Willie Nelson Rides Again

Willie Nelson met fans at Luck Ranch in Texas for a special album listening session. Photo by Lynne Margolis Willie Nelson folds his arms tightly across his chest as he sits on a wooden chair in the tiny chapel at Luck Ranch, his spread in Spicewood, Texas. His right leg drapes over his left, dangling a boot polished so often, its seams carry a permanent sheen. He’s dressed head to toe in black, his single long braid topped by a trucker’s cap advertising the apparently long-gone Zeke’s Social Club in Hillsboro, Texas.  Fifty contest-winning fans of SiriusXM radio’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel fill the pews facing him on this gray Saturday. They’re also trying to ward off the chill as Roadhouse air talent Paula Nelson, his daughter, interviews “Papa Bear” and producer Buddy Cannon in-between previewing tracks from Willie’s new album, Ride Me Back Home. By the time the album arrives on the summer solstice of Willie’s 86th year, that chill will be long gone. Willie likely will be, too — thousands of miles away at his Maui home, or on the road again, where he still spends a good portion of his time. But here at Luck, where he’s hosted…

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