Country legends Willie Nelson and David Allan Coe will perform Oct. 21 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center.The concert, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., is selling out quickly, according to Bill Plunkett, Nacogdoches County Exposition Center manager.
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“We’re even getting inquiries from outside the state,” Plunkett said.Â
There were 500 VIP seats that went on sale for $40, but those tickets sold out the first day, he said.
“The last time we had Willie Nelson here, he was at the coliseum four years ago,” Plunkett said.
Several entertainers have come to the Expo Center throughout the years, but having a country music talent of this caliber, Plunkett said, is a real honor.
Nelson was handed his first guitar at the age of 6, and within a short time he was writing country songs and playing in polka bands. He began playing at high school dances and honky-tonks as a teenager and had become a local DJ with his own radio show by the time he graduated. While Nelson got by with menial jobs, such as a janitor and a door-to-door Bible salesman, he eventually sold his first song, “No Place For Me,” which was only the beginning of a long road of success. Nelson has released several albums throughout his career, among them “Shotgun Willie,” “Red Headed Stranger” and an album called “Nacogdoches” in 2004.
From the age of 9, Coe was in and out of reform schools, correction centers and prisons, according to the official Web site of David Allen Coe. He was paroled in 1967 and took his songs about prison life to Shelby Singleton, who released two albums on his SSS label. Coe wrote Tanya Tucker’s 1974 U.S. country No. 1, “Would You Lay With Me.” He took to calling himself Davey Coe â€” the Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy â€” performing in a mask and driving a hearse. He satirized the themes of country music with hilarious additions to Steve Goodman’s “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” but has often used the clichÃ©s himself. Coe has also turned out several albums during his career, including “Live at the Iron Horse Saloon” and “Original Outlaw.”
“We’re looking forward to having them here and having a good time,” Plunkett said. “We just want people to come out and enjoy themselves.”
For additional information, or information on future events, visit nacexpo.net.