Willie Nelson takes the stage at Texas Station

March 19, 2002 3:28 AM
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The one and only Willie Nelson is set to perform at Texas Station at 8 p.m. on Saturday. For ticket information, call (702) 631-1000.

Nelson’s body of work is astonishing. He has recorded 200 albums that run the gamut from traditional country to jazz, gospel, movie soundtracks, Latin and even pop standards. Patsy Cline turned his Crazy into a classic. He recorded his first single in 1957, and, in the early 1960s, penned Hello Walls and Funny (How Time Slips Away) for other artists; industry executives wouldn’t let him record his own songs. Soon, Nelson returned to Texas and became the “godfather of outlaw music” with his long hair and headbands. During this time, he recorded Whiskey River, On the Road Again and Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys. Nelson has spent the rest of his career setting Nashville on its ear with his blues-flavored vocals and his early 1970s merger of traditional country audiences with longhaired “hippie” fans.

While his IRS battles are legendary, Willie has continued to call attention to the plight of American farmers with his Farm Aid concerts.