The progeny of two country stars, Payne, who grew up in East Texas, writes songs informed by his struggle with substance abuse, trauma, and redemption.
A portrait of the man, in the words of those who know him best.
After living most of my life in Texas, I finally gave Willie Nelson a serious listen and learned a few things about my Nigerian mom.
Over the last three decades, a radio deejay has helped transform Brady into a place where twangy instrumentals reign.
The recording career of country music’s greatest artist, surveyed, sized up, and sorted on the occasion of his 87th birthday.
The redheaded stranger is socially distancing—thank you for your concern.
On April 25, an uninterrupted hour on KUTX delved into the backstories of some favorite Willie songs—including a few you’ve probably never heard.
Plus, Willie, Lizzo, and Kacey Musgraves announce virtual concerts, the ATX Television Festival moves online, and more.
The national treasure is even headlining an online benefit concert this evening.
Lizzo and Gary Clark Jr., who each took home three awards, delivered searing performances along with Demi Lovato and Tanya Tucker.
On the National Podcast of Texas, the author of 'When Angels Sing' and the co-founder of the Nobelity Project on the spirit of Christmas, global philanthropy, and casting Willie Nelson as Santa Claus.
Texans had a banner year for inimitable music releases.
Forget the tortured artist clichés. The critically acclaimed musician began making the best albums of his life when he settled in Texas and decided to try being happy.
The pair have been inseparable for decades.
The country star's Christmas show premieres later this week.
Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris took home some of the biggest awards of the night.
The story behind the story behind Austinite Mike Shea’s three seconds of international fame.
The ’Country Music’ documentarian on the Outlaws, forgotten forces, and how Texas country music could bring us all together.
On this week’s National Podcast of Texas, the music legend details his lifelong love for westerns and his family’s golden rules.
We watched the recently restored 1986 film with Willie Nelson and fans in Luck, where it all happened.
I spoke to the man who shot the photo that inspired the song covered on Willie Nelson’s new album. (He’s my dad.)
The Red Headed Stranger honors his fellow Texas troubadour with two tracks on his new album.
Yes, we’re taking this week’s overblown Twitter fight way too seriously.
The singer takes about fifty people to church on his Luck Ranch to listen to 'Ride Me Back Home' and share a few stories.
“It’s really out of control. It’s bad,” said one official of the surge in families streaming across the border.
Somehow, it took until 2019 for this to happen.
And it's strangely bipartisan! Really!
And it wasn't just because of Willie Nelson. We spent time on the ground at Austin's Auditorium Shores on Saturday night, and here's what we found.
...and they've loved him long before Willie Nelson stepped up.
On this week’s podcast, Andy Langer talks with the Asleep at the Wheel leader about the tricky intersection of music and politics.
The Red-Headed Stranger announced he’d be playing a rally for Beto O’Rourke. What happened next was predictable.
Willie Nelson, Leon Bridges, Post Malone, Shakey Graves, and Okkervil River all put out new records in an eight-day span.
If anybody deserves two cakes, it’s Willie.
The music icon talks to us about how he’s able to continue writing—and touring—well into his eighties.
Willie says goodbye to his friends, and acknowledges that hanging around beats the alternative.
The legacies of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker, and more will be on full display.
The exclusive clip comes from PBS’s 'The American Epic Sessions,' which premieres tonight.
The honky-tonk celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary with two Texas country icons.
The song is brutal, but at least Willie’s still around to sing it.
Generations of Willie devotees came together to revel in music and good times with the Red Headed Stranger in his own backyard.
Both have expressed liberal viewpoints, but there's a key difference in delivery.
What to watch, read, and listen to this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
Took ’em long enough, but the Library of Congress awarded Willie Nelson the Gershwin Prize.
Learn the secret history of Robin Wright’s childhood, and how 7-Eleven inadvertently helped birth the margarita machine.
Texas’s favorite octogenarian looks like a spring chicken next to his longest-tenured roadie.
A pair of spirited Texans joined forces to bring us the technological breakthrough we didn’t even know we needed.
Only question is, how did it take him so long?
Buffalo may not be geared for Willie and Paul, but everywhere from Fargo to Kankakee to Tucson to Birmingham is.
A short documentary by Rolling Stone, narrated by Woody Harrelson, affirms how essential the Martin classical guitar is to Willie Nelson’s sound and persona.
Lone Star was just a brew for dads and cowboys, until Jerry Retzloff helped turn it into the coolest beer in the country.