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Brokeback Willie

It's not on new album You Don't Know Me: Songs of Cindy Walker (Lost Highway), but Willie Nelson's conveniently timed, f-bomb-dropping gay-cowboy waltz "Cowboys are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)" has drawn attention from Entertainment Weekly, ABC News, and the mighty BBC. Howard Stern premiered the song, written by Lubbock's Ned Sublette in 1981 and available on iTunes, on Valentine's Day – or so everyone thought. "Willie brought it to us one morning, roughly three years ago, so we put it on the air," says Bob Cole, co-host of popular KVET-FM morning show Sam & Bob in the Morning. "He hadn't recorded it yet; it was a demo by the writer. When it got to the part with the f-bomb, he said, 'Whoops – guess I shoulda told you about that!'" Predictably, "Secretly" is not on KVET's playlist – KGSR spins it occasionally, "as a novelty," says Program Director Jody Denberg – but Sam and Bob have been playing Nelson's "He Was a Friend of Mine," the Bob Dylan-penned song that spools over the end credits of Brokeback Mountain. "When we associate it with the movie, a few jokester/morons are lying in wait to ring in," says Cole. "But 99% of the feedback is stunningly positive."
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