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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson





Willie Nelson has long been considered one of the legendary musical and cultural icons of his time. As a Nashville artist in the ‘60s, Nelson penned some of the most enduring songs of the past few decades, including the Patsy Cline-immortalized “Crazy,” “Night Life” and the sublime “Funny How Time Slips Away.”

But that was just the prologue for the iconoclastic singer-songwriter, who would redefine country music in the ‘70s after moving to Texas. While settling in to the musical melting pot of Austin, Nelson was celebrated for his outlaw country movement while collaborating with artists like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.

Over the next 40 years, Nelson wrote more than 2,500 songs and released close to 300 albums. He is recognized worldwide as an American troubadour, poet, author and actor. As a philanthropist, Nelson has helped mobilize support for the American farmer, both as a founder of Farm Aid and more recently as one of the nation's most recognized advocates of the use of biodiesel.

Nelson remains a vital icon in country music, having influenced generations of new artists and music movements. He continues to create distinctive and timeless music and has remained relevant throughout his career.


This concert premieres on PBS February 25, 2010
(check local listings)

Over the last 50 years, legendary icon Willie Nelson has continued to be an enduring and compelling presence in music. The troubadour mixes up elements of folk, blues, classic country, western swing and a little gospel during his versatile Soundstage set.

Displaying a close connection with the audience, Willie and his-eight piece band (featuring a banjo, mandolin, fiddle, steel guitar and more) gather round the stage to highlight songs from his first-ever bluegrass album, produced in collaboration with T-Bone Burnett. Tipping his hat to the genre, Willie puts his stamp on standards like Bob Wills' "Trouble In Mind," Al Dexter’s "Pistol Packin' Mamma," and the Joe “Red” Hayes and Jack Rhodes classic “Satisfied Mind.” Other selections include “Whiskey River,” “Drinking Champagne” and “Dark As A Dungeon.”