Rockin' Rowley: Willie pines for his fellow outlaws
Published 05/10/2016 | 02:30
The CMA Awards - the Oscars of country music in America - have been on the go for 50 years.
And to celebrate the 50th anniversary, which takes place in Nashville on November 2, the biggest video in country music history is now available to view on YouTube.
Called 'Forever Country' it features thirty CMA award-winning acts spanning the decades and performing a medley of John Denver's 'Take Me Home', Willie Nelson's 'On The Road Again' and Dolly Parton's 'I Will Always Love You.'
When Willie Nelson looks back over the half century that has passed, he remembers some of the close friends in the business who are no longer with us.
In particular, he pines for Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash "two brothers who meant the world to me."
Writing in his autobiography, Willie says: "I looked at Waylon and Johnny as giants. They were rugged individualists and great American heroes.
"They each had paid deep down dues, lived through one storm after another, and survived to tell the good news.
"They were true to their craft, true to their friends, and spokesmen for everyday people."