Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Willie Nelson Murder Plot?

How suspicious that just weeks after Willie Nelson releases an album devoted to the songs of Cindy Walker that she should die unexpectedly. I'm sure Nelson's desire to boost album sales had nothing to do with it, but where exactly was this acknowledged drug user on the night of her demise? The NYT has a nice obituary, with some great details. Apparently her mom Oree worked on the melodies of Walker's songs, which may explain why she's produced so little since Oree's death in 1991. Walker had a brief recording career herself, even having a hit song with "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again," ironically not a tune she wrote herself. But the big surprise for me is that it was fellow legendary songwriter Harlan Howard who once said country music was "three chords and the truth." And I thought Bono had made that up!

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