George Strait And Willie Nelson Perform Together For First Time
FaithTap Staff 1/19/2019
Recently, music lovers were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime musical performance at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Texan music legends, Willie Nelson, and George Strait, performed together for the first time in music history. With decades of musical experience under their belt, it's a wonder why they've never had the chance to do that until now.
On January 12, 2019, Willie: Life and Songs Of An American Outlaw, a once-in-a-lifetime concert event, honored one of American music's living legend, Willie Nelson. Willie Nelson began his musical career in 1955 as a radio DJ in Pleasanton, Texas, where he used his time to record his two songs, "The Storm Has Just Begun" and "When I've Sung My Last Hillbilly Song", which he sent as demos to the record labels who would reject it. He moved to different radio stations in Texas before he found himself in nightclubs in Vancouver, Washington, and Springfield, Missouri. After another rejection, he moved back to Texas and quit the music business for a year.
But when his son was born in 1958 and moved to Houston, he began recording and selling his music again. He went back to working as radio DJ and singer in nightclubs. This development led him to move to Nashville, Tennessee in 1960, where he would eventually get signed by a record label, Liberty Records.
Nelson's music style spans different genres and a blend of blues, country music, folk, jazz, and rock. He has a truly unique sound, which served as a great influence in the 1980s and 1990s. According to his Britannica biography, Nelson has a "relaxed behind-the-beat singing style and gut-string guitar" and a "nasal voice and jazzy, off-center phrasing", according to Stephen Thomas Erlewine, in his biography of Willie Nelson.
But it wasn't until the 1970s when he moved to Austin, Texas, where his career started to skyrocket. He eventually got signed by Atlantic Records as their first country artist. This launched his career as a country artist and spawned a 60-year musical career.
At the historic concert, Willie: Life and Songs Of An American Outlaw, Nelson's greatest hits were performed by today's biggest superstars including Alison Krauss, Dave Matthews, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones and The Little Willies, Sheryl Crow, and Vince Gill. At this concert, Nelson also got to perform for the first time ever with another Texan music legend, George Strait.
George Strait wrote a special song, "Sing One With Willie", with his son, Bubba, and Willie Nelson that went unreleased. Strait lamented the fact that he never became an official collaborator with Willie Nelson and was excited to perform this song for him. Halfway through the song, Nelson joined Strait during the performance.