Marshall Chapman's Phases And Stages With Willie Nelson

The final chapter of Marshall Chapman's new book, They Came to Nashville, is probably as close as most of us will ever get to riding on Willie Nelson's tour bus. Chapman, who has known Nelson since meeting him at a party in Nashville in 1973, hooked up with the Red Headed Stranger at a gig in Memphis and traveled with Nelson down to Beaumont, then on to Austin, four days in all.

It was pretty much an all-access pass. She even impulsively jumped onstage in Beaumont to sing Waylon Jennings' parts on "Good Hearted Woman."

While pot doesn't play a significant role in this part of the story, it does pop up occasionally.

Before she chronicles her trip with Nelson, however, Chapman revisits some of her previous meetings with the outlaw singer.

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