November 25th, 2018
Willie Nelson & Family
@Smart Financial Center
Sunday 11/25/2018 7:30 PM
Willie Nelson will be in Sugarland this weekend at Smart Finincial Center. Nelson say some music scene writers and critics has a variety of music styles that creates his distinctive blend of country music, a hybrid of jazz, pop, blues, rock and folk. His "unique sound", which uses a "relaxed, behind-the-beat singing style and gut-string guitar" and his "nasal voice and jazzy, off-center phrasing", has been responsible for his wide appeal, and has made him a "vital icon in country music", influencing the "new country, new traditionalist, and alternative country movements of the '80s and '90s".
Recently WFFA.com interviewed Nelson about his longevity of life and other matters, he is 85-years old and still on the road.
"He says his fans are across all spectrum. But there is no denying there is a strong number of fans who do not think like him.
"Do you ever feel like you're alienating your audience? If they don't want me to have an opinion, F--- It! I got an opinion like they do," he said.
It's also his opinion that Texas will legalize marijuana in his lifetime. He has his own brand of weed, called Willie's Reserves, selling in states where it's legal.
"I'll have to quit. I may be too old to smoke by the time Texas legalizes it," Willie laughed.
His shows still sell out. At his show in Biloxi (Mississippi) three generations of one family came to hear him sing "On the Road Again," which was their family song.
"My grandmother's cremated ashes are in our hotel room. We brought her to be here with Willie," Alisha Pierce said.
Nelson says there are no secrets to his longevity but positive thinking. "After every tour, I say I quit. I'm not going no more. I'm going home and play with my horses and have a big time," he said. But the music and the fans keep him coming back.
"What do they say? Beauty is skin deep and ugly goes all the way to the bone," Nelson laughed.
His childhood home is still in Abbott. What is not is the Willie Nelson Road sign that people keep stealing. "Willie Watchers" is what people in town call them: the fans who drive through for a peek.
Rolling Stone magazine last year was able to get Nelson and his family to sit down for a few minutes . . . .
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