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Willie Nelson weighs in on marriage equality

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Source by David Greenwald

If you’re wondering how Willie Nelson feels about Friday’s Supreme Court decision, wonder no longer.

“I never thought of marriage as something only for men and women,” he said, according to an Alejandro Escovedo Facebook post. “But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.”


Nelson knows a thing or two about marriage: he’s tied the knot four times, though he’s been with current spouse Annie D’Angelo since 1991.

The quote comes with a picture of a pink equality painting — where the “equals” sign is composed of blunts. So you can guess how he feels about Oregon’s new marijuana laws, too. Nelson is at the Edgefield tonight, a few days too early to legally carry an ounce, though the legendary country outlaw presumably won’t let that stop him.

David Greenwald

Cities in Songs of Willie Nelson

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Original article “On the Road Again: Mapping All the Cities in Willie Nelson’s Songs” by Kriston Capps

He thought Nashville was the roughest, but Willie plays all sorts of songs about place.

“City of New Orleans” isn’t a song about New Orleans. It’s a song about a train called the City of New Orleans. Willie Nelson didn’t write it. But he made it a Grammy Award-winning hit in 1984.

Looking back, it’s easy to see how Willie Nelson came to it. Over the course of his career—a five-decade ramblin’ run that spans recordings as far back as 1962 and as recent as last year—Willie has written endlessly about his affection for (and occasional vexation with) cities across the land.

These are all of those places. Well, a whole hell of a lot of them, anyway.


No one map could track all the sites and cities Willie sings about. He’s recorded songs about rivers: the Rio Grande and the Pedernales, the Mississippi and the Ohio, the Rhine and the Jordan. He’s played songs about trains: the Midnight Special, the Wabash Cannonball, the Golden Rocket, the City of New Orleans. (And, of course, a song about rainbows.) Georgia, Montana, Tennessee, and Texas all loom large over his songbook.

Cities serve as metaphors and signposts in Willie’s songs—a role they tend to play in much of blues, country, and folk. Maybe it’s because he’s a master of those three styles that he’s known for songs about cities and places. That interest unites all those different genres in his catalog. The experience of traveling cross-country, getting the hell out of some place or setting off for a new start, is an entire category of Willie Nelson songs, right up there with cowboy heartbreak and drinking whiskey.

Read the rest of the article here.