Concert preview: Forget that beer shill; Willie Nelson stands as the most interesting man in the world

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From the May 8, 2014 edition

Though his trademark Pocahontas braids have gradually faded from red to gray, the 80-year-old country legend has barely slowed his roll. In addition to maintaining a hectic tour schedule, Nelson remains an outspoken marijuana rights advocate, and he recently earned his fifth-degree martial arts black belt, surprising, well, just about everyone.

Most importantly, Nelson remains a warm, natural performer, drawing upon decades of music in his comforting concerts, which have a way of making even large arenas feel as cozy as his own front porch. Forget about that washed up beer shill. This guy stands alone as the most interesting man in the world.

Alison Krauss & Union Station serves as co-headliner, and The Devil Makes Three opens the show.