On April 20th, 2012, a date right appropriate considering his penchant for smokin’ herb, Austin icon and country music legend, Willie Nelson was on hand to help unveil a bronze statue honoring him at the corner of Lavaca Street and “Willie Nelson Way,” otherwise known at 2nd Street, in downtown ATX.
Located adjacent to ACL Live at Moody Theater and W Austin hotel, the statue ceremony included speeches from Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and longtime Willie compadre, Kris Kristofferson, and was attended by nearly 2,000 fans of the “Red Headed Stranger.”
To further put his stamp on the day, as only Willie could, he wrapped up the event by performing a song called, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” off his new album, “Heroes,” much to the delight and laughter of the crowd.
The timeless, ageless wonder lives large in downtown Austin!
Willie Nelson Statue
Corner of Lavaca Street & “Willie Nelson Way (2nd Street)”
Downtown Austin, Texas