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Texas Store’s ‘Willie for President’ Mural is Turning Heads

Britney Samford

A “Willie Nelson for President” mural painted on a liquor store in a small Texas town is making a splash on the Web. Willie Nelson’s Facebook page posted pictures of the mural on Thursday afternoon, and the photos quickly went viral. 

The mural covers the exterior wall of the Great American Package Store in Gun Barrel City, a town 65 miles southeast of Dallas.

The eye-catching mural is the creation of artist Britney Samford, of Mabank, Texas. The store’s owner, Zack Taylor, asked Samford to use her talents to dress up what was once a plain brick wall. Here are the before and after photos:

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Britney Samford

Samford says she originally planned on a mural of Texas musicians Stevie Ray Vaughan, Janis Joplin and Willie Nelson. When she realized she didn’t have enough space for all three, she settled on the most famous one, The Red Headed Stranger.

She started with an American flag as a tribute to the store’s “Great American” namesake.  After she painted Nelson’s visage over Old Glory, the words “Willie for President” just fell right into place.

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Britney Samford

The mural took her two weeks to paint due to all the recent rain. She says it took her two days to paint Nelson’s head.

As for the presidential race, Samford says she isn’t political, but thinks if Nelson were running for president he’d fit right in with this year’s batch of unorthodox candidates.

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This is Samford’s fourth mural in the area. She has painted a number of other remarkable murals around Texas. One of them is the exterior wall of her Stop-N-Gogh art studio in Mabank. Here’s the before and after of that wall.

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Britney Samford
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Britney Samford

Here’s a Jimi Hendrix mural she painted on a local wall:

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Britney Samford

Another one of her local murals:

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Britney Samford

Samford also decorated hay bales as Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson for Mabank’s annual hay bale decoration last year. She’s a big fan of outlaw country, if you couldn’t already tell.

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Britney Samford

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Texas Store’s ‘Willie for President’ Mural is Turning Heads