Welcome back, Willie

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by Mary Calurso

Welcome back, Willie.

It’s been a while, but country star Willie Nelson will return to Birmingham for a Feb. 8 concert at the Alabama Theatre

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 17, priced at $48.20 to $91.90 through Ticketmaster.

Nelson, 77, has been a frequent visitor to Montgomery and Huntsville in recent years. 

Still, the road hasn’t led him to the Birmingham area since July 2006, when Nelson performed with John Fogerty at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Pelham.

The prolific star, known for his easygoing charm and outlaw reputation, has released more than 60 albums during his career and created hits such as “Whiskey River,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” and “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.”

Nelson’s tour agenda for 2011 also includes a Feb. 9 stop in Montgomery, at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre.

The singer made headlines recently with a drug bust in Texas, when the border patrol raided his tour bus and found marijuana there.   Nelson, a staunch advocate for the legalization of pot, responded to the arrest by saying he wanted to start “the Teapot Party.” (It now has a page on Facebook.) He was fined and released.

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