14 Reasons To Love Willie Nelson

Happy 80th Birthday! Thank you for the many decades of music making.

1. He was surprisingly straitlaced when he was young Willie.

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2. He was a pioneer in outlaw country music, which challenged the conservative Nashville music scene.

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3. He played a veteran country musician performer in this movie.

The film featured the song “On the Road Again,” which earned Nelson an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

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4. He was in a supergroup with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.

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5. He started Willie Nelson’s Biodiesel that makes fuel for trucks out of vegetable oil.

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6. He supported same-sex marriage in the most awesome way possible.

Read more of what Nelson said in his interview with Texas Monthly here.

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7. This happened.

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8. He fights for marijuana legalization and is co-chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Nelson has been featured on the cover of High Times.

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9. He got out of jail time with a song.

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10. After he was arrested in 2010 for possession of marijuana, he created the Tea Pot Party.

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With the motto: “Tax it, regulate it and legalize it!”

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11. After 9/11, Nelson led the song “America the Beautiful” at America: A Tribute to Heroes.

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12. He loves horses.

He gave a several hundred-acre ranch in Texas to horses rescued by Habitat for Horses. More than 70 horses have lived on the ranch. He also supported the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

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13. He lives on Maui near Woody Harrelson and Kris Kristofferson.

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14. He named his book Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road.

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