Willie Nelson receives guitar from death row inmates



Willie Nelson received this new handmade acoustic guitar courtesy of a few fans who have a special appreciation for his brand of outlaw country music. The guitar and its hand-tooled leather case were crafted by death-row inmates at the Polunski Unit in Livingston, Texas.

Nelson posted images of the guitar on his site and quoted from the letter that accompanied it.

“I know you’ll probably never play it,” wrote Ketch, the inmate who built the instrument, “but I am satisfied in my heart that I did the best I could do with what I had to work with.”

He would certainly be surprised to learn how wrong he was. As Willie replied on his site, “This guitar is an absolute work of art. Every single hour you spent on it is appreciated. What an honor.”

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