New Releases: November 2013


Welcome to this month’s new releases at TAMI: The Willie Nelson Edition! As most of our readers know, Willie Nelson is a native Texan, an icon of Texas country music, and one of the originators of “outlaw country.” Nelson was born in Abbot, Texas in 1933, and, after quitting college at Baylor University, began his country music career in Nashville. He moved to Austin in 1972, where he was integral in establishing the Armadillo World Headquarters as an early landmark in Austin’s music scene.  TAMI’s Fred Miller and Jim Ruddy collections feature a strong showing of Willie Nelson footage, including an unedited interview, behind the scenes footage at the 1996 Fourth of July Picnic, interview footage after a concert was canceled at Baylor University, and a series of videos from Farm Aid V in 1992.

In this unedited footage from a 1989 interview, Willie Nelson discusses the impending release of his new album, A Horse Called Music. Nelson touches on many aspects of the recording industry, then discusses his work with the country supergroup The Highwaymen and taking part in the "Don’t Mess With Texas" anti-litter campaign, which he says “is hard to explain to a non-Texan, why Texans do anything.”  

In the raw footage for episode 31 of Texas Entertainment News, the Texas Music Special, many Texas musicians are interviewed at the 1996 Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic. The Picnic is an annual concert hosted by Nelson in various Texas locations, typically featuring country artists and friends of Nelson. The 1996 concert was held in Luckenbach and is known as the year that Waylon Jennings finally made it to Luckenbach, his only trip to the town for which one his more famous songs is named. As the concert plays in the background, Texas musicians give interviews about what Texas country means to them, each closing with a sound bite announcing their favorite place to play in the state.

In 1988, Baylor University’s administration canceled a Willie Nelson concert that was to be held on campus, citing their “concern for the health and well-being of the American people,” which most people read as an effort to keep the alcohol and drugs typically found at Nelson’s concerts off the campus. This series of interviews captures various responses to the cancelation, including a Baylor administrator who stays strictly on-script in responding with a prepared statement, a Leroy resident that applauds Baylor taking a stand, and a resident that curtly disagrees with the decision. Eventually, the concert was moved to the Heart O’ Texas Coliseum in Waco.

Willie Nelson co-founded the Farm Aid concert in 1985, and in 1992, he brought the event to his home state in Irving’s Texas Stadium. Seven videos of unedited footage were added to the archive this month and capture the full experience of Farm Aid. In this video, take a tour with Nelson and Paul Simon on a tour of a mobile healthcare station for rural areas. In this video, Governor Ann Richards delivers a message to encourage donations and Willie Nelson sings “On the Road Again,” among other performances. This video includes Arlo Guthrie, Kris Kristofferson, and Neil Young onstage, among others.  Catch more performances in the other videos in this series!

We hope you enjoy all of our new Willie Nelson! Check out the other Willie videos in our collection while you’re watching, and check back next month for more new releases!