It's tax day. That means you, just like every musician (known for their general timeliness and punctuality), are sitting pretty, knowing that your taxes have been properly prepared and filed weeks ahead of time.
OK, maybe that's not the case. Maybe you are frantically searching your apartment for receipts and Googling whether or not your favorite vice requires you to file as a dependent. If so, there is only one album you should be listening to, and that's Willie Nelson's The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?.
[jump] The album was released in 1992 as part of a special profit-sharing agreement Nelson made with the IRS in an attempt to pay back his staggering $16 million debt. It eventually generated $3.6 million in sales, which combined with a $9 million payment from Nelson was enough to satisfy his negotiated-down debt — but not before the IRS confiscated almost all of his assets.
Over the years plenty of musicians have run into trouble with the IRS — Lauryn Hill even went to prison for it. But when it comes to IRS-inspired country albums The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories? stands alone. Featuring only Nelson, his guitar, and his songs, the album has an intimate feel to it and today seemed like just the right time to enjoy it.
Listen to a few tracks off the album in the video below, including our favorite tax-day anthem, “So Much to Do.”