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Willie Nelson in Concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (1989)

Jim Ruddy

Sound | 1989

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  •  Willie Nelson takes the stage 
  •  “Funny How Time Slips Away” 
  •  “Crazy” 
  •  “Nothing I Can Do About It Now” 
  •  Willie points out his sister, Bobbie, on the piano 
  •  “Sweet Memories” 
  •  Jody Payne, a longtime guitarist in Nelson’s band, The Family 
  •  “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” 
  •   “You Were Always On My Mind” 
  •  “Still Is Still Moving To Me” 
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Shot by Dallas-based director Jim Ruddy, this footage captures a Willie Nelson concert in Dallas in July 1989. Joined by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the country music legend and Texas native performs several hit songs, including "Crazy,” “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” and “You Were Always On My Mind.”
Willie Nelson was born in Abbot, Texas, on April 29, 1933.  He is a world renowned country music singer and musician, as well as an actor, activist, and author.  His most famous country albums include Shotgun Willie (1973), Red Headed Stranger (1975), and Stardust (1978).  Nelson popularized the “outlaw country” subgenre along with Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, and has written some of the most famous country music songs ever recorded, including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” which he wrote at the ripe age of 19, “On the Road Again,” and “Pancho and Lefty.”  His primary musical collaboration is with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings, performing as the Highwaymen, among many others.  Nelson was named the honorary chairman of the advisory board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas, for his philanthropic work in and outside the music community. He was also inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and received a 1998 Kennedy Center Honor. In 2015, Nelson won the Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress.
Nelson has also advocated for marijuana legalization, biodiesel alternative fuel, and is a supporter of democratic campaigns, such as Dennis Kuchinich’s 2004 run.  He also founded the annual fundraiser Farm Aid, which benefits the local, American, small farmer, and has featured multitudes of musicians of different genres.