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Outlaw Music Festival (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Jason Isbell)

Saturday

Jul 8, 2017 – 3:30 PM

19 Steve Yzerman Dr
Detroit, MI 48226 Map

  • Willie Nelson
  • Bob Dylan
  • Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

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Willie Nelson: Country music legend Willie Nelson has set the bar pretty high for contemporary musicians, having written some of country's most popular songs and even helping to pioneer outlaw country. He is well known for creating Farm Aid, and perhaps even more well known for the tour dates that fund the operation. Nelson's albums have become some of the best selling for any country music artist, releasing 67 studio albums and 27 collaborations with some of country's biggest stars.

Willie Nelson began playing the guitar from a young age, participating in bands and singing in the church choir. He moved to Washington in 1956 to begin a professional career in music, but became more successful writing songs for others while he struggled to play small tour dates. He retired to Austin, TX in 1971, but found that the city's liberal music scene inspired him to create his own brand of country music. He became Atlantic Records' first country artist and debuted his more laid back, rock-inspired sound (later becoming a part of outlaw country) on his 1974 album, Phases and Stages. Nelson continued to display this sound on 1975's Red Headed Stranger, on collaborative albums with artists like Jessi Colter, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings, and on tour dates that were becoming a huge draw.

The 1978 album, Stardust, showed that Nelson could achieve the opposite of his earlier career by turning country standards into his own hit songs. In 1985, Willie Nelson joined Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash in forming The Highwaymen. The country supergroup released three hit albums over the next ten years and played sold-out tour dates to overly enthusiastic fans. Willie Nelson spent most of the 90s playing tour dates until the release of the smash-hit Teatro in 1998, which featured back-up vocals by Emmylou Harris. Willie Nelson was joined by even more mainstream artists on the 2002 album, The Great Divide, which featured Rob Thomas, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, and Alison Krauss. Additionally, in 2003, he appeared on country megastar Toby Keith's chart topping song, "Beer for My Horses".

Ever the philanthropist, Nelson headlined the 2005 Tsunami Relief Austin to support victims of the the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake. 2007 saw a collaboration album between Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price titled Last of the Breed, which was followed a year later by Nelson's solo album, Moment of Forever. Both albums broke into the top ten of Billboard's Top Country Albums.

In 2012, Nelson signed with Legacy Recordings to release both future and curated past recordings. He began his tenure with 2012's Heroes, which featured mostly standards and guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, and more. However, it also featured new songs that Nelson wrote with his sons Lukas and Micah. A year later, Nelson followed-up with To All The Girls..., which featured his collection of duets with female artists like Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, among others. The latter album became his 46th album to break into the top ten of Billboard's Top Country albums, as well as his second album to be featured in the top ten of the Billboard 200.

Nelson continued to shine in his career resurgence, with his 2014 album Spirit topping country charts; the first time the musician had done so since 1986.

Bob Dylan: While other musicians have trouble crossing over to a different musical genre, Bob Dylan has helped define numerous musical styles that have drawn crowds on tour dates spanning half a century. During the early 60s, Dylan pioneered folk music that would smirk in the face of establishment and become the voice of a generation. In the latter half of the 60s, Bob Dylan smirked in the face of folk fans by adopting a hard rocking, electric musical style that added a new dimension to rock music. Since the late 80s, the musician has been playing a continuous string of concert dates on his Never Ending Tour, including tour dates in 2011.

Robert Allen Zimmerman was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24, 1941. While attending his one year at the University of Minnesota, Bob became interested in folk music and, inspired by both Woodie Guthrie and Dylan Thomas, Robert Zimmerman moved to New York City and became Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan's 1962, self-titled debut wasn't commercially successful, but he would gain more notoriety during a trip to the UK later in the year. There he debuted "Blowin' in the Wind" and, upon his return to the US, became more involved in the civil rights movement with fellow musician Joan Baez. This showed in many songs on 1963's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, which became a musical awakening for audiences.

Bob Dylan garnered even more attention through tour dates with Joan Baez and the release of The Times They Are a-Changin' in 1964. However, shortly after the album's release, Dylan became increasingly frustrated with the constraints and expectations imposed upon him by the folk scene and took a huge stylistic leap with Bringing It All Back Home in 1965. The album saw Dylan's first use of electric instruments on an album, and was followed by the use of electric guitars during a tour date at the Newport Folk Festival. Dylan continued to develop his wild electric sound on the albums Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.

After being injured in a motorcycle accident in 1966, Bob Dylan shrank from the public eye while continuing to release albums that experimented with country, rock, and blues. Bob Dylan experienced huge success as a part of the super group, the Traveling Wilburys, which he co-founded with George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. After two hit albums and sold-out tour dates with the band, Dylan followed them up with the critically acclaimed, Oh Mercy, in 1989. His next big hit came in 1997 with Time Out of Mind which saw Dylan nail down an applauded musical style that won three Grammys. With at least one album conquering each decade, Bob Dylan released Modern Times to critical and commercial acclaim in 2006. This was followed by Together Through Life in 2009 and The Witmark Demos in 2010, along with tour dates that proved the music of Bob Dylan will remain timeless.

Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour marches on with summer tour dates in 2011. Mr. Dylan's concert schedule will focus on Europe until July 14, when he will return to the United States. Bob Dylan will visit most of the country before his 2011 tour dates end on August 20 in Bangor, ME, so make sure to check ticket info on Eventful soon.

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