The life story of country giant Willie Nelson is set to be revealed like never before in a new docu-series, with creators promising a deep dive into what makes one of America’s great icons tick.
Titled Willie Nelson and Family, work on the multi-episode project is underway now, and Nelson has given filmmakers full access to his personal archives.
A singular artist with more than seven decades of country music behind him — and a seemingly endless open road ahead — many have profiled the 88-year-old Nelson in the past. But in most cases, they have not had full story, Nelson’s team says.
Produced by Blackbird Presents and Sight Unseen, and co-directed by a pair of decorated filmmakers — Emmy and Grammy winner Thom Zimny, and Academy Award-nominated Emmy winner Oren Moverman — the story unfolds in Austin, Texas; Maui, Hawaii; Nashville, Tennessee; Los Angeles, California; and New York City. And it’s coming directly from Nelson, his family and friends.
“Telling Willie’s story has been a lifelong dream of ours, and we feel privileged to realize this dream with Thom, Oren and Sight Unseen,” said Keith Rothbaum and Mark Wortman, part of the project’s executive production team.
“Words like ‘honored,’ ‘excited’ and ‘humbled’ don’t come close to describing the way we feel about being entrusted with telling Willie’s story,” added the directors. “And what a story it is! We are celebrating the music, the career, the long road, the family, friends and history. But, more than anything, we are piecing together a narrative – one never before seen in its entirety – about an extraordinary man with a unique ability to bring people together; folks of all races, orientations, genders, political ideologies and musical leanings. These days, we sure could use the healing powers of Willie Nelson.”
There’s no word on when Willie Nelson and Family will be released, but in the meantime, you can rest assured that Nelson will continue writing new chapters in his incredible life story. After being forced away from his beloved life on the road in 2020, the Country Music Hall of Fame member will start touring again this August, with a full schedule of headlining concerts, festival dates and more.
The iconic country singer has also announced his long running Farm Aid fundraising concert will return to an in-person festival format, set for September 25 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut.