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Willie Nelson is still very much alive on his new God’s Problem Child 

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Willie Nelson

David McClister

If Willie Nelson is approaching death, he sure isn’t acting the way you’d expect someone to behave when afterlife is imminent. At 84 years old, he’s still releasing an album a year (sometimes two, as he did in 2016 with the tribute LPs Summertime and For the Good Times), smoking a ton of weed (while becoming something of a marijuana entrepreneur with his own strain, Willie’s Reserve), and running both a truck stop (Willie’s Place, in Carl’s Corner, Texas) and the best Sirius XM country-music station (the phenomenal Willie’s Roadhouse). For his latest effort, God’s Problem Child, Nelson carved out time from his busy touring and business schedule by texting lyrics back and forth with longtime producer and cowriter Buddy Cannon. A sample line from “Still Not Dead”: “The Internet said I had passed away / But if I died I wasn’t dead to stay.” Willie Nelson is still singing, with a stoned wink, so let’s enjoy him while he’s still kicking.   v

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