Country music legend Willie Nelson has set the bar pretty high for contemporary musicians, having written some of country's most popular songs and even helping to pioneer outlaw country. He is well known for creating Farm Aid, and perhaps even more well known for the tour dates that fund the operation. Nelson's albums have become some of the best selling for any country music artist, releasing 67 studio albums and 27 collaborations with some of country's biggest stars.
Willie Nelson began playing the guitar from a young age, participating in bands and singing in the church choir. He moved to Washington in 1956 to begin a professional career in music, but became more successful writing songs for others while he struggled to play small tour dates. He retired to Austin, TX in 1971, but found that the city's liberal music scene inspired him to create his own brand of country music. He became Atlantic Records' first country artist and debuted his more laid back, rock-inspired sound (later becoming a part of outlaw country) on his 1974 album, Phases and Stages. Nelson continued to display this sound on 1975's Red Headed Stranger, on collaborative albums with artists like Jessi Colter, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings, and on tour dates that were becoming a huge draw.
The 1978 album, Stardust, showed that Nelson could achieve the opposite of his earlier career by turning country standards into his own hit songs. In 1985, Willie Nelson joined Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash in forming The Highwaymen. The country supergroup released three hit albums over the next ten years and played sold-out tour dates to overly enthusiastic fans. Willie Nelson spent most of the 90s playing tour dates until the release of the smash-hit Teatro in 1998, which featured back-up vocals by Emmylou Harris. Willie Nelson was joined by even more mainstream artists on the 2002 album, The Great Divide, which featured Rob Thomas, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, and Alison Krauss. Additionally, in 2003, he appeared on country megastar Toby Keith's chart topping song, "Beer for My Horses".
Ever the philanthropist, Nelson headlined the 2005 Tsunami Relief Austin to support victims of the the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake. 2007 saw a collaboration album between Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price titled Last of the Breed, which was followed a year later by Nelson's solo album, Moment of Forever. Both albums broke into the top ten of Billboard's Top Country Albums.
In 2012, Nelson signed with Legacy Recordings to release both future and curated past recordings. He began his tenure with 2012's Heroes, which featured mostly standards and guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, and more. However, it also featured new songs that Nelson wrote with his sons Lukas and Micah. A year later, Nelson followed-up with To All The Girls..., which featured his collection of duets with female artists like Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, among others. The latter album became his 46th album to break into the top ten of Billboard's Top Country albums, as well as his second album to be featured in the top ten of the Billboard 200.
Nelson continued to shine in his career resurgence, with his 2014 album Spirit topping country charts; the first time the musician had done so since 1986.
Los Lonely Boys:
Everyone's favorite Texican rockers, Los Lonely Boys, are back with a new album and nationally scheduled tour dates. These Latin rockers shot to fame in the mid-2000s with their super-hit, "Heaven", they scored a Grammy, and a multi-Platinum album. Known for their exhausting tour schedule, Los Lonely Boys tour dates are about the live experience and their extensive catalog of original material. Don't miss a date on the Los Lonely Boys tour schedule; Use Eventful as your source for Los Lonely Boys tour dates and venue information.
Brothers Henry, Jojo, and Ringo Garza formed the band in Nashville during the 1990s. Their earlier sound was country-inspired and they self-released two albums in the '90s, Los Lonely Boys and Teenage Blues, before moving back to Texas. After consistent touring, Los Lonely Boys hit the studio in 2003 to produce what would become their breakthrough album. Their second self-titled album was recorded at Willie Nelson's Padernales recording studio in Austin. This album was self-produced and they originally released the disc independently. The album caught the attention of Epic Records who signed the band to a recording contract. Los Lonely Boys tour dates were scheduled extensively to promote the disc and they released their first commercially successful single, "Heaven".
The single was a massive success, it reached #1 on the Billboard AC charts and propelled sales of the album. In 2005, the single was nominated for, and won, the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The second single, "More Than Love", was also nominated for a Grammy in the same category in 2006. Los Lonely Boys tour dates had the rockers traversing the country and they became a touring sensation known for their lively stage presence. After releasing a cover of John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" on Amnesty International's musical collabo project, Make Some Noise, the band hit the studio to record their next album. The disc, Forgiven, was released in 2008 where it debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, becoming their highest charting album to-date. After enjoying a sigh of relie having beaten the dreaded sophomore album curse of many acts, Los Lonely Boys toured the nation and performed a concert at the 2008 World Series in Florida.
Los Lonely Boys released an EP of covers entitled 1969, and hit the road for a national tour in 2009. They subsequently left Epic and signed with the independent Austin-based label, Playing in Traffic Records. Los Lonely Boys 2009-10 tour included nearly 200 concerts and was attended by more than 350,000 fans. Their fourth and most recent LP, Rockpango was released in March, 2011 and debuted at #70 on the Billboard 200. In addition to their studio album, Los Lonely Boys have released two live albums from their tour dates including Live at the Filmore and Live at Blue Cat Blues. As one of the greatest live acts in rock music today, Los Lonely Boys shows are characterized by syncretic soul and Latin Rock and their tour dates never disappoint. Don't miss a date on Los Lonely Boys concert schedule 2011; Use Eventful as your source for Los Lonely Boys tour dates and venue information.