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Interview with Willie Nelson - Raw Footage (1989)

Jim Ruddy

Sound | 1989

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  •  Ruddy talks to Willie Nelson about his upcoming album and working with Fred Foster 
  •  Nelson discusses the role of producer and making his new album 
  •  Nelson discusses singles on the album 
  •  Nelson talks about promoting a new album 
  •  Nelson discusses playing with symphony  
  •  Nelson talks about an upcoming Highwaymen album and the appeal of working with that group 
  •  Nelson discusses what he looks for in a song 
  •  Nelson explains his work with the Don’t Mess With Texas litter campaign and the Texas ethos 
  •  Nelson talks about his involvement with the cable television station, The Cowboy Channel 
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In this raw footage of a 1989 interview, Willie Nelson discusses the upcoming release of his new album, "A Horse Called Music," produced by Fred Foster, the role of a producer on his albums, and how the songs and singles are chosen. Other topics covered include The Highwaymen--the country music supergroup comprised of Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson--and their upcoming album, Nelson's recent participation in the "Don't Mess with Texas" campaign, and his involvement with The Cowboy Channel.
Willie Nelson was born in Abbot, Texas on April 29, 1933.  He is a world renowned country music singer and musician, as well as an actor, activist, and author.   His most famous country albums include Shotgun Willie (1973), Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978).  Nelson popularized the “outlaw country” subgenre along with Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, and has written some of the most famous country music songs recorded, including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” which he wrote at the ripe age of 19, “On the Road Again,” and “Pancho and Lefty.”  His primary musical collaboration is with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings, performing as the Highwaymen, among many others.  Nelson was named the honorary chairman of the advisory board of the official music charity of the state of Texas, the Texas Music Project, for his philanthropic work in and outside the music community.  He was also inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and received a 1998 Kennedy Center Honor. 
Nelson has also advocated for marijuana legalization, biodiesel alternative fuel, and is a supporter of democratic campaigns, such as Dennis Kuchinich’s 2004 run.  He also founded the annual fundraiser Farm Aid, which benefits the local, American, small farmer, and has featured multitudes of musicians of different genres.