Happy Birthday Willie Nelson: Woodstock 1999 Full Set


Outlaw country music icon Willie Nelson turns 83-years-old today. The Redheaded Stranger rose to prominence with the aid of his trusty Martin N-20 acoustic guitar named Trigger after beginning his successful career in the late 1950s. The acclaimed singer-songwriter continues to turn out new records, releasing an album of George Gershwin covers earlier this year and he’ll be back out on the road soon with a number of live concerts planned in the coming months.

For Full Show Friday, below is video footage captured of Willie Nelson and his band’s performance at the ill-fated Woodstock 1999 music festival in Upstate New York. While the event itself was marked with crime, riots and other disturbances, Nelson’s set nonetheless found the then 66-year-old in fine form, reeling off one classic hit after another.

Backed by guitarist Jody Payne, pianist Bobbie Nelson, bassist Bee Spears, harmonica player Mickey Raphael and percussionists Billy English and Paul English, Willie played such favorites as “Whiskey River,” “Crazy,” “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” “On The Road Again” and “Uncloudy Day” among several others. Watch the full set from July 25, 1999 via the Music Vault below:


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