Willie Nelson: The Fox Theater, Oakland CA

Willie Nelson, the iconic performer, made a stop at Oakland’s Fox Theater, and gave all in attendance a definite night to remember.  The famous songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist who is well-known for the critical successes of many albums including, Shotgun Willie (1973), Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978); all of which made Willie one of the most recognized artists in country music. He is also said to be one of the main figures that created outlaw country, a genre that broke the scene in the 1960s in Nashville.

 

At age 85, Nelson still commands any stage he steps foot on and this one was no different.  Willie walked out into the dimmed theater, with his signature braids, hat and of course his guitar, and the night began in a roar of standing applause.  The first song of the night was, Beer for my Horses (a Toby Keith cover), followed by Still is Still Moving to Me.  With a career spanning over more than six decades, it’s not surprising that Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and is said to have joined his first band at age ten.

 

Nelson, in 1956 and already getting acclaim, for his early works, moved to Texas, landing in Houston in 1958, he signed with D Records.  Shortly thereafter he wrote some of the world’s country standards, such as, Funny How Time Slips Away, Hello Walls, Pretty Paper, and Crazy In 1973 Nelson signed with Atlantic Records and went on to create a catalog of songs and albums that have stood the ages and later ended up joining the country supergroupThe Highwaymen, along with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.   Nelson continued to tour during the years to follow, releasing new work every year that ranged in genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk.

Setlist:

Beer for My Horses
(Toby Keith cover)

Still Is Still Moving to Me

Fly Me to the Moon
(Kaye Ballard cover)

On the Road Again

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
(Ed Bruce cover)

Always on My Mind
(Brenda Lee cover)

Jambalaya (On the Bayou) / Hey Good Lookin’ / Move It On Over
(Hank Williams cover)

Still Not Dead

Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die / Will the Circle Be Unbroken / I’ll Fly Away / I Saw the Light