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The Lone Star Spirit of Willie Nelson

Chris Smith, Performing Songwriter, December 1998

THERE WAS, of course, Texas music before Willie. Problem was, nobody outside of Texas heard it. The eclectic styles growing from lone star roots before the 1970s were way ahead of their time and appreciated by few outside the state border, least of all the conservative industry gods of the day.

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