Friday, 26 April 2013 09:59

Americana Best Bet: Willie Nelson

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Willie Nelson
Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo 
May 8, 7:30 p.m. $65-$85 
kazoostate.com, (269) 345-6500

Call me crazy, but I'm beginning to think that Willie Nelson is even more indestructible than Cher. He just has that freshly survived-from-the-apocalypse gleam about him, you know? Let's look at the facts: despite being old enough to receive the early bird discount at Old Country Buffet, the Redheaded Stranger (gray-haired now, but who cares) is still rocking out with the enthusiasm and commitment of a stoner just getting started on stonerism. Then there's that whole tax evasion thing. If the feds can't even bring a man down, I doubt anything as innocuous as "aging" can. And lastly, there's just the music. Good, old-fashioned, straight-to-the-heart classic country-rock, courtesy of the Willster. Willie wannabes like Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker should be so lucky as to sustain living-legend status. Take a note from one of the greatest unstoppable rockers of all time on how to survive the music biz, and maybe even the end of the world, if my math is correct. Reported by Emma Kat Richardson

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