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Jody Payne long time guitarist for Willie Nelson dies at 77

jody-payneJody Payne a long time guitarist for Willie Nelson died Saturday morning at the age of 77.

According to Willie Nelson’s publicist Payne had performed with Nelson for over 30 years.

Payne first met Willie Nelson in 1962 in Detroit, but they didn’t start working together until 1973. Prior to that time, Payne played for Merle Haggard.

Payne retired in 2008 after 35 years of playing with Willie Nelson.

Payne and his wife Vicki retired in Stapleton Ala., where he continued to play music and taught guitar at a local music store.

More details on Payne’s death were not available.

Willie’s Nelson posted to his Facebook page today, “Our friend will be missed.”

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Willie Nelson comes to Northern California

willie_sac_235x300Holy cow paddies!

The one and only tax-evading, pot-smoking, farm-aiding Willie Hugh Nelson will be in the house in August, as the legendary patriarch of all things country comes to Northern California, and he’ll be foot-stomping his way to Sacramento’s Community Center.

Rick Bartalini Presents announced earlier this month that the 80-year-old Willie Nelson will be making two stops in Northern California in the month of August, starting with Santa Cruz and then heading to Sacramento.

Not only is Willie Nelson an accomplished singer songwriter, but he’s also an accomplished author. His latest book “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die – Musings from the Road,” which is currently a New York Times bestselling non-fiction title, is a rollicking memoir with Willie musing about his greatest influences and the things that are most important to him. He riffs on everything: music, wives, Texas, politics, horses, religion, marijuana, children, the environment, poker, hogs, Nashville, karma, and more.

At 80 Nelson refuses to sit still, releasing yet another album, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” which is a collection of new studio performances by Willie Nelson and Family. With well over 200 albums to his credit and 60 years in the business, who wouldn’t want to see this legend perform live?

Tickets for Willie’s Santa Cruz show are available at http://www.rbpconcerts.com, http://www.santacruztickets.com, by phone at 831-420-5260, or in-person at the Box Office at 307 Church Street in Santa Cruz. Tickets prices are $95.00 and $75.00 (including service fees).

Tickets Willies Sacramento show are available at http://www.rbpconcerts.com/, http://www.tickets.com, by phone at 916-808-5181, or in-person at the Box Office at 1301 L Street in Sacramento. Tickets prices are $89.50, $69.50 and $49.50 (plus service charges).

Chipotle + Natural Food = Unnatural Music

Chipotle’s chain of restaurants may be best known for their large burritos, assembly line production, and use of natural ingredients, but that’s about to change.

The company commissioned a stop-motion commercial with Willie Nelson’s rendition of Coldplay’s “The Scientist.” I believe the ad works because of the awesome stop-motion photography and the story it tells, not because of Willie Nelson’s rendition of “The Scientist.” I think Nelson’s performance falls flat and he just can’t carry those high notes.

Hat’s off to Chipotle for taking someone like Willie Nelson and having them go completely outside of their genre. I think it’s pure genius and you have to respect a company willing to take chances.

But wait! Chipotle wasn’t about to stop with just one commercial. No they had to up the ante and up the ante they did.

Karen O, frontwoman for the indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs was commissioned to perform a song that Willie Nelson made famous “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” I know ““ you’ve got to be kidding, right? It works, or should I say it rocks.

Karen O does a fabulous job and shows the world of Chipotle lovers why she’s a big contender in the music world. Check out the video and see/hear for yourself.

So get yourself out there to a Chipotle near you and enjoy an all natural burrito while listening to some unnatural music. I know there’s one in downtown Sacramento and in the Bay Area.

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