with Greg Bates
Living legend, singer-songwriter, musician, performer, actor and American icon Willie Nelson is on the road again with newly announced tour dates including a performance at The Chicago Theatre on Thursday, September 20.
As a Nashville artist in the ‘60s, Willie Nelson penned more than a few tunes that have arguably become American classics, including “Crazy,” “Night Life” and the sublime “Funny How Time Slips Away.” But that was just the prologue for the iconoclastic singer-songwriter, who would redraw the borders of country music in the ‘70s after moving back to Texas and settling in the musical melting pot of Austin. Along with fellow traveler Waylon Jennings, Nelson was labeled the outlaw of the genre, but he was more visionary than rebel, especially with the way he attracted rock fans to take a closer look at country. He was celebrated for his work with buddies like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, but scaled even greater chart heights by singing, improbably enough, with Julio Iglesias (“To All the Girls I Loved Before”). Along with Wynton Marsalis, recent cohorts have included Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel and reggae icon Ziggy Marley.
Don’t miss your chance to hear Willie Nelson play his greatest hits live in concert at The Chicago Theatre!