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Willie Nelson


Willie Nelson has had some good times during the last half-century. The bandana-wearing, pot-smoking outlaw country musician is known for his excesses. Whether it's smoking a joint on the roof of the White House or getting busted by the International Revenue Service for owing $16.7 million in back taxes, the red-headed stranger knows how to go big or go home.

And like any country star worth his salt, Willie has amassed quite a collection of odes to the fast-living, whiskey-sodden honky-tonk lifestyle. In "I Gotta Get Drunk," Willie sings, "There's a lot of doctors tell me / That I'd better start slowing it down / But there's more old drunks than there are old doctors / So I guess we'd better have another round."

But there are other sides to Willie that get less attention. For example, who knew that the dude is an avid runner and has a black belt in taekwondo? Or that Willie has an unabashed love for pigs? He admitted the following in a hilarious interview with Vanity Fair's Eric Spitznagel:

"I guarantee you've never seen an ugly pig or an ugly bulldog. There's just something about them that just turns me on. [Laughs.] I've got pigs all over the house."

You can catch this part bad boy, part health nut, part pig lover live at Idaho Botanical Garden on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. And if you don't feel like being on the road again, you can pick up a free shuttle bus in BODO at Eighth and Broad streets.

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