Willie Nelson & Family in Minneapolis (August 2, 2019)

by: Ross Raihala

Country legend Willie Nelson and bluegrass favorite Alison Krauss will headline Minneapolis’ Target Center on Aug. 2.

Tickets are priced from $250 to $39.50 and go on sale at noon Friday through Axs.

A native of Texas, Nelson spent the early years of his career working as radio DJ and performing live on the side. He released his first single, “No Place for Me,” in 1957 and first hit the country charts five years later with “Willingly” and “Touch Me.” Other artists, however, earned much more success by covering Nelson’s songs, most notably Patsy Cline who landed a massive hit in 1961 with “Crazy.”

After spending much of the ’60s financing his tours with songwriting royalties, Nelson retired from music and moved to Austin, Texas, where the hippie music scene reinvigorated him. He signed a deal with Atlantic Records in 1972, and while his debut for the label, “Shotgun Willie,” did not sell well, it earned rave reviews.

Nelson finally broke through with his 1975 record “Red Headed Stranger,” which launched the hits “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and “Remember Me (When the Candle Lights Are Gleaming).” Nelson went on to become a constant on country radio and often found crossover success on the pop charts with songs like “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind” and “Let it Be Me.”

Now 85, Nelson shows few signs of slowing down. He continues to tour heavily and remains active in the studio. Over the past three years, he’s released five solo albums and a pair of collaborative records featuring Asleep at the Wheel, Tanya Tucker and his sons, Lukas and Micah.

Krauss, 47, is widely credited for helping renew interest in bluegrass music due to her work with her band, Union Station. She’s best known for her soundtrack contributions to the films “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Cold Mountain” and has won 27 Grammy Awards. She’s the third most honored musician by the Grammys, behind producer Quincy Jones and classical conductor George Solti.

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