Alex Massie

Saturday Morning Country: Willie Nelson

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How is it possible that this series has, until this point, failed to include Willie Nelson? A mystery, folks, a mystery.

Now Willie has some odd views and is perilously close to being a 9/11 Truther but, frankly, we don't hold that against him. The music's the thing and he's written enough and done enough to earn our forebearance. Plus, you know, there's something of a Texas shaman about old Willie. Which explains quite a lot, really.

In truth I'd be lying if I said that Willie was or is one of my super-favourite country stars but there's no gainsaying his contribution to the Church of Country. The man has done more than just some service.

Nonetheless, I think Nelson a better songwriter than performer so here he is performing the song that, via Patsy Cline, made him famous. Yes, it's Crazy, this time with the stellar talents of Diana Krall and Elvis Costello helping Willie along.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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