I recently played the new single from Willie Nelson on the Sunday Night Music Meeting, so when I was invited down to watch his concert from the docks in the marina adjacent to the outdoor venue, I decided to go.
First...the opening band... I don't know who they were and neither I nor anyone inside or outside cared...but they sounded like a lousy pop rap band and bored us to the point that we walked back to our boat to relax before the real talent came to the stage.
Willie came on, on time and went right after it. Recently celebrating his 86th birthday, I expected to see a reduced presence or stage time...but not Nelson!
Willie played all the acoustic guitar leads that he always has, and still played them in the style he has been playing for decades. His voice sounded good and strong and I actually did not like the "crowd sing along" parts, because I really enjoyed just hearing Willie's iconic voice.
The highlights of the set were "You Were Always on My Mind"- good enough to quiet the very chatty crowd on the docs and the hilarious cover of the Mac Davis song "It's Hard to Be Humble".
My only complaint was that Willie only played a bit more than an hour...I would have enjoyed more... but I understand..but at 86, we we came to the show were lucky to see an icon who may retire any time...and we all appreciated it in that way.