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Still Strumming
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/21/2014 5:31:55 AM

I hereby nominate Willie Nelson for WFB Man of the Year. The country music great played his 52nd show of the year on Saturday at Merriweather Post Pavilion, in Columbia, Md. After nearly six decades on the music scene, the Red Headed Stranger, now 81, proved he still has it. Sixty-nine degrees and sunny, it was the perfect weather for a feel good show. The crowd was full of cowboys and cowgirls, hippies, hipsters, veterans, brothers, sisters, whatever. The only thing un-American about the show was the 17-year-old kids in neon green “STAFF” shirts telling smokers they couldn’t smoke outside. A man

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 6/21/2014 6:37:48 AM     (No. 9894342)

Last week Willie Nelson was on QVC, promoting his latest CD package, "Band of Brothers & Classic Willie", a free concert, if you will. My husband likes Willie, so I ordered it for Father´s Day. I actually liked it, too.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 6/21/2014 6:45:10 AM     (No. 9894347)

In 1976, our then seventeen year old son and his friend begged permission to drive down to Dripping Springs for Willie´s 4th of July picnic. The Willie picnic was in its infancy, maybe the 2nd or third year. I fried three chickens for their trip and waved them off. On the last day of the festivities, rain poured down on them, many cars got stuck and the two boys left my lawn chairs behind in the muck. But, they still talk about that really fun trip.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 6/21/2014 8:08:00 AM     (No. 9894426)

Back in the mid-70s or so, someone gave me the "Red-Headed Stranger" album, along with Jerry Jeff Walker´s "Viva Terlingua." I was hooked. Listening to those albums prompted me to learn how to play the "harp" and was able to join in with a boyfriend who played guitar at parties. I still have those harmonicas and those albums too (with others from those guys).

Thanks for posting, OP, takes me back to some good times.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ramona, 6/21/2014 8:30:28 AM     (No. 9894455)

I too like Willie although I always thought it was easier to listen to him than to look at him…
Ramona (Blue eyes cryin´) the Pest

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LouD, 6/21/2014 8:47:48 AM     (No. 9894479)

I don´t like Nelson and his politics. He is a big supporter of Obama, and a druggie, too. Is this the kind of idol we should encourage our kids to listen to? But if he suits the rest of you...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: perplexed, 6/21/2014 9:06:46 AM     (No. 9894491)

#5, if you´re going to only listen to musicians who never smoked pot you´ve eliminated about 90% of today´s music... I´m not a big fan of Willie´s politics either but I also know he is a genuinely nice man and a huge talent. I can attest to this because I have been out on tour with him as an entertainer bus driver.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 6/21/2014 9:12:11 AM     (No. 9894495)

For Father´s Day, I received tickets to this concert ( July 12th). I´m more excited to see Allison Kraus and her band but as a musician who´s been listening to his hits ( sung by him and so many others) since the 60s, I know I´m going to enjoy Willy and his Family Band, too.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JoniTx, 6/21/2014 11:02:04 AM     (No. 9894656)

This line made me smile: ~~With 670,363 touring miles under his belt, he’s almost as well traveled as Hillary. Nelson plays more than 135 concerts a year, and doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon.~~

Nothing better than listening to a Willie Nelson song while driving along a Texas highway!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 6/21/2014 11:45:55 AM     (No. 9894694)

FTA “STAFF” shirts telling smokers they couldn’t smoke outside."

I´m sure they´re just referring to cigarettes. Willie get´s a pass for his doping and politics because he´s a great songwriter, just not too bright.

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