Willie Nelson & Family, 2/12/12

Willie Nelson & Family
The Tabernacle
Atlanta, GA
February 12, 2012



Though he is nearly 79 years old, Willie Nelson,continues to take to the road in a similar manner to artists that could easily be his grandchildren. As one of the few remaining outlaws of country music, Nelson could have hung up his hat and put “Trigger” (his guitar) in a museum long ago. According to him though, he feels most at home in his beloved fourth rendering of “Honeysuckle Rose”  tour bus, seeing the country that lies alongside America’s highways and byways. Of course nobody is complaining about this. Willie’s raspy voice still shines with that familiar twang and his guitar style — that he attribute to Trigger — is as pristine as ever.

As is typical for any lengthy Willie road trip, he made a stop at Atlanta’s Tabernacle to play another stellar set — including originals “Crazy,” “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and covers “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Georgia on My Mind” — for yet another sold-out house.

With the fact that Willie has been able to do what has for as long as he has been able to do it, one can only hope that when the day comes and he can’t do it any longer, that  the “Highwayman” lyric  — sung by Johnny Cash, his Highwaymen colleague — in the supergroup hit will prove true:


“When I reach the other side / I’ll find a place to rest my spirit if I can /

Perhaps I may become a highwayman again.”


In spite of the fact that she had the venue had photographer’s shooting  from a long way back, we were stoked to have Peachtree Images‘ Lisa Keel on the scene at The Tabernacle to bring back some images from the show.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Lisa Solomon Keel