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The story behind Willie Nelson's nickname "Shotgun Willie."

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Willie has been described as having zen wisdom and also somewhat of a peacemaker, but he wasn’t always the gentle soul that many now know him as. Nicknamed ‘Shotgun Willie’ for the shootout that happened when he heard his daughter Lana was being physically assaulted by her husband Steve. “I ran for my truck and drove to the place where Steve and Lana lived and slapped Steve around,” Willie recalls. “He really pissed me off. I told him if he ever laid a hand on Lana again, I would come back and drown his ass. No sooner did I get...

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