10 reasons Willie Nelson is one of the best people alive

10 reasons Willie Nelson is one of the best people alive

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Whenever the media talks about Willie Nelson, it’s usually to make a pot joke. That’s really unfortunate, because the country music legend is about much more than his views on marijuana.

Here are 10 reasons we absolutely adore the lovable musician — and none of them involve the green stuff.

1. He loves his home state.

Willie Nelson with Gov. Ann Richards (left) and Dennis Hopper (center), at “The Big Six-O” televised concert. (Courtesy/Everett Collection)

Is there anyone who loves Texas more than Willie? Probably not, and there are a lot of people who really love Texas. You won’t just hear it in his songs, though — he’s done plenty throughout the years to benefit his the Lonestar State, including leading a benefit for Hurricane Harvey victims last year.

2. His music, duh.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in 1993. (Photo courtesy of Jim Hagans / © TNN / Everett Collection)

Going through a major life event? I guarantee you that Willie has a song for you. “Any Old Arms Won’t Do.”  “Bloody Mary Morning.” “Good-Hearted Woman.” “Crazy.” “On the Road Again.” His catalog would make any musician envious.

3. He’s pretty wise.

Read any of Willie’s interviews and you’ll find plenty of insightful quotes. He speaks eloquently about music, and the power it has to heal and unite, and pretty much anything else under the sun.

4. He can pull off short shorts.

I mean, very few people can do that.

5. He’s young at heart.

Willie Nelson in 2016. (Photo via Cinema Libre Studio/courtesy Everett Collection)

Willie is 84 years old, y’all. Eighty-four. Yet he still tours and plays rollicking shows and seems generally enthusiastic about life. It’s proof that no matter how old you are, you still have plenty of life left to live.

6. He cares about the little man.

Willie, along with Neil Young and John Cougar Mellencamp, organized the first Farm Aid in 1985. Proceeds from the concert went to longtime farm families to help keep their land.

7. Even the Muppets approve.

The Muppets don’t just play with anyone, after all.

8. He makes bad movies better.

Burt Reynolds and Willie Nelson in 2005’s “Dukes of Hazard.” (Photo by © Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection)

We can all admit 2005’s “Dukes of Hazard” is a big ‘ole pile of crap. The only redeeming part of the movie? The fact that Willie is in it, and he and Burt Reynolds have a lot of fun on screen.

9. He’s a musical legend, and hangs out with legends …

Dolly. Loretta. Merle (Rest in Peace). All of your favorite country stars, dead or alive, had tons of respect for Willie.

10. … but he still embraces new talent.

Willie’s an established name — he doesn’t have to invite anyone to tour with him. Yet, he usually invites up-and-comers and some of Nashville’s brightest emerging talents, like Kacey Musgraves, on tour with him. (And he also appears on Margo Price’s new album.)

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