Willie Nelson: ‘I Never Had a Problem Writing Songs’
Willie Nelson has written some of the most iconic songs of the past several decades, including “Crazy,” “On the Road Again,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Good Hearted Woman,” among many others. But while he’s known as much for his songwriting as his vocal abilities, the country music legend says that penning the tunes is the easy part.
“I never had a problem writing songs,” Nelson reveals on the Daily Show With Jon Stewart. “Whether they were good or not, I don’t know, but writing a song wasn’t hard.”
Nelson, who says that he started writing songs around the age of seven, helped begin the outlaw movement that revolutionized the sound of country music. But while Nelson was joined by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and more in playing that style of country music, he says that he really doesn’t deserve much of the credit.
“[I] had a good producer, first of all, Chips Moman,” Nelson explains. “He produced a lot of my albums. That has a lot to do with the way the record comes out. Also, if you’ve got a new record company that knows how to sell them. You have to have all those things working at the same time.”
The 82-year-old still spends much of his time performing, always with his trusty guitar Trigger, which he’s had since 1969, with him on stage.
“This is still Trigger One,” Nelson maintains. “I’ve had to do some work on him. The inside fell out a couple times, and I had to go in and get someone to build it back. But it still sounds great.”
Nelson is having a busy few months. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has launched his own line of marijuana and related products, as well as released his new memoir, It’s a Long Story: My Life. In addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule, Nelson’s new album with Haggard, Django and Jimmie, will be released on June 2.
See a complete list of of Nelson’s upcoming concerts on his website.
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