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COOL PEOPLE – Watch Willie Nelson Tell the Story of His Legendary Guitar, Trigger



Watch Willie Nelson Tell the Story of His Legendary Guitar, Trigger

An exclusive documentary on how the country icon changed music history with his beat-up Martin acoustic

 BY | February 11, 2015

Trigger, a beat-up, autograph-covered Martin N-20 acoustic, is just as recognizable as Nelson himself. And in the debut documentary in our “Mastering the Craft” series by Rolling Stone Films presented by Patrón, MaggieVision Productions and director David Chamberlin interview Nelson, his band and crew — plus friends including Jerry Jeff Walker and biographer Joe Nick Patoski, and fans like Woody Harrelson, who provides the documentary’s voiceover — to tell the story of how this instrument helped change music history.

Nelson discovered Trigger at a crossroads in his career. By 1969, he had spent nearly a decade trying to become a clean-cut solo success in Nashville. After a drunk destroyed his Guild acoustic, he decided to look for a new guitar with a sound similar to his gypsy-jazz hero Django Reinhardt (“I think he was the best guitar player ever,” Nelson says). His buddy Shot Jackson suggested the Martin classical “gut-string” guitar; Nelson bought it sight-unseen and gave it a name. “I named my guitar Trigger because it’s kind of my horse,” he explains. “Roy Rogers had a horse called Trigger.”

Later that year, Nelson’s house caught fire, and he raced inside to rescue Trigger and a pound of weed. He took the blaze as a sign it was time to relocate, returning to Texas to play the honky-tonk clubs he grew up around. The scene in Texas was more eclectic and wild, and Nelson began to thrive, pushing the boundaries of what everyone expected from an acoustic player. “No acoustic guitar at that time had been successfully amplified with a pickup,” Patoski says. Willie had a sound literally nobody else was getting.

Trigger has stayed by his side ever since, through the famous Fourth of July Picnics he started hosting in Texas in 1972, his experimental Number One breakthrough Red Headed Stranger, and all the rough times; when the IRS seized his possessions in the early Nineties, Willie sent his daughter, Lana, to hide the guitar in Hawaii. He’s had Trigger for so long and played it so hard and so much that his pick wore a sizable hole through its front. “My God! How do they keep that thing together?!” Patoski exclaims in the film. “I mean, it shouldn’t be playable.” Willie’s response? “I don’t want to put a guard over it,” he smiles. “I need a place to put my fingers.”

After five decades with his trusty companion, Nelson is still going strong. “I figure we’ll give out about the same time,” he says of the well-worn acoustic. “We’re both pretty old, got a few scars here and there, but we still manage to make a sound every now and then.”

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buy the tour bus used by Willie Nelson’s


Buy the Tour Bus Used by Willie Nelson’s Crew

Bald eagle drawing, stained glass windows and red velvet curtains highlight expensive souvenir

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Willie Nelson fans hoping to emulate the perpetually itinerant country singer can now buy a tour bus belonging to the singer’s crew.

Willie Nelson’s Band Injured in Tour Bus Accident

Rolling Stone has confirmed the vehicle’s authenticity, with a spokesperson for the singer confirming that the bus belonged to Nelson’s longtime drummer Paul English.

The owner, Tom O’Leary, purchased the bus on eBay in 2010 “on a whim,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I’m not especially a Willie Nelson fan,” O’Leary says. “I mainly just thought it looked cool. It needed quite a bit of work when I got it and I did it all myself: fuel systems, electrical, floors, plumbing.”

O’Leary says he only uses it twice a year, “mainly for NASCAR races and hunting trips” and that “it’s just time for someone else to enjoy it for what it is.”

“Due to the extremely high demand and the amount of offers being thrown at us for this bus, we have decided to take offers all the way to 12:00 AM central 5/3/2014 for this bus,” reads the ad. As of press time, the current offer is $65,000.

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The rear of the bus features a drawing of a bald eagle with outstretched wings with the text, “Looking back at myself.” There is also a sign that says “We love Willie” on the front of the bus where the bus’ destination would normally go. The ornate vehicle also features stained glass windows, red velvet curtains, a framed portrait of Jimmie Rodgers and Native American artwork. As the ad notes, the 1983 bus gets seven miles per gallon and has “four air conditioning units on the roof with heat as well.” As Village Voicethe outlet that first spotted the ad, notes, the bus had three owners before O’Leary bought it.

Johnny Temples, one of Nelson’s bus drivers in the Eighties, told the Dallas Morning News that the bus was named The Scout and was one of four buses on the tour, “along with Willie’s iconic Honeysuckle Rose, the crew members’ Warrior and the band’s Red-Headed Stranger.” The bus was later renamed Me & Paul after the 1985 Nelson album of the same name. “Willie rode that bus when he played dominoes,” Temples told the Morning News. “But that was not his personal bus.”

In 2011, Nelson’s 1986 Eagle 1 tour bus sold for more than $43,000 ($47,580 Canadian).

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Willie Nelson Remains the Culture’s Favorite Counterculture Hero





By Lauren Wise Tue., Dec. 17 2013 at 10:12 AM

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David McClister
Willie Nelson is your favorite outlaw grandpa.
Country music legend, activist, author, poet, actor–Willie Nelson fits into any one of these categories. He helped shape outlaw country towards the end of the 1960s, by bringing country artists who felt restricted by the Nashville sound together with “hippie” rock musicians, and his classic, low-key voice, timeless melodies, and ironic delivery branched him out even further to wide pop audiences.

Over the past five decades, he has respectfully bridged several artistic mediums, made even more impressive by the fact that he has also become the epitome of the “outlaw grandfather”–two characteristics that don’t exactly go hand-in-hand. The major success of ’70s records like Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust made Nelson one of the most well-known country artists around. In the ’80s his musical reputation broadened with singles like “Always on my Mind” and “On the Road Again”–songs that roll off the tongue even for those who think they don’t know the words.

On the other hand, he’s the perfect picture of the proverbial pothead.

Nelson adamantly supports the legalization of marijuana, and has periodically found himself in trouble with the tax collector; he released The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories? as a double album with all profits earmarked for the federal government.

Put those two sides of his life together, and you can see how Willie Nelson has become a counterculture folk hero who’s somehow a culture hero, too. Nelson is even more than just a musician that has bridge many mediums and released more than 100 albums and collaborations. He’s pretty much the epitome of a musician’s American Dream.

Born during the Great Depression and raised by his grandparents, Nelson was just seven years old when he wrote his first song. At age 10 he joined his first bands, playing guitar in German and Czech polka acts. Then he joined the air force, attended Baylor University, sold Bibles door-to-door, and taught Sunday school in Fort Worth. He also played honky-tonk clubs on the weekends, and when parishioners told him he needed to choose between church and music, well, we all know how that ended up.

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