by: Rick Brown
KEARNEY — Bluegrass, jazz, reggae, Western swing, country and pop — singer Willie Nelson has touched all those genres somewhere in his 60 albums since he started recording in 1962.
“Willie Nelson and Family” visits central Nebraska for a 7:30 p.m. performance Aug. 17 at Viaero Event Center. Tickets are $35 to $55.
His first No. 1 single on the country charts came in 1975 with Nelson’s version of Roy Acuff’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” His next hit came in 1976 with “If You’re Got the Money I’ve Got the Time,” a song by Lefty Frizzell.
Nelson’s most successful album, “Stardust,” was released in 1978 and spent almost 10 years on the country charts, selling more than 4 million copies.
A founding member of the outlaw country musicians, Nelson worked with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser to record “Wanted: The Outlaws,” in 1976. The outlaw term referred to country musicians who didn’t conform to Nashville’s standards. The album produced two hit singles: “Suspicious Minds” and “Good Hearted Woman.”
Nelson last performed in Kearney in 2005.