w/ Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real
If ever the words "living legend" were more than just public relations bluster, the application would be to Willie Hugh Nelson. 2013 is shaping up as a banner year for pop country patriarch, who turned 80 on April 30. His rollicking memoir, "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die – Musings from the Road," published by HarperCollins in May 2012, is currently a New York Times bestselling non-fiction title and Let's Face The Music And Dance is an essential addition to the outlaw country artist's catalog of timeless recordings.
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.
Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real
Rarely does a young musician get to meet or know the legends that have molded the landscape of music and its elaborate history. As the son of American music icon Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson had the rare opportunity to experience playing with such legends as Neil Young, Kris Kristoferson and Bob Dylan. These influences played a natural role in the development of his musical foundation…Southern Blues and Texas Folk Rock. However, like all artists and musicians, Lukas desired a unique sound and style that could satisfy his own musical soul.
Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Maui, Hawaii, Lukas was exposed to a wider variety of musical cultures than most. Ultimately his inspiration would come from the soulful and psychedelic guitar sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Lukas was captivated by the works of these two legends and taught himself to play guitar listening to their music. These rhythmic experiences would complete his musical foundation and with an added touch of the music culture from the islands, Lukas would create a sound that is uniquely his own.
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