Bobbie Nelson began playing the piano at age 5 and never stopped. The Texas musician spent decades performing alongside her brother Willie in the Willie Nelson Family band.
Nelson was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, collaborated and toured with her brother and released solo music, including her album, “Audiobiography.” Nelson was reportedly surrounded by family at the time of her death.
KUTX host Jody Denberg, who was a friend of Bobbie’s, spoke with Texas Standard about her legacy and impact on Texas music.
This transcript has been edited lightly for clarity:
Texas Standard: How are you? I know you and Bobbie were friends. You spent time with her just this last December.
Jody Denberg: I’m sad, like so many others. Knowing that she had been in ill health for a while, it didn’t come as a total surprise that she left us yesterday. But I’m sad, and at the same time grateful for her great career and grateful for her as a human being. She was really grounded in a spirituality that came out of her life. She lost two of her three sons in the late ‘80s. I think it really gave her a spirituality, a grounding that came out through her music, even though her music was great before that as well.