Show of the Week: Willie Nelson, the House of Blues tonight, 8/22

Despite being forced to cancel a show in Colorado last week due to a bout of altitude sickness, the indefatigable and iconic country legend will pull up on Decatur Street this afternoon in his vintage bus for a performance at the French Quarter club. The show begins at 8 PM.

It’s the second time in less than a week that a legendary artist that could easily fill the biggest rooms in the city is playing at a small club.

Last Saturday night, Lindsey Buckingham, the guitarist, singer and songwriter from Fleetwood Mac, played the 400-capacity club, One Eyed Jack’s. Read Alison Fensterstock’s great review of that show here.

Though The House of Blues is more than double the size of One Eyed Jack’s, it’s still an impressive decision by Nelson and his team to play the small venue. The intimacy of the show will be reminiscent of Eric Clapton’s two-night stand at the HOB when he was promoting Back to the Cradle, his 1994 back-to-the-blues record.

Of course, Nelson is no stranger to small rooms. Besides his status as a genuine living legend, he is also known for his unconventional approach to the music business and counter-cultural values. Did you know that he wrote “Crazy” for Patsy Cline long before he had a hit of his own?

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