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Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson

American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist add

Category: Music

Born in 1933.

Countries: United States (73%), Texas (8%), (7%)

Main connections: Texas, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson

Linked to: Abbott High School, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Facebook, Food Network




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Willie Nelson was born in 1933 add something


The album included a cover of Fred Rose's 1945 song "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", that had been released as a single previous to the album, and became Nelson's first number one hit as a singer add something


After graduating from high school, in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems add something


After leaving school, in 1950, he joined the United States Air Force for eight to nine months add something


Ray Price (musician) - Among its members during the late 1950s and early 1960s were Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Darrell McCall, Van Howard, Johnny Paycheck and Johnny Bush


His first marriage was to Martha Matthews; it lasted from 1952 to 1962 add something


Upon his return, in 1952, he married Martha Matthews, and from 1954 to 1956 studied agriculture at Baylor University add something


He made his first record in 1956, "No Place For Me", that included Leon Payne's "Lumberjack" on the B-side add something


Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956 add something


After his son Billy was born in 1958, the family moved to Houston, Texas add something


In 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas after signing a contract with D Records add something


After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas add something


He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound add something


In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and later signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist add something


Nelson moved to Nashville in 1960, but no label signed him add something


Nelson started to formally practice Kung Fu after he moved to Nashville, in the 1960s add something


Chet Atkins - He had brought Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Connie_Smith, Bobby Bare, Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed and John Hartford to the label in the 1960s and inspired and helped countless others


Roger Miller - He later started a recording career and reached the peak of his fame in the late 1960s, but continued to record and tour into the 1990s, charting his final top 20 country hit "Old Friends" with Willie Nelson in 1982


Nelson signed with Liberty Records and was recording by August 1961 at Quonset Hut Studio add something


Billy Walker (musician) - He was one of the first artists to record a Willie Nelson song; and although his 1961 version of "Funny How Time Slips Away" only reached No. 23 on "Billboard"'s country singles chart, it helped establish Walker's national reputation


In 1962, he recorded his first album, "And Then I Wrote" add something


Nelson's tenure at Liberty yielded his first album entitled "And Then I Wrote", released in September 1962 add something


Shirley Collie Nelson - From 1963 to 1971, she was the second wife of country star Willie Nelson


Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year add something


Fred Foster of Monument Records signed Nelson in early 1964, but only one single was released, "I Never Cared For You" add something


During his first few years on RCA, Nelson had no significant hits, but from November 1966 through March 1969, his singles reached the Top 25 in a consistent manner add something


In 1967, he formed his backing band "The Record Men", featuring Johnny Bush, Jimmy Day, Paul English and David Zettner add something


Chet Atkins - In 1967, a tribute song called "Chet's Tune" was produced for his birthday, with contributions by a long list of RCA/Victor artists including Eddy Arnold, Connie Smith, Jerry Reed, Willie Nelson, Hank Snow, and others


Merle Haggard - Haggard performed his 1968 song Okie from Muskogee at the 56th Annual Grammy *awards on January 26, 2014 with Willie Nelson, Kris_Kristofferson, and Blake Shelton


Jesse Ed Davis - After the 1969 album "Giant Step", he turned to session work for the likes of David Cassidy, Albert King and Willie Nelson


Bill Kirchen - In 1969 Kirchen took Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen to California and they developed a reputation as musical "outlaws" that were praised by other outlaw musicians and bands like Willie Nelson, Waylon_Jennings, The Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band


As Jennings was achieving success in country music in the early 1970s, the pair were combined into a genre called outlaw country, since it did not conform to Nashville standards add something


By 1970, most of his songwriting royalties were invested in tours that did not produce significant profits add something


In addition to the problems in his career, Nelson divorced Shirley Collie in 1970 add something


Nelson continued to top the charts with hit songs during the late 1970s, including "Good Hearted Woman", "Remember Me", "If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time", and "Uncloudy Day" add something


Bob Wills - A 1970 tribute album by Haggard directed a wider audience to Wills' music, as did the appearance of younger "revival" bands like Asleep at the Wheel and the growing popularity of longtime Wills disciple and fan Willie Nelson


