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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson. By: James Tambourine. Biography. April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas, United States Was taught how to play and sing by his grandfather at the age of 6 At the age of 9 he joined a local band Bohemian Polka playing Guitar

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Willie Nelson

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  1. Willie Nelson By: James Tambourine

  2. Biography • April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas, United States • Was taught how to play and sing by his grandfather at the age of 6 • At the age of 9 he joined a local band Bohemian Polka playing Guitar • Jumped from many radio stations working as a disk jockey (DJ) while playing gigs in his spare time • In 1960, Nelson moved to the country music capital: Nashville, Tennessee. He got a job as a songwriter for Pamper Music, earning about $50 a week. • Has written more than 2,500 songs and has released close to 300 albums. He has won multiple awards, including countless Grammys, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards • Willie contributed to the “outlaw country” subgenre, which challenged the conservatism of Nashville • He has also had many acting appearances

  3. Influences • Hank Williams – Country (Western, Gospel, Blues, Honky Tonk, Folk) • Bob Wills – Country (Western Swing) • Lefty Frizzell – Country (Honky Tonk) • Ernest Tubb – Country (Honky Tonk) • Frank Sinatra – Jazz (Pop, Swing) • Louis Armstrong – Jazz (Pop, Swing)

  4. Elements of Country Music • Telling a story • Nasal sound • Guitar • Personal • Uplifting • Verse – Chorus – Verse – Chorus – Verse pattern

  5. Outlaw Country • Outlaw Country truly began when Waylon Jennings was able to secure his own recording rights, and begin the trend of bucking the "Nashville Sound“ • The Nashville Sound was much more conservative then outlaw • The term "outlaw country" is derived from the song "Ladies Love Outlaws" written by Lee Clayton and sung by Waylon Jennings on the 1972 album of the same name. It became associated with singers who grew their hair long, wore denim and leather and had a scruffier look in contrast to the clean cut country singers in Nudie suits that were pushing the Nashville sound • Outlaw Country brought the rawness and life force back to the Country genre

  6. Willie’s Rise to Fame • With his album, Red Headed Stranger (1975), • Nelson had his first taste of crossover • success (From writing music in Nashville to • making his own songs back home in Texas.) • It did well on both the country • and rock charts.

  7. “Crazy” • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQyeskd8CgA • Patsy Cline made this • song a huge hit with her • rendition of it

  8. “On The Road Again” • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaTuxUjCzB4 • This song won the Grammy Award for best country song in 1980 • He has made many more big hits after this song and has • received another Grammy for the song produced in 1982, • Always on My Mind.

  9. Works Cited • http://www.biography.com/people/willie-nelson-9421488 • http://books.google.com/books?id=-1ZObbxKvnAC&lpg=PP1&ots=56rvOJ9S5k&dq=willie%20nelson&lr&pg=PA4#v=onepage&q=willie%20nelson&f=false • http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=zvgE3FqZU0gC&oi=fnd&pg=PT6&dq=willie+nelson+country&ots=x_NHOSMDEq&sig=czx--wm1Wt9ZJRSJnPGQCzBCkpI • http://books.google.com/books?id=8_afNI8SL6UC&lpg=PA94&ots=EevRaPIfvk&dq=willie%20nelson%20country&lr&pg=PA94#v=onepage&q=willie%20nelson%20country&f=false

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