Willie Nelson‘s Long Ride
Rick Coates 6/1/09
In a recent survey of Europeans, Willie Nelson topped the list of people who most reflect a sense of Americana in the United States.
Nelson, known simply as Willie to his legions of fans, has a worldwide following. He has recorded more than 80 studio and live solo albums in a career that spans 50 years. He has appeared on more than 250 albums as a guest of other performers, all while writing more than 2,500 songs.
Willie rolls into Northern Michigan on his Honeysuckle Rose (#3) tour bus this Sunday to kick off the Interlochen Summer Arts Festival concert series.
Willies success in the world of country music has been well documented. While he loves to talk music, he is equally passionate about food and family farms. He has been a long-time advocate of healthy eating, and practices what he preaches.
In the concert industry, contracts are known as riders and they detail every aspect of the concert from performance fees to stage set up to what the band will be provided for meals and drinks. These riders are often several pages (sometimes 100 or more) and the catering section is as important as the sound and stage sections.