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Willie Nelson and Alison Kraus to play Roanoke Civic Center in May

By CALVIN PYNN

calvin@southwesttimes.com

Music legends and Grammy Award winning artists Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas are coming to the Roanoke Civic Center Coliseum, on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

The tour will mark the first time that Willie Nelson and Family & Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas have shared the stage together. According to a news release from the Roanoke Civic Center, the two groups’ unique personalities combined with impeccable musicianship and decades of award-winning songs are sure to create a show full of unforgettable moments.

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, Willie Nelson’s career has spanned six decades and over 200 albums, which have included the recordings  “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” He has also earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed credentials as an author, actor and activist.

According to the release, his 2012 album “Heroes” spent five weeks at number one on the Americana Radio Chart. His book, Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die, made it in the Top 10 on The New York Times’ best-seller list.

In 2013, Nelson released two albums. The first was April’s “Let’s Face The Music And Dance,” which consists of pop country repertoire classics performed by Nelson and Family, his long-time touring and recording ensemble.

The other was October’s “To All The Girls,” which features 18 duets with music’s top female singers. Those guests included Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, and Shelby Lynne.

According to the release, Alison Krauss is a virtuoso who effortlessly bridges the gap between roots music and country, rock and pop.

Krauss signed with Rounder Records at the age of 14, and has sold over 12 million albums. She has also won 27 Grammy Awards, the most for any female and the second most of any recording artist in Grammy history.

“Paper Airplane” is Krauss’ latest album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Country, Bluegrass and Folk Album Charts upon its release. Union Station features Jerry Douglas (dobro, lap steel, vocals), Dan Tyminski (guitar, mandolin, lead vocal), Ron Block (banjo, guitar) and Barry Bales (bass, vocals), and Krauss on lead vocal and fiddle.

Each band mate has his own bustling career, but when these singular musicians come together, they’re an airtight unit devoted to the process of making music together. Indeed, their connection is so close and deep that they’ve come to think of each other as family.

Tickets go on sale Friday Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. and will be available exclusively at the Roanoke Civic Center Box Office, online at HomeTownBankTix.com, or 1-877-HTB-TIXNow.

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