Skip to comments.Willie Nelson unveils statue of himself on 4/20
Posted on 04/21/2012 8:38:15 AM PDT by smokingfrog
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -April 21, 2012 (WPVI) -- Country music legend Willie Nelson helped unveil a statue honoring him in downtown Austin by singing his new song "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" on Friday, a date long reserved to celebrate marijuana use.
The faint smell of marijuana smoke wafted through a crowd of about 2,000 people as Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell accepted on the privately funded statue as a gift from a private arts group. Organizers said they didn't intentionally choose April 20 for the event, but once they found out, they scheduled the unveiling at 4:20 p.m. as a tongue-in-cheek reference to Nelson's openness about his marijuana use and advocacy for its legalization.
The statute stands in front of the Moody Theater, where the Austin City Limits Studio is now located. Nelson, a 10-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 40 million copies of his 150 albums, appeared on the first episode of the public television show in 1974.
"He is the man who more than other made Austin the live music capital of the world," Leffingwell said.
Nelson was born in Abbott, a tiny town about 120 miles north of Austin, but he has lived in Texas' capital city since 1971.
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I’m sure another Willie song won’t inflict anyone with Reefer Madness.:)
Willie is a helpless idiot, completely illiterate when it comes to leading life. The only thing that has saved him from the fate of so many others like him is his wonderful musical talent.
Willie has two great things going for him.... his music and his liver.
On the Road Again
Poncho and Lefty
The Highwaymen - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw1bHaUk1CM
Google those if you haven’t heard them...they are great songs.
Willie is a classic...there won’t be many more like him in today’s American Idol canned music scene.
Roll me up and smoke me when I die!...
I don’t own any of his music, either. He’s talented, but I don’t like him.
That’s true. Lots of performers don’t write their hit songs. But Willie’s recording of it is the best one out there. Another one he didn’t write — Townes Van Zandt wrote it — but which is excellent is the Ballad of Poncho and Leftie. His version is only topped by Emmylou Harris’s, which I think is the definitive one:
Too funny, I just made a similar comment.
Another one of hers that I love is Tulsa Queen:
Mmmmm, love you’re gig, Willie. Marijuana is rather nice. Keep rocking.
I believe you are thinking of LSD. A little MJ never hurt anyone, unles you smoke all day, every day for years. Everyone should get high at least a few times a year.
I’m listening The Highwaymen now. Great, wonderful, Americana music. I love what these men have contributed to our music history for so many years (especially JC).
Excellent video of one of my favorite songs ... thanks!
Remember when Willie showed up in Nashville to audition for the Grand Ole Opry? They told him he couldn’t sing and should go back to Texas. Somehow he persevered and did sing at the Opry for some time. I remember seeing a clean-cut guy with a cowboy hat and boots at the Opry in 1964. It was Willie Nelson.
I have heard that he has smoked himself stupid and is pretty much a dickhead if he is not high....
But I can be one too if I don’t have my caf and nic fix.
Sounds like "Rich Woman" by Krauss & Plant
Waylin and Willie
What a team. Me and a buddy wore out several eight tracks of “
Waylon Jennings - Wanted! The Outlaws” in high school.
I don’t know who the two dudes on the ends are....but the dude in the middle is Willie Nelson. ; )
Trigger, Willie's 'ol guitar has seen many miles and has the wear and tear to show for it. It also has been signed by a few other famous artist.
I dont know who the two dudes on the ends are....but the dude in the middle is Willie Nelson.
Not sure about one but the harmonica player is Mickey Raphael (http://mickeyraphael.com/) who has been with Willie for almost 40 years. His sister Bobbie Nelson is playing the keyboard.
Clean cut Willie in a suit and tie singing “Mr. Record Man”......
What a team. Me and a buddy wore out several eight tracks of
Waylon Jennings - Wanted! The Outlaws in high school.
Like yesterday’s wine
Oh yeah, the girl with a tattoo on each thigh!
LOL........ understand your comment now.
I specifically mean marijuana. A little alcohol is less poison that a lot, but it is still chemically a poison, same as marijuana to the individuals conscious thought.
Long reserved? LONG?
Like, how long?
Supposedly, “420” was a California police code in the 1970s meaning “marijuana smoking in progress”.
Good choice, but you can't see his fingers when he plays. Unless you're a .300-average major-league slugger.
The Feds didn’t get anything but money from him. The IRS had tacked about $10 million in penalties on $1 million in taxes. (Not really sure about the exact figure.) He eventually paid them the original tax bill.
Seems like I remember some farmer bought the club and held it until Willie and the IRS settled the claim. Then Willie bought it back.
I met his golf pro on a movie set. He offered to give me free lessons at Willie’s place. Like a fool I didn’t take him up on it.