Me and Paul: Untold Stories of a Fabled Friendship

Me and Paul: Untold Stories of a Fabled Friendship

Me and Paul: Untold Stories of a Fabled Friendship

Me and Paul: Untold Stories of a Fabled Friendship


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Discover the untold stories and unbreakable bond between country music icon Willie Nelson and his longtime drummer, Paul English.

Immortalized in Willie Nelson’s road song "Me and Paul," Paul English was the towering figure who for 70 years acted as Willie’s drummer, bodyguard, accountant, partner in crime, and right-hand man.

Together, the two men roamed the country by:

  • putting on shows, getting into a few scrapes,
  • raising money for good causes,
  • and bringing the joy of their music to fans worldwide.

Stories of Willie and Paul’s misadventures became legendary, but many have gone untold—until now.

Set against the backdrop of the exploding Americana music scene and told in Willie’s inimitable, colorful style, Me and Paul follows the two performers through their decades-long careers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785245766
Publisher: Harper Horizon
Publication date: 09/19/2023
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 164,572
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Country singer and songwriter Willie Nelson rose to prominence at the end of the 1960s and contributed to the "outlaw country" subgenre, which challenged the conservatism of Nashville's music industry. During his lengthy, award-winning career, he has written some of the most popular and memorable country songs of all time, many of which have been covered by a wide range of artists over the last half-century. Now in his 80s, Nelson continues to record, tour, and devote time to charitable and political causes.

David Ritz, called the "first call celebrity collaborator" by the New York Times, recently wrote Willie Nelson's bestselling It's A Long Story. He has collaborated on memoirs with, among others, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and B. B. King. His books include Scott Stapp's Sinner's Creed; Nik Wallenda's Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line; and Messengers: Portraits of African American Ministers, Evangelists, Gospel Singers, and Other Messengers of the Word. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

A Note from a Ghost xiii

Texas: Present Day 1

Memphis: 1977 5

Fort Worth: 1955 9

Dallas: Shortly Thereafter 29

Houston: Coming Up on 1960 45

Nashville: Early '60s 59

Dallas: 1963 71

The Kentucky/Tennessee Border: 1967 79

Back in Nashville: Late '60s 93

Back to Texas: 1970 103

Arriving in Austin: Early '70s 115

Somewhere in Texas 123

New York: Winter 1973 131

Texas World Speedway: Summer 1973 141

Austin: Winter 1973 151

Turtle Creek: 1976 155

My Studio: Early '80s 165

Imaginary Mount Rushmore: Beyond Time 171

Somewhere: Sometime 177

Hollywood: 1979 to 1986 185

On the Road: Forever 191

Our Life as a Movie: A Strange and Cinematic Time 199

A Place to Forget: A Time to Forget 207

Portrait of Paul as an Artist: Night and Day 213

Harsh Reality: 2010 217

The Quiet Years: The Recent Past 223

"Me and Paul" 229

Acknowledgments 233

Notes 235

About the Authors 237

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