Willie Nelson, American country singer-songwriter, actor and activist, makes his debut appearance at Concord NH's Capitol Center for the Arts with a one-night-only Willie Nelson & Family concert tonight, June 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $48 to $83 at www.ccanh.com, the Capitol Center Box Office at 44 South Main Street, Concord NH, and via phone at 603-225-1111.
With a six-decade career and a catalog of more than 200 albums to his credit, the iconic Texas singer-songwriter Willie Nelson has earned a permanent position in pop music's pantheon with songs that combine the sophistication of Tin Pan Alley with the rough-and-tumble grit and emotional honesty of country music. He brought pop and country together on the radio in the early 1960s with unforgettable songs like "Crazy" (Patsy Cline), "Hello Walls" (FaRon Young), "Funny How Time Slips Away" (Billy Walker), "Night Life" (Ray Price) and others and, by the mid-1970s, had become a superstar in his own right as a prime mover of a revolutionary and thriving outlaw country music scene. The Red Headed Stranger , Willie's first album for Columbia Records in 1975, catapulted the artist to the front ranks of popularity, making his a familiar name in country and city households across America and around-the-world.
A seven-time Grammy Award winner, Willie Nelson has received numerous accolades including American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and others. He is a co-founder of Farm Aid, an annual series of fundraising events which began as an all-star benefit concert in 1985 to raise money for American family farmers. He continues to lobby against horse slaughter and produces his own blend of biodiesel fuel. An old-school road-dog troubadour with new school wheels, Willie plays concerts year-round, tirelessly touring on Honeysuckle Rose III (he rode his first two buses into the ground), taking his music and fans to places that are always worth the ride.
Willie Nelson's most recent release, Remember Me, Vol. 1, is a hand-picked selection of 14 of Nelson's favorite Billboard country and folk songs, recorded with his long-time friend and acclaimed producer James Stroud. Artists and songwriters reflected in Nelson's versions of their songs include Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Rosemary Clooney, Porter Wagoner and Ray Price. In a recent review of the album, the LA Times noted, "Nelson reminds us that his deceptively effortless vocal style can still touch the heart." Remember Me, Vol. 2 is scheduled to be released next year.