Harold Bradley - Harold enjoyed frequent work as a session musician into the 1970s, performing on hundreds of albums by country stars such as Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Roy_Orbison, Elvis Presley and Slim Whitman


Honky-tonk - In the 1970s, outlaw country's brand of rough honky tonk was represented by artists such as Gary Stewart, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, David_Allan_Coe, and Billy Joe Shaver


Sancho Gracia - Since he has appeared in more than eighty motion pictures including several Hollywood productions during the 1970s and in 1999's "Outlaw Justice" with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson


In early 1971 his single "I'm a Memory" reached the top 30 add something


The couple divorced in 1971, after Collie found a bill from the maternity ward of a Houston hospital charged to Nelson and Connie Koepke for the birth of Paula Carlene Nelson add something


In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as "Shotgun Willie" and "Phases and Stages" add something


"Shotgun Willie", released in May 1973, earned excellent reviews but did not sell well add something


Jerry Schatzberg - He went on to direct films such as "Scarecrow", which shared the grand prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, "The Seduction of Joe Tynan", "Honeysuckle Rose" with Willie Nelson, "Misunderstood" , "Street Smart" in 1987, and "The Panic in Needle Park", which starred Al Pacino


Sammi Smith - In 1973, Sammi moved to Dallas, Texas, with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson to become a country "outlaw"


His next release, "Phases and Stages", released in 1974, was a concept album about a couple's divorce, inspired by his own experience add something


The first occasion was in 1974, in Dallas, Texas add something


Lucky Oceans - At the request of Willie Nelson, they left Oakland and moved to Austin, Texas in 1974


Tracy Nelson (singer) - In 1974, her duet with Willie Nelson, "After the Fire is Gone", was nominated for a Grammy Award


Dolly Parton - Upon leaving Wagoner's organization in 1974, Parton formed her own "Travelin' Family Band", made up largely of siblings, cousins and other family members, and touring with a number of other acts, including Willie Nelson and Mac Davis


In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album, "Red Headed Stranger" add something


The result was the critically acclaimed, and massively popular 1975 concept album "Red Headed Stranger" add something


Throughout his 1975 tour, Nelson raised founds for PBS-affiliated stations across the south promoting "Austin City Limits" add something


The positive reception of the show prompted PBS to order ten episodes for 1976, formally launching the show add something


Doug Sahm - He sang backing vocals on Willie Nelson's 1977 gospel album, "The Troublemaker"


Duane Eddy - The single, "You Are My Sunshine", featuring Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, hit the country charts in 1977


In 1978, Nelson released two more platinum albums add something


Grady Martin - In 1978, with his studio career over, Martin returned to the life of a touring musician; first with Jerry Reed and as lead guitarist for Willie Nelson's band, appearing in Nelson's 1980 film "Honeysuckle Rose"


His acting debut was in the 1979 movie, "The Electric Horseman", followed by appearances in "Honeysuckle Rose", "Thief", and "Barbarosa" add something


Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film "The Electric Horseman", followed by other appearances in movies and on television add something


Nelson's acting debut was in the 1979 film, "The Electric Horseman", followed by appearances in "Honeysuckle Rose", "Thief", and "Barbarosa" add something


Heartbreak Hotel - A rock and roll standard, since its original release "Heartbreak Hotel" has been covered by several rock and pop acts, including Willie Nelson and Leon Russell, who recorded a duet version that topped the Country charts in 1979


Johnny Gimble - From 1979 to 1981, Gimble toured with Willie Nelson worldwide


Leon Russell - In 1979, Russell and Willie Nelson had a number-one hit on the "Billboard" country music chart with their duet of "Heartbreak Hotel"


Kris Kristofferson - Meanwhile, more artists took his songs to the top of the charts, including Willie Nelson, whose 1979 LP release of "Willie Nelson Sings Kris Kristofferson" proved to be a smash success


During the 1980s, Nelson recorded a series of hit singles including "Midnight Rider", a 1980 cover of the Allman Brothers song which Nelson recorded for "The Electric Horseman", the soundtrack "On the Road Again" from the movie "Honeysuckle Rose", and a duet with Julio Iglesias titled "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" add something


During the 1980s, Nelson started to train on Tae Kwon Do, in which he holds a second-degree blackbelt add something


In 1980, Nelson performed on the south lawn of the White House add something


In addition to the unpaid taxes, Nelson's situation was worsened by the weak investments he had made during the early 1980s add something


The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s add something


While swimming in Hawaii in 1981, Nelson's lung collapsed add something


Booker T. Jones - Making the charts as a solo artist in 1981 with "I Want You", he produced Rita Coolidge, Bill Withers's debut album "Just As I Am" , and Willie Nelson's album "Stardust"


Townes Van Zandt - Several of Van Zandt's compositions were recorded by other artists, such as Emmylou Harris who, with Don Williams, had a No. 3 country hit in 1981 with "If I Needed You," and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, the pair taking "Pancho & Lefty" to number one on the country charts in 1983


He played the role of Red Loon in "Coming Out of the Ice" in 1982 and starred in "Songwriter" two years later add something


"Pancho & Lefty", a duet album with Merle Haggard, and "WWII", with Jennings, came out in 1982, while "Take it to the Limit" was released in 1983, with Jennings add something


Brenda Lee - A 1982 album, "The Winning Hand", featuring Lee along with Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, was a surprise hit, reaching the top ten on the U.S. country albums chart


Webb Pierce - Even though he had occasional minor hits, charting in a 1982 duet with Willie Nelson, a remake of "In the Jailhouse Now," he spent his final years tending to his businesses, and his legend became clouded due to his reputation as a hard drinker


Merle Haggard - Country star Willie Nelson believed the 1983 Academy *award-winning film "Tender Mercies", about the life of fictional singer Mac Sledge, was based on the life of Merle Haggard


Emmylou Harris - Despite Top Ten singles with "C'est La Vie" and "Making Believe", the album's best known track is the first recorded cover of Townes Van Zandt's classic "Pancho & Lefty", which would be a No. 1 hit for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in 1983


Townes Van Zandt - In 1983, six years after Emmylou Harris had first popularized it, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song "Pancho and Lefty," scoring a number one hit on the Billboard country music charts


Meanwhile, he became more involved with charity work, such as singing on "We are the World" in 1984 add something


Julio Iglesias - In 1984 he recorded the previously mentioned duets with Diana Ross and Willie Nelson


Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms, after Bob Dylan's comments during the Live Aid concert that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt add something


In 1985, Nelson had another success with "Half Nelson", a compilation album of duets with a range of artists such as Ray Charles and Neil Young add something


Kris Kristofferson - In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup "The Highwaymen"


Neil Young - Young remains on the Board of Directors of Farm Aid, an organization he co-founded with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp in 1985


John Mellencamp - Shortly after finishing "Scarecrow", Mellencamp helped organize the first Farm Aid benefit concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in Champaign, Illinois on September 22, 1985


He portrayed the lead role in the 1986 film version of his concept album "Red Headed Stranger" add something


Other movies that Nelson acted in include "Wag the Dog", "Gone Fishin"' , the 1986 television movie "Stagecoach" , "Half Baked", "Beerfest", "The Dukes of Hazzard", "Surfer, Dude" and "Swing Vote" add something


Jack Walrath - In 1987 Walrath received a Grammy nomination for a cover of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" featuring Willie Nelson


Lotta Engberg - She has a great number of collaborations including joint albums with Jarl Carlsson in 1987, Christer Sjögren and Willie Nelson, both in 2012


Koepke and Nelson married the same year and had two daughters, Paula Carlene and Amy Lee. Following a divorce in 1988, he married his current wife, Annie D'Angelo, in 1991 add something


Angie Dickinson - She co-starred with Willie Nelson and numerous buddies in the 1988 television western "Once Upon a Texas Train"


The album entered "Billboard's" Top Country Albums at number two, marking his highest position on the chart since the release of his 1989 "A Horse Called Music", and extending his record to a total of forty-six top ten albums on the country charts add something


During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year add something


During the 1990s, Nelson started to practice the Korean martial art GongKwon Yusul add something


Lee Clayton - Also in 1990, The Highwaymen, an outlaw country supergroup comprising Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, had a minor hit with a song of his, "Silver Stallion", which had previously appeared on "Border Affair"


