Willie Nelson Talks Weed, Celeb Friends, & Family

Musician stops by the Stern Show studio ahead of his new country album

Willie Nelson Is a Weed Man

Willie Nelson stopped by to promote his new album, 'Country Music,' and told Howard he was strictly a weed man: "Alcohol was making me a mean guy...we didn't have [weed] when I was growing up. We had cigarettes, Bull Durham and whiskey."

Willie said he'd recently taken steps to improve his puffing habits: "I've kind of switched over to the vaporizer...vaporizers are better for your lungs because you don't inhale any heat and you don't inhale any smoke."

Willie said it'd become a way of life: "Some people smoke to get high. I smoke to get normal."

Howard asked if Willie's wife, Annie, smoked but Willie said she did not--but doesn't mind that he does: "I think I finally found someone who'll put up with me."

Howard wondered about their sex life, so Willie laughed: "We'll hit the hot tub occasionally...I think the desire stays the same but the ability [goes away]."

On Billy Bob Thornton

"Billy Bob is a great actor. A great actor. And he can act like he's singing and it sounds pretty good. And he can act like he's playing and it sounds pretty good. Because he has good musicians around him. He picks songs he can sing. But he'd be the first to tell you he's no Sinatra."

Willie added that his words probably applied himself as well: "Maybe a lot of people think I should stick to music and stay out of acting."

On Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson

Howard noted that Owen Wilson stayed at Willie's house after his suicide attempt, so Willie explained: "Owen and I are good buddies. And Woody Harrelson. The three of us are kind of like the Three Stooges. We hang out together over in Maui and play poker and dominos and chess."

Willie said it was quite the scene: "There's been a few good looking women come through the door over there...Owen or Owen's brothers bring them by."

Willie to His Son: 'Hey, See Ya Later'

Willie told the crew he had "8 or 9" children--he really wasn't sure.

He laughed that he once awoke from a nap outside his ranch--and met his son:

"I sleep outside a lot. I woke up and there was this kid standing over me. About 18 or 19 years old. He said, 'I'm your son.' This is true. Then he started telling me about who his mother was and I honestly didn't remember. I didn't know. And, uh, I didn't--I still don't know that it's true that he was or he wasn't. No. I--I gave him a ride down the highway and gave him a couple hundred bucks and said, 'Hey, see ya later.'"