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In a business built on changes in cultural fashion, Willie Nelson seems very much the same as he was when he rose to national prominence in the mid-1970s -- still the same sinewy, off-the-beat, jazz-inflected voice, the same benign countenance and the same hippie/thrift-shop costuming.

As a songwriter and a performer, Willie Nelson played a vital role in post-rock & roll country music. Although he didn't become a star until the mid-'70s, Nelson spent the '60s writing songs that became hits for stars like Ray Price ("Night Life"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Faron Young ("Hello Walls"), and Billy Walker ("Funny How Time Slips Away") as well as releasing a series of records on Liberty and RCA that earned him a small, but devoted, cult following.

Willie Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American guitarist and country singer, originally from Abbott, Texas. He reached his greatest fame during the outlaw country movement of the 1970s, though he had already become famous as a 1960s songwriter.

Nelson and his sister, Bobbie, were raised by their grandparents after their father died and their mother ran away. Willie played the guitar, while Bobbie played the piano. She met Bud Fletcher, a fiddler, and both siblings joined his band while Willie was in high school.
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Jul 2 Sun 3:00 PM Outlaw Music Festival: Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow & The Avett Brothers Starplex Pavilion
Dallas, TX
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Jul 4 Tue 12:00 PM Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic Austin360 Amphitheater
Austin, TX
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Jul 6 Thu 7:00 PM Outlaw Music Festival: Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow & Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit Walmart AMP
Rogers, AR
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Jul 8 Sat 3:30 PM Outlaw Music Festival: Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan & Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, MI
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Jul 9 Sun 2:00 PM Outlaw Music Festival: Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan & Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit American Family Insurance Amphitheater
Milwaukee, WI
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Jul 11 Tue 8:00 PM Willie Nelson The Rose Music Center at The Heights
Dayton, OH
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Jul 12 Wed 8:00 PM Willie Nelson PNC Pavilion At The Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati, OH
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Jul 14 Fri 7:00 PM Willie Nelson Booth Amphitheatre At Regency Park
Cary, NC
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Jul 15 Sat 6:00 PM Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne & Father John Misty Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, MD
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Jul 16 Sun 4:00 PM Outlaw Music Festival: Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow & My Morning Jacket Lakeview Amphitheater
Syracuse, NY
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Aug 4 Fri 2:00 PM Big Valley Jamboree: Little Big Town & Willie Nelson - Friday Pass Big Valley Jamboree Grounds
Camrose, ALB
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Aug 8 Tue 7:30 PM Willie Nelson & Kacey Musgraves Outdoor Stage At Northern Quest Casino
Airway Heights, WA
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Aug 9 Wed 7:00 PM Willie Nelson & Kacey Musgraves Marymoor Amphitheatre
Redmond, WA
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Aug 11 Fri 6:30 PM Willie Nelson & Kacey Musgraves McMenamins Historic Edgefield Amphitheater
Troutdale, OR
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Aug 13 Sun 6:00 PM Willie Nelson USANA Amphitheatre
West Valley City, UT
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Aug 15 Tue 7:30 PM Willie Nelson & Kacey Musgraves Mountain Winery
Saratoga, CA
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Aug 17 Thu 8:00 PM Willie Nelson & Kacey Musgraves Shrine Auditorium - Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
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Aug 18 Fri 8:00 PM Willie Nelson & Kacey Musgraves Ironstone Amphitheatre At Ironstone Vineyards
Murphys, CA
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Aug 19 Sat 8:00 PM Willie Nelson & Kacey Musgraves Greek Theatre - U.C. Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
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Sep 6 Wed 8:00 PM Willie Nelson Harvester Performance Center
Rocky Mount, VA
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Sep 8 Fri 4:00 PM Outlaw Music Festival: Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow & Margo Price PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ
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Sep 9 Sat 4:30 PM Outlaw Music Festival: Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow & Margo Price Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Wantagh, NY
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Sep 10 Sun 3:00 PM Outlaw Music Festival: Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, The Avett Brothers & Sheryl Crow Hersheypark Stadium
Hershey, PA
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Sep 12 Tue 7:00 PM Willie Nelson Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Bethlehem, PA
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Sep 15 Fri 5:00 PM Outlaw Music Festival: Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow & Blackberry Smoke Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
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After graduation, Nelson joined the Air Force, but left due to back problems. Eventually, he became a DJ at a country radio station in Fort Worth, Texas, while singing locally in honky tonk bars. In 1956, Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington to begin a musical career by recording "Lumberjack" by Leon Payne. The single sold respectably but did not establish a career. Nelson continued to DJ and sing in clubs, and sold a song called "Family Bible" for fifty dollars; the song was a hit for Claude Gray in 1960, has been covered widely, and is often considered a gospel music classic.

Nelson moved to Nashville, Tennessee but was unable to land a record label contract. He did, however, receive a publishing contract at Pamper Music. After Ray Price recorded Nelson's "Night Life" (reputedly the most covered country song of all time), Nelson joined Price's touring band as a bassist. While playing with Ray Price & the Cherokee Cowboys, many of Nelson's songs became hits. "Funny How Time Slips Away" (Billy Walker), "Hello Walls" (Faron Young), "Pretty Paper" (Roy Orbison) and, most famously, "Crazy" (Patsy Cline) became popular songs in the 1960s. Nelson signed with Liberty Records in 1961 and released several singles, including the hits "Willingly" (with his wife, Shirley Collie) and "Touch Me". He was unable to keep his momentum going, though, and Nelson's career ground to a halt. Demo recordings from his years as a songwriter for Pamper Music were later discovered and released as Crazy: The Demo Sessions (2003). His personal life during this period was also colorful, to say the least. His alcoholism, failed day jobs, and penchant for carrying guns got him in trouble with the law and his wife a number of times.
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