Last Friday, Willie Nelson celebrated his 83rd birthday! With as much fire as the country legend still has, it’s hard to picture him as anything a day over 30. The musician still tours on a consistent basis and exudes the same energy he did in the ’70s.
Music was engrained in Nelson from an early age. Being born in the Great Depression and raised by his grandparents, his grandfather gave him his first guitar when he was just six-years-old. When he was seven, he wrote his first song, and played gigs while still in high school.
In honor of Nelson, let’s take a look back at he and his sons Lukas and Micah sharing childhood memories and having a jam session. The video is part of John Varvatos’ 2013 Fall/Winter Campaign.
In the video, Lukas explains how they had several “uncles,” because they basically grew up on The Highwaymen tour with Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Not bad company at all.
Willie also shares his distaste for haircuts, which goes all the way back to his childhood. “They used to talk about those long-haired musicians, and they used to ask me if that’s what I was going to be when I was a kid, plus I hated barber shops.” He continues, “I still don’t really like to get my haircut.”
Micah and Lukas remember their childhood as a wonderful one, filled with support and music. “We just grew up being encouraged to cultivate our own creativity. Continue the cycle,” Micah says.
Willie jokes in response, stating, “Which reminds me, you know, if you’re going to pass this along, you and Luke gotta get busy and get some kids.”
The trio also jam out in the video together to Willie’s 1993 song, “Still is Still Moving to Me.”