When: Tue., Nov. 22, 8 p.m. and Wed., Nov. 23, 8 p.m. 2016
Pioneering songwriter Willie Nelson is a rare outlier in the wacky world of country music. There’s a restrained complexity in the simple poetry of his lyrics that more hardhearted listeners are bound to miss. Even when he’s playing a maverick in beloved hits like “Whiskey River,” the rollicking showman plunges himself into blood red sentimental blues. Fusing traditional country with honky tonk and folk rock, Willie feels every bittersweet chord he plays in his core. He knows cowboys are always adrift, but he still dreams of settling down with a good woman despite his freewheelin’ ways. Wry and reverent, Willie is a lyrical genius who’s quick to light a joint and crack a mischievous smile. That combination of raw talent and sincere humility only comes around every so often.