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July 09, 2020


Rebeccca Wilson

This is great! I love the man and his music. I was afraid when I saw you’d written out him that we’d lost him. Thank goodness that’s not the case!

Bernard Ussher

Thanks for sharing!
You too are The Muse with quite the way with words

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Thank you, sir.

Willie Nelson songs are as at home in Lafayette. LA, as they are in Austin and every music loving saloon, dance hall, and dive bar in America and beyond.

He’s written 337 songs (some co-written)

He’s covered songs by Hogie Carmichael, Irving Berlin, Ray Charles, Kaye Ballard, Chuck Berry, Gerome Kern, Cole Porter and The Muppets!

He does it all... country, jazz, pop, R&B and gospel.

I honestly don’t know of any singer with Nelson’s capacity and curiosity to stretch into so many genres and do it so damn effortlessly and well.
The Voice of America indeed!

Sarah Cross Mills

Oh, Willie! He's always been one of my very favorites. Thanks so much for this, Paul!

Myke Farricker

Great job Paul!

Susan M Bennett

Wonderful piece PT! Love Willie’s music.

Susan M Bennett

I spent a good long time enjoying Willie today at the camp. His songs are so different from Country Western. Thanks for bringing him to my mind again.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

This warm, understated video gives you a sense of the man and his guitar


Paui A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Willie has idealized his cowboys way back since "Mamma, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys." Independent, self-sufficient, loners or comfortable with like minded men attuned to an unspoken moral code and way more comfortable looking at a horizon instead of a wall.


Thanks, Paul. This was great. I'm a great fan of his. Hope you're doing well and staying healthy! In these so so crazy times!!
Your msg reminded me of a clip of Willie's that I'm sending along...


Paul A. Tamburello,Jr. aka pt at large

Hey B'man,
Willie has his very own place in American music, i don’t think they have a figured out a category for it yet other than exceptional and American.
I went to Nashville last year for a big birthday bash where a bunch of singer songwriters honored him, one of the most memorable shows I've ever experienced.

Thanks for that video…perfect setup, laughed out loud at the last scene!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

This is an all time fave video, Willie performing 'How Time Slips Away' to a bunch of fellow musicians in Austin. It is definitive Willie, phrasing, pacing, gorgeous blend of Django and Mexicali finger picking and the deep honey tinged resonant signature sound of his battered guitar that sticks in your memory for hours after you listen to it. Willie's solo at the 1:35 mark...the man and the guitar disappear into each other in a rich cascade of notes up and down the frets, all 6 gut strings base to treble, a chorus backing up the singer's honeygritty nasal baritone sweet enough to swing open the pearly gates even if St Peter notices the joint tucked over Willie's ear.

Chantelle Trahan

Thank you for reminding us of what it means to be a staple in this lifetime, like Willie Nelson and his classic guitar, "Trigger." When I think of Willie Nelson, what immediately comes to my mind is his signature braided ponytails and the bandana, along with the hits, "On The Road Again," "You Were Always on My Mind," and "Seven Spanish Angels." Oh, and I almost forgot to include his love for weed! It is very refreshing to reflect on his soul-stirring music and lyrics at this time, especially when a need for relationships is key. I love that your writings always tend to inform and leave us with a sense of self reflection going forward.

carole blossom

Paul, once again, you hit the nail on the head, as the saying goes...Willie lives on, fortunately, in spite of Mother Time. Seeing your article today gave me a startle, thinking....oh no, he left us, another legend of our time gone...but he fooled us...he refuses to let the old man in. Reading what you wrote reminds me of how much I love Willie's music. I had a rare opportunity of hearing him sing in person, strumming on Trigger at a small venue in an obscure town where I lived in the 90's. I was mesmerized. He's a one-of-a-kind rare American treasure. I enjoyed the links and stories you wrote about Willie, bringing him full circle and embracing his history, still so full of life in a once in a lifetime way. Thank you, Paul! Much love.

Paul A, Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Willie and I ride together with the same motto: "Don't let the old man in!" These days more than ever, his persona, songs that always have at least one thread that somehow touches emotions we've had, are a comfort... backed up by the unique picking that is as instantly recognizable as his voice.
Thanks for adding perspective to the story.
Sending the love right back!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Willie represents so much to so many. His rebooting himself as the 'outlaw' after leaving Nashville, and yes those braids, that guitar, and that immediately recognizable voice. And what that voice says to us, tapping into our dreams and disappointments and delights.
I love Horace's rendition of "Seven Spanish Angels." I first heard him sing it at La Poussiere on a Sunday afternoon when you were there with your daughter - and remember asking you about the song that Horace sang with such intensity, backed up by the Ossun Express. Willie certainly would have tipped his cowboy hat to that version.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Willie's cowboys were noble, independent, had a moral streak to do the right thing,were married to the range.
One observer's definition: "Cowboys are my heroes and always have been. They are a complex mixture of compassion, honesty, integrity, and bluntness. They're not the simple folks they project and deep thinking often takes place behind the unblinking eyes."

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