The Willie Way


Well okay, it is, but it’s also Johnny Cash. The Red Headed Stranger and Snoop Dogg recently cut a tribute single to Johnny Cash called, “My Medicine,” which of course refers to a certain type of “medicine” mainly prescribed in California.

Earlier this summer, Snoop Dogg joined Willie on stage in—where else—Amsterdam for a duet of Willie’s newest song, “Superman.”

Willie Way is a broad avenue indeed.

Thx to Stereohyped

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Happy 75th to one of the Patron Saints of Texas, next to Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Buddy Holly, and Bob Wills.

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Be sure to listen to KUT‘s retrospective on Willie’s storied career as well as a fascinating interview with Willie’s biographer and Texas Monthly writer, Joe Nick Patoski.

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The interview answers a question I have long had as well regarding why some news accounts place Willie’s birthday on April 29th instead of the 30th. Apparently, Willie was born sometime after 11 P.M. on the 29th, but the attending physician, “Doc Sims,” did not sign Willie’s birth certificate until after midnight.

Thx to Willie for his many years of bringing Texas music to all those were born here as well as all those who wish they were.

Shotgun Willie

In honor of Willie‘s upcoming 75th birthday, KUT‘s Texas Music Matters has produced an hour-long documentary of the legendary musician set to air this Sunday at 11 AM.

Beginning on his birthday, April 29th, the documentary will be available to download here.

Thx to the Austinist

Never forget

Al-Qaida is apparently upset at conspiracy theorists (including Iranian “President” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and–unfortunately–our own Willie Nelson) who insist that 9/11 was an inside job.

Evil hobbit Ayman al-Zawahri denounced Iran for stealing the hellfire spotlight from AQ, saying “[t]he purpose of this lie is clear—[to suggest] that there are no heroes among the Sunnis who can hurt America as no else did in history. Iranian media snapped up this lie and repeated it.”

Thx to Volokh

Austin original

Last week, the venerable KVET morning show relaunched after the untimely departure of Sammy Allred from its airwaves with the ingenious pairing of former U.T. running backs coach Bucky Godbolt with KVET veteran Bob Cole.

After Sammy left KVET this past fall and Erin Hogan left the Buck on Sports back in January, my mornings just hadn’t been the same. I’m glad to report, however, that while I was and still am sad to see both Sammy and Erin go, the new pairing of Bucky and Bob is fantastic. They really complement each other, and I think the mixture of sports and Austin politics both broadens the show’s appeal and cements its ownership of the niche.

I look forward to listening to these two for many more years to come.

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The Three Amigos

Governor Perry, who just announced he’ll likely run again in 2010, stopped by the show yesterday to chat with Bucky and Bob.

Thx to KVET and Bucky and Bob

[my apologies on the NSFW picture below, but it was too perfect to pass up]

Honeysuckle this

So says my favorite Texan singer/songwriter, Willie Nelson, in a recent interview with conspiracy-minded talk show host Alex Jones in response to an effort last Session by former Sen. Barrientos to name a toll road after Willie. The interview with Jones regrettably also touches upon the ridiculous and despicable 9/11 truther nonsense, into which Willie has apparently now bought.

Nonetheless, no matter how much dope Willie smokes or what crackpot theories he endorses, Willie will always be the man in my mind, and I couldn’t agree more with him on his disdain for the questionably-legal adventure in toll road construction to which Central Texas is currently being subjected.

Thx to Willie and (can’t believe I’m saying this) Alex Jones

Happy 74th to one of the Patron Saints of Texas, next to Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Buddy Holly, and Bob Wills.

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Thx to Willie for his many years of bringing Texas music to all those were born here as well as all those who wish they were.