Hard to believe April 30 is another birthday for the Red-Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson. He was born in 1933 so that would make him, let’s see, carry the 1, okay 81 years old.
From singin in the honky tonks to just kicking back in Hawaii, Nelson has roamed the back roads and found his way into legendary status. He started out in 1962 as the bassist in Ray Price’s band and it was then he wrote “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Crazy”
He retired in 1972, frustrated with the way his career was going, but it was short lived. He reinvented himself and Shotgun Willie was born. He put out the classic “Red Headed Stranger”, “Stardust” and “Wanted! The Outlaws” with Waylon, Jesse Colter and Tomball Glasser. Soon everybody was listening to Willie and he teamed up with Johnny Cash, Waylon and Kris Kristofferson to form the iconic troupe The Highwaymen.
He has played the blues, jazz and reggae during his career and whether his songs were simple three-chord ballads or kick-ass country stomp, just about anybody with a voice has done a Willie Nelson tune.
He has over the years been a songwriter, singer, activist, writer and actor, but his image will always be cemented in the chiseled face wearing a red bandana and braided locks draped over his shoulders.
Willie is also known for his marijuana busts and most think he still tokes today.
So fire up the bong and let’s celebrate the red-headed gypsy’s birthday today with three bodilicious recipes on the list.