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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.



Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing is the upcoming seventy-third studio album by Willie Nelson, to be released on April 27, 2018.
Something You Get Through
Something You Get Through is a song by musical artist Willie Nelson, released on April 6, 2018.
Me and You
Me and You is a song by musical artist Willie Nelson, released on March 14, 2018.
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing is a song by musical artist Willie Nelson, released on February 16, 2018.

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Hear Willie Nelson’s Comforting New Song ‘Something You Get Through’
  –  April 6, 2018
Willie Nelson’s 73rd studio album Last Man Standing drops on April 27, just days before the legendary singer’s 85th birthday. Today, Nelson shared one more new track from the album, the measured, solacing “Something You Get Through.”
Break out your bandanna and braids — Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss are coming to Paso
  –  April 3, 2018
Looks like Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will be on the road to Paso Robles again this summer. The multi-Grammy award winning country artists will perform a Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles on Aug. 11. Singer Willie Nelson talks politics ...
Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Brandi Carlile heading to Bend
  –  April 2, 2018
Read on for details: • Outlaw country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson & Family and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss will return to Les Schwab for a co-headlining concert Aug. 4. The duo last performed at the venue in 2015. Both artists will come armed ...
Van Morrison and Willie Nelson & Family Set Co-Headlining Show in Queens
  –  April 2, 2018
Iconic singer-songwriters Van Morrison and Willie Nelson will team up for a one-off co-headlining performance at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY, this September. Both artists are releasing new albums this month, with Morrison’s You’re Driving Me ...
Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Brandi Carlile heading to Bend
  –  April 2, 2018
Read on for details: • Outlaw country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson & Family and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss will return to Les Schwab for a co-headlining concert Aug. 4. The duo last performed at the venue in 2015. Both artists will come armed ...
Live and kickin': Willie Nelson at Pompano Beach Amphitheater
  –  February 27, 2018
To call Willie Nelson a country-music legend is not giving the man enough credit. A perceptive and honest songwriter, a nuanced singer and gifted guitarist, Nelson also possesses an ability to translate his love of many kinds of music for any audience.


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