Willie Nelson

The Lasting Legacy of Willie’s Picnic

August 22, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

Five Albums That Defined Outlaw Country

August 22, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

Meet the Grasshoppers Newly Named After Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker

June 22, 2023 | By Asher Elbein

What’s from Central Texas, makes music, and has a fondness for grass? If you say country music star and Texas treasure Willie Nelson, you’d be right.

On His 90th Birthday, Willie Nelson Proved It Ain’t Over Yet

May 5, 2023 | By Turk Pipkin

Bobbie Nelson’s Grand Piano Finds a Home at the Bullock Texas State History Museum

February 28, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

From Soap Creek Saloon to Willie Nelson’s Picnic, 1973 Was the Year Austin Music Peaked

February 21, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

Back in 1986, while Stevie Ray Vaughan was becoming an MTV guitar hero, three Austin acts—Charlie Sexton, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Timbuk3—had Top 20 hits, making the year a great one in touting the Texas capital as a vital music scene.

Our Readers’ Favorite Stories from 2022

December 28, 2022 | By TH Staff

In a state as big and as unique as Texas, there’s always more to learn. This year, our readers loved stories about deep-rooted Texans, from historical legends to enduring communities to native species.

A Guide to the State Symbols of Texas

November 9, 2022 | By John O. Lumpkin

Texas Honky-Tonker Charley Crockett’s Journey from the Street Corner to the Marquee Lights

November 4, 2022 | By Joe Nick Patoski

50 Years Ago, Willie Nelson United Cowboys and Hippies at the Armadillo World Headquarters

August 10, 2022 | By Michael Corcoran

With the Vietnam War still raging in the summer of 1972, there was a cultural chasm that seemed too wide to cross in Texas: Longhairs weren’t welcome in honky-tonks, and cowboys didn’t mingle with “peaceniks.” But five words built a bridge.

The Daytripper Gets Back to the Basics in Luckenbach

July 29, 2021 | By Chet Garner

If you’re looking to simply kick back under an old oak tree while knocking back a cold one, then you need to join Waylon, Willie, and the boys in this Hill Country honky-tonk town 10 miles southeast of Fredericksburg.

EXCLUSIVE: Willie Nelson Shares “Dear Texas” Letter From His New Book

June 28, 2021 | By Turk Pipkin

Remembering Outlaw Country Singer and Songwriter Billy Joe Shaver

October 28, 2020 | By Michael Corcoran

Outlaw Country pioneer Billy Joe Shaver died Wednesday in Waco after suffering a stroke. The poet in the blue work shirt, considered “a honky tonk Hemingway,” was 81.

Ray Benson Reflects on 50 Years of Seminal Western Swing Band Asleep at the Wheel

August 21, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Your Guide to the Perfect Texas Road Trip

April 30, 2020 | By Julia Jones

From Willie Nelson to Khalid, the Houston Rodeo Trots Out its 2020 Concert Lineup

January 10, 2020 | By TH Staff

Could it be that in this day and age the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is better known for its bounty of concerts than bull riding?

Summer for Procrastinators: Robert Earl Keen’s 4th on the River

July 3, 2019 | By Anna-Kay Reeves

Revelers looking for a simpler celebration can find just that at Robert Earl Keen’s 4th on the River in Kerrville. The event is free and open to the public, with festivities starting at noon at Louise Hays Park.

Alamo Drafthouse Will Start Screening Movies at Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch in 2020

June 21, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

Alamo Drafthouse, the Austin-based movie theater chain, is bringing its Rolling Roadshow series to Willie Nelson’s Spicewood ranch, Luck, starting in 2020.

Long Live Willie Nelson

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Texas Highways EXTRA Newsletter April 2019 | Web Version

Willie Nelson Opens up About His Musical Family, His Love of Texas, and Why He’s Still on the Road to the Next Stage

March 26, 2019 | By Turk Pipkin

There’s nothing like the feeling of stepping onto Willie Nelson’s tour bus. Whether you do it once or a hundred times, it’s a thrill to be invited onto Willie’s rolling roadshow. Stories will be told. New songs may be played. Jokes that may or may not be suitable for print will be exchanged. And laughter will definitely ensue.
It’s Saturday night in the Fort Worth Stockyards. A sold- out crowd is already finding their seats just a few steps from Willie’s bus, which is parked behind the world’s largest honky tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas. I’ve come to see an old friend and to hear what might be my 100th Willie concert. Or maybe my 300th—I lost count long ago.

How a Bunch of “Hippies, Pickers, Slackers, and Geeks” Transformed Austin

January 8, 2019 | By Wes Ferguson

In Austin, the funky slacker paradise turned buzzy big city, nothing is quite as certain as cedar fever, the line at Franklin Barbecue, a daily arrival of newbies—and relative old-timers who stand ready to reminisce about the city’s good old days.

Joe Nick Patoski calls it the “You should have been here two years ago” effect.

The March 2024 cover of Texas Highways Magazine

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