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Willie Nelson Celebrates the Launch of “Willie’s Reserve” Cannabis

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Willie Nelson is thrilled to announce the launch of Willie’s Reserve, a premium cannabis brand, which is anticipated to be available in select Washington and Colorado stores in July and August, respectively. To celebrate, Willie Nelson and Family will perform in concert on Saturday, July 23rd, at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington and Saturday, July 30th, at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood, Colorado. For more information, visit

“I always knew that marijuana would be legalized,” Nelson says. “I just never thought it would be in my lifetime.”

For decades, Nelson has served as the face of responsible marijuana use in the United States, while speaking out in favor of legalization for medical and recreational purposes. The nation’s most renowned aficionado has awaited the opportunity to share the pleasures of fine-quality cannabis with his legions of fellow fans, and now, with top-grade, meticulously grown and beautifully packaged Willie’s Reserve, he can. Willie’s Reserve signature Ready Rolls and high quality flower will be available at select purveyors in Colorado, Washington and future legal states for connoisseurs who appreciate the best.

Nelson has consulted with horticulturalists and cannabis farmers to assure any product labeled Willie’s Reserve will maintain a standard worthy of his name. Consumers will be able to indulge with confidence, savoring each puff while knowing they’re partaking in an age-old ritual that has bonded marijuana-lovers together since the first dried leaves were touched with flame.

“I’ve smoked enough and I want to give back,” Nelson continues. “Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there’s a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people. I hope it gives social justice to those who are incarcerated for doing what we’re now doing legally. I am also committed to have our crops farmed in an environmentally responsible way; to revitalize small farms and to grow it as clean as possible. So far, I’ve really enjoyed meeting with the best growers.”

Nelson’s steadfast legalization efforts have been altruistic as well as personal; he regards it as his duty to help Americans – including legislators – understand the benefits of marijuana use. And he expects Willie’s Reserve will become as much a part of his legacy as his music; he is, after all, the man who titled both a song and a book Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.

The benefits of legal cannabis include economic boosts for communities able to apply revenue from sales taxes to needed projects, including educational and social programs. Legalization also allows for more effective uses for funds previously spent on enforcing laws against private marijuana use. As a co-founder of Farm Aid, Nelson has famously advocated for family farms and environmentally sound growing methods. With Willie’s Reserve, he offers consumers the confidence of knowing they’re purchasing a product created by farmers who share his commitment.

Willie’s Reserve will continue to support Nelson’s goals and celebrate his legacy by constantly seeking innovative ways to develop and curate the brand, while seeking an end to marijuana prohibition in America.

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Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Returns to Circuit of The Americas

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Live Nation, C3 Presents and Circuit of The Americas (COTA) are proud to announce the return of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic to Circuit of The Americas. The legendary Willie Nelson plays host to one of America’s most celebrated festivals, and the 4th of July Picnic returns to COTA for the second year. Joining Willie at this year’s party is a star-studded cavalcade of his friends.

The 43rd edition of the picnic takes place at the Circuit of The Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater on Monday, July 4th. The all-day event on America’s birthday features performances from more than 20 artists on two stages, including Willie Nelson & Family, Brantley Gilbert, Jamey Johnson featuring special guest Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Shakey Graves, Leon Russell, Jamestown Revival, Cody Johnson, Margo Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Bush, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe, Asleep at the Wheel, Paula Nelson, Raelyn Nelson Band, Folk Uke, Dallas Wayne, and Amber Digby.

To accommodate over 20 artists, this year’s 4th of July Picnic will once again feature two stages: the main Austin360 Amphitheater stage and a second stage located on the Grand Plaza. The Grand Plaza will have picnic tables where fans can eat, drink, celebrate and watch their favorite artists, as well as a shopping area featuring a wide variety of Texas-based vendors. This year’s picnic will also incorporate a very special fireworks display to commemorate the show and to celebrate America’s birthday.

Tickets are priced at $85 for Reserved Seats, $65 for Tickets in the GA Pit Section in front of the stage, and starting at $39.50 for H-E-B General Admission Lawn. There are also a limited number of special VIP packages available for sale including the “Outlaw” hospitality package for $200, the “Trigger” package for $400, and “Shotgun” hospitality for $500. All tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20th at 10 a.m. CST and will be available at,, all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Texas, or they can be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Additionally, COTA has partnered with Hotel San José, a 40-room urban getaway in the heart of Austin, and hotel rooms can now be booked at With easy access to downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake, and the vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife district on the popular South Congress Avenue, Hotel San José will be the perfect stay during the holiday weekend.

Standard parking lots at Circuit of The Americas open at 10 a.m., with premium parking lots opening an hour earlier at 9:00 a.m., and gates to the Austin360 Amphitheater will open at 11:00 a.m. Standard Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Premium Parking, Bus Parking, RV Parking, as well as campsites are also available for purchase at the time tickets are purchased.

