Our Friend Willie Nelson

Country Man
Willie Nelson's album

NORML's long-time supporter and Advisory Board member, and possibly America's most famous and beloved cannabis smoker, Willie Nelson is doing remarkable things to 'normalize' cannabis in the eyes of the American public.

If you support reforming cannabis laws, one can marvel at Willie, who, at over 80 years of age, lives an honest and transparent existence regarding his enjoyment derived from decades of cannabis use. Willie and his family hosted the Willie Nelson & NORML Benefit Golf Tournament; provided VIP passes to NORML supporters for The Fourth of July Willie Nelson and Family Picnic and Concert; Willie has released one of the most [pro-marijuana] marketed reggae albums of all times.

Review by NORML's Executive Director Allen St. Pierre

Ten years in the making, Willie Nelson's journey into reggae represents the great diversity and ability of the singer/songwriter to embrace different genres of music. This is not Willie's first foray with reggae; one of my favorite recordings from last year is the duo of Toots Hibbert and Willie performing Willie's 'Still, still moving to me'. Great tune!

'Countryman' is, at times, a dark amalgam consisting of reggae, gospel and country.

Some of my preferred tracks on 'Countryman' include Willie and Toots teaming up once again to perform Johnny Cash's 'I'm a Worried Man' and Willie's interpretations of the Jimmy Cliff classics 'The Harder They Come' and 'Sitting in Limbo'.

-Allen St. Pierre July 21, 2005 Washington, DC

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Photos from Willie Nelson's NORML Benefit Golf Tournament
NORML crew and guests had a great time golfing with Willie at his own course, Pedernales Golf Club in Spicewood, Texas.Willie's NORML Benefit Golf Tournament

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