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Willie Nelson

Friday

Jun 9, 2017 – 7:00 PM

  • Willie Nelson
  • Bruce Hornsby
  • The Charlie Daniels Band

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Willie Nelson: Country music legend Willie Nelson has set the bar pretty high for contemporary musicians, having written some of country's most popular songs and even helping to pioneer outlaw country. He is well known for creating Farm Aid, and perhaps even more well known for the tour dates that fund the operation. Nelson's albums have become some of the best selling for any country music artist, releasing 67 studio albums and 27 collaborations with some of country's biggest stars.

Willie Nelson began playing the guitar from a young age, participating in bands and singing in the church choir. He moved to Washington in 1956 to begin a professional career in music, but became more successful writing songs for others while he struggled to play small tour dates. He retired to Austin, TX in 1971, but found that the city's liberal music scene inspired him to create his own brand of country music. He became Atlantic Records' first country artist and debuted his more laid back, rock-inspired sound (later becoming a part of outlaw country) on his 1974 album, Phases and Stages. Nelson continued to display this sound on 1975's Red Headed Stranger, on collaborative albums with artists like Jessi Colter, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings, and on tour dates that were becoming a huge draw.

The 1978 album, Stardust, showed that Nelson could achieve the opposite of his earlier career by turning country standards into his own hit songs. In 1985, Willie Nelson joined Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash in forming The Highwaymen. The country supergroup released three hit albums over the next ten years and played sold-out tour dates to overly enthusiastic fans. Willie Nelson spent most of the 90s playing tour dates until the release of the smash-hit Teatro in 1998, which featured back-up vocals by Emmylou Harris. Willie Nelson was joined by even more mainstream artists on the 2002 album, The Great Divide, which featured Rob Thomas, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, and Alison Krauss. Additionally, in 2003, he appeared on country megastar Toby Keith's chart topping song, "Beer for My Horses".

Ever the philanthropist, Nelson headlined the 2005 Tsunami Relief Austin to support victims of the the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake. 2007 saw a collaboration album between Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price titled Last of the Breed, which was followed a year later by Nelson's solo album, Moment of Forever. Both albums broke into the top ten of Billboard's Top Country Albums.

In 2012, Nelson signed with Legacy Recordings to release both future and curated past recordings. He began his tenure with 2012's Heroes, which featured mostly standards and guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, and more. However, it also featured new songs that Nelson wrote with his sons Lukas and Micah. A year later, Nelson followed-up with To All The Girls..., which featured his collection of duets with female artists like Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, among others. The latter album became his 46th album to break into the top ten of Billboard's Top Country albums, as well as his second album to be featured in the top ten of the Billboard 200.

Nelson continued to shine in his career resurgence, with his 2014 album Spirit topping country charts; the first time the musician had done so since 1986.

Bruce Hornsby: As one of the most versatile and prolific concert performers in American music history, Bruce Hornsby has attracted loyal concert-goers and fans around the world. After winning the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1987, Bruce Hornsby's career has spanned several genres including Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass, and he was also a part-time member of the Grateful Dead between 1990 and 1992.

After graduating from the University of Miami in 1977, Hornsby moved to LA to get his recording career off the ground. He started out as a session musician and toured with Sheena Easton before moving back to Virginia. He started his band, Bruce Hornsby and the Range, and released his biggest hit to-date - "The Way It Is" in 1986, which was sampled in Tupac Shakur's posthumous hit of the same name. The single was a multi-Platinum success and earned Hornsby the Grammy for Best New Artist. In 1988, Hornsby toured with the Grateful Dead and became a frequent fixture on the touring scene with the legendary jam band.

By the end of the decade, Hornsby became a prolific producer working on the boards behind Leon Russell's comeback album and winning a Grammy Award for his production work with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1990. Since the 1990s Hornsby has split his time between solo projects, and daring collaborations. His 2009 album with the Noisemakers, Levitate, featured an amalgam of solo material and music written for the Broadway play, SCKBSTD. Hornsby's latest collaboration with The Noisemakers was the 2011 live album, Bride of the Noisemakers, but has plans to release a new album with the band titled, Rehab Reunion, soon.

During his off-time with The Noisemakers, Hornsby wasted no time seeking out other talented musicians. In addition to his hugely successful collaborations with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, Hornsby formed The Bruce Hornsby Trio with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jack DeJohnette in 2007; the trio continues to play when time permits. Hornsby also reunited with his Grateful Dead bandmates for several farewell and reunion shows in 2015, as well as to contribute to the album 30 Trips Around the Sun.

Despite his many collaborations, Hornsby still strives to work on his solo projects. In between his many collaborations, Hornsby carved out all the time he could to solo touring. His time spent innovating on his own -- combined with what he picked up from other musicians -- drastically advanced the complexity and skill of his piano playing. His evolved style and sound is evidenced on his 2014 live album, Solo Concerts, which also happened to be Hornsby's first live solo album.

No one is sure what Bruce Hornsby has planned after the release of his upcoming album with The Noisemakers; but whether it be an album with a frequent collaborator, a solo tour, or something completely new, audiences can count on Hornsby only getting better with age.

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