Although he is currently touring solo, Willie just finished a tour with Bob Dylan. Howard said Bob was a genius, but he seemed to be a kook. Willie told Howard he really isn’t all that weird. Willie also talked about playing chess with Ray Charles at a hotel room in Texas some years back. Ray had a Braille set that they used. Willie said that Ray beat him, which would’ve been humiliating if it was any other blind person other than Ray Charles.