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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Willie Nelson

Tonight @ The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m.

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At 77, Willie Nelson's legacy is well cemented, but Nelson keeps recording like he still owes the IRS back taxes. In the last half decade or so, he's released a high-profile country-reggae album; a tribute album to legendary songwriter Cindy Walker; a collaborative album with Ryan Adams; an album with old-time legends Ray Price and Merle Haggard; a crossover country album with Kenny Chesney; an album with jazz great Wynton Marsalis; another with Don Cherry; and yet another with the western swing band Asleep at the Wheel. His latest studio album, American Classics, covers American pop standards in the tradition of his celebrated Stardust record, but his latest album Country Music shows Nelson is still finding new ground to cover. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, it is Nelson's first bluegrass album.