Happy 30th Anniversary Annie and Willie Nelson: Quotes from Country Legend on How Their Love Works

by Lauren Boisvert
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Love hasn’t always worked out for Willie Nelson; the legendary country singer has been married 4 times! But, it seems like the 4th time’s the charm, and Ann Marie (Annie) D’Angelo is here for good.

Nelson and D’Angelo met while she was a makeup artist on the film Stagecoach in 1986. Married since Sept. 16, 1991, this is Willie Nelson’s longest marriage yet; they were married in Nashville, and now live on a ranch in Spicewood, Texas, with a second home on Maui, Hawaii.

D’Angelo has stuck with Nelson for 30 years, through good and bad, and several drug arrests. Nelson told Rolling Stone: “She’s been with me through thick and thin — you can’t ask for anything more than that!”

He has described himself as a “hundred percent” romantic, and to see him with his wife and family, that’s “a hundred percent” true.

Willie Nelson and Annie D’Angelo have two sons together, Lukas Autry and Jacob Micah Nelson. Both are prominent musicians and artists; it’s hard not to be, when your dad is one of the greatest country singers alive.

The two boys spent time growing up on the road with their father and playing in his band. Lukas later started his own band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Jacob, who goes by his middle name Micah, also plays in a band; though, Insects Vs. Robots is much more experimental, linking Micah’s art and music into abstract and unconventional performances.

“I’m not easy to live with,” Nelson has said, “I’m pretty temperamental, you know. I’ve been used to doing things my own way for so long that I’m not interested in any suggestions.” Nelson admits, “There was friction with my other wives. But it seems like Annie and I did okay with each other.”

Willie Nelson: Saving Horses, Supporting Farmers

Willie Nelson’s ranch, which he shares with Annie, is an 800-acre sprawl of land in Spicewood, Texas. He calls it Luck Ranch, and there he lets around 70 horses roam free on the property. Nelson calls them “happy horses,” noting that most of them were headed to be slaughtered or lived lives of severe neglect before he rescued them. He has been fighting to end horse slaughterhouses in Texas for several years.

Along with rescuing horses, Willie Nelson also does his best to support farmers; he co-founded the non-profit Farm Aid, which values family farmers and strong communities. The organization does its work by “promoting food from family farms; growing the Good Food Movement; helping farmers thrive; and taking action to change the system,” according to the website. The first concert was in 1985 and featured Neil Young and John Mellencamp, with Dave Matthews joining the board of directors in 2001.

Each year since then, there has been a Farm Aid Festival, a day-long music and food festival that raises money to keep local farmers on their land. Farm Aid has raised around $60 million for their cause over 30 years. Willie Nelson is quoted as saying, “After 30 years, we are still here, you’re still here, and together we’re still fighting for the farmers.” This year’s Farm Aid festival is in person on September 25, in Hartford, Connecticut. It will also be streamed live on the website.

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