by: John Goodspeed
Willie Nelson’s relationship with John T. Floore Country Store began in the 1960s, and the venue helped launched his career as a solo musician and country music outlaw. He played there so often there’s a sign outside that reads, “Willie Nelson every Sat. nite.”
Now a music icon and a world traveler who has played at Floore’s countless times, Nelson still likes coming back — not just because he loves the place but also for the fact that he can drive home after the gig.
Willie Nelson & Friends will perform once again at Floore’s at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, with the Dirty River Boys opening at 9.
Nelson, who has written a number of books on a variety of topics since his autobiography in 1988, is set to release another on Nov. 13 named after his not-so-tongue-in-cheek song, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”
It is a memoir written like a journal on the road and a personal look into what made him who he is.
“Willie riffs on everything: music, wives, Texas, politics, horses, religion, marijuana, children, the environment, poker, hogs, Nashville, karma, and more. He shares the outlaw wisdom he has acquired over eight decades, along with favorite jokes and insights from friends and others close to him,” publisher Harper Collins says about the book.
It features artwork from his son, Micah, and an introduction by Kinky Friedman.