Willie Nelson & Family: New Years Eve

December 31st, 2011 will always be a special memory for me. There’s nothing like celebrating New Years Eve with family and friends at the Moody Theater while watching Willie Nelson & Family bring in the New Year. That night was very magical; you could feel the energy in the air. I was also lucky enough to have one of my closest friends in attendance, Sir Kiko.

I remember repeatedly checking my gear over and over again in a seemingly paranoid fashion; must have been something in the air that night! I often tell people that when I photograph, Willie Nelson, it feels like the first time, every time. I mean let’s be honest here, the man is a legend.

Once of the main reasons I like photographing Willie is his charisma; the way he works a crowd is incredibly inspiring; every song is like a story time adventure; he just has so much character. I’ve always felt confident that I could capture Willie in an iconic and flattering way. I feel comforted when his long time fans compliment my work and ask me to sign their prints.

After a superb set from, Jamey Johnson, the drifter took the stage and electrified the crowd. I remember the fans moving forward towards the stage in an effort to get a closer look at him. Stage front and ready to take photos, I was suddenly surrounded by screaming fans reaching out to him. Hands down, Willie has the best fans in the world!  I wasn’t able to take a photo until the second song.

Watching Willie on stage playing music with his family & friends is very endearing; having the opportunity to experience it and document it is very humbling. Everything about Willie is fascinating from his storied past to his red bandana & braided hair; the Red Headed Stranger is without a doubt my favorite artist to photograph.

To see more photos of Willie Nelson click here, music photographer.

If you haven’t seen Willie in concert you should definitely make it a priority; he’s still on the road playing music with his friends all over the county. The entire cast of characters including his family, band, crew and fans are like one big family; they’re approachable, friendly, and gracious. Go online right now and buy tickets to the next show in your town.

Christopher Durst is currently filming a feature length documentary about the meaning and relative importance of art in today’s technologically advanced society where everyone has the access and ability to create.

This inspirational documentary reveals intimate details of Christopher’s personal life and career including the development of his first biographical book, behind-the-scene moments from his network television show, and the increasingly strained relationship with his family due to his unwavering desire to broaden his artistic body of work. The film also features commentary and in-depth interviews with some of the most influential figures in film, music and photography regarding the advancements in creative technology and its artistic impact on their respective industries.

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Fire Relief Concert Photos

The Fire Relief Concert was absolutely incredible with an all-star lineup consisting of Christopher Cross, Terri Hendrix, Avett Brothers, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Randy Rogers Band, Asleep at the Wheel, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, the Texas Tornados, Willie Nelson, the Dixie Chicks, George Strait and other special guests. The concert helped to raise over $500,000 for the victims of the Central Texas wildfires.

To see more images of the concert please visit Christopher Durst.

Fire Relief Concert by Christopher Durst

Fire Relief Concert – Austin, TX

I will be documenting the Fire Relief Concert tonight in Austin, TX. This is a great cause that will benefit so many people affected in the recent fires. The all-star line-up includes Willie Nelson, George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Lyle Lovett, and Asleep at the Wheel. Other special guests include Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Christopher Cross, the Texas Tornados, Randy Rogers and Terri Hendrix. Emcees for the evening will include Kyle Chandler and Turk Pipkin.

The University of Texas, Frank Erwin Center, The Messina Group, Austin Community Foundation and the all-star lineup of Texas musicians organized the concert to help raise money for victims of the late-summer central Texas wildfires.

Produced by The Messina Group/AEG Live. All net proceeds will go to Central Texas community organizations and charities via the Central Texas Wildfire Fund at the Austin Community Foundation.

Fire Relief Concert - Austin, TX

Willie Nelson Concert Photos

Willie Nelson Photography, Photographs and Photos

Thought I would share this photograph of Willie Nelson with everyone. This is hands down one of my most cherished photographs in my entire collection.

Every music photographer dreams of photography iconic musicians, I’m certainly no exception. That being said, I try to capture artists in a unique and different way, a way that tells a story. I hope you enjoy my music photography.

Willie Nelson, live in concert in Austin, Texas at his infamous 4th of July Picnic. A true music photographers dream…

To view more of my work please visit my website at www.christopherdurst.com.

Willie Nelson by Christopher Durst

Win a Limited Edition Print of Willie Nelson – ($1275.00 Value)

Entry to this contest is very simple. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post between 20-50 words explaining why you are Willie Nelson’s biggest fan. That’s it!

No purchase necessary. Each person is limited to one comment per day. Comments must be unique. Non-unique duplicate comments will not be considered. Contest will run until 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011. You do NOT have to live in the United States to be eligible.

Winner of this Limited Edition Signature Series print will be selected by, at his sole discretion, music photographer Christopher Durst, creator of this Willie Nelson image.

This Limited Edition Signature Series Print Retails for $1275.00.
Print Dimensions are 24inches by 36inches (24H”x36W”).
Printed on High Quality Fuji Photographic Paper in a Matte Finish.
Only 100 Prints Available Worldwide.
Print Displays Edition & Print Number.
Print Hand Signed by Christopher Durst for Authenticity.
Frame Not Included.
No Warranties Made.
Print Comes As Is.
Not For Commercial Use.

Limited Edition Signature Series Image Below…

Willie Nelson: Photo by Christopher Durst

Willie Nelson Live in Concert – Austin, TX

Classic Photo of Leon Russell & Willie Nelson

Look at Willie Nelson! Every once in a while you come across a photo that just blows you away…well, I just got blown away. Check out this great pic of Leon Russell & Willie Nelson by iconic music photographer Jim Marshall! This has got to be one of the greatest photos I have seen in a long time. Willie’s t-shirt says it all…Shotgun Willie! Look at Leon Russell, tell me this guy wasn’t ‘experimenting’ at the time of this shot…look at that dazed smile on his face.

All around this is just a classic photo of two iconic musicians. I hope you enjoy! Click on the image to see the original gallery…so much more to see!

Leon Russell & Willie Nelson: Photo by Jim Marshall

Leon Russell & Willie Nelson: Photo by Jim Marshall

Western Town (Luck, Texas) – Austin, TX

I took this photograph just outside of Austin, Texas at Willie Nelson’s ranch last spring while I was there for Easter .

‘Luck, Texas’ was originally built for the film ‘Red Headed Stranger’ in which Willie Nelson starred. The original script called for the set to be burned down towards the end of the movie. However, Willie fell in love with it during production and convincingly persuaded the producers of the film to rewrite the ending, luckily sparing the set from being burned to the ground…hints the name ‘Luck’.

The town boasts a jail, bank, saloon, post office, barn, church, water tower and a hotel (featured below) that Willie now uses as his infamous ‘Luck Headquarters’.

To see more images from this series please visit my website by clicking on the image below.

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Western Town (Luck, Texas) - Austin, TX

Lukas Nelson Concert Photos

Here is a great photo that I shot of Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson son) while performing with his band, Promise of the Real, live at Stubbs BBQ in Austin, Texas. I have been photographing Lukas’ rise as a musician for a little over a year now. I definitely recommend checking out one of his shows, the kid is really good.

To see more great images of Willie’s son, please click on the image below.

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Lukas Nelson Live in Concert - Austin, TX

Willie Nelson Concert Photos

Christopher Durst, an Austin photographer that specializes in music & entertainment photography, has had the fortunate opportunity of photographing Willie Nelson for years. His vast collection of timeless, artistic imagery has been well received by fans and publications all over the world.

Christopher specializes in live performance photography, tour & set documentary, event coverage, and high-impact media imagery for musicians & entertainers worldwide.

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Willie Nelson Live in Concert - Austin, TX

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