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Willie Nelson to Share Musings From the Road in New Memoir

Willie Nelson is one of the most prolific and celebrated songwriters of his generation, and a musical and cultural icon as well. The legendary country performer is set to reveal some new stories and insights into his life and music with the upcoming publication of Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From the Road, which he will release on November 13 through William Morrow.

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Willie Nelson on the Road Again After Health Scare

Willie Nelson gave his fans a major scare over the weekend when he canceled his Saturday night gig. Reports quickly surfaced that he was hospitalized because he was having trouble breathing, but fear not! The iconic country singer is back on the road again and he’s as fit as a fiddle.

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Willie Nelson Cancels Show Due to Hospitalization

Country legend Willie Nelson was forced to cancel his planned performance at a fundraiser in Castle Pines Village in Colorado on Saturday, August 18. The tireless singer and pot proponent, 79, reportedly pulled out of his appearance due to health problems.

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Willie Nelson Unable to Adopt Abused Horses After All

Willie Nelson is as legendary for his kind-hearted nature as he is for his music, so it was no surprise when he recently stepped forward to take in two horses who had been abused by their owner. But now it appears the singer won’t be able to adopt the animals after all.

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First-Annual Willie Nelson Celebrity Golf Outing Will Benefit Texas Charities

With his signature pigtail braids and hippie-inspired song lyrics, Willie Nelson doesn’t exactly seem like a golf guy. But once again, the legendary country icon surprised us by launching the first-annual Willie Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament in Briarcliff, Texas, which will benefit the Pedernales Fire Department, the Helping Hands Crisis Ministry, the Children’s Music Foundation and the RunTex Foundation.

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Willie Nelson Premieres Music Video for ‘Just Breathe’

Only Willie Nelson could cover a Pearl Jam tune and make it sound darn close to better than the original. That’s what the iconic singer did with his version of ‘Just Breathe,’ which is included on his new ‘Heroes’ album. As an added bonus, the track features the guest vocals of the singer’s son, Lukas Nelson. As if you didn’t already love the song enough, the Nelsons released a beautiful music video for ‘Just Breathe’-and it’s kind of a tearjerker.

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Willie Nelson Leads Country Supergroup in Singing ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die’ at 2012 CMT Music Awards

Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Jamey Johnson, Darius Rucker and Willie Nelson all have one thing in common: country music (Hey — if there’s something else, we don’t know about it). The country supergroup took the stage halfway through the 2012 CMT Music Awards to perform Nelson’s ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.’

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Willie Nelson, ‘Heroes’ – Album Review

Willie Nelson‘s new album ‘Heroes’ is an eclectic collection of ambient emo-country, Texas swing and jazzy ballads. The singer isn’t confined by the country genre on any of the 14 songs. No one will ever doubt his credentials, so even songs like ‘The Scientist’ feel like one Hank Sr. may have chosen decades ago. OK, perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but few other singers could give the political lyric the proper twang.

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Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan to Appear at 2012 Billboard Summit

The 2012 Billboard Summit is adding some popular — and even a little bit surprising — names to its roster. Billboard announced that laid country legend Willie Nelson and rising star Luke Bryan will be joining the summit.

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New Country Music Releases – May 2012

Looking for a list of the new country music releases on the shelf in May 2012? We’ve got you covered. The month begins with a bang as Carrie Underwood releases her highly anticipated fourth studio album. While ‘Blown Away’ isn’t the only country album being released on May 1, not many people want to compete with the blonde bombshell.

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Willie Nelson, ‘Just Breathe’ – Song Review

Much like Johnny Cash on ‘Hurt,’ Willie Nelson makes fans aware of his fragile mortality with an evocative cover of Pearl Jam‘s ‘Just Breathe.’ The famous country singer is joined by his son Lukas on this first listen of music from the upcoming ‘Heroes’ album. Together, they silence the room. Only a stone will keep from fighting tears after a few listens.

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Willie Nelson Provides Home for Two Neglected and Abused Horses

As the president of Farm Aid, it’s no secret that Willie Nelson is a supporter of family farmers across the nation, and the country legend also recently spoke up in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. But there’s another — perhaps less championed — cause that Nelson cares deeply about, and that’s making sure animals have a good home and are treated well. The ‘Always on My Mind’ singer recently rescued two neglected horses from an abusive environment.

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