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Christmas sweaters, KFC and lots of weed: Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson’s adorable bromance
by: Derek Hawkins
It was a fitting Christmas present from one world renowned pot enthusiast to another.
The country music legend Willie Nelson lit up social media this week when he tweeted a photo of himself in a red and green sweater depicting a marijuana leaf adorned with lights and a star and “smoke weed everyday” printed in white letters.
The phrase is the famous closing line from the hip hop anthem “The Next Episode,” featuring Snoop Dogg. And, indeed, the sweater was a gift from the rapper himself.
“Thank you @SnoopDogg for the Christmas Sweater,” Nelson wrote.
As the story goes, Snoop Dogg and Nelson’s bond blossomed in a haze of pot smoke one day in the Netherlands in 2008. Esquire journalist Andy Langer had gotten high with them back-to-back the previous year and wrote about it for the magazine.
“I vaguely recall asking Willie if he’d ever sparked up with Snoop Dogg. Nope,” Langer wrote. “From stoner small talk, a seed was planted. I could be their link — a bridge between the marijuana culture’s two most identifiable connoisseurs.”
It took some 15 months, but in April 2008 — on 4/20, to be exact — Nelson was in Amsterdam to play a concert, when Snoop Dogg called him and asked if he wanted to collaborate on a song. Rather than wait until he returned from the tour, Snoop Dogg took a flight to join him. The two performed together and later sat down to write. Snoop Dogg described what happened next in an innuendo-laden appearance on “The Tonight Show“:
I was in his hotel room, and we was playing dominoes and enjoying life. After enjoying life … we developed a hunger. … Naturally, we wanted to go to Kentucky Fried Chicken, which is one of our favorite spots, his and mine. So we pull up in the drive-through, we order the chicken, they give it to us, and they hand us the big bucket. We take the top off and we both put our hand in at the same time. And we grab the same piece of chicken at the same damn time. And I said, You know what Willie? That’s yours. Go ahead, take that, dog.
The song that emerged from the meeting was “My Medicine,” an upbeat half-country-half-rap ode to marijuana that landed on Snoop Dogg’s 2008 album “Ego Trippin’.” The video features shots of Snoop Dogg and Nelson huddled around a studio microphone, grinning and singing the chorus together.
It was the beginning of a beautiful bromance — one that Snoop Dogg forcefully defended two years later. In 2010, when Nelson was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, Snoop Dogg ripped into the officers who busted him at the Sierra Blanca highway checkpoint near El Paso.
“What you think you’re gonna gain by arresting Willie Nelson? He got out and he back smoking right now,” he told TMZ at the time, shouting profanities about police. “If you’ve got a problem with Willie Nelson, you’ve got a problem with me.”
For what it’s worth, Snoop Dogg was later arrested on marijuana charges at the same checkpoint. If Nelson had similar words for authorities, they haven’t been made public yet.
In 2011, the pair collaborated again, this time on a Snoop Dogg track called “Superman.” Released that same year, the song represents perhaps the peak of their musical partnership. The song is jocular overall, but it riffs on the serious themes of mortality and burning out: “I’m tryin’ to do more than I can,” the two sing over a simple acoustic guitar line, “I got a little outta hand, I wasn’t Superman.”
The video features shots of them smoking, eating lunch and riding in a car, along with clips from a concert they played together. “So we got Snoop to come all the way over here to sing and record with us,” Nelson tells a crowd of people from the stage. Snoop Dogg emerges, saying “I love this man right here!”
The third track they worked on together was a 2012 Nelson song called “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” which featured a verse from Snoop Dogg, as well as vocals by country musicians Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson. Like “Superman,” it takes a tongue-in-cheek look at death, and like “My Medicine,” it too is something of an ode to the pair’s substance of choice:
Roll me up and smoke me when I die
And if anyone don’t like it, just look ’em in the eye
I didn’t come here, and I ain’t leaving
So don’t sit around and cry
Just roll me up and smoke me when I die
When it comes to their actual marijuana consumption, Snoop Dogg has conceded that Nelson, nearly twice his senior, can smoke him under the table. “Only person that [ever] smoked me out is Willie m——— Nelson!!!” he once tweeted. By Nelson’s account, he and Snoop Dogg had a “smoke-off” in Amsterdam “and he crawled away,” he told GQ last year.
