Willie Nelson: Road Rules And Deep Thoughts

From NPR:

On getting into music as a kid in Abbott, Texas

“There was a guy, a blacksmith, in Abbott … and he had a family band. He just let me play because he knew I wanted to work and needed the work. So I played the guitar in a big polka band with a lot of horns and everything. Fortunately, no one ever heard me, because I wasn’t that great. But I was 9 or 10 years old and making 8 to 10 dollars a night. It was easier than picking cotton.”

On quitting cigarettes

“I had gotten up to two, maybe three, packs a day. My lungs were bothering me and I’d had pneumonia two or three times. I was also smoking pot, and I decided, well, one of them’s gotta go. So I took a pack of Chesterfields and took all the Chesterfields out, rolled up 20 big fat ones and put [them] in there, and I haven’t smoked a cigarette since then.

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