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

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:

>> IndyStar.com.

>> 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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