Music Spin Doctor on Willie Nelson, plus reviews
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.