July 28 (UPI) --Willie Nelson will have his legendary career explored in a new docuseries titled Willie Nelson and Family.
Willie Nelson Greatest Hits (Full Album) - Best Country Music Of Willie Nelson Essential songs Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musici. I went to see Willie Nelson at the Perth Entertainment Centre when I was ten and he put on a great show for me and my family. I met him at the end of the show, had a CD signed and the wind blew the booklet away into the street. Willie Nelson is the subject of a new docuseries. File Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI License Photo Willie Nelson (R) performs with Kacey Musgraves at the 52nd Annual Country Music Association. Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music.
Filmmakers Thom Zimny (Springsteen on Broadway) and Oren Moverman (The Messenger) are co-directing the series, which is currently filming across Austin, Texas, Maui, Nashville, Los Angeles and New York.
Nelson, his family and friends are participating in the project and are giving access to his archives.
The country star's longtime manager Mark Rothbaum and Blackbird presents founder and chief creative officer Keith Wortman developed the series. Moverman's Sight Unseen studio is also producing.
'Words like 'honored,' 'excited' and 'humbled' don't come close to describing the way we feel about being entrusted with telling Willie's story. And what a story it is! We are celebrating the music, the career, the long road, the family, friends and history,' Zimny and Moverman said in a statement.
'But, more than anything, we are piecing together a narrative -- one never before seen in its entirety -- about an extraordinary man with a unique ability to bring people together; folks of all races, orientations, genders, political ideologies and musical leanings. These days, we sure could use the healing powers of Willie Nelson,' they continued.
Nelson last released the album That's Life in February. Nelson and his Farm Aid festival will return in September with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and more performing.
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Nothing embodies the Willie Nelson sound more than his guitar Trigger – a classic Martin N-20 (except his voice, of course).
The guitar is probably the most famous and recognizable musical instrument in existence. When asked why his guitar is named Trigger, Willie explains: “Roy Rogers had a horse named Trigger. I figured: “This is my horse!”
Willie Nelson bought his first Martin guitar sight unseen in 1969. He’s remarked about how he remembers the circumstances of that first purchase. The Baldwin company gave him a Baldwin amp and classical electric guitar with a special three-cord stereo pickup. He busted that guitar pretty badly so he sent it to Shot Jackson in Nashville to get it fixed.
Willie’s famous guitar “Trigger” in the very early days!
Shot called Willie back and said, ‘I can’t fix it. It’s broke too bad.’ So Willie asked what else he had around? Shot said he had a Martin up on the shelf for $750. Willie asked him if he could put that same Baldwin pickup in the Martin. Shot said he could and that’s how Willie got it, unseen and right off the shelf.
When Willie got it he said he knew he had gotten something special. He just enjoyed sitting around in a room and playing it, writing on it, and most importantly, he just liked the sound of it.
Photographs taken throughout Willie’s career show the gradual evolution of Trigger from its original pristine condition to its current, shall we say, well worn look! Trigger has been played so much over the years that a sizable hole that’s worn right through the top and he won’t have it repaired. Besides, wouldn’t that be like fixing the crack in the Liberty Bell….
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This guitar is so special that the Martin Guitar Company announced in July of 1998 they would manufacture a Limited Edition Signature Model N-20WN guitar. This guitar was a collaboration with Willie. The N-20WN is a replica of Willie Nelson’s beloved guitar. Take a look at the photo to see what Trigger looked like “out of the box”.
The replica guitar was only sold through authorized Martin dealers and distributors. C. F. Martin & Co. announced at the time they would make up to but not exceeding 100 of the Willie Nelson N-20WN Limited Edition Signature Models.
In addition, Willie estimates that he has 100 signatures on his Martin including those of Leon Russell, Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Gene Autry, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, lawyers, football coaches, and other friends and associates.
During his well publicized “discussions” with the Internal Revenue Service, Willie was so concerned that they might try to take Trigger away from him that he hid it at his manager’s house for safe keeping. And we’re all glad he did!
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