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Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Debuts at #1

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Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, Willie Nelson’s latest full-length album for Legacy Recordings, has debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart.  The only Willie Nelson albums to have previously scaled the Jazz charts have been Two Men With The Blues (#1, Top Jazz Albums, 2008; #1, Jazz Albums, 2009) and Here We Go Again: Celebrating The Genius of Ray Charles (#2, Jazz Albums, 2011; #2, Jazz Albums, 2012) (and each of those records was a collaboration with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis).

Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin is proving a welcome addition to the catalog of the legendary American musical recording artist, with members of the press corps singing its praises in print and online.  “What’s here is warming and inviting,” said, “a record by an artist who is happy to be part of the great tradition of American song.”

Among the 11 Gershwin classics recorded by Willie Nelson for his new album are two duets: “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” with Cyndi Lauper (the song was originally introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1937 film Shall We Dance) and “Embraceable You” with Sheryl Crow (the song was performed by Ginger Rogers in Girl Crazy, recorded by Billie Holiday in 1944 and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005).

Other songs on Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin include: “But Not For Me” (written for Girl Crazy, Ella Fitzgerald’s version won a Grammy in 1960); “Somebody Loves Me” (published in 1944, the song was a hit for The Four Lads in 1952); “Someone To Watch Over Me” (written in 1926 for Oh, Kay!, the song also closes out Willie Nelson’s 1978 album Stardust); “It Ain’t Necessarily So” (written for the Gershwins’ 1935 pop/gospel opera Porgy and Bess); “I Got Rhythm” (the 1930s jazz standard written for Girl Crazy); “Love Is Here To Stay” (the last composition completed by George Gershwin before his death in 1937, the song serves as the main theme in An American In Paris and is a centerpiece of the Great American Songbook); “They All Laughed” (written for the 1937 film Shall We Dance); “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” (written for the 1937 film Shall We Dance); and the immortal “Summertime” (an aria originally written for Porgy and Bess, “Summertime” has become one of the most covered songs in pop music history).


Willie Nelson to Host 2016 Luck Reunion

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Luck Reunion is thrilled to announce the lineup for its 2016 festival held at Willie Nelson’s “Luck, TX” on the outskirts of Austin. The daylong event will showcase over 30 artists alongside unique pop-up shops and local food & beverage purveyors. Luck Reunion will take place on Friday, March 18. Tickets are released on a rolling basis via Luck Reunion social media pages, e-mail list, and at

Luck Reunion gathers a wide-ranging roster of country, rock, folk, and soul acts who join headliner and host Willie Nelson in carrying out the festival’s mission of continuing the American roots music narrative. Artists will be showcased on three stages: the World Headquarters Stage overlooking Nelson’s private “headquarters” hangout; the Revival Tent, a camp meeting-style performance space; and the newly added Chapel Stage, situated in the town’s intimate 40-seat church. The lineup is as follows:

World Headquarters Stage:
Willie Nelson & Family, Jenny Lewis, Lucius, Blitzen Trapper, Doyle Bramhall II, Alberta Cross, John Fullbright, Amasa Hines, Horse Thief, The Black Lillies, and Heaven’s Jail

Revival Tent:
Billy Joe Shaver, John Moreland, Parker Millsap, Margo Price, Joe Pug, Lissie, Matt Vasquez, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Indianola; plus a song swap curated by Heartworn Highways Revisited, the groundbreaking sequel to the iconic music film Heartworn Highways, featuring performances from: Robert Ellis, T. Hardy Morris, Sam Outlaw, Shelly Colvin, Andrew Combs, and Jonny Fritz

Chapel Stage:
Jack Ingram, Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards), Ciaran Lavery, Dylan LeBlanc, Holly Macve, Jonny Burke, Rob Baird, Daniel Romano, Insects vs. Robots, and Lily Meola

“We’ve gone to a lot of shows, had countless scheduling discussions, and made more than a few beer-soaked pitches to our incredibly talented friends,” said event founders Luck Productions. “We could not be more proud to announce the newest additions to the Luck Reunion family”.

The definitive getaway during SXSW, Luck Reunion offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience Nelson’s beloved hill country property that served as the set for his Red Headed Stranger film, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Between sets, attendees can sip craft cocktails in the Saloon; stop by the Luck General store for official merchandise and unique artisan goods including custom hats, vintage jewelry and clothing; and grab a bite from a variety of Austin’s famous food trucks.

On Thursday, March 17th, the eve of the concert event, Luck will also host an exclusive “Chefs’ Pot Luck” dinner benefitting Wholesome Wave, an organization making fresh, locally grown food available for low-income families. Guests will enjoy a seated multi-course meal prepared by an all-star chef lineup including Wholesome Wave founder Michel Nischan, Dean Fearing, Scott Conant, Michael Chiarello and John Mitchell; followed by intimate starlit performances by Willie Nelson, Aubrie Sellers, and Green River Ordinance.

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