Willie Nelson. | AP
WILLIE NELSON & family
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Genessee Theatre, 203 N. Genessee, Waukegan
Info: (800) 982-2787; ticketmaster.com
Updated: July 6, 2012 8:41AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Snoop Dogg, an unlikely admirer of Willie Nelson, says the two musicians have more in common than just a love of marijuana and fried chicken.
“When I first met him you would think he was a hip-hop artist because he showed love to me as if I was in his world. And I never made country music or none of that, but he understood who I was,” Snoop said. “And it drove me to make country music.”
The feeling is mutual, which is why Nelson, 79, included Snoop on his newest album, “Heroes,” a collection of songs sung with Nelson’s musical role models. The 40-year-old rapper is the only musician on the album not connected to country music in some way.
“I’m not a big rapper-type fan,” Nelson said. “But I know he’s great because he’s already a legend and he’s not that old, and there’s a lot of people out there who are huge Snoop fans.”
Others who appear with Nelson on the 14-track album include Ray Price, Merle Haggard and Sheryl Crow.