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Texas
12:01 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Willie Nelson Donates Stash of Personal Artifacts To Briscoe Center

Jeff Newman Southern Lights/Northern Cross Collection, Briscoe Center for American History

Even as he celebrated his 81st birthday – how else, but by getting his fifth-degree black belt in a martial art called GongKwon Yusul - legendary musician Willie Nelson does not show signs of slowing down.

It was, however, announced today that he has decided to donate a large portion of his personal collection to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin.

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ACL Hall of Fame
7:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

The Red Headed Stranger and Austin's 'Pride and Joy' Honored at ACL Hall of Fame

Emmy Lou Harris, Willie and Lyle Lovett perform together

Over the weekend, television’s longest running music program– Austin City Limits, celebrated the first induction ceremony for the new Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.  ACL returned to its original home at PBS’s KLRU Studio 6A Saturday evening to honor those who have left their mark on the show. The event featured more than a few famous faces.

Asked to dress Austin chic, the invitation-only crowd was, well, classically Austin. Plenty of boots, cowboy hats and jeans. Many of the women turned out in heels and dresses.  But arguably the best-dressed man in attendance was Lyle Lovett – in his signature suit and tie.

Lovett was there to honor Willie Nelson who was ACL’s first-ever inductee into the Hall of Fame.

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Texas
3:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

It's Willie Nelson's 80th Birthday

Willie Nelson celebrates his 80th birthday today.
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It’s official: the Red Headed Stranger is an octogenarian.

Willie Nelson, the Crown Prince of Texas Country, turns 80 today. And it seemed as mellow an affair as one would expect from Willie – despite a busy week.

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Arts and Culture
12:34 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Willie Nelson On Piano Jazz

Willie Nelson.
Frazer Henderson Getty Images Entertainment

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 9:25 am

Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson was born April 30, 1933, in the small farming community of Abbott, Texas. His early interest in music came about through singing in church, and he wrote his first song at age 7. By age 9, he'd begun playing in a local band; after high school, Nelson served briefly in the Air Force and studied at Baylor University. In the mid-'50s, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas and Washington state, played in honky-tonks and continued to write songs.

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music
11:23 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Willie Nelson Out of Hospital and "Feeling Better"

Country music legend Willie Nelson is out of a Denver hospital and feeling better. Denver NBC affiliate KUSA broke the news yesterday that Nelson was admitted to hospital, because he was "suffering from breathing problems due to the high altitude and emphysema,” according to an announcement made to the crowd gathered for a fundraiser performance at Castle Pines Village, a gated residential community about 25 miles outside of Denver.

But this morning, Nelson’s publicist says the 79-year-old is feeling fine and will be at the House of Blues tomorrow night in Dallas.

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AM Update: 8/20/12
8:42 am
Mon August 20, 2012

AM Update: Willie Nelson Cancels Concert, Lettuce Recall, Hasan Trial Delay

Nelson, who was honored with a statue in Austin, reportedly canceled a performance due to health concerns.
KUT News

Reports: Willie Nelson Cancels Concert Due to Breathing Problems

Denver news outlets are reporting that Willie Nelson canceled an appearance at a fundraising event in Colorado on Saturday because the singer was taken to the hospital.

The fundraiser’s host told The Denver Post that he was informed that Nelson was taken to the hospital for breathing problems.

Nelson is 79-years-old. He’s scheduled to play at The Backyard at Bee Cave on Saturday. There’s no word on his current condition or if any upcoming performances will be canceled.

Recalled Lettuce Was Shipped to Texas

A California company is recalling more than 2,000 cases of romaine lettuce that were distributed to 19 states including Texas because the lettuce may be contaminated with E. Coli.

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Arts and Culture
10:22 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Check Out Photos of Willie Nelson and His New Statue

The bronze likeness of Nelson is presented to the public.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News.

Austin got its long-awaited glimpse at the new Willie Nelson statue on Friday.

The April 20th unveiling of the statue was captured by photographer Jeff Heimsath for KUT News. On hand for the commemoration of the eight-foot tall, one-ton statue was the Red-Headed Stranger himself, who treated the audience to a song.

AM Update
8:14 am
Fri April 20, 2012

AM Update: Willie Nelson Immortalized, Cap Metro Fatality, LCRA Reduces Staff

Willie and a friend get a sneak peek at his bronze likeness.
Photo courtesy willienelson.com

Willie Nelson Statue Unveiled

A statue of famed country musician Willie Nelson will be unveiled today.

