Perhaps our most beloved living country music singer and musician, Willie Nelson is back in Southern California performing a string of shows that will include a stop at Indio’s Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
The ponytailed and bandana-ed one and his band will hit the Special Events Center stage at 8 p.m. on March 1.
As he approaches his 80th birthday, Willie continues his always-on-the-road tour, much like contemporary Bob Dylan has done for the past 40 years.
Not only has Willie kept in great physical condition via his dedication to exercise — he became a second degree black belt in Taekwondo at the age of 78 — he also keeps his vocal chords in tip-top shape, as well.
“Singing is the best exercise — two hours a day will keep you in pretty good shape,” Nelson has said. “I think it’s very important to learn from your own body. It doesn’t lie to you. If it feels good, do it. If it don’t feel good, don’t do it.”
Simple words to live by.
Besides selling out arenas across the country and entertaining generations of fans, the outlaw country star is the author of a New York Times best-selling book, his recent memoir “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”
In it, Nelson tackles his own crazy life, music, fellow songwriters and musicians (French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt is his hero), politics (he’s a fan of Obama) and his well-known love for marijuana. It’s an entertaining read full of anecdotes and breezy Willie Nelson-esque one-liners.
And to prove he’s not slowing down a bit, Nelson plans to release not one, but two, new albums in 2013 — “Face The Music And Dance” and an album of duets called “Who All The Girls Are,” featuring Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Barbra Streisand and Dolly Parton with her personally-penned piece called “From There To The Moon And Back.”
Not bad for an artist whose career has spanned seven decades.
There’s simply no stopping Willie Nelson.
For further information and tickets, visit www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Chris Baptiste is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.