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Willie Nelson Auditions for ‘The Hobbit 2′ in Hilarious Clip

Willie Nelson is celebrating 80, and it doesn't seem like he's slowing down one bit. Shotgun Willie took some time to create a hilarious audition video for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit 2,' stating that he really wants to play the role of "the wizard Ganda."

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Willie Nelson Celebrates 80th Birthday With ‘CMT Crossroads’ Special

Iconic country musician Willie Nelson will celebrate his 80th birthday on April 30. He marked the special occasion by taping a special for CMT in Nashville last week. Nelson was joined by an all-star roster for a special episode of CMT Crossroads titled 'Willie Nelson and Friends from Third Man Records.'

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Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson + More to Join Zac Brown Band at the 2013 Southern Ground Music and Food Festival

After a great first run in Nashville last year, the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival will return to Music City September 27-28, 2013. Of course, Zac Brown Band will be back with a host of friends from country music and other genres to make this year's sensory experience even better.

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Miranda Lambert Featured on Willie Nelson’s Next Album

The ink is barely dry on the cover of Willie Nelson's most recent album release, 'Let's Face the Music and Dance.' But the legendary country star is already working on his next project, which he has been cutting in Nashville. The disc features duets with some of the top female vocalists in the world -- including Miranda Lambert.

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Willie Nelson Using Birthday Concert to Benefit West, Texas Victims

There are many country music artists who are reeling from the recent tragic explosion in West, Texas at the West Fertilizer Co. It hits especially close to home for the iconic Willie Nelson, as the accident happened in a town six miles south of his hometown of Abbott, Texas. The legend taking action and turning his 80th birthday celebration into a benefit concert for the West Volunteer Fire Department.

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Keith Urban’s Fourth Annual We’re All for the Hall Benefit: Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw + More – Pictures

Keith Urban's Fourth Annual We're All for the Hall concert -- which exists to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville -- was held Tuesday (April 16) at the Bridgestone Arena in Music City. Country icons and contemporary acts were in the house to help support Urban's efforts -- everyone from Tim McGraw and Eric Church to Willie Nelson to Vince Gill and more.

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Willie Nelson, ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’ – Album Review

'Let's Face the Music and Dance' is a great place for a young country music fan to meet Willie Nelson. It won't be his most famous, and it won't create any hit singles. This wonderfully consistent effort proves what longtime fans of the legend already know: At 79 years old (80 on April 30), Nelson is still as important and skilled a vocalist as there is in country music. 

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Willie Nelson and Family, ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’ – Album Stream

Willie Nelson's 80th birthday celebration begins with the release of a new album on April 16. The country music legend will reveal 'Let's Face the Music and Dance,' which you can listen to in full in advance with this online stream on Taste of Country.

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Megadeth Recruit Willie Nelson for Collaboration?

Country music legend Willie Nelson is always up for a collaboration, but this one takes the cake. The 79-year-old music icon recently ran into Dave Mustaine -- the frontman for the thrash metal band Megadeth -- at a restaurant in Texas, leading to the metal guitarist suggest a guest appearance for Nelson on the group's upcoming album.

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Paul Anka (Feat. Willie Nelson), ‘Crazy’ – Song Premiere

Paul Anka releases his new album of collaborations next week, and he's included a couple of all-time country greats. Fans and ToC readers get a first listen of his recording of 'Crazy' with Willie Nelson in this audio stream, exclusive to Taste of Country. 'Duets' is available on April 9, the same day Anka releases his memoir, 'My Way: An Autobiography.'

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