The Red Headed Stranger returns to the Central Coast this summer with a few of his famous friends.
Willie Nelson and Family will reunite with Alison Krauss and Union Station — featuring dobro player Jerry Douglas — on July 21 at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles. They’re reprising a joint tour they undertook last year.
The winner of 11 Grammy Awards and countless other accolades, Nelson has forged his reputation as one of the leaders of the outlaw country movement over a six-decade career as an actor, author, activist and singer-songwriter. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and received Kennedy Center Honors in 1998.
Nelson is also a frequent visitor to the Central Coast, having played at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo in April. He’s also performed at the Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, the Pozo Saloon and the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.
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Krauss, whose unique blend of roots, rock, pop and country music has netted her a whopping 27 Grammys, is a newcomer to local stages. But Douglas, her dobro player, headlined Live Oak Music Festival in northern Santa Barbara County in 2013.
Tickets for the July 21 concert cost $60 to $135 and go on sale Feb. 21.