October 13, 2012


ACL Fest 2012: Willie Nelson Talks Snoop Dogg, Memoir and Avoiding Sierra Blanca

We caught up with Texas country legend Willie Nelson at the launch of Austin's new Sirius/XM studio on the appropriately named Willie Nelson Boulevard. In between Florence + the Machine's makeout madness and Ryan Gosling hopping on stage during Black Lips', the iconic crooner talked with Fuse at Austin City Limits about his new memoir, his good pal Snoop Dogg, and how Mary Jane-loving musicians can avoid the infamous drug bust area of Sierra Blanca, Texas.

“Try going through Colorado,” Nelson said laughingly. “Skip that part of the country...I would if I were a picker traveling right now.” Nelson was there, in part, to launch his new Sirius/XM studio on the appropriately named Willie Nelson Boulevard. 

On his new memoir Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From The Road, slated to be released next month, Nelson said the whole process was very fluid.

“I just kind of write off the top of my head and read it later,” Nelson said casually. “And if it sounds alright, I’ll leave it in there. I don’t edit myself too harshly. I believe whatever I feeling like saying I should be able to say it. That’s pretty much how the book goes.”

We’re pretty sure Nelson’s cohort Snoop, not a stranger to Sierra Blanca, will get some sort of shout-out in his book since the two go way back.

“He and I have been big buddies and have been for years,” Nelson said. “We've run into each other all around the world from Austin to Amsterdam and seem to have a lot in common.”

Of course they do.