Willie Nelson is an American icon. Born during the Great Depression, he's lived and sung about many of the changes the U.S. has experienced since. As one of the progenitors of outlaw country, he's pushed boundaries in music and politics, and he hasn't been one to take it easy — since his recording debut in 1956, Nelson has released 60 studio albums, 10 live records, 37 compilations and 27 album-length collaborations. He's toured with Phish, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles, among other big and varied names. Finally, Nelson has become a voice for bio-fuel and marijuana activism, and presides as honorary chairman of the advisory board of the Texas Music Project.
Now in his late 70s, Nelson hasn't let up in the slightest. His latest album, Heroes, came out in May, and it features a good mix of classic country songs, as well as new work with help from his son Lukas. Produced by the Grammy-winning Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, George Strait), Heroes also includes contributions from Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg and Sheryl Crow. Nelson remains a storyteller at heart, as this concert for WXPN's Non-Commvention (recorded at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia) demonstrates.
- "Just Breathe"
- "Mothers And Fathers"
- "Sound Of Your Memory"
- "Texas Flood"
- "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die"