My review and photos of Willie Nelson posted to Elmore magazine

27 Mar

 

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Willie Nelson and his family shared the best of his golden oldies inside Travis County arena to a sold out crowd opening night of the 2015 Austin Rodeo March 14.

For a solid hour Willie proved 80-years young and sang several medleys created from hits off his 68 studio, ten live, 37 compilation, and 27 collaboration albums including “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.”

As always, his sister Bobbie Nelson played piano, joined by two of Willie’s kids, Lukas Nelson and Amy Nelson; two grandchildren, Zach Thomas and Rebecca Thomas, and Waylon Payne, the son of the late Sammi Smith. On stage together they sang a medley of hymns like “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” and “I’ll Fly Away.”

Band members included harmonica player Mickey Raphael together, drummer Billy English and upright bassist Kevin Smith.

Lukas Nelson provided the night’s biggest surprise with a rhythm and blues solo on “It’s Floodin’ Down in Texas.” Like father, like son, Lukas added his own improvised and distinctive guitar leads and vocals to the song that once served as part of the repertoire of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Playing Trigger, his ever-faithful acoustic guitar, Willie performed “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” the hit off his 2012 Heroes album.

As the evening ended, the legacy of songs, like gifts delivered by three generations of the Nelson family, resonated long after the dust cleared.

Please see my review and photos posted to Elmore magazine’s website by following this link:

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2015/03/reviews/shows/willie-nelson

Elmore Magazine | Willie Nelson

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