Willie Nelson

Written by on March 10, 2011 in Live Reviews, March 10, 2011 - Comments Off on Willie Nelson

Willie NelsonThe legendary Willie Nelson graced the stage of Austin’s newest concert hall on February 13, 2011 with a three hour concert to inaugurate the new stage at Austin City Limits – Live at the Moody Theater. Nelson, who had kicked off the first Austin City Limits television show in their original home in 1976, is a staple of the city’s music scene.

Nelson, wearing a black tux, was accompanied during the first hour of his performance by a 35-piece orchestra whose members are part of the Austin Symphony. During this time, Willie performed slowed-down renditions of some of his classics and some less familiar romantic standards, including his own “Valentine.”

After a short break, Willie returned to the stage, now wearing jeans and a cowboy hat, to perform with his four longtime band mates. “Whiskey River” lead off the rest of the night as Willie and the band- sister Bobbie on piano, Bee Spears on Bass, Billy English on drums, and Micky Raphael on harmonica- performed a whirlwind of 30 of Willie’s favorite and greatest songs, including “Crazy”, “Nightlife”, and “On the Road Again.” Willie was also joined on the stage by long-time friend and veteran drummer, Paul English, for a now rare appearance as they performed “Me And Paul.”

Willie NelsonWillie NelsonWillie NelsonWillie, wielding his always-present guitar, Trigger, out-played guitarists a third of his age as a diverse, appreciative audience looked on. The crowd of nearly 3,000 fans seemed to enjoy the new venue and appreciated the Texas-style hospitality shown to them by the employees of Austin’s newest fine music establishment.

Review and Photos by: Scott Moore / Limelight Imaging