Willie Nelson Fans Know her as Sister Bobbie

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Bobbie Nelson and her brother Willie have made music for the better part of 70 years. Bobbie and her piano are nothing short of the heart, soul and backbone of the Family Band. “I’m just joined to the piano. I put all my feelings, happy or sad, into that piano. It reflects the way I feel,” Bobbie said.

Bobbie and Willie played together as kids in the church house band. When Willie went off to pursue songwriting and performing, Bobbie raised three children and played piano in lounges and restaurants.

In 1973, she got the call to join Willie in the studio, and she’s been at his side ever since, leaving little time to record a Bobbie Nelson record, not that she minded in the least.

“It satisfied me. We’d done all this gospel: ‘The Troublemaker’, ‘Shotgun Willie’, ‘The Redheaded Stranger’. I was fulfilled and grateful that I could play with Willie again,” she said.

Today, Bobbie finally released her debut album, Audiobiography, a collection of solo piano performances, plus two new tunes with her brother. It puts the sideman center stage, not that’s ever been the idea.

I’m so satisfied. I’m complete. My brother is in the spotlight. I want him to be there. And I want to do all I can to keep him there. It’s my desire to be there, not in the front, but with him,” Bobbie said.

It’s easy to assume life on the road in a boy’s club can’t be easy, but Bobbie’s not complaining. Like her brother, she believes the road keeps her young.

If I didn’t want to do it so much, I couldn’t physically or mentally do it. It’s like wearing contacts. If you don’t want to, you can’t put those things in your eyes. I feel compelled. I think this is what I’m supposed to do. Willie and I are supposed to be playing music,” she said.

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