How else could we end Williefest: Birthday Edition? Santa Willie in all his glory, just for you at 4:20PM. Happy 80th birthday Willie! Thanks for all the songs and stories over the years!

Williefest, Birthday Edition continues with another oral history about Willie and all the outlaw country boys, from April 2012.

Williefest: Birthday Edition continues with this oral history from May 2008.

To celebrate 80 years of Willie, this page will be ALL WILLIE ALL DAY. Stop by to see all 9 of the covers he’s graced since this first one in August 1976

I KNEW I recognized that guy from somewhere. 😉 #heywillie #its420somewhere #outlawcountry (at Texas Monthly)

Because every good man needs a sidekick. Read more about the life of Trigger and watch a cool little documentary about one of the most famous guitars in the world.

Photograph by Wyatt McSpadden.

#flashbackfriday That one time I sent out an office wide email looking for whiskey, pills, beer, rolling papers and shot glasses for a photo shoot and got everything but the rolling papers in 10 minutes. (Taken with Instagram at Texas Monthly)

A behind the scenes shot of Billy Joe Shaver for you gentle reader, to make this Hump Day slightly more bearable. Shoot was at his home in Waco last year, that’s photographer Leann Mueller in the corner there doing work. 

The best kind of problem we run into in the Art Department is when we have too much cool art to pick from. In our April 2012 feature on outlaw country (That 70’s Show, by John Spong) we had boxes of photos, posters, records, flyers and slides to pick from. The above shot from our light table shows slides from Dean Rindy. Leafing through all this stuff made us wish we had about 10 more pages to fill.