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Willie Nelson

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Concerts

Willie Nelson performs during WXPN's Non-Commvention at World Cafe Live.

June 7, 2012 The American icon and storyteller performs a playful collection of songs from his new album, Heroes.

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Studio Sessions

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October 26, 2012 Country music's "Red-Headed Stranger" sings "The Nearness of You" and "Crazy" in a 2002 session.

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April 30, 2008 An outtake from a 1996 performance and interview, including "Nightlife."

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April 25, 2003 The country icon tells tales of his past — and plays landmark hits like "Family Bible" and "Crazy."

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Interviews & Profiles

Willie Nelson has recorded more than 100 albums and was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

November 18, 2012 The 79-year-old country singer's new memoir collects his thoughts from long stretches on tour.

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March 17, 2009 The singer has teamed up with Asleep at the Wheel for a brand new, and very old project.

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July 12, 2008 The country music legend and jazz trumpeter discover a mutual love for jazz and the blues.

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April 30, 2008 Rock historian Ed Ward celebrates Nelson's brilliant songwriting career, which predated his stardom.

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May 25, 2006 Prolific country-music icon Willie Nelson has written a new book, The Tao of Willie.

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April 25, 2003 The country icon tells tales of his past — and plays landmark hits like "Family Bible" and "Crazy."

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Discover Songs

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November 7, 2006 A cover of The Grateful Dead's "Stella Blue" plays out as a guitar-soaked country power ballad.

September 21, 2006 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with NPR reviewers Robert Christgau, Meredith Ochs, T...

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May 14, 2006 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Meredith Ochs and Tom Moon about th...

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June 29, 2005 New solo work from Daniel Lanois; Reggae meets country through Willie Nelson; Malian musical leg...

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April 13, 2003 A new solo release from Daniel Lanois; The early demo sessions of Willie Nelson; A new look at L...

Reviews

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July 8, 2008 Esquire music columnist Andy Langer discusses new albums from Beck, Nelson, and more.

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January 29, 2008 Here's a look at a few CDs that hit stores today, including titles by Chris Walla and Willie Nelson.

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May 23, 2007 Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Merle Haggard have collaborated on the CD, Last of the Breed.

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November 7, 2006 A cover of The Grateful Dead's "Stella Blue" plays out as a guitar-soaked country power ballad.

More Stories

Willie Nelson performs in 2004.

September 4, 2000 Patsy Cline's 1961 hit, written by Willie Nelson remains the number one jukebox single of all time.

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September 1, 2010 The leader of the outlaw country movement reflects on his songwriting days in a 1996 interview.

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Willie and the Wheel

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  • Album: Willie and the Wheel
  • Artist: Willie Nelson/Asleep at the Wheel
  • Label: Bismeaux Productions
  • Released: 2009
 

Two Men with the Blues

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  • Album: Two Men with the Blues
  • Artist: Willie Nelson/Wynton Marsalis
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Released: 2008
 

Last of the Breed

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  • Album: Last of the Breed
  • Artist: Willie Nelson/Ray Price/Merle Haggard
  • Label: Lost Highway
 

'It Always Will Be'

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  • Album: 'It Always Will Be'
  • Artist: Willie Nelson
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • Released: 2004
 

Pretty Little Head

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  • Album: Pretty Little Head
  • Artist: Nellie McKay
  • Label: Hungry Mouse
  • Released: 2006
 

St. Elsewhere

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  • Album: St. Elsewhere
  • Artist: Gnarls Barkley
  • Label: Downtown Records
  • Released: 2006
 

Fishscale

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  • Album: Fishscale
  • Artist: Ghostface Killah
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Released: 2006
 

You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker

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  • Album: You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker
  • Artist: Willie Nelson
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • Released: 2006
 

Legends of Country Music

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  • Album: Legends of Country Music
  • Artist: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
  • Label: Sony
  • Released: 2006
 

At San Quentin

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  • Album: At San Quentin
  • Artist: Johnny Cash
  • Label: Sony
  • Released: 2006
 

Modern Guilt

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  • Album: Modern Guilt
  • Artist: Beck
  • Label: Interscope
  • Released: 2008
 

Field Manual

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  • Album: Field Manual
  • Artist: Chris Walla
  • Label: Barsuk
  • Released: 2008
 

Vampire Weekend

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  • Album: Vampire Weekend
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  • Label: XL Recordings
  • Released: 2008
 

Tim's House

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  • Album: Tim's House
  • Artist: Kate Walsh
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  • Released: 2007
 

Songbird

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  • Album: Songbird
  • Artist: Willie Nelson