Don’t miss the chance to see a music legend perform when Willie Nelson comes to the Greek July 18.
One of my earliest memories is sitting in the car singing “On the Road Again” with my dad when I was 3 or 4. That’s how long Willie Nelson’s music has been a part of my life, and whether you’re a fan of country or not, I’m sure many of you can say the same. With his trademark bandana headband, beard and two long braids, Nelson’s image is immediately recognizable.
For over 60 years Nelson has written or recorded songs that everyone winds up singing along to, from “Crazy,” “Hello Walls” and “Pretty Paper” to “Whiskey River,” “Always on My Mind” and “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before.” Although he began his career as a songwriter in Nashville in the 1960s, Nelson moved back to his home state of Texas in the early ’70s and became known as of the main figures of outlaw country with the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams Jr. and Townes Van Zandt to name a few. Together they bucked the notion of what country music was at the time, bringing a raw and ferocious intensity to the songs and performances.
Nelson has released over 200 albums, but through his Farm Aid organization, efforts with NORML, environmental, LGBT- and animal-rights groups, his impact on American culture has transcended music alone. He is truly a national treasure, and luckily for Angelenos brings his trademark unforgettable shows with the Family to the Greek Theatre on Saturday, July 18.
Along for the ride are their termites from last year’s successful run, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m., and ticket prices range from $63.50 to $133.90.
To purchase tickets, visit axs.com. For more information, visit greektheatrela.com.