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Willie Nelson inducted into Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

In this town, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey takes a backseat to Willie Nelson.

The country music icon who has an Austin street named after him and is celebrated with an 8-foot bronze likeness downtown added another backyard honor with a spot in the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

McConaughey, who last month won his first Academy Award for best actor in Dallas Buyers Club, inducted his friend and fellow Texan with simplicity.

“There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson,” McConaughey said. READ FULL STORY

Willie Nelson suspends tour after three hurt in band bus crash

Singer Willie Nelson has suspended his tour after three members of his band were hurt when their bus plowed into a bridge pillar in East Texas during rainy conditions.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says Nelson was not aboard in the weather-related accident around 3:30 a.m. CST Saturday on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs, 75 miles northeast of Dallas.

A statement posted on Nelson’s website, hours after the accident, says this year’s tour has been suspended indefinitely.
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SiriusXM to air live New Year's Eve concerts nationwide: Willie Nelson, the Lumineers, and more

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How many different versions of “Auld Lang Syne” will you get to hear this New Year’s Eve? Thanks to SiriusXM, many!

The satellite radio service has announced that they’ll be airing live concerts from various artists and D.J.s on Dec. 31. Some of the bolder-faced names among the list are the likes of Willie Nelson (who’ll be playing in Austin), the Lumineers (Denver), Gregg Allman (New Orleans), Widespread Panic (Charlotte), the Avett Brothers (Greensboro, NC), Afrojack (New York) and more.

The shows will be broadcast across various SiriusXM networks for over 24 hours, as well as a new station called “New Year’s Nation.” The station goes live on Monday, Dec. 31 at 3:00 pm ET and will stay alive through Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 6:00 pm ET.

You can look below to see the full lineup so far, and be sure to check out the SiriusXM site for more information on station details and scheduling.

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On the scene: SiriusXM Town Hall with Willie Nelson

Image Credit: Jason Shaltz

Willie Nelson, the 79-year-old country icon, Red Headed Stranger, and friend of the reefer, cracked jokes and shared tales from the road yesterday at a SiriusXM Town Hall in Manhattan.

Hosted by Johnny Knoxville — yes, that Johnny Knoxville — the event offered a few lucky subscribers the chance to ask questions of the legendary performer in an intimate setting.

It was all geared toward promoting Nelson’s new book Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road, which hit stores last week. Nelson’s son Micah, who provided all of the book’s illustrations, joined his father and Knoxville on stage.

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Railroad Revival Tour featuring Willie Nelson, Band of Horses canceled

The Railroad Revival Tour has run off the tracks.

The cross-country tour featuring Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Band of Horses and John C. Reilly has been canceled by organizers.

A note on the tour’s website says “certain complications would not permit us to host the shows in the manner intended,” but gave no further details.

The eight-stop tour in vintage railcars was expected to start Oct. 20 in Duluth, Ga., and conclude Oct. 28 in Oakland, Calif. Full ticket refunds are being given.

Emails sent to organizers were not immediately answered.

This would have been the second Railroad Revival Tour. The first, featuring Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, was chronicled in the documentary “Big Easy Express.”

CMA Awards: Eric Church leads noms (and Snoop Dogg's in the house!)

Nominations for the 46th Annual CMA Awards (airing live on Nov. 1 on ABC) were announced this morning on Good Morning America. Eric Church led the way with five nods, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, along with Song, Single, and Video of the Year for his hit “Springsteen.” (Not a country music fan? Give that one listen and get back to us.)

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert scored four noms a piece while Taylor Swift, who earned three noms, was the lone female to make the Entertainer of the Year category. Kelly Clarkson’s nom for Female Vocalist of the Year is slightly less of a surprise than Snoop Dogg popping up in Musical Event of the Year (listen to Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” featuring Snoop, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson). The full nominees list: READ FULL STORY

Willie Nelson hospitalized, cancels event -- REPORT

UPDATE (Aug. 20): Willie Nelson rep says singer feeling better, to go back on road

ORIGINAL POST: Willie Nelson had to cancel a fundraiser near Denver, Colo., according to reports from 9News.com and the Denver Post.

The 79-year-old singer was reportedly “suffering from breathing problems due to the high altitude and emphysema,” according to an announcement made at the event in Castle Pines Village. He was taken to a hospital.

Story developing.

CMT Music Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The actual winners were announced last night at the CMT Music Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Overall Performance Willie Nelson assembled an all-star crew to help him sing the hilarious “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” The ponytailed veteran was joined by Darius Rucker, Toby Keith, Zac Brown, and Jamey Johnson, all of whom looked delighted to be sharing the stage with the legendary toker.

(Honorable Mention Little Big Town, who always sound fantastic, delivered a fun rendition of their summer single “Pontoon.” On a night when A-listers like Kenny Chesney, the Zac Brown Band, and Luke Bryan delivered competent but forgettable performances, theirs might legitimately have earned the quartet a few new listeners. Also, props to Kellie Pickler for her “Motorboatin’” introduction.) READ FULL STORY

New music from Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Rihanna, and more appear in honor of 4/20

You may have noticed that Snoop Dogg’s been suspiciously active today. That’s because the rapper, like a number of other like-minded musicians, has a calendar, and it’s telling him that his favorite holiday has arrived.

Yes, there’s been a flurry of 4/20-themed releases surfacing all day, and it seems like Snoop has something do with all of them. The most high-profile offering is “Rollup,” a country collaboration with his braid-bro Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, and Kris Kristofferson. You can roll up to Nelson’s official site to give it a listen.

Mr. Dogg also dropped a new song of his own (why, yes, it is called “Stoner’s Anthem”!), a collaboration track with Belly, and a Jamaica-centric 4/20 PSA. Check it all out in the videos below: READ FULL STORY

Willie Nelson getting a statue in Austin on 4/20 (obviously)

Don’t let anybody tell you the city of Austin, Texas, doesn’t have a sense of humor. Not only will the city erect an eight-foot-tall bronze statue in tribute to the country icon (who grew up in nearby Abbott), but they will also salute the other thing that Nelson is known for by unveiling the monument at 4:20 PM on April 20.

“For many, the Willie they connect with is the Outlaw Willie of the Seventies, or the influential advocate for Farm Aid in the Eighties, while others — especially a younger generation — grew fond of him during his more mature years,” sculptor Clete Shields said in a statement. “The sculpture needed to appeal to a broad audience and conjure up the fond memories of so many different people.”

Nelson himself will be on hand at the event. It’s not clear which version of Nelson will be immortalized in bronze, though here’s hoping it’ll be from the stoned Pocahontas era. Like his friend and former collaborator Snoop Dogg, Nelson’s interests have expanded over the past few years: Not only does he still record new music (he’ll have a track on the upcoming album supporting Occupy Wall Street), but he also has his own brand of whiskey. Of course, his main focus nowadays is the legalization of marijuana, expanded research into biofuels, and covering Coldplay songs to sell you burritos.

You know what else rules? Nelson’s cover of “Time After Time.” So well played, Austin. The Nelson statue will make a nice companion to the city’s stately tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Read more on EW.com:
Occupy Wall Street is getting an album featuring Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, Devo, and more
Bill O’Reilly: Whitney Houston ‘killed herself,’ Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg are ‘creeps’
Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson team up for smokey ‘Superman’ video

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