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Country music gained a legend in Willie Nelson after the commercial success of his albums Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust in the 1970s. As a singer, songwriter, actor, musician, poet, author, producer and influential activist for many causes, Nelson is now a cultural icon. Willie Nelson is the winner of eight Grammy Awards and was the honoree of The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing for his lifetime achievements in 2019.
Willie Nelson's career as one of the original outlaw country stars took off in the 1970s. Nelson signed with Columbia Records in 1975. The same year, he recorded Wanted! The Outlaws with Jessi Colter, Tompall Glaser and Waylon Jennings, cementing his reputation as an outlaw. In the 1980s, Willie Nelson joined the country outlaw supergroup The Highwaymen with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Together, they recorded three major albums from 1985 to 1995. Music is not the only place where Nelson is known as an outlaw. He is also one of the most famous activists for the legalization of marijuana.
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Willie Nelson & Family is touring with Allison Krauss. Other appearances include The Avett Brothers, Bonnie Raitt and more.
Drawing from over a hundred albums, Willie Nelson & Family's set list combines his entire career in one magical night: "Whiskey River" (Johnny Bush cover), "Still Is Moving to Me," "Beer for My Horses" (Toby Keith cover), "Funny How Times Slips Away," "Good Hearted Woman" (Waylon Jennings cover), "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (fellow country outlaw Kris Kristofferson cover), "Crazy," "Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" (Ed Bruce cover), "Night Life," "Georgia On My Mind" (Hoagy Carmichael cover), "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," "Jambalaya On the Bayou" (Hank Williams cover), "Superman," "You Don't Think I'm Funny Anymore," "On the Road Again," "You Were Always on My Mind," "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" and "I'll Fly Away." Nelson also often plays encores that will surprise and entertain audiences.
Willie Nelson & Family with Alison Krauss are touring the United States. Festivals and other venues are on their list of stops. The first performance is in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at the Resch Center on August 1st. On September 6th, Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss and Brothers Osborne are scheduled to appear at the Outlaw Music Festival at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire. The festival continues through September 22nd with an array of different artists in different, exciting cities. Willie Nelson's signature annual gathering of artists, FARM AID, falls on September 21st and features a star-studded line-up. Fans can also catch Willie Nelson perform at the Houston Rodeo on Wednesday, March 4th.
Because Willie Nelson enjoys performing many cover songs, he uses his influences and other genre's icons to broaden his setlist. Fellow The Highwaymen members Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, modern country star Toby Keith and one of Nelson's heroes, Hank Williams, all make appearances in his song list.
At the age of 84, Willie Nelson's concerts average around 75 minutes as he goes through 25 to 30 of his favorite songs.