Willie Nelson comes to Viera to perform at festival


At 84, Willie Nelson still is a standout musician.

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His voice is a mix of hometown Abbott, Texas accent and an earthy hint of honky tonk recognizable the world over. Willie Hugh Nelson, 84, was born in a town whose population of 360 people hasn’t changed much since the 1930s.

“It’s a long story,” Nelson said in his autobiography. “Might sound corny, but the truth is we were dirt-poor in material possessions but rich in love.”

He was raised by grandparents, surrounded by music.

“Fact is, I equated music with love,” he said.

He moved to Nashville, Tenn. in 1960, where he recorded music until his ranch burned down in 1969. But, it was when Nelson moved back to Texas that he reached his breakthrough fame.

Nelson also is known for spearheading Farm Aid. His yearly charitable concert has raised tens of millions to help family farmers.

Nelson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Viera at the Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival, one of six stops on his Florida Tour. 

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