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Willie Nelson unveils statue of himself on 4/20
abclocal.go.com/wpvi ^ | 21 April 2012 | AP story

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: potheads; smokethatweed
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To: Ditter

I’m sure another Willie song won’t inflict anyone with Reefer Madness.:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7f189Z0v0Y&ob=av2n


51 posted on 04/21/2012 9:41:07 AM PDT by heshtesh (I believe in Sarah Palin, the rest not so much.)
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To: Psalm 144

aaaAAHAAaa!


52 posted on 04/21/2012 9:47:42 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

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.


53 posted on 04/21/2012 9:49:16 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: smokingfrog

Willie has two great things going for him.... his music and his liver.


54 posted on 04/21/2012 9:50:14 AM PDT by Random Access
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Blue Eyes
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.


55 posted on 04/21/2012 9:51:29 AM PDT by willyd (your credibility deficit is screwing up my bs meter...)
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To: smokingfrog

Roll me up and smoke me when I die!...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKJclgRj_pQ


56 posted on 04/21/2012 9:56:51 AM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I don’t own any of his music, either. He’s talented, but I don’t like him.


57 posted on 04/21/2012 9:58:25 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Charles Henrickson; Ditter

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRx5r32hsF4


58 posted on 04/21/2012 10:12:18 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Joe 6-pack

Too funny, I just made a similar comment.

Another one of hers that I love is Tulsa Queen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbaz_T6BN3g&feature=related


59 posted on 04/21/2012 10:18:52 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: smokingfrog

Mmmmm, love you’re gig, Willie. Marijuana is rather nice. Keep rocking.


60 posted on 04/21/2012 10:24:54 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Son House

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.


61 posted on 04/21/2012 10:45:09 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: willyd

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).


62 posted on 04/21/2012 10:48:58 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Excellent video of one of my favorite songs ... thanks!


63 posted on 04/21/2012 10:52:14 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (Newt's not a perfect candidate but Jesus isn't running this year. - shoff)
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To: smokingfrog

64 posted on 04/21/2012 10:55:25 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: deport

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.


65 posted on 04/21/2012 11:24:17 AM PDT by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


66 posted on 04/21/2012 11:27:35 AM PDT by waterhill (I Shall Remain. FUBO: GOD BLESS DICK CHENEY! D.C. FOREVER!)
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To: Ditter
If you've got the money honey, I've got the time...

Sounds like "Rich Woman" by Krauss & Plant

67 posted on 04/21/2012 11:36:46 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: unkus

Waylin and Willie

What a team. Me and a buddy wore out several eight tracks of “
Waylon Jennings - Wanted! The Outlaws” in high school.


68 posted on 04/21/2012 12:03:08 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: smokingfrog

I don’t know who the two dudes on the ends are....but the dude in the middle is Willie Nelson. ; )


69 posted on 04/21/2012 12:05:21 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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For every New Monthly Donor, another FReeper is donating $10.00!!
Please take this generous offer into consideration!

70 posted on 04/21/2012 12:06:12 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: WVNan
Willie is an excellent song writer and that is what really got him started, imo. Some of the more famous include: "Night Life", (Ray Price); "Funny How Time Slips Away" (Billy Walker); "Hello Walls" (Faron Young); "Pretty Paper" (Roy Orbison); "Crazy" (Patsy Cline). After he moved to Texas and semi retired he got into the 'Outlaw Country' scene and the rest is history, so to speak.

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.


71 posted on 04/21/2012 12:10:39 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: Vaquero

I don’t 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.


72 posted on 04/21/2012 12:22:51 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: WVNan

Clean cut Willie in a suit and tie singing “Mr. Record Man”......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHw4d7RPvF4


73 posted on 04/21/2012 12:26:22 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

What a team. Me and a buddy wore out several eight tracks of “
Waylon Jennings - Wanted! The Outlaws” in high school.


The best!


74 posted on 04/21/2012 12:40:37 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Westbrook

That’s funny!


75 posted on 04/21/2012 12:42:36 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

Like yesterday’s wine


76 posted on 04/21/2012 2:12:39 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: Vaquero
.but the dude in the middle is Willie Nelson. ; )

Oh yeah, the girl with a tattoo on each thigh!

77 posted on 04/21/2012 3:22:34 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
He wrote Crazy. I like Patsy Cline's version the best, but that one song is enough to qualify as a career. Willie's voice is something of an acquired taste, but it grew on me.
78 posted on 04/21/2012 3:33:22 PM PDT by R W Reactionairy ("Everyone is entitled to their own opinion ... but not to their own facts" Daniel Patrick Moynihan)
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To: budwiesest

Bingo


79 posted on 04/21/2012 3:52:34 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

LOL........ understand your comment now.


80 posted on 04/21/2012 4:53:59 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

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.


81 posted on 04/21/2012 5:07:03 PM PDT by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: smokingfrog
a date long reserved to celebrate marijuana use

Long reserved? LONG?

Like, how long?

82 posted on 04/21/2012 5:09:49 PM PDT by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: Jim Noble

Supposedly, “420” was a California police code in the 1970s meaning “marijuana smoking in progress”.


83 posted on 04/21/2012 5:16:18 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: dfwgator
I’m partial to Eric Johnson.

Good choice, but you can't see his fingers when he plays. Unless you're a .300-average major-league slugger.

84 posted on 04/21/2012 5:34:00 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: smokingfrog

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.


85 posted on 04/21/2012 5:45:04 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Griffin, FAMILY GUY)
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