By Natali Bianco, Entertainment Editor
Living legend Willie Nelson will be making a stop in Omaha for one night only on Monday, April 8 at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
I use the term “living legend” sparingly, but Nelson undoubtedly deserves the title. He has been continually and very successfully releasing music since 1960, before even some of our parents were born.
Nelson’s “Hello Walls” spent nine weeks at number one in 1961. The ’60s held two more top 10 hits for Nelson, giving only a small glimpse of what was in store for the future.
In the ’70s, the release of the album “Red Headed Stranger” confirmed Nelson as a leader of the “Outlaw Music” trend.
Nelson teamed up with Waylon Jennings later to produce “Good Hearted Woman” which became the best selling album that country music had ever seen.
In the early ’80s, Nelson tried his hand at acting, with roles in films like The Electric Horseman, Honeysuckle Rose and Stagecoach.
In 1985, Nelson teamed up with legends Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash to produce the “Highwaymen” album.
Nelson also founded Farm Aid, which is an organization that supports family farmers. An annual televised concert special raises funds for the cause.
In 1993, Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Over the years, Nelson has put out nearly 200 albums and has collaborated with countless superstars including Ray Charles, Norah Jones, Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg and Ray Price.
He also is a published fiction writer. “A Tale Out of Luck,” which was co-authored with Mike Blakely, is a tale of the Wild West, telling the back-story of a town outside of Austin named Luck.
More recently, in 2010 Nelson’s album “Country Music” received a Grammy nomination.
In the summer of 2011, at the age of 78, he headlined the “Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour,” which highlights top country artists and up-and-coming singer-songwriters.
You can also find a mix of Nelson’s hand-picked favorites on his Sirius XM station, Willie’s Roadhouse.
In 2012, Nelson signed a new record deal with Legacy Recordings, and released the album “Heroes” last May. He has set plans of releasing four more albums with Legacy over the next few years.
Nelson’s accomplishments are countless, and there are still many to be had.
From his start in 1960, Nelson has remained an innovator of country music.
Tickets are priced from $45-$75 and can only be purchased through Ticket Omaha at ticketomaha.com, at the box office inside of the Holland Center or by calling 402-345-0606.