In the end, however, it’s Nelson’s life of musical accomplishment that Snoop Dogg seems to admire most.
“Willie Nelson is a legend,” Snoop Dogg told TMZ after Nelson was arrested. “Y’all sometimes need to back up off certain people and have a certain amount of respect for your elders. Willie Nelson is our elder. He is somebody who lived through many decades of music and hard times and whatnot, and living good and going up and down. So give him that respect.”
Folsom Prison Blues”
I hear the train a comin’
It’s rolling round the bend
And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when,
I’m stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin’ on
But that train keeps a rollin’ on down to San Antone.
When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
Always be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry.
I bet there’s rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
They’re probably drinkin’ coffee and smoking big cigars.
Well I know I had it coming, I know I can’t be free
But those people keep a movin’
And that’s what tortures me…
Well if they freed me from this prison,
If that railroad train was mine
I bet I’d move it on a little farther down the line
Far from Folsom prison, that’s where I want to stay
And I’d let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away…
Woody Harrelson movie, “Lost in London” with Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson — Live Broadcast live Jan 19thSaturday, December 17th, 2016
Woody Harrelson has announced his intentions to make what he’s calling “the first live movie,” a feature-length, multi-location film that’ll be streamed directly into theaters, as it shoots, on January 19. Harrelson revealed the idea via a trailer released today, noting that it’s never been tried before, because “no one’s ever been that stupid.”
The actor is calling the project Lost In London, and basing it off an autobiographical incident from 2002, in which a broken ashtray in a London-area taxi ended with him being chased by police and eventually arrested. As he mentioned in an interview with Entertainment Weekly about the project, “At the time, in real life, it was completely unfunny. But then later I thought about it later and I said, ‘There’s comedy in this.’”
Harrelson—whose latest traditional film, Wilson, premieres at Sundance just three days later—says he’ll be using a single camera for the shoot, which will feature 14 locations and a cast of 30, including Harrelson’s friends Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson. He’s also recruited cinematographer Nigel Willoughby, whose work includes Downton Abbey, Penny Dreadful, and 2002’s The Magdalene Sisters, to man the camera, and help him pray that it doesn’t rain in London on the day of the big event.
Lost In London will stream in theaters (via Fathom Events) on January 19, at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.
Thanks to Doug Milford for sharing this great picture of two friends in Luck, Texas.
Jun 01, 2000
1. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
2. Half as Much
3. May You Never Be Alone Like Me
4. Move It on Over
5. Wedding Bells
6. Your Cheatin’ Heart
7. Cold Cold Heart
8. My Sweet Love Ain’t Around
9. Hey Good Lookin’
10. Lonesome Whistle, (I Heard That)
Producer:Larry Butler, David Zettner Personnel includes: Larry Butler, Willie Nelson, David Zettner, Bobby Bowman, Charlie Lindsley, Tony Pickens, Ron Kruth. Recorded at Austin, Perdenales Studios, Austin, Texas.
New Woody Harrelson film, “Lost in London”, with Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson (live broadcast Jan. 19th)Friday, December 16th, 2016
DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Academy Award® nominated actor Woody Harrelson will direct and star in an unprecedented live feature film event, “Lost in London LIVE,” on January 19, 2017. Harrelson, who wrote the feature film “Lost in London,” will also co-star with Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson. Ken Kao of Waypoint Entertainment will produce alongside Harrelson. This first-of-its-kind film event will screen live in U.S. movie theaters, giving audiences the unique opportunity to watch a film shot in real time.
Loosely based on a crazy night full of real-life events, “Lost in London” follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family. Run-ins with royalty, old friends and the law all seem to conspire to keep Harrelson from succeeding.
“I’ve always loved theatre and film and wanted to find the best way to merge the two. When I decided to shoot this in real time I realized it wasn’t quite like true theatre because the one piece missing was a live audience. By broadcasting the film live as its being shot I hope to truly blend the excitement of live theater with the scale and scope of film,” said Harrelson.
This special cinema event, presented by Fathom Events, will be broadcast live in movie theaters nationwide for one night on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST / 8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 6:00 p.m. PST. Following the feature presentation, Harrelson will participate in a live Q&A.
Tickets for the “Lost in London LIVE” event can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 550 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“Harrelson continues to surprise his fans with new and exciting ideas – ‘Lost in London’ might be the boldest one yet,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “Fathom is thrilled to be part of this revolutionary project to bring a live feature film, paired with an exclusive Q&A, to audiences nationwide.”
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 887 locations and 1,354 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
Jessica Simpson talks about her duet with Willie Nelson and her PBS Christmas Special.
The Sleigher: Kacey Musgraves With Willie Nelson, ‘A Willie Nice Christmas’
“Our annual holiday song column, in which we review the newest merry music, is back with a vengeance.
HO HO WHO: Nashville’s brightest and most brazen songwriter Kacey Musgraves follows up her excellent sophomore record Pageant Material with—shocker—a Christmas album. It must be written in the Country Music Rulebook somewhere that, in order to rise to a certain level of stardom, one must do a Christmas album. Because A Very Kacey Christmas doesn’t really seem like something the 28-year-old Texas native—known for her poignantly progressive lyrics, especially in the perpetually conservative world of country music—would do. But lo and behold, A Very Kacey Christmas doesn’t suck! It’s actually a lovely throwback country record that showcases her warm voice on a bunch of holiday standards. But someone must’ve put a little pot in those Christmas cookies, because there’s also an original duet with Willie Nelson.
MERRY AND MELLOW: “A Willie Nice Christmas” is the perfect Christmas song … if you’re celebrating at a luau in Hawaii. Indeed, Musgraves’ breezy original opens with just a ukulele and a lazy pedal steel guitar to give it a truly hazy feeling. And since this is Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves—whose fondness for jazz cabbage is well-documented—you can bet your ass that the duo’s holiday celebrations will be higher than yours: “And I hope you have a really / A really, really, Willie nice Christmas / If you’re in Luckenbach or Waikiki / Yeah, I hope you have a really / A really, really, Willie nice Christmas / And may we all stay higher than the angel on top of the tree.”
GIMME THAT WILLIE GOOD STUFF: Look, there’s denying it: This song is goofy as hell. But what would you expect when Kacey and Willie get together, indulge in the devil’s lettuce, and write a Christmas song? You’re going to get lyrics like this: “Have a Willie happy Hanukkah / Feliz Navidad-ukkah / A Willie happy Kwanzaa ’cause it’s all the same / A Mele Kalikimaka, hey / Whatever way you wanna say.” If only listeners could get as high as Kacey and Willie presumably were when they were writing it.
CHEER FACTOR: 420/10. Pass the Christmas cheer to the left hand side.
(feat. Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael)
You know Snoopy a little while back
I had one of those, carpal tunnel operations
And the doctor said “I want you to go home and
SHUT UP (mm) for four months,” annnd that’s kinda tough
I said “I’ll try it,” but while I was there
I wrote this song [strums his guitar]
Too many pain pills, too much pot
Tryin to be somethin that I’m not – Superman! Superman
Tryin to do more than I can, I got a little outta hand
I ain’t Superman – know what I’m talkin ’bout?
I blew my throat and I blew my tour
I wound up sippin on soup d’jour – I wasn’t Superman
Oh no, I wasn’t Superman
I’m tryin to do more than I can, I got a little outta hand
I wasn’t Superman
I hear ya! Mickey play with us
… [harmonica solo]
Yeah, play that Mickey, go ahead!
Play it Willie! [more harmonica]
Yeah… go ahead Willie
Well the doctor said son it’s a cryin shame
But you ain’t Clark Kent and I ain’t Lois Lane
You ain’t Superman; you ain’t Superman
Tryin to do more than you can, you got a little outta hand
You ain’t Superman – whaddya think Snoop?
Well when I die, put it on my stone
God said Snoop you take your bad ass home you wasn’t Superman
Ha ha ha, no, I wasn’t Superman
I’m tryin to do more than I can, I got a little outta hand
I wasn’t Superman (I hear ya!)
Tryin to do more than I can, I got a little outta hand
I ain’t Superman