Happy (79th) Birthday, Willie!
Willie Nelson, “She’s Not For You,” “Darkness On the Face of the Earth,” “Hello Walls,” TV show (The Porter Wagoner Show), 1965
Today, at 8 a.m. (EST), WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University) kicks off their Annual Country Music Festival. This year’s fest, which runs until midnight Wednesday, focuses on “the Outlaw and Progressive country movements of the 1970s”: “new and archival interviews from Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings”; “[s]pecial segments . . . detail[ing] the fertile creative scene in Lubbock, Texas”; “the endurance of the outlaw theme in country music”; “progressive country’s Californian comrades,” etc. (To college students this stuff ain’t just old—it’s history.)