Tuesday, April 29, 2008

For the love of Willie

Willie Nelson is turning 75 on the 30th! There's a lot of Willie on the local media now, since he's a local guy. He's certainly one of the most popular people on the planet. Author Joe Nick Patoski has just released a book called "Willie Nelson: An Epic Life," and he tells a few stories on this public radio piece. Willie has a few to tell himself. Listen to the streaming audio on this page. Good stuff.

If you love Willie and are interested in more good streams, local radio KGSR is throwing an on-air party on Wednesday night. More information at this link (and click here for Listen Live links). Program starts at 6pm, live music featuring some of the best local music starts at 8pm Central.

Featured live: Willie's daughter Paula Nelson, Patty Griffin, Bob Schneider, Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Benson, Ruthie Foster, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Fastball, Jimmy LaFave, The South Austin Jug Band, Future Clouds & Radar, Ian McLagan, The Resentments, The Band Of Heathens, Charlie Sexton, Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel, Carolyn Wonderland, Joe Ely, Kelly Willis and many more.

I work for his daughter Paula, which has a coolness factor in itself, of course. She's a sweet and pretty woman with a sultry honky-tonk voice and a great band. That doesn't mean I know Willie though. I haven't met him (can't count getting an autograph from the stage... that's not a meeting), would like to someday. I saw him play for the first time way back in the early 60s when he wore the standard suit and had a flat top haircut. Things sure have changed since then, a lot of it because of Willie.

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