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Iconic country music singer Willie Nelson, who sold out the Lucky Star Casino Events Center last year, is making another concert appearance there. Nelson, a songwriter as well as an author, poet, actor and activist, will be at the Events Center this Friday for an 8 p.m. concert.
The critical success of the album “Shotgun Willie” (1973), coupled with the commercial success of the albums “Red Headed Stranger” (1975) and “Stardust” (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in music.
Nelson was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville country sound.
Nelson’s music career was launched in 1960, when he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music, which allowed him to join Ray Price’s band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including “Hello Walls,” “Pretty Paper” and “Crazy.” The same year he recorded another outlaw country album titled “Wanted! The Outlaws,” with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser.
During the mid-1980s, while creating hit albums like “Honeysuckle Rose” and recording hit songs like “On the Road Again,” “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” and “Pancho & Lefty,” he joined the country super group, The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993, and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998.
In 2011, Nelson was inducted into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame, for his work in Farm Aid and other fundraisers to benefit farmers.