Willie Nelson is not just a country music icon, he is also an Americana cultural phenomenon, and an old school liberal. When he was given the Gershwin Award for Popular Music in Washington D.C., recently, he was asked who he will be voting for president. Willie Nelson, ever the outlaw, said that he “is still watching the show,” but that he is a huge Bernie and Hillary fan.
Willie Nelson is also famous for creating FarmAid in 1985 to support small family farms, and being an advocate for the legalization of marijuana before it was cool. Not to mention many movie cameos, duets with many artists and group performances. He is also pretty famous for being a true hippie at heart, despite his long-standing reputation as a Country music outlaw.
What Willie actually stands for, in that haze of reefer smoke, was written about in an article about a recent performance of Willie’s in Dallas, Texas:
That was never clearer than when he played ‘Living in the Promised Land,’ a song he played 30 years ago at Farm Aid, towards the end of night. When he sang the words, ‘There’s still a lot of love living in the promised land,’ they were met with rapturous applause. When he followed that up with, ‘There’s room for everyone living in the promised land,’ the room fell awkwardly silent. At a time when some Texans see fit to take their guns and “protest” outside Islamic mosques, Nelson seemed to take pleasure in making clear just what it means (and doesn’t mean) to be an outlaw.
Here is Willie, and Roseanne Cash (daughter of Johnny Cash) talking about their picks for president:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70KSqdRR3mI&w=854&h=480]
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