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For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: Willie Nelson at the KAFM Studios on July 1, 1976

For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: Willie Nelson at the KAFM Studios on July 1, 1976

Only yesterday, according to Willie Nelson's Web site, the Library of Congress added to its National Recording Registry one of the greatest albums ever recorded 'round these parts: Nelson's Red Headed Stranger, cut at Autumn Sound Studios in Garland in February '75. You'll hear plenty of that record, my favorite amongst Nelson's myriad keepers, on this work-week adios -- two-plus-hours of FM-broadcast quality Shotgun Willie in the KAFM studios back on July 1, 1976, shortly before that infamous Fourth of July Picnic in Gonzales.

KAFM, which sat at 92.5 on the FM dial, was country for but a brief moment in the mid-1970s; says here, matter of fact, it hopped off The Outlaw bandwagon not long after this show was broadcast and went AOR, closer to its underground-rock roots. But it gave Willie just enough time to squeeze in this 46-greatest-hits-and-some-that-would-be marathon (and "Okie From Muskogee," "Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and so on) featuring such guests as David Allen Coe and local Longhorn Ballroom legend Dewey Groom. Don't say I didn't get ya nothing for Father's Day.


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