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Willie Nelson Talks Death Hoaxes, ‘Crazy’ and the Genius of Leon Russell

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There are few musicians who have lived as remarkable of a life as Willie Nelson. Earlier this month, Nelson sat down with SiriusXM for a special interview and preview of his upcoming album, God’s Problem Child. And the 83-year-old had plenty of incredible memories to share with listeners.

Over the years, Nelson has been the subject of multiple death hoaxes. Those inspired Nelson and Buddy Cannot to pen “Still Not Dead,” one of the most humorous and lighthearted tracks on the record.

Nelson’s return to Nashville brought back memories of his early days in town. Back then, he spent most of his time hanging out with fellow musicians and songwriters of the day. One of those late nights ended up changing his life forever, and led to Patsy Cline recording her now legendary hit, “Crazy.”

Nelson has outlived many of his musical counterparts, including Cline, Merle Haggard and Leon Russell. Although he didn’t know it at the time, his last collaboration with Russell would come during the recording sessions for God’s Problem Child.

Nelson also shared a preview of songs featured on God’s Problem Child. One of the most poignant and stirring tracks is “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” a heartfelt tribute to the late Merle Haggard. You can see Willie’s official video for the tune, featuring an appearance from Merle’s son, Ben, here.

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God’s Problem Child drops on April 28, which also marks Willie Nelson’s 84th birthday. You can hear his full interview on Willie Nelson’s Roadhouse, SiriusXM channel 59.

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