Like Father, Like Son

Andy Langer talks with Willie Nelson and his youngest son, Lukas, about "The Family," Willie's new album, and passing the torch.
Like Father, Like Son
Willie, left, with his sons Lukas (guitar) and Micah (drums).
Gary Miller

On April 20, on Willie Nelson Boulevard outside of Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Willie Nelson witnessed the unveiling of an eight-foot, one-ton bronze rendering of his likeness. Perhaps because he’s too humble to ponder his own achievements, Nelson, 79, simply quipped, “I’ll be stoned one thousand years.”

The one aspect of his legacy Nelson’s isn’t shy about discussing is his children.

Honestly, right now, playing onstage with my kids is the biggest thrill I can get,” said Nelson, who long ago titled his touring band “The Family,” an outfit

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