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Happy Birthday, Red Headed Stranger: 1-Hour Special on Wednesday Morning

It's not often a person gets two birthdays. However, Willie Nelson, one of the most iconic and beloved singer-songwriters living today, is so good he's worth celebrating twice. Yes, the Red Headed Stranger came into the world just before midnight on April 29, but the Hill County courthouse in Abbott, Texas failed to record his birth until the following morning. (Hey, things moved pretty slowly in 1933.) So we get two days to love on Willie!  Well, this year, to kick off day one, High Plains Public Radio will be carrying a one-hour special called "For the Love of Willie," at 11:00 am CT on Wednesday, April 29th. 

To toast his 87 fabulous years, High Plains Morning will dedicate the final hour to one of the legends of country music. Join John Spong and Willie Nelson biographer Joe Nick Patoski as they present you with some Willie songs you’ve probably never heard before, and others you might not have noticed. Among their playlist, you can hear songs like “Columbus Stockade Blues (#2),” “Dreaming Of A Little Cabin,” and “Nine Pound Hammer.” Produced by KUTXin Austin, in partnership with Texas Monthly, don't miss "For the Love of Willie" on Wednesday at 11:00 am CT on High Plains Public Radio. 

Produced by Art Levy // KUTX

Recorded and mixed by Brian Standefer // Texas Monthly

Jenny Inzerillo joined HPPR in 2015 as the host of High Plains Morning, our live music program that airs weekdays at 9 am to noon CST. Broadcasting from KJJP in beautiful downtown Amarillo, she helps listeners wake up with inspired music from our region and beyond. Tune in for new voices in folk/Americana, deep cuts from your favorite artists, soulful tracks from singer/songwriters across the world, and toe-tapping classics dating as far back as the 1920s. Plus, discover underground greats that just might be your new favorite band.