Sometimes it can take a lot to get our favorite New Yorkers to come visit us. Like Willie Nelson.
Turns out it’s a heck of a lot easier to get good tickets at the Charter Amphitheatre in Simpsonville, SC than at the Radio City Music Hall.
I was first introduced to Willie by my father via The Highwaymen, and although Johnny Cash will forever remain my favorite of those historic four, Willie Nelson has a special spot in my playlist. It doesn’t hurt that Roberts also loves Willie – one of the few musical tastes we share.
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Everything was kicked off by The Devil Makes Three, a band out of Vermont that plays a mix of bluegrass, old time music, country, folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, and rockabilly. Having toured with Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, they are currently in Europe playing sold-out shows in France, Italy, Germany and Spain.
Next up was Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas). Blown away. Gorgeous voice, talented musician, and geez, those lyrics! She’s got a new fan.
Willie Nelson and Family played a non-stop, get-you-on-your-feet, can-you-believe-this-guy-is-81? show full of favorites such as On the Road Again, Whiskey River and Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys. Toby Keith’s Beer for my Horses got quite a reaction, as did Superman. My favorite? Always on my Mind.
The guy can still rock a full house.
I'm drowning in a whiskey river,
Bathing my mem'ried mind in the wetness of its soul.
Feeling the amber current flowin' from my mind.
And warm an empty heart you left so cold.
Whiskey River take my mind,
Don't let her mem'ry torture me.
Whiskey River don't run dry,
You're all I've got, take care of me.