Filming Underway on New Willie Nelson Docuseries: ‘Willie Nelson and Family’

by Jim Casey

Willie Nelson will be the subject of an upcoming docuseries, Willie Nelson and Family, that is currently in the works. The docuseries will examine the life and career of the Country Music Hall of Fame member. Of course, Willie, 88, has had an extraordinary—and long-lasting—career. Thank goodness this will be a multi-part series.

Willie and his family and friends are providing exclusive participation and access to his archives for the project. In addition, the series is being co-helmed by award-winning directors Thom Zimny and Oren Moverman [Editor’s note: Zimny directed the 2020 documentary, Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You, which I highly recommend].

“Words like ‘honored,’ ‘excited’ and ‘humbled’ don’t come close to describing the way we feel about being entrusted with telling Willie’s story,” said Zimny and Moverman in a press release. “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.”

Filming is already underway on the project, including stops in a handful of Willie’s favorite locations: Austin, Maui, Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York.

The Willie Way

With a career spanning more than 60 years, Willie’s list of accomplishments is seemingly inexhaustible. For starters, he has released more than 100 albums, starting with his 1962 debut, And Then I Wrote. The Texas native has topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart more than 20 times with iconic tunes like “Always On My Mind,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” and “On the Road Again,” among others.

Willie is also one of the Top 20 best-selling country artists of all time. In addition, he has earned 10 Grammy Awards, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Legends Award. Willie was honored by the Library of Congress with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2015. He was the first country artist to receive the award.

Of course, Willie also co-founded Farm Aid in 1985. The nonprofit’s annual concert has helped raise awareness and funds for farmers to the tune of nearly $60 million.

Earlier this year, Willie dropped a new album, That’s Life, where he paid homage to his favorite Frank Sinatra songs. He also released a new book, Willie Nelson’s Letters to America. In addition, Willie performed and was celebrated during A&E’s music special, Willie Nelson: American Outlaw.

The Country Music Hall of Fame inducted Willie in 1993.