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Willie Nelson is one of the most significant musicians of the last century not only in country music, but across all genres. His inimitable singing and guitar playing make him one of the most distinctive and instantly identifiable performers in the world, but Nelson’s songcraft is really at the heart of his success — both the songs he has written, and the songs he chooses to record from others. His original songs include all-time classic like “Crazy,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Pretty Paper” and “Hello Walls,” but he’s also rendered iconic versions of “Whiskey River,” “Pancho & Lefty,” “Always on My Mind” and many more. Fittingly, Nelson wrote “On the Road Again,” which has become his signature song over the years. His 1975 album ‘Red Headed Stranger’ is widely considered one of the keystone country recordings of all time. In more recent years Nelson has become one of music’s elder statesmen, continuing to keep a busy schedule of recording and touring into his 80s.

  • Full Name: Willie Hugh Nelson
  • Top Songs: "On the Road Again," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "Always on My Mind"
  • Did You Know? Despite his "outlaw" image, Nelson played football in school and later served in the Air Force.
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Willie Nelson Songs
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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Announce Django and Jimmie Tour

Just months after releasing an album of duets, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard will hit the road, together. The Django and Jimmie Tour is set to begin in October in Florence, S.C. So far eight dates have been announced, centered in the Midwest and East Coast.

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Parents of Ailing 4-Year-Old Credit Willie Nelson With Saving Her Life

Every country music fan loves Willie Nelson, but the parents of one special little girl credit his music with literally saving her life.

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Eric Church to Headline Inaugural American Roots Festival

North Carolina native Eric Church will be heading back home to headline the first-ever American Roots Festival in Raleigh this fall. The two-day event will take place Oct. 17-18, and in an atypical move for most festivals, Church will perform both days.

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‘Always on My Mind’ Songwriter Wayne Carson Dead at 72

Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Wayne Carson, best known for co-writing "Always on My Mind," has passed away at the age of 72.

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Willie Nelson to Be Honored With Gershwin Prize

Country legend Willie Nelson has been selected as the recipient of this year's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress, which recognizes a musician’s lifetime achievement. He is being honored for his six decades of quality songwriting and musicianship, including 25 No. 1 singles, 68 studio albums and 11 Grammy awards.

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Waylon Jennings Tribute Concert to Benefit Texas Flood Victims

A diverse lineup of country's edgiest artists will gather in Austin in July to pay tribute to the legendary Waylon Jennings, with the proceeds going to a good cause.

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Debut at No. 1 With New Duets Album

Beloved country icons Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are back on top this week with the release of their new duets album, Django and Jimmie, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

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Willie Nelson Supports LGBT Anti-Discrimination Group

Willie Nelson has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind, no matter how controversial the subject. Now the singer is letting everyone know his stance by openly supporting the anti-discrimination group Texas Wins.

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Willie Nelson Confirmed for ‘Zoolander 2′

In more evidence that Willie Nelson is one of the coolest people on the planet, the 82-year-old country legend has secured a role in the upcoming comedy Zoolander 2.

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Willie Nelson (Feat. Merle Haggard), ‘Unfair Weather Friend’ [Listen]

Merle Haggard joins Willie Nelson for "Unfair Weather Friend," a new single from the two legends upcoming Django and Jimmie album. Their appreciation for one another can be heard in every note, breath and word of this friendship ballad.

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