Willie Nelson’s Tennessee home, where he once ran during a fire to save his guitar and a pound of weed, has sold for $2.14 million

It’s the home that inspires Willy Nelsonhis nickname and song “Shotgun Willie”.

And it’s officially off the market.

Built by Nelson himself, the rustic Tennessee log cabin is just outside of Nashville and sits on 155 acres in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. It contains three bedrooms, as well as two ponds and a hay barn on the expansive grounds. But perhaps the most interesting thing about the cabin is the history it holds within its walls – and the legacy that inspired it.

On December 23, 1969, Willie returned home to see the cabin burning. Seeing the fire, he ran inside to salvage a pound of weed he had stored around the house – along with his beloved Martin N-20 Trigger guitar, which was only a year old at the time.

After running into the burning building, Nelson earned the nickname “Shotgun Willie,” which would become the name of his next album and title track.

Nelson moved to Austin, Texas from Nashville a few years later and the Tennessee home was purchased by its current owners who recently put the property up for sale for a whopping $2.5 million before selling the former Nelson property for 2 $.14 million auctioned.

A small price for a piece of country music history.

The IRS once attempted to auction off Willie Nelson’s belongings, and his fans bought them back for him

They say you don’t mess with Texas.

And you’re definitely not messing with it Willy Nelson in Texas.

Of course, the IRS tried to do that in the early ’90s, when they were prosecuting the country legend for $16.7 million in unpaid tax bills he owed Uncle Sam.

Trouble for Willie began way back in the early 1980s, when the IRS claimed he owed him $6 million for money hidden in tax havens set up by his accountant. And after they did some research, the government also claimed that he owed another $10 million in penalties and unpaid taxes dating back to the 1970s.

Willie and his team tried to work with the IRS and contest the tax bill, but to no avail.

So, in August 1990, the IRS showed up at Willie’s door, which is pretty much the last thing anyone wants.

Federal agents seized Willie’s property in six different states, including his homes and properties, master tapes, recording and touring equipment, gold records and even his clothing.

But there was one thing the IRS couldn’t get their hands on: His iconic and beloved guitar, Trigger.

That’s because Willie suspected the IRS would eventually come knocking and gave Trigger to his daughter, Lana, to take to Maui for safekeeping.

However, the rest of his possessions were auctioned off.

And how Save Country Music Reports it didn’t go well.

The IRS tried to auction off a 44-acre ranch in San Marcos, Texas, which it bought from the doctor who gave birth to him as a baby. But nobody would buy it.

After two failed auctions, the property was finally bought at the reserve price: $203,840. And the lucky buyer? A farmer lobby group that Willie had previously helped through his Farm Aid benefit concert – who bought the house to sell it back to Willie.

Another property up for auction was the Pedernales Country Club, which also housed Willie’s studio, where he made much of his recordings, including his, in the 1980s Pancho & Linke Album with Merle Haggard. The IRS managed to sell this one: To Darrell Royal, former University of Texas football coach and friend of none other than Willie Nelson.

But when the IRS learned that Royal had bought the property for safekeeping to return to Willie after his tax debt was settled, the government canceled the sale to Royal and refunded his money.

When the club was auctioned again, they finally found a buyer in a group of investors, but this time the recording studio was auctioned off separately. And it was bought by Freddy Fletcher – Willie Nelson’s nephew.

You see how it works.

Well, apparently the IRS saw how it went too. And finally they decided not to fight it anymore.

A collection of Willie’s gold and platinum records, instruments, posters and other personal items were sold to the Willie Nelson and Friends Showcase for the low price of just $7,000. And the IRS, seeing the writing on the wall that they were never going to get their money by trying to sell Willie’s property (at least not if his fans and Texas fine folk had anything to say about it), backed down to the negotiating table with Willie and his representatives.

For his part, Willie remained surprisingly optimistic. At one point, he even parked his bus outside of the IRS Austin offices and would go out and sign autographs for fans (including IRS staffers themselves) during breaks in their meetings.

And finally, in 1993, Willie and the IRS settled their dispute over a little over half of what the government originally claimed. Willie agreed to pay $9 million, of which $3 million had already been paid.

One of the results of these negotiations was, of course, the infamous “IRS Tapes”. The IRS Tapes: Who Buys My Memories? A double album of acoustic recordings of new and unreleased songs was released in 1992 to pay off some of his debt, and the IRS agreed to promote the album to help Willie raise money.

He also went on TV to promote the album, but there was a small problem: the t-shirt he wore with the phone number to order the album had a non-existent phone number on it.

Eventually, Willie would also strike an agreement with Sony to distribute the record to stores, and through a profit-sharing agreement that included the IRS, the album would help Willie raise almost $4 million for his tax bill.

Oh, and he also did a Taco Bell commercial to help him raise some money.

Willie also filed a lawsuit against his accounting firm, Price Waterhouse, which set up the tax shelters, ultimately settling on an undisclosed amount of money to pay to the IRS for his tax bill.

Reflecting on his battle with the IRS, Willie didn’t seem too bothered by the whole ordeal, he said Rolling Stone:

“Mentally it was child’s play.

They didn’t bother me, they didn’t come out and confiscate anything other than that first day and they didn’t show up at every gig demanding money. I really appreciated that. And we got together and put out a record.”

And he wasn’t even particularly upset that his belongings were being auctioned off, call her “Just things, nothing that cannot be replaced.”

I guess you don’t worry too much about your stuff when you know you have an army of devoted fans who are there to buy that stuff and give it back to you.

Because, as the IRS learned, you don’t mess with Willie Nelson.

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