Willie Nelson Interview – Newsweek

July 18 issue – WILLIE NELSON
A new CD (“Countryman”), new movie (“The Dukes of Hazzard”), on the road again (with Dylan)—won’t Willie Nelson, 73, ever slow down? He spoke with NEWSWEEK’s Jac Chebatoris:

There’s a pot leaf on the cover of the new CD, and you say in the liner notes you may have been too blunted to remember to thank everyone. Can we guess why this record took 10 years to happen?

Let your imagination run with that one—you can’t be too far wrong, I’m sure.

Why the new reggae-country blend?

It just works nice—and you can’t keep from moving. Instead of crying in your beer, you’re dancing in your beer.

Was your wife on the set while you were filming “The Dukes of Hazzard” with Jessica Simpson in her Daisy Dukes?
Uh, no, she wasn’t. But I kept getting calls from her.

You’ve been married four times. Were your wives always on your mind when you were on the road?

Yeah, I’ve really discovered that there’s no such thing as an “ex-wife”—there’s only “additional wives.” It works better if you look at it that way.

You’re promoting BioWillie, a project you co-own. What is it?

It has to do with biodiesel—vegetable oils. The first diesel engine was designed to run on peanut oil, 100 years ago. It could help farmers truckers, the environment—everybody. If we took the billions we’re spending for war and backed our farmers to grow fuel, backed wind machines, solar power, we could bring our troops home and be more secure.

Do you wish you could just come home, quit touring and chill out ?

Well, every time I think I’m tired of it, I go home for a while and then I get really tired.

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