The Austin Chronicle: ‘Willie Nelson: An Epic Life,’ excerpt: 'Austin, 1972’ - Music
“He’d been touring all over the world trying to find his audience, and here they were, looking for him. When he started hanging out in the clubs of Austin, he realized hippies who dug cool music were everywhere. He also noticed a style, or lack thereof.
“’It became apparent the audiences were dressing down,’ he said. ‘At the [Grand Ole] Opry, everybody dressed up, wore suits and ties. At the Armadillo and places like that, nobody dressed up. I felt out of place being dressed up.’”
He adapted quickly, letting his hair grow long, growing a beard, dressing onstage in blue jeans, tennis shoes, and T-shirts, with a bandanna around his neck or head. It was no big deal to Willie.”