Willie Nelson is the classic country music legend. At the age of 69 he is still writing and performing, spending eight months of every year on the road.
Born in small-town Texas, he started performing in a Polka Band at the age of 9, with his sister Bobbie who still tours with him.
In this South Bank Show, we trace his musical roots and his rollercoaster road to fame and fortune. Willie Nelson's tribulations have included years of frustration and rejection in Nashville, despite writing hits like Crazy for other stars, and a tax demand for 32 million dollars which left him bankrupt. But he has survived to become one of the biggest names in country music.