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The one and only Willie Nelson joins us, for a little music and tales of Willie Nelson on the road.

Willie Nelson performs during the Farm Aid 2012 concert at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (AP)
Willie Nelson performs during the Farm Aid 2012 concert at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (AP)

Willie Nelson picked cotton as a boy and sold encyclopedias as a young man.  Wrote hits in Nashville before most Americans were born.  Hit the road as the pig-tailed, Red Headed Stranger in middle age, and just kept rolling.  With his own sound, his own way.

Now he’s thinking big.  The great beyond and what remains.  His latest is Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.

This hour, On Point:  Willie Nelson.
-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Willie Nelson, country music singer-songwriter, his new book is Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road. His most recent album is Heroes.

From Tom's Reading List

American Songwriter "With a twinkle in his eyes, a laugh in his belly, a sagacious nod, and a deep love for life, Nelson takes us for a rollicking ride along the highways and byways of his long life and career in this rambunctious, hilarious, reflective, and loving memoir. With his rapscallion smile, Nelson regales us with tales of life on the road, his life in Maui, his early years in Texas—he was smoking and drinking by the time he was six—his love of dominoes—he plays with Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson in Maui—and golf, his deep and abiding love for his family, and his deep respect and enduring admiration for the songwriters and musicians with whom he has performed and who have influenced him, from Ray Price and Leon Russell to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings."

Boston Globe "Abbott, Texas, and Maui, Hawaii, are separated by more than miles, as the former is a tiny central Texas hamlet with a population less than 500 and the latter a tropical paradise visited by more than 2 million tourists annually."

Excerpt

Check out an excerpt of Nelson's new book.

This program aired on November 19, 2012.

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