Kokomo Arnold - Dead Moon covered it on their 1990 album "Defiance", George Strait on his 1991 album "Chill of an Early Fall" and Willie Nelson on the 2000 album "Milk Cow Blues"


Bill Monroe - On April 7, 1990, Monroe performed for Farm Aid IV in Indianapolis, Indiana along with Willie Nelson, John_Mellencamp, Neil Young and with many other artists


In 1991, during his process with the IRS, Nelson was worried that Trigger could be auctioned off, stating: "When Trigger goes, I'll quit" add something


Their third child Billy died by suicide in 1991 add something


Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre - Concerts hosted at the arena since the opening concert with Fats Domino on 25 November 1992 include Little Richard in 1993, Vamp in 2005, Willie Nelson in 2008 and José Carreras in 2010


Nelson hid the guitar in his manager's house until his debt was paid in 1993 add something


Twenty years later, in 1994, highway patrolmen found a marijuana cigarette in his car near Waco,_Texas; the resulting court appearance caused him to cancel his appearance at the Grammy awards add something


Deana Carter - Her first big break came when one of her demo tapes caught the attention of Willie Nelson, who invited her to take part in the 1994 Farm Aid VII concert as the show's only female soloist


All Along the Watchtower - Neil Young, who played Woodstock as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, has performed numerous covers of the song, including a notable performance at Farm Aid in 1994, with band Crazy Horse and Willie Nelson


Pops Staples - He appears as himself in the 1997 Barry Levinson film "Wag the Dog", singing "Good Old Shoe" with Willie Nelson


Emmylou Harris - Also in 1998, she appeared prominently on Willie Nelson's moody, instrumentally sparse "Teatro" album, produced by "Wrecking Ball" producer Lanois


G. E. Smith - Between live dates, he has been the musical director and band leader honoring Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. He led bands for The Muddy Waters Tribute, and the 1998 and 1999 Mark Twain *awards honoring Richard Pryor and Jonathan Winters which aired on PBS, and Comedy Central


Matt Hubbard (musician) - He began working with Willie Nelson in 1998 and has been running Nelson's home studio in Luck, TX since 2000


Johnny Cash - At an all-star concert which aired in 1999 on TNT, a diverse group of artists paid him tribute, including Bob Dylan, Chris Isaak, Wyclef Jean, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Dom_DeLuise and U2


Lilian Garcia - WWE Chairman Vince McMahon asked her to sing America the Beautiful at "WrestleMania 2000" and "WrestleMania 21", joining a renowned list of legendary recording artists that includes Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Reba McEntire, Gladys Knight and Willie Nelson


Moe Jaffe - Whatever its origins, "I'm My Own Grandpaw" has been consistently performed and recorded ever since, including a 2001 release by Willie Nelson


In 2002, Nelson became the official spokesman of the Texas Roadhouse, a chain of steakhouses add something


Bernie Taupin - As mentioned above, the title track was later recorded by Willie Nelson and Kid Rock for Nelson's 2002 album "The Great Divide"


Bernie Taupin - In 2002, Willie Nelson and Kid Rock recorded "Last Stand in Open Country" for Nelson's album "The Great Divide"


Django Reinhardt - Willie Nelson wore a Django Reinhardt T-shirt on tour in Europe in 2002, stating in an interview that he admired Reinhardt's music and ability


His duet with Keith, "Beer for My Horses", was released as a single and topped the "Billboard" Hot Country Songs charts for six consecutive weeks in 2003, while the accompanying video won an award for "Best Video" at the 2004 Academy of Country Music awards add something


Nelson appeared on Ringo Starr's 2003 album, "Ringo Rama", as a guest vocal on "Write One for Me" add something


Kenny Rogers - Rogers held the record until 2003, when 70-year-old Willie Nelson became the oldest artist to have a No. 1 on the country charts with his duet with Toby Keith, "Beer for My Horses"


In 2004 Nelson underwent surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as he had damaged his wrists by continuously playing the guitar add something


In 2004, he and his wife Annie became partners with Bob and Kelly King in the building of two Pacific Bio-diesel plants, one in Salem, Oregon, and the other at Carl's Corner, Texas add something


Nelson supported Dennis Kucinich's campaign in the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries add something


