Sunday, November 4, 2007
Willie's always been famous for his outlaw image, from his heyday of defying the music industry establishment in the 70s with his hippie-bandana look, his anti-mainstream sound, and his occasional lyrics about smoking marijuana. These days he still sports the bandana, but he glossed over any of the "offensive" lyrics for the relatively conservative Sunday night Tupelo crowd.
The concert was a cause for celebration among our friends and us - not because we're huge Willie Nelson fans, though the man is a living legend that none of us had had the opportunity to see before. The real cause for celebration was that, for the first time since we moved to Tupelo a year-and-a-half ago, we finally got to see a concert here in town! Despite the fact that Tupelo has in the past hosted bands such as the Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic and Bob Dylan, it's been a long dry spell for good music around these parts. The only acts that have played the arena since we moved here are Nickelback (bubblegum-metal...gag!) and a handful of Christian rock bands. As a result, we've been making roadtrips up to 2-1/2 hours long to places like Oxford, Memphis, Huntsville and Birmingham to see good music.
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