Willie Nelson in the movie “Songwriter”
This painting portrays the final scene of one of my all-time favorite movies “Songwriter” (1984) featuring Willie Nelson & Melinda Dillon, driving with the top down in their Cadillac south on Congress Avenue in Austin Texas with their daughters in the backseat, while they sing to each other; a happy ending!
About the Movie
Texas writer Bud Shrake wrote the screenplay for “Songwriter” (1984), a look into the joy, sorrow, and craft of songwriting, which is based loosely on the career of Willie Nelson, who plays Doc Jenkins in the film. Doc Jenkins (Nelson) is a singer/songwriter who tries to be a music “mogul”, and gets tangled up in a bad publishing deal. With the help of his friends, including a young drunk singer played by Lesley Ann Warren, her manager played by Rip Torn, and Doc’s former singing partner, Blackie Buck (Kristofferson), they execute Doc’s plan to get out of the bad deal. In the process, Doc (Willie) wins back his beloved first wife, singer Honey Carder played by Melinda Dillon.