Willie Nelson

From13 December 2018to14 April 2019

Willie Nelson

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Iconic American music legend Willie Nelson set the bar for country music with a music career that dates back since the 1950s.

Born during the great American depression on 29 April 1933 in Abbott, Texas, Willie Hugh Nelson worked some odd jobs and had a short-lived college career at Baylor University until he left it all to pursue a music career. He caught his big break in 1961 when he signed with Liberty Records and by 1962 released his first record “…And Then I Wrote.” By the fall of 1964, Nelson moved to RCA Records, released “Country Willie- His Own Songs” and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1965. While some of his songs charted, Nelson was finding difficulty to fully stay afloat and from his frustration retired from music around 1972.

But that was not the end of Willie Nelson. He moved to Texas and the growing hippie music scene revived his love for singing. Playing songs inspired by all of his influences, he started to gain a following in Texas, eventually signing with Atlantic Records, becoming their very first country artist. By February 1973 he had started recording what was to be one of his most iconic records “Shotgun Willie.” The album didn’t do so well at first, and Nelson released one more album before moving labels again, this time to Columbia Records, a move that allowed him to complete creative control. This change was exactly what he needed to “turn around” his music career, starting with the critically acclaimed “Red Headed Stranger” album; additionally, it lent to the creation of the outlaw country genre, as it did not fit with the traditional country music standards.

The rest of the 70s he found himself with four albums reaching gold and platinum status, one of which was his first gospel album. And the 80s were just as successful with three Grammy awards for Song of the Year, Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance. However, in 1990 Nelson ran into some legal trouble with the IRS, allegedly owing over $30,000 in tax money. Luckily things worked out, with his lawyer getting a lowered payment and Nelson using the scenario as inspiration for an album he entitled “The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?”

Even at the age of 81, Willie Nelson continues to thrive. He continues to put out new music, play for his fans and be active with Farm Aid, an activist movement he helped start to increase the awareness of the importance of family farms.

Thursday 13 December 2018

Fox Theater – Oakland, Oakland, CA, US

 

Friday 14 December 2018

Fox Theater – Oakland, Oakland, CA, US

 

Saturday 15 December 2018

Flint Center for the Performing Arts, Cupertino, CA, US

 

Saturday 29 December 2018

Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TX, US

 

Sunday 30 December 2018

Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TX, US

 

Monday 31 December 2018

Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TX, US

 

Wednesday 02 January 2019

Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, LA, US

 

Friday 04 January 2019

Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, LA, US

 

Saturday 05 January 2019

Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN, US

 

Monday 07 January 2019

Tivoli Theatre, Chattanooga, TN, US

 

Wednesday 09 January 2019

North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC, US

 

Thursday 10 January 2019

Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN, US

 

Saturday 12 January 2019

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN, US

 

Friday 22 February 2019

Firelake Arena, Shawnee, OK, US

 

Monday 25 February 2019

Saenger Theatre, Mobile, AL, US

 

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Fillmore Theater, New Orleans, LA, US

 

Friday 12 April 2019

WhiteWater Amphitheater, New Braunfels, TX, US

 

Saturday 13 April 2019

WhiteWater Amphitheater, New Braunfels, TX, US

 

Sunday 14 April 2019

WhiteWater Amphitheater, New Braunfels, TX, US

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