Willie Nelson

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Coming Soon: 'Willie Nelson's Reserve' Weed

To be sold in Nelson-branded pot shops

(Newser) - Looking for a weed recommendation? Who better to go to than Willie Nelson? Soon, you'll be able to buy "Willie's Reserve" marijuana, as the 81-year-old rolls out his own brand of pot and bongs, which will be sold at Nelson-branded stores in states where marijuana is legal.... More »

For Sale on Craigslist: Willie Nelson's Old Bus

Current bid is $65K

(Newser) - Amazing the stuff that turns up for sale on Craigslist: As the Village Voice points out, this listing from East Texas is offering Willie Nelson's old tour bus from the 1980s. The current bid is $65,000, and the unidentified sellers plan to cut off bidding tomorrow and have... More »

11 Stars With Secret Skills

Including Willie Nelson, who just got his black belt

(Newser) - When you think of Willie Nelson, "country singer" and " r ampant pot smoker " are the two descriptions that first come to mind. But now you can add "black belt" to that list. It seems Nelson, who turns 81 this week, has a not-very-well-known love of martial... More »

4 Stars Who Were Brought Up by Grandparents

Including one who didn't realize they were his grandparents

(Newser) - The Huffington Post rounds up eight celebrities who were raised by their grandparents—and many of them credit their success to that upbringing. A sampling:
  • Oprah Winfrey: After her mother moved to the Midwest for a job, Winfrey was raised by her grandmother on a Mississippi farm before eventually moving
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9 Stars Who've Filed for Bankruptcy

Some of them have even filed twice

(Newser) - Being famous doesn't guarantee you'll never go broke, as these celebrities rounded up by Radar prove. A sampling:
  • Burt Reynolds: He filed for bankruptcy in the 1990s after his divorce; he was $10 million in debt at the time.
  • Toni Braxton: She's declared bankruptcy not once but
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3 Members of Willie Nelson's Band Hurt in Bus Crash

Willie wasn't on the bus, and tour is suspended indefinitely

(Newser) - Willie Nelson has suspended his tour indefinitely after three members of his band were hurt when their bus plowed into a bridge pillar in East Texas during rainy conditions. Nelson was not aboard the bus when it crashed about 3:30am local time on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs, 75... More »

Nelson to Play Benefit for Blast Victims—His Neighbors

He grew up few miles away in Abbott, Texas

(Newser) - Willie Nelson will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant not far from where he grew up. Nelson still has a home in Abbott, Texas, about five miles north of West, which was rocked by last night's explosion that... More »

Willie Nelson Hospitalized, Misses Show

Breathing problems sideline country star in Colorado

(Newser) - Willie Nelson never showed up at a fundraiser he was supposed to appear at in Denver Saturday—because he went to the hospital instead. "I was told Willie woke up and had trouble breathing, so he was taken to the hospital," the host of the fundraiser, which was... More »

Willie Nelson Covers Coldplay in Chipotle Video

Animated short makes case against factory farming

(Newser) - An animated video featuring Willie Nelson covering a Coldplay song is getting some buzz for its message against industrial farming, notes AdWeek . Nelson sings "The Scientist" as the video—commissioned by the Chipotle restaurant chain—shows a farmer inflicting the evils of large-scale agriculture on his pigs before returning... More »

Willie Nelson Retracts 'Teapot' Endorsement

He backed pro-legalization Gary Johnson but now likes Kucinich

(Newser) - After voicing support for pro-pot Gary Johnson as a presidential candidate , Willie Nelson has apparently changed his tune, notes the Daily Caller . It's "too early for me to endorse anyone,” the singer said in an email to a member of his marijuana-legalization activist group, the Teapot Party.... More »

Willie Nelson Busted For Pot

Country music star must still like to get high

(Newser) - Apparently, Willie Nelson still enjoys the occasional doobie. The country music star was arrested—right out of his tour bus—at a border patrol checkpoint in Texas yesterday for possessing 6 ounces of marijuana, KVIA reports. He was booked in county jail but later freed on bond. This is just... More »

Rockabilly Coco Cuts a Record

'Most fun ever,' says singing talk-show host

(Newser) - Conan O'Brien turned up at Jack White's Third Man Records production company in Nashville yesterday to lay down a sizzling set before a live audience amid plans to release the show on vinyl later this year. White dubbed Conan a "rockabilly legend in the making" before he tore through... More »

Willie Nelson Chops Off His Braids

Long hair no more

(Newser) - Willie Nelson will have to settle for being known for just his music these days (and, well, the substance he imbibes to keep the vibe mellow): He's gone and chopped off his hallmark braids. The waist-length, reddish pigtails were cut a few weeks ago, said the singer-songwriter's rep, who added... More »

Willie Smokes Pot Before Show, Shocks Larry

'You can arrest me,' he offers talk show host

(Newser) - What could be better than two old guys discussing marijuana on national television…especially when said old guys are Larry King and Willie Nelson? Nelson, nearly as famous for his love of pot as he is for his singing, admitted (shocker alert!) he still smokes, but explained he has... More »

Happy 4/20, Hollywood's Highest

Stars from Paris to Brad are probably celebrating today

(Newser) - We all know that Seth Rogen and the rest of Team Apatow are probably celebrating “Pot Day.” But what other celebs are joining them? In honor of 4/20, BuzzFeed compiled a list of Hollywood’s highest:
  • James Franco: “There's a reason he’s squinting in almost every
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Noisy Teens Sentenced to Manilow Sessions

'Music misery' sentences used to bring noisemakers in line

(Newser) - Call it cruel and unusual punishment—or at least unusual. When a Colorado judge sentences teenagers guilty of blasting car stereos too loud in Fort Lupton, he often imposes a session of enforced "musical misery," the Los Angeles Times reports. That means a Friday night in his courtroom... More »

Duuude, Willie's in Town!

Singer uses bus for marijuana breaks

(Newser) - It’s as though the '60s (and the '70s, and the '80s) never ended. The scent of marijuana pouring out of a tour bus in Manhattan can be blamed on Willie Nelson, the New York Post reports. Savvy passers-by have realized the bus, parked outside Manny’s Music all week,... More »

When Music, Politics Collide, It's Usually Cringe-Worthy

Rowdy rockers make strange bedfellows for pols

(Newser) - As Barack Obama prepares for an appearance at Lollapalooza this weekend, Radar revisits odd moments when music invaded the political arena. Sometimes scary, sometimes silly, but always strange, here are some highlights:
  • Elvis and Nixon: The King visited the White House and offered to help in the fight against drugged-out
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Willie Bio an Epic of Whiskey, Weed, and Women

Joe Nick Patoski's biography of Nelson a 'sprawling masterpiece,' says Radar

(Newser) - Joe Nick Patoski hopped aboard Willie Nelson's tour bus more than 35 years ago, and despite the ever-present haze of marijuana smoke, appears to have emerged clear-eyed to write Willie Nelson: An Epic Life. The work is a "sprawling masterpiece" of the Texas hippie, John Clarke Jr. writes in... More »

Top 10 Celebrity Tax Troubles

Wesley Snipes, Willie Nelson (among others) no strangers to the IRS

(Newser) - Tax day can be a hassle, but at least most of us don't have to worry about the glare of the media spotlight, too. Access Hollywood rounds up the top 10 celebrity tax controversies.
  1. Damon Dash: New York State billed the music mogul $2 million.
  2. Joe Francis: Girls Gone Wild
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