Mu­sic Spin Doc­tor on Wil­lie Nel­son, plus re­views

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shed­den

There’s a lot go­ing in the camp of Amer­i­can coun­try vet­eran Wil­lie Nel­son, who at 82 shows no sign of slow­ing up or step­ping off the tour bus. Next week sees the re­lease of his new al­bum,

Django & Jim­mie, his sixth in col­lab­o­ra­tion with fel­low coun­try great Merle Hag­gard. The ti­tle track is a trib­ute to mu­sic leg­ends Django Rein­hardt and Jim­mie Rodgers. Also next week comes the pub­li­ca­tion of Nel­son’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy

My Life: It’s a Long Story, which is a suit­ably lengthy tome that goes be­hind the scenes of his il­lus­tri­ous mu­sic ca­reer, not to men­tion his pur­suits as an ac­tor, ac­tivist, poet, golfer and judo black belt. Fi­nally, if one thought Nel­son was past re­tire­ment age, spare a thought for his roadie Ben Dorcy, known af­fec­tion­ately in the mu­sic busi­ness as Lovey. Dorcy cel­e­brated his 90th birth­day this week and has been work­ing with the who’s who of show busi­ness for 64 years, among them Elvis Pres­ley, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. He was also John Wayne’s chauf­feur and gar­dener for a few years. To cel­e­brate Lovey’s 10th decade two of the Nel­son clan — Wil­lie’s daugh­ter Amy and grand-nephew Trevor Doyle Nel­son — are work­ing on a doc­u­men­tary ti­tled King of the Road­ies. The film is to be funded through a Kick­starter cam­paign and the mak­ers are hope­ful for a re­lease next year, pos­si­bly on the sub­ject’s 91st birth­day.

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