Sunday, Nov. 07, 2010

Willie Nelson

It's possibly the best country album ever recorded. Red Headed Stranger established Willie Nelson's reputation as one of the genre's greatest songwriters despite the fact that he was an outsider to the Nashville establishment. The concept album took its name from the man, whose long red hair (reaching at one point all the way to his waist) was often divided into two braids and covered by a bandanna. Nelson's hair color is so distinctive that he has starred in two movies that reference it in their titles — 1986's Red Headed Stranger, based on the album, and 1982's cowboy western Barbarosa ("Red Beard"). Earlier this year, to the dismay of many fans, Nelson cut his crimson locks short.