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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson



Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist.[1] The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky-tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas, after signing a contract with D Records. He sang at the Esquire Ballroom weekly and he worked as a disk jockey. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and later signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album, ...And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The ongoing music scene of Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages. In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album Red Headed Stranger. The same year, he recorded another outlaw country album, Wanted! The Outlaws, along with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser. During the mid-1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like "On the Road Again", "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", and "Pancho and Lefty", he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.

In 1990, Nelson's assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, which claimed that he owed US$32 million. The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1992, Nelson released The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?; the profits of the double album—destined to the IRS—and the auction of Nelson's assets cleared his debt. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. He explored genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk.

Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television. Nelson is a major liberal activist and the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), which is in favor of marijuana legalization. On the environmental front, Nelson owns the bio-diesel brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil. Nelson is also the honorary chairman of the Advisory Board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas.



Willie's Stash, Vol. 2: Willie Nelson and the Boys
Willie Nelson and the Boys is a collaboration album by Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah.
Willie and the Boys: Willie's Stash Vol. 2
Willie and the Boys: Willie's Stash Vol.
My Tears Fall
My Tears Fall is a song by musical artist Willie Nelson, released on October 18, 2017.
I'm Movin' On
I'm Movin' On is a song by musical artist Willie Nelson, released on October 4, 2017.

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St Augustine Amphitheatre
St Augustine, United States
February 27, 2018
St Augustine Amphitheatre
Saint Augustine, US
February 28, 2018
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, US
March 1, 2018
Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Pompano Beach, United States
March 2, 2018
Space Coast Daily Park
Viera, US
March 3, 2018
Peace Center
Greenville, US
March 6, 2018
Von Braun Center Concert Hall
Huntsville, US
March 7, 2018
House of Blues New Orleans
New Orleans, United States
March 8, 2018
House of Blues New Orleans
New Orleans, US
March 9, 2018
Golden Nugget - Lake Charles
Lake Charles, US
March 10, 2018
Choctaw Grand Theater
Durant, US
March 11, 2018
Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium
Amarillo, United States
March 12, 2018
Amarillo Civic Center
Amarillo, US
March 13, 2018
Baxter Arena
Omaha, United States
April 10, 2018
Baxter Arena
Omaha, US
April 11, 2018
Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines, US
April 11, 2018
Five Flags Center
Dubuque, US
April 13, 2018
Coronado Performing Arts Center
Rockford, United States
April 14, 2018
Coronado Performing Arts Center
Rockford, US
April 15, 2018
Show Me Center
Cape Girardeau, US
April 15, 2018
Owensboro Convention Center
Owensboro, US
April 18, 2018
Peabody Opera House
St. Louis, US
April 19, 2018
WhiteWater Amphitheater
New Braunfels, United States
April 20, 2018
Whitewater Amphitheater
New Braunfels, US
April 21, 2018
Whitewater Amphitheater
New Braunfels, US
April 22, 2018
Bok Center
Tulsa, United States
May 16, 2018
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Pelham, United States
May 19, 2018
Edgewater E Center
Laughlin, United States
October 12, 2018
Edgewater Hotel and Casino
Laughlin, US
October 13, 2018
The Ballroom at Graton Resort
Rohnert Park, United States
October 17, 2018
Graton Resort & Casino
Rohnert Park, US
October 18, 2018
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, US
October 19, 2018
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, US
October 20, 2018
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, US
October 21, 2018
IP Casino Resort and Spa
Biloxi, United States
November 9, 2018
IP Casino Resort and Spa
Biloxi, US
November 10, 2018
Macon City Auditorium
Macon, US
November 11, 2018
Germain Arena
Estero, United States
November 12, 2018
Germain Arena
Estero, US
November 13, 2018
Marina Civic Center
Panama City, United States
November 14, 2018
Marina Civic Center
Panama City, US
November 15, 2018
Space Coast Daily Park
Viera, US
February 17, 2019

News Articles7

Milwaukee music veteran is finalist for concert at Willie Nelson's ranch
  –  February 14, 2018
Willie Nelson's opening his home March 15 for the annual Luck Reunion festival on his ranch in Luck, Texas — and with some help, Milwaukee music scene veteran Hugh Masterson could be added to the bill. The alternative-country singer-songwriter is one ...
Did Willie Nelson sing the greatest love song ever? Styx thinks so
  –  February 13, 2018
The singer cannot explain why he "spends the lonely nights dreaming ... Two of my favorite versions (are) by Nat King Cole and Willie Nelson. Gowan's runner-up: "Something," The Beatles. My favorite love song is a Tom Waits song, "I'm Gonna Take It With ...
'Johnny Cash: Forever Words' Collection to Feature Covers By Chris Cornell, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson & More
  –  February 8, 2018
The collection will transform phrases left behind by the Man in Black into songs by late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and ...
Willie Nelson cancels February tour dates, cites illness
  –  February 6, 2018
Willie Nelson has cancelled all of his scheduled tour dates for February. The news follows the country singer's abrupt cancellation of concerts last month after a show in San Diego cut short after just one song. "He requires a few extra weeks to recover ...
Willie Nelson cancels February tour dates over flu
  –  February 6, 2018
"Willie Nelson has canceled his February tour dates as he requires ... N Sync congratulated Justin Timberlake after the singer took the stage at the Super Bowl LII halftime show. Michael Buble and Luisana Lopilato expecting Baby No. 3 2 days ago ago ...
Willie Nelson cancels PC show
  –  February 6, 2018
PANAMA CITY — Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson has canceled all of his February tour dates — including his upcoming Panama City show — because of lingering illness. However, the show will still go on, according to sources at the Marina Civic Center ...
Willie Nelson Cancels Tour Dates Because of Flu
  –  February 6, 2018
Willie Nelson is canceling his scheduled February tour dates due ... Nelson’s publicist also said that the singer is “as healthy as ever” but is under doctor’s orders to get some rest. In January, Nelson ended a San Diego show after one song ...


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