Twelve years ago me and Allanah became really sick of writing pop songs, ... Eventually we dug a grave for the Thompson Twins, pushed them in there, and then moved to New Zealand. Before that I'd lived for a long time in south London where reggae was the music of the streets around me. You'd hear it booming out of people's windows and shops, and you could buy great old reggae singles for 50p (NZ$1.30) in second hand shops. I'd always loved that sound, so soon after we got here I started making electronic dub records with my mate Rakai Karaitiana as International Observer.
Mainly because I'd already been paid on it . . . and paid pretty good. I felt this ain't right. I could take the money and run and laugh about it. But I was also listening to these songs all the time. I knew that the music was good and as far as I know it had never been done before, mixing country and reggae. I immediately saw that it worked. I think a lot of people will do that now that they see a good country melody really works well with a reggae rhythm.
~ Willie Nelson (April 30, 1933 - )