Venue: The Grand Ballroom
129 East Fremont
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: December 10, 2013 - December 11, 2013
Show Times: 10pm
$108.90 - $218.90
Self-proclaimed outlaw Willie Nelson began his career in Nashville with songwriting. Nelson cranked out some of the most memorable country tunes ever. The songs "Funny How Time Slips Away," "Hello Walls" and "Crazy" were made famous by those who sang them, but it was Nelson who created these classics.
After moving to Austin, Texas, Nelson became the head of the "redneck hippie" movement. His brand of outlaw country music became overwhelmingly popular, and soon he was recognized as one of the most popular singers around.
In 1973, "Shotgun Willie" was released and received excellent reviews; however, it did not sell well. The year 1974 brought "Phases and Stages," a concept album inspired by his divorce from wife Shirley Collie. But it was "Red Headed Stranger" in 1975 that gained Nelson an even bigger following. The record, which later provided the soundtrack to the movie of the same name in 1986, was basically piano, guitar and Nelson's voice. It also produced his hit cover of "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain."
Nelson found a fellow outlaw in country singer Waylon Jennings. The pair, along with Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter, formed The Outlaws and in 1976 released "Wanted: The Outlaws!" -- the first country album to be awarded platinum certification. Nelson and Jennings also collaborated on many other duet projects throughout their long careers, including the album "Waylon and Willie," which included what became one of the most popular country songs ever, "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys."
In 1978, Nelson released an unusual string-based album, "Stardust," which included covers of popular standards. Although critics thought this recording might ruin his career, it ended up being of his most successful albums.
Nelson continued to enjoy a slew of success in the '80s with a string of hits like "On the Road Again," "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" (a duet with Julio Iglesias) and his cover of "Always on My Mind."
Nelson has been involved in numerous collaborations during his career. His album "Pancho and Lefty" brought Nelson together with Merle Haggard, and he later formed The Highwaymen with Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash. He also recorded an album with Leon Russell called "One for the Road."
In 1985, Nelson helped organize the Farm Aid concerts with singers Neil Young and John Mellencamp. The charity event helped raise money for farm workers and their families and has since become an annual event that helps bring awareness to the importance of family farms.
In addition to Nelson's many accomplishments as a musician, he has also dabbled in acting, starring in "Red Headed Stranger," "Honeysuckle Rose" and the movie rendition of "Dukes of Hazzard" as the character Uncle Jesse. He also took pride in playing marijuana-loving characters in "Half Baked" and "Beerfest."
Nelson, along with his signature guitar that he has affectionately dubbed "Trigger," still tours the world, singing the legendary songs that has made him one of the most beloved country singers ever.
In October 2013, Nelson released "To All the Girls…," an album of duets featuring such artists as Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones, Loretta Lynn and Roseanne Cash.