· Tickets go on sale this Friday (3/3) at 11 AM local time at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office.
· A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.
· More details about the concert can be found here.
On this day back in 1986, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson were presented a Gold Album for The Highwaymen. Though they would end up being called The Highwaymen, the group did not have an official name when they released the album on Columbia Records.
The single “Highwayman” became a #1 country hit.
On this day back in 1975, Willie Nelson recorded the classic “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain”. The song was a cover of Roy Acuff and helped jump start Nelson’s success as a singer and recording artist. He had thus far been primarily successful as a songwriter for other artists.
Willie Nelson has shared the details surrounding his upcoming studio album, God’s Problem Child, out April 28. Hitting shelves just one day before Willie’s 84th birthday on April 29, the album will consist of 13 all-new tracks, including seven songs that he co-wrote. One of the songs Nelson co-wrote is titled “Delete And Fast Forward,” which he has said is a reflection of his views on the 2016 presidential election.
God’s Problem Child track listing is as follows:
1. “Little House On The Hill” (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. “Old Timer” (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. “True Love” (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. “Delete And Fast Forward” (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. “A Woman’s Love” (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. “Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own” (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. “Butterfly” (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. “Still Not Dead” (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. “God’s Problem Child” (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. “It Gets Easier” (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. “Lady Luck” (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. “I Made A Mistake” (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. “He Won’t Ever Be Gone” (Gary Nicholson)
Willie Nelson has canceled two of his upcoming concerts at The Venetian in Las Vegas this weekend due to illness. A message on Willie’s Facebook page states that the canceled shows on Saturday (1/28) and Sunday (1/29) will not be rescheduled, but assures that his remaining “Vegas on My Mind” shows at The Venetian on February 1, 3 and 4 are still scheduled to take place.
Willie Nelson’s upcoming album will include a song that he wrote about President-elect Donald Trump. The new Trump-inspired song, titled “Delete and Fast-Forward,” will be a reflection of Willie’s views on the President-elect as well as the 2016 election. When asked about the song in an interview with Rolling Stone, Nelson answered by speaking some of its lyrics. He said, “Delete and fast-forward, my friend/ The elections are over and nobody wins/ But don’t worry too much, you’ll go crazy again/ Delete and fast forward, my friend.” When asked if the fast-forward he sings about is for only four years, Nelson simply said, “Yeah.”
· Willie’s new album, God’s Problem Child, is due out this spring
Dolly Parton has been named as the 2016 recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented during the upcoming 50th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville. The prestigious award was established to recognize an artist who has reached both national and international prominence through their concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy and record sales. The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 2 at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.
· Past recipients of the rare Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award are Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), and Johnny Cash(2015).
On this day in 1993, Willie Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Nelson was inducted for being not just one of the most recognizable acts in country music, but an American icon.
In his career, to date, Nelson has released sixty-eight studio albums, ten live albums,and thirty-seven compilations. Nelson has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States alone.