Willie Nelson will roll into St. Augustine with a performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C State Road A1A S. Tickets to the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9.
With a six-decade career and 200-plus albums, Nelson is the creative genius behind the hits “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” The iconic Texan has amassed a plethora of music awards and has earned a reputation as an author, actor and activist.
In the last five years alone, Nelson delivered 10 new album releases, released a Top-10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined “Farm Aid,” an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the last three years of the ongoing Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch and has announced the launch of his cannabis company Willie’s Reserve.
In 2015, Nelson released the new studio album “Django and Jimmie” with Merle Haggard, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country album chart and No. 7 on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart.
In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored Nelson with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award. And this year began with the release of “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin,” a collection of 11 newly recorded Gershwin classics. The album debuted at No. 1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart.
Dwight Yoakam, will accompany the bard in St. Augustine, and he has quite an impressive resume as well.
Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner.
He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart, and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. He received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization.
Last September, Yoakam released his first ever bluegrass album “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars” on Sugar Hill Records. The album features a band of bluegrass luminaries, and boasts a collection of reinterpreted favorites from his catalogue, as well as a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Produced by nine-time GRAMMY winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), Jon Randall (songwriter of “Whiskey Lullaby”) and Yoakam himself, and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, this album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter.
In 2015, Yoakam released his latest country album “Second Hand Heart” on Warner/Reprise records — the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed album “3 Pears.”
Tickets for Willie Nelson & Family with special guest Dwight Yoakam will be available at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices, ticketmaster.com, all authorized ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000.. The Kookaburra will host a Willie Nelson On Sale Party featuring complimentary coffee and treats starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the Amphitheatre.
WILLIE NELSON AND FAMILY WITH DWIGHT YOAKAM
WHEN: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 7 p.m.
WHERE: The St. Augustine Amphitheatre | 1340C State Road A1A S.
TICKETS: $124.50 seated pit | $99.50 level 100 | $74.50 level 200 | $49.50 level 300 | $39.50 obstructed view
INFORMATION: willienelson.com | dwightyoakam.com