Before becoming a mega star, Willie Nelson was known for his brilliant songwriting skills. Some of the hits by Patsy Cline and Faron Young were actually penned by Nelson. Soon however, Nelson managed to make his own name in the industry, with his unique dry and wry voice and a plaintive, understated delivery that eventually enabled him to reach the pop audiences. The country singer-songwriter known for songs like “On the Road Again” and “Crazy”, has been in the music-making business since 1956.
Today, he is one of the most respected country musicians in the world, with a vast variety of hits to his name. Lucky for his fans, Willie Nelson tickets are now available for his upcoming shows. If you want to catch the legend live in action, you will have plenty of opportunities to do so in the upcoming months. The artist will be performing shows in multiple cities, including Austin, Phoenix, Sahuarita, Palm Desert, Rohnert Park, Las Vegas, Panama City and others.
Early Life and Career
Born in Texas, in 1933, Nelson was raised by his paternal grandparents in the Great Depression era. His earliest exposure to music was through their town’s Methodist church. Both his grandparents had a musical background and always encouraged Nelson and his sister to pursue their dreams in the field.
Willie Nelson received his first guitar at an early age of six and got involved in songwriting soon after. A few years later, he started playing small professional gigs, alongside a local polka band. In 1947, the budding star joined a gospel group called Bud Fletcher and the Texans.
After moving around for a while, and a brief army stint, Nelson wrote some of his finest early songs – “Night Life,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Crazy.”
As Nelson moved to the music capital, Nashville, he got a job as a songwriter for Pamper Music, earning a modest salary of $50 per week. Within a year, two of his songs became hits for other artists – “Hello Walls” sung by Faron Young and “Crazy” by Patsy Cline. With this newfound success in the music business, Nelson attempted to make some of his own music. These attempts, however, did not initially yield any results. His debut album, And Then I Wrote and his second attempt, Here’s Willie Nelson, failed to make an impact.
Willie Nelson’s breakthrough work came after he moved back to his native, Texas and got involved in the country music scene. Going back to his own style and unique approach to music, he released Shotgun Willie in 1973 – the album that is considered to be one of his finest works to date, showcasing the abilities of the singer as a singer, performer and storyteller. However, the real breakthrough for the rising country star came in 1975, with the album, Red-Headed Stranger. Not only did this album reach No. 1 on the country charts, it also reached the Top 40 in pop charts. One of the biggest hits from this album included “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”, which not only gave Nelson his first No. 1 country hit, but it also earned him his very first Grammy Award for the best country vocal performance. Success continued to follow him as he won another Grammy Award for his collaborative single “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” at the 1978 Grammys.
With multiple Grammy Awards to his name, the next decade brought even more success for Willie Nelson. His 1982 ballad “Always On My Mind” won him another Grammy Award for the best country vocal performance. His album of the same name also topped charts, both country and pop. His ballad with Julio Iglesias, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” was also a huge success in multiple international markets.
With various successful collaborations, impeccable songwriting skills and countless chart toppers, Willie Nelson became a highly respected icon in the industry in a short amount of time. His success was not only due to his music making abilities, but also because of his acting and songwriting skills.
Nelson makes use of a number of different musical styles to create a unique blend of country music with a hint of other genres such as jazz, pop, blues, folk and rock. His relaxed, as well as jazzy, nasal voice has made him a multifaceted star, who is widely regarded as an icon in the world of country music.
The Legacy of Willie Nelson
Nelson is widely referred to as a complete American icon, with countless achievements to his name. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993, and also received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998. The country star was inducted into the Natural Agricultural Hall of Fame, for his work with Farm Aid and his fund raising efforts to help the farming community in the country. In 2015, Nelson was awarded the Gershwin Prize, which is the lifetime award of the Library of Congress. He has also been inducted by Rolling Stone on its lists of the 100 Greatest Singers and 100 Greatest Guitarists.
In addition to these honors, Nelson has been awarded with countless awards throughout his illustrious career. These include 12 Grammy wins, 7 American Music Awards, 10 CMA Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards and 2 Broadcast Music Incorporated awards. He has won the Best Male Country Vocal Performance Grammy Award thrice – in 1975, 1978 and 1982. His CMA Awards include those in the categories of Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Vocal Duo of the Year.
In addition to music, Nelson has also forayed into other fields. He has written multiple books, including an autobiography with Bud Shrake in 1988. He has also appeared in films – his first appearance was in the 1979 movie, The Electric Horseman. Other movies he has worked in include Barbosa, Coming Out of the Ice, Where the Hell’s That Gold? Wag the Dog, King of the Hill, The Lion King, The Simpsons, The Dukes of Hazzard, Blonde Ambition and Get a Job, among others.
Willie Nelson Tour Tickets
Fans of the country star would be dying to get their hands on these Willie Nelson tour tickets for the upcoming shows. Willie Nelson will be performing shows towards the end of 2017, alongside Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real and Blackberry Smoke. He will also be giving solo performances starting from 3rd January, 2018, at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. These performances are expected to go on till April 2018, wrapping up at the WhiteWater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas. If you want to catch this superstar performing live, now is your chance to get these tickets. With his fame, Nelson’s tickets are not expected to last very long. So, get yours before all the concerts are completely sold out!