A special show is coming to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston on Tuesday June 17th, Willie Nelson, along with Jerry Douglas and Alison Krauss & Union Station.
Willie turned 81 this year, and he continues an intense tour schedule with his band around the USA. With his long and storied career, Willie Nelson provides a solid country show for both young and not so young. The 2014 tour is supporting his latest record 'Band of Brothers'. Nelson brings to the public his largest effort of new material since 1996s release of his album 'Spirit'.
Nelson has been a prolific songwriter since the 1950s. He penned classic country songs that became hits for Patsy Cline ('Crazy'), Faron Young (“Hello Walls'), and Ray Price ('Night Life'). During the 1970s, Nelson hit the big time, with country-crossover hits such as 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain' from the 1975 album 'Red Headed Stranger'. In 1978, Nelson won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance with his cover of Hoagy Carmichael's 'Georgia on my Mind' from the album 'Stardust'.
As the 1970s came to a close, Nelson's career hit the stratosphere, when he acted in two movies 'The Electric Horsemen' with Robert Redford, and 'Honeysuckle Rose' with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving. In 1982, Nelson's ballad 'Always on my Mind' hit #1 (incidentally, Elvis Presley sung Willie's song a decade earlier), and he was cemented in the annals of country music.
Nelson teamed up with Neil Young and John Mellencamp to create Farm Aid in 1985, to help distressed family farmers. This event has raised over #30 million to date in relief.
Willie has not easily coasted through the trappings of wealth and fame. In the 1990's, the Internal Revenue Service to recoup $16 million in back taxes. Willie weathered the storm, and continued to make records and tour the world.
Willie just completed his fifth-degree black belt in martial arts known as GongKwon Yusul, and is showing no signs of taking it easy with his demanding tour schedule.