Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX
To celebrate Willie Nelson’s 87th birthday, KUTX is playing nothing but Willie on Wednesday, April 29. Listen to our hour-long documentary on Willie in the player below.
In the early 1970’s, a red-headed stranger with a grandfatherly smile emerged on the world stage from seemingly nowhere. He was a man of out time in braids and a bandanna—both a hippie and a cowboy—and a symbol for the changing face of America. This is the story of an ambitious man who got lost chasing the American dream, only to find himself back home. It’s the story of a Texas iconoclast, and an American icon. This is the story of Willie Nelson.
Amazing Grace: The Story Of Willie Nelson–originally produced and broadcasted in 2008 around Willie’s 75th birthday–traces Willie’s extraordinary life, from his humble beginnings in Abbott, Texas to outlaw country and beyond. The documentary features interviews with Willie and sister Bobbie Nelson, as well as many of the celebrities who have performed with him, including Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, and Norah Jones.
Hosted and produced by David Brown, with assistance from Michael May and KUT News. Special edition produced by Art Levy with assistance from Jake Perlman.