Willie Nelson is Still Going Strong
At the age of 78, legendary country music star, Willie Nelson is working as hard as ever. With no immediate plans of slowing down, Nelson will be embarking on a tour that will take him from Texas to Florida, with stops in Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana before heading out West to Arizona, California and Nevada.
It is with a sad heart that Willie Nelson and his entourage embarks on their tour that starts on December 30, 2011 and ends up in March of 2012. Long time bassist, Dan “Bee” Spears, a close friend who played with Willie Nelson for more than 40 years, passed away on December 9, 2011 at the age of 62. According to reports, Spears fell outside his Nashville area home, apparently became incapacitated or disoriented and wound up dead from exposure to the weather.
Considered an iconic figure in the world of country music, Nelson’s popularity stretches across all demographic groups and his influence on the music industry is felt across all genres of music. The man who wrote such great songs as On the Road Again, Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground and Always on My Mind also wrote Crazy, the song that made Patsy Cline the star that she was.
Willie Nelson has used his name and his fame to help many charitable causes over the years. He founded Farm Aid which performs concerts and gives the proceeds to struggling farmers. He is a big supporter of animal rights, feeding the hungry and contributing to the Red Cross. Nelson does many things for which he does not seek out publicity. He has a tremendous interest in alternative energy production and also is very conscientious and concerned over environmental issues.
A multiple Grammy Award winning artist, in 1999 he was presented with the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in Music. In a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Nelson has collaborated with other country legends like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, to name just a few. An inspirational character, there will never be another artist quite like Willie Nelson.