In addition to being a fervent weed advocate, Willie Nelson has released some of the most starkly beautiful and uniquely American recordings over the past forty years. And even before he was releasing his own tunes, he was writing hits for the likes of Patsy Cline.
The procession of records that Nelson recorded from 1973-75 alone sets him in a class by himself. That trio of records, each in some way concept albums, are stuffed with low key, thoughtful classics. Nelson’s guitar, while looking old and haggard even then, accompanies his wavering voice as he sings the stories of outlaws and lost loves, bad men and worse situations. Subsequent work – by anyone in the genre, not just Willie – simply couldn’t match up.