Willie Nelson Hasn’t Changed

Temple Daily Telegram
March 28, 1988
by Randy Ray

Belton, TX.  The years have taken Willie Nelson far from his simple childhood growing up in Abbott.

But when the music superstar appeared in concert Sunday night at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, he seemed unaffected by the success his career of four decades has brought him.

Stepping off a tour bus just minutes before he was scheduled to perform before several thousand fans in the Expo Center, Nelson still had time to stop, shake hands and sign autographs for several admirers lucky enough to find themsleves back stage and to answer a few quick questions.

Dressed in a black sleeveless T-shirt, blue jeans, long hair pulled back in his trademark pony tail, the music legend looked just like many of his fans.

Sunday night was Nelson’s first concert at the Expo Center and he predicted the facility will become a favorite stopping spot for music performers in the future.

“I don’t know why this won’t be a popular concert spot in the future — it’s a great place,” he said.

Nelson said he is currently looking at two or three sites as posible locations for the next of his legendary Fourth of July picnics, although he added it is still not definite if the event will beheld again this eyar.

“Every year I say I’ll never do another, then September rolls around and I start thinking about it again,” he said.

Nelson also discussed the possiblity of doing another Farm Aid concert, a benefit concert to raise money to help merica’s beleaguered farmers and ranchers which was started by Nelson, John Couger Mellencamp and Neil Young.

After signing pictures of himself for a group of people who won the opportunity to meet him via a contest run by a local radio station, Nelson casually strolled into the Expo Center, walked on stage and strapped on his guitar and launched into “Whiskey RIver.”

Then, Nelson and his band proceded to entertain the large Expo Center crowd with hit song after hit song, including such Nelson classics as “Blue Eyes Crying int he Rain,” “Blue Skies,” “Georgia on My Mind” and “Stay a Little Longer.”

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