by: Mike Voorheis
Country music legend Willie Nelson will play a December show at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.
Mike Sapp, Odell Williamson Auditorium director, confirmed the Dec. 7 show. About 1,500 tickets will be available for $58-$65. Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the BCC box office, via phone and on the BCC web site.
Nelson is a music icon, known for his long hair, grizzled beard and outlaw attitude. Over seven decades in the music business, Nelson has produced more than 120 albums. Some of his trademark tunes include “Always On My Mind,” “On the Road Again” and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” He also is a renowned songwriter, penning the Patsy Cline classic “Crazy.”
Nelson has stayed in the news for decades, releasing an album to help pay off an IRS debt, championing the legalization of marijuana and playing an instrumental role in the enduring success of Farm Aid. The 2012 Farm Aid concert was held in September in Pennsylvania. In addition to being a singer/songwriter, Nelson is an environmentalist, actor and author.
Nelson’s most recent scheduled performance in Southeastern North Carolina was canceled. In January 2010, Nelson was scheduled to perform a show at the Duplin County Events Center. Before the show, ALE agents cited five members of Nelson’s band for misdemeanor possession of moonshine and marijuana, and the concert was canceled. Nelson said that pain in his hand forced the cancellation.
Here’s part of a followup story from David Reynolds:
“Authorities say the agents entered the bus after smelling marijuana. Inside they found a quart jar, three quarters full of untaxed alcohol, or moonshine, as well as marijuana, officials have said.”
Many residents, including politicians, decried the ALE’s raid on the tour bus. The events even inspired a song by state senator Charlie Albertson, who sings about Operation On the Road Again in “Leave the Man Alone”: