Willie Nelson Buys a Piece of His Childhood
Willie Nelson has bought the Methodist church that he attended and refined his musical chops in during his childhood in Abbott, Texas. The veteran rocker performed Sunday with his sister Bobbie Nelson and Leon Russell, working through hymns such as 'Will the Circle be Unbroken' and 'I'll Fly Away' as part of a service celebrating his purchase and preservation of the church.
"Sister Bobbie and I have been going to this church since we were born," Nelson told the Associated Press. "We sang, and my sister played piano here. My grandmother brought us, and we came every Sunday, every Monday and Wednesday."
Services have been celebrated at the church south of Dallas for more than a hundred years, and Nelson was prompted to make the purchase after a shrinking congregation caused the church to close its doors in May.