Willie Nelson Overview
Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American United States country country music singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor and activist. He reached his greatest fame during the outlaw country movement of the 1970s, but remains iconic Cultural icon , especially in American po***r culture.
Now in his 70s, he continues to tour and has performed in concerts and fundraisers with other major musicians, including Bob Dylan, and Dave Matthews. He also continues to record albums prolifically in new genres that embrace reggae, blues, jazz, folk, and po***r music.
Early life and career
Nelson was born and raised in Abbott, Texas, the son of Myrle Marie (née Greenhaw) and Ira Doyle Nelson, who was a mechanic and pool hall owner. "I started braiding my hair when it started getting too long, and that was, I don't know, probably in the 70's."
On January 29, 2008 Nelson released an album entitled Moment of Forever.
The January 2008 issue of High Times magazine has Willie Nelson on the cover with an interview.
In May 2008, Nelson appeared on a duet with Norwegian Norway pop star and former World Idol winner Kurt Nilsen on the country classic "Lost Highway". The single topped the Norwegian charts and was released on Nilsen's album Rise To The Occasion. Subsequent reports have stated that Nelson is eager to expand the collaboration further.
In May 2008, Willie Nelson appeared in Amsterdam with rap icon Snoop Dogg where they did a live version of "SuperMan". Subsequently the two have become friends and recently released a video "My Medicine", which has received much play on YouTube.
In February 2009, Willie Nelson teamed up with Asleep at the Wheel to release an album entitled Willie and the Wheel on the Bismeaux Records label. This is a western swing album will covers of Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Cliff Bruner and others.
On March 17, 2009, Nelson released his latest album entitled *** Willie. The album include remixes of recordings from 1966-1970, stripped-down without orchestration or background vocals.
The Willie Nelson family
Nelson's touring and recording group is a collection of a number of longstanding members, including his sister Bobbie Nelson, longtime drummer Paul English, harmonicist Mickey Raphael, Bee Spears, Billy English (Paul's younger brother), and Jody Payne. Willie tours North America in his bio-diesel (aka "Bio-Willie" - Willie Nelson Bio-diesel) bus, the "Honeysuckle Rose IV."
Nelson's principal guitar is a Martin C.F. Martin & Company N-20 nylon-string acoustic Classical guitar , which he has named "Trigger", after Roy Rogers' horse. Constant strumming (with a guitar pick) over the decades has worn a large sweeping hole into the guitar's body near the sound hole (there is no pick-guard on the Martin N-20 since classical guitars are meant to be played fingerstyle instead of with flat-picks). Willie once commmented it was caused by a little too much Whiskey River. Its soundboard has been signed over the years by over a hundred of Nelson's friends and associates, from fellow musicians to lawyers and football coaches. Nelson has often said that when the hole in Trigger's body makes the guitar unplayable he will retire.An important collection of Willie Nelson materials (1975-1994) is preserved at the Wittliff collections of Southwestern Writers, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX. The collection contains song lyrics, screenplays, letters, concert programs, tour itineraries, posters, articles, clippings, personal effects, promotional items, souvenirs, and documents. There are examples of Nelson's talent as a songwriter, material reflecting his success as a concert artist, and memorabilia. The collection contains documentation on how the funds collected through Farm Aid were used; Nelson's trouble with the IRS is also documented. Most of the material was collected by Bill Wittliff, a friend of Willie Nelson's who wrote or co-wrote three of the films in which Willie Nelson starred: Honeysuckle Rose (film) (1980), Barbarosa (film) (1982), and Red Headed Stranger (1986).
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