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SXSW 2014 spotlight: CultureMap presents 30 Days, 30 Artists
30 Days, 30 Artists

Willie Nelson will hit SXSW stage as part of iTunes festival invasion

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Willie Nelson joins the SXSW showcase lineup for 2014. Photo by Rick Kern

Name: Willie Nelson

Featured track: "From Here to the Moon," featuring Dolly Parton, from To All The Girls

Genre: Country

City of origin: Abbott, Texas

In one sentence: "Nelson’s guitar can sound like an aside — a pointed comment — to make sure you know that his blues are hopeful, light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel blues." - Dallas Morning News

Why we chose him: Willie Nelson is definitely not an under-the-radar artist — the Red Headed Stranger's career spans more than six decades — and he's certainly no stranger to the Austin music scene. But having an icon like Nelson on the local stage during a week of musical discovery fits the bill for a special spotlight. Perhaps indie-focused music explorers will take an hour or two out of their jam-packed Red River showcase crawls to experience the Texas-grown sounds of a true legend. (Even if it does means signing on to be part of the just-announced iTunes Festival invasion.) 

Official showcase: Saturday, March 15 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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