At the top or very close to it? Ram Country's recent jaunt to New Haven, Ct., where with full crew and a strange sense of the surreal, we boarded the tour bus of no less a legendary figure than Willie Nelson.
Nelson--only one of a handful of working musicians whose name and image is recognizable to inhabitants of virtually every continent on the planet--was outside New Haven's Shubert Theater, where in a few brief hours he'd be doing what he does best--singing and playing in front of an audience that clearly loved the man, the music, and all he represents.
And what Willie Nelson represents is the finest in American music tradition: An outstanding songwriter--the man wrote "Crazy," "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "Hello Walls," among many other standards--a world-class singer, a poet, a movie actor, one hell of a guitar player, and a man who oozes class and living legend with his every breath.
And he could not be more amiable--or unpretentious.
With a video crew crowding his colorful and now-cramped tour bus, Nelson spoke to Ram Country and gave us full details of his new record deal, his current tour, his take on the modern-day music business, and, most interestingly, what it's like being Willie Nelson this far into the 21st Century.
Check out what the distinguished Mr. Nelson told Ram Country below--and then, even better, take a peek at the what the audience witnessed in person only a few hours later.
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