Willie Nelson (Parade Magazine)

by: Isabelle Raphael

Now 80, Willie Nelson is still at it, touring on his fancy bus, playing to sold-out clubs and stadiums. “Since I was a kid, music was what I wanted to do,” Willie Nelson told PARADE in 2010. “I thought I could make it by my own talents. That’s what I wanted to prove.”

The Texas-born star also opened up about his love of country music.

“A lot of country music is sad,” he said. “I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times. It applies to music. Three chords and the truth—that’s what a country song is. There is a lot of heartache in the world.”

“Anybody can be unhappy,” he added. “We can all be hurt. You don’t have to be poor to need something or somebody. Rednecks, hippies, misfits—we’re all the same. Gay or straight? So what? It doesn’t matter to me. We have to be concerned about other people, regardless.”

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