Floyd Tillman - The project, released in April 2004, featured liner notes by Dr. Bill Malone, Bill Mack, Hank Thompson and Willie Nelson


In 2005 Nelson and his family hosted the first annual "Willie Nelson & NORML Benefit Golf Tournament", leading to a cover appearance and inside interview in the January 2008 issue of "High Times" magazine add something


In 2005, Democratic Texas Senator Gonzalo Barrientos introduced a bill to name of the Travis County section of State Highway 130 after Nelson, and at one point 23 of the 31 state Senators were co-sponsors of the bill add something


In 2005, Nelson and several other business partners formed Willie Nelson Biodiesel , a company that is marketing bio-diesel bio-fuel to truck stops add something


Toots and the Maytals - In 2005, the group released True Love, an album consisting of re-recorded versions of their earlier hits, alongside Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric_Clapton, Keith Richards, Trey Anastasio, No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots, and Shaggy.


A supporter of the LGBT movement, Nelson published in 2006 through iTunes a version of Ned Sublette's "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other", that met instant success add something


He recorded a radio advertisement asking for support to put musician/author Kinky Friedman on the ballot as an independent candidate for the 2006 Texas gubernatorial election add something


Dennis Locorriere - He is a notable songwriter, his songs having been recorded by Bob Dylan, Crystal Gayle, BJ Thomas, Helen Reddy, Willie Nelson, Southside_Johnny and by Jerry Lee Lewis, on his 2006 critically acclaimed and historic release, "Last Man Standing"


Nils Lofgren - In 2006 Lofgren released "Sacred Weapon", featuring guest appearances by David Crosby, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson and Martin Sexton


Ned Sublette - In 2006, Willie Nelson released Sublette's song "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other" in the wake of the success of "Brokeback Mountain"


In 2007 a book advocating the use of bio-diesel and the reduction of gas emissions, "On The Clean Road Again: Biodiesel and The Future of the Family Farm", was published add something


Nelson's 2007 performance with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis at the Lincoln Center, was released as the live album "Two Men with the Blues" in 2008; reaching number one in "Billboard's" Top Jazz Albums and number twenty on the "Billboard 200" add something


In the April 2007 issue of Stuff Magazine Nelson was interviewed about his long locks add something


Richard Holbrooke - On March 20, 2007, he appeared on "The Colbert Report" to mediate in what Stephen Colbert saw as Willie Nelson infringing on his ice cream flavor time


His next book, "A Tale Out of Luck", published in 2008 and co-authored by Mike Blakely, was Nelson's first fictional book add something


In 2008 he started to smoke marijuana with a carbon-free system to avoid the effects of smoke in his lungs add something


In 2008, Nelson reopened Willie's Place, a truck stop in Carl's Corner, Texas add something


In 2008, Nelson signed on to warn consumers about the cruel and illegal living conditions for calves raised to produce milk for dairy products add something


In January 2008, Nelson filed a suit against the Texas Democratic Party, alleging that the party violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution by refusing to allow co-plaintiff Kucinich to appear on the primary ballot because he had scratched out part of the loyalty oath on his application add something


K. D. Aubert - In 2008 K.D Aubert played April May in Surfer, Dude that starred Matthew McConaughey, Willie Nelson, and distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment


Toby Keith - Keith wrote and starred in the 2008 movie "Beer for My Horses", which is based on the 2003 hit song of the same name recorded by Keith and Willie Nelson


In 2010, Austin, Texas renamed Second Street to Willie Nelson Boulevard add something


In 2010, Nelson founded with the collaboration of producers and filmmakers Luck Films, a company dedicated to produce feature films, documentaries and concerts add something


In 2010, Nelson released "Country Music", a compilation of standards produced by $T-Bone_Burnett (T_Bone_Burnett) add something


In 2010, during an interview with Larry King, Nelson expressed his doubts with regards to the attacks and the official story add something


In April 2010, Nelson received the "Feed the Peace" award from The Nobelity Project for his extensive work with Farm Aid and overall contributions to world peace add something


On May 26, 2010, the Associated Press reported that Nelson had cut his hair, and Nashville music journalist Jimmy Carter published a photograph of the pigtail-free Nelson on his website add something