The eight-foot tall, one-ton statue will stand on the plaza located on Willie Nelson Boulevard (aka Second Street) and Lavaca Street, at the foot of the Austin City Limits Live Theater. Capital Area Statues has worked on the project over the past several years and as board president Lawrence Wright describes it, the statue will be another fixture of Austin’s culture.

“This gift to Austin will become an instant, iconic representation of our great city and its love affair with music.” 

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City Council
9:59 am
Thu April 5, 2012

City Council Preview: Battle Over Downtown Affordability, Eyeing Amphitheaters, and Willie in Bronze

A model of a statue honoring The Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson.
Photo courtesy capitalareastatues.com

It’s been another busy week for the Austin City Council, with a Tuesday work session delving into geographic representation, and then another installment in its procession of Austin Energy rate discussions. But today council stares down a 93-item long agenda. We’ve culled a few highlights:

Don’t Bogart that Statue: Item nine on the agenda authorizes the acceptance of a seven-foot, bronze statue of Willie Nelson, to be placed nearby the staircase leading to the Austin City Limits studio. It seems a smart fit, as the city already honorarily christened the statue's home, Second Street, as Willie Nelson Boulevard.

Does Green Mean Go?: Item 10 would see the city signing off on plans to develop the site of the former Green Water Treatment Plant, a block east of City Hall. The city would sell the downtown plot to developer Trammell Crow for approximately $42 million; as KUT News previously wrote, Trammell Crow has proposed 826 apartments and 200 hotel rooms, plus retail, hospitality and office space.

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City Council Elections
12:00 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Austin Election Update: Willie and Lance Endorse, Place 2 Challenge, and a Hallucinatory Candidacy

Willie Nelson (L) and Lance Armstorng (R) have announced their endorsement of Lee Leffingwell.
Nelson photo courtesy Larry Philpot, soundstagephotography.com; Leffingwell photo courtesy his campaign; Armstrong photo courtesy http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Haggisnl

Mayor Lee Leffingwell is taking nothing for granted in his re-election bid.

Despite a lack of formidable opposition, Austin’s incumbent mayor announced two high profile, if unorthodox, endorsements this weekend. His campaign shares the details:

AUSTIN, TX – Mayor Lee Leffingwell is excited to announce today that he has been endorsed by two of Austin’s favorite adopted sons – country music legend Willie Nelson and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

 “I love Austin and I think Mayor Leffingwell has done a real good job of helping keep it a special place,” said Nelson.  “I’m proud to give him my endorsement.”

 “Mayor Leffingwell has been a strong leader and I think he deserves another term,” said Armstrong.  “I hope my fellow Austinites will join me in supporting him for re-election.”

Austin’s municipal election is set for May 12.

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music
4:31 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Willie Nelson’s Bassist Dan “Bee” Spears Dies

Photo by Master Sgt. Lee Roberts, USAF http://osd.dtic.mil/news/Nov2004/n11232004_2004112302.html

Dan “Bee” Spears, Willie Nelson’s bass player for more than four decades, has died at the age of 62. Spears’ girlfriend Dee Pearce said Spears slipped and fell while exiting his motor home near Nashville on Thursday night and died from exposure to the elements, KXAN reported.

Spears was born in San Antonio on August 11, 1949. He started playing bass for Willie Nelson at age 19, according to this birthday note on Nelson’s website.

We called Ray Benson, frontman of Asleep at the Wheel and a close friend of Spears for 38 years, to get his reaction.

“I’m just shocked. It’s not something you expect at all,” Benson told us. “But to paraphrase an old friend, Warren Zevon, ‘Enjoy every taco,’ because you just don’t know.”

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Arts and Culture
6:19 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Judge Rejects Willie Nelson’s $780 Plea Deal on Pot Bust

Photo by Andy Uhler for KUT

A West Texas judge says she will not accept a plea deal between the Hudspeth County prosecutor and Willie Nelson’s lawyers because she says it’s not harsh enough. The deal would have required Nelson to pay a $500 fine and $280 in court fees for possessing marijuana.

Judge Becky Dean-Walker told the New York Times that county attorney Kit Bramblett let Nelson off easy because Bramblett is a huge fan.

“He’s supposed to file the charge he feels is appropriate,” Judge Dean-Walker said of Mr. Bramblett in a telephone interview. “Not what he feels he should do for his favorite singer. It is up to the judge to agree or not.”

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