“At 89, Willie Nelson’s Tennessee Retreat: A Handcrafted Legacy and the Origin of ‘Shotgun Willie’
Recently gracing Dolly Parton’s Christmas special, the venerable country star, Willie Nelson, found inspiration for his iconic track ‘Shotgun Willie’ in a fire that once touched his self-built log cabin. Nestled within 150 acres of lush Tennessee landscape, just 30 minutes from Nashville, this three-bedroom haven was crafted by Nelson himself, a masterpiece listed at $2.5 million in October 2022.
News broke that Nelson’s rustic abode has found a new owner at $2.14 million, sealing its fate in September 2022. Only two individuals, the country legend himself and the recent occupants, have called this idyllic cabin home. The property boasts a scenic ensemble of greenery, trees, barns, and ponds.
The exterior showcases Nelson’s craftsmanship with log pieces and stone details adorning the stairs, porch base, and chimney. Ascending the stairs, a spacious wooden porch awaits, offering an ideal spot to unwind amid nature’s embrace. The distinctive red roof crowns the home with character.
Inside, the living room exudes warmth with log-adorned walls, exposed wooden beams, and a vaulted ceiling. Connected seamlessly, the kitchen completes this comforting space. Willie Nelson’s hand-built retreat not only witnessed the creation of musical magic but also stands as a testament to his enduring legacy in the heart of Tennessee’s countryside.”
“Off the Market: Willie Nelson’s Handcrafted Log Cabin, Built by the Country Icon Himself, Listed in October 2022 for $2.5 Million”
“Welcoming Atmosphere: Step inside, and you’re greeted by a warm and luminous living room seamlessly connected to a cozy kitchen.”
“Charming Details: The wooden ceiling and exposed beams infuse the cabin with a cozy, country ambiance. Classic wood graces the kitchen cabinets and storage, complemented by abundant natural light streaming through numerous windows.
A touch of retro elegance is added with a gold chandelier hanging over the kitchen table, while wooden-bladed ceiling fans enhance the home’s thematic cohesion. An expansive Persian red rug anchors the living space, accompanied by a smaller matching rug near the entryway.
Ascending a ladder against the wall leads to a loft area on the second level, currently serving as a third bedroom. The interior also features a well-appointed bathroom.
The stone fireplace takes center stage, exuding a 1970s charm that defines the room.”
“Elevated Retreat: Ascended by a wooden ladder, the second-floor loft serves as a cozy bedroom within the house.”
“Generous Accommodations: Inside, the home boasts a total of three spacious bedrooms, accompanied by a well-appointed bathroom.”
“Vintage Charm: In addition to its wooden elements, the cabin boasts distinctive stone details, notably showcased in the living room’s stone fireplace.
The expansive property features a wooden barn surrounded by leafy trees and grassy fields, with rolling hills in the distance. An aerial view underscores the vastness of the land, promising a tranquil and secluded escape from the hustle of city life.
A pivotal moment in the cabin’s history occurred in 1970 when a fire broke out. Despite the flames, Willie Nelson courageously reentered to salvage his cherished guitar, Trigger, and a pound of marijuana. This daring act earned him the moniker ‘Shotgun Willie,’ inspiring both a hit track and a studio album released in 1973.”
“Creative Spark: The genesis of Willie’s hit track, ‘Shotgun Willie,’ and the eponymous album can be traced back to a fire that engulfed the singer’s former home in 1970. This incident not only fueled his resilience but also laid the foundation for musical inspiration. (Image: Willie Nelson in Texas, 2019)”
“Countryside Charm: Adjacent to the cabin, the exterior space unfolds with a wooden barn embraced by leafy trees, expansive fields of grass, and rolling hills in the distance.”
“Expansive Acreage: Willie’s former residence sprawls across an impressive 150 acres of land, conveniently situated just 30 minutes outside of Nashville. As the iconic country star approaches his 90th birthday in April, a celebratory milestone, he is set to grace the big screen.
A five-part documentary titled ‘Willie Nelson And Family’ is scheduled to premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival on January 20. Crafted by award-winning filmmakers Thom Zimny and Oren Moverman, the documentary delves into the highs, lows, and everything in between of Willie’s personal and professional journey. Described as the ‘first authorized work exploring the life’ of Nelson, the film features Willie’s own voice as he shares his story alongside close friends and family who have been part of his remarkable journey.”