On Aug. 17, country legend Willie Nelson played the Shrine Auditorium along with Kacey Musgraves. Willie Nelson is not only an musical artist, but is also an actor, political activist, a business owner, and most importantly a true American icon. For over 6 decades, Willie has been a staple of country music going back to an era with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Kris Kristofferson. Since 1962 Willie Nelson has released more than 70 albums and is a multiple Grammy Winner, CMA winner, and the first artist to receive the CMA Lifetime Achievement award.
Willie Nelson’s 70 minute set included songs that have become part of American culture like “On The Road Again,” and covers of Hank Williams and Waylon Jenning’s songs. On “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” Kristofferson and Musgraves with her band joined in. It’s always special seeing Nelson and Kristofferson together as they were in the supergroup The Higwaymen together and have been long time collaborators. For any country fans on the east coast you can see Willie Nelson at Outlaw Fest Sept. 8, 9, 10 and 17. Nelson turned 84 on Aug. 29 and shows no signs of slowing down.