See Willie Nelson in Austin

photo:  Dale Roe

www.statesman.com
by:  Dave Thomas

There are two kinds of people in Austin: Those who remember old Austin and those who will start remembering old Austin in a few years.

Wait, that’s not it. Maybe it’s: Those who have allergies and those who will.

Well, maybe both of those are true. But what I’m aiming for is this: Those who love Willie Nelson and those who ought to start.

Willie was born in Abbott, north of Waco along Interstate 35. He started writing hit songs in Houston — penning “Night Life” on his commute from Pasadena. The budding songwriter made a career in Nashville, and when his home burned down, he found his footing in Bandera. Even now, he’s often found toking, joking and gambling with pals in Maui, Hawaii.

But (at least when he’s not on the road, again and again) Austin is the spiritual home to Willie Nelson. He was always going to be a great songwriter. He created something more here. Are you feeling it, too?

Here are six places in and near Austin where you can gaze upon Willie now … or think about Willie then.

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