Sunday, July 13, 2014

Willie Sings The Blues This is a Boston Music Coalition Live Music Review

By: Doug Ruffin
      Boston Music Coalition 

Willie Nelson performed at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston last month with Alison Krause and Union Station all on the same bill. Everyone who knows me understands what a dog I am for live music of all genres. Country music isn't my favorite genre but it's growing on me. Or rather, I'm growing to appreciate it more. Still, getting me to go to see Willie Nelson .... That's a stretch.

With opened mind, my girlfriend, and a great summer night, I was prepared for a Country concert And I promised not to laugh. Good thing,. Union Station and Alison Krause were truly entertaining. Excellent musicianship and great interactions with the audience. Song choices from both bands not only met with its target audience but entertained everyone, even me.

Soon it was time to see a living legend perform. Willie Nelson took the to stage and was met with cheers and great anticipation. But Willie Nelson, known for Countyr Music, pulled a few tricks from his musical sleeve. He and his band sang the blues. Not just that pop rock implied blues, but down home, feel the pain and take it to church blues. Some in the audience expecting Country music, sat with arched backs and folded arms. As for me, I was all about it and lookin' for my church fan. Willie Nelson exposed a lot of talent that night other than Country. But remember, a living legend knows his audience and Willie Nelson pleased his fans by singing, "On The Road Again" and several other traditional hits.. At last, the arms unfolded and his audiences leaned in to enjoy a great Country concert with a little blues for the soul. 

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