Willie Nelson & Family Return to the EKU Center

Monday, February 11, 2019

Country legend Willie Nelson, whose career spans six decades, is returning to the EKU Center for a live concert event on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10:00 AM, and are priced at $79 to $150. Tickets can be purchased online at EKUCenter.com, by calling the box office at 859-622-7469, or in person at 1 Hall Drive in Richmond, on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. Friends of the Center can buy tickets early starting on Tuesday, February 12.

The iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force.

In 2015, Nelson published "It's A Long Story: My Life," the unvarnished and complete story of his life that landed him on the New York Times' bestsellers list. He also released a new studio album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Country album chart and No . 7 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award.

In 2017, he released two albums of newly recorded performances: God's Problem Child, with 13 new songs that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Country album chart and No. 10 on the Billboard 200, and Willie Nelson and The Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2), that includes 11 country classics and one brand-new song performed by Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah. For 2018, he released Last Man Standing in April to celebrate his 85th birthday. It is comprised entirely of songs newly-penned by Nelson (and longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon).

These new songs and performances add to his classic catalog, and find Nelson rolling at a creative peak, writing, singing and playing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that comes from the road, which he still travels along performing for fans.