Free Willie Nelson!
No, not from jail. From that damn bus! No one gets worse live reviews than Willie and the Family. Sure, they love him, they wait to shake his hand at at the end of the show and they will cherish that moment forever. Not Willie. He can’t wait to get back to the bus. Willie is at that point in his life (As is Dylan, but not Neil Young) where he needs to hook up with a Rick Rubin type and do what Johnny Cash did. They make great ventilation systems these days, and it’s a lot harder to get caught when your off that damn bus. I could see Willie singing some Radiohead. David Byrne. Maybe even Bjork. And Beck. When Willie sings I hear America. Get some crack acoustic guitarist in there, maybe 2 0r 3. Duets? They could make 50 albums of duets. Willie and James Taylor. Willie with Wilco. Hell, Willie and Tweedy alone is enough to give me chest pains of possibilities.
Maybe this latest legal adventure is a godsend. Maybe the judge remembers Willie as I do. And sentences him to life. In the studio. But a nice studio with seats and chairs like in the bus. And security and watchdogs to keep him safe from those who would do harm and bust this National Treasure.