Having written and recorded some of the finest American songs of the 20th century, Willie Nelson, who turns 80 Tuesday, is maintaining a torrid pace in the 21st. He's come out of the studio with 18 albums since 2000 and additional live recordings. Nelson's career has taken as many turns and twists as his tour bus has, and he's worn many different headbands in that time: hit songwriter, road warrior, country music usurper, willing duet partner, tax evader, marijuana enthusiast. Despite his laid-back reputation, Nelson hasn't done any of these things subtly. And in doing them he's become a living legend of American music and an enduring, and sometimes amusing, figure in our pop culture.
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