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Rodney Crowell talks about Willie Nelson (Texas Monthly One by Willie)

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
by: John Spong

Rodney Crowell is one of the rare singer-songwriters to have kept one foot in the coffeehouses while placing the other squarely at the top of the charts as an artist. He’s a Houston-born troubadour who had a literal seat at the table when Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt revolutionized country songwriting in the early seventies (see James Szalapski’s landmark music documentary, Heartworn Highways). But he also happens to have been the first act ever to earn five number-one country singles off of one album, 1988’s Diamonds & Dirt.

On this week’s One by Willie, Crowell dissects Willie’s rip-roaring meditation on self-medication, “Bloody Mary Morning.” It’s a song that barely dented the country top twenty when it was released as a single in 1974, but as the lead track on side two of that year’s Phases and Stages—the album many Willie fans argue is his best—it went on to become a showstopper in his live sets and an all-time country classic. And it prompts thoughts from Crowell on nasty hangovers, going to Willie shows as a high-school kid in the mid-sixties, and that time in the late seventies when he showed up for his first recording session with Willie in Bogalusa, Louisiana . . . only to discover a red Camaro doing doughnuts in a field next to the studio. And you will not guess who was driving.

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One By Willie

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

One By Willie Podcast: How Willie came to record Rainbow Connection

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
by: John Spong

Willie’s daughter Amy Nelson was just five years old when she first heard Kermit the Frog sing “Rainbow Connection” in 1979’s The Muppet Movie, and she fell for it instantly. But unlike other of her childhood fascinations, her love for the song never waned, and she spent the next twenty years trying to talk her dad into recording it.



On this episode of One by Willie, Amy describes finally getting Willie to cut “Rainbow Connection” in 2001, and talks about the eponymous album that grew from that session. She describes the project as a magical, extended-family affair, recorded at the small studio in Luck, with a backing band of Willie’s nearest and dearest and Amy as coproducer.

Fleshed out with playground favorites and songs Willie used to pick and sing for his kids at bedtime—folk song “Old Blue” was one of the latter—the record was envisioned as his first children’s album. But, Willie being Willie, he ended up tacking some more grown-up songs onto the end of the record, which went on to earn a 2002 Grammy nomination for country album of the year. Amy discusses all that, plus her own decidedly grown-up songs as one half of the acoustic folk duo Folk Uke.

We’ve created an Apple Music playlist for this series that we’re adding to with each episode we publish. And if you like the show, please subscribe and drop us a rating on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

“Blue Eyes Crying in The Rain”, Wynona Judd

Friday, November 6th, 2020
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by: John Spong

The country music legend remembers hearing it on the radio in rural Kentucky and describes Willie’s kindness to her grandmother backstage at the CMAs.

Country music legend Wynonna Judd first heard “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” as a young girl splitting her time between her mom’s house in Los Angeles and her grandparents’ home in rural Kentucky. It was Willie’s first No. 1 single and the song that finally made him a star, and for Wynonna, it was an early indication that a great singer could take a song he didn’t even write and make it his own.

On this episode of One by Willie, she talks about hearing it on the radio when she was first discovering music, about hanging out backstage with Willie at the CMA awards once the Judds—Wynonna and her mother, Naomi—became stars themselves, and about how kind Willie was when Wynonna introduced him to her grandmother.

We’ve created an Apple Music playlist for this series that we’ll add to with each episode we publish. And if you like the show, please subscribe and drop us a rating on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Willie Nelson on Conon O’Brien Podcast

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Margo Price talks about Willie Nelson Songs

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

New Texas Monthly Willie Nelson Podcast, “One By Willie”

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Join senior editor John Spong and artists you love for intimate conversations about the Willie songs that mean the most to them.

t’s been a heck of a year for Willie Nelson projects over here at Texas Monthly—we published a special issue dedicated to the legend (you can get a copy of that keepsake issue here), as well as an exhaustive ranking of all 143 of Nelson’s albums—and we’re not close to done. On October 9, we’ll be launching a new podcast called “One by Willie.”

The eight-episode series will be hosted by award-winning Texas Monthly staff writer John Spong and will feature intimate conversations with a range of prominent guests about the Willie Nelson songs that mean the most to them. Guests include Margo Price, Lyle Lovett, Jack Ingram, Wynonna Judd, and many more. As you’ll learn, these conversations aren’t just about the songs. They’re also about what music really means to us—the ways it can change us, take care of us, and connect us all. Take a listen to the trailer here:


If you like it, please subscribe—and stay tuned for Episode 1 with Margo Price, launching October 9. We’ll have a few other exciting things coming that day as well, including the online launch of that Willie Nelson special issue and a Willie video that will premiere during this year’s all-virtual Austin City Limits Music Festival.

You can subscribe to “One by Willie” on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Willie Nelson on Biscuits and Jam Podcast

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
by: Sid Evans

The legendary musician joins us on our new podcast Biscuits & Jam.

About Biscuits & Jam:  In the South, talking about food is personal. It’s a way of sharing your history, your family, your culture, and yourself. Each week Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living, will sit down with celebrity musicians to hear stories of how they grew up, what inspired them, and how they’ve been shaped by Southern culture. Sid will take us back to some of their most cherished memories and traditions, the family meals they still think about, and their favorite places to eat on the road.

Episode 6: July 7, 2020

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Willie Nelson is about to release his 70th album, a beautifully spare collection of originals, covers, and classics called First Rose of Spring, which is even more remarkable because it’s so good. Like the best of Willie’s albums, it’s full of heartbreak, humor, gorgeous melodies, and of course that unmistakable voice.

Willie is 87 now, but that hasn’t slowed him down much. Just before COVID-19 shut down his most recent tour, he was performing to crowds as big as 80,000 people (at the Houston Livestock Show), and he had plans to release a new gospel album. When we caught up with him for a new episode of our Biscuits & Jam podcast, he was sitting in his pickup truck at his ranch in Luck, Texas, looking at his horses (he has over 70 of them). There are worse places to be quarantined, but Willie was ready to get back on the road again. When asked if he missed being on his bus, the Honeysuckle Rose, he laughed. “Well, I miss it a lot,” he said. “It’s parked right down at the bottom of the hill, and I go down there and sit on it a while and pretend I’m going somewhere.”

Until that happens, tune in to our podcast to hear him talk about growing up in Abbott, Texas, meeting Patsy Cline for the first time, performing with his kids, and staying positive through tough times. Here are a few highlights:

On Gospel Music

“The first music I learned to play was gospel music and Amazing Grace. It was one of the first songs I learned to sing, and this kind of music has kind of carried me through the years.”

On His Military Service

“I was at Keesler Air Force Base for a while, and…the top Sergeant in there…liked music, so we would play little concerts for him, and he loved it.”

On Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville

“Tootsie was a great friend of mine, and she had a hatpin, and if you gave her any trouble she’d run you out of there with that hatpin. So you had to stay halfway straight.”

On Performing with His Kids

“There’s nothing like having your kids on stage with you, especially when they’re good.”

On Staying Positive

“[There’s] nothing I can do about yesterday, there ain’t nothing I can do about tomorrow. But right now I’m pretty much in control. So this is the day that I’m living. And it’s the only one that really matters right now.”

On Healthcare Workers

“These folks are heroes. These are the ones that…are on the front lines battling one of the biggest wars, I guess, that this country has ever had to face because there is no visible enemy.”

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Willie’s World (podcast)

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

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Wild horses, weed at the White House, the war in Iraq, and the weird web that ties the world of Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger together. The record that gave Willie his stardom has continued to shape and change the world long after its release.

At a time when the world seems to be pulling itself apart, Willie Nelson continues to be a tie that binds—even the most disparate elements. In the Season 4 finale of The Opus, we take a walk in Willie’s boots, and bask in the glorious world he has created since Red Headed Stranger.

Host Andy Bothwell, joined by Nathanial Rateliff of Nathanial Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Jack Torrey of The Cactus Blossoms, Carla Bozulich of The Geraldine Fibbers, and Dan Solomon of Texas Monthly Magazine, takes you inside Willie’s world, and shows you just how singular it is.

Next year marks the 45th anniversary of Willie Nelson’s breakthrough country outlaw album, Red Headed Stranger. To celebrate, you can preview or stream music from Willie Nelson here. Bonus: We’re giving away a 14-LP Willie Nelson vinyl prize pack!

Willie Nelson in Luck

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

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Hosted by Andy Langer, the National Podcast of Texas features weekly interviews with prominent Texas thinkers, leaders, and newsmakers. Subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

This week, on a special edition of the National Podcast of Texas: Willie Nelson & Friends, recorded live on July 6, from the porch of Willie’s Luck, Texas, headquarters. The conversation followed a screening of the first-ever digital presentation of 1986’s Red Headed Stranger, an Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow and Luck Reunion co-production that allowed 400 fans to watch the movie on the very property where it was filmed.

Red Headed Stranger has a complicated history. In 1979, screenwriter and director Bill Wittliff wrote a script based on Willie’s 1975 Red Headed Stranger album, telling the story of a scorned preacher seeking revenge on his wife and the man she left him for. Universal Studios quickly secured the rights to the script and set out to make a $14 million film with Robert Redford in the title role. When Redford wound up backing out, the project stalled, and Wittliff and Nelson opted to fund the film on their own. Now a $1.8 million project starring Willie himself, they got help from friends and family to make it happen, rounded up investors, and built the western town on Willie’s property just outside of Austin. In the end, Carolyn Mugar, a friend and fan from Boston, swooped in with the finishing money (she’s also executive director of Farm Aid).

Red Headed Stranger was the third movie Willie worked on with Wittliff, who passed away in June. It followed 1980’s Honeysuckle Rose and 1982’s Barbarosa. Red Headed Stranger has never been available on DVD, let alone streaming services. The print that the Alamo screened in Luck was found in a Los Angeles warehouse after an exhaustive search, then restored and digitized by the American Genre Film Archive.

After the Rolling Roadshow screening, we sat with Willie to discuss the film’s history, to remember Bill Wittliff, and to memorialize the story of how Luck came to be. Onstage with us were Luck architect Cary White; Willie’s former tour manager, confidant, and Red Head Stranger producer David Anderson; actor Sonny Carl Davis (who plays Odie in the film); and Willie’s daughter and the film’s wardrobe designer, Lana Nelson. Her son, Brian Fowler, also appeared onstage to discuss his first acting job.

With permission from Nelson, the Luck Reunion, and Alamo Drafthouse, we were able to record the Q&A session and present it to you as the National Podcast of Texas.

PG Music Podcast Review: Willie Nelson And Sons

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
by: Rich Kienzle

Willie Nelson’s  “Me and the Boys,” an album of classic country (seven of the 12 songs by Hank Williams) recorded with his sons, singers Lukas and Micah Nelson.  The original material were recorded at Willie’s Austin studio in 2011 by Willie and Lukas,  with added vocals added by Lukas and Micah.

‘Dave’s Old Interview Tapes’ revisits 2000 chat with country trailblazer Willie Nelson

Thursday, September 7th, 2017
by:  David Lindquist

In the seventh episode of the “Dave’s Old Interview Tapes” podcast, IndyStar reporter David Lindquist and guest Otis Gibbs (host of the “Thanks for Giving a Damn” podcast) revisit a 2000 interview with Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson enjoyed success as an A-list Nashville songwriter but he had yet to move to Texas for “outlaw” glory in 1969, when an onstage mishap damaged one of his guitars.

“I sent it to Nashville, to see if they could fix it,” Nelson told IndyStar. “(Shot Jackson) called me back and said, ‘I can’t fix it. But I got another guitar up here, a Martin, I can take the pickups out and put in it.’

“I said, ‘Well, how much is it?’ “

“He said, ‘$750.’ “

” ‘Is it a good one?’ “

“He said, ‘Well, Martin didn’t make any bad guitars.’ “

That’s how Nelson acquired “Trigger,” the nylon-stringed and now lovingly distressed instrument that made history with the 84-year-old musician.

Nelson talks about guitars and branching out to electric blues on the seventh episode of “Dave’s Old Interview Tapes,” a podcast that revisits IndyStar musical conversations between 1998 and 2004.

Nelson talked to IndyStar before a Conner Prairie appearance 2000. In addition to audio from that chat, the podcast episode features commentary by Otis Gibbs — singer-songwriter and host of the “Thanks for Giving a Damn” podcast.

You can listen to the Nelson episode at:


>> iTunes.

>> SoundCloud.

>> Google Play.

>> Stitcher.

>> TuneIn Radio app.

Episode One: Dave Grohl’s bond with Howard Stern, David Letterman

Episode Two: John Mayer, Mickey Hart and the Dead’s legacy

Episode Three: B.B. King treated every gig with care

 Call IndyStar reporter David Lindquist at (317) 444-6404. Follow him on Twitter: @317Lindquist.

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Washington Post Podcast with Willie Nelson

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Welcome to our second Washington Post Pop-Up Pop Podcast in which we discuss the great Willie Nelson and his legacy as a songwriter, a spiritual leader and a very funny dude.

The discussion centers around an interview with Nelson that took place aboard his tour bus in Las Vegas earlier this month. You can read the profile that came from that interview right here and you can listen to our podcast below.

Budrock remembers Lynyrd Skynyrd

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt, lighting director for Willie Nelson and Family, participated in an internet project about Lynyrd Skynyrd, the southern rock band that  tragically lost band members in a 1977 plane crash — Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and sister Cassie Gaines.  Several others were killed in the crash, and dozens injured.

Buddy was one of six persons interviewed for the podcast series which was  produced by Paul Doty, of WCLS Corporation.    Buddy wrote, ”  I think It’s about the last days of the real LYNYRD SKYNYRD and the actual plane crash memories. (I think) because that was the direction of the interview that I did.”

 To learn when the programs will air, and how you can download the podcasts, visit:

Producer Paul Doty wrote to friends familiar with the project:

Gad what a week.  ALL episodes are in the can and we have an order of episode posted at  

We ended up with a total of 6 shows.  On 10/2 Ron kicks it off, Then Rosemary, Tim & Jack.  Budrock gets the honor of having his episode release on the actual anniversary.  Ken’s show is the final episode.  

Please make sure your subscribed on iTunes.  It’s free, you can simply click the iTunes logo in my signature (on the footer) to avoid searching for the show.

Thanks again everyone.

Paul also said that AudPod is launching a FaceBook page, where fans can follow along when the shows air, and if you are on Facebook, he invites you to become his friend, and a friend of the AudPod fan page when it goes up. 

Paul offers help, if you are new to Facebook;  


Billy Bob Thornton Interviews Mickey Raphael (and Legacy Recordings has it on podcast!)

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

As it turns out, Billy Bob Thornton and Mickey Raphael have a lot more in common than both looking good in black suits and 50’s sleeked back greaser hairstyles.


They both love music, they are very knowledgeable about music, and they are both are big Willie Nelson fans.

Billy Bob and his band the Box Masters spent a month on the road with Willie Nelson & Family this spring, and Mickey would join the band on stage and play with them, before getting back to his regular job of playing harmonica with Willie Nelson and Family. It was always fun to see him join WN&F after his set with the BoxMasters, all dressed up with his big hair.

In between shows, on the bus or in restaurants, Billy Bob and Mickey would get together and talk about music, mutual friends and life on the road. Fortunately, someone had the good sense to record these conversations, and now thanks to Legacy Recordings, we can listen to them as podcasts.

The interviews on the bus are appropiately set against the soundtrack of the road, with traffic sounds and honking horns.  Billy Bob interviews Mickey about how he got started in music, his first musical performance (he played the triangle — who knew?), and how he became part of the Willie Nelson and Family band.  Mickey says that Willie never officially hired him, but that he never told him to leave, either.  And there’s the story of Willie asking Paul, “What are we paying Mickey?” “Nothing,” Paul said. “Well, then double his salary!” Willie said.

As a music lover and Willie Nelson fan, Billy Bob does a great job asking Mickey questions we’d like to ask him and we get to learn more about Willie Nelson and Family and their music.

Billy Bob asks Mickey about how the ‘Naked Willie’ album came about. Mickey talks about buying his first Willie Nelson & Family album, and how much he enjoyed  Willie’s guitar playing and his singing,  long before he got to meet Willie through their mutual friend, Darrel Royal, coach of the U of Texas Longhorns.

Mickey’s been standing to Willie’s left playing harmonica for over thirty years and his appreciation for the simplicity of Willie’s approach to playing and recording music has continued to grow. “Less is more,” is Willie’s philosophy, Mickey says. “Keep it Simple.”

There was nothing simple about Chet Atkins’ production techniques, and the ‘Nashville Sound’  in vogue when he produced Willie in Nashville in the ’60’s.  The recordings were heavy with layered strings and back-up vocals, which was what the public was loving and what they were buying.  Mickey said he always wondered what the songs would sound like if Willie had been allowed to produce the songs himself.  They were such great songs, he thought maybe they should be recorded again, but recognized that so much would be lost if they did that, because Willie’s original tracks were so beautiful.

So, with Willie’s blessing, Mickey contacted Sony/Legacy who had acquired the RCA catalogue, and pitched the idea of re-producing some of Willie’s music from the 60’s and ’70’s, and removing the choral backup vocals, strings and “Nashville Sound” from Willie’s original tracks.  

“At that time in Nashville, artists weren’t allowed to produce themselves. I thought it would be like a gift to Willie, giving him control of the sound of those early recordings,” Mickey said.

Mickey went to New York and got the original master multi-track tapes, had them transferred to digital and worked with another producer, Tony Castle, to remove the layers of stringed instruments vocals, and uncovered Willie’s guitar work and Willie’s voice that had been buried on the originals.

So here are the podcasts. Thanks to Mickey Raphael, Joseph Vella, and Sony/Legacy for letting me share them here.   Click on the link, and it will download to your computer, and you can listen to the recordings on your computer, or upload them to your ipod.  Enjoy!

They are divided into three separate recordings:

Part 1 – Starting the project:

Part 2 – Willie’s artistry:

Part 3  Selecting the Songs


1.    Bring Me Sunshine
2.    Following Me Around
3.    The Ghost
4.    Happiness Lives Next Door
5.    I Just Dropped By
6.    Jimmy’s Road
7.    I Let My Mind Wander
8.    If You Could See What’s Going Through My Mind
9.    Johnny One Time
10.    The Local Memory
11.    The Party’s Over
12.    Where Do You Stand?
13.    When We Live Again
14.    What Can You Do To Me Now?
15.    I’m A Memory
16.    Sunday Morning Coming Down
17.    Laying My Burdens Down