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Willie Nelson: 20 Obscure But Awesome Songs

From a Bob Dylan co-write to a polka, these recordings by the Red Headed Stranger are known mostly by Willie’s hardcore fans

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“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” was Willie Nelson’s first Number One as a singer. Patsy Cline’s version of Nelson’s “Crazy” is on the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry. And “On the Road Again” ranks as the quintessential traveling sing-along, played everywhere from bars to ballparks. Even casual fans know those songs by the Red Headed Stranger. But dig deeper and there’s a whole other Willie to discover. Here are 20 obscure, but no less great, tracks that help shine a light on the full Nelson.

(A version of this story originally published in 2019.) 

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