Willie Nelson To Play Stardust Album In Full For First Time

(Radio.com) At the Hollywood Bowl next month, Willie Nelson is going to do something he's never done before. During his two-night stand (Aug. 9-10) at that iconic venue, instead of his usual live show–which typically focuses on his own vast song catalog alongside a cool blend of country, blues, jazz, pop, and other material–he's going to perform his 1978 album Stardust in its entirety.

Released in 1978, Stardust is a collection of pop standards that marked a departure from the laid-back 'outlaw' country sound Nelson had become internationally famous for thanks to albums like Phases and Stages, Red Headed Stranger, and Wanted! The Outlaws.

On Stardust, Willie offered superb, pared-down versions of jazz-pop standards like Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia On My Mind," Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies," and Kurt Weill's "September Song." The album opened up his musical world considerably–it also went platinum within a year and has since sold more than five times that amount.

The Hollywood Bowl performances mark Stardust's 35th anniversary. Nelson will perform the Stardust set with a full orchestra led by David Campbell. He and his Family Band will also perform during the show, and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band are the opening act both nights. more on this story

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