On November 26, 2010, Nelson was arrested in Sierra Blanca, Texas, for possession of six ounces of marijuana found in his tour bus while travelling from Los Angeles back to Texas add something


Merle Haggard - At a December 5, 2010 gala in Washington, D.C. he was honored with musical performances by Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Sheryl_Crow, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley


In 2011, Nelson was inducted to the National Agricultural Hall of Fame, for his labor in Farm Aid and other fund risers to benefit farmers add something


It closed in 2011 after defaulting on a loan, leading to foreclosure and bankruptcy add something


It was nominated for "Best Americana Album" in the 2011 Grammy awards add something


The current lineup includes all the members but Jody Payne, who retired, and Bee Spears, who died in 2011 add something


Jamey Johnson - Johnson was a main stage act on Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown from May to July 2011


In 2012 he cancelled a fund-raising appearance in the Denver area add something


In February 2012, Legacy Recordings signed a deal with Nelson that included the release of new material, as well as past releases that would be selected and complemented with outtakes and other material selected by him add something


The statue was unveiled on April 20, 2012 add something


John C. Reilly - In 2012, his current band, John Reilly & Friends will be on tour with the Railroad Revival Tour that includes Willie Nelson & Family, Band of Horses and Jamey Johnson


During an interview with "Texas Monthly" in 2013, regarding the Defense of Marriage Act and Same-sex marriage in the United States, Nelson responded to a comparison the interviewer did with the Civil Rights Movement, stating: "We'll look back and say it was crazy that we ever even argued about this" add something


In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music add something


In 2014, after twenty years on the discipline, his Grand Master Sam Um presented him with a fifth-degree black belt on a ceremony held in Austin, Texas add something


In November 2014, it was announced that Nelson would be the host of the television series "Inside Arlyn", shot at Arlyn Studio in Austin, Texas add something


In December 2014, a duet with Rhonda Vincent, "Only Me", topped "Bluegrass Unlimited's" National Airplay chart add something


Merle Haggard - On January 26, 2014, Haggard performed his 1969 song "Okie from Muskogee" at the 56th Annual Grammy *awards along with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton


Eric Clapton - This tribute album, scheduled to be released on 29 July 2014, is named after the 1972 single "Call Me The Breeze" and features 16 Cale songs performed by Clapton, Christine Lakeland, Mark Knopfler, John May er, Willie Nelson, Tom_Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White


Vanes Martirosyan - On October 4, 2014 Vanes won all three rounds in a though battle against Willie Nelson


Following the legalization of marijuana in different states, Nelson announced in 2015 through spokesman Michael Bowman the establishment of his own marijuana brand, Willie's Reserve add something


Co-authored with David Ritz, the book is set to be published on May 5, 2015 add something


In June 2015 his collaboration with Haggard "Django and Jimmie" topped "Billboard's" Top Country albums chart and reached number seven on the "Billboard" 200 add something


Merle Haggard - In 2015 Haggard and Willie Nelson recorded a video, "It's All Going to Pot," where both are seen singing in a recording studio while smoking joints


James H. Billington - Winners have included Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, and just-named Willie Nelson for November 2015


Don Was - On November 18, 2015, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC, he led the house band that performed at a concert celebrating Willie Nelson, recipient of the 2015 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song


In 2017, he will appear as himself in Woody Harrelson's live film, "Lost in London" add something


In June 2017, Nelson appeared alongside Merle Haggard in the documentary "The American Epic Sessions" directed by Bernard MacMahon add something


Merle Haggard - In 2017 Haggard appeared alongside Willie Nelson in the *award-winning documentary "The American Epic Sessions" directed by Bernard MacMahon


Sheryl Crow - An extensive tour is planned in support of the album, as is a six-day "Outlaws" tour in July 2017 headlined by Willie Nelson and including artists such as Bob Dylan, Jason Isbell, Margo Price and Hayes Carll among others


In 2018 The Texas Institute of Letters inducted him among its members for his songwriting add something


In June 2018, Nelson deplored the Trump administration family separation policy add something


On September 29, 2018, Nelson offered a free concert in Austin supporting the candidate's run add something