Willie Nelson Makes Austin City Limits Magic for an 18th Time
Photo Credit To Photo by Scott Newton Courtesy of KLRU-TV
Willie Nelson Makes Austin City Limits Magic for an 18th Time

Willie Nelson Makes Austin City Limits Magic for an 18th Time

Willie NelsonKLRU Austin City Limits Taping
ACL Live, Austin, TX
November 19, 2018 / By Suzanne Cordeiro

Some might say that bringing Willie Nelson back for an 18th Austin City Limits taping is just another night in Austin. But for all who attended or watched the live stream from home, it was very clear from the moment Willie stepped on to the stage, we were all witnesses to something very special.

Quite frankly, I cherish and value every single opportunity I’ve had to see this music legend perform. Regardless of whether or not the setlist changes, there’s just something remarkable just being in the same room with this man. We love and sing along to each of his classic songs, take in his familiar mannerisms, and watch as lucky fans in the front rows catch his trademark bandanas. Having grown up with parents who often listened to Willie Nelson’s music, I didn’t truly come to appreciate him until moving to Austin over a decade ago.  Listening to Willie on tape or vinyl is clearly not the same as experiencing Willie first hand. From watching him interact with his sister Bobbie at the piano, bassist Kevin Smith, Paul and Billy English, Mickey Raphael, and his sons Micah and Lukas, I feel blessed to have gotten to witness his love for music family. Perhaps because Willie’s vocals sometimes need a break, crowd participation is a must during all Willie concerts. Fans are encouraged to call out during classic hits like “On The Road Again” and “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys” and we are all quickly made to feel like we are a part of the family.

For many reasons including today’s political climate, many of us need Willie to help us keep our sanity. Regardless of what side of the fence you’re on, he continues to demonstrate and express his views with the utmost grace and class. No matter your political leanings, music has always been the magic that brings everyone together.

The Moody Theater erupted into a standing ovation as the taping ended with “I’ll Fly Away.” Willie smiled and waved farewell and despite being sad that it was over, I look forward to the next opportunity to see this incredible music legend perform.

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SET LIST: Whisky River; Still Is Still Moving to Me; Beer for My Horses; Good Hearted Woman; Down Yonder; If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time; Funny How Time Slips Away, Crazy; Night Life; Twelfth Street Rag; Fly Me to the Moon; It’s All Going to Pot; Roll Me up and Smoke Me When I Die; Nuages; Shoeshine Man; Georgia on My Mind; I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train; Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys; Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground; On the Road Again; Always on My Mind; Will the Circle Be Unbroken?; I’ll Fly Away

Suzanne Cordeiro
Experienced marketing professional; Live music photographer and writer covering the music scene, the arts, SWSW, festivals, local events, family attractions, Broadway, and travel. Social media enthusiast with a passion for events marketing, music and photography. As a marketing consultant, I enjoy learning and teaching about using social media tools to build relationships and drive business.
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