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Name a road for Nelson? Willie says no thanks

Singer declines highway honor after lawmakers protest
/ Source: The Associated Press

Turns out Willie Nelson didn't want his name on a Texas road after all.

A state legislator had proposed naming a stretch of Texas Highway 130, part of the Central Texas Turnpike Project, in honor of the Texas country music singer. But two senators objected, saying they didn't want the sections of the road that run through their districts named after Nelson.

State Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos agreed to pull Nelson's name off those sections, then withdrew the entire bill last week.

In a letter to Barrientos dated April 13, Joel Katz, a lawyer for Nelson, said the singer was honored by Barrientos' initiative. "However, Willie simply does not feel that the naming of a toll road in his honor comports with his world view on either a personal or an artistic level."

Barrientos had said he wanted to honor Nelson "for so much good music and so many good works."