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Review: Willie Nelson brings 80 years of spine-tingling vigor to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Willie Nelson performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 1, 2013.

Will Vragovic

Willie Nelson performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 1, 2013.

Earlier this week, Willie Nelson turned 80. Then, on Wednesday, the country legend played to a sold-out Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, performing with the vigor and livelihood of a much younger man.

Sean Daly was among the crowd of 2,180, and he writes:

I'm telling you, there's something immortal going on here. At one point, the Red Headed Stranger deconstructed a medley of his own progenitive classics: Funny How Time Slips Away, Crazy, Nightlife. He emphasized each song's warm, timeless soul, but seemingly crooned around, over, under the melody. It was breathtaking and challenging and ultimately dazzling, especially when he wrapped each heartbreaker in a sorrowful guitar solo, his fingers attacking that holy guitar with blazing mariachi speed.

For Sean's full review of Willie Nelson at Ruth Eckerd Hall, click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 9:38am]


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