To call Willie Nelson a country-music legend is not giving the man enough credit. A perceptive and honest songwriter, a nuanced singer and gifted guitarist, Nelson also possesses an ability to translate his love of many kinds of music for any audience.
This is a man who, in his live shows, has played back-to-back covers of Django Reinhardt’s silky “Nuages,” Billy Joe Shaver’s outlaw anthem “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train” and his classic treatment of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia on My Mind.”
While his 84-year-old body has not been cooperating lately, Nelson’s spirit remains willing. He recently released the title track from a forthcoming album of new music, “Last Man Standing,” a jaunty number that takes a lighthearted poke at his age with an opening lyric: “I don’t want to be the last man standing / But, wait a minute, maybe I do.”
The album is scheduled for release on April 27, two days before his 85th birthday.
Nelson’s all-ages outdoor performance on Friday, March 2, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater is a makeup date for the original Feb. 13 concert that was among eight February shows he postponed due to the lingering effects of the flu. Tickets purchased for the original concert will be honored.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2. The trio Levon is the opening act.
Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1801 NE Sixth St.