To the only guy that can get away with having a 48 hour birthday. Happy 81st birthday Willie!

To read up on Willie over the years, check out his Texanica page here.

May 2008 cover photograph by Platon

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 never thought of marriage as something only for men and women. But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like." Willie Nelson on gay marriage, read the whole exclusive interview on! #willie #gaymarriage #humanrights Photograph by Gary Miller (at Texas Monthly)

You know you got a devoted subscriber base when you see this. Thanks @joshuation for sharing your tattoo! Tattoo done by @billybaca at @bijoustudio in Austin, TX. #readermail #willie #willietattoos #portraits #tattoos #platon #classiccovers (at Texas Monthly)

If you liked the cover, check out the opening spread. That holly look familiar to anyone? 😉 #willie #santa #decemberissue #design #wyattmcspadden