In his long and eclectic career, Willie Nelson has recorded country music, standards, gospel, and much more.

Born in 1933 in the tiny Central Texas farming community of Abbott, Willie Nelson grew up in a world permeated with music: The gospel songs of the grandparents who raised him; the blues and Mexican corridas that eased the labor of the cotton fields; the country and Western Swing hits filling the airwaves from Nashville and Fort Worth...and the inner music was inside of him.

""I was raised and worked in the cotton fields around Abbott with a lot of African-Americans and a lot of Mexican-Americans, and we listened to their music all the time. I guess that's why I was influenced a lot by those around me--there was a lot of singing that went on in the cotton fields,".

Since releasing his first single in 1957, he has given birth to concept albums (his first, Yesterday¹s Wine, was recorded in 1971), gospel albums, jazz albums, movie soundtracks, myriad duet projects, Christmas albums, live albums, and an album of standards (1978's Stardust), which has become a standard in itself.

His around-the-beat blues-flavored vocals set the Nashville musical establishment on his ear. His spare-sounding breakthrough album, 1975's Red-Headed Stranger, went so against the Music City grain of the day that his record company president first thought Nelson had presented him with a demo. His early-70s merger of the traditional country and long-haired hippie audiences was called suicidal at the time, and has since come to be regarded as visionary.

Outside the recording studio, Nelson established himself as a champion for the family farmer with his annual Farm Aid concerts. His Fourth of July Picnics have for the past quarter-century served as a rite of musical passage in Texas. His films include The Electric Horseman (with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda), Songwriter (with Kris Kristofferson), Wag the Dog (with Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman), and many others.

Today, Nelson divides his time between the road and his beloved Pedernales recording studio/golf course in the Hill Country outside of Austin, Texas. Often asked when he plans to retire, Nelson invariably replies with a smile, ""All I do is play music and golf--which one do you want me to give up?""


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American Lesley Jane

3/7/2017 11:42:16 AM
Wow. You're on IMP. That's Cool.
I'm very impressed with your songwriting ability Mr Nelson.
"Crazy" is incredible. I did a cover version of that,
now that I see you are here among us, I almost wanna release it.
I kinda sing it like Patsy Cline (certainly trying to, 'cause who does it better?)
but it's not my first 'gender bending rodeo' as it were... God Bless, Much Love, ~Lesley




The Man With No Band

1/5/2009 10:56:31 PM
Well ... here we are again ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR WILLIE !!!




The Man With No Band

12/31/2007 9:15:56 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR WIllie !!!!!!!!!!!



Roy Muniz

8/2/2007 12:46:46 AM
Howdy Willie, I'm glad your hangin' out with us. Will you bring mcdaid over here (below) so I (we)can go see him live. He's quite good. I can't afford the trip to the UK. My Momma said it can't hurt to ask. And Willie, thank you for ALL YOUR GREAT MUSIC and being the way you are. Peace My Friend..roymuniz



Dave McIsaac

8/1/2007 10:22:22 PM
Willie,
It would surprise me if you personally read this, but (just in case) I just want to tell you what an honor it is for me to have one of my songs listed in the same chart as one of your songs (Cashbox Country Picks). I know it ain't big to you, but it sure is to me!!!!




mcdaid

5/2/2007 7:29:45 PM
Hi there willy Iain campbell glasgow sends his regards.please check out my songs.cheers



David Bethune

3/28/2007 12:57:28 PM
Hi WIlly,
I re-wrote this. Please have a look.

©2007 Lyrics - David William Bethune SOCAN/BMI

"The South End Of My Mule"

Sick and tired of city life
Working eight to five
Traffic jams and schedules
I'm dam lucky I survived

I bought myself some chickens
A donkey and a plough
Some sacks of seeds for plantin
And a one eared milkin cow

Build:
There's nowhere that I have to go
Nowhere I need to be
I'm now livin in the country
And my soul is finaly free

Chorus:
So take your city regulations
And your city livin rules
Pucker up your lips like this
And plant yourself a great big kiss
On south end of my mule

Front porch sittin guitar pickin
In my old rockin chair
No TV no telephone
Breathe clean fresh country air

Build:
Nowhere that I have to go
Nowhere I need to be
I'm now livin in the country
And my soul is finaly free

Chorus:
So take your city regulations
And your city livin rules
Pucker up your lips like this
And plant yourself a great big kiss
On south end of my mule

Some of my neighbors came to visit
Real friendly country folk
They brought me some of their seeds
That I could grow and smoke

Build:
Nowhere that I have to go
Nowhere I need to be
I'm now livin in the country
And my soul is finaly free

Chorus:
So take your city regulations
And your city livin rules
Pucker up your lips like this
And plant yourself a great big kiss
On south end of my mule
Yah..
Pucker up your lips like this
And plant yourself a great big kiss
On south end of my mule




David Bethune

3/23/2007 1:50:08 PM
Hi Willy,
I'm a Canadian Lyric writer.
Why don't you write a melody for this..:)

©2007 Lyrics - David William Bethune SOCAN/BMI

"The South End Of My Mule"

Had my fill of city life
Working eight to five
Traffic jams and schedules
I'm dam lucky I survived..

I bought myself some chickens
A donkey and a plough
A bunch of sacks of seeds to plant
And a one eared milkin cow.. Now there's

Chorus:
Nowhere that I have to go
Nowhere I need to be
I've moved out to the country
And my soul is finaly free
Ain't got no one to answer to
I live by my own rules
The whole dam coporate world can kiss
The south end of my mule

Front porch sittin guitar pickin
In my old rockin chair
No TV no telephone
Breathe clean fresh country air.. Now there's

Chorus:
Nowhere that I have to go
Nowhere I need to be
I've moved out to the country
And my soul is finaly free
Ain't got no one to answer to
I live by my own rules
The whole dam coporate world can kiss
The south end of my mule

Butterflies and bumblebees
Wild animals and big old trees
There's nowhere else I'd rather be
This country life's for me.. And there's

Chorus:
Nowhere that I have to go
Nowhere I need to be
I've moved out to the country
And my soul is finaly free
Ain't got no one to answer to
I live by my own rules
The whole dam coporate world can kiss
The south end of my mule



 

       

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Gabe Nieto Just moved into your neck of the woods Hoss, lets hit a few at the Hills sometime!
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marie But willie im not ready to roll over. Ive got wonderful people like you that tell me Country is endless in age. Thanks Willie for giving us some of the best Country todate. xx
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