At 80, Willie Nelson still brings the hits

It has been a really long time since Willie Nelson, who turns 80 (!) on Tuesday, actually looked like the Red Headed Stranger, but his iconic voice hasn't taken a hit over the course of an untouchable 57-year career that has taken him from early gigs as a struggling radio announcer to multiple appearances on country music's biggest stages. He has successfully navigated a few brushes with the law ($32 million in unpaid taxes, a 2010 charge for pot possession) and songs like Bloody Mary Morning, Darkness on the Face of the Earth and Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground represent just an inkling of his innumerable contributions to the great American songbook. Presumably nearing the tail end of his run, Nelson is one of the few living legends who's actually living, as evidenced by a plethora of collaborations (he has worked with Snoop Dogg, for crying out loud) and a live set that can still leave even his most devoted followers with tears of appreciation. Also performing is his son, Lukas, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.

At 80, Willie Nelson still brings the hits 04/24/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:30pm]

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