Boxcar Willie

  Boxcar Willie With A Classic Pose

 Boxcar Willie With A Classic Pose

Lecil Martin, aka Boxcar Willie, is known for his "old-time hobo" style county music and hobo persona. His main stream music career spanned from the late 70s to mid 80s and he belted out well-known songs such as Boxcar Willie, Bad News and The Man I Used To Be.

Though Willie himself never lived the hobo lifestyle, he fashioned himself after one. Willie created his persona when he was waiting for a train. As it passed by, he noticed a man who closely resembled his chief boom operator Willie Wilson. This sighting inspired Willie to write the song "Boxcar Willie" and create the persona.

So why is Boxcar Willie our hobo of the week? Simply because he is "America's Favorite Hobo". Though he was not a hobo himself he was America's favorite so he is one of our hobo of the week.

Posted on August 8, 2014 .