Contact Us
Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson 2015 John Lennon tribute concert

Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas, and, along with his older sister Bobbie, was raised largely by his grandparents. Nelson’s grandfather introduced him to the guitar, and Nelson and his sister began performing all over Texas while they were still children. Following his graduation from high school, Nelson briefly joined the U.S. Air Force before enrolling in Baylor University to study agriculture, though he ultimately dropped out to pursue his music career. The future country icon got his start by working as a disc jockey and released his first album, ‘No Place for Me’, in 1936. As of 2015, Nelson has released more than 150 albums and earned over 25 No. 1 singles, including “On the Road Again,” “Blue Skies” and “Always on My Mind.” In addition to writing most of his own songs, Nelson has also penned hits for other artists, including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and “Funny How Time Slips Away” by Billy Walker, among others. Nelson has enjoyed a successful career as an actor as well, appearing in films such as ‘The Electric Horseman’, ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ and ‘Blonde Ambition’. He is also an outspoken advocate for the legalization of marijuana and has been arrested numerous times for possession of the drug. In 1990, Nelson’s assets were seized by the IRS, due to millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. Three years later, the artist paid the debt in full, thanks in part to the release of his double-album, ‘The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?’, and his decision to sell many of his possessions. Nelson has seven children and lives in Maui, Hawaii.

best country Grammy Awards moments
Vince Bucci, Getty Images
[

Top 10 Country Grammy Awards Moments

The Boot counts down the best country moments at the Grammy Awards.

Read More

The Highwaymen CD/DVD box set
Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
[

32 Years Ago: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson Record ‘Highwayman’

Talk about an anniversary to remember!

Read More

Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Merle Haggard
Ethan Miller / Kevin Winter / Rick Diamond, Getty Images
[

Top 10 Country Christmas Songs

You can't have the holidays without music!

Read More

Willie Nelson Grand Ole Opry debut
Pool, Getty Images
[

52 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut

Nov. 28, 1964, was an unforgettable day for Willie Nelson.

Read More

Willie Nelson Merle Haggard Unfair Weather Friend
Bryan Steffy, Getty Images
[

Story Behind the Song: Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, ‘Unfair Weather Friend’

Songwriter Marla Cannon-Goodman shares the story behind the Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard duet "Unfair Weather Friend."

Read More

Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Josh Turner
Michael Loccisano / Frazer Harrison / Larry Busacca, Getty Images
[

Top 10 Country Thanksgiving Songs

We all have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Read More

Willie Nelson fraternity
Rick Diamond, Getty Images
[

Willie Nelson Postpones Two Shows Due to Illness

Willie Nelson was forced to postpone two recent concerts due to illness.

Read More

Willie Nelson My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys No 1
Larry Busacca, Getty Images
[

Review: Willie Nelson Brings the Crowd Together at Billy Bob’s 35th Anniversary

There are few individuals on this planet capable of inspiring more camaraderie, beer drinking and generally upbeat vibes than Willie Nelson.

Read More

Kris Kristofferson Carrie Underwood Toby Keith
Kevork Djansezian / Rick Diamond / Christopher Polk, Getty Images
[

Top 10 Cowboy Country Songs

The Boot counts down country music's best cowboy songs.

Read More

Craig Morgan Willie Nelson Josh Gracin
Rick Diamond / Kevork Djansezian / Rick Diamond, Getty Images
[

Country Stars Who Have Served in the Military

Country music is filled with songs proclaiming love and devotion to the United States, but for many artists, their patriotism runs much deeper.

Read More

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theboot.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The Boot quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!