Monday, March 9, 2009

Willie Nelson...

38 Albums and 660 songs written, Willie Nelson is an American icon. When it comes to changing the status quo, Willie Nelson was a trailblazer. I remember hearing my first Willie Nelson song... Good Hearted Woman. The album: Wanted! The Qutlaws featured Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Jesse Colter (Jennings' wife). It was 1976 and I was 17 years of age. It gave me an appreciation for country music that has not died. I love country music... it has a soul and passion all it's own. Old school country is the heart and soul of America pure and simple. Over the years it has gone mainstream with artists such as Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold, and Patsy Cline. In the 70's, the country-pop movement hit full steam with Glen Campbell, John Denver, Olivia Newton-John, and Anne Murray. In 1977 Kenny Roger's Lucille became one of the biggest cross-over hits of all time. In that same time the outlaw movement took off with Nelson in the lead.

I have been a fan of Willie Nelson's for so long. Regardless of his legal battles with taxes and pot, he has remained true to his country roots. Today's country is good with the likes of Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, and others, but to have an appreciation for the frontrunner's of the genre is essential. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, David Allen Coe, and others paved the way. I for one am grateful!

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country singer-songwriter author, poet and actor. He reached his greatest fame during the outlaw country movement of the 1970s, but remains iconic, especially in American popular culture. In recent years he has continued to tour, record, and perform, and this, combined with activities in advocacy of marijuana, as well as a well-publicized 2006 arrest for marijuana possession, have made him the subject of renewed media attention.

Good hearted Woman lyrics:
A long time forgotten are dreams that just fell by the way
And the good life he promised ain't what she's living today
But she never complains of the bad times or the bad things he's done
She just talks about the good times they've had and all the good times to come
She's a good hearted woman in love with a good timin' man
And she loves him in spite of his ways that she don't understand
And through teardrops and laughter they'll pass through this world hand in hand
This good hearted woman in love with her good timin' man
[ ac.guitar ]
Now he likes the night life and bright lights and good timin' friends
And when the party's all over she'll welcome him back home again
Though she don't understand him but she does the best that she can
This good hearted woman in love with her good timin' man
She's a good hearted woman...
She's a good hearted woman...

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