WILLIE NELSON EXPERIENCE:
Members: Willie Nelson
Genre: Country Music / Folk Music
Hometown: Abbott, Texas
Awards: 6 Grammys, 9 CMAs, 7 ACM Awards
Albums: Troublemaker, Red Headed Stranger, Sound in Your Mind, Willie and Family Live, Promised Land, It Will Always Be, plus many more
Hits: "Night Life”, “Pretty Paper”, “Whiskey River”
Other: Has appeared in thirteen movies including Wag the Dog and The Dukes of Hazzard
Willie Nelson is a songwriter and country western singer and performer from Abbott, Texas. Willie Nelson began his career as a performer and songwriter. His earliest success was not from recording his own songs, but from writing music for other performers to make famous. Nelson wrote early hits for Billy Walker, Faron Young, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline. Nelson became frustrated with his experience in Nashville, and moved to Austin, Texas in the ‘60s. In Austin Willie Nelson became an extremely popular in the “hippie” or “cosmic cowboy” scene that evolved around the Armadillo World Headquarters. Willie Nelson gained creative control of his music career and despite warnings of sure failure from music executives, nelson wrote and recorded groundbreaking albums like Red-Headed Stranger and Stardust. Nelson’s success continued with a long collaboration with Waylon Jennings. In the ‘80s his success continued with his work with the Highwaymen. In the ‘90s and 2000’s, Willie Nelson has continued to release critically acclaimed albums and continued to tour.
Willie plays all of the country, but some of his best shows are in his home state of Texas. Catch Willie Nelson performing at The Backyard or Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, or at his home away from home Luckenbock, Texas. Willie Nelson is the top star from Texas' country music scene, so seeing him in his native environment is quite a treat.
Along with his music, Willie Nelson is also known for his excesses, his politics, his advocacy work, and his movie and television career. Willie Nelson helped establish Farm Aid, has pushed for the use of bio-fuels, has advocated the reform of Marijuana laws, and has been a longtime peace advocate. His tax problems of the 1990’s have also lent to his image as a renegade. His approach to country music has helped to redefine the genre and blend in elements of jazz, rock, and folk. Willie Nelson has won 9 Country Music Awards, 10 Grammys, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 7 American Music Awards. Willie Nelson is a Texas and American icon and a living legend. Buy Willie Nelson tickets and experience a truly legendary songwriter and performer as he continues to push the boundaries of music!