Willie Nelson

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    November 18, 2014

    Family Selling Nearly Everything It Owns for $5,000

    Thinking about redecorating? The Leitheiser family is selling everything in its south Minneapolis home as a package deal for $5,000. Nick and Erin Leitheiser are moving with their two small children to Copenhagen, Denmark this winter. They thought they had a deal in place to sell their home fully f ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Willie Nelson's five biggest gambles

    By Kelly Dearmore Aside from being as genius of a musician, Willie Nelson is a survivor, an activist and practical spiritual guru. Over the past couple of decades, his non-musical exploits have calmed considerably. Fewer movie roles and, aside from a minor drug-bust on the border a few years ago, a ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Buy Waylon Jennings' 1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible on Craigslist

    In 2001 someone bought Waylon Jennings' white, swank af 1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible for $6,900 from a seller in Pennsylvania. Now, 13 years later, this gem is being sold on Springfield, Missouri's Craigslist. The seller is asking considerably more for it. Four times as much, in fact: $28,000. ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    Buy Willie Nelson's old tour bus on Craigslist

    The beaut above is a 1983 Eagle that gets an eco-friendly seven miles per gallon when the generator is running. It's got crushed velvet curtains, and -- just a guess here -- a few dozen places to hide your weed. Because, oh yeah, it's Willie Nelson's old tour bus, and it's hard to look at withou ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Ryan Siverson

    In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Ryan Siverson has been shooting concerts and musician portraits locally for about six years. You can see his work in City Pages,, Grantland, and other publications. You also m ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    The winners of the 2013 Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013
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    April 30, 2013

    Willie Nelson is 80

    Willie Nelson neither looks nor seems 80 years old. This is an age reserved for, well, old people. The unhip, those not in-the-know, not totally with it. And yet, Willie turns 80 today. What's his secret? We doubt it's the weed -- sorry -- but think that it likely has more to do with his totally Z ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Ten country songs for tax day

    It seems odd we'd ever find occasion to offer the following advice: Don't do what Willie did. But as tax day approaches, it's the wisest advice we can offer. Don't leave the management of your finances to Price Waterhouse, if they turn around and advise you to utilize shady tax shelters. That's what ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013
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    March 21, 2013

    Top 13 country songs about whiskey

    Today's a big day in whiskey history. As legend tells it, it was on this day in 1983 that Merle Haggard set a new world record for purchasing the largest round of whiskey, after buying 5,095 shots of Canadian Club at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth at an appearance to promote his "C.C. Waterback" du ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    How I lost my record store virginity at Northern Lights

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.My first record-buying experience at Northern Lights was a bit like losing my virginity. It was a little awkward, a tad messy, a whole lot of embarrassm ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Notable 2012 deaths in country music

    Get out your hanky so you don't spill a tear in your beer; from Susanna Clark to Kitty Wells, several legendary country singers and songwriters passed on in 2012, and their loss is felt keenly as our connection to a better time in traditional country goes slippin' away.

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    September 20, 2012

    Top ten country songs about farming -- ahead of Farm Aid this weekend

    David Allan Coe famously said that the perfect country and western song requires the following five components: Mama, trains, trucks, prison, and gettin' drunk. With all due respect to Mr. Coe, one subject seems absent: farmin'. Farming has been a part of country music since -- well, we guess the ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Country Music Festival Season Preview: Have you ordered your Mini-Biff?

    "Load up the RV, mama - we're goin' to WE Fest." You wish. Working stiffs like us don't get Fridays off, and we ain't got no RV. Maybe you ain't even got no mama. Poor you. But for those with mamas, vacation time, and an RV (or the dogged tenacity to sleep in a hot, muddy tent next to the portable ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    RIP, Chris Ethridge, Flying Burrito Brothers bassist

    If there's a Country-Rock Heaven, well you know they've got a hell of a rhythm section. Not quite the lyrics we remember the Righteous Brothers singing, but the way the last few days have panned out, it seems apt. Thursday, we reported the news that Levon Helm, multi-instrumentalist and drummer fo ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Lucinda Williams to play First Ave next Wednesday

    ​Emmylou Harris has said of the alt-country songwriter, "She is an example of the best of what country at least says it is, but, for some reason, she's completely out of the loop and I feel strongly that that's country music's loss" and next Wednesday, Lucinda Williams will once again grace th ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011
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    October 18, 2011

    Picked to Click 2011: Complete list of ranking bands

    ​While we only have space to feature the top 10 finalists in our Picked to Click issue (or 13, this year, because of several ties), we think it's important to publish the complete list of ranking bands so you can see how the points were awarded all the way down the line. And just for added nerdlin ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Picked to Click 2011: The ballots

    ​​As is the yearly tradition, we're publishing the ballots of all 115 of our Picked to Click voters for your perusal. Check out all of this year's contributors below, and thanks to all the writers, photographers, label owners, club bookers, DJs, and local music experts for weighing in on th ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Best Concerts of 2010

    ​From beginning to end, 2010 has kept us busy running from venue to venue in pursuit of some phenomenal live music. Gimme Noise's team of writers and photographers fanned out across the Twin Cities to catch as many shows as we could, and each of us ended up with our own diverse and distinctive lis ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Best Country Shows of 2010

    ​Given our proximity to an abundance of casino venues, the popularity of state and county fairs, big summer festivals in every neck of the woods (and on lakes and in fields), and the recent influx of urban and suburban Western-themed bars, it's no surprise we've seen plenty of great country ac ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Faron Young, on this day in country music history

    ​What becomes of country singers when their glory days are but a distant memory? The narrative offered by Jeff Bridges tells the tale of a decline into and subsequent ascent from alcoholism paired with a fat songwriting check that, because you're such a good guy, you end up signing over to som ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Snoop Dogg adds second Cabooze show

    Photo via​Sometime between defending Willie Nelson ("If you got a problem with Willie Nelson, you got a problem with me!") maybe performing at Prince William's bachelor party, and starring in the new Gorillaz music video, Snoop Dogg found the time to tack another Minneapolis show on ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Patriotic country songs: The good, the bad, the ugly

    ​Happy Armistice slash Veterans Day! This is the day we're supposed to be patriotic, but without blowing anything up. And so on this day, I'm going to remember that services for veterans are woefully underfunded, that Don't Ask Don't Tell is bullshit policy, that women comprise over 14% of active- ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Willie Nelson at Mystic Lake Casino, 10/29/10

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Willie Nelson October 29, 2010 Mystic Lake Casino Seeing Willie Nelson, whether it's your first time or your tenth, whether you've followed his career for fifty years or five, is like seeing an old friend. As folks assembled outside his Friday night sold-out appearance at My ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Willie Nelson set to play rescheduled two-night stand at Mystic

    Photo courtesy of​Taking into account his social and political activism, extensive musical catalog, and long and storied life, Willie Nelson - if you ask me, the folks at High Times, and gay cowboys in particular - has got to be one of the coolest dudes to walk the planet. And his ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Willie Nelson reschedules sold out Minnesota shows

    The iconic folk singer has canceled his March shows. Luckily, they have been rescheduled for October.

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    January 13, 2010

    10 Celebrity Potheads

    We celebrate the big names who've copped to their love of herb.

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    October 28, 2009
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    October 28, 2009
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    April 29, 2009
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    April 15, 2009

    Kris Kristofferson stuns the Pantages

    He performed dressed in black under a single spot, with just a guitar, a harmonica, and a music stand holding his set list.

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    April 2, 2009

    Johnny Rotten does dairy

    Johnny Rotten has boosted a British company's butter sales by 25 percent.

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    December 29, 2008

    Play it again: Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    It's time to rank the best of what went aroun ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008
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    July 16, 2008
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    June 13, 2008

    Unlikely icon: Fish DeSmith reviews David Allan Coe

    In cargo pants, Chuck Taylors, and a floppy black cap, Coe doesn't look the part of Country Icon--more like a pacing, angry, outlaw Santa Claus with a thin braid of whit ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008
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    November 3, 2006

    11/03 Morning Communiqué

    Iran woos American tourists, enforcement of U.S. privacy laws puts us in a league with China and Russia, order your 2007 conservative wome ... More >>

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    October 3, 2006

    10/3 Morning Communiqué

    Wal-Mart caps wages, women get aroused as quickly as men, "liberal thugs" exonerated in young Republican attack, the Top 176 Star Wars ... More >>

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    June 28, 2006

    The Full Nelson

    Country goes concept in the hands of Shotgun Willie

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    December 14, 2005

    Midnight Cowboys, Lonesome Doves

    'Brokeback Mountain' makes a pretty picture of regular manhood

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    June 15, 2005
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    March 27, 2002

    Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Mundane Thoughts About Jesus and Roosters and...

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    February 13, 2002

    Love Songs, Nothing but Love Songs

    Musicians and critics discuss their favorite aural aphrodisiacs

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    March 7, 2001

    Something Old, Something New

    Making records (and babies) with the Old 97's

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