This video contains the raw footage of interviews used in Texas Entertainment News Episode 31, Texas Music Special, taped at Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic in Luckenbach in 1996. Against the backdrop of the ongoing concert, Texas musicians Gary P. Nunn, Kinky Friedman, Kimmie Rhodes, Paula Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Jesse Dayton talk about what Texas Country means to them and their favorite places to play in Texas.
Fred Miller, media producer and Austinite, is best known for his work producing the Academy Award-nominated documentary For All Mankind (1989), which follows the Apollo moon missions from 1968 to 1972 and was selected as the Audience Favorite and the Grand Jury Winner at the Sundance Film Festival in 1989. He also created Texas Entertainment News in 1995, a show featuring information about the Texas entertainment industry and Texan performers, which combined broadcast television and Internet streaming. His work includes numerous industrial and commercial works.
Willie Nelson was born in Abbot, Texas on April 29, 1933. He is a world renowned country music singer and musician, as well as an actor, activist, and author. His most famous country albums include Shotgun Willie (1973), Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978). Nelson popularized the "outlaw country" subgenre along with Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, and has written some of the most famous country music songs recorded, including Patsy Cline's "Crazy," which he wrote at the ripe age of 19, "On the Road Again," and "Pancho and Lefty." His primary musical collaboration is with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings, performing as the Highwaymen, among many others. Nelson was named the honorary chairman of the advisory board of the official music charity of the state of Texas, the Texas Music Project, for his philanthropic work in and outside the music community. He was also inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and received a 1998 Kennedy Center Honor.
Nelson has also advocated for marijuana legalization, biodiesel alternative fuel, and is a supporter of democratic campaigns, such as Dennis Kuchinich's 2004 run. He also founded the annual fundraiser Farm Aid, which benefits the local, American, small farmer, and has featured multitudes of musicians of different genres.