Not for nothing is Norah Jones' side-band called the Little Willies.
The Grapevine native has been making the rounds to promote her new album Little Broken Hearts, and she spends most of her Q&A with Garden and Gun' s Matt Hendrickson talking about Willie Nelson.
Nelson and Jones have collaborated frequently, from their version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" on Jones' last album, 2010's all-duets Featuring Norah Jones , to the recent Wynton Marsalis-led tribute to Ray Charles, Here We Go Again.
Jones says she learned a lot about how to deal with fame as a musician from Willie: "Just the way he is so patient and signs everything for everyone after a show."
The interview then continues:
You’ve played with Willie a number of times. What’s he like?
I love singing with him. He’s such an easy musician to play with. It’s sort of mind-blowing to think that he would defer to someone, but he does and is really sweet.
Do you have a favorite record of his?
I’m so partial to Red Headed Stranger. I know every inch of that record. It reminds me of my childhood.
I can just picture my grandparents’ house in Oklahoma. They were super country. My grandmother always had records playing, and I know my grandfather’s favorite album was Red Headed Stranger.
And, later in the interview:
When someone says “Texas,” what do you think of?
Willie and chicken-fried steak. My grandmother’s recipe.
For more Jones, read Jeff McCord's interview with her from the May issue of TEXAS MONTHLY . Below, video of Jones and Willie from two years ago, live at Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee playing "Lonestar:"