by: Lindi Smith
Willie Nelson is easily one of the most iconic musicians ever, transcending the country genre. Nelson has continuously put out new albums for over five decades, and even at the age of 83, he continues to tour. He shows no sign of stopping.
Music was a part of Nelson’s life from an early age. He was raised by his grandparents who gave him his first guitar when he was six-years-old. The rest is history. Nelson wrote his first song at seven-years-old and was singing in honky tonks at age 13.
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Nelson got his start playing with the Cherokee Cowboys before signing with Liberty Records and releasing his first album in 1962. In the ’70s, Nelson released his critically-acclaimed album Redheaded Stranger and became the symbol for “outlaw country.”
He formed The Highwaymen in the mid-1980s with fellow singers Jennings, Kristofferson and Johnny Cash, all outlaws in their own right. Aside from music, Nelson has acted in numerous films and TV shows and has his hands in several businesses.
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