Monday, September 10, 2007

Free Willie

Willie Nelson, the red-headed stranger, has long been one of my favorite songwriters and performers, ever since I learned back in the 1970s that he wrote Patsy Cline's "Crazy."

He is also a masterful guitar player, for which he gets little credit. His fingerpicking prowess rivals Leo Kottke and Chet Atkins. Herein is embedded a great video from Willie's 60th birthday celebration (1993! for godsake's!) of two legends, Willie and Bobby D, performing one of Townes Van Zandt's classics, the Ballad of Pancho and Lefty.

While this video does not put Willie's great guitar playing front and center, it is still great fun watching two greats at the top of their game.


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