When it comes to Willie Nelson‘s sons Micah and Lukas, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. You can see the proof in this new video of the three singing one of Nelson’s most iconic hits, “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.”
In a new Facebook video, Lukas Nelson shares a personal story with his brother and father about the tune. “The first song that you taught me dad, when I was a kid, was ‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,’ Lukas says. “Was it really?” Willie replies.
Sure enough, it’s how Lukas learned the “E” chord.
“I remember asking you what you wanted for your birthday,” Lukas says. “I was like 10 or 11. You were like, ‘You know what would make me happy? Is if you learned to play guitar.'”
“And I took that to heart,” Lukas says. That night, Willie taught him “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.” To make things even a little cooler, a woman named Elaina Rose commented on the video with another story. “This is such a special song for me,” Rose commented. “My great grandfather Fred Rose wrote this song in 1944. It was first recorded by his business partner, Roy Acuff in 1945 but didn’t become a hit until Willie. Lovely to hear this morning. Thanks guys!”
Willie Nelson released his version of the song in 1975 on the album Red Headed Stranger. Since then, it became one of country’s classic songs. It even landed on Rolling Stones‘ list of the 500 greatest songs of all time at No. 302.
Nelson is currently promoting an album called Willie And The Boys: Willie’s Stash No. 2, which features Nelson and his sons singing 12 classic tunes. Nelson also often tours with his kids when they’re available to join, making music truly a family affair.