4

Willie Nelson

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

We sure hope we don't have to tell you why you should go see Willie Nelson at this point, especially if you never have.

He only seems immortal, but the man will be 77 in April. And, in retrospect, maybe 2009 showed signs of Nelson slowing down: He only released two studio albums, standards set American Classic and Asleep at the Wheel collaboration Willie & the Wheel—but, then again, he also spearheaded Farm Aid for the 22nd time, ran his own Sirius/XM satellite radio station and kept to the usual relentless tour calendar that cycles him through Billy Bob's this weekend.

If you have seen him before, though, let your eyes wander from the Red Headed Stranger and focus on other musicians such as drummer/Willie's right arm Paul English (of "Me and Paul" semi-fame), unobtrusive-but-essential bassist Bee Spears or guitar-picker Jody Payne. And not even Willie would be Willie without the chromatic contributions of harmonica genius Mickey Raphael and Willie's sister Bobbie plunking her honky-tonk gospel piano. There's a reason he calls his band the Family, you know.

Info

Willie Nelson

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.