The 84-year-old Texan really loves his breakfast.

Alanna Nash

We caught up with the Red Headed Stranger recently on his bus, and found out that Nelson, who will turn 84 this year, has no plans to slow down.  

Q: You will be 84 in April, but you never slow down. What’s the source of all this energy?
A: I think I’ve always been energetic. A lot of people take drugs to get speeded up, but I don’t do that. So I don’t know where it comes from. I’m just glad I’ve got it.

Q: Do you eat a special diet?
A: Oh, I try to eat pretty sensibly. Actually, if you want to know the truth, about all I eat is oatmeal in the morning, and bacon and eggs in the evening.

Q: How do you like your eggs? 
A: I don’t think you could fix ‘em any way I wouldn’t like ‘em. I eat them raw (laugh), however you got them. Soft scrambled, scrambled’s good.

Q: Is there a particular Southern dish that you like?
A: Chicken fried steak. I love that. Fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, all that good stuff.

Q: A lot of people might want to stay home more than you do. What is it that keeps you out on the road working so hard?
A: Well, I love to play music. I can do that better than workin’. (Laugh) I’ve tried that workin’ part, and the music is a little easier for me.