Willie Nelson & Family will perform sold out show at VPAC

Melanie Gaball

Willie Nelson & Family will be performing a sold out show at the Valley Performing Arts Center on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The country icon who recorded hits “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “You were Always on my Mind,” and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys,” will debut on the Great Hall stage on Wednesday with his family band members.

The 79-year-old will be accompanied on stage by sister Bobbie Nelson, on piano, harmonicist Mickey Rafael and long-time drummer Paul English.

Nelson, who’s first album was released in 1962, has established a legendary career as a songwriter and a musician spanning seven decades and also developed a reputation as an activist and author.

In November, Nelson released his autobiography “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” in which he discusses his music, relationships, love of marijuana, politics and the environment. His new album, “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” is scheduled to be released in April, according to his website.

Nelson has sold 50 millions albums, wrote over 2,500 songs, recorded duets with a variety of artists from multiple genres including Merle Haggard, Sheryl Crow, Ray Price, Norah Jones, Toby Keith, Lee Ann Womack and Snoop Dogg. His last album “Heroes” was released in May 2012 and featured his sons Micah and Lukas Nelson. The two often accompany their father on tour.

On Feb. 2 Nelson had to cancel a show due to “flu-like” symptoms, but on Feb. 7 he performed to a sold out crowd at Seminole Hard Rock Live in Florida, with opening act Merle Haggard.

Neuwirth’s VPAC performance is sold out, his performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.