Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store adds photo art of Les Leverett

Willie Nelson on 11/28/1964
Willie Nelson, November 28, 1964
photo by Les Leverett


“We’re very proud at the Willie Nelson Museum is to announce an exciting new Les Leverett photographic exhibit opening very soon – an historic country music photographic collection taken by long-time Grand Ole Opry photographer and Nashville resident Les Leverett.

Les Leverett’s photographs have been seen on hundreds of album covers, books, magazines, newspapers and video. Les’ photographic career at the Grand Ole Opry spanned more than 32 years. His love of the Grand Ole Opry and its many stars are evident throughout the images captured through the lens of his trusty Nikon camera.

You’ll need to visit the Museum in person to fully appreciate the images Les captured during his career. It’s simply not possible to convey the quality and uniqueness of his work over the internet.”

Visit The Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store to see more photos, and learn more about the museum.
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Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store in Nashville installed new Les Leverett classic country stars photos on their building.

The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store & Museum was founded July 4th, 1979 in Madison, TN with Willie’s good friends Frank and Jeanie Oakley as the storekeepers.  The General Store began life as a local art & picture framing store that Willie frequented often while visiting his friends in nearby Ridgetop, Tennessee.

As a result of his visits, the art shop quickly amassed a large display of framed artwork and photographs of country music stars as well as a lot of Willie memorabilia and souvenirs. In the fall of 1979, Willie was voted country music’s highest honor – “Entertainer of the Year”. And before long more people were coming to see the Willie items than those looking for picture framing…and so the Willie Nelson General Store was born. The original Willie Nelson and Family General store in Nashville, TN

And what a store it was…full of fun but certainly not what you generally expect to find. Sure, we sold souvenirs but in those days we were known as much for our parties as our souvenirs. Storekeeper Frank Oakley was always quick to dream up a new party.


The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store  is located at located at 2613 McGavock Pike, in Nashville (directly across the street from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel).  You can reach them at 615-885-1515 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              615-885-1515     end_of_the_skype_highlighting or on the web at www.WillieNelsonGeneralStore.com

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