Slacker’s new artist of the week is country music legend Willie Nelson. The master singer-songwriter- who is also an actor, poet, author and activist- will turn 80 years old this month, but that hasn’t slowed him down. He released a new album, Let’s Face the Music and Dance, this week, which is a collection of American standards and country classics interpreted by Willie.
Nelson’s work has spanned seven decades, starting out as a Nashville artist in the 60s where he penned tunes that have undoubtedly become American classics, such as “Crazy,” and “Night Life.” But the iconoclastic artist, who pushed the envelop as the “outlaw of country music,” and redefined the genre after moving to Austin, Texas, can do just about anything-with just about anyone.
As he puts it, “The more songs you know, the more musicians you listen to, the more writers you hear, the better equipped you are to decide where you want to go next. That’s why I want to listen to everyone and everything and then decide which way I want to go. Then, of course, I might change my mind and go in an entirely different direction. But at least I have all these options.”
Willie Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and has sold more than 40 million copies of his more than 150 albums in the US alone. Last year, the 10-time Grammy winner was even honored with a permanent statue of himself in Austin- where the city credits the influencer for helping to make Austin the live music capital of the US.
On this weeks Artist of the Week station, you will hear music from his seven decades of work, his collaborations with the Highwaymen, Merle Haggard, and even Snoop Dogg. You’ll also hear his classic country influences and the many Nashville acts he influenced. Willie Nelson is one of our greatest living artists